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.

Latest news:

02.07.2020: HWR Berlin in normal operation under pandemic conditions

With the new SARS-CoV-2 Containment Measures Ordinance of the Berlin Senate of 16 June 2020, the universities in Berlin have switched from restricted operation to "normal operation under pandemic conditions".

In fact, operations remain subject to considerable restrictions.

Therefore, the current pandemic plan of the HWR Berlin contains some important changes. In particular, the rules for access to the university have been adapted.

In essence, the following still applies: Access to the university remains restricted for members of the university and closed to the public. Courses will take place online in the summer semester 2020, the administration will continue to work mainly from the home office.

In a press release of the Berlin Senate of 19.05.2020, it is informed that the federal states agreed on the following new application period for the winter semester 2020/21 on 14.5.2020 at the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs:


Application Bachelor's programmes 1st semester: 01.07.–20.08.2020.

On May 7, 2020, the Berlin Senate amended the "Ordinance on necessary measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in Berlin". According to this, Berlin's universities are now going into a "restricted university operation". This largely corresponds to the emergency operation II, in which the HWR Berlin has been located since May 4, 2020.

The regulations of the current pandemic plan therefore continue to apply to the HWR Berlin: The buildings of the HWR Berlin will remain closed to the public. Teaching takes place online. Lecturers and administrative staff may, in exceptional cases, work in the buildings of the university for activities that require on-site presence. In this case, strict adherence to the hygiene rules laid down in the pandemic plan must be ensured. Since 11 May 2020, the university libraries have been offering limited loan services. All information on the regulations can be found on the library pages.

On 21st April 2020, the Berlin state government left the regulation for the containment of the coronavirus in Berlin for the area of universities practically unchanged. This means that the ban on face-to-face teaching is still in place. The university will remain closed until further notice. From 11 Mai 2020 the university libraries will start restricted lending operations. All information about the regulations can be found on the library website.

  • Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, at the end of office hours, HWR Berlin will be limited to emergency operations until further notice. Facilities will be closed on Friday evening at the end of office hours.
     
  • HWR Berlin’s pandemia plan will identify staff members who are required for indispensable tasks.
     
  • Face-to-face examinations are discontinued beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020. Examinations will be conducted online and/or at a later date.
     
  • As of March 12, 2020 due dates for bachelor’s, master’s and “Diplom” theses will be suspended until regular operations are resumed (at least until May 11, 2020), i.e., submission periods will not continue to run, so that students may fully use the remaining submission period after regular operations, including the reopening of libraries and PC-Pools, have resumed, thus avoiding any disadvantage.

 
Take care and please stay healthy!

The Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Science and Research, Michael Müller, has decided on further measures after consulting the COVID-19 task force under the leadership of State Secretary Steffen Krach.

The most important regulations are listed below:

  1. All in-class events will be cancelled. Online formats and other options will be created to maintain teaching activities to the extent necessary, provided this is consistent with the other measures.
     
  2. In order to schedule exams, the recommendations of Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin for conducting exams in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic must be adhered to by the respective university on its own responsibility. The regulations at the HWR Berlin can be found further down on this page.
     
  3. The university libraries are closed for students, visitors and the public. A possible online service must be offered. Loan periods are suspended. Reminder fees may not be charged during this period. The canteens will be closed, university sports will be discontinued.
     
  4. University administration will continue to operate for the time being. However, use is to be made of possibilities such as home office, teleworking or other measures to the necessary extent, also beyond existing service agreements. Work in open-plan offices is to be avoided.

The Berlin Senate Chancellery for Higher Education and Research has announced the guidelines for Berlin's scientific community to deal with the coronavirus. Accordingly, all courses that take place before 1. April 2020 are also cancelled immediately and regardless of the number of participants. This decision is based on recommendations of the Charité Berlin and the Robert Koch-Institute and is mandatory for all Berlin universities.

The Berlin Senate Chancellery - Higher Education and Research informed about a first central action plan against the spread of coronavirus.

This includes:

  1. All conferences and other public events are canceled between now and July 20, 2020. This includes events organized by outside organizations or third parties.
     
  2. All courses currently taking place during the semester recess that involve classroom attendance are canceled. A switch to online formats is being considered by the HWR Berlin.
     
  3. All exams until July 20, 2020 may have to be postponed or amended.
     
  4. The first day of classes for the summer semester 2020 will be postponed until April 20, 2020. Since we cannot rule out the possibility that we might need to extend that date, we are currently looking at online teaching possibilities or compact courses for later.
     
  5. Research, administration, and library units will continue their regular operations until further notice.
     
  6. A task force under the leadership of our State Secretary has been formed.
     
  7. Members of HWR Berlin and visitors are still required to quarantine themselves for fourteen days if they are returning or arriving from a risk area (as listed by the Robert Koch Institute). This applies even if the individuals are not showing symptoms of respiratory illness.
     
  8. Travel requests to risk areas for research, study, or business will no longer be approved.
     
  9. Pandemia plans will be updated.

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.

Questions and answers for students

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.

Opening of the reading rooms from 1 July 2020

Starting July 1, 2020, the university library will expand its limited service at both locations: You will then again have the opportunity to work at single workstations within the libraries with reference copies and journals from the library stock.

The use of the workstations on site is only possible after prior appointment reservation via our Moodlekurs appointment reservation for the use of the reading room in the library. We have set up two time slots per opening day (Monday to Friday) at both locations for this purpose:

  • from 10.00 to 12.30
  • from 13.00 to 15.00

Please reserve only one workstation if you wish to work on site with reference copies from the library stock. If you only want to borrow or return media, please continue to reserve a date via our Moodle Cours date reservation for borrowing and returning media in the library.

Working in the library is only possible at the workplace that is personally assigned on site. Group work is generally not permitted due to the distance regulations to be observed.

Library reopens on 11 March 2020

As of 11 May 2020, the university libraries at both locations in Schöneberg and Lichtenberg will offer you a limited on-site service. From Monday to Friday, between 10.00 and 15.00, you can borrow media you have ordered in advance or return media you no longer require.

Due to the current hygiene and security measures, borrowing and returning is only possible after booking an appointment in the Moodle course Terminreservierung für die Ausleihe und Rückgabe in der Bibliothek (Appointment reservation for borrowing and returning in the library).

Research and order media in advance

If you want to borrow media, you have to research and order it in advance. The media will be ordered during the appointment booking via Moodle. In order to make the processes on site as smooth as possible, we kindly ask you to follow the steps described in the Moodle course.

If you need individual articles from printed journals from the library stock, please send us an email to hsb.cl(at)hwr-berlin.de or hsb.cs(at)hwr-berlin.de. We will be happy to scan the required essays for you in compliance with the copyright law.

The mouth-nose protection obligation applies at both library locations! Please keep the minimum distance of 2 meters while waiting.

The following services cannot be offered at the moment:

  • Pay fees in cash on site
  • Use information and advice for research
  • Make or print copies or scans on your own,
  • View presence copies and magazines

Access the university

In order to be able to enter House A on the Schöneberg campus, you must register with the porter by phone. You will find the porters telephone number in the entrance area. Please be sure to take your cell phone with you. You do not have to register by phone at the Lichtenberg campus.

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:

The university buildings will remain closed to the public. Access is only possible for authorized persons. 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 attendance tests and to use 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.

Plaese 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 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.

From 20.07.2020 the deadlines will run again

The deadlines for your bachelor, master and diploma courses have been suspended since 12 March 2020. This suspension will end on 20 July 2020.

This means that you have to submit your theses within a period starting on 20 July 2020, which is the same length of time as the period still available on 12 March 2020. If theses were registered after 12 March 2020, the processing period will start on 20 July 2020.

How can I submit my thesis?
Theses may be submitted by e-mail to the examiners. The examiner may request a paper submission.

Examinations take place

The course-related examinations for the summer semester 2020 as well as the outstanding follow-up, replacement and repeat examinations from the winter semester 2019/2020 will take place.

Examinations online if possible - attendance examinations possible

Health protection and hygiene measures require that, wherever possible, forms of examination are used which do not require the presence of students. If this results in a deviation from the forms of examination provided for in the respective study and examination regulations, this is permissible. In accordance with the SARS-CoV-2 infection protection ordinance of 23 June 2020, examinations may be held in the presence of students. However, this is only permitted under strict adherence to the protection and hygiene concept of the university.

Withdrawal from examinations

The withdrawal of examinations scheduled for the summer semester 2020 is permissible at any time without giving reasons. In the case of internal courses of study, the rescission rules are to be agreed by the departments with the respective appointing authorities.

Return to regular operation in schools and day care centres

The Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family Affairs plans to resume regular classes in all school types and grades at the beginning of the 2020/21 school year. Day care centres will again look after all children from 15 June 2020. From 22 June at the latest, all children will receive care equivalent to the individual day care centre voucher. With the start of the holidays on 25 June 2020, the day nurseries will also be open again for all children.

Any questions? The family office is at your service

Family office: Sonja Janositz: +49 30 30877-1434, familienbuero@hwr-berlin.de 

More information in German:

Online lectures instead of on-site seminars

All on-site lectures at the HWR Berlin have been suspended until further notice. This also affects dual and internal study courses. The start of the lecture period has been postponed to April 20, 2020. The summer semester will take place online.

Even if the prescribed restrictions are further reduced during the lecture period, teaching may continue in online formats. Even then, holding block seminars will only be possible in exceptional cases due to the very limited space available at all locations. In any case, a return to face-to-face seminars requires coordination with the students.

Study online and take your exams

The courses of all study programs take place, initially without on-site attendance. Lecturers keep the studies going with online formats and other creative options and enable you to progress with your studies and take your exams. The HWR Berlin currently assumes that lectures must take place online during the entire summer semester 2020.

Retrieve material online at Moodle

Lecturers will provide you with materials in Moodle before the start of the lecture period, which has been postponed to 20 April 2020. For programmes that do not follow a semester model, teachers will provide the material as soon as possible.

No, all meetings, conferences and other public events during the lecture-free period as well as the lecture period in the summer semester 2020 have been cancelled until July 20, 2020. This applies to all events inside and outside the HWR Berlin as well as to events of third parties.

Course-related examination papers such as term papers and other written work may be submitted by e-mail to the examiners or via Moodle. The examiner may request submission in paper form.
The responsible examination boards decide on applications for extension. There is currently no automatic extension of the deadline for submitting your papers.

You are planning a mandatory internship for the summer semester 2020 or have already started your internship? Then you don't have to worry that your internship will not be recognized by the HWR Berlin in the end.

Short-time work or home office make no difference

Even if you do your internship in companies or institutions that had to switch to short-time work or home office due to the Corona pandemic, your internship is still counted as successfully completed.

Good to know:

  • Your internship may start so late that you cannot fully complete it during the summer semester. You can make up for missing internship periods at a later date.
  • You can divide your mandatory internship into several sections, even if this was not previously provided for in the study and examination regulations. Sections of the internship that you complete during the summer semester will be credited by the HWR Berlin.
  • If your mandatory internship has not been completed in the summer semester, any upper limits for attending courses in addition to the internship for the winter semester 2020/2021 will be suspended.

What about my degree?

You can register for your final examination and Bachelor thesis in the summer semester 2020 even if you have not yet completed your mandatory internship. However, the oral Bachelor examination will only take place after your internship.

What if I'm ill or quarantined?

If you must be in quarantine during your internship according to the Infection Protection Act, the HWR Berlin will count the period of quarantine as part of your internship. The same applies if you fall ill during your internship. In this case, you can have your general practitioner write you a sick note by phone.

You will find more detailed information in German here:

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

In the summer semester 2020 there will be no face-to-face teaching in General Studies. Courses in General Studies are held exclusively online and can be taken according to the attendance times of your department.

The HWR Berlin is currently investigating which events can be offered as online formats, especially for first-year students. Any changes will be included in the respective event. Please check the event calendar of the HWR Berlin regularly.

No, on 13 March 2020, the Berlin Senate decided to close down the canteens and cafeterias at the universities until further notice.

No, on 13 March 2020 the Berlin Senate decided to suspend university sport for the time being.

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 prospective students

Yes, the application and semester times for the winter semester 2020/2021 have been partially adjusted. The following new times apply:

  • Application Bachelor 1st semester: 01.07.2020–20.08.2020
  • Start of the lecture period for the 1st semester: 02.11.2020
    For Master's students and students changing to a higher subject semester, the regular lecture period begins on October 01, 2020.

Further information on application and semester times for the winter semester 2020/21 can be found on this page.

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 winter 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 winter 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 winter semester 2020/21.

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 winter semester 2020/21.

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.

Find more information here:

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

Questions and answers on the coronavirus

On 1 April 2020, the Robert Koch Institute changed its recommendations for wearing a mouth and nose protector.

As before

  • proper hand hygiene,
  • compliance with the rules for coughing and sneezing and a
  • distance of at least 1.5 metres to other people

are the most important and effective measures to avoid infection with the coronavirus.

Mouthguards reduce the risk of infecting others

A mouth and nose protector or other makeshift masks can intercept or slow down droplets emitted by infected people when they speak, cough or sneeze, for example. This reduces the risk of infecting other people.

Protection against infection by others not proven

There is not sufficient evidence that a mouth and nose protector or a makeshift mask will prevent infection by others. However, the Robert Koch Institute does not rule out protection at 100 percent.

Mouth and nose protection for people with respiratory diseases

Persons suffering from an acute infection of the respiratory tract should always wear a mouth and nose protector or a temporary mask so that they do not infect other people.

Wear makeshift masks as a precaution

Not all people infected with SARS-CoV-2 notice this. As a rule, those affected are already contagious with very mild symptoms. Some infected people do not become ill at all, but still expel the virus. In such cases, the precautionary wearing of mouth-nose protection or makeshift masks can help to reduce the risk of transmission.

Even in rooms where it is difficult to keep a safe distance, mouthguards or masks can help contain the coronavirus. This applies, for example, in supermarkets, public transport or at your workplace. In addition, the masks support the awareness of social distance and health-conscious behavior.

What should you pay attention to?

To protect yourself and others, make sure, that ...

  1. your mouth and nose protector or makeshift mask fits correctly and is as tight as possible.
  2. you change the protection as soon as it is soaked through.
  3. you do not touch, move or manipulate the protection when wearing it.
  4. despite the mouth and nose protector, you keep at least 1.5 metres away, cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm and wash your hands regularly.

With simple measures you can help to protect yourself and others from infections.

Please keep strictly to the following hygiene rules:

  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow or into a handkerchief and then dispose of the handkerchief in a bin with a lid.
  • Keep your hands away from your face. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands.
  • Keep at least two metres away from people who have coughs, colds or fevers.
  • Avoid close bodily contact, such as shaking hands or hugging, when greeting or saying goodbye to other people.
  • Wash your hands regularly: lather your hands in soap for 20-30 seconds, remembering to wash the backs of your hand and the areas between your fingers. Then rinse your hands thoroughly with water and dry them carefully. Repeat this at regular intervals.

The primary risk of infection is direct contact with infected persons via droplet infection. Professional filter masks should be reserved for medical staff. Simple breathing masks or cloths can help to reduce the risk of infection by oneself. However, they do not protect you from being infected by other people.

Social distance is the best protection

  • Keep your distance to your fellow man.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep your social contacts at work and at home to a minimum.
  • If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, stay at home.

An infection with the new type of coronavirus can lead to symptoms such as cough, colds, throat scratching and fever. Some people affected also suffer from diarrhoea. In a small group of patients, the virus is accompanied by a more severe course, which can lead to breathing problems and pneumonia.

First contact the hotline of the Berlin Senate Administration for Health:

  • The number of the hotline is: 030-90 28 28

If the hotline is not available after repeated attempts call your doctor's office and clarify whether you should come by. Only those who receive a recommendation for a coronavirus test from their doctor should visit one of the coronavirus screening centres operating in Berlin.

Important note: Please also contact the coronavirus screening centre by phone first. Do not simply go there.

If you develop any symptoms of a cold, it is important that you stay at home. If you think that you might have contracted coronavirus, contact a doctor; a diagnosis is only possible with a medical test. You do not need to consult a virologist or an accident emergency doctor (Durchgangsarzt). Doctors’ associations recommend that you first contact a doctor by telephone; you should only present yourself at the doctor’s practice if advised to do so.

Coronavirus Hotline of the Berlin Senate

The Berlin Senate Chancellery has established a telephone hotline: + 49 30 90 28 28 28 (open between 8:00 to 20:00) which also provides advice.

Further information is provided on the website of the Berlin Senate Chancellery for Health, Care and Equality

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, your doctor will notify the health authorities (Gesundheitsamt). We request that all members of the university infected with coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) contact the HWR medical officer (e-mail: peter.rappert@dekra.com) for the purposes of statistical recording. The medical officer is required to maintain patient confidentiality. This notification is anonymous and enables us to map the extent of the spread of the virus and to localize cases at the university to permit us to implement medical measures and to issue recommendations.

Individual groups should take the following steps:

Students diagnosed with COVID-19 should inform the university management immediately (end an e-mail to covid19-info(at)hwr-berlin.de) and the student office / course office responsible for their degree programme. Please inform them of the fact of the diagnosis and the last personal contact with members of the HWR. Students enrolled in dual or internal degree programmes should also inform their training company / the agency in which they work.

Members of administrative and the professorial staff are to inform the human resources department immediately that they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (send an e-mail to bueroleitung(at)hwr-berlin.de), the university management (send an e-mail to covid19-info@hwr-berlin.de) and their immediate superior, so that we can support the relevant authorities in tracing infection chains and inform any colleague(s) whom they might have infected as soon as possible.

Part-time lecturers are to inform the university management immediately that they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (send an e-mail to covid19-info(at)hwr-berlin.de), the departmental administration (planning of teaching) and the Dean of the department (or central institute) for which they perform teaching.

Official travel (including excursions) to areas which have been designated by the WHO or the Robert Koch Institute as high-risk areas is prohibited and may not be sanctioned. Any pre-arranged travel plans to high-risk areas must be cancelled. The HWR and its members are not permitted to receive guests from these regions. A list of high-risk areas is provided in German on the

All university members having recently returned from a region classified by the WHO and Robert Koch Institute as high-risk area – whether you present any symptoms of a respiratory disorder or not – should remain at home. Contact the responsible health authority (Gesundheitsamt) by telephone to arrange to determine whether you have become infected. The public health officer (Amtsarzt/in) will follow the criteria established by the RKI and assess the individual situation of the patient to decide what action is required regarding any test and self-isolation. The designation of areas as “high-risk areas” changes on a daily basis, please consult the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

Please inform the HWR Berlin by e-mail (covid19-info(at)hwr-berlin.de) regarding the fact of your recent return from a high-risk area and contact the health authority (Gesundheitsamt) responsible for your residential area.

The Berlin Senate Chancellery has set up a telephone hotline: 030 90 28 28 28 (open from 8:00 to 20:00) which also provides advice.
Members of the technical and administrative staff should consult with their superior and the office management regarding the next steps (home office etc.). Professors should consult with their departmental or institute management. Students are to consult the student office / course office responsible for their degree programme.

Guests from areas classified by the WHO or Robert Koch Institute as being high-risk areas may not be accepted. An up-to-date list of high-risk areas is provided in German on the website of the Robert-Koch- Institute.

Members of HWR Berlin and visitors are required to quarantine themselves for fourteen days if they have recently returned (or have arrived) from a high-risk area as declared by the Robert Koch Institute. This applies, even if they do not present symptoms of respiratory illness.