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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21.10.2020: Further measures to safeguard studies under pandemic conditions

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.

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.

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

The deadlines for submission of theses will continue to run normally in the winter semester 2020/21. There is no general extension as in the situation in the summer semester 2020.

Students who are prevented from completing their theses due to exceptional pandemic-related restrictions can apply individually to the examination board of the respective department for an extension of the deadline. These are always decisions made on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Find more information in German here:

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.

Find more information in German here:

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.

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 a standard period of study extended by one semester, which means that delays in the summer semester of 2020 caused by the pandemic will not adversely affect the maximum period of BAföG funding.

Please note: a certificate of the individual standard period of study is not required and will not be issued by the HWR Berlin.

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.

Find more information in German here:

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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On-site services still restricted

As a result of the pandemic, offers from the university libraries, which involve the physical presence of users, remain restricted.

The following services are offered with restrictions:

  • Use of databases
  • Return and lending of media
  • Use of the open access holdings on site
  • Use of workstations on site
  • Use of carrels (Campus Schöneberg)

Extended opening of the library from July 20, 2020

As of July 20, 2020, lending and returning of media will again be possible for HWR members in the library at both locations without prior appointment reservation and without ordering the media in advance.

If you wish to borrow or return media, please come to the library within the opening hours. Both locations are open at the following times:

Mondays to Fridays: 10.00 to 15.00

Please understand that we can only allow 10 people to access the library stock at the same time. If the maximum number of persons is reached, waiting times may occur. Please schedule this when visiting the library.

In order to trace chains of infection, we need to obtain contact details of all persons entering the library. Therefore, please bring your CampusCard or an identification document with you.

We regret that any branch orders are currently not possible. Please borrow the media at the location where they are available.

Opening of the reading rooms

At both locations of the library, members of the HWR can once again work on individual workstations within the libraries with presence copies and magazines from the library stock.

Use of the workstations on site is only possible after making an appointment via our Moodle course Appointment Reservation for reading room use 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.

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer you the following services on site:

  • Use of research PCs and computer workstations in the library on the Lichtenberg campus. Please research the shelf marks of the books you need from home or your smartphone.
  • Independent printing, copying and scanning on the devices in the library
  • Information and advice on research (only by phone or email)
  • Payment of fees on site in cash

The carrels in the library on the Schöneberg campus can be used again. Please register by email to hsb.cs(at)hwr-berlin.de.

We would be happy to continue scanning individual articles from printed journals from the library's stock for you in compliance with copyright law. Please send us an email to hsb.cl(at)hwr-berlin.de or hsb.cs(at)hwr-berlin.de .

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:

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.

You can find more information in here:

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.

You can find more information in here:

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.

You can find more information in here:

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.

You can find more information in here:

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.

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:

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

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 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 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.

Find more information here:

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