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: July 29, 2021, 3:30 am)

  • The HMKW locations are open to the public again. Please note the distance rules and that it is required to wear a mask..
  • All courses and all administrative and other activities that do not necessarily have to take place on site will continue to be moved completely to the online area. Classroom teaching is only possible in justified exceptional cases if there are special practical or didactic requirements. (a daily negative rapid test is required twice a week)
  • Here you can find the measures against the coronavirus that are currently in force in Berlin. On this page you will find all offers for free rapid tests with a corresponding official ID of the test result. Please ensure for each location whether it is necessary to book an appointment in advance. Here you can find test locations in Cologne and in Hesse/Frankfurt.
  • The wearing of a FFP2 mask or medical mask is obligatory at the university not only in the building/on the corridors, but also in the classes and in exams.
  • The library as well as PC pools and workrooms have been open since June 4, 2021. In addition, our online resources (EBSCO and statista), with the exception of the Wiley Online Library, will of course continue to be available to you from home. You can visit the library again - without making an appointment in advance. You can find the library's opening hours on your Trainex home page.
  • The Robert Koch Institute is currently again identifying risk areas, including some EU member states/regions in the EU. Entry restrictions are currently in place for many countries. More information on the current entry regulations can be found here.
  • Quarantine, testing, and notification requirements apply to entrants who have been in a foreign risk area within the ten days prior to entry. More information from the Federal Ministry of Health can be found 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 HMKW locations are open to the public again. Please note the distance rules and that it is required to wear a mask.

When does the semester start at HMKW?

The winter semester starts on October 01, 2021. This applies to all 3 locations: Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt/M. The official start of lectures is on October 05, 2021. Teaching is expected to take place via three forms of learning (online and hybrid events and, if possible, presence).

Do exams take place?

A large number of the examinations will not take place in presence and, if necessary, will be replaced by alternative forms of examination. 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 Academic Senate had decided that during the lockdown all final theses (i.e. Bachelor's or Master's theses) had to be submitted electronically only. This regulation was limited to the time of the lockdown, i.e. is no longer valid. From now on, please also hand in 3 bound copies of your bachelor or master thesis again.

Can I use the library?

The library as well as PC pools and workrooms have been open since June 4, 2021. In addition, our online resources (EBSCO and statista), with the exception of the Wiley Online Library, will of course continue to be available to you from home. You can visit the library again - without making an appointment in advance. You can find the library's opening hours on your Trainex home page.

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from many countries. Persons entering Germany from risk areas or by air must complete a digital entry registration, undergo mandatory testing or provide proof of immunity, and comply with quarantine regulations.

In principle, entry is possible from:

  • EU member states
  • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • other countries from which entry is possible in light of the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

For more information please check the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

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.  Quarantine, testing, and notification requirements apply to entrants who have been in a foreign risk area within the ten days prior to entry. More information from the Federal Ministry of Health can be found here. 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?

As with influenza and other respiratory diseases, adherence to coughing and sneezing rules, good hand hygiene, and keeping a distance from infected persons (about 1 to 2 meters) as well as wearing an FFP2 mask protect against transmission of the novel coronavirus. Handshaking should also be avoided. In general, people who have respiratory symptoms, i.e. signs of illness in the respiratory tract, should stay at home if possible.

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.