Information about the Covid-19 pandemic

The HWR Berlin informs you on this website about the effects of the Covid-19 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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Starting in the winter semester 2021/22
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In the winter semester 2021/22, teaching will be partly face-to-face. Initially, 30 percent of all courses will be held on site. The proportion is set to increase further. However, university operations will continue to be subject to pandemic-related restrictions, primarily due to protective and hygiene measures that continue to apply.

The 3G rule applies to access to classroom lectures and examinations - only those who have been vaccinated, have recovered or have currently tested negative may attend. The obligation to wear a medical mask (OP mask or FFP2 mask) applies in the university buildings. The regulations regarding the minimum distance between seats in teaching rooms have been lifted by the Berlin Senate. If a distance of at least 1.50 meters cannot be maintained in teaching rooms, there is an obligation to wear an medical mask. Outside the buildings, a medical mask must be worn if the minimum distance cannot be maintained.

Testing is to be performed at certified external testing sites: testing services are not provided at the university. Costs incurred for testing will not be covered by the university.

The winter semester 2021/22 is a transitional semester in which events in online and blended learning format are also possible in addition to the face-to-face events that have to be carried out as a matter of priority. In the departments and courses of study, at least 30% of the courses are to be held in attendance at the beginning of the lecture period.

Depending on the development of the pandemic and the situation of the ordinances, the number of face-to-face courses will be increased during the semester. For reasons of planning security, courses for which departments have decided on an online format can be continued in this format for an appropriate transitional period despite the removal of restrictions. However, this only applies if the transition to face-to-face teaching causes particular difficulties for teachers and students. This would be the case, for example, if the students are predominantly abroad and no face-to-face teaching was planned in the degree program at the beginning of the semester.

The decision on the form of teaching is made by the departments. In making their decision, they pay particular attention to ensuring that students who began their studies after the 2019/20 winter semester and therefore have not previously studied in attendance, or have only studied in attendance at certain points, have access to face-to-face courses. Classroom courses are also to be held in which the proportion of active practice and active participation by the students predominates over the transfer of knowledge. If possible, all students at the university who are studying in a face-to-face course should attend face-to-face courses during the winter semester.

Information on current vaccination offers

Vaccination against Covid-19 makes an important contribution to ensuring that students, lecturers and employees can return to the HWR Berlin campus as soon as possible. In addition to vaccination centres and doctor's practices, there are many additional vaccination services.

The Berlin Senate Department for Health has compiled a list of current offers. In some cases, locations and dates are announced at short notice.

Questions and answers for students

No. Classroom events are not offered simultaneously as online events. The HWR Berlin tries to hold as many events as possible in presence and to offer online events where this is not possible.

In order to ensure that as much presence as possible is possible at the HWR Berlin on a permanent basis, it is still necessary to adhere to a few rules. The most important are:

1. Vaccinated, recovered or tested.

In general, the 3G rules apply to entering the university. This means you must be vaccinated, recovered or tested to enter the university. This applies just as much to attending a face-to-face class as it does to visiting the library.

2. Mask on

A medical mask must be worn in all buildings of the HWR Berlin. This also applies to the outdoor area if a distance of at least 1.5 metres is not guaranteed.

The following applies in lectures and examinations: If the distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained, the masks may be removed as soon as all those present have taken their seats.

If this protective distance cannot be maintained, the masks may only be removed by teachers or examiners if they maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from the other persons present. This also applies to students and examinees during their presentation.

3. Distance, hygiene and ventilation

Of course, the familiar rules still apply: Keep as much distance as possible (at least 1.5 meters), wash hands, disinfect workplaces and ventilate rooms as much as possible.

Individuals are considered vaccinated if they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved in the European Union and their last required vaccination was at least 14 days ago.

Approved vaccines are currently (as of September 2021):

  • Biontech/Pfizer (Comirnaty)
  • Johnson & Johnson (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Asta Zeneca (Vaxzevria)

A current list can be found on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute.

Recognized tests are rapid antigen tests from test centers certified by the Berlin Senate and approved PCR tests. The validity of rapid antigen tests is 24 hours, that of PCR tests 48 hours. Self-tests are not permitted.

There will be no testing available at the university itself. Any costs incurred for testing are generally your own responsibility.

Free rapid tests will be available provisionally until December 31, 2021, only for:

  • Persons under 18 years of age
  • Pregnant women
  • Students from abroad who have been vaccinated with a vaccine not recognized in Germany
  • Persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons
  • Infected persons who need a test for the condition of quarantine

Certified testing sites can be found here: https://direkttesten.berlin

With an approved vaccination, the testing requirement does not apply.


Please note that undermining the testing obligation or the 3G rule or falsifying / altering test certificates has consequences:

  • Violations of the Infection Control Measures Ordinance are misdemeanors that carry significant fines.
  • Presentation of a falsified or tampered test result will be assessed by the university as use of an incorrect health certificate. Under Section 279 of the Penal Code, this is a criminal offense punishable by fine or imprisonment. Since the use of incorrect test results endangers the health of students, faculty, and technical and administrative staff, the university will report individuals who present incorrect test results. 

The HWR Berlin will control the compliance with the 3G rules. For this purpose, teachers are entitled to ask all persons participating in a course to provide proof of compliance with the 3G rules. In addition, the university will conduct random compliance checks in randomly selected courses. The sample then refers to all persons present in a given teaching room.

Persons who are unable to provide 3G proof or who do not comply with the request for proof will not be allowed to (continue to) participate in the course or examination. Teachers, examiners and examination supervisors as well as persons in charge of the examination are entitled to expel them from the teaching or examination room.

Attendance documentation is mandatory for face-to-face courses and examinations. For this purpose, the university enables the use of the Corona warning app and the lucaApp. The corresponding QR codes can be found on the tables of the teaching/examination rooms. Those who do not want to check in digitally can use the option of paper-based attendance documentation.

If you have received a vaccination with a vaccine other than those listed by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute on the Internet, you will still be required to present valid tests.

Under current Corona testing regulations, students who have received a vaccination with vaccines other than those listed by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute are still eligible for free testing.

The " protective shield" passed by the Berlin House of Representatives ensures that examinations that were not passed in the 2021/22 winter semester, the 2021 summer semester, the 2020/21 winter semester or the 2020 summer semester are deemed not to have been taken - i.e. they do not "count" as an examination attempt. The regulation also applies backdated to examinations in the summer semester 2020 that were taken before the law came into force.

Students who were exmatriculated due to an examination that was not passed should contact the relevant departmental study offices.

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 2021/22 winter semester, the 2021 summer semester, the 2020/21 winter semester or the 2020 summer semester 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.

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.

You can find more information in German here:

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 the time being

Due to the current exceptional situation, the HWR Berlin also accepts simple copies of certificates and other evidence in the application procedure.

Submit originals or certified copies by the start of the summer semester 2021.

For transcripts that are not written in German or English, you must still include a German or English translation that has been prepared by a sworn translator.

You must submit the original or a certified copy of the documents on which the admission decision is based by the start of the 2021 summer semester at the latest.

In principle, you must include proof of your language skills with your application. Due to the current restrictions, you can submit this proof in exceptional cases until the beginning of the summer semester 2021.

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.

Find more information here:

The IELTS Indicator is also recognised as an alternative to the standard IELTS conducted in test centres. However, this is not available in some countries (including Germany).

The GMAT, which some of our Master's programmes accept, is also available online.

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.de. 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.