Anhalt University of Applied Sciences – Information on the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)
Last updated: July 6, 2020
Since April 20, 2020, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences has been running a flexible teaching and examination schedule. Lectures and seminars will mainly be offered in a remote teaching mode (digital) in the summer semester 2020.
The university has started to reopen its services and facilities to students on May 4, 2020. The university’s restricted operations schedule has ended. In compliance with hygiene and protection measures, students and university staff are able to partially return to classroom teaching and working on campus. Information on the partial reopening of Anhalt University can be found in the “News” entry of May 4, 2020.
This website contains information on measures and latest steps taken at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in the context of containing the corona pandemic. The website is updated regularly.
In order to assess the developments of the coronavirus pandemic, the University Management is in close contact with the occupational doctor (Betriebsärztin), the Public Health Offices (Gesundheitsämter) and the Saxony-Anhalt Ministry of Economics, Science and Digitalisation and they coordinate with each other on a daily basis.
The University Management has developed a catalog of measures, which is continuously updated on the basis of the information provided by Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit) and the Saxony-Anhalt State Government.
We recommend that students and staff of 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)
Students and prospective students: Search our FAQ for up-to-date information on the current coronavirus pandemic.
Information for international students
Information on international students entering Germany
At present, Germany has travel restrictions in place on all non-essential travel from third countries to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. For international students of Anhalt University entry into Germany is, therefore, only possible and with some restrictions in the following cases:
Initial entry for the start of a degree program is currently not possible.
International students who wish to re-enter the country to continue their studies can only do so under the following conditions:
- For general entry into Germany, a certificate from the university is required as proof confirming and stating the necessity of your presence at the university.
- However, the (actual) return to your place of residence is possible irrespective of the certificate from the university confirming the necessity of your presence.
- International students from outside Europe: After entry, a 2-week quarantine/self-isolation may be ordered by the Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt). This means that in accordance with the currently valid Third Ordinance amending the SARS-CoV-2 Quarantine Ordinance of May 19, 2020, persons coming from third countries which are currently not classified as risk areas will also not be subject to quarantine when entering Germany after June 15, 2020 if the number of newly infected persons in relation to the population is less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (adding up the total number of cases in the last seven days). It is the sole responsibility of the person entering Germany to check in advance of his/her travels whether this is the case for the country he/she is travelling from.
- International students from European countries: For those travelling from European countries it is also necessary to check the current number of newly infected persons for the country in question on the Robert Koch Institute website. For example, currently there is a 14-day quarantine for people entering Germany from Sweden. Further information can be found here.
Please keep yourself up to date on this and the current entry regulations by regularly checking the latest information on the websites of the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (Bundesministeriums des Innern). There is no automatic entitlement to actually entering Germany, as this may be decided by the Border Guard of the Federal Republic of Germany on a case by case basis.
- Matrikelnummer/student identification number
- Country of origin/present whereabouts
- Residential address in Germany
- Contact details incl. mobile phone number
- Arrival information
Your degree program advisor or the Studienkolleg will inform you about any additional requirements regarding your entry.
With regard to the compulsory health insurance for international students who are still abroad and are participating in the summer semester's classes remotely (online classes), the following changes have been made:
- International students who participate from abroad in degree programs run entirely virtually are generally not subject to Germany's statutory mandatory health insurance.
- However, if these students enter the country during the semester and begin their studies by attending classroom courses in person, the mandatory insurance becomes effective retroactively but no earlier than to the date of enrollment at Anhalt University. Please note that in this case additional payment (Nachzahlung) may be necessary.
Financial support for international students
International students who are having financial difficulties because of the pandemic may apply online for interim financial aid from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung). Information available in German/English here.
KfW student loans may also be applied for. Further information can be found on this webpage.
Teaching and examination operations
The following derogation (Ausnahmeregelung) applies to final thesis colloquia for master‘s, bachelor‘s and diploma theses scheduled between March 16, 2020 and March 31, 2020:
This derogation does not apply to types of assessed coursework/examinations which by nature do not affect health and safety, in particular types of work not requiring physical presence, 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.
Complement of March 20, 2020:
Please note the complement to the derogation. This contains additional information on conducting final colloquia and on the recognition of internships (Berufspraktika) which had to be terminated due to the current exceptional circumstances.
Derogations for teaching and examination operations at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences starting April 20, 2020
The derogation for conducting a master's, bachelor's and diploma colloquium at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Ausnahmeregelung Abschlusskolloquium) of March 16, 2020 and the first complement to this derogation (1. Ergänzung) of March 20, 2020 remain in force until April 19, 2020. With effect from April 20, 2020 they cease to be in force. Starting April 20, 2020, teaching and examinations at Anhalt University will follow a flexible schedule so as to enable students to attend and complete all courses scheduled for the entire academic year 2020-2021 (both summer and winter semester). For more information on what is planned for the summer semester, on 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:
Have you recently returned from one of the risk areas and you have examinations scheduled for the March 2020 examination period:
- Please stay away from the university campus for a period of two weeks.
- Avoid unnecessary contact with other people.
- Inform the Office of the Registrar (Prüfungsamt) at Anhalt University‘s Student Service Center (SSC) of your absence: ssc(at)hs-anhalt.de
or by phone:
- Campus Bernburg: +49 (0) 3471 355 5219
- Campus Dessau: +49 (0) 340 5197 5215
- Campus Köthen: +49 (0) 3496 67 5220
Contact to the International Office by telephone at +49 (0) 3496 67 5114 or by e-mail
Anhalt University staff having to ensure child care due to the COVID-19-related closure (preventive measures) of schools, day care centers and after schools facilities have the following options:
- Considering home-office / telework-options: The final decision lies with the dean of the department / head of organizational unit (Struktureinheit) the member of staff in question is part of. The respective dean / head will inform Anhalt University‘s Human Resources division (Dezernat Personalangelegenheiten) about the individual arrangements and the personal details of the members of staff involved (email to: buero.dpa(at)hs-anhalt.de).
- If home-office / telework is NOT an option: Taking up to 10 days off work with continued payment of remuneration (Entgeltfortzahlung). For civil servants (Beamte) this arrangements allows for an absence from work for up to 10 days. Civil servants making use of this are considered excused for this period.
The following preconditions have to be met:
- the children in need of care are 11 years of age maximum
- proof of closure of school/day care center/after school club has been provided (e.g. providing the official statement of closure issued by the facility/the local community)
- no other carer is available.
- For Part-time staff and staff working fewer than five days/week: The number of days that may be taken off is reduced accordingly.
Should you wish to take time off work for up to 10 days please contact Anhalt University‘s Human Resources division (Dezernat Personalangelegenheiten):
phone: +49 (0)3496 67 4100
Further questions may also be addressed to staff at Anhalt University‘s Human Resources division (Dezernat Personalangelegenheiten)
Anhalt University staff returning from risk areas or whose return is imminent are directed:
- to contact the Head of Human Resources Andreas Severin by telephone
+49 (0) 3496 67 4101 or by e-mail and stay away from the university campus for a period of two weeks.
- In addition, the further procedure must be coordinated with your line manager (Dienstvorgesetzte/r). Among other things, it should be checked whether tasks can be completed in the home office during this time.
Observe the following to avoid the spread of communicable respiratory diseases:
Wash your hands frequently:
Wash your hands when returning home; after using the toilet, changing diapers or if you have helped your child using the toilet; after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; after contact with waste, with animals, animal food or animal waste; before meals and handling medicines or cosmetics.
Practice respiratory hygiene:
When coughing or sneezing, maintain at least one meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people and also turn away from others. It is best to sneeze or cough into a disposable tissue. Use this only once and then immediately dispose of it in a bin with a lid. Used handkerchiefs (reusable) should be washed at 60°C. Maintain distance between yourself and sick people. In view of the wave of influenza, these measures should be followed everywhere and at all times.
Business Trips (Dienstreisen)
Until further notice and based on the assessment of Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the RKI, business trips to risk areas in China (all regions) are prohibited. Approvals for business trips to risk areas are to be revoked.
Business trip costs not refunded to the staff despite cancellation will be covered by Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. For this purpose, send an informal application for reimbursement to Anhalt University’s Travel Expenses Office (Reisekostenstelle). Contact person: Mr Andreas Severin (Head of Human Resources).
You may also contact Mr Andreas Severin for a case-based assessment of postponing / cancelling business trips to countries and regions currently not listed as risk areas but with cases of the disease.
Events at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
Currently and until further notice, no visitors from risk areas as defined by the Federal Foreign Office AA and the RKI may be welcomed at Anhalt University. We kindly ask everyone expecting visitors from risk areas to cancel those stays. This follows a duty of care - also towards other staff and students of Anhalt University.