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.

Latest news

Priority for classroom attendance: cornerstones agreed for the winter semester 2022/2023

The federal state of Berlin and Berlin's universities are aiming for a winter semester in attendance in the forthcoming months. "As educational institutions, the universities are open and accessible to all people," declared the State Conference of Rectors and Presidents of Berlin Universities (LKRP) in coordination with the Senate Department for Science, Health, Care and Equality (SenWGPG) on 20 September 2022 in Berlin. Personal encounters play a special role in the educational process. Therefore, face-to-face teaching and the availability of study-relevant infrastructures on site in conjunction with appropriate infection control have the highest priority.

  • More specifically, LKRP and SenWGPG agreed to organise the courses and examinations primarily in attendance.
  • The protection and hygiene rules will take into account individually and appropriately the needs of those students, teachers and employees who belong to vulnerable groups.
  • According to the local situation, the universities may limit the number of participants
  • The targeted attendance mode also extends to university service facilities: Libraries, workstations and PC pools remain open.
  • In addition to face-to-face teaching, online courses or hybrid formats may be also required due to an intensified pandemic situation.
  • LKRP and the science administration also strongly recommended wearing FFP2 masks in university buildings. These had proven to be a highly effective protection against infection.

More information in German:

Cornerstones agreed for the 2022/2023 winter semester at Berlin universities

Test centres

Campus Lichtenberg: The public test centre in the porter's lodge at the entrance to the Alfred-Kowalke-Strasse on the Campus Lichtenberg is open to all citizens and can also be used by all members of the HWR Berlin.

Monday to Saturday 8.00-16.00

For the coming winter semester 2022/23, Berlin's universities are planning to offer face-to-face study and teaching. The agreements in the joint key points paper of the State Conference of Rectors and Presidents of Berlin Higher Education Institutions (LKRP) and the Senate Department for Science, Health, Care and Equality applicable to the current semester provide the necessary framework for these plans.

  • The key points paper will be continuously reviewed and adapted based on a regular assessment of the pandemic.
  • Classroom teaching can be supplemented by online teaching if didactic reasons or the pandemic situation require this.
  • The universities appeal to students, employees and guests to continue voluntarily wearing an FFP2 mask on campus.

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. The winter semester 2022/23 is primarily a classroom semester. However, there will still be individual online courses. Classroom courses will not be offered simultaneously as online courses.

In order to ensure that face to face teaching will be 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 rule still makes sense. This means that you should be either vaccinated, recovered or tested to enter the university. This rule applies also to participation in classroom events as well as to your visit to the library.

2. Please wear an FFP2 mask

We recommend wearing an FFP2 mask in all buildings of the HWR Berlin.

3. Distance, hygiene and ventilation

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

Attention: The "protective shield" will no longer apply in the winter semester 2022/23. Examinations that are not passed will again have the consequences provided for in the examination regulations.

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:

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.