About Online Studying

You can find the individual departments’ online offerings here:

B+W: <link https: www.hs-offenburg.de _top internal-link offering>Digitale Lehrangebote

EMI: <link _top internal-link offering>Digitale Lehrangebote

M+I: [coming soon]

M+V: <link https: www.hs-offenburg.de _top internal-link offering>Digitale Lehrangebote

In the overview of the <link internal-link internal link in current>course scedules, the attendance-based courses are marked with a room number. For attendance based courses follow the <link file:79633 download the>guidelines. All other courses will be offered online.

For online studying, you need to plan your work well and manage your time. Communication also requires initiative: While you would normally clarify questions in person, such as after a lecture, emails, video conferencing and chats are now more important than ever. Do stay in contact with your fellow students and teachers. If something is unclear, try to engage actively and constructively in online events. Make sure that you check your university emails regularly and stay informed about the general conditions and requirements of the individual events.

If there are any problems, contact us early so that we can find a solution together.

The most important rules of conduct also apply at the University: keeping a safe distance, hand hygiene, protective masks. This also means for us that online classes are the rule, face-to-face events the exception. The time spent at the University should be reduced as much as possible and attendance is recorded.

These measures are necessary to keep students and staff safe and the study process continuing. Please do your part to implement them!

The current regulations at the University can be found in these guidelines on COVID protective measures.

OSKAR is the University’s student ID card, but you also use it for the library, for copying, printing and scanning, and for paying in the cafeteria. You will be issued the card at the beginning of your studies. For each following semester you have to renew it once, on site in Offenburg or Gengenbach.

More about OSKAR: <link https: www.hs-offenburg.de en services oskar-card _top external-link-new-window internal link in current>hs-offenburg.de/en/services/oskar-card/

On our <link internal-link internal link in current>website for first semester students you will find all information about prep courses, orientation events and the mentoring program at the University.

Door opener to your studies: the Campus User ID

Once you have enrolled, you will receive your campus user ID, the key to your studies at Hochschule Offenburg. It consists of your user name and a password.

All members of the University have a Campus User Account, which includes a university email account, a personal data directory, and access to the University’s various online services. Your access data (user name and initial password) will be sent to you upon enrollment. Campus IT Information (accessible in the internal network or via VPN)

If you have problems with your campus user account, please contact the Helpdesk at: digital-studieren@hs-offenburg.de, or use the form below for your inquiry.

The university email account is even more important this semester than usual – not only for emailing, but also to register for various services. Mails and calendars are accessible via webmail, but can also be accessed with a locally installed mail program or a corresponding smartphone app. Course-specific and university-wide information is distributed via mailing lists in which all students are automatically registered.

So, set up your account and check your mails regularly! Guide to setup your account (German language only) (accessible in the internal network or via VPN)

The following videos explain how to access university emails, calendars and contacts conveniently on your Android or iOS mobile devices.

You can find more information in the Wiki of the Campus IT (only from the university network or via VPN).

Email access (Android)

Email access (iOS)

Calendar (iOS)

Contacts (iOS)

VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides you access to the internet and is the pre-requisite for virtually everything. VPN allows you to work from both at home and on campus. You can use the web-based VPN, but we definitely recommend installing the VPN Client.

Campus IT VPN link (German language only)

In the learning management system Moodle, almost all courses have their own room, where you will find course information and materials.

Increasingly, Moodle is also used as a platform for assignments, but most importantly, for communication between professors/instructors and students.

Access to the rooms is usually restricted to university members. You can either log in with your campus user account or get an access key from the course instructor. Log in as soon as you have the data so that you can be sure to receive all information about the lecture.

Moodle Instructions

The library offers several electronic services, including textbooks, databases and e-learning contents. To use these services, you must identify yourself as a member of the University: Either establish a connection to the university network with the VPN-Client (standard profile) or log in with your campus user data.

For support, visit the Homepage of the University Library

For interesting video trainings on topics from business, IT and technology, creativity, and others, go to: LinkedIn Learning

Use of the Zoom video conferencing software is free with your university account. Many lectures are held as live zoom conferences. Image and sound are transmitted, screen contents are shared. Access is gained via a link that lecturers send to the course participants. The software may also be used for study groups or similar. Link to Zoom Instructions (German language only; accessible in the internal network or via VPN) Link to Netiquette

HSO Chat is the University’s internal chat for the exchange between lecturers and students, and among students. Anyone with a campus user account can log in. In addition to general information in the "General" channel, Rocket.Chat is also used for courses, or as a secure, internal university alternative to WhatsApp. It works in the web browser, but can also be installed on the computer or smartphone as an app. Brand-new this semester: The channel "Erstsemester" for the exchange among new students.

<link https: hilfe.cit.hs-offenburg.de confluence citpublic anleitungsartikel hso-chat-anleitung _top external-link-new-window internal link in current>HSO Chat Instructions (German language only; accessible in the internal network or via VPN)

Filr provides access from at home to your personal home storage drive. You can store data there, synchronize them with multiple devices and share them with other users. More on Filr on the CIT website (German language only; accessible in the internal network or via VPN)

A service for securely synchronizing and sharing data. All university users have 50 GB of storage space each, can store files, and create and share folders. Very handy for group work, for example, to access shared documents, but also for backing up data, e. g. during final exams. Access is possible via the web browser after logging in with the campus user ID; with the client it is even more convenient.

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<link https: hilfe.cit.hs-offenburg.de confluence citpublic anleitungsartikel bwsync-share external-link-new-window internal link in current>Link to Instructions (German language only)

For all members of the University there are multifunktion devices for printing, scanning and copying which are connected to the "Follow-me"-System. You can start your print job via VPN at home and print at the University's multifunction device with your OSKAR card. Alternatively you can login and print via bw-Lehrpool.

<link internal-link>Link to Instructions on the CIT website (German language only; accessible in the internal network or via VPN)

Further offerings

If you are looking for learning support or help with other problems, the institutions and services listed below may be of interest for you.

If you have problems with mathematics or questions about physics, programming and other natural sciences, experienced tutors at the Learning Center can provide individual help and advise you on solving your tasks for the lecture or during the exam preparation. To reach you at home during the COVID restrictions, the Learning Center is also offering its services remotely.

Find more information on their website (German only) at:

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Academic Advising

The Student Advising Office continues to be available to you. You can contact us by email (klara.buchner@hs-offenburg.de), telephone (<link tel:07812054866>0781-205-4866) or online chat (Tue 10-11 am and Wed 2-3 pm at <link https: beratungszentrum.hs-offenburg.de>



Studying online places particularly high demands on your self-organization abilities. Here you will find support, not only for your digital studies:

Career-Center: Online seminars on digital learning and other topics

Coaching: Individual advising on time management, self-organization, exam preparation and exam anxiety
For an appointment, contact evelyn.grosshans@hs-offenburg.de

Lernzentrum: Courses and mentoring on the STEM subjects of physics, chemistry, computer science, and mechanics engineering

LinkedIn Learning: Additional online courses on a variety of topics.
LinkedIn Learning Platform

Due to the current situation, many students also face financial difficulties. A number of measures have been taken to provide additional financial support for students, including the following:

  • BAföG recipients should not suffer any disadvantages if, for example, courses or examinations cannot take place due to the corona pandemic. If the parents earn less due to the pandemic, an application can be made for an update for the current BAföG approval period. The crediting rules in BAföG have been adapted: Those who support our society in the current crisis in systemically important sectors will retain their full BAföG support.
  • Students in acute emergencies can apply for the bridging allowance on a nationally standardized online application page (English version available): <link _blank>www.überbrückungshilfe-studierende.de/start
  • Eligible to apply are students from Germany and abroad who are enrolled at state and state-recognized universities in Germany. The number of semesters or age are not grounds for exclusion. The decisive factor is the proven, acute pandemic emergency.
  • The portal automatically forwards students' applications to the Studierendenwerk responsible for them. The applications are processed and paid out by the Studierendenwerk.
  • Depending on the proven need, between 100 euros and 500 euros can be paid as non-repayable subsidies. The transitional aid can be applied for the months June, July and August 2020. The bank balance on the day before the application is submitted is decisive. For example, if you still have 200 euros in your account, you can receive 300 euros in bridging assistance for the month in which you apply. 

Further information:

  • BMBF Hotline on the Überbrückungshilfe:
    Phone: 0800 26 23 003
    Email: <link>ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende@bmbf.bund.de


Especially in the current situation, it is worthwhile to consider whether you are eligible for a scholarship. The so-called MINT-College of the Hochschule offers all students and prospective students free scholarship advising. You are welcome to make an appointment with scholarship adviser Jacqueline Obermann. Unfortunately, these consultations cannot be held in person at the University at the moment. Alternatively, counseling by email or telephone is possible.

To schedule an appointment, contact: <link mail internal link in current>jacqueline.obermann@hs-offenburg.de.

For more information on scholarships (in English), go to: <link https: www.hs-offenburg.de typo3 en study-programs-student-services financing-your-studies scholarships external-link-new-window internal link in current>www.hs-offenburg.de/en/study-programs-student-services/financing-your-studies/scholarships/

The AStA (Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss) is the student government and representative organization at Hochschule Offenburg. It is a contact for students’ questions about university institutions, life on campus, cultural activities in the city of Offenburg, or even legal issues. AStA’s brochure for new students, updated every semester, is a helpful source of information for everyone (see downloads on the AStA website).

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The Helpdesk provides support, especially in the first weeks of the semester, for everything that has to do with studying online, be it problems with the technology, already losing your grip, or just being clueless?

Send an email to the Helpdesk at: <link>digital-studieren@hs-offenburg.de. Alternatively, use the form below for your inquiry.

The Language Center is there for you as usual. You can learn and improve your English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Swedish and Japanese. The language courses are taught via Zoom and Moodle, and our language teachers have had very positive experiences with this. Nothing stands in the way of learning a new language!

More information is available on our website at: https://www.hs-offenburg.de/international/sprachenzentrum/.
If you have questions, please contact us by email: sprachenzentrum@hs-offenburg.de.