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:

18.03.2020: HWR Berlin will be limited to emergency operations from 20.03.2020

  • 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.

Important contact information

Official hotline and contact points of the city of Berlin

If symptoms of illness occur, please consult a doctor.

You can also call the official Corona hotline of the health administration:

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

Coronavirus clinic (last updated 10.3.2020):

Important: please first contact the coronavirus clinics by telephone (+49 30 90 28 28 28), do not just present yourself!

  • Charité-Standort Virchow, Wedding
    Mittelallee 1, 13353 Berlin; open daily from 8.00 to 16.00
    Website Charité
     
  • Evangelisches Krankenhaus Königin Elisabeth Herzberge, Lichtenberg
    Building 19, Herzbergstraße 79, 10365 Berlin, open Mon–Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat/Sun 10.00-17.00
     
  • Vivantes-Klinikum , Prenzlauer Berg
    Diesterwegstraße, 10405 Berlin, open Mon–Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat/Sun 10.00-17.00
     
  • Vivantes-Wenckebach-Klinikum, Tempelhof
    Separate building in the Albrechtstraße, 12099 Berlin, open Mon–Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat/Sun 10.00-17.00
    German language website Vivantes
     
  • DRK-Klinikum Westend, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
    Building 10, Spandauer Damm 130, 14050 Berlin, open Mon–Fri 9.00-15.00
     
  • Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhöhe, Spandau
    Building 16, Kladower Damm 221, 14089 Berlin, open Mon–Fri 9.00-20.00
    Please first contact the clinic hotline: +49 30 36 501 7222

Questions and answers for students

Berlin's universities will be in emergency operation from 20 March 2020. This applies for the time being until April 19, 2020. Access to the buildings of the HWR Berlin will no longer be possible after 6 p.m. on March 20. All employees will work in the home office from this time on.

All on-site attendance lectures are suspended until further notice. This also affects dual and internal study courses. If possible, the HWR Berlin will offer online courses as a substitute.

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.

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

The start of the lecturing period at universities is currently postponed to 20 April 2020. A further rescheduling cannot be ruled out.

According to the Berlin Senate, attendance examinations will no longer take place for the time being from 19 March 2020. In agreement with the Senate Chancellery, the HWR Berlin has decided to postpone all upcoming oral examinations. These will soon be held in an online format. The written re-exams will also be postponed.

The study and examination offices will inform students about the new examination dates in time via e-mail and Moodle.

The deadline for submitting your Bachelor's or Master's thesis has been suspended since 12 March 2020 due to the current closures of universities, libraries and PC pools, at least until 11 May 2020, but you can still start working on your thesis as far as possible.

Deadline for submissions starts on 11 May

That is:

  • If you registered and started your thesis before 12 March 2020, the original deadline for submission has been cancelled since 12 March 2020. Your submission deadline will not start again until 11 May 2020, leaving you with the number of days you would have had from 12 March until the initial submission deadline.
     
  • If you registered your thesis after 12 March 2020, the regular deadline starts on 11 May 2020 but you can start writing your thesis before then.

Please note: This rule does not apply to term papers.

You have planned a mandatory internship for the summer semester 2020 or have already started your internship? If so, you don't have to worry that your internship will not be officially recognised 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 considered to have been properly accomplished.

Good to know:

  • Your internship may also start so late that you won't be able to complete it completely 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.
  • 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. The oral Bachelor examination will then take place after your internship.
  • If you have to 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:

You can now submit your term papers to your examiners by e-mail or via Moodle. The examination boards decide on applications for extensions. There is currently no automatic extension of the deadline for the submission of your papers.

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 fear a loss of 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.

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

The BVG, the S-Bahn Berlin and the other transport companies within the VBB accept the current certificate of study as a semester ticket at the beginning of the summer semester 2020 until further notice.

You can find the certificate of study in Campus4U or Finca. Therefore it is not necessary to update the CampusCard for the time being. If you should encounter problems with ticket inspections, please send us an e-mail at: covid19-info(at)hwr-berlin.de

Please note: Unfortunately, students of the Dual Studies Department cannot view their study certificates online and will receive them after the university reopens. In case of trouble, please contact: ute.walz(at)hwr-berlin.de

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.

No, all meetings, conferences and other public events are cancelled until 20 July 2020, regardless of the number of participants. This affects events inside and outside the HWR Berlin.

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.

On March 13, 2020, the Berlin Senate has decided that all libraries will be closed. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the university libraries of the HWR Berlin will remain closed at the Lichtenberg and Schöneberg campuses until further notice.

Online services available

E-books, online journals and databases are still available to you outside the university. Information about the services and access can be found on the HWR Berlin website:

Order online essays by e-mail

In addition, you have the possibility to order online articles by e-mail. Send your order to: hsb.cs(at)hwr-berlin.de

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

Loan periods suspended until further notice

During library closures, there are no fees for exceeding loan periods. Please keep the borrowed media until the reopening of the universtity libraries. It is currently not possible to return them on site. Media that have been provided for you will remain reserved for you for the duration of the closing time.

Any further questions?

You can find more information on these websites:

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 on the coronavirus

The best protection is provided by regular and careful hand hygiene. Avoid hand contact with other people and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water. You should apply the same measures as for avoiding influenza:

  1. Keep your distance: avoid close bodily contact such as hugging. Stand at least one metre away from people when sneezing or coughing and turn away from people when doing so. Keep away from people who are ill wherever possible.
  2. 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.
  3. Use paper tissues: sneeze or cough into a paper tissue, then dispose of the tissue immediately in a dustbin, preferably with a cover.
  4. Sneeze into your elbow: if you do not have a paper tissue, hold your elbow in front of your face when coughing or sneezing.

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.

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

The Charité Berlin has requested that people worried about their symptoms should first consult a doctor if they are unable to get through on the hotline. You should also make sure to telephone the doctor and not present yourself in person. You should only present yourself at one of the five coronavirus clinics in Berlin for a coronavirus test if explicitly advised to do so by a doctor.

Coronavirus clinic (last updated 10.3.2020):

Important: please first contact the coronavirus clinics by telephone (+49 30 90 28 28 28), do not just present yourself!

  • Charité-Standort Virchow, Wedding
    Mittelallee 1, 13353 Berlin; open daily from 8.00 to 16.00
    Website Charité
     
  • Evangelisches Krankenhaus Königin Elisabeth Herzberge, Lichtenberg
    Building 19, Herzbergstraße 79, 10365 Berlin, open Mon–Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat/Sun 10.00-17.00
     
  • Vivantes-Klinikum , Prenzlauer Berg
    Diesterwegstraße, 10405 Berlin, open Mon–Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat/Sun 10.00-17.00
     
  • Vivantes-Wenckebach-Klinikum, Tempelhof
    Separate building in the Albrechtstraße, 12099 Berlin, open Mon–Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat/Sun 10.00-17.00
    German language website Vivantes
     
  • DRK-Klinikum Westend, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
    Building 10, Spandauer Damm 130, 14050 Berlin, open Mon–Fri 9.00-15.00
     
  • Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhöhe, Spandau
    Building 16, Kladower Damm 221, 14089 Berlin, open Mon–Fri 9.00-20.00
    Please first contact the clinic hotline: +49 30 36 501 7222

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.