Information on coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

 

Dear students,

we hope you are doing well. Please be assured that we all do our best to cope with the challenges brought considering the coronavirus pandemic. Don't hesitate to contact us via telephone, e-mail or Skype.

We wish you good health and confidence. This page will be updated regularly.

News (last edit: 15th January, 2021, 11:30 am)

  • From and including Wednesday, December 16, 2020 the HMKW locations will be closed to the public until January 31, 2021 for the time being. Please come to our university building only in urgent cases.
  • All courses and all administrative and other activities that do not necessarily have to take place on site will again be moved completely to the online area during this period.
  • Starting from October 8, 2020 the wearing of a mouth nose protection is obligatory at the university not only in the building/on the corridors, but also in the classes and in exams.
  • As of Dec. 16, 2020, our libraries will also cease operations.
  • The Berlin Senate Administration has decided that the submission deadlines for all written papers will be extended by at least 4 weeks. By additional decision of the Academic Senate, all papers with a deadline after December 16, 2020 will be extended by these 4 weeks but at least until February 1, 2021.
  • The Robert Koch Institute is currently again identifying risk areas, including some EU member states/regions in the EU. Entry from third countries, e.g. for study purposes, has been partially possible again since 2 July. More information on the current entry regulations can be found here.
  • If you come from a risk area or have had contact to a person with suspected coronavirus, please avoid unnecessary contact with others for 14 days - even if you don't have any symptoms. People from risk areas are obliged to take a corona test when they enter Germany. More information you find here.
  • Certainly, the university administration is in close contact to Berliner Senatsverwaltung and to the health authorities in Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse.

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General information

Corona: General rules

  • Please wash your hands with water and soap regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid shaking hands with people.
  • Make sure to cough and sneeze in the crook of your arm.

What is a risk region?

FAQ

Is HMKW open to the public?

From and including Wednesday, December 16, 2020 the HMKW locations will be closed to the public until January 31, 2021 for the time being. Please come to our university building only in urgent cases.

We kindly ask you to contact us via mail, telephone, e-mail or Skype.

When does the semester start at HMKW?

The semester started on October 1, 2020 at all three branches Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt/M. The official start of the lectures was on October 5th, 2020. Teaching takes place via three forms of learning (classroom teaching, online and hybrid courses).

Do exams take place?

Whether and how exams will take place is uncertain at this time. However, all exams that require physical attendance are expected to be postponed or replaced with alternative forms of exams until further notice. All post-exams are expected to be postponed indefinitely. As soon as we have binding information on this, we will keep you updated here.
All Bachelor/Master colloquia and other oral exams that should not be postponed for compelling reasons will be conducted in online form (via Skype, Zoom, etc.).

I would like to hand in my bachelor/master thesis / term paper. What do I have to consider?

The Berlin Senate Administration has decided that the submission deadlines for all written papers will be extended by at least 4 weeks. By additional decision of the Academic Senate, all papers with a deadline after December 16, 2020 will be extended by these 4 weeks but at least until February 1, 2021.

To meet the deadline, it is sufficient to submit written work in digital form (i.e. usually as a PDF). How to proceed with special formats, e.g. with practical, manual work in design modules, must be clarified in individual cases in consultation with the respective teachers.

Reasonable extensions of the submission deadlines for homework for regular modules are determined individually by the respective teaching staff.

Can I use the library?

As of Dec. 16, 2020, our libraries will also cease operations.

 

When is it possible to enter Germany again? From which countries?

Entry to Germany from EU member states and from "Schengen-associated" countries as well as from Great Britain has been possible again in principle since 15 June 2020; entry restrictions and internal border controls no longer apply; a "valid reason for entry" is no longer required.

As of 2 July 2020, the entry of third-country nationals from some countries is again possible. Please also note the information provided by the Federal Government and the Federal Foreign Office. This list of countries may be extended or restricted depending on the development of the pandemic.

Third-country nationals from all other countries may enter Germany for study purposes from 2 July onwards, if the studies cannot be carried out entirely from abroad.

What is a risk region?

The Robert Koch Institute identifies international risk areas where there is an increased risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2. Persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany who have been in a risk area at any time during the last 14 days before entry are required to be isolated in accordance with the respective quarantine regulations of the competent federal states or to present a negative corona test. Here you find more information by the Robert Koch Institute.

The existing travel and security instructions of the Federal Foreign Office as well as the information for travellers of the Federal Government are still valid.

Here you find more information regarding corona testing when travelling to Germany.

 

How can I protect myself against infection?

Similar to other diseases like influenza you can prevent illness by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Moreover, avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and other people (from 1 to 2 meters) if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. Also you should avoid shaking hands with people. Generally people with respiratory diseases should be stay at home to lower the risk of infection for others.

Are sanitizers available?

In the washrooms and in the corridors disinfectant dispensers are available. Moreover, our cleaning staff is instructed to disinfect daily and regularly door handles, toilets, surfaces etc.

How do I detect an infection?

An infection with coronavirus can lead to symptoms like fever and cough. Other symptoms such as a cold, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pains, a sore throat and headache were recorded as well. Some ill persons suffer from nausea or diarrhea.

The course of disease can be vary considerably according to individuals. Especially, elder persons (from 50 or 60 years of age) or persons mit underlying medical conditions have a higher risk to become ill.

In case of any symptoms please stay at home and consult a doctor via telephone. Inform us about your illness promptly but please don't visit us in person.