Corona Virus

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Like other respiratory pathogens, the novel coronavirus infection can lead to symptoms such as coughing, runny nose, irritated throat, and fever, some sufferers also experience diarrhoea. In some patients, the virus seems to take a more severe course, leading to respiratory problems and pneumonia. However, deaths have so far occurred mainly in older patients and/or those who have had serious underlying conditions.

The Bundeszentrale für Gesundheit (Federal Centre for Public Health) provides constantly updated information and answers to important questions concerning the disease, as well as advising on personal preventive measures that you can undertake to protect yourself and others:
www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus-sars-cov-2.html 

Further information and service points (information centres)  can be found on:
www.beuth-hochschule.de/coronavirus (in German)

If you have returned from a risk area or have a reasonable suspicion of infection, please stay at home and maintain a 14-day quarantine to avoid spreading the infection to your fellow students (current information on risk areas).

If you have a proven case of coronavirus, we urgently request that you anonymously inform your dean’s office for the purpose of statistical recording. This will help to pinpoint the case at the university's location.

For acute health issues, the hotline of the Senatsverwaltung für Gesundheit (Berlin Senate Administration for Health) is also available daily from 8:00 to 20:00 on the contact number 030 9028-2828.

The Bundeszentrale für Gesundheit (Federal Centre for Public Health) provides constantly updated information and answers on important questions concerning the illness, as well as the personal preventive measures you can take to protect yourself and others:
www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus-sars-cov-2.html 

Further information and service points (information centres)  can be found on:
www.beuth-hochschule.de/coronavirus (in German)

FAQs for students

The first semester opening week events scheduled to take place on April 1/2/3 will not now take place.

At the moment we are checking to see if another date or another online format is possible. You can also find further up-to-date information on this on the following link:
ww.beuth-hochschule.de/erstsemester.

Unfortunately, all bridging courses and all events as well as the registration support service normally organised and provided by the Zentrale Studienberatung (Central Student Advisory Service) will not now take place. The Zentrale Studienberatung (Central Student Advisory Office) is currently looking at what steps can be taken to provide support online. Information from the Central Student Advisory Office can be found at:

www.beuth-hochschule.de/studienberatung 

  • From 19.03.2020 onwards, no in-person examinations will take place until further notice.
  • The examinations will take place in an alternative form and/or in their usual form at a later date.

In close cooperation with the Senatskanzlei – Wissenschaft und Forschung (Senate Chancellery – Science and Research) as our legal, academic and administrative oversight body, individual regulations of the Rahmenstudien- und -prüfungsordnung (RSPO 2016) (Study and Examination Framework Regulations RSPO 2016) have been temporarily suspended due to the special situation.

In particular, the following will apply:

  • Examinations of the second examination period can also be offered after 31.03.2020.
  • Students have to be notified about the examination date at least three working days prior to the exam.
  • The examination form can (or often will) differ from the form announced originally during the registration period.
  • Those students who cannot take part in the alternative examination forms will be offered the opportunity to take exams in their usual form, at the latest after the university reopens.
  • Online exams can be offered.
  • Student registrations in the winter semester 2019/2020 will generally not be taken into account.

The start of the lecture period for summer semester 2020 has been postponed to 20.04.2020.

All other semester dates for the summer semester such as the examination periods or the start of the semester break will remain unchanged until further notice. Due to the fluid situation, changes may unfortunately occur at short notice.

These changes will be announced on the website as well as via the university's mailing list. Please check your Beuth email account regularly.

Thesis completion period

The deadlines for the submission of Bachelor, Master and Diploma theses will be suspended retrospectively from 12.03.2020 until the university reopens. Please note that the deadline submission date will be suspended until at least 11.05.2020, regardless of whether the university reopens at an earlier date or not. In effect, this means that deadlines will not come into force again until 11.05.20 at the earliest, so that if the university reopens before this date (which includes the reopening of the libraries and PC pools), you will be able to make use of the extra days this arrangement makes available, and will therefore suffer no disadvantage.

Please note: if you are a student affected by this measure, there is no need on your part to apply for it!

Final thesis submission

To meet the final thesis submission deadline, send it per email to the dean’s office. This is sufficient to meet the deadline. Send the original subsequently per post to: Beuth Hochschule für Technik, Luxemburger Str. 10, 13353 Berlin (please mention which department and dean’s office it is for).

Defence

As things currently stand, oral defence exams will take place as scheduled (if applicable, in an online format).

Registration for final thesis

Please send the final thesis registration applications including all attachments per email; this suffices at the moment. If you would still like to complete modules in the second examination period in order to fulfil the requirements for final thesis registration, you may still register on condition that you will take the exams in the winter term 20/21.

You can get your graduation certificate from the Studienverwaltung (Student Administration Office) by post. Please contact your administrative officer per e-mail and state your current address. The so-called “Laufzettel” (routing slip) is not needed at the moment. Due to the current situation, it can take several weeks until the certificates are sent.

In coordination with the Vizepräsident für Studium, Lehre und Weiterbildung (Vice-President for Studies, Teaching and Further Education), Kompetenzzentrum für digitale Medien (Digital Media Competence Centre) and the Hochschulrechenzentrum (University Computer Centre) are developing support mechanisms for teaching staff in order to enable a short-term switch from in-person courses to online formats.

You will be informed in advance of the start of the teaching period if and where your courses will take place. We are planning online teaching support measures for students.

If the summer semester is cancelled or your studies are extended because of the cancellation of examinations due to the Corona crisis, you will not suffer any disadvantage:

§ 15 Section 2 BAföG / Continued support for students in case of pandemic-related closures of the educational institution.

Pandemic-related closures of educational institutions according to § 2 BAföG as well as of educational institutions abroad that are eligible for funding (short-term closures of educational institutions or the extension of the vacation period at universities) are, according to a decree that was released by the BMBF today, not compromised.

These periods of closure are to be treated as a vacation period (i.e. no classes or courses will take place) according to § 15 Section 2 BAföG.

In addition, the BMBF has clarified that the decree also applies to students who have just recently started their studies. Their studies will begin with a vacation period, as an exception to the norm.

(Rundschreiben Nr. 5 / 2020 der Senatskanzlei - Wissenschaft und Forschung vom 13.03.20)
(Newsletter No. 5 / 2020 of the Senate Chancellery – Science and Research 13.03.2020)
 

We currently advise all international students not to travel to Germany.

The Visa Service of Beuth University has been suspended until further notice. Therefore, unfortunately, no applications for an extension of the residence permit can be handed in or processed at the moment.

The Landesamt für Einwanderung/Ausländerbehörde (The State Office for Immigration) provides information on its website about the current status and possibilities, if your stay is due to expire:

https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/ueber-uns/aktuelles/artikel.906001.php

Students of the Beuth University of Applied Sciences who are currently in risk areas are in the process of being contacted by the International Office. The staff are providing advice and support to the affected students. For more information please contact the International Office.

The Studien-Info-Service (Student Information Service) is closed until further notice. This also applies to the in-person consultation hours of the Studienverwaltung (Student Administration Office) and the Studienberatung (Student Advisory Service).

Availability of the Studienverwaltung (Student Administration Office)

Extended phone consultation hours:

  • Monday – Thursday from 09.00 – 11.00 and from 13.00 – 15.00

Matriculation documentation and all applications do not have to be submitted in person any more for as long as the university closure lasts. Please send these per email to the relevant administrative officer.  Please make an appointment per email to arrange the collection of your university transcripts. For contact information please see www.beuth-hochschule.de/sv-kontakt.

Availability of the Zentrale Studienberatung (Student Advisory Service)

The general Student Advisory Service can be reached during the normal as well as extended phone consultation hours:

  • Monday: 10.00 – 12.00
  • Tuesday: 13.00 – 15.00
  • Wednesday: 16.00 – 18.00
  • Thurday: 10.00 – 12.00
  • Friday: 10.00 – 12.00

Currently no consultation appointments are being offered.

The Büro für Internationale Studierende (Office for International Students) is similarly not offering any in-person consultations hours and appointments at the moment. The Visa-Service has been suspended.

For up-to-date information please visit the pages of the Zentrale Studienberatung (Student Advisory Service) and pages for international students.

Deans’ offices

Please check the web pages of the deans’ offices for information on their availability: www.beuth-hochschule.de/fachbereiche 

Applications can be submitted per email.

 

We kow that there are many open questions at the moment and there is a need to have those answered. However, taking into account the difficult situation, we would appreciate it if you could limit your inquiries only to the most urgent ones. We are doing our utmost to keep you informed about all the developments as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

If you’ve lost your Campuscard with your student ticket, please write an e-mail to the Studienverwaltung (Student Administration Office). You will then receive a new QR-Code with which you can create a new Campuscard.

The study rooms will remain closed until further notice.

Due to the current situation, the university library will remain closed until further notice.

  • Please use the university library online: webOPAConline media, ...
  • For all enquiries, information and advice call 030 4504-2507,  Monday to Friday, between 9.00 and 15.00, or email at leihfr[at]beuth-hochschule.de.
  • If you need to return media, you can do this at the media return box located on the right hand side of the library entrance.
  • The opening hours of Haus Bauwesen can be found on the relevant  webpages of the Beuth website

The canteens and the coffee bars of the Studentenwerk (Student Services) at Beuth University will remain closed until further notice. The study rooms and canteen facilities are also closed.

Current information: StudierendenWERK Berlin (Student Services)

The sports courses of the university have been cancelled with immediate effect. This measure will remain in force until April 20, 2020, and may be extended in response to ongoing developments. Nonetheless, the sports programme for the summer term will go online on March 20, 2020.