Information about the Coronavirus pandemic

The HWR Berlin informs you on this website about the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and the potentially occurring disease COVID-19 on the teaching, studies, and daily work at the university.

  • Please note: Due to the dynamic situation, we are constantly revising the content and FAQ on this page. Please check back regularly and read the latest information first.

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15.02.2021: Restrictions in university operations until 31 March

Berlin's universities have decided to continue the coronavirus containment measures that have been in place until 31 March 2021 for the time being. This means that the following measures will continue to apply:

  • There will be no face-to-face courses.
  • Exceptions can be already planned face-to-face examinations as well as practical formats that are mandatory and cannot be carried out in digital form. The number of participants will be limited to an absolute minimum. Participation is voluntary for students; there are no disadvantages for non-participation.
  • The libraries only offer online services and lending services.
  • For employees of the HWR Berlin, access to the university remains possible if this is absolutely necessary for business purposes. Home office has priority.
  • The deadlines for the completion of all theses at the HWR Berlin (Bachelor, Master, Diploma) can be extended by the departments.  Further information can be obtained from the examination offices or examination committees at the respective departments.

For the time being, the HWR Berlin - like all other higher education institutions in the state of Berlin - remains in Stage 2 of the three-stage Berlin Stage Plan.

The Berlin universities have decided to continue the measures for the containment of the coronavirus that have been in place until 15 February 2021. This means that at the HWR Berlin, all regulations in force since 15 December 2020 (see below) will be extended until 15 February 2021.

The submission deadlines for theses are extended by the departments concerned:

  • In Departments 1 and 3 by a total of 8 weeks.
  • In Departments 4 and 5, a further extension is currently being discussed. If you have any questions, please contact the relevant study office first.
  • The extensions do not apply to internal and dual study programmes.

For term papers, the agreed submission deadlines continue to apply unchanged. Should processing be delayed due to the pandemic, please contact your examiners with your individual request.

The Berlin Senate has decided to prolong the current measures for the containment of the coronavirus until 31 January 2021. For the universities, this means that all regulations (see below) initially valid until 10 January 2021 will be extended until 31 January 2021.

This means that the submission deadline for final theses will also be extended once by 4 weeks whose deadline expires between 11.01. and 31.01. Already extended deadlines from the regulation of 15.12.2020 will not be extended again.

In consultation with the Senate Chancellery for Science and Research as well as the other Berlin universities, the HWR Berlin has decided on some extended provisions for the period of the lockdown decided by the states and the federal government:

  • No face-to-face courses will take place in the period from December 16, 2020 to January 10, 2021.
  • Exceptions can be face-to-face exams already scheduled until December 18, 2020, as well as practical formats that are mandatory and cannot be conducted in digital form. The number of participants will be kept to an absolute minimum. Participation is voluntary for students; there will be no disadvantages for non-participation.
  •  The libraries will offer only online services and lending services from December 16, 2020 to January 10, 2021.
  •  For employees of the HWR Berlin, access to the university will continue to be possible if this is absolutely necessary for official business. The home office has priority.
  • The deadlines for the writing of all theses at the HWR Berlin (Bachelor, Master, Diploma) that have not yet expired on 15.12.2020 will be extended by 4 weeks. More info in the FAQ below.

The HWR Berlin thus remains - like all other universities in the state of Berlin - in Stage 2 of the three-stage Berlin Stage Plan until further notice.

As a part of stage two of the Berlin stage plan for university operation under pandemic conditions, the HWR Berlin has introduced extended regulations:

  • In classroom teaching, students are obliged to wear a mouth-and-nose mask.
     
  • Mouth-and-nose masks are obligatory in all buildings of the HWR Berlin, including libraries and offices, if more than one person is present in the room.
     
  • Oral presence examinations are generally suspended.
     
  • Written presence examinations are only held if this is absolutely necessary. Candidates must wear mouth-nose covers at all times during presence examinations. Examiners may only remove mouth-nose covers if they are examining from a fixed location and a minimum distance of three metres to the candidates is guaranteed.
     
  • Consultations on examinations and their evaluation in attendance are only permitted if absolutely necessary.
     
  • Libraries suspend the charging of fees for exceeding loan periods.
     
  • Business trips will only be authorised if they are absolutely necessary. Authorisations already granted may be withdrawn.
     
  • Meetings in person may only take place if they are absolutely necessary and cannot be held digitally.
     
  • A central case management has been established for the notification of possible or proven infections with SARS-Cov-2. Please note the relevant regulations in the FAQ.

These preventive measures may be further adapted depending on the current infection situation. Current information can always be found on this page.

The Berlin House of Representatives has passed the law to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic in the area of higher education law. This "protective shield" ensures that examinations that are not passed in the summer semester 2020 or winter semester 2020/21 are considered not taken - i.e. they do not "count" as an examination attempt. The regulation also applies to examinations in the summer semester 2020 that were taken before the law came into force.

The regulation is automatically applied to examinations already failed in the summer semester 2020 or in the winter semester 2020/21. For technical reasons, however, it will take until the end of November for retroactive application to the 2020 summer semester to be stored in all systems. Students who have been exmatriculated due to an examination that was finally not passed, please register at the responsible study offices of the departments.

The Berlin SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Ordinance of 29 September 2020 stipulates that teaching at Berlin universities "in the winter semester 2020/2021 is to be carried out, if possible, as a hybrid semester with a mixture of digital teaching and face-to-face courses".

Classroom teaching and examinations may only be conducted in compliance with appropriate protection and hygiene regulations. For this purpose, the universities will develop their own protection and hygiene concepts. How these are implemented at the HWR Berlin is described in the university's pandemic plan. In addition, a regulation passed by the Academic Senate will take effect in the winter semester, adapting the regulations for studies and examinations to the pandemic-related restrictions.

The following applies to teaching, research and administration at the university: as much presence as possible, as much online as necessary. This means that the university will closely monitor the development of the infection and react with restrictions if necessary.

The health of the university's staff and the prevention of uncontrolled spread of infections are of the highest priority.
In particular, mouth and nose covers must be worn in all traffic and common areas of the HWR Berlin. In order to ensure a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, a maximum limit is set for rooms where people are present at the same time and rooms are cleaned, disinfected and ventilated in a targeted manner.

In adapting university operations to the infection situation, the HWR Berlin follows the Berlin step-by-step plan for university operations under pandemic conditions. Procedures and responsibilities for university operations at the levels defined in this plan are established and published.

The HWR Berlin will continue to reduce classroom teaching. This will be done in agreement with the Berlin universities and the Senate Chancellery for Science and Research in order to protect our students, lecturers and employees as well as the general public.

Specifically, the following will apply from 02 November 2020:

All courses are held fully digital. However, there are the following exceptions:

  • Courses for first and second semesters can be held in attendance. However, only if the group size does not exceed 20 people and if there is an option for students who do not wish to attend in attendance to participate online (blended classroom). In the period from 14 to 23 December 2020 and after New Year's Eve (4 to 8 January 2021), these courses will also be held exclusively online.
     
  • Practical formats such as workshop and laboratory courses may take place. Here too, the group size may not exceed 20 people. These events will not take place in the week after New Year's Eve (4 to 8 January 2021).
     
  • The use of moth-nose covers is compulsory in all presence formats.

The following applies to exams:

  • Oral presence examinations are generally suspended.
     
  • Written attendance examinations are only held if this is absolutely necessary. Candidates must wear mouth-nose covers at all times during presence examinations.

More information via Moodle, e-mail and on the website

Lecturers will soon provide information on the formats of the individual courses. Please note the information in Moodle, by e-mail and on the HWR Berlin website.

Examinations can be held in presence, subject to distance and hygiene rules. The regulations of the pandemic plan, including the obligation to wear masks in all rooms, continue to apply.

Corona: Where to turn when you feel sick

If symptoms of illness occur, please consult a doctor.

You can also get support at the official Corona hotline of the Berlin health administration:

  • +49 30 90 28 28 28, available daily from 8.00 to 20.00

Corona screening centres in Berlin

The Berlin Senate is providing an overview of the Corona screening centres in Berlin.

Please not:  First contact the centres by phone before you go there.

COVID-19: What should I do if I might be infected or if I tested positive?

In case of a possible or proven infection, please contact the Central Case Management of the HWR Berlin immediately. Please send an e-mail to covid19-info(at)hwr-berlin. We will contact you as soon as possible to arrange further steps.

Cooperative degree programme? Inform your company

In the case of cooperative or internal degree courses, please also inform the company or the employing institution.

Please stay at home

Please do not enter the university until you have received a negative test result.

In case of a possible or proven infection, please contact the Central Case Management of the HWR Berlin immediately. Please send an e-mail to covid19-info(at)hwr-berlin.

In addition, please inform the human resources department at bueroleitung(at)hwr-berlin.de. The Central Case Management will forward your report to the department and will contact you as soon as possible to arrange further steps.

Please stay at home

Please do not enter the university until you have received a negative test result.

In case of a possible or proven infection, please contact the Central Case Management of the HWR Berlin immediately. Please send an e-mail to covid19-info(at)hwr-berlin. The Central Case Management will forward your report to the department and contact you as soon as possible to arrange further steps.

Please stay at home

Please do not enter the university until you have received a negative test result.
 

In case of a possible or proven infection, please contact the Central Case Management of the HWR Berlin immediately. Please send an e-mail to covid19-info(at)hwr-berlin.

In addition, please inform the human resources department at bueroleitung(at)hwr-berlin.de. The Central Case Management will forward your report to the Central University Administration or the department and will contact you as soon as possible to arrange further steps.

Please stay at home

Please do not enter the university until you have received a negative test result.
 

In case of a possible or proven infection, please contact the Central Case Management of the HWR Berlin immediately. Please send an e-mail to covid19-info(at)hwr-berlin. The Central Case Management will forward your report to the building management or the responsible units and will contact you as soon as possible to arrange further steps.

Please stay at home

Please do not enter the university until you have received a negative test result.

Questions and answers for students

Departments decide on extension

The deadlines for submitting theses (Bachelor, Master, Diploma) are extended by the respective departments of the HWR Berlin. The examination offices or examination committees of the respective faculties provide information on the respective regulations for the extension of submission deadlines.

No extension for term papers

The agreed submission deadlines for term papers continue to apply unchanged. If the processing is delayed due to the pandemic, please contact the examiners with your individual request.

The Berlin House of Representatives has passed the law to mitigate the Covid 19 pandemic in the area of higher education law. This law contains a regulation on the "individual standard period of study".

Students are thus guaranteed an extended standard period of study, which means that delays in the summer semester 2020 and/or winter semester 2020/21 due to the pandemic will not have a negative impact on the maximum duration of BAföG funding.

Please note: A certificate of the individual standard period of study is not required for your BAföG and is not issued by the HWR Berlin. A reference to the legal regulations of the state of Berlin will be sufficient.

Unfortunately, HWR Berlin cannot offer childcare in the current situation. The family rooms are closed until further notice, the offer for short-term childcare is currently not available.

Emergency care for your children

For emergency care for your children, please contact your day care centre or primary school directly. Within the framework of emergency care, it is possible to have children cared for in the day care centres and in the after-school care centre by the hour or on individual days. If care is necessary (e.g. digital lessons), it is possible to discuss individual care times with the day care centre or the after-school care centre.

Here, of course, the focus is always on infection control measures and it is at the disposal of the day-care centre or after-school care centre whether care can be provided. Universities and research institutions are again on the list of system-relevant professions.

Information on emergency care in daycare centres and primary schools can be found on the website of the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Sport:

We know that for many parents this poses great challenges in terms of organisation. That is why the HWR Berlin supports all parents within the scope of the possibilities.

Additional children's sick days

Additional children's sick days for families - even if school and childcare are restricted: If you cannot find another childcare option for a child up to the age of 12 who is not ill, legally insured working parents can take advantage of children's sick days.

  • In 2021, each legally insured parent can claim 20 instead of 10 days of children's sickness benefit per child, up to a maximum of 45 days in total for several children.
  • For single parents, the entitlement increases by 20 to 40 days per child, up to a maximum of 90 days for several children.

The entitlement also applies if the children have to be looked after at home for the following reasons:

  • The day care centre or school is closed due to the pandemic.
  • Compulsory attendance at classes has been suspended or access to childcare services has been restricted.

Another prerequisite is that there is no one in your household who can look after your child in your place. The regulation also applies to parents who work in a home office if there is a corresponding need for childcare. 

Insured persons must submit the request to their health insurance fund. The health insurance company provides a form for this purpose. The regulation is initially valid until 31 March 2021.

Applying for a disadvantage compensation

As a student, you can apply for compensation for disadvantages if family obligations, such as raising underage children, pregnancy or caring for relatives in need of care, make it difficult for you to complete your studies and exams. 

You must apply to the examination board for compensation for disadvantages and give reasons for this. Please enclose the relevant evidence. Reasons for a disadvantage compensation can be, for example, day care centre closing times, illness of your child, pregnancy complaints or chronic illnesses. 

Compensation can be made, for example, by extending the deadline, changing the form of the examination, substitute performance or postponing the examination.

Any questions?

The Family Office at the HWR Berlin is there for you:

Family Office:
Elisabeth Drescher
T: +49 30 30877−1402
E: familienbuero(at)hwr-berlin.de

More information:

Dining hall on Schöneberg Campus

The dining hall and cafeterias at the Schöneberg Campus of the HWR Berlin will both continue to be closed. Due to the current infection situation, the Studiendenwerk Berlin refectories are not switching to pick-up service as planned.

Food truck offering two dishes

The food truck of the Studierendenwerk Berlin stops at various students' halls of residence from Monday to Friday. It offers two dishes, one of them vegan, cakes, drinks, snacks and coffee specialities − just like in the dining hall.

You can pay with your Mensa Card and you can top up your card directly at the food truck. If you pay by debit card, credit card or Google Pay, the guest price will apply.

Find the tour plan here:

The Studierendenwerk is planning to launch a second food truck on 1 February 2021 and will soon visit further locations.

Dining hall onLichtenberg Campus

Cafeteria closed

Due to the Corona pandemic, the coffee bar at the Lichtenberg Campus of the HWR Berlin will remain closed until further notice.

Dining hall open on weekdays

The Wisag canteen at the Lichtenberg Campus of the HWR Berlin is open from Monday to Friday from 7.30 am. The reduced opening hours end at 13.00.

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Apply for support from 06 January 2021

Due to the Corona pandemic, your studies are taking place online − but you can't afford suitable workplace or IT equipment? Then get financial help. From 06 January 2021, 12:00 pm, you can apply for the technology fund "Participation in the Online Campus Berlin".

Money for hardware, software or workplace equipment

On 10 December, the state of Berlin approved additional funding to support students and teaching staff in Berlin. The Senate has commissioned the Studierendenwerk Berlin to distribute these funds. The fund supports the purchase of hardware, software and workstation equipment

Who can receive support?

Students and assistant lecturers who are enrolled or teaching at a state-recognised higher education institution in the state of Berlin, who have their registered address in Berlin or Brandenburg and whose personal and social situation requires special support are eligible to apply. Financial need is assessed on the basis of current bank statements. The assessment takes special circumstances into account.

Fill out the application online

Depending on your needs, you can receive 200, 400 or 500 euros in funding from the Technology Fund. You can only submit your application online on the Studierendenwerk Berlin website.

Apply for financial support to start your studies or graduation

As of 11 January 2021, you can apply for additional money from the fund "Study Start or Graduation Grant". This fund supports students in the sensitive phases of starting or completing their studies.

As an applicant, you can receive a flat-rate grant of 1,000 euros. Here, too, you can apply online on the Studierendenwerk Berlin website.

On 13 March 2020, the Berlin Senate decided to stop on-site university sports until further notice.

Exercising online

To help you stay physically fit and in shape during the online semester, the University Sports Centre and the AStA of the HWR Berlin, among others, offer various online courses. Sign up and join in.

All courses take place as a live stream and are free of charge for students, research assistants and employees of the HWR Berlin.

Only online services and lending services until 10 January 2021

The University Libraries of the HWR Berlin will only offer online services and lending services from 16 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.

Comply with protection and hygiene rules

At both locations of the library the mouth and nose protection obligation applies! Please keep a minimum distance of 2 metres at all times while waiting. Admission to the university and use of the services of the university libraries is in accordance with the requirements of the protection and hygiene concept (Annex 3 of the pandemic plan).

Important: Report presence by e-mail

The presence of library users on library premises is documented as follows:

  • Full-time teachers, scientific assistants, technical and administrative staff as well as student assistants extend the already required notification to the e-mail address: anwesenheit(at)hwr-berlin.de with the information that they have entered the library rooms. This applies accordingly to users of the carrels on the Schöneberg Campus.
  • For students and lecturers of the HWR Berlin, the counter staff will report to the e-mail address: anwesenheit(at)hwr-berlin.de. The information provided includes name, matriculation number, day of attendance, attendance time and library location.

Online services available

The online services of the university library are available to you. You can also access e-books, online journals and databases from outside the university.

Information about the services and access can be found on the website of the HWR Berlin:

Consulting hours of the university library

Currently you can reach the university library by phone and e-mail:

Monday to Friday: 10.00-15.00 hrs
T +49 30 30877-1284
E hsb.cs(at)hwr-berlin.de
E hsb.cl(at)hwr-berlin.de

Use the library without a CampusCard

You do not have a valid CampusCard? Good to know: The immatriculation number with the departmental suffix (for example 7721 for Department 1 Business and Economics) is also the user number for the university library. You can find this number when you create your library password with the help of Bibkey.

Any questions?

You can find more information on these websites:

Examinations in the winter semester 2020/21 will take place

Despite pandemic-related restrictions on university operations, students of the HWR Berlin should have the opportunity to continue their studies and to provide proof of performance in the winter semester 2020/21. Students will be able to take the examinations during their studies, as well as any outstanding follow-up, substitute and retaken examinations, as well as upcoming final exams. There is no obligation for students to take examinations in the winter semester 2020/21. This also applies to supplementary, substitute and retaken examinations.

Oral presence examinations

During the current pandemic-related restricted operation (level 2), all oral attendance examinations will be suspended in general.

Written presence examinations

During the current pandemic-related restricted operation (level 2), written presence examinations are only held when absolutely necessary. Candidates must wear mouth-nose covers at all times during presence examinations.

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Online exams are preferable

Health protection and hygiene measures require that for examinations in the winter semester 2020/21, if possible, examination forms are chosen that do not require the presence of students and examiners on site. If this results in a deviation from the forms of examination stipulated in the respective study and examination regulations, this is permissible. 

Combined examinations and presentations

Combined examinations and presentations must be taken online. These examinations may be arranged flexibly. This means that oral parts can be replaced by written parts, but the presentation can also be held via a video-conference platform. Combined examinations can also be divided into several or other partial examinations than those provided for in the examination regulations. Oral examination parts are not mandatory.

Comply with distance and hygiene rules during examinations

The examinations at the HWR Berlin are carried out in accordance with the SARS-CoV-2 infection protection ordinance of the State of Berlin. The duties formulated there are transferred into the protection and hygiene concept of the university. The departments or the BPS develop implementation concepts for attendance examinations in order to ensure that the measures required for infection protection are implemented operationally and that the distance and hygiene rules can be strictly adhered to.

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No oral presence examinations

During the current pandemic-related restricted operation (level 2), all oral presence examinations are suspended in general.

Online exams for members of risk groups

Examinees can request an online exam if they belong to a risk group, live in a household with a person who belongs to a risk group, or - for example because they are in quarantine - are not allowed to leave home. If it is unclear whether these conditions are met, the examination board decides on the form in which the oral examination will be held.

Hygiene measures for oral final examinations in presence

The infection prevention measures required for oral presence examinations are described in more detail in the protection and hygiene concept of the HWR Berlin (Annex 3 of the pandemic plan). In particular, oral examinations may only be conducted in rooms where it is ensured that the participants can keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from each other.

Online tests for oral examinations accompanying modules

Oral examinations accompanying modules will generally be held as online examinations.

Oral examinations via video conference

Lecturers and students use a suitable video conferencing system for online oral exams and final oral exams conducted online. The following procedure is advisable:

  • Examiners and students try out and practise using the chosen platform before the exam.
  • Examiners should have one or more alternatives to the chosen platform available in case of technical problems.

In the case of oral online examinations during the course of studies, lecturers may do without the involvement of a competent assessor, even if the regulations specific to the course of studies require the participation of such a person.

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Written presence examinations

During the current pandemic-related restricted operation (level 2), written presence examinations are only held when absolutely necessary. The candidates must wear mouth-nose covers at all times during presence exams. Written exams may only be held in attendance if they cannot be taken as online exams. 

Written exams take place online via Moodle

Written online exams are provided using Moodle. The following conditions must be met:

  • The task of the exam reflects on the fact that the examinee can use any aids he or she likes during the exam.
  • The settings in Moodle ensure that the task is only available to all examiners when the exam starts and that answers can only be uploaded until the end of the exam.
  • Examinees must submit a declaration of ownership when submitting their solution.
  • The task should be designed in such a way that even strong examiners do not have the opportunity to pass on their solution to fellow students during the processing time.
  • To prevent technical problems directly leading to the exclusion of examinees, the technically set time for processing should be longer than the actual processing time.
  • In this way it can be clarified afterwards, via the corresponding log files, whether the examinee is responsible for the delay.

Examination performances can be assessed orally

If, in the case of written online exams, there is any doubt as to the authorship of a candidate for the submitted examination papers, the lecturers may check by means of a short oral colloquium, to be held online where necessary, whether the exam has been personally processed. The colloquium will not be evaluated.

Hygiene measures for face-to-face exams

The infection prevention measures required for presence examinations are described in detail in the protection and hygiene concept of the HWR Berlin (Annex 3 of the pandemic plan). In particular, presence examinations may only be written in rooms in which it is ensured that the examinees can keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from each other.

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Due to the current infection situation, the range of digital courses is being increased at the HWR Berlin. At the same time, the number of face-to-face courses will be reduced. Priority in classroom teaching is given to courses for our first and second semesters.

Information by e-mail, Moodle and on the website

The teachers will soon inform the participants of their courses about the current proceedings.

Find more information in German here:

The Berlin House of Representatives has passed the law to mitigate the Covid 19 pandemic in the area of higher education law. This "protective shield" ensures that examinations that are not passed in the summer semester 2020 or winter semester 2020/21 are considered not taken - i.e. they do not "count" as an examination attempt. The regulation also applies to examinations in the summer semester 2020 that were taken before the law came into force.

The regulation is automatically applied to examinations already failed in the summer semester 2020 or in the winter semester 2020/21. For technical reasons, however, it will take until the end of November for retroactive application to the 2020 summer semester to be stored in all systems. Students who have been exmatriculated due to an examination that was finally not passed, please register at the responsible study offices of the departments.

There are exceptions to this rule:

Program of study high police service (Department 5)

This regulation does not apply to the course of studies of the higher police service.

Study programs in the dual study program (Department 2)

In the case of dual study programs, the regulation applies to all examinations taken after April 1, 2020. Exams taken before or on 01.04.2020 are not subject to this regulation.

In case of deception

If the students have committed deception, the exams are considered failed. The protective shield serves to compensate for any disadvantages for students caused by the pandemic. However, deception is not permitted even in pandemic times.

Exams with partial performances

If the module was passed but individual partial performances were not, the regulation does not apply to the partial performances.

If the module was not passed, the completion of the partial performances is decisive. Only partial performances which are taken in the summer semester 2020 or winter semester 2020/21 fall under the protection.

Subsequent and substitute examinations from the winter semester 2019/20

The regulations also do not apply to examinations (in particular repeat, retake and substitute examinations) from the winter semester 2019/20 that were postponed to a date after April 1, 2020.

Students who have been exmatriculated due to an examination that was finally failed in the summer semester 2020 can apply for the revocation of their exmatriculation. All you need to do is submit an informal application by e-mail or letter to the respective study, examination or department office. The application must contain the full name, the matriculation number and the relevant degree program. The revocation must include proof that the semester fees due (without late payment surcharge) have been paid.

Important: For Department 2, a valid training contract must also be submitted. If a dismissal has already been issued, please contact your department office. There you will receive support in communicating with the companies.

Access to the university buildings is restricted. Attendance at the university must be limited to the time window required to complete the work at the university.

Access for students

Students may only enter the university for classroom teaching, attendance exams and for using the libraries.

Important: attendance documentation

The Berlin universities must keep documentation of attendance in order to support the health authorities in tracking contacts. This means that every presence in the rooms of the HWR must be documented. This is done by sending a message to the email address: anwesenheit(at)hwr-berlin.de. The presence of external guests will also be documented by the person inviting them.

Please include:

  1. First name and surname
  2. Phone number  
  3. Full address or e-mail address
  4. Period of presence
  5. Seat or table number, if applicable

In the case of classroom teaching and presence exams, the parties concerned shall enter their names in lists that have been laid out. This registration replaces the previous registration at the porter's office.

The notifications will be kept electronically for a period of four weeks and will only be opened and evaluated if the above-mentioned requirements are met.

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An obligatory attendance cannot be justified or fulfilled for online courses. However, appropriate alternative requirements may be set for participation in online courses, such as participation in forums or group tasks. The same legal consequences may be attached to this as to the non-fulfilled obligation to attend. Teachers shall inform students of these special requirements at the beginning of the course.

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Examination documents will be transmitted digitally

Inspections of examinations and their evaluation should, as far as possible, take place without the physical presence of the candidates at the university. For this purpose, a scan or a digital copy of the relevant documents will be sent to them digitally.

Inspection on site in compliance with the protection and hygiene rules

If no agreement can be reached on this or if this would involve an unreasonably high effort, the departments or the BPS shall make it possible to inspect the documents on the premises of the university by way of an appointment.

Admission to the university is in accordance with the specifications of the protection and hygiene concept (Annex 3 of the pandemic plan). In particular, it must be ensured that the inspection takes place in a suitable room provided for this purpose at a reasonable distance from the offices and work rooms used under pandemic conditions.

Extended deadlines for complaints

Due to the pandemic, it is possible that the request for access to and evaluation of studies cannot be granted at short notice. The deadlines for an appeal against the assessment of examinations are therefore suspended for the period between the receipt of the request for inspection and the digital transmission of the relevant documents or the date for on-site inspection.

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Studium Generale online only

The departments or those responsible for the Studium Generale of the HWR Berlin offer extracurricular courses to students. This is done exclusively in online formats in order to keep the limited spatial ressources available for curricular teaching.

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Regulations for internships in the winter semester 2020/21

For internships, the regulations of the "Corona Statutes" (bulletin 29/2020) apply from the winter semester 2020/21.

  1. Current and planned mandatory internships depend on the requirements of the respective institutions. If the institution requests short-time work or work at the home office, the internship will be duly completed.
  2. The internship may start late, even if it cannot be completed in full during the semester. Missing internship periods can then be made up at another time. The internship can also be divided into several sections even if this is not provided for in the respective study and examination regulations.
  3. If students have not yet completed their mandatory internship in the respective semester, any upper limits for attending courses in addition to the internship will be suspended for the semester following the internship semester.
  4. Students may register for the final examination and for writing their final thesis even if compulsory internships have not yet been completed. Oral final examinations may only take place after completion of the internship.
  5. If a work prohibition is ordered for students during their internship according to the German Protection against Infection Act (quarantine), the corresponding time will be credited towards the internship.
  6. The departments and the BPS may, by decision of the department or institute council make specific arrangements

Continuing internships from the summer semester

Internships from the summer semester 2020 that started late can be continued. Missing internship periods can be made up at a later date. This means that the internship can be divided into several sections even if this is not provided for in the respective study and examination regulations. This is intended to enable students to receive credit for parts of the internship that may be completed during the winter semester.

If a mandatory internship has not yet been completed in the summer semester, any upper limits for attending courses in addition to the internship in the departments will be suspended for the winter semester 2020/21.

The departments will decide about specific regulations.

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Excursions as part of the course of study can be made, provided that compliance with the prescribed infection prevention measures is ensured at all times.

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Registration may be required for attendance exams

In the case of attendance examinations, the faculties and the BPS may, by decision of the faculty or institute council, make participation in an examination dependent on prior registration, even if, according to the regulations applicable to the respective degree programme, taking the respective module already includes registration for the examination.

Free trial or withdrawal possible

The departments and the BPS may, by departmental or institute council decision, stipulate that examinations are to be taken in free trials, i.e. that a failed examination is not considered to have been taken.

Similarly, the departments and the BPS can regulate by departmental or institute council resolution that participation in the module examination is voluntary, i.e. withdrawal is possible without providing evidence of good cause and without crediting the number of attempts.

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Course-related examination papers such as term papers and other written work may be submitted by e-mail to the examiners or via Moodle, unless the departmental or institute council decides on a different form of submission. The same applies to the submission of theses.

The responsible Examination Committees decide on applications for renewal. There is currently no automatic extension of the deadline for submitting your theses.

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Holiday semesters are granted for the winter semester 2020/2021 upon application. This also applies to students in their first semester. Students can acquire up to 12 ECTS credit points during the holiday semester. This regulation does not apply to students in courses of higher education which require payment.

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Students in their first semester can apply for part-time studies until 15 December 2020. For all other students, the generally applicable deadline remains the same. You must credibly prove the reasons for applying for part-time study. It is sufficient if you submit the relevant documents digitally.

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You are in the middle of your bachelor or master thesis and wonder if you have to re-register because the deadline for your thesis or defence is in the first four weeks of the coming semester?

You do not need to re-register:

  • If you have been admitted to the final thesis in the current semester, you just have to submit your thesis and the deadline for submission is in the first four weeks of the coming semester.
  • You have already handed in your thesis in the current semester and have to defend it in the coming semester in the final examination.

This applies to the winter semester 2020/21:

You have been admitted to the bachelor or master thesis until June 30, 2020? You have to hand in your thesis in the first four weeks of the coming semester and/or defend it in the colloquium? 

  • Then you do not have to re-register.
  • However, you can re-register voluntarily to maintain your student status or to get a semester ticket. In this case you will be exmatriculated after the end of your colloquium.

Please note:

  • If you re-register, you will have to pay the full semester fee.

Valid StudentCard required

Since 28 June 2020, the special regulations of the Berlin transport company (BVG) and the Berlin-Brandenburg transport association (VBB) have expired. If you want to use public transportation with your StudentCard, you must update your card in advance so that your semester ticket will be valid.

Automats available in Lichtenberg and Schöneberg

You can update your StudentCard during the usual opening hours of the buildings at the automats on the Lichtenberg and Schöneberg campuses of the HWR Berlin.

You will find the machines in the following buildings:

  1.  Foyer of building B, Campus Schöneberg, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin,
    Access via the courtyard
  2.  Foyer of House 1, Campus Lichtenberg, Alt-Friedrichsfelde 60, 10315 Berlin

Important: Report presence by e-mail

Berlin's universities have to document the presence of all students, teachers or employees in order to be able to support the public health authorities in tracking contacts. This means that every presence in the rooms of the HWR must be documented, so please send a message to: anwesenheit(at)hwr-berlin.de.

Your e-mail must contain the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Phone number 
  • Full address or e-mail address
  • Period of your presence

Comply with distance and hygiene rules

  • Keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people, in the buildings and on the premises of the HWR Berlin
  • Cover your mouth and nose in the buildings
  • Leave the building once you have updated your CampusCard
  • Prevent group formation

Do not forget your identity card

The semester ticket is not transferable and only valid with your identity card. With the ticket you can use the entire transport network of the Berlin-Brandenburg transport association (fare zone ABC) for one semester.

Students who are dependent on benefits under the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) should not suffer any financial disadvantages as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. Even though the universities are currently closed and the start of the semester has been postponed due to the corona pandemic: Students who receive BAföG do not have to worry about losing their funding.

This was regulated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in a decree issued to the federal states on 16 March 2020. The Berlin Senate Chancellery for Science and Research has informed the BAföG offices of this. BAföG for students of the HWR Berlin is thus assured to the same extent as before.

BAföG for first semester students from April 2020 onward

The times when training facilities are closed due to a pandemic are treated in the same way as periods without classes or lectures. First-year students who are unable to commence their studies in the summer semester 2020 will receive their benefits as planned from the time when lectures should have started normally.

The familiar IT services will be available to you during the emergency operations at the HWR Berlin. This includes:

Teaching and learning online

Whether webinars or online conferences: On the website of the E-Learning Center you can find out which possibilities the HWR Berlin offers:

Contact the IT hotline

The IT hotline of the HWR Berlin is available and will respond to your questions: 
it-hotline(at)hwr-berlin.de

More information can be found on the IT website

Please contact the service centres by e-mail or phone. For the protection of all parties involved, personal consultations are currently not taking place. The consultation hours of the service centres can be found on the website.

The student counselling service of the HWR Berlin has extended its telephone consultation hours. You can find the current hours on the website.

The International Office of the HWR Berlin has extended its telephone consultation times. You can find the current telephone office hours on the website.

Questions and answers for potential students

We are planning to let the application period as well as the start of the lectures run as usual.

We will inform you about current changes here.

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You can find information on all degree programmes, their content and structure as well as application and admission requirements on our website: 

The Student Counselling Services are available to help you

If you have any questions regarding study orientation and choice of studies, you can contact the Student Counselling Services. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have extended our telephone consultation hours. You can contact our advisors on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The exact office hours can be found on the website of the HWR Berlin:

Webinars for prospective students

We offer webinars on special topics where you can get into contact with us. You can find the current webinars on the website of the Student Counselling Services:

Meet other students on Instagram

In our virtual instathek you can meet students of the HWR Berlin and get to know the everyday life of a university student. Feel free to visit!

In principle, the admission requirements for the application must be met. Please inform yourself on the respective pages of the degree programme and on our overview of the application process:

Copies of certificates are sufficient for now

Due to the current extraordinary situation, the HWR Berlin also accepts simple copies of certificates and other proofs in the application process.

Submit originals or certified copies by the start of the summer semester

In the case of certificates that are not written in German or English, you must also enclose a German or English translation which has been created by a sworn translator.

You must submit the documents upon which the admission decision will be based in original or as a certified copy no later than the beginning of the summer semester 2020/21.

In principle, proof of language proficiency has to be submitted with the application. Due to the current constraints, the proof of language proficiency can in exceptional cases be submitted until the beginning of the summer semester 2021.

In case of admission, the admission will be conditional until the required proof of language proficiency is submitted, at the latest at the beginning of the summer semester 2021.

Get your TOEFL ibT certificate online

Prospective students now have the opportunity to take the TOEFL ibT at home. ETS has extended the availability of the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition test to all locations where TOEFL iBT tests are normally available, except mainland China and Iran.

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For all other language certificates accepted by the HWR Berlin, there is currently no possibility of taking them online.