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Coronavirus Updates

With the aim of slowing down the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), special arrangements have been made for teaching and research at the University of Bonn. Below you will find the information that is important for you as a student at the Faculty of Protestant Theology.  


Exams are carried out online

For the Master’s Program in (Extended) Ecumenical Studies the Examination Board (Prüfungsausschuss) has decided on the following regulations for the summer semester:

  • All written exams will be held as oral examinations via Zoom (15 minutes).
  • For term papers and written reports (in combination with oral presentations) the submission deadline is extended by 6 weeks due to limited access to literature.
  • In addition, you can apply for a further extension in the event of unforeseen circumstances (§ 16 Paragraph 1 or 2 PO).

General information on examinations can be found in the Rectorate’s Decision of May 7 and the  first decision amending the Rectorate’s Decision of May 7.

If you do not have the necessary technical equipment, you can use the Faculty’s PCs for your oral examination. Please contact the Examination Office (Prüfungsamt) at least one week before the examination date.

If you have concerns about data protection, you can of course use the PCs provided by the Faculty, too. Information on data protection can be found on the University’s website.  


Special regulations for examinations in other degree programmes can be found on the German website.


Internship deadlines are extended

Internships that should normally have been completed in spring or summer 2020 can be finished until end of November.

Written reports on the internship must be submitted by 30th November at the latest. Here too, a further extension can be requested in case of an emergency (§ 16 Paragraph 3 PO).


(Uncompleted) Internships may also be changed into Ecumenical Fieldwork as it is planned in module EFWA for MESt programs starting in the academic year 2020/21.

Ecumenical fieldwork comprises participant observation in church praxis and interviews of actors to investigate a question of ecumenical research. The examination has the form of a research report.

In addition, the activities and results of each day must be recorded in a research diary. The diary has to be submitted together with the research report.

The ecumenical fieldwork is supervised by a member of the teaching staff. Detailed information will be provided by the MESt coordinator.


Libraries are open again

As a member of the University of Bonn you can visit the University and State Library (ULB) again to borrow books for your studies and research.

Please be sure to register for an appointment in advance and inform yourself about the current safety regulations

The ULB also provides many books as ebooks, which you can find via the online catalogue “bonnus”. In addition, some publishers offer special conditions due to the Corona situation, which may open up further research possibilities for you.


The Library of Protestant and Catholic Theology is also open to Faculty members again. Here too, you must register before your visit, as you were informed by email. You can then make an appointment to scan or copy the literature you need.

If you have any questions, please visit the library’s website or contact the Examination Office.

Last but not least, the Department of New Testament Studies offers additional links to digital information on the New Testament and Judaism.


Courses in winter semester start on November 02, 2020

After a semester of digital teaching, the University of Bonn is working on teaching concepts for the winter semester.

Information on whether a course will be conducted online, via video conferencing and with provided teaching materials, or as on-site teaching can be found on BASIS.

In general, participation via the video conference solution Zoom is voluntary. Please contact your lecturer if you are not sure what is required for successful participation.  


Additional support is offered

The International Office offers international students additional support and information on topics such as residence permits, financial support, contacts and social activities.

Further information and regular updates on the situation at the University of Bonn as a whole can be found on the University’s website.

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