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: 10th July, 2020, 9:30 am)

  • Public access to the HMKW is restricted until further notice. Please come to our university building only for courses or in urgent cases.
  • All exams that require physical presence are postponed or replaced by alternative types of examination.
  • Submission deadlines of all bachelor and master theses are cancelled until further notice. Reasonable extensions for regular term papers are defined by the lecturers.
  • Use of our library: We are trying our best to keep providing you with the literature you need. For futher information, please read this PDF info sheet.
  • The semester startet on April 1, 2020. However, there will be no lectures at the campus until further notice. All classroom training is converted to online courses (Zoom, TraiNex etc.) and other forms of distance learning. From April 6, 2020 HMKW offers introductory courses that prepare all students for distance learning. Please read this info sheet for more information. From June 2nd onwards, some of the events will again take place in person - taking into account distance and hygiene rules.
  • The worldwide travel warning was lifted on 15 June for most EU member states, the Schengen area and Great Britain. 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.
  • 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?

  • Since June, the Robert Koch Institute has again identified 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 may be required to be isolated in accordance with the respective quarantine regulations of the competent federal states. 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.

FAQ

Is HMKW open to the public?

The public access of HMKW was restricted until further notice. Please only visit us for your courses or in urgent matters. The library, functional rooms, rooms, printers, plotters etc. are not open/available at the moment. The examination office and the students' secretary office remains open. Please contact us only in urgent matters, we kindly ask you to contact us via mail, telephone, e-mail or Skype. The semester tickets are send by mail.

When does the semester start at HMKW?

The semester started on April 1, 2020. However, there will be no lectures at the campus till April 20, 2020. This applies for all campusses: Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt (Main). The classroom training is converted to online courses (Zoom, TraiNex etc.). From April 6, 2020 HMKW offers introductory courses that prepare all students for e-learning. Here, contents and methods will be explained. Our lecturers will offer bibliographies etc. The teaching will be ensured - including these two weeks of preparation - for 15 weeks. More information about the organization of the summer term 2020 you find here.

Do exams take place?

All exams that require physical presence are postponed or replaced by alternative types of examination. All exams that were scheduled from Monday (March, 23) are postponed for an indefinite period. All bachelor and master colloquia that should not be postponed for compelling reasons can be carried out via online media such as Skype, Zoom etc.

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

Submission deadlines of all bachelor and master theses are cancelled until further notice. This applies retroactively to all deadlines from March, 12. Processing time is exposed from this date until university facililies such as the library and PC rooms are reopened, at least till May, 11. Every student who still wants to write his/her thesis is free to do so. He/she can hand in his/her thesis independent from the deadline.

Reasonable extensions for regular term papers are defined by the lecturers.

Can I use the library?

As you know, our library rooms have to be closed to the public until further notice due to an official order. We are trying our best to keep providing you with the literature you need. As long as possible, we will keep our library open for individual visits after personal notification (preferably by e-mail to g.steinberg (at) hmkw.de) for all our students and staff. When notifying us about your visit, please let us know which books you would like to borrow so that we can make them available in advance and limit your stay at the university to the bare essentials. For futher information, please read this PDF info sheet.

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 the following countries is again possible without restrictions: Australia, Georgia, Canada, Montenegro, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. This list of countries may be extended or restricted depending on the development of the pandemic. We will follow the development and keep you informed on this page. Please also note the information provided by the Federal Government and the Federal Foreign Office.

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?

Since June, the Robert Koch Institute has again identified 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 may be required to be isolated in accordance with the respective quarantine regulations of the competent federal states. Here you find more information by the Robert Koch Institute.

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.