Information on Coronavirus for international students

Last updated: October 22, 2020

At Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, we intend to offer courses as on-campus classes this winter semester. This has been scheduled in accordance with the safety and hygiene regulations and will be continuously reassessed in view of SARS-CoV-2 infection rates. This winter semester, degree programs taught in English have set up a hybrid semester, which means degree programs will hold their classes in both forms, simultaneously as classes held on-campus and as online classes. International students who have been able to enter Germany will take on-campus classes. International students who are unable to enter Germany can follow their courses online. Please inform your degree program advisor (Studienfachberater) if you are participating online. If your visa is issued and entry is granted during the semester, switching from online to on-campus classes is possible without any problems.

Details on courses in your degree program are available on the University's timetabling software WebUntis.

Please note that when entering Germany from some countries a visa is required. We may be able to postpone your admission to a subsequent semester (summer semester 2021 or winter semester 2021/22) and will consult with you if you are unable to enter the Federal Republic of Germany or if personal circumstances stand in the way of starting your studies at Anhalt University. Please contact us if you are having problems starting your studies and please do not simply cancel your application. 

Please use our contact form to inform our International Office regarding your arrival. For additional queries related to entering Germany, please contact the International Office at internationaloffice(at)hs-anhalt.de. For queries related to your application or enrollment, please contact our Student Services Center on studienberatung(at)hs-anhalt.de.

We recommend that students and staff at Anhalt University regularly consult the websites of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Saxony-Anhalt State Government and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for up-to-date information. The Saxony-Anhalt Public Health Offices (Gesundheitsämter) have also set up telephone hotlines. (cf. contact details on the right)

Detailed information and measures taken by the university in dealing with the pandemic are available in the "What you ought to know" section of this webpage; answers to important questions are provided in this FAQ.

Please note:

If you

  • have had contact with a person diagnosed with a coronavirus infection,
  • are supected to have an infection
  • or if you have been diagnosed with the virus

please inform your degree program advisor (Studienfachberater) by telephone or e-mail.

In order to avoid infection of students and staff, the university management decides on the further procedure in each individual case. For further information also see the "Health related measures"-section on this webpage.   

News

What you ought to know:

  • Health related measures

    After you have had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, contact the responsible Public Health Office/Gesundheitsamt (see column to the right) or a doctor or call 116 117, stay at home and follow the instructions given to you by the authorities.

    In addition, please inform the degree program advisor (Studienfachberater) of your degree program by telephone or e-mail.

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    The Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesgesundheitsministerium) describes the first signs of illness and recommends the following:

    "The first signs of illness are cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever Some affected persons also suffer from diarrhea. If the infection is severe, breathing problems or pneumonia may occur. After becoming infected, symptoms can appear up to 14 days later.If you experience any of the symptoms described above, avoid unnecessary contact with other people and stay at home if possible. Contact your family doctor by phone or call 116117 and discuss the next course of action before you go to the doctor's office. Have you had contact with anyone infected with Covid-19? Contact your local health department."

    (Source: Bundesgesundheitsministerium, September 21, 2020)

    For further information see the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

     

    Local Public Health Offices (Gesundheitsämter):

    Public Health Office / district office - Anhalt-Bitterfeld

    phone: +49 (0)3496 601234

    e-mail: buergertelefon(at)anhalt-bitterfeld.de

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Salzlandkreis

    phone: +49 (0)3471 684-2684

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Dessau-Roßlau

    phone: +49 (0)340 2041753

  • Academic calendar & teaching

    Starting April 20, 2020, teaching and examinations follows a flexible schedule, students will be able to attend and complete all courses scheduled for the entire academic year 2020-2021 (both the summer and winter semester).

    This may affect the following

    • Courses originally scheduled for the summer semester may have to be moved to the winter semester, and vice versa. Courses suitable for online teaching and scheduled at a later stage in the curriculum may also be brought forward.
    • The period between July 26 and September 13, 2020, designated as non-teaching weeks in the current academic calendar, was used for classes and/or examinations.
    • A flexible approach to course types may be applied, i.e. regarding stipulations in the respective degree program and examination regulations (lecture/Vorlesung, practical course/Übung, seminar, lab/studio class/Praktikum, independent study/Selbststudium).

     

    During the summer semester 2020, courses scheduled as on-campus classes were held without students being physically present on campus and were held with online or distance learning formats. The same applied to career-integrated programs.

    During the winter semester 2020/21, we intend to hold courses as on-campus classes at Anhalt University. This has been scheduled in accordance with the safety and hygiene regulations and will be continuously reassessed in view of SARS-CoV-2 infection rates. This is supplemented by online and hybrid courses offered in some degree programs.

    As a rule, courses are going to be held as on-campus classes for first-semester students. All other courses are offered as either on-campus classes, hybrid classes (i.e. run simultaneously as on-campus and online class), online classes or combining online and on-campus elements (blended learning).

    To enable attendance, students are advised to find living accommodations near the campus where they plan to study, i.e. either Bernburg, Köthen or Dessau.

    For international students, all courses are offered as hybrid classes. International students who have been able to enter Germany for the start of the semester will attend classes on campus, those who have not will follow the classes online. Should the VISA application process result in students entering Germany after the start of the semester, they may easily switch from following classes online to attending classes on-campus. For further information see the Decision of the Board of Management (Präsidium) of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences of March 20, 2020.

     

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    Special regulations and decisions of the summer semester 2020

    March 30, 2020 - Decision of the Board of Management for teaching and examination operations at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences starting April 20, 2020:

    Special regulations for exceptional circumstances/derogation (Ausnahmeregelung) for conducting the final thesis colloquium for master's, bachelor's and diploma theses of March 16, 2020 and the First supplement to these special regulations of March 20, 2020 were extended until April 19, 2020 and then repealed with effect from April 20, 2020.

    Starting April 20, 2020, teaching and examinations follows a flexible schedule so as to enable students to attend and complete all courses scheduled for the entire academic year 2020-2021 (both the summer and winter semester).

    The teaching period of the university's summer semester 2020 started on April 20, 2020. Initially, teaching was entirely run on a digital / distance learning mode and without students physically attending on-campus classes. For more information on what was planned for the summer semester, regarding examinations and submission deadlines for final theses as well as the career-integrated degree programs see the Decision of the Board of Management of Anhalt University of Applied Sciences of March 30, 2020.

     

    March 20, 2020 - First supplement to the special regulations for exceptional circumstances/derogation of March 16, 2020:

    The supplement to the exemption contains further information on the organization of final colloquia and on the recognition of work placements, which have been prematurely terminated due to the current situation.

     

    March 16, 2020 - Special regulations for exceptional circumstances/derogation (Ausnahmeregelung) for conducting the final thesis colloquium for master's, bachelor's and diploma theses from March 31 to March 31, 2020:

    The following special regulations/derogation (Ausnahmeregelung) apply to final thesis colloquia for master's, bachelor's and diploma theses scheduled between March 16, 2020 and March 31, 2020.

    These special regulations do not apply to certain types of assessed coursework/examinations which by nature do not affect health and safety, in particular types of assessments that do not require the physical presence of students, e.g. online tests and written types of work (term papers/Hausarbeit, paper/Beleg, seminar papers or final theses etc.). Regulations stipulated in the respective degree program and examination regulations apply.

  • Enrollment procedures

    Please note that enrollment can only take place if Anhalt University has received all of the required documents. In exceptional cases, documents may be submitted until September 30, 2020. Please inform the Student Service Center as soon as possible should this be the case.

    Required enrollment documentation:

    • Signed application form
    • Copy of identity card or passport (if not yet submitted; ID number may be blacked out)
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Deposit slip for semester fees (proof of fees having been paid)
    • Passport-sized photo (35 x 45mm, 300 dpi)
    • Stamped and self-addressed envelope (C6 size)
  • Entering Germany

    In accordance with the SARS-CoV-2 quarantine regulations implemented by the state of Saxony-Anhalt, which are currently valid until November 18, 2020, and in conjunction with the high risk areas, you are obliged to self-isolate/quarantine for 14 days after entering from any country that is listed as a high risk area, or regardless of your citizenship, if you have stayed for more than 48 hours at any time within 14 days prior to entering in any of the high-risk listed areas. If you have already entered the country or if your entry will still take place, please report your entry to the university's International Office using this form. If you have already reported this to the International Office, the International Office will report to the local health authorities that you have entered the country. Otherwise, you are under obligation to report your entry to the local health authorities immediately:

     

    Local Public Health Offices (Gesundheitsämter)

    Public Health Office / district office - Anhalt-Bitterfeld

    Ph.: +49 (0) 3496 601234

    email: buergertelefon(at)anhalt-bitterfeld.de

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Salzlandkreis

    Ph.: +49 (0) 3471 6842684

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Dessau-Roßlau

    Ph.: +40 (0) 340 2041753

     

    Exempted from the mandatory quarantine are people who, on request - for up to 14 days after entry - are able to present a medical certificate that meets the following criteria to the local health authorities, i.e. who are in possession of a valid medical certificate:

     

    Please note: The local health authorities will decide on the validity of the medical certificate on a case-by-case basis (this applies both to negative tests from the home country and to certain test sites within Germany). This means that even a test carried out in a German test center does not necessarily meet the criteria of the quarantine regulations implemented by the state of Saxony-Anhalt. However, when in doubt or for your own safety, we recommend that you contact the public health authorities. The local Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt), as well as your study advisors/organizers, must be informed immediately if typical COVID-19 symptoms (shortness of breath, a recently developed cough, fever or loss of smell or taste) occur within 14 days after entering Saxony-Anhalt from a high-risk area. Immediately see a doctor in cases of unclear symptoms - even if the test results were negative.

     

    For entry specific queries please contact the International Office at internationaloffice@hs-anhalt.de.

    If you have any questions regarding student applications, please contact our Student Service Center at studienberatung@hs-anhalt.de.

  • Health insurance

    International students enrolled in degree programs, which are held completely as online programs and those students who follow their classes from outside Germany are generally not subject to Germany's mandatory statutory health insurance scheme.

    If you

    • have not yet arrived in Germany,
    • intend to do so before October 1, 2020,
    • have not yet taken out health insurance for Germany,
    • or are covered by statutory health insurance, but your contribution payments have been temporarily suspended,

    you may be required - should you indeed arrive before October 1, 2020 - to pay a substantial additional contribution to your health insurance backdated to the date of your enrollment.

  • Lectures, seminars & internships

    During the winter semester 2020/21, we intend to hold courses as on-campus classes at Anhalt University. This has been scheduled in accordance with the safety and hygiene regulations and will be continuously reassessed in view of SARS-CoV-2 infection rates. This is supplemented by online and hybrid courses offered in some degree programs.

    The following hygiene regulations must be observed inside university buildings:

    1. Please observe the hygiene regulations in place for individual university buildings.
    2. Starting on October 5, 2020, students and staff are required to record the rooms they use for professional purposes on university premises by scanning the room-related QR code upon entering the room. This QR code is attached at doors/entrances (printed on A4-sized pieces of paper).
    3. Ensure that the minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons is kept. In teaching rooms and lecture halls, only sit at the designated places marked by a green sticker. While seated at the designated places (green sticker), students are not required to wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth. When entering and leaving a room everyone is required to wear masks covering the nose and mouth. If the number of participants in a classroom exceeds the number of designated seats (marked with green stickers on table tops), all participants are required to wear a face covering throughout the duration of the class.
    4. Sufficient supply of fresh air must be ensured in rooms during classes/events. Rooms must be aired thoroughly several times every 60 minutes (by fully opening the windows).
    5. Lecture halls are cleaned (basic cleaning) once a day by contracted cleaners. This includes the disinfection of surfaces. Users are asked to carry out the surface disinfection in seminar rooms, pools, labs/studios and project rooms at the end of class/after use. (Surfaces in these rooms are not included in the cleaning regime).

     

    Everyone must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth during classes held in laboratories (Praktikum).

  • Examinations & required coursework

    The special regulations for exceptional circumstances (Ausnahmeregelung), which were set up to ensure a flexible approach to the academic year 2020-21, apply to examinations and coursework, in particular section 6 of these regulations. The following regulations apply to all types of face-to-face examinations:

    • Participation in face-to-face examinations must be recorded and the participants are to be informed about Anhalt University's hygiene regulations.
    • Hand disinfectant is available in the front of rooms and is to be used for examinations. People must disinfect their hands before entering the examination room.
    • A minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons present in the room must be maintained at all times and only the designated seats may be used (marked by green stickers on table tops).
    • A sufficient supply of fresh air must be ensured throughout the examination. Rooms must be aired thoroughly several times every 60 minutes (by fully opening the windows).

     

    Oral examinations

    Examinations are coordinated in such a way as to ensure examinees will not have to wait their turn inside university buildings and/or that the regulations on maintaining a minimum distance are observed.

    Written examinations

    Staff in charge of examinations must ensure that access to examination rooms adheres to the current regulations. When entering the rooms, submitting the examination documents and leaving the rooms, students and staff must comply with the requirements on keeping the minimum distance to others.

     

    Any oral and written examinations (Klausuren) that students failed during the summer semester 2020 examination period are considered as not having been taken and will not be counted towards the number of examination attempts (i.e. regarded as a free attempt). This also applies to examinations which were initially scheduled for the second examination period of the winter semester 2019/2020 and which had to be cancelled following the Special Regulations for Teaching Operations passed by Anhalt University's Board of Management on March 16, 2020 including its supplements (1 | 2). This does not apply to final theses and the colloquium. Attempts to commit fraud will not be counted as free attempts.

  • Studienkolleg

    At the Studienkolleg, classes are run as on-campus classes. The following regulations must be observed:

    In classrooms, students may only use the designated seats (marked by a green sticker on table tops).

    Before entering classrooms, hands must be sanitized using the disinfectant provided.

    When entering a classroom, participants must record their presence in this room by scanning the QR code attached to the door/near the entrance area or by filling in their name etc.on a participant list.

  • SSC, IO, WZA, ISC

    Visits to the Student Service Center (SSC), the International Office (IO), the Anhalt Center for Continuing Education (WZA) or the IT Service Centre (ISC) are only possible with an appointment and only when the the matter cannot be dealt with through an email, a telephone call or any other way not requiring face-to-face contact.

    A minimum distance of 1.5 meters to others is to be kept at all times or a mask must be worn covering the nose and mouth.

  • Computer pools and student workrooms

     Students may use the computer pools. Please take note of the times these rooms are available. A maximum number of users (simultaneous use) has been set for each room.

    Before entering classrooms, hands must be sanitized using the disinfectant provided.

    Only use the designated seats (green stickers on table tops).

    Participants in classes/users must record using the pool by scanning the QR code attached near/on the door when entering the room. Alternatively, a participant list may be used to record who has used a room.

  • University libraries

    The university's campus libraries are open to university students and staff as well as to the general public during the usual semester opening hours:

    Mon-Thu: 9:30 - 19:00

    Fri: 9:30 - 15:00.

    (Opening hours vary during non-teaching periods)

    The campus libraries may only be used after a visitor's data has been recorded.

    Depending on the size and layout of the room, a maximum number of people using a room at a time has been set.

    Visitors are requested to keep a minimum distance of 2.0 m to others and to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth. When entering the campus libraries, hands must be disinfected.

    For more information see university's campus libraries' webpage.

  • University sports

    Sport halls and grounds run by University Sports (Hochschulsport) may be used. When using the changing rooms, a mask covering nose and mouth must be worn. The showers cannot be used.

    Hand and equipment disinfection is mandatory.

    A minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons is to be maintained as long as this does not conflict with the way the sport is practiced. When practicing contact sports, the maximum number of athletes practicing at a time is limited to 50.

    The following additional regulations/restrictions apply to using the gym:

    • No more than one person per 10 m² training area is allowed.
    • Gym opening times have been split into two time slots per day. Usage of gym space and equipment is allocated to these slots and users must restrict themselves to these slots.
    • Floor markings indicate the direction people are asked to follow when moving through the gym.
    • Trainers' sole responsibility is to ensure that these regulations are observed.
    • Gym space/equipment may be booked by phone. Trainers will make the bookings.

     

    Further information is available here.

  • Excursions

    Participants put their names on a participant list, thereby confirming that they will observe the safety and hygiene measures applicable at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. All passengers on the university bus must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth.

  • Travelling for private reasons/outside Germany

    When travelling abroad, the recommendations provided by the Federal Foreign Office and the Robert Koch Institute must be observed.

    Returning from a risk area:

    Regulations currently valid in Saxony-Anhalt are (likely to be in place until November 18, 2020):

    Anyone who has stayed in a designated high-risk area during the last 14 days prior to (re-)entering Germany must take a corona test. Options for taking a corona test:

    1. Taking a test before entering Germany (test result cannot be older than 48 hours Germany),
    2. Taking a test in a designated test center upon entering Germany,
    3. Taking a test at a doctor's office (free of charge within 72 hours after entering Germany).

     

    Anyone returning to Saxony-Anhalt from a high-risk area is required after entry to go home directly and immediately and remain in home quarantine (for 14 days).

    There is usually no need for a 14-day (home quarantine) if you return to Germany from a high-risk area and have a medical certificate (according to no. 1 above). This certificate must state that the person in question has taken a PCR test in a country recognized by the German Robert Koch Institute/RKI (see RKI website for list), be issued in either German or English and must confirm that, at the time the test was taken, no evidence of an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 could be detected. This medical certificate must be kept for at least 14 days after having returned to Saxony-Anhalt. The local Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt) has the power to decide on the validity of individual medical certificates. If in doubt, please contact your local Public Health Office. As soon as a tested person has received a negative test result - according to no. 2 or 3 above -, they are generally no longer required to home quarantine.

    It is recommended that anyone returning to Saxony-Anhalt from a high-risk area contact their local Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt) and, if necessary, have their medical certificate / test result checked for validity as well as enquire about the next course of action to be taken.. It may be that, despite a negative test result, a medical certificate has to be submitted to the Public Health Office and that the Public Health Office reserves the right to impose home quarantine for a certain period.

    Even if a test result is negative: The local Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt) must be informed immediately if typical COVID-19 symptoms (shortness of breath, recently developed cough, fever or loss of smell or taste) occur within 14 days after entering Saxony-Anhalt from a high-risk area. Immediately see a doctor in cases of unclear symptoms - even if the test results were negative.

  • Financial Support

    International students may apply for KfW student loans. Further information can be found on this webpage.

Protection against infection

1. Anyone who has been in contact with persons confirmed infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus within the last 14 days is not permitted on university premises.
2. Anyone who displays the typical symptoms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (fever, cough, shortness of breath) is not permitted to enter any university facilities or take part in any university events/courses.
3. After entering a university building, wash / disinfect your hands thoroughly. Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day (for at least 30 seconds with soap and water). Please take note of the signs on hand hygiene that have been put up in facilities.
4. Masks covering your nose and mouth must be worn inside all university buildings. This does not pertain to the offices. Students do not have to wear masks while seated in teaching rooms and lecture halls. When entering and leaving a room everyone is required to wear masks covering the nose and mouth. If the number of participants in a classroom exceeds the number of designated seats (marked with green stickers on table tops), all participants are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth throughout the duration of the class. The lecturer/instructor is exempt from this regulation. While on university premises, everyone is required to have at hand at all times a suitable mask that covers both the nose and mouth.
5. Starting on October 5, 2020, students and staff are required to record the rooms they use for professional purposes on university premises by scanning the room-related QR code upon entering the room. This QR code is attached to doors/entrances (printed on A4-sized pieces of paper). By scanning the QR code, you are confirming that you feel well and do not show any of the symptoms which are typical for a SARS-CoV-2 infection. This recording of people’s presence in rooms on university premises is based on the current Saxony-Anhalt State Ordinance on containing the pandemic and, if necessary, will serve as a way of tracking contacts.
6. In classrooms and lecture halls, only sit at the designated places marked by a green sticker. Ensure that the minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons is kept. A mask covering the nose and mouth must be worn if this minimum distance cannot be kept. Do not rearrange tables, chairs etc.
7. Sufficient supply of fresh air must be ensured in rooms during classes/events. Rooms must be aired thoroughly several times every 60 minutes (by fully opening the windows).
8. Use the available disinfectants to clean tables and work surfaces regularly.
9. Maintain appropriate cough and sneeze etiquette. With regard to personal contact, avoid physical contact (e.g. shaking hands). Hands should be kept away from the face.
10. Teaching staff are authorized to ask students failing to comply with the hygiene guidelines to leave the university building. Details of incidents such as these are recorded at the department’s dean’s office.