#HEREWEARE: Summer semester 2020

The summer semester 2020 will be a particular semester. Whether students, professors or staff − we all do our best to make the semester a successful one. So, even if you only meet us online, we are still here for you. Which means: HERE WE ARE!

The 2020 summer semester has begun: at home in Schöneberg, Friedrichshain, Wedding or Lichtenberg. This very semester you will experience the university primarily online. No need to worry: the HWR Berlin is everywhere you are. You can contact us via e-mail, Moodle, Campus4u, Finca or phone. We are expanding our digital consultation services and will keep you posted with the latest news on this website.

#HEREWEARE: Be a vital part of the HWR Berlin

The hashtag #HEREWEARE is now calling for us to join in and show where and how we work, learn and connect digitally.

  • All teams of the HWR Berlin are working hard to ensure that your summer semester 2020 will be a successful one.
  • We take care of your requests and answer your questions as soon as possible − on the website, by e-mail or by phone. Please have a little patience!
  • You can support us by regularly visiting the HWR website and checking first of all the course pages at Moodle.
  • If you have urgent inquiries, please contact the study offices or the student counselling services.

The summer semester 2020 has begun

Prof. Dr. Susanne Meyer, Vice President of the HWR Berlin, welcomes you to the start of the new, digital semester at the HWR Berlin.

Your semester schedule

The lecture period for the the summer semester 2020 has started on April 20, 2020.

  • Lecture period

    20.04.2020–18.07.2020
    (Further postponement possible)

  • Lecture-free period

    22.and 23.05.2020

Attention: The departments may deviate from the specified semester times. Therefore, apart from the start of the semester, the schedules specified by the departments apply.

You can find lecture periods, examination periods and other schedules at your department's website:

These are your teachers

The professors and lecturers of the HWR Berlin introduce themselves.

Summer semester 2020: News and events

The latest news and events on the summer semester 2020 in German can be found here:

Questions and answers for first semester students

All new, all different: You wonder how studying at the HWR Berlin will work during the digital summer semester 2020? We have the answers to your questions.

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.

You don't have a campus card? Good to know: Your matriculation number with the faculty addition (e.g. 7721 for the Department 1 Business and Economics) is also your user number for the library. You can find this if you create your library password using Bibkey.

The student counselling services of the HWR Berlin has extended its telephone consultation hours. You can find the current availability on the website.

The start of the lecture period at Berlin universities is currently postponed to April 20, 2020. A further rescheduling cannot be ruled out. For current updates, please check the Corona page of the HWR Berlin.

For students whose degree programme does not follow a semester model, lectures currently take place online via Moodle.

The start of the semester in the Department 2 Cooperative Studies will remain the same.

You can find the study certificate of the HWR Berlin online in Campus4u or Finca, depending on your department:

Important note

Unfortunately, students of the Dual Studies Department cannot view their study certificates online and will receive them after the university reopens. If you encounter any difficulties as a result, please contact: ute.walz(at)hwr-berlin.de

You have received your login data together with your immatriculation documents. If you have any questions or problems, please contact the IT department of the HWR Berlin. The IT-helpdesk is the central contact point for students, lecturers and staff for IT problems:

Please always use your personal HWR e-mail address to communicate with the lecturers. Click here to find out how to set up and access your HWR e-mail account:

Please find contact details on the websites of the departments

The lecturers also have their own HWR e-mail addresses. You can find them on the German website of your department by clicking on Personen und Kontakte. Here you will find a list of all persons working for your department in alphabetical order:

Alternatively: check Moodle, Finca or Campus4u

You can also contact lecturers at Moodle, Finca or Campus4u:

Unfortunately all on-site introductions at the HWR Berlin have been cancelled due to the Corona pandemic. You can find introductory information on Moodle or you will receive it by e-mail.

Online calendar on the HWR website

In the HWR online calendar you may check which events take place online and when:

Register with Moodle and find information

Information about your courses can be found mainly on the Moodle study platform. There the lecturers provide you with materials for your courses and get in contact with you.

Check at Campus4u or Finca

Depending on your department you can also find additional information online at Campus4u or Finca. 

  • Campus4u is the online campus of the Department of Business and Economics, Studium Generale and the Berlin Professional School.
  • Finca is the online campus of the Departments of Public Administration, Legal Studies, Police and Security Management and the Berlin Professional School.

Taking courses, this is how it works

On Moodle you will find a lot of useful tutorials and movies, for example about taking courses or using Campus4u and Finca.

Take language courses via Campus4u or Finca

You can find out at Campus4u or Finca which language or specialist language courses are currently offered at your department or specifically for your course of study and enrol online:

Business language courses are open to all students

The courses in Business German, Business French, Business Spanish as well as Chinese for beginners of the International Business Management program at the Department of Business and Economics are open to all students, as long as places are available.

Send an e-mail to the office for business languages

You can get more information from the office for business languages. If you are studying at the Lichtenberg campus, please register by e-mail in good time before the start of the semester. You may have to register at the Schöneberg campus as a secondary student first.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the BAföG has also undergone some changes: Please check the FAQ of the Studierendenwerk Berlin for all questions concerning BAföG. On the website you will find the latest information.

The General Students' Committee (AStA) of the HWR Berlin is an active body of the students in addition to the Student Parliament (StuPa) and the student department commissions of the individual departments. The AStA is the managing (executive) body of the student body and thus the one entrusted with external representation. It is the student "government" or student representation.

Studying at the HWR Berlin and still looking for accommodation for the summer semester 2020? Then we have good news for you. The Studierendenwerk Berlin still has a few vacancies for student accommodation for the period April 1 to August 31, 2020.

On the study platform Moodle you will find a pre- and bridge course with exercises and animations. This will enable you to prepare yourself, especially in the period from 1 to 20 April 2020. On Moodle you will also find the setup files for the Mathematica-Player.

The General Studies programme offers you many useful courses to support you in learning, scientific writing or preparing for exams. You can find more infos here:

Susanne Jeß from Student Services will support you if you start your studies with a professional qualification but without a high-school diploma. You can contact her by phone at +49 30 30877-1468 or by e-mail: hwrstart@hwr-berlin.de

Questions and answers for students

The corona pandemic is changing the way of studying. Lecturers and students meet online and work at home. This leads to a number of questions. You can find the answers here.

Due to the postponed deadlines for university applicants in the winter semester 2020/21, the lecture period for first semester students in Bachelor's degree programmes at all Berlin universities begins on November 2, 2020, excluding the internal and cooperative degree programmes at the HWR.

For all other students, the start date remains October 1, 2020, so that a return to the regular cycle and the usual length of the lecture period is possible in the summer semester 2021.

You can find more information in German here:

Summer semester 2020

By resolution of the Berlin Senate, classroom teaching was discontinued at all Berlin universities as of March 11, 2020. Since then, teaching at the HWR Berlin has taken place using online formats. The university assumes that teaching must take place exclusively in online formats during the entire 2020 summer semester.

Even if the regulations are lifted or relaxed during the lecture period, teaching may continue in online formats. Students in cooperative and internal courses of study may be obliged to participate in classroom teaching as soon as this is again permitted.

Courses of all degree programmes shall be held online. Lecturers shall provide students with the opportunity to acquire the competences and take the exams provided for in the study and examination plan.

Winter semester 2020/21

Where and how courses will take place in the winter semester 2020/21 is dependent on the further development of the corona pandemic and the current SARS-CoV-2 Containment Regulations of the Berlin Senate.

  • If the regulations of the Berlin Senate in force at the beginning of the winter semester will prohibit attendance courses, the courses of all degree programmes will be held online in the winter semester 2020/2021.
     
  • If the regulations in force at the beginning of the winter semester allow classroom teaching with restrictions, teaching will take place in attendance, possibly in a hybrid model combining online teaching and classroom teaching.
  • In this case, the departments and the Berlin Professional School (BPS) will ensure that the regulations for preventing infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 are adhered to for courses that take place in attendance.
  • The departmental or institute council may decide for certain modules or courses of study that online teaching will take place in whole or in part. This also applies if, at the time the courses are held, classroom teaching should again be permitted.
     
  • In the case that the regulations in force at the beginning of the winter semester allow classroom teaching without any restrictions, the departments or Berlin Professional School may nevertheless decide that in certain modules or degree programmes online teaching will take place continuously or for the most part.

You can find more information in German here:

Form of examination depends on applicable corona regulations

Examinations during the course of study are conducted in accordance with the regulations applicable to the respective examination and in the respective examination form, if this is permitted at the time of the examination according to the applicable SARS-CoV-2 Containment Regulations of the Berlin Senate, and if this is foreseeable at the time of the start of lectures for the course to which the examination refers.

The departmental or institute council of the BPS may deviate from this by resolution if the respective module requires the performance of an online examination, in particular if the course has been conducted continuously online or if a early determination of the form of examination is intended to provide planning reliability for students.

Alternative exams when presence examinations are prohibited

If it is not foreseeable at the time of the start of lectures for a course that it will be legally permissible to conduct the examinations in attendance at the time of the examination, other forms of examination can be used for these semester-end examinations which do not require the presence of students.

For this purpose, deviations from the regulations applicable to the respective examination are necessary and possible, whereby the departmental or institute council decides on the form of examination and the form of performance (online or in attendance).

On-site examinations

Examinations in the form of written exams may be conducted in attendance if they cannot be conducted as online exams. Oral final examinations may be conducted in attendance. The decision as to whether such an examination is to be held in presence or online lies with the examiners.

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 is held.

Combined examinations and presentations

Combined examinations and presentations must be taken online. These examinations may be organised flexibly.

  • This means that oral parts can be replaced by written parts, but the presentation can also be held via a video-conferencing 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.

You can find more information in German here:

Attendance exams possible in exceptional cases

Written exams may be taken 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

  1. Presence examinations may only be written in rooms where it can be assured that the examinees can keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between each other. Access to the examination rooms has to be controlled so that no queues arise.
  2. When inviting candidates to take the exams, particular care must be taken to ensure that those taking the exam on that day at the HWR Berlin are not visiting the buildings all at the same time. Therefore, scheduling should be staggered.
  3. The stay on the premises of the HWR is only permitted for access to and from the examination room and during the examination. For the way to and from the examination room a mouth and nose cover is mandatory. Mouth and nose covers must be provided for persons without their own equipment. A mouth-nose cover must be worn on the way to and from the examination room. In the examination room the cover may be removed for the time of the examination at the workplace. Make sure that removed coverings are not stored on the tables but in the bags of the examinees.
  4. Before the examination all contact surfaces, in particular the surfaces of the worktables and the door handles in the examination rooms, as well as the nearby toilet facilities shall be thoroughly cleaned. The test room shall be properly ventilated. A further examination in the same room shall not be carried out until these measures have been repeated.

You can find more information in German here:

Oral final examinations on site possible

Oral final examinations may be conducted in person. The decision as to whether such an examination is to be held in person or online lies with the examiners.

The following hygiene measures must be applied during on-site oral examinations:

  1. Oral examinations may only be conducted in rooms where it is possible to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between the participants.
  2. The contact surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned before the exam is carried out.
  3. The examination room must be thoroughly ventilated.
  4. A further examination in the same room may only be carried out after these measures have been repeated.

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.

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.

You can find more information in German here:

If courses are held in whole or in part online, teachers and students may, alternatively or in addition to attending sessions, agree on appropriate alternative requirements to fulfil any attendance obligation that may exist. These may include, for example, participation in forums, group tasks or the like.

The same legal consequences may be attached to the alternative agreements as to the unfulfilled obligation to attend. Teachers shall inform students of these special requirements at the beginning of the course.

You can find more information in German here:

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 German here:

Current and planned mandatory internships are based on the requirements of the respective institutions where you are doing your internship. If the company or institution requests short-time work or home-office work, you will still fulfil your internship properly.

  • Your internship may start late, even if this means that you cannot complete it entirely during the semester. You can make up for missing internship periods at another time. You may divide your internship into several sections, even if this is not provided for in the respective study and examination regulations.
     
  • 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.
     
  • You can register for the final examination and for writing your final thesis even if you have not yet completed your mandatory internship. In this case, final oral exams will only take place after you have completed your internship.
     
  • If a ban on work is imposed on students during their internship in accordance with the Infection Protection Act (quarantine), the corresponding time will be credited towards the internship.

You can find more information in German 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 German 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 German 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 German here:

Extended opening of the library from July 20, 2020

From July 20, 2020, media can be borrowed and returned for members of the HWR in the library at both locations again without making an appointment or ordering the media.

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

Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please note that we can only give access to 10 people to the library stock at a time. If the maximum number of people is reached, there occure waiting periods, please plan this when you visit.

For traceability of infection chains, we need to collect contact information from everyone entering the library. Therefore, please bring your CampusCard or an ID document with you.

Unfortunately, branch orders are currently not possible, please borrow the media from 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 .

The mouth-nose protection obligation applies at both library locations!Please keep the minimum distance of 2 meters when waiting.

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:

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.

The university buildings will remain closed to the public. Access is only possible for authorized persons. 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 attendance tests and to use 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.

Must be included:

  1. First name and surname,
  2. Phone number,    
  3. Full address or e-mail address,
  4. Period of presence and
  5. Seat or table number, if applicable.

In the case of presence checks, the parties concerned shall enter their names in lists that have been laid out. This registration replaces the previous registration at the gate.

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.

From 20.07.2020 the deadlines will run again

The deadlines for your bachelor, master and diploma courses have been suspended since 12 March 2020. This suspension will end on 20 July 2020.

This means that you have to submit your theses within a period starting on 20 July 2020, which is the same length of time as the period still available on 12 March 2020. If theses were registered after 12 March 2020, the processing period will start on 20 July 2020.

How can I submit my thesis?
Theses may be submitted by e-mail to the examiners. The examiner may request a paper submission.

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.

Emergency care for single parents

Until 21 June 2020, the Berlin Senate will provide emergency care for school children in primary grades 1 to 6, which will generally take place in their usual school.

As of April 27, 2020, you can benefit from emergency care as a single mother or single father. The precondition is that you live alone in a household with your children, without any other adults. You are not entitled to emergency care if another person is available to look after your child or children.

As a student you can use the emergency care if you have to present something online during your studies, for example a term paper or a presentation. In this case you can claim emergency care if no other person can look after your children. If you are only attending an online course, you are not entitled to emergency care. Please consult your childcare centre or school about how the regulations of the senate will be interpreted there.

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:

No, all meetings, conferences and other public events during the lecture-free period as well as the lecture period in the summer semester 2020 have been cancelled until July 20, 2020. This applies to all events inside and outside the HWR Berlin as well as to events of third parties.

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:

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

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.

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.

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 International Office of the HWR Berlin has extended its telephone consultation times. You can find the current telephone office hours on the website.

Online research at the HWR Berlin libraries

Our libraries will remain closed for the time being, but you can find helpful information online.

Go to the website of the HWR Berlin libraries

How to find what you are looking for: Research with HoWeR

There you go: Create or change the password for the library