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COVID-19: Measures at SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

Information and updates about the coronavirus
Measures at SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

5 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.

If you have questions about the rules or are unsure how to behave, please feel free to contact our central e-mail address: Executiveboard.hsbe@srh.de.

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:

https://www.berlin.de/corona/en/
https://www.berlin.de/corona/en/testing-facilities/
https://www.rki.de/EN/Home/homepage_node.html

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).

OR

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 again. We advise you to make an appointment with our study advisors via email, phone or online meeting platforms. Please write an e-mail to studyinberlin@srh.de or call us (+49 (0) 30 233 2066 17 ) and we are happy to arrange an individual consultation.

This way we can make sure that we comply with hygiene regulations. Please cover your mouth and nose when entering our building.

Please contact our study advisor Mr Noah Legner via email (noah.legner@srh.de) or telephone (+49 (0) 30 233 2066 17). He can guide you through our range of study programmes, the application process, admission requirements and financing options.

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.): executiveboard.hsbe@srh.de.

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.

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 Health, Berlin 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.

6 July 2020

In Germany the Corona restrictions are relaxed further and normality is returning to our everyday lives. We are therefore very pleased that our university will be open to the public again: from 21 July 2020 onwards. We are also happy that we will be available for you on campus.

Courses in the summer semester

We will continue to teach most of our courses via digital teaching and learning methods using Microsoft Teams (incl. an interface to our campus management system). We will let you know in due time to what extent we will be conducting on-campus courses after 21 July 2020. We will continue to guarantee virtual Course participation for students who are abroad.

On-campus services

From 21 July 2020 our services will be available for you again on campus! In the meantime we will continue to answer all your questions by e-mail as soon as possible. We are happy to call you back or arrange an individual appointment on-campus from 21 July 2020 onwards.

 

Welcome & Student Serviceinfo.hsbe@srh.de
Study advisorstudyinberlin@srh.de
Admissions applyforberlin@srh.de
International Office internationaloffice.hsbe@srh.de
Language Centrelanguages.hsbe@srh.de
Examination Office examination.office.hsbe@srh.de
Career Service careerservice.hsbe@srh.de
Course Coordination coursecoordination.berlin@srh.de
Fee Managementfeemanagement.hsbe@srh.de
Media Technology medientechnik.dab@srh.de

We are looking forward to welcoming you again on our campus. As it is of upmost importance to us that you stay healthy and successfully complete your studies in the summer semester, we kindly ask you to please pay attention to the hygiene rules.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions: executiveboard.hsbe@srh.de.

Kind regards and stay healthy!

Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch and Dr. Thorsten Bagschik

 

 

Update: 7 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.hdpk@srh.de
Study advisorstudienberatung.hdpk@srh.de
Admissionbewerben.hdpk@srh.de
International Officeinternationaloffice.hsbe@srh.de
International Office  internationaloffice.hsbe@srh.de
Language Centrelanguages.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 the 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. 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.

Hygiene measures 

In order to continue to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, hygiene measures must be consistently observed. Each of us can contribute to this. In accordance with the current regulations of the Berlin Senate, extended house and hygiene rules currently apply to the stay at the university.

You can find an overview here >>>

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