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Study and exam related regulations during the Covid pandemic

All regulations intended to combat the Covid pandemic were dropped on February 1, 2023. As a result, TH Köln no longer has any special regulations in place, i.e. the provisions stated in the respective examination regulations apply in all cases.

The following regulations were in place during the Covid pandemic:

  • Summer semester 2020 to summer semester 2021: Option to submit final theses in digital format only (no paper copies required).
  • Summer semester 2020: Option to repeat passed examinations to improve one’s grade, irrespective of the additional examination attempts for Bachelor’s programs.
  • Summer semester 2020 to summer semester 2021: Covid-related free examination attempts (“Corona Freiversuch”) were possible, i.e. failed examinations did not count towards the maximum number of possible examination attempts.
  • Summer semester 2020 to summer semester 2022: Option to withdraw from an exam until its start.
  • Since the winter semester 2021/2022: Regulation that students on leave of absence  are not allowed to take examinations is back in place (except for those caring for minor children or relatives in need of care)
  • Since the summer semester 2022 classes in all faculties take place on campus again
  • Based on a regulation in place for all of North Rhine-Westphalia, the individualized standard program duration was increased for the following semesters:
    - summer semester 2020
    - winter semester 2020/21
    - summer semester 2021
    - winter semester 2021/22
    For regular and cross-registered students, who were enrolled at TH Köln during at least one of the above-listed semesters the individualized standard program duration was increased by one semester for each semester enrolled during the above-mentioned period. The BAföG certificates available for download in CaMS reflect the adapted individualized standard program duration.

Legal basis

Regulations established by TH Köln’s Executive Board to meet the challenges posed by the coronavirus - SARS- CoV2 pandemic for the university’s teaching operations and academic affairs:

Amtliche Mitteilung No. 06/2020 (of April 30, 2020)

Amtliche Mitteilung No. 15/2020 (as amended on June 3, 2020)

Amtliche Mitteilung No. 28/2020 (of October 20, 2020)

Amtliche Mitteilung No. 34/2021 (of March 26, 2021)

Amtliche Mitteilung No. 72/2021 (of December 16, 2021)

Amtliche Mitteilung No. 12/2022 (of April 24, 2022)

Amtliche Mitteilung No. 39/2022 (of September 27, 2022) [in German]

Corona-Epidemie-Hochschulverordnung (Provision on university operations during the Covid pandemic) and amendments:

Corona-Epidemie-Hochschulverordnung (Provision on university operations during the Covid pandemic) [in German]

First amendment of January 18, 2022 [in German]

Second amendment of March 28, 2022 [in German]

Third amendment of September 1, 2022 [in German]

Fourth amendment of March 23, 2023 [in German]

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