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 7.00-18.00 hrs


The test centres of the HWR Berlin are still open for staff and lecturers of the university:

  • Campus Schöneberg, Post Office
  • Campus Lichtenberg, Post Office

Tuesday and Thursday from 8.00 to 10.00 am.

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.

The Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin returned to predominantly face-to-face teaching on 1 April 2022. At the same time, it continues to proceed with the necessary caution. We strongly recommend wearing FFP2 masks in all buildings of the HWR Berlin. The university also recommends continuing to follow the 3G rule of "vaccinated, recovered or tested" for the purposes of infection protection.

Employees are also urgently requested to follow the 3G rule. They are also recommended to wear an FFP2 mask in all buildings of the HWR Berlin.

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. The summer semester 2022 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.

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.