While the winter semester 2020/2021 at German universities starts later, the summer semester 2020 shall take place, as planned. The lecture times can be arranged flexibly by the universities. However, German HEIs are still closed, so lectures will be held online.

On 2 April, the Standing Conference of the Ministers of the Länder in Germany (“Ständige Konferenz der Kultusminister”, KMK) has decided to postpone the start of the winter semester 2020/2021 uniformly to 1 November 2020 (for all Länder). Deadlines for application and admission procedures will be adapted. Higher education institutions have been granted flexibility regarding the start of lectures and courses in the winter semester 2020/2021.

The summer semester 2020 shall take place as planned, but universities are flexible regarding the exact lecture period. Moreover, there are no physical courses taking place, as higher education institutions are still closed in Germany. Students and professors make use of online learning tools.

On 15 April, Federal chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of government of the German Länder have decided that exams can be held at universities and that university laboratories, libraries and archives can open – under condition of fulfilling the official “Corona” requirements and regulations.