Current Information on How to Deal With the Coronavirus Crisis


The Crisis Management Team and the Rectorate of RWTH are providing regular updates on the coronavirus pandemic, adapting possible measures in dealing with this special situation. We are asking our staff and students to be considerate towards each other and take a cautious approach to the topic.


News in our Blog

Please read our blog for all the latest coronavirus news and updates.


News for Students

RWTH is in close talks with AStA when it comes to issues related to studies.


Information for University Staff

Regulations on working from home and business meetings



You can find all downloads on the topic of the coronavirus here:


Summer semester 2020 will go down in RWTH history as the University's first online semester. Preparations for the upcoming winter semester, which is also set to be a mostly virtual semester, are already underway. The ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Culture and Science defined the 2020 summer semester as an optional semester. RWTH, however, continued to operate, with a few exceptions, for example concerning excursions.

Based on the regulations mandated by the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and in agreement with the faculties, the Rectorate decided to issue a supplementary regulation to the general examination regulations.
A general decree of the NRW Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs allowed RWTH to hold written exams as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements were observed. Lab courses could also be held in compliance with these requirements.

RWTH also gradually eased some restrictions for University members, such as use of the University Library, study rooms, and University sports.

RWTH continues to ask all University members to pay very close attention to any cold symptoms they might be experiencing.

If you do have cold symptoms, please call a health care provider to clarify whether you are able to work, particularly in light of the current pandemic. You can also contact the University Medical Center for advice by sending an email to . We can include an interpreter, if the need arises. If you need to go to the University Medical Center, please make sure you contact them ahead of your visit.

If you are not able to clear your symptoms with a healthcare practitioner straight away, we suggest you call in sick instead of going to work, attending lectures, or visiting any campus facilities. Please strictly heed the regulations concerning self-quarantine.

We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus for you on our FAQ page. Information on current regulations and effective dates is available online.

The General Students' Committee AStA answers questions on how the current situation affects your studies at: