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Information about the coronavirus

Information and updates about the coronavirus

14 May 2020

Due to the corona situation, the Berlin Senate has decided that all colleges and universities in Berlin are closed to the public and to classroom teaching.

As a consequence, we have successfully switched to blended teaching for the 2020 summer semester. This means that our students can continue to earn credits.

What does this change mean in various areas?

Classes and Examinations

  • All (re-)examinations with compulsory attendance are cancelled. We will inform our students about the date and nature of the new examination four weeks before it takes place.
  • Apart from a few exceptions, the courses take place using digital teaching and learning methods via Microsoft Teams (with an interface to our campus management system).

Services

Our services will continue to be available! We will respond to any questions as soon as possible by e-mail. We aim to support you with all your concerns, including personal questions and issues, as well as we possibly can. We are more than happy to call you back should you want us to do so.

Welcome & Student Service

info.hsbe@srh.de

Study advisor

studyinberlin@srh.de

Admissions

applyforberlin@srh.de

International Office

internationaloffice.hsbe@srh.de

Language Centre

languages.hsbe@srh.de

Examination Office

examination.office.hsbe@srh.de

Career Service

careerservice.hsbe@srh.de

Course Coordination

coursecoordination.berlin@srh.de

Fee Management

feemanagement.hsbe@srh.de

Media Technology

medientechnik.dab@srh.de

Events

All events at the university have been cancelled until further notice. This was an order of the Berlin Senate. Admin sessions and Open House events are held online.

Media Technology

  • The media technology loan is again possible on site with an appointment for collection - generally as an external loan - in compliance with the hygiene regulations.

Library

The university libraries of SRH University of Applied Sciences can also be used again for borrowing and returns on site, provided that the hygiene regulations are observed. Before the visit it is necessary to make an appointment online.

>> Please find more information about the hygiene rules of the university in this document.

If you already have a valid library card for Berlin's public libraries, you can also use the online services of the VÖBB. Otherwise you have the possibility to get a free library card online. This library card is valid for three months. It gives you access to all digital services of the public libraries.

>> Please find more information about the online resources in this document.

Please understand that we have taken these measures in the best interests of you and our employees. Our first priority is to ensure that our students remain healthy and can successfully complete their studies in the summer semester.

We will continue to keep you updated about the situation.

Please feel free to contact us should you have further questions: executiveboard.hsbe@srh.de

Kind regards and stay healthy!

Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch and Dr. Thorsten Bagschik

FAQs | prospective students and applicants

No, we are conducting our services online for now. Our study advisors are available for a chat or a personal advisory session via email, phone or online meeting platforms. Please write an e-mail to studyinberlin@srh.de or call us (+49 6221 64 73 265) and we are happy to arrange an individual consultation.

Please contact our study advisor Ms Gloria Thiller via email (studyinberlin@srh.de) or telephone (+49 6221 64 73 265).

She can guide you through our range of study programmes, the application process, admission requirements and financing options.

We are currently offering weekly webinars in English. 

You can sign up for them >> here.

When: 14 May & 28 May, 4-5pm (CEST)

Yes, you can still apply and submit your application online.

Please upload the last certificate or last term report you received from your school, or last transcripts from your previous university.

Fill in the final overall grade if you have it or enter a preliminary grade if you don’t (you will need to do a rough conversion to the German grading system here*).

Upon successful completion of the application process, you may receive a conditional admission allowing you to secure your seat in the programme.

Your final grades and certificate may be submitted at a later stage, as soon as they become available.

*If you cannot find your country in the conversion table, simply type in 2,7 - our admissions team will then readjust your grade.

If you cannot take one of the standard English proficiency tests due to COVID-19, we are currently also accepting the following online English tests:

Yes, there will be a winter semester intake in 2020 for both national and international students.

Thanks to our recently designed blended learning and study model (online classes + self study), you can start your courses online and you can already interact with your classmates. You will be able to study, exchange ideas and fully engage with your professors and fellow students in our virtual classrooms. You will also be able to hold presentations, work on practical projects or hand in essays and acquire credits through continuous assessment.

We have successfully been offering this blended learning and study model since March 2020.

Don’t put your future on hold - We kindly ask you to apply now.

In case of visa delays or travel difficulties, you will be able to start your studies online and switch to on-campus studies upon reception of your visa and once travel restrictions are eased. We have introduced maximum flexibility for our autumn intake to allow us to cater to different situations which our students may find themselves in.

When you receive your study contract, we usually give you 2 weeks time to reflect and to think about our study offer (also called "guarantee").

After the guarantee ends, we have the right to offer the seat to someone else. Thus it is important so sign the contract in time and to pay any outstanding fees, such as enrolment fees and the deposit (Non-EU/EEA students).

Due to the nature of our university and the CORE Principle, we teach in small classrooms and working groups. As places are limited, it is imperative to reserve your seat.

FAQs about your studies | students

The university‘s management team is continuously dealing with the situation and takes current developments very seriously. It is important for us to remind all university staff to act calmly and to learn more about the current situation from trustful sources of information (such as the Robert Koch-Institute).

At present, The Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) estimates the risk to the health of the population in Germany to be high. In order to prevent further spread in Germany, it is important to detect cases early, isolate them and consistently adhere to hygienic measures. Please always find the latest information and health advice on the websites of the Robert Koch-Institute and the Federal Ministry of Health.

Please use the following email address if you you wish to contact us regarding the coronavirus (questions, concerns of any kind, reporting suspicious cases, etc.): executiveboard.hsbe@srh.de

Public access to the universities in Berlin and Dresden is not allowed by order. If you have any urgent enquiries, please contact executiveboard.hsbe@srh.de.

All on-campus (re-)examinations are cancelled. We will contact you about the type and date of the (re-)examinations four weeks prior to the rescheduled dates.

There will be no seminars, classes or events at our university until 19 April 2020.

We will provide detailed information on the blended-learning seminars and courses during this week. On-campus seminars and courses will take place again as soon as we get the permission from the authorities.

The International Office (internationaloffice.hsbe@srh.de) is happy to discuss your questions and enquiries individually and will decide the best course of action with you.

If the university offers courses and seminars (online/blended-learning) and you participate in them, you are still entitled to receive BAföG.

Master/MBA students who are enrolled in the summer semester (start: March 2020) but who have not arrived on campus yet and who have not completed their admin formalities yet, will have their "Late Arrival Deadline" extended to 30 April 2020 until further notice. All admin sessions will be conducted online for the time being. We will inform everyone about news and changes.

Please find out about the current entry or travel regulations within Germany, within and into the European Union/Schengen area from the relevant authorities, e.g. foreign ministries.

Further sources in English: Federal Foreign Office, International Air Transport Association, European Commission

The current visas and residence permits will remain valid for the time being.

FAQs about the coronavirus

In general, any social contacts should be reduced to the bare minimum. Please also refrain from attending events that involve crowds of people. Further advice:

  • Stay at home in case of respiratory symptoms
  • Keep your distance from other people, especially those with coughs, colds, fevers or respiratory diseases
  • Do not shake hands
  • Wash your hands regularly and for a sufficiently long time (at least 20 seconds under running water with soap)
  • Cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue or into the crook of your arm
  • Touch your face as little as possible so that no pathogens are absorbed through the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose or mouth
  • If possible, do not travel, do not use public transport and work from home 
  • Do not share dubious social media information
  • Follow the instructions of the authorities

Sources: Robert Koch-Institut, Federal Ministry of Health

Other sources in English: World Health Organization, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

  • If within the last two weeks you have had close contact with a person who has contracted COVID-19. Close contact means either that you spoke with the sick person for at least 15 minutes or you were coughed or sneezed on at a time when this person was infectious.
  • Whenever the public health office places you under quarantine.

Source: Federal Ministry of Health

In this case, regardless of symptoms, please contact the responsible health office immediately, contact a doctor (by telephone) or call 116117 - and stay at home.

The aim of a quarantine is to slow down, as far as possible, any further spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Germany. To do this, it is necessary to identify the contacts of persons with a confirmed case of infection and – depending on their individual infection risk – monitor their state of health for the maximum duration of the incubation period (14 days), if necessary while under quarantine at home.

The public health office specifies the procedure for contact persons. The recommendations of the public health office can include: staying at home, keeping a certain distance from others, washing your hands regularly, as well as airing living rooms and bedrooms properly and not sharing household objects (dishes, clothes, etc.) with third parties, without washing these as usual beforehand. If possible, you should not share your bathroom. Hygienic articles should not be shared and clothing should be washed regularly and thoroughly (with the usual washing methods). It is important to observe the rules for coughing and sneezing. We advise you to use disposable paper tissues.

Relatives, friends, class- and flatmates can assist contact persons in coping with everyday life, for example by doing their shopping. However, close physical contact should be avoided. Relatives can also help by ensuring that living rooms and bedrooms are well aired and pay close attention to regular hand-washing. Contact surfaces, such as tables or door handles, should be cleaned regularly with household cleaners.

Source: Federal Ministry of Health

If you suspect that you have been infected with the coronavirus, please do not come to the university to protect your fellow students from infection.
Please contact either your general practioner or the following contact numbers by telephone: 

  • Between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm you can reach the Berlin hotline, which has been set up especially for questions about the coronavirus at (030) 9028-2828.
  • Between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am. please call the emergency service of the health insurance companies at 116 117.
  • In Dresden, please contact the Dresden City Health Office or the emergency service of the public health insurance companies via phone at 116 117.

Don’t go to your general practioner or a hospital unannounced – Please call them or the relevant health authority, the above-mentioned telephone numbers or the emergency services first.

This will ensure that you can be examined in isolation or a home visit can be organised. It will protect other patients from infection and other important protective measures can be taken.
In line with the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute, confirmed cases of coronavirus should be kept in isolation at the hospital. All of Berlin’s hospitals are able to isolate and treat suspected and confirmed cases of coronavirus.

If there is evidence of that you have caught SARS-CoV-2, we urgently request that you inform the university's management anonymously for the purpose of statistical recording: executiveboard.berlin@rsh.de. This notification serves to localize cases at the university in order to better coordinate courses.

A coronavirus infection causes flu-like symptoms such as dry cough, fever, a runny nose and fatigue. There have also been reports of difficulties breathing, an itchy throat, headaches, joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea and shivering.

Starting immediately, patients with mild respiratory diseases of the upper respiratory tract can have a certificate a certificate of unfitness for work issued for a maximum of seven days, after consulting with their doctor by phone. There is no need to go to your doctor’s practice for this purpose. This agreement has been in force since 9 March 2020, for an initial period of four weeks.

Please note that all domestic and international students must have valid health insurance while studying/staying in Germany. By and large, health insurance funds have been covering the cost of coronavirus testing since 28 February 2020. The prerequisite is that the attending physician decides whether the patient should be tested. We would also like to point out that Germany has a good public healthcare system. Our network of centres of expertise and special clinics is unmatched by international standards. We have a very good disease warning and notification system, as well as excellent pandemic preparedness plans.

Sources: Federal Ministry of HealthBerlin Senate Department for Health

Please refer to the websites of public authorities that offer quality-assessed information, e.g.

If necessary, the responsible local public health department will publish more information about the situation.

Source: Robert Koch-Institut

Other sources in English: Federal Foreign Office, International Air Transport Association, deutschland.de, European Commission, United Nations, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Please inform your classmates, friends and flatmates, as they can help and support you if you fall sick. However, it is important that these people can take precautions to protect themselves from infection, e.g. putting shopping bags/food delivery in front of the apartment door/your room etc. In any case, please inform the university if you have been diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2.

28 February 2020

In today's announcement by the Robert Koch Institute, the risk of infection with the coronavirus in Germany is still classified as low to moderate.
 
Nevertheless, many of us are still uncertain, especially in view of the summer semester that is about to begin. With this information, we would like to summarize what we can all do to keep infection as low as possible (also against well-known infections like the common cold, influenza etc.) and what to do in case of (possible) infection.
 
Simple hygienic measures help to protect yourself and others from contagious infectious diseases in everyday life:

  • Washing your Hands

    Whether blowing your nose, going to the toilet, stroking an animal or preparing raw meat: Hands often come into contact with germs and can transfer them to everything that is touched afterwards. When shaking hands or over shared objects, pathogens can also easily pass from hand to hand.
    If you then touch your face with your hands, the pathogens can enter the body via the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eyes and cause an infection.
    Washing hands interrupts this transmission path. If no washing facilities are available on the way, you should at least avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands or eating food with your hands.
  • Observe sneezing and coughing etiquette

    Cold and coughing are typical signs of many respiratory tract infections, including coronavirus. When coughing and sneezing, countless pathogens are sprayed via saliva and nasal secretions and can be transmitted to others by a droplet infection. These include cold or flu viruses, for example, or bacteria that cause whooping cough or scarlet fever.
    Simple rules of hygiene when coughing and sneezing help to prevent others from being infected: When coughing or sneezing, no saliva or nasal secretions should be sprayed into the environment. It is often considered polite to put your hand in front of your mouth when coughing or sneezing. From a health point of view, however, this is not a sensible measure: pathogens get into the hands and can then be passed on to others via shared objects or when shaking hands.

    - When coughing or sneezing, keep at least one meter distance from other people and turn away.
    - Sneeze or cough preferably in a disposable handkerchief. Use this only once and then dispose of it in a bin with a lid. If a handkerchief is used, it should then be washed at 60°C.
    - And always remember to wash your hands thoroughly after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing!
    - If no handkerchief is available, you should keep the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing and also turn away from other people.
  • Keep your distance

    People with contagious infectious diseases should keep their distance from others as far as possible to avoid direct transmission of pathogens. Acutely ill people should stay away from particularly vulnerable people such as pregnant women, infants, the elderly or immunocompromised people.
    - If you feel ill, stay at home and get well.
    - If you suspect that you are infected with the coronavirus, please contact your GP or the Berlin coronavirus hotline: between 8.00 and 20.00 o'clock please call the Berlin hotline, which has been set up especially for questions about the coronavirus under (030) 9028-2828; between 8.00 p.m. and 8.00 a.m. please call the emergency service of the health insurance companies at 116 117.
    - In Dresden, please contact the Dresden City Health Office or the emergency service of the public health insurance companies and call 116 117.
     

For detailed information on how to better assess the risk of infection, especially if you have recently been in one of the risk areas or have been in contact with people who have been there, please refer to this email’s attachment.
 
With the best wishes for your health
SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch and Dr. Thorsten Bagschik