FHWS building at Sanderheinrichsleitenweg Würzburg

FAQ for Students

FAQ about health, safety, hygiene

Is there a constellation that would result in no mask having to be worn in the seminar room/lecture room/lab when the distance is less than 1.5m?

The FHWS Board of Management has decided not to allow any exceptions regarding the mask requirement and thus does not make use of the relevant section of the Bavarian Infection Protection Ordinance.

For organisational reasons, it is also not possible to make decisions in individual cases for individual courses/events (control effort, prior notification to the district administrative authority required).

Therefore, the mask requirement can never be waived if the distances at fixed seating and workplaces are less than 1.5 m.

If everybody in the room is vaccinated or recovered, can we dispense with masks and minimum distance?

The 2G-rule (vaccinated or recovered) has no effect on having to wear masks, maintaining the minimum distance, or any other hygiene measures.

Only if the minimum distance of 1.5m can be maintained to all sides, masks can be dispensed with. 

Which kind of test do I need when I want to enter FHWS?

In accordance with legal requirements in the 15th BayIfSMV, students, staff and sessional lecturers who are neither vaccinated nor recovered are no longer allowed to enter FHWS.

The only exception exists for non-vaccinated, non-recovered students in exam. They have to provide a valid negativ PCR-Test to access an exam location.

Do I have to wear a face mask at FHWS?

Yes, please cover your mouth and nose with a surgical mask until seated.

As long as the distance of 1.5m to other people is kept or you are placed behind a barrier such as screens or separating walls, masks are not mandatory.

If the Bavarian in-hospital alert system (Krankenhaus-Ampel) is at level yellow or red, an FFP2 mask becomes obligatory.

Are masks mandatory?

In FHWS buildings as well as closed public vehicles, cabins etc. it is mandatory to wear a FFP2 mask.

Is the physical attendance of students in class being documented?

Tu fulfill the requirements of documenting the attending students of in-presence classes, a Moodle registration system has been set in place. Students state in a voluntary agreement that they will document their compliance considering the 2G-rules (only vaccinated or recovered are allowed to enter FHWS buildings) 

Do I have to notify FHWS that I have COVID-19?

Yes, please notifiy FHWS by sending an e-mail to gesundheitsschutz[at]fhws.de.

This address is exclusively administrated by members of the FHWS management. You can therefore be sure that this information will not become generally known.
However, the notification is necessary because the university is obliged to report any COVID-19 cases to the public health department (Gesundheitsamt) so that a risk assessment can be carried out if necessary.

What do I have to do if I have had contact to a person with COVID-19?

If you have had contact to a person who has been tested positive for COVID-19, please inform immediately gesundheitsschutz[at]fhws.de.

From this day, you must not enter FHWS for the next 14 days except you can prove that you haven’t contracted COVID-19 yourself by presenting a negative Corona test result.

You also have to wait to see if the local health authority contacts you and registers you as a category I contact person.

I'm exempted from the obligation to wear a mask. What's important to know?

People are exempted from the obligation to wear a mask, if they can proove that wearing masks is not possible for them due to disabilities or illnesses with an originial medical certificate containing the complete name, birth date and the reasons for exemption.

Questions about exams or regulations from the deviation statutes

Is the summer semester 2021 a programme semester that is taken into account for Bafög, deadlines, etc.?

The Bavarian Higher Education Act (Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz) provides in its Article 99 special regulations with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains stipulations that the summer semester 2020, the winter semester 2020/21 as well as the summer semester 2021 is not taken into account as a programme semester (Fachsemester) when it comes to calculating deadlines or determining about the right to receive Bafög.

Why are the exams at FHWS not exclusively online?

At the start of the winter semester 2020/21, the deviation statutes offered the possibility to change the exam type stipulated in the study and examination regulations. This made it possible to implement types of exams where attendance is not required (e.g. written assignments, portfolio assignments) in some modules and faculties.

In addition, the Bavarian regulation on testing remote exams issued in September 2020 was the basis to develop digital exam types which are tested for the first time also for written exams (remote exams).

Both measures have led to a reduction in the number of face-to-face exams compared to regular semesters. However, not in every degree programme and in every module is an online or remote exam useful or appropriate to determine the acquisition of competences.

Where can I find the deviation statutes for the coronavirus semesters? (

The deviation statutes are available from the FHWS website or from the following links:

What are the changes regarding the completion period of my Bachelor's thesis?

Due to the special pandemic-related regulations in the Bavarian Higher Education Act (see Section 99 Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz, BayHSchG), the summer semester 2020, the winter semester 2020/21 as well as the summer semester 2021 are generally not taken into account.

This means that when the regular completion period of five months or the reduced period of three months is determined, the semesters mentioned above result in an extension of the standard period of study.

What are the changes in the deadlines for exams?

On their FAQ page, the Department of Student Affairs (HSST) provides an overview of exam deadlines with regard to the deviation statutes for summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, and summer semester 2021.

FAQ on the course or start of the semester

Should I rent a room/apartment in Würzburg or Schweinfurt?

Unfortunately, we cannot answer this question, as it depends strongly on your personal situation. If you come from the immediate vicinity, then renting an apartment at the study location is probably not necessary. If you have a further journey from your home address, we would strongly recommend renting an apartment.

Basically, living at the place of study is recommended because you will have better contact to your fellow students and you will be able to participate in face-to-face events very quickly at any time.

Please also note that we cannot guarantee that every lecture will be available as a recording.

Has the academic calendar / the examination period changed?

The current version of our Academic Calendar is available from the pages of the Department of Student Affairs (HSST).

Tip: Check their page from time to time as there may be updates due to the COVID-19 situation.

FAQ on opening hours, services, accessibility of facilities

Is there are room where I can work on my thesis/presentation in quiet?

FHWS Buildings can be accessed, if you:

  • fulfill the 2G requirement (proof of vaccination or recovery)
  • maintain the safety distance of 1.5m
  • wear an FFP2 mask
  • observe hand hygiene rules
Is the library open?

The main libraries in Würzburg and Schweinfurt are open again. The 2G rule applies (proof of vaccination or recovery).

Please visit the pages of the FHWS Library for information about opening hours and possible services.

How can I validate my FHWS Card?

Access to validation machines is possible Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 20:00, and Saturday, 8:00 to 18:00

Please visit the page on the FHWS Card to find out where the next validation machine is located.

Do I need a valid FHWS Card to open the barrier to the car park?

No, you don't. The barrier to the car park in Schweinfurt can be opened with a non-validated FHWS Card. If you want to use the car park in Schweinfurt, you won't have to valdidate your FHWS Card to do so.

How can I top up my FHWS Card in Schweinfurt to use the washing machines in the student dormitories?

Access to the top-up machine (Building 7/Canteen) is possible Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00.



What are the opening hours of the Department of Student Affairs (HSST)?

Please continue to use the contact form available on their website whenever possible. For all documents, you can use the post boxes at FHWS or use the upload in the contact form.

With the winter semester 2021/22, the Department of Student Affairs has the following opening hours:

  • Tuesday: 8:30 to 12:00 (also during semester breaks)
  • Wednesday: 8:30 to 12:00 (only during the lecture period)
  • Thursday: 13:00 to 16:00 (only during lecture period)

Third party information


For current information about the counselling services of the Studentenwerk, please refer to the Corona page of the Studentenwerk (only available in German).

Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts

The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts has provided a special FAQs page on basic questions about operations at higher education institutions, research and cultural life (only available in German).

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