Date: 4 June 2021
Dear students and others,
We would still like to ask you that you only come to the university if you are symptom-free and have a negative test result that is not older than 24 hours. If the test result is positive, it is important that you inform the university and the relevant health authority. The health office will then discuss the next necessary steps with you.
However, we have some good news: after fifteen months of online teaching, we are finally able to announce the prospect of re-opening our schools. I am pleased to send you the details regarding teaching, examinations, and supervised mandatory testing. Please read the following information carefully.
According to an announcement dated 26 May 2021 by the Berlin Senate Chancellery students can have access to libraries, dining halls, and workstations from 4 June 2021.
A return to face-to-face teaching with a maximum of 25 students per group will be possible from June 18th. Provided room is available, an upper limit of 40 persons is allowed for making up for cancelled or postponed course in individual cases.
What does this mean for our university?
In accordance with the CORE course schedule, the start date for the third block of the 2021 summer term is 21 June 2021. Both the third and the fourth block are to be offered as face-to-face/hybrid teaching. Since we anticipate that not all students will be able to be on site, we want to ensure that it does not put you at a disadvantage. In such cases, the courses will be offered in hybrid format. On CampusNet, you will find which seminar room is assigned to your module/course. The lecturer(s) will inform you in advance or in the first course (online) about the schedule.
Following courses are not affected by the face-to-face/hybrid teaching format and will remain online:
- Online seminars already scheduled for this period
- Continuous modules
- Continuous courses that do not follow CORE
- Language courses
- Elective courses with mixed groups.
Libraries, dining halls and workstations may be made accessible to students as early as June 7th, 2021. Please schedule a timeslot if you would like to use the library.
As of 21 June, cancelled examinations can be made up for and examinations scheduled for the summer semester 2021 can be offered in class, unless in exceptional cases, where they have been scheduled in advance. The same upper limits for persons apply here. It is important that changes to the form of the exam approved by the examination board continue to apply. Requests for changes back to the original exam form should be made to the examination board three weeks in advance. You, as a student, should not suffer any disadvantage if you are unable to take part.
The German AHA-L rule (meaning: keep your distance, wash your hands, wear a mask, and air the rooms), designated walkways at the university, and mandatory documented attendance lists will continue to apply during hybrid teaching as well as any visits you make to the library and media center.
As a rule, you will require a negative test confirmation by an official issuing authority to be allowed access to the university building. The test must not be more than 24 hours old. At the beginning of teaching, lecturers are required to record proof of the test on the attendance roster. For those who have already recovered from Covid, official proof of an infection which occurred more than 28 days and no longer than 6 months ago is required to participate in a course. For those who have already been fully vaccinated, the following rule applies to participate in a course: complete vaccination plus 14 days.
We determined that we can streamline the testing process for you with the help of official test centres. As mentioned before, we recommend that you take a test directly at an official test centre in immediate vicinity of your residence, so that you can avoid travelling through the city unnecessarily.
However, we have contacted the official test centres in the immediate vicinity of the respective schools and they have confirmed a sufficient capacity even at short notice. Each of the test centres offers free rapid antigen testing on a daily basis. After testing, you will receive an official negative test confirmation for use in public spaces. This can then be used at the school as well as for other purposes.
If you prefer to take a test near university, booking an appointment through an official test center is recommended. Please find a selection of test centres, including available appointments near your school here.
The closest test centres to each school location offer the following testing options:
- SOPA: Teststation am Kleistpark; Hauptstraße 5, 10827 Berlin | Appointment or drop by | 8 am - 6 pm
- BSDC: Coronatest am Moritzplatz; Prinzessinnenstraße 14, 10969 Berlin | Appointment or drop by | 7 am - 8 pm
- BSM/BST: TU Testzentrum; Straße des 17. Juni 153, 10623 Berlin | Appointment or drop by | 7 am - 6 pm
- DSM: Schnelltestzentrum Neustadt; Königsbrücker Str. 53, 01099 Dresden | Appointment or drop by | 9 am - 12 pm & 2 - 6 pm
- Hamburg: Dein Corona Testzentrum Dammtor; Marseiller Straße 2, 20355 Hamburg | Appointment necessary | 8 am - 6 pm
Please be sure to bring along your student ID, valid ID/passport, residence permit if applicable, and a mouth/nose protection. We recommend that you book an appointment beforehand. Without an appointment, there may be delays and queues may form. Please plan accordingly.
We are delighted that we can take the first steps together with you of re-opening, and that our university can be a place to meet each other again after such a long time. If you have any questions, please contact the Executive Board (email@example.com).
Victoria Büsch & Thorsten Bagschik
PS: Find more general information here:
FAQS Testing Strategy | for students
- Students taking part in in-person teaching/seminars
- Students taking in-person examinations
- Students who have an appointment with the administration (e.g. borrowing media, meeting with the Student and Welcome Services, using the library)
- Students who have made an appointment to use the function rooms (e.g. studios)
The following tests are accepted:
- PCR test
- rapid test at a test centre
All tests listed above need to be updated on a daily basis, so the test should be done no more than 24 hours before coming to the relevant campus.
Each student must present to the lecturer or member of the administrative staff - without being asked to do so - a document confirming that they have an official and recent (less than 24 hours old) negative test result. The student must be able to show on demand proof of the test result (e-mail or printed document).
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I contact your study advisors in order to make an appointment?
The study advisors at our schools are happy to guide you through our range of study programmes, the application process, admission requirements and financing options. Please find their contact details here.
- Can I get a campus tour?
Due to Covid-19 we are unable to offer campus tours at the moment. However, you can have a look at our virtual tours and campus videos on Youtube.
- Are there any other information sessions that you offer?
Please find an overview of our current online and on-campus events here.
- I am not sure whether I can get a student visa in time because of Covid-19 and/or whether I can enter Germany.
You can still apply online as we are adapting to the current situation. For example, you might start your studies online and continue them on campus once you are in Germany.
- Can I start or continue my studies if the situation is getting worse?
Yes, thanks to our blended learning and study model (online classes + self study), you can start your courses online and you can already interact with your classmates. You will be able to study, exchange ideas and fully engage with your professors and fellow students in our virtual classrooms. You will also be able to hold presentations, work on practical projects or hand in essays and acquire credits through continuous assessment. We have successfully been offering this blended learning and study model since March 2020.
- I am unable to take one of the usual English proficiency tests due to the current situation. Do you accept other (online) tests?
If you cannot take one of the standard English proficiency tests due to COVID-19, we are currently also accepting the following online English tests: Duolingo Certificate | result needed: 95 Points; TOEFL Special Home Edition | result needed: 87 ibt; IELTS Indicator | result needed: 6.5 overall
- Who can I contact if I have questions about and suggestions on the coronavirus?
Please use the following email address if you you wish to contact us regarding the coronavirus (questions, concerns of any kind, reporting suspicious cases, etc.): firstname.lastname@example.org
- How can I reach the university's service departments?
Welcome & Student Service | email@example.com
Study Advisors | firstname.lastname@example.org
Admissions | email@example.com
International Office | firstname.lastname@example.org
Language Centre | email@example.com
Examinations Office | firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Service | email@example.com
Course Coordination | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee Management | email@example.com
Media Technology | firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Libraries | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Where can I find reliable information about the current health situation in Germany?
Please refer to the websites of public authorities that offer quality-assessed information, e.g. Federal Ministry of Health, State health ministries, Robert Koch-Institut, Federal Centre for Health Education. If necessary, the responsible local public health department will publish more information about the situation (Source: Robert Koch-Institut).
Other sources in English: Federal Foreign Office, International Air Transport Association, deutschland.de, European Commission, United Nations, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community