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Information about the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

WiSo-Faculty and University of Cologne

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Understandably the information situation regarding the distribution of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) still leads to great uncertainty. On the part of the University of Cologne, the Rectorate provides continuous information on current measures and advice. The information page is constantly updated.

The WiSo Faculty is in close contact with the university management in order to protect the health of our students, lecturers and staff. Information from the Faculty is collected centrally at this point.
The employees will be continously informed about the corresponding regulations.

Examinations, final papers, inspections

On basis of the Corona Epidemic University Ordinance the rectorate and faculties of the University of Cologne have jointly decided, that examinations taken between April 1st, 2020 and SDecember 31st, 2020 and not passed will be considered as not undertaken. The WiSo Examination Office has published relevant regulations and information, as well as (among others) information on catch-up dates, exeptions and theses on its website, , where you will also find an information sheet on conducting presence tests.

Deadline for all bachelor and master theses which are currently still in progress will be extended by five weeks. This applies to all current theses that were begun before March 16th, 2020.

As of now theses can also be submitted online via Sciebo (university cloud) within the individual deadline. Binding information also with regard to inspections is to find on the Website of the WiSo Examination Office.


On April 6th, 2020 the WiSo Faculty  started the lecture operation with online teaching formats.

Detailed information about the individual courses can be found in the information in KLIPS and ILIAS. Under "Information" or "other remarks" of the individual courses you will find the corresponding notes. Contact persons are the lecturers listed in KLIPS.

WiSo IT-Services provide students with successively extended information to facilitate practical implementation.

Changes in the application process for Master's programmes

Due to the current situation the WiSo faculty has decided to make some changes regarding the application process for the Master's in International Management (CEMS MIM), especially concerning the admission tests and  language certificates for English. These changes are subject to the condition that the application is submitted to the MIM Master Application Portal of the University of Cologne and to uni-assist if necessary by March 31th, 2020.

Separate regulations have also already been made for all other Master’s programmes of the WiSo faculty, including the Double Master‘s programmes. Relevant information is to find on the master‘s application website.

Closure of the work and break rooms

All central and decentralised areas open to the public are closed until further notice. This also includes the public places for learning and recreation, including those in the departmental libraries.

The letterbox in front of the entrance to the WiSo Student Service Point - also the letterbox of the WiSo Examination Office - is still accessible (via the university-mainbuilding). The current hygiene and infection protection regulations, summarised on the information page of the Rectorate of the University of Cologne, apply. In particular, in all buildings used by the UzK from May 4, 2020 onwards a simple mouth-and-nose cover (so-called everyday mask) must be worn.

Due to the current situation, the service units of the faculty cannot offer personal consultation hours and advice. They remain available by telephone and e-mail.

Lending of books and other media

Since May 2020 partial access for lending and return is possible in four libraries of the WiSo Faculty. Books can be borrowed and returned subject to the rules for visitors.
Detailed Information can be found on the website of the WiSo Library Service.

Cancellation of other events besides presence/classroom teaching

Like the attendance courses, other extracurricular events (co-)organized by the faculty will not take place on campus, such as information events and trade fairs. Here, too, in many cases efforts are currently underway to have the events held online or at a later date. The respective organisers will provide online information on the respective event and inform registered participants about the further procedure.

International students / study abroad

Incoming guest students, outgoing students and CEMS students can find detailed information on the International Relations Center website.

Coronavirus-related inquiries

Until further notice, the Wiso Student Service Point has discontinued the personal study counselling on site. It can still be reached by telephone, e-mail and via the website. Inquiries on corona topics are collected there centrally and, if necessary, forwarded within the WiSo Faculty.

It is still difficult at present to make accurate forecasts of developments. In the event of further measures, we will inform those affected as soon as possible.

Like the university management of the University of Cologne, the WiSo Faculty also asks for prudence in dealing with the current situation and for a prudent and non-discriminatory approach to the issue.