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

  • Public access to the HMKW is restricted until further notice. Please come to our university building only for courses or in urgent cases.
  • The winter term begins on October 1, 2020 with presence-based and online-based courses. On-campus lessons, examinations, and all other events which are study-related or in general organized by HMKW, are permitted only as long as they conform with the rules and regulations.
  • 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.
  • All exams that require physical presence are postponed or replaced by alternative types of examination.
  • As of October 1, 2020, visits to the library will again be possible without an appointment - for your own protection and that of your fellow human beings, please take care not to enter the library until you are asked and not to form a queue in the corridor. To be on the safe side, you can still make an individual appointment. More information
  • 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?

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 starts on October 1, 2020. This applies to all 3 locations: Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt/M. The official start of the lectures is on October 5th, 2020. Teaching takes place via three forms of learning (classroom teaching, online and hybrid courses).

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 of October 1, 2020, visits to the library will again be possible without an appointment - for your own protection and that of your fellow human beings, please take care not to enter the library until you are asked and not to form a queue in the corridor. To be on the safe side, you can still make an individual appointment (preferably by e-mail, in Berlin to g.steinberg (at) hmkw.de, in Cologne to verwaltung-koeln@hmkw.de). When you register, please let us know which books you would like to borrow so that they can be made available in advance and your stay at the university can be limited to the bare essentials.

 

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?

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.