#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.

How to update your CampusCard

Since 26 May 2020 it is possible to enter the foyers at Campus Schöneberg and Campus Lichtenberg of the HWR Berlin to update your CampusCard at vending machines. Your faculty will inform you by e-mail in which time slot you can update your CampusCard. Please respect the rules of distance and hygiene on site and leave the building immediately afterwards.

Here you will find the machines to update your CampusCard

  • Campus Schöneberg: Main hall of house B
    Access via the courtyard, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin
  • Campus Lichtenberg: Foyer of house 1
    Old-Friedrichsfelde 60, 10315 Berlin

Since the university is closed, there is currently no access to the CampusCard machine.

Study certificate plus personal identification as ticket

If you are a first-year student, the BVG, the S-Bahn Berlin and the other transport companies of the Berlin-Brandenburg Transport Association accept the original certificate of study for the summer semester 2020 in conjunction with your identity card or passport as a ticket.

This goodwill arrangement is valid until 28 June 2020.

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.

How to update your CampusCard

Since 26 May 2020 it is possible to enter the foyers at Campus Schöneberg and Campus Lichtenberg of the HWR Berlin to update your CampusCard at vending machines. Your faculty will inform you by e-mail in which time slot you can update your CampusCard. Please respect the rules of distance and hygiene on site and leave the building immediately afterwards.

Here you will find the machines to update your CampusCard

  • Campus Schöneberg: Main hall of house B
    Access via the courtyard, Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin
  • Campus Lichtenberg: Foyer of house 1
    Old-Friedrichsfelde 60, 10315 Berlin

The goodwill arrangement has been extended: The BVG, the S-Bahn Berlin and the other transport companies of the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) accept your VBB semester ticket for the winter semester 2019/20 as a ticket for public transport until 28 May 2020

It is a precondition that you can additionally present an original certificate of immatriculation for the summer semester 2020. This also applies to the additional ticket for the Berlin semester ticket. Original means: You must have the physical certificate or a printout of the digital certificate on white paper in original size.

What about first-year students?

You will start your studies at the HWR Berlin in summer semester 2020? In that case, the BVG, the S-Bahn Berlin and the other transport companies of the Berlin-Brandenburg transport association will recognize the original certificate of immatriculation for the summer semester 2020 in conjunction with your identity card as a ticket. This regulation is valid until 28 June 2020.

Where can I find my immatriculation certificate?

You can find the certificate of immatriculation at the HWR Berlin in Campus4u or Finca. Therefore it is not necessary to update your CampusCard for the time being. In case of problems with ticket controls, please contact us by e-mail: 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

Use the library without a CampusCard

You do not have a valid CampusCard? Good to know: Your matriculation number is also the user number for the university library.

The HWR Berlin is currently in a restricted university operation. This applies for the time being. The university buildings will remain closed. Admission is only possible in justified exceptional cases.

All employees will continue to work in the home office. Teachers and students also have no access - except in justified exceptional cases, e.g. when using the libraries.

Online lectures instead of on-site seminars

All on-site lectures at the HWR Berlin have been suspended until further notice. This also affects dual and internal study courses. The start of the lecture period has been postponed to April 20, 2020. The summer semester will take place online.

Even if the prescribed restrictions are further reduced during the lecture period, teaching may continue in online formats. Even then, holding block seminars will only be possible in exceptional cases due to the very limited space available at all locations. In any case, a return to face-to-face seminars requires coordination with the students.

Study online and take your exams

The courses of all study programs take place, initially without on-site attendance. Lecturers keep the studies going with online formats and other creative options and enable you to progress with your studies and take your exams. The HWR Berlin currently assumes that lectures must take place online during the entire summer semester 2020.

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.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the university libraries of the HWR Berlin will remain closed at the Lichtenberg and Schöneberg campuses until 10 May 2020.

Library reopens on 11 March 2020

As of 11 May 2020, the university libraries at both locations in Schöneberg and Lichtenberg will offer you a limited on-site service. From Monday to Friday, between 10.00 and 15.00, you can borrow media you have ordered in advance or return media you no longer require.

Due to the current hygiene and security measures, borrowing and returning is only possible after booking an appointment in the Moodle course Terminreservierung für die Ausleihe -und Rückgabe in der Bibliothek (Appointment reservation for borrowing and returning in the library).

Research and order media in advance

If you want to borrow media, you have to research and order it in advance. The media will be ordered during the appointment booking via Moodle. In order to make the processes on site as smooth as possible, we kindly ask you to follow the steps described in the Moodle course.

If you need individual articles from printed journals from the library stock, please send us an email to hsb.cl(at)hwr-berlin.de or hsb.cs(at)hwr-berlin.de. We will be happy to scan the required essays for you in compliance with the copyright law.

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

The following services cannot be offered at the moment:

  • Pay fees in cash on site
  • Use information and advice for research
  • Use the (computer) workplaces, reading rooms or group study rooms,
  • Make or print copies or scans on your own,
  • View presence copies and magazines

Access the university

In order to be able to enter House A on the Schöneberg campus, you must register with the porter by phone. You will find the porters telephone number in the entrance area. Please be sure to take your cell phone with you. You do not have to register by phone at the Lichtenberg campus.

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:

The Berlin Senate provides emergency care for children in the kindergartens, day care centres and in the schools of the elementary levels 1 to 6. Emergency care usually takes place in the usual kindergarten or school. 

Emergency care for single parents

On 21 April 2020, the Senate decided to expand emergency care: As of April 27, 2020, you can now also 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:

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

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.

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.

According to the Senate Chancellery for Science and Research, 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 online format. The written re-exams will also be postponed.

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

Examinations take place, but not on site

The study-related examinations for the summer semester 2020 as well as the re-examinations and replacement examinations from the winter semester 2019/2020 will be held. For the duration of the emegency operations at the HWR Berlin, lecturers only use examination forms that do not require student attendance. Deviations from the forms of examination stipulated in the respective study and examination regulations are permitted. 

Should the pandemic-related restrictions be lifted, the regulations of the respective study and examination regulations will apply. In this case, examiners may refer to the above-mentioned regulations for the summer semester 2020 if they have based their semester planning on them.

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. You can still start working on your thesis.

Deadline for submission starts on 11 May

That is: If you registered and started your thesis before March 12, 2020, the original deadline for submission has been cancelled since March 12, 2020. Your submission deadline will not start again until 11 May 2020, which means that you will have the same number of days until the submission of your thesis as you would have had from 12 March until the original submission deadline. f you registered your thesis after 12 March, the regular deadline starts on 11 May 2020. You can start writing your thesis before that date.

Please note: These rules do not apply to term papers.

How can I submit my thesis?

You can submit your thesis by e-mail to the examiners. A paper submission is currently not required.

You can now submit your term papers to your examiners by e-mail or via Moodle. Currently it is not necessary to hand in the paper version. The examination boards decide on applications for extensions. There is currently no automatic extension of the deadline for the submission of your papers.

You are planning a mandatory internship for the summer semester 2020 or have already started your internship? Then you don't have to worry that your internship will not be recognized 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 counted as successfully completed.

Good to know:

  • Your internship may start so late that you cannot fully complete it 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. Sections of the internship that you complete during the summer semester will be credited by the HWR Berlin.
  • If your mandatory internship has not been completed in the summer semester, any upper limits for attending courses in addition to the internship for the winter semester 2020/2021 will be suspended.

What about my degree?

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. However, the oral Bachelor examination will only take place after your internship.

What if I'm ill or quarantined?

If you must 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:

The deadline for an application for part-time study has been extended until 9 April 2020. The reasons for the application must be made credible. The submission of copies by digital means is sufficient.

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