Winter Semester 2021/22

In the winter semester 2021/22, we will meet live on campus. At the beginning, 30 percent of all courses will take place on site. If the pandemic situation allows, the proportion is set to increase further.


Three online semesters have shown how important meetings and conversations are. The HWR Berlin therefore wants to enable more attendance and collaboration in the winter semester 2021/22. The plan is for around 30 per cent of all courses to take place on campus. If the pandemic situation allows to, this percentage will increase over the course of the semester.

Vaccinated, recovered or tested - for safety's sake

The semester starts on 01 October 2021. It is unclear how the pandemic will develop. One thing is certain: only if everyone present is vaccinated, recovered or testedn we can work at the university in a relaxed and productive manner. Vaccination against Covid-19 contributes to safety. Let us enable more togetherness - and take responsibility for others and for ourselves. Therefore our request:

  • Get vaccinated in time before the winter semester starts!

What will the winter semester 2021/22 bring?

Vice President Prof. Dr. Susanne Meyer and Julian Dreßler from the AStA welcome you to the start of the winter semester at the HWR Berlin.

What rules apply?

The following hygiene and protection measures apply on site at the HWR Berlin:

The basic requirement for attending courses and examinations in presence as well as for using the workplaces in the libraries is the 3G rule. This means that you must be able to prove that you have either been vaccinated, have recovered or have tested negative. The teachers are allowed to check this. In addition, random checks are carried out by persons appointed and authorised by the HWR Berlin for this purpose.

Recognised proof for 3G

  • Vaccinated are persons who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Union and whose last required vaccination was at least 14 days ago.
  • Recovered are persons who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection more than six months previously and who have received at least one vaccination against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Union and whose last vaccination was at least 14 days ago, or who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection at least 28 days and no more than six months previously.
  • Negative tested persons are those who meet the detection requirements of a negative test. These are regulated in § 6, 3rd InfSchMV. The validity of rapid antigen tests is 24 hours, that of PCR tests 48 hours. Only tests from a certified testing centre are recognised, not self-tests.

Please note that undermining the testing obligation or the 3G rule or falsifying / altering test certificates has consequences:

  • Violations of the Infection Control Measures Ordinance are misdemeanors that carry significant fines.
  • Presentation of a falsified or tampered test result will be assessed by the university as use of an incorrect health certificate. Under Section 279 of the Penal Code, this is a criminal offense punishable by fine or imprisonment. Since the use of incorrect test results endangers the health of students, faculty, and technical and administrative staff, the university will report individuals who present incorrect test results. 

The following applies throughout the university and on campus: Keep at least 1.5m distance. Exceptions are possible in teaching and examination rooms.

A medical mask must be worn in all buildings of the HWR Berlin. This also applies to the outdoor area if a distance of at least 1.5 metres is not guaranteed.

The following applies in lectures and examinations: If the distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained, the masks may be removed as soon as all those present have taken their seats.

If this protective distance cannot be maintained, the masks may only be removed by teachers or examiners if they maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from the other persons present. This also applies to students and examinees during their presentation.

The HWR Berlin is obliged to document attendance at face-to-face courses and examinations. This is possible digitally with the Corona Warn app and the luca app. Please scan the QR codes on the tables for this. Those who cannot or do not wish to use the digital options have the option of documenting their attendance on paper.

Every 20 minutes, there should be shock ventilation in the courses and examinations. Teachers, students, examiners and examinees are equally responsible for proper and regular ventilation.

Better together

Study online? Alone in front of the screen? That's only half as good. We are looking forward to the new semester with you, because many things work so much better together live on site.