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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. 


Special regulations for term papers due to difficult access to literature

Due to difficult access to literature, the Joint Examination Board has decided on a general extension of 6 weeks for term papers.

In addition, since 16 December 2020, special regulations have been in force, which the Chair of the Joint Examination Board has signed due to closed libraries.

As of 20 January 2021, the Library of Protestant and Catholic Theology offers a scan-service for members of the University of Bonn. Details can be found on the library’s website.


Good to know: The Department of New Testament offers links to digital information on the New Testament and Judaism. The Department of Church History and the Department of Systematic Theology also offer an overview of literature available online and useful digital tools.


Enrollment for the summer semester is possible without personal appearance

Anyone wishing to enroll at the University of Bonn in the next few weeks for the 2021 summer semester can do so in writing (by post). A personal appearance in the Office of Student Affairs (Studierendensekretariat) is not required.

The required documents can be submitted as copies that have been officially certified. The registration form and further information are available on the website of the Office of Student Affairs.


Courses in summer semester will start on April 12, 2021

After a semester of digital teaching, the University of Bonn is working on concepts to offer more on-site teaching in the summer semester.

Nevertheless, many lectures and seminars will be conducted as online courses, via video conferencing and with provided teaching materials. Detailed information 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.  

In case of on-site teaching, alternative arrangements will be made for those who do not feel comfortable coming to the University in person.


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 MESt examination regulations).


(Uncompleted) Internships may also be changed into Ecumenical Fieldwork as it is planned in module EFWA for MESt programs starting in the academic year 2021/22.

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.


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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