Corona / COVID-19



    Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the following applies in 2020:

    • Change of Lecture period for the actual Summer Semester: Teaching and exams are possible to be carried out until July 31, 2020 and then again from September 1, 2020.
    • University is open for practicing in August 2020.
    • Winter Semester 2020/2021 will start on Monday, October 12, 2020

    • Studies shall remain suspended until June 14, 2020.
    • Lessons in classroom can take place starting from Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
    • Practicing takes place in a restricted class environment from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m.

    According to § 2 CoronaVO:
    Studying in Art and Music Universities will be suspended until June 14, 2020;
    Studying will therefore be continued in digital formats from April 20, 2020.

    Practical events / lectures that require special work rooms at universities are only feasible with special protective measures if they are absolutely necessary.

    We hope that there will be a food and drink offer again in the canteen as of June 08.

    In compliance with the regulations provided for the purpose of protection against infection, certain meetings, including entrance exams as well as research and teaching, exams that are exceptionally approved by the rectorate if these cannot be replaced by the use of electronic information and communication technologies – can take place.

    In general, all events, meetings and gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited in the buildings and on the premises of our University – until further notice.

    Stay healthy!

    Detailed Information

    Ministerium für Soziales und Integration Baden-Württemberg
    Robert Koch Institut
    World Health Organization (WHO)
    Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE  
    Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg

    Informationen des Studierendenwerks Stuttgart für Studierende und Beschäftigte

    Corona-Infotelefon (B·A·D Gesundheitsvorsorge und Sicherheitstechnik GmbH) 0711 - 220 45 9 20
    Mo bis Fr, 09–12 Uhr

    Procedure when a COVID-19 case occurs:

    Recommendations from the RKI
    Inform the University immediately so that arrangements and provisions can be made.

    Above all:
    What does a member of the University (academic staff, students, admin staff) have to do, if they have been tested positive?

    • Strictly restraining order / No entry at all to the University buildings!
    • The strict entry ban already applies if you show symptoms of a respiratory infection or elevated / high temperature

    The health authorities and doctors determine the further procedure. Please inform the University so that support can be provided.




    Status: 29 May 2020

    In addition to Online Learning, classroom lessons will take place from Tuesday, May 5th, 2020.
    Please therefore remember the rules for staying at the University:

    • Distance rule: Wherever possible, a minimum distance of two (2) metres but at least 1.5 metres must be maintained from other people (§ 3 Abs. 1 CoronaVO)
    • 10-person rule: Events, meetings and other gatherings of more than ten people each are prohibited (§ 2 Abs. 3 CoronaVO)

    • „Everyday protection masks“: Please wear so-called everyday masks over your nose and mouth wherever possible.
    • Entry to Germany: The previous general 14-day quarantine obligation no longer applies without restrictions. Entry from the following group of countries is now exempt: “[...] the member states of the European Union as well as Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.“ However, there is still a quarantine obligation upon entry “[...] from a country within the group of countries [...] which, according to the Robert Koch Institute, referring to statistical evaluations and publications of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), shows a newly infected cumulatively number in ratio to the population of more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.“
    • No entry: You may not enter the University buildings if you are or have been in contact with an infected person, if 14 days have not yet passed since contact with an infected person, or if you show symptoms of a respiratory infection or increased temperature. Violation of the regulations of the CoronaVO is an offence and may be punished by a fine (§ 7 CoronaVO).


    • Rehearsals and University public events such as lecture evenings only take place if they are necessary for research and teaching and if the distance rule and the 10-person rule are observed. We kindly recommend the wearing of masks.

    • Practicing is allowed according to the regulations before the Corona crisis, if the distance rule and the 10-person rule are observed and everyday masks are worn (if possible).

    • Physical training is still prohibited. (Hygiene rules like for gyms still need to be specified.)

    • Individual tuition / One-to-one lessons: Classes can take place if and as far as the distance rule and the 10-person rule are being observed and if everyday masks are being worn. 

    • Small group lessons: The lessons can take place if and as far as the distance rule and the 10-person rule are observed and everyday masks are worn (possibly). It is recommended to divide small group lessons, if possible.

    • Seminars / Lectures are currently held as Online Lessons.

    • Ensemble lessons: Lessons can take place in preparation for exams if and insofar as the distance rule and the 10-person rule are being observed and everyday masks are worn.  

    • Choir conducting: Lessons can take place if and as far as the distance rule and the 10-person rule are observed and everyday masks are worn. In general and as a rule, it will therefore have to take place in divided groups.

    • For Choir / Orchestra / Ensembles own specific rules are being developed.

    • Library is open, please pay attention to the distance rule and 10-person rule and wear everyday masks.

    • Offices of the Administration may only be visited by wearing everyday masks. They should only be entered after explicit request by the respective colleagues. Please contact the colleagues of the administration only by phone or by Email!



      • Classrooms and rooms without windows and therefore without ventilation remain closed for the time being.

      • The computer room of the AStA has reopened, please follow the rules for ventilation.

      • The HORADS corner, the rest area and the seating area on the 7th level remain shut off for the time being.

      • Current regulations regarding the operation of the cafeteria by the Studierendenwerk can be found in the CoronaVO or on the website of the Studierendenwerk. We hope that there will be a food and drink offer again in the canteen as of June 08.

      • Common rooms in the Opera School and the Drama School, recreation rooms in the Old Music Academy at the Urbansplatz and the rooftop terrace remain closed for the time being.


      as of May 21, 2020

      Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the following applies in 2020:

      • Change of Lecture period for the actual Summer Semester: Teaching and exams are possible to be carried out until July 31, 2020 and then again from September 1, 2020.
      • University is open for practicing in August 2020.
      • Winter Semester 2020/2021 will start on Monday, October 12, 2020

      as of April 8, 2020
      It is quite clear that artistic teaching cannot simply be "switched" to online lessons. Therefore we hope that you are all in contact with your major and minor subject lecturers and professors.

      An E-Learning working group, led by Prof. Dr. Friedrich Platz is preparing solutions for online offers in the scientific/theoretical subjects.

      From now on, please register directly by Email with the respective lecturer whose seminars/lectures you would like to attend.



      A suitable option for many students could be the so-called "semester splitting".
      In this case, classes are being split from one semester to two semesters, i.e. you will be credited with half of the main subject's teaching load for the summer semester, and the other half for the winter semester. The semester is then not counted further, which is important for BAFöG recipients.
       A splitting of a semester can be applied for informally by Email to Prof. Dr. Matthias Hermann. In this way, students do not have a break in classes until October, as would be the case for a semester on leave of absence. In this case, tuition fees will be divided between both semesters, i.e. halved in each case.

      as of March 31, 2020
      The Universities will ensure that students are able to complete all the courses of study planned for the summer semester 2020 and at the same time ensure that it can be studied.

      as of March 13, 2020
      Extension of deadline

      In view of the current situation, it is more important to prevent the virus from spreading than to meet deadlines.

      Therefore the University is offering facilities for important dates and deadlines. Please take into consideration that the University can only influence deadlines set by ourselves. The following exemptions therefore apply to the following deadlines and dates:

      •     Enrollment: The application for extension must be sent in written form or by email to the Exam Office.
      •     Re-Enrollment: The application for extension must be sent in written form or by email to the Exam Office.

      For these deadlines and dates applies that they can be extended generously by requesting. Please submit the application in written form or by email.


      Despite the Corona crisis and the circumstances caused by, all lecturers and academic staff of the University are trying to develop a course offer that is adapted to the situation, in order to prepare courses, that can be offered at least partially and to a limited extent. The preparations are not yet complete.Please bear in mind that it is not yet clear in all cases whether and how a seminar, exercise, lecture or other types of events can take place
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      In the e-learning area of the HMDK Stuttgart you can get a first overview of the previously adapted courses. As student please register for the courses listed there. 

      For E-Learning (Moodle)


      Instructions for access to E-Learning (Moodle)




      as of Ma y22, 2020

      Exams are possible to be carried out until July 31, 2020 and then again from September 1, 2020 until
      October 09, 2020.

      as of April 8, 2020
      The University has determined the following for final and entrance exams: 

      All students who want to take part in the final exams, can take part in the final exam in July. If that's too early for some students, they can  take the final exam in October and may then be admitted to follow-up studies (extended enrollment period).

      Conducting exams will take place in October without any exception (1st semester week from October 5, 2020).

      Courses and lessons that cannot be held (Orchestra, Opera, Big Band, Choir, Drama, etc.) are counted as a one-off participation.

      In the Faculty of ​​Chamber Music, Choral Conducting, Jazz Ensemble and other group / ensemble work, distance regulations may be adhered to.

      Online Exams are being graded too.

      Upon request, the semester is calculated as a splitting (= half) semester.

      Study/ Course extensions due to Corona (COVID-19) pandemic are granted generously.

      Entrance exams in the summer semester take place as late as possible. A later date/ appointment is counterproductive for foreign applicants (due to processing time for visa applications). It is assumed that you may travel again in late June / early July. Alternatively, entrance exams would be organized in September.

      The deadline for Registration for the Final Exam will be extended to May 15, 2020.




      Status: 16 April 2020
      For the time being, the following applies to the accessibility of colleagues in the administration departments:

      • Core hours are 10 a.m. to noon. Please note that in view of the health of our colleagues, deviations from core time can be approved at any time.

      • Offices of the administration staff may only be visited for compelling reasons and only with everyday masks. Always try to approach them first by telephone or by Email.
        Please also use the blue mailboxes, next to the gate/ reception , e.g. for handing in documents!

      • You are only allowed to enter the offices of the administration after explicit request.
        Please follow the signs!


      as of March 19, 2020
      Lecturers and tutors: The following regulation applies to:
      Orders and contracts/confirmations are being sent

      The University management continues to assume that the classes planned for the 2020 Summer Semester, i.e. the agreed number of hours can be given by the end of the semester - if necessary also on weekends, public holidays and during the semester break. All Music Universities from Baden-Württemberg have informed the Ministry of Science, Research and Art that there is an urgent need for clarification. The University management is working to ensure clarity by early April. Against this background, no teaching assignments will expire and no tutor contracts will be concluded until the beginning of April. About the current situation we will reporting in early April.

      Please note: Those lecturers who need confirmation of the original planning before the specific assignment, please contact Ms. Schwär.




      as of March 13, 2020
      Business trips are to be limited to an absolute minimum. Traveling to the risk areas designated by the RKI is prohibited. Business trips to the COVID risk areas will not be approved until further notice. Permits that have already been issued will be revoked.

      All lecturers, students and researchers returning from the risk areas classified by the Robert Koch Institute must comply with a two-week self-quarantine. In principle, this also applies to excursions. The Rectorate of the University strongly recommends that business trips and excursions should also be avoided or canceled in the Summer Semester 2020.




      as of May 29, 2020

      The distance requirement and the 10-person rule apply to classroom instructions.

      Exceptions for exams in large rooms can be approved by the Head of the exam upon notification to the rectorate.

      Events will soon be possible again being held, which is subject to conditions. The Master Plan provides further relax of restrictions for events with up to 100 participants from June. The measurements and requirements are not regulated in the CoronaVO. It is up to the Ministry of Social Affairs to define the requirements. We still have to wait and see. As soon as the Ministry of Social Affairs has defined these requirements, the implementation will be prepared at the University and at the Wilhelma Theater. Details will be provided after Pentecost holidays on June 10th, 2020.

      as of May 22, 2020

      The culture master plan of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (see provides a step-by-step opening for opera houses, theaters and orchestras:
      “In the area of theaters, stages, socio-cultural centers, concert halls and other cultural venues, we are also planning a successive opening in the coming weeks. The areas in front of, on and behind the stage must be taken into account. Small artistic event formats with fewer than 100 participants should be taken place again from June 1, 2020, if the room/ venue conditions allow it and the compliance with hygiene and distance requirements to protect the public and the participants can be guaranteed. […] The legal requirements for this are created in the Corona Regulation, in time. Further steps to enabling events will follow.“
      We also will develop formats for events in the near future. Please check the University website.

      as of April 24, 2020
      All public events and concerts are cancelled until July 31, 2020. Larger events, festivals, competitions and so on will be rescheduled if possible.

      as of March 13, 2020
      Conferences, meetings and other public events with external participants should not take place until the resumption of teaching. This also applies to events organized by other/ external organizers in the premises of HMDK Stuttgart. Please note the current information on the effects of postponing the start of the semester on individual, small group or group lessons and practicing in the HMDK Stuttgart buildings.




      as of April 2, 2020
      Fees from International Students and Second-degree Students

      The HMDK University will request at the “Landesrektorenkonferenz” that all Universities of Music are urging the responsible persons  in the Ministry in order to waive the fees for International and Second-degree Students for this Summer Semester 2020.


      As the Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced by decree, the postponement of the start of lectures will in no way affect the BAföG entitlement. Students (regardless of whether they are in their first semester or are already receiving funding) do not currently have to fear that they will not receive any money in April 2020. Also Self-studying  and Online Studies count as study activities.

      Find out more from the Office for Training Funding. It is important that the BAföG application must be submitted by April 2020 at the latest, unless you have received a BAföG notification for the Summer Semester 2020.

      The Studierendenwerk Stuttgart has published further FAQs on its website that answer questions about the Corona pandemic (COVID-19) on BAföG.


      We take care of a quick and unbureaucratic/ simple processing of payment of the scholarships.


      Current changes can be found on the website of the Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS):

      as of March 26, 2020
      As the university buildings are currently closed, students currently have no possibility to validate their student ID. Therefore, they cannot prove that they are enrolled at a ticket inspection.
      The Studierendenwerk Stuttgart has contacted the VVS and asked them to make an alternative arrangement temporarily so that students can still use public transport if necessary. The following possibility exists until further notice or until the colleges and the university are open again:

      For journeys from Monday to Friday between 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day and all day on weekends and public holidays, students can use their student ID card in combination with their certificate of enrolment for the summer semester 2020 to identify themselves. This can also be used to purchase a VVS-StudiTicket if required.

      The VVS is currently working together with transport companies and the public sector to find a solution for students who have to extend the summer semester 2020 due to the corona situation. It is not yet clear whether the StudiTicket for the winter semester 20/21 has to be paid in full or whether the validity of the current ticket will be extended if necessary. In view of the extraordinary crisis situation, the VVS asks students for understanding and patience if the solution still needs some time.

      Current changes can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk: