Information and updates about the coronavirus
22 October 2020
Dear students and interested parties,
Due to the current situation in Berlin and throughout Germany, the Berlin Senate Chancellery has published new standards for Level 2 that applies to all locations (see press release).
The fundamental point is that from Monday, 26 October 2020, we will be able to offer in-person teaching and examinations only where this is essential.
What does this mean for you as a student?
Due to the new regulations we will partly switch to online lectures. Professors and lecturers will discuss the format with you.
We will do our utmost to arrange a hybrid version of classes which will be planned on-site, should you have concerns to come to university in person.
We would also like to inform you that in the week before Christmas (from 14 December) can take place in person only if they cannot be carried out online. This is in accordance with the guidelines of the Berlin Senate Chancellery.
No in-person events are allowed on campus during the first week in January, 4 - 8 January 2021. This is to ensure that chains of infection are broken over the Christmas holidays.
Our services will continue to be available on site. However, the university may no longer be open to the general public. According to the regulations of the Berlin Senate Chancellery, only members of the universities, access is permitted to users of the academic libraries, visitors who are essential necessary for research, study, teaching and administration. As a student, you are a member of the university and will have access to the university's premises, including the function rooms.
Please make an appointment with our service teams or use the consultation hours as before. The use of the library is still possible during our opening hours without restrictions, provided that everybody follows the usual hygiene rules.
Based on our experiences from the summer semester, we are optimistic that we can also make this semester as successful as possible for you.
Take care of yourself and stay healthy.
13 October 2020
We are happy to inform you that in some study programmes lectures already started in September, and for the majority of students teaching starts again on 26 October. This winter semester, our lectures on campus are held with special attention to the current hygiene regulations.
Therefore we kindly ask you to please remember to wear a mouth-and-nose protection when entering the university and to wash as well as disinfect your hands immediately afterwards. Please note that the Berlin Senate strongly recommends that every student needs to wear the mask during the entire time of the lecture. A one-way system and certain markings control entrance, exit and walking routes. Please make sure that the distance of 1.5 meters is kept during seminars and breaks, that hand hygiene is properly maintained and that the rooms are adequately ventilated. This means an air change of at least 4 times per hour!
If you have symptoms that ressemble those of COVID-19, you are not allowed to enter the university. Please have the cause of symptoms clarified by a doctor. This requirement also applies to your contact persons. If symptoms occur during seminars, you must leave the university immediately. If you have symptoms, please contact the Berlin hotline: 030 90 28 28
Students returning from risk areas classified by the RKI must either present a negative COVID-19 test or enter the legally required quarantine before attending a course.
Further information and measures can be found in the pandemic plan of SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences.
If you have questions about the rules or are unsure how to behave, please feel free to contact our central e-mail address: Executiveboard.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please stay healthy!
Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch and Dr. Thorsten Bagschik
PS: Further general information on the coronavirus can be found on the following websites:
FAQs | prospective students and applicants
Don’t worry! We have designed a full-flex offer for this October 2020 intake | only applies to international students who are facing visa issues and travel restrictions due to Covid-19.
- Case 1: You are confident that you’ll have your visa and flight ticket in time?
Guarantee your seat in the programme, make your accommodation and travel arrangements and come to Germany to start your studies on campus. The orientation weeks start on 12 October 2020, the courses on 26 October 2020.
- Case 2: You are an international student experiencing visa delays and are unsure when you will be able to travel to Germany due to Covid-19?
Do not waste one semester, start with us on 12 October via interactive distance learning, save money and guarantee your seat in the programme now! Once you are enrolled within this distance format, you can arrive anytime. No late arrival deadline applies, as you have been doing your studies from home. Moreover, we would like to reward you for remaining agile in a modern study ecosystem and ask you to choose one of the following options by 28 February 2021.
- a) Earn a €1,500 voucher for your future tuition fees if you are obtaining at least 20 ECTS (credit points) starting your studies via interactive distance learning in your first semester (winter semester 2020).
- b) You can earn an additional tuition-free semester, just by giving interactive distance learnig a try (in your first semester/winter semester 2020). No other conditions apply, give yourself more time to succeed.
How and when do I apply for option a or b? We will provide you with an application form during our orientation weeks. Please contact our study advisors or admission office if you wish to apply for one of the options. Deadline to choose option a or b is 28 February 2021.
Yes, you can visit our Campus. However, it is necessary to make an individula appointment with our study advisors via email, phone or online meeting platforms. Please write an e-mail to email@example.com or call us (+49 6221 64 73 265) and we are happy to arrange an individual consultation.
Please cover your mouth and nose when entering our building and during the entire appointment.
Please contact our study advisor Ms Gloria Thiller via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 our English Virtual Info Sessions - Tuesdays 3-4pm (CET)
You can sign up for them >> here.
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.
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.
No problem! You don’t need to take part in the distance format from home, just arrive on campus by the late arrival deadline – 30 November 2020. If you cannot make it until then, you may of course apply to defer your studies to the summer semester 2021 (April intake) by 30 November 2020!
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.): email@example.com
|Welcome & Student Service|
The International Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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: email@example.com. 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.
Please refer to the websites of public authorities that offer quality-assessed information, e.g.
- Federal Ministry of Health,
- State health ministries,
- Robert Koch-Institut,
- Federal Centre for Health Education.
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