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In diesem Blogpost wollen wir Euch darüber informieren, was genau man unter der Regelstudienzeit versteht und welche Änderungen (Pandemie bedingt) eingeführt worden sind. Außerdem wollen wir Euch einen Überblick über die damit zusammenhängenden Aspekte geben.

(© Büro Lesemann, Christian Degener)

(You can also have a look at the English Version below).


Was genau ist mit der Regelstudienzeit gemeint?


Allgemein bezeichnet die Regelstudienzeit die Zeitspanne, in der du dein Studium im Idealfall absolvierst. Im Normalfall geht bei einem Bachelorstudium an einer deutschen Universität oder Hochschule von sechs Semestern Regelstudienzeit aus und bei einem Master von vier Semestern. Insgesamt ergibt das bei einem Bachelor und anschließenden Masterstudium also zehn Semester Regelstudienzeit. Die Regelstudienzeit kann aber je nach Studiengang variieren, genauere Informationen dazu findest du in deiner jeweiligen Prüfungsordnung. Obwohl die Regelstudienzeit als ein Anhaltspunkt fungiert, an dem man sich orientieren kann, studiert die Mehrheit der Studierenden länger und überschreitet somit die Regelstudienzeit. Es ist also kein Problem, wenn du ein bis sechs Semester (in Niedersachsen) länger benötigst, um deinen Studienabschluss zu machen.


Diese Statistik aus dem Jahr 2019 zeigt den prozentualen Anteil der Studierenden in Deutschland, die ihr Studium in der Regelstudienzeit absolvieren. Wie man dem Schaubild entnehmen kann, beenden lediglich 31,4 % ihr Studium an Universitäten innerhalb der Regelstudienzeit.


Langzeitstudiengebühren


Wie aus der Statistik ersichtlich wurde, ist es also gar kein Problem, wenn du ein paar Semester länger für dein Studium benötigst. Für Studierende, die mehr als sechs Semester länger benötigen um ihren Abschluss zu machen, fallen dann allerdings in Niedersachsen die Langzeitstudiengebühren an ( nach Ablauf der Regelstudienzeit + sechs Semester). Die Zusatzkosten belaufen sich auf +500 Euro pro Semester.


Neue Regelungen (Verlängerung der Regelstudienzeit)


Im Landtag wurde Pandemie-bedingt eine neue Regelung beschlossen, die seit dem SoSe 2020 bis zum jetzigen Semester (SoSe 2021) gilt. Die Regelstudienzeit wird um ein Semester verlängert. Das wirkt sich auch auf die Bafög Höchstdauer aus: Studierende, die Bafög erhalten, sind ein Semester länger Bafög berechtigt (solange sie sich in der Regelstudienzeit befinden). Du erhältst vom Studierendenwerk einen Bescheid ausgestellt.


Hier sind nochmal alle neuen Regelungen auf einen Blick zu sehen.

Die neuen Regelungen beinhalten auch, dass diejenigen Studierenden einen Antrag stellen können, und ihre Langzeitstudiengebühren zurück erstattet bekommen und ihre Bafög-Verlängerung erhalten, wenn sie vor dem SoSe 2019 noch nicht die Regelstudienzeit überschritten haben. Nur dann sind sie berechtigt, die Zahlungen zurück erstattet zu bekommen.


Es können noch weitere Informationen und neue Regelungen folgen, über die wir euch dann umgehend informieren werden.

(Mehr Informationen erhaltet ihr unter: Petition Erfolgreich – Zweite Verlängerung der Regelstudienzeit nicht für Alle? – LAK Niedersachsen (lak-niedersachsen.de)


Kleiner Tipp für internationale Studierende:


Studierende können einen Antrag auf Erlass der Langzeitstudiengebühren stellen. Internationale Studierende können diesen Härtefallantrag stellen, wenn sie zu Beginn ihres Studiums Deutschkurse besucht haben, um ihre Sprachkenntnisse zu verbessern. Dieser Antrag muss allerdings bis spätestens einen Monat nach Vorlesungsende beim Immatrikulationsamt eingereicht werden. Der Antrag muss eine ausführliche Begründung beinhalten, weshalb man (Pandemiebedingt) nur eingeschränkt studieren konnte. Man muss auch seinen weiteren Studienverlaufsplan einreichen. Internationale Studierende können sich in ihrem Antrag auf § 13 NHG berufen: Der Antrag kann für die Dauer der Deutschkurse und für maximal zwei Semester bewilligt werden. Als Kriterien gelten:

  1. Wenn man kein Studienguthaben mehr hat

  2. Wenn man kurz vor seinem Studienabschluss steht (wenn ihr also beispielsweise nur noch ein Semester mit der Abschlussarbeit vor Euch habt)

  3. Oder wenn man sich nachweislich (Kontoauszüge) in einer finanziellen Notlage befindet

Für mehr Informationen und Tipps stehen wir Euch gerne zu Verfügung. Ihr könnt uns jederzeit mit Eurem Anliegen unter hgas@uol.de kontaktieren.


Extension of the standard period of study


In this post we want to inform you about the possibilities for the extension of the standard period of study. Due to the pandemic, there have been some new regulations and options, we want to update you on. Some of the modifications are especially interesting for international students at the university.


What specifily means standard period of study?


In general, the term standard period of study refers to the period of time you would accomplish your studies ideally. In Germany usually the standard period of study for the Bachelor degree is 6 Semesters and the one for the master degree is (sometimes 2) but in general 4 semsters. Both degrees considered this means 10 semesters in total. However, the standard period of study can vary depending on your course of study. You can always find specific information about your standard period of study in your examination regulations on the website of the university and your course of study. Even tough the standard period of study acts as an indication, one that can be helpful to orientate oneself, the majority of students exceeds a certain number of semsters. Therefore it's not problematic at all, if you need more semesters to finish your degree (in general, you can study up to 6 more semesters in Niedersachsen without financial consequences).


In the statitics above you can see, that only 31,4 % of students finish their degrees on german universities within the standard period of study.


Fees for long-term students


In general it won't cause any problems or trouble, if you need some more time/semesters to finish your studies. Nevertheless, there is a certain point, where the situation is changing and the tuition fees will rise. This happens, when you study more than 6 semesters longer than the standard period of study (after the standard period of study ends + 6 semesters). Some universities in Niedersachsen charge around 500 euros per semester for those students who took more than the standards period of study + 6 semesters. The Carl von Ossietzky university is one of them. Due to the pandemic there are some new regulations that have a positive (financial) impact on the situation of long-term students and international students as well, as we will list below.


New regulations (extension of the standard period of study)


The ministers of Niedersachsen recently adopted proposals and subsequently new regulations for the extension of the standard period of study. These regulations are valid since SoSe 2020 until the end of the summer semester 2021 (SoSe2021). The main substance of these new regulations is the extension of the standard period of study by one semester in general. This is also important to know for those of you, who receive Bafög, because you will be given Bafög for one more semester (usual standard period of study + 1 semester). The LandesAsten Konferent of Niedersachsen is trying to get more benefits for students in Niedersachsen. They are updating their website frequently, if you are interested, you can have look on their website: LAK Niedersachsen – LandesAstenKonferenz Niedersachsen (lak-niedersachsen.de)




In the FAQ picture above you can get an overview of the main content of the new regulations for students. The extension of the standard period of study is also called Solidarsemester. You can always find more information on the following website: www.solidarsemester.de.


The new regulations contain that all students are entitled to file an application for requesting reimbursement of their taxes for long-term students. If they have paid 500 euro last summer semester 2020, or for the WiSe 2020/21 they are entitled to get their taxes back (only of they haven't exceeded the standard period of time in 2019).


Little hint for all international students:


International students shall be authorized to make a request for an additional hardship application, if they participated in a german language course during the beginning of their study, to improve their language skills. You have to sumbit your hardship application until one month after the end of lectures at the Immatrikaulationsamt of the university. The hardship application must contain a justification why you were only able to study restricted (due to the pandemic). You also have to add a plan of your further study courses. International students are able to refer to § 13 NHG: The hardship application can be authorised for the time of the language course up until 2 semesters.


The following aspects shall apply as criteria:

  1. If you don't have any fees in credit left

  2. If you nearly finished your studying

  3. If you have any financial difficulties.

You can request for this hardship application if you are a long-term student - if your application has been allotted by the Immatrikualtionsamt of the university, you won't have to pay the taxes for long-term students.


If you have any more question or of you need any help with your application, always feel free and don't hesitate to contact us via Email hgas@uol.de anytime!


We hope you all have a good start in the new week!

Used Sources: Regelstudienzeit: Wichtig oder formeller Nonsense? (studybees.de)

FAQ – Verlängerung der Regelstudienzeit – LAK Niedersachsen (lak-niedersachsen.de)

Langzeitstudiengebühren — Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (uol.de)

Corona-Pandemie: Länder verlängern erneut Regelstudienzeit - Forschung & Lehre (forschung-und-lehre.de)


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#LockdownNews #march



The latest conference of the ministers has set new Corona guidelines. These new guidelines are vaild from 08.03.2021-28.03.2021.


This time there are finally some good news for all of us: The ministers agreed on specific forms of relaxation in terms of the Corona measures last wednesday. However, those are just guidelines, with the final decisions being left to the localities, and the Ministers of Niedersachsen have indicated that we might take different routes than other states on a few areas.

In this article we will give you an overview of the central aspects of these changes, that might be relevant for you.


1. Corona Tests: Until the beginning of april the test capabilities should be improved - Meaning everyone should have the oppurtunity for at least one free (rapid) Covid test per week. If your result is postive, you would have to isolate yourself and do a (more reliable) PCR-test. We will inform you as soon as possible, if there are any news due to the testing situation in Oldenburg.


2. Vaccinations: From the second week of march some registerted doctors should be allowed to carry out Covid vaccinations. By the end of the month/beginning of april general practitioners should get the permission to carry out Covid vaccinations as well.


3. Store openings, hairdressing salons and restaurants: Flower shops, book stores and garden centers open on March 8th. Hairdressing salons are open since march the 1st. More plans for further openings have been indicated in the National guidelines: If the incidence rate in a region is under 50 for 7 days in a row, stores could possibly be allowed to open again (initially with a limitation of one customer per 10 m², then regularly after the 22nd of March, if the infection numbers maintain low). After the 22.03, restaurants could also possibly open in the outdoor areas, restricted to appointment service if the infection numbers are between 50 and 100. However, the Niedersachsen government has shown caution regarding these possibilities. According to Mr. Althusmann, the Niedersachsen Economy Minister, the local government will meet again in the time between the 8th and the 22nd to decide whether these and further openings will be possible with the aid of the implementation of the fast tests. So far, only the 'Appointment Shopping' (Terminshopping) has been confirmed, where some shops will be able to set individual appointments with clients, already starting on the 08th or March.


You can always check the 7-Day-Index for Oldenburg and other regions in Niedersachsen in this website.




4. Private meetings: The restrictions of private meeting have finally been eased up - You are allowed to meet with (up to) 5 people from one other household now. Meaning it is still only allowed that two households can meet, but more people. The Good news is that if the incidence rate is under 35 it could be possible to meet with (up to) 10 people out of three different households.


5. Face masks: Some of you probably already noticed that it is not compulsary anymore to wear a face mask in the whole city centre of Oldenburg. You only have to wear a face mask in all stores and in public transport, as well as in all enclosed rooms that are publicy available.


6. Campus life: You are able to order the books you need at the library of the university. This service is offered until the 31th of march. For more information have a look on the website of the BIS: BIS - Bibliotheks- und Informationssystem — Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (uol.de). The Mensa will keep its doors closed at least until the 28th of March, but they are planning to offer a Take-Away service to be offered soon! The Hochschulsport (University Sports) is offering online sport lessons, ranging from Yoga, Dance, Functional Training and more! You can find the link to register here.



Make sure to follow us on instagram @hgasuol, where we are constantly sharing updates!



7. Financial help for students: Students are still able to request financial help this month. You can apply for the financial support under the following link: Überbrückungshilfe für Studierende in pandemiebedingter Notlage (xn--berbrckungshilfe-studierende-06cf.de). If you need any help with the application, you can conatct us anytime.


8. Culture and Sports: Museums, Galleries, Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Memorials will be able to be visited starting on Monday the 8th, with half capacity and prior registry required. For practicing sports, Niedersachsen is once again taking the precaution route: initially, only individual sports with no contact can be performed, with a maximum of 5 people from two households, but that could also possibly change soon. In the mean time, make sure to take up those online sport classes we mentioned earlier! It is also a great time to go for a run, as the weather is slowly getting better. Make sure to not stop exercising!



There is finally some light at the end of the tunnel. Things are changing slowly but surely-Times are getting better soon! As always: If you need any support or if you have any questions don't hestitate to contact us via Email anytime: hgas@uol.de



Take care and stay healthy. We will you inform you as soon as they are any upcoming changes and new decisions.


Sources: Lockdown bis 28. März: Die neuen Corona-Regeln im Überblick - WELT

Corona: Aktuelle Lage in Oldenburg

Corona-Lockerungen in Deutschland: Das sind die Beschlüsse vom Gipfel (t-online.de)

Konkretisierung der Beschlusse der Ministerprasidentenkonferenz für Niedersachsen


Written by Sophie and Arthur

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#HardLockdown #January



The latest conference of the ministers has updated the corona regulations for the whole month of january. The regulations are valid from the 11.01.2021- 31.01.2021.

In general there are no huge changes to the regulations before, except the limitations of contacts.

(© Daniel Bockwolt / dpa)


In this article we will give you an overview of the central aspects of the regulations, that might be relevant for you.


  1. Stores have to stay closed until the 31.01.2021: According to the recent decisions, stores have to stay closed until the end of january. Food-related stores, weekly food markets, pharmacy, bakeries, postal offices (we listed all the exceptions in our last post for you) will stay open.

  2. Private Meetings: The restrictions of private meetings have thus been tightened up - You are only allowed to meet with one other person of another household. If you are living in a flat-sharing community for example, you can meet with one other person who is not part of your household. This restriction is valid in private space as well as in public. Private Parties are completely forbidden.

  3. Face masks: It is still compulsary to wear a face mask in the whole city centre of Oldenburg and in public transport, as well as in all enclosed rooms that are publicy available.

  4. Lockdown situation: The"hard" Lockdown continues and affects the public life. There are no changes to the restrictions from the 16th december. Meaning in general that cultural institutions, restaurants, bars, clubs, hairdressing salons, cosmetic studios stay closed.

  5. Campus life: The library of the university (Haarentor and Wechloy) is closed. According to the current information it will stay closed until the 5th of february. You are able to order books and media online and pick your ordered media at the main library Haarentor monday-friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information you can check out the website of the university: https://uol.de/bis

  6. Financial help for students: If the actual corona regulations have affected your financial situation (for instance, if you have lost your job or you are currently not able to work, or your parents have lost their jobs trough the corona situation) you can request for financial help. It's called "Überbrückungshilfe" and is an extra financial support for students during this pandemic. You can apply for the financial support under the following link: https://www.xn--berbrckungshilfe-studierende-06cf.de/start. Depending on your personal financial situation, you can get up to 500 Euros each month.

Even though the situation is challenging for all of us and the restrictions and the lockwon continues, we will get through this.

If you have questions or of you need any help in the current situation, don't hesitate to contact us at any time via Email hgas@uol.de

Take care and stay healthy. We will update you, as soon as there will be any new decisions.


Sources: https://uol.de/bis

https://www.merkur.de/welt/corona-niedersachsen-lockdown-15-kilometer-regel-schule-gastronomie-kontakt-goettingen-hna-zr-90160222.html

https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/hallo_niedersachsen/Neue-Corona-Verordnung-Was-man-jetzt-wissen-muss,hallonds63346.html



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