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FAQ for Students

Current questions and related answers on the immediate measures against coronavirus spread.

 

The contents are regularly updated.

Update: May 14, 2020

 

Questions and Answers

 

Studies & Exams

 

Does the summer semester 2020 count towards the standard period of study?


Do exams take place?


What about the deadline for submitting my thesis, term papers and other written work?


What does the deadline 15 June 2020 mean?


When do the lectures start in the summer semester 2020?


Do face-to-face events still take place?


 

Student Advisory Services

 

Do the contact hours take place?


Can I contact the HU Student Advisory Services with my questions about my studies?


How long does the semester ticket issued for the 2019/20 winter semester remain valid?


Where can I get information about offers of help and contact points for domestic violence in times of Corona?

 

Finances

 

Will BAföG benefits continue to be paid?


I have questions about student financing during the Corona pandemic. Who can I contact?

 

University library

 

How long will the university library (UB) be closed?


Which services of UB are still available? Can I borrow books?


Which services will be expanded or additionally offered during the closure of the university library?


 

Access to buildings and other university services

 

Do I get into the main building of Humboldt-Universität?


Which buildings of Humboldt-Universität are closed to the public?


Is it still possible to eat in student canteens?


Do the university sports courses take place?


Is the Humboldtstore open?

 

Other questions


Are study stays abroad and research stays abroad still approved?


Who can students from risk areas contact?


Can guests from high-risk areas currently come to Humboldt-Universität?


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Studies & Exams

 

Does the summer semester 2020 count towards the standard period of study?

The summer semester does not count as a semester of study and is therefore not counted towards the standard period of study. For students who are unable to attend all of the scheduled courses and take all of the examinations in the summer semester, this does not have a detrimental effect on adherence to the standard period of study.

 

Do exams take place?

Effective 19 March, no more attendance examinations will be held until further notice. This has been agreed upon by the Berlin universities and the Senate Chancellery. The examinations will be retaken at a later date. We will announce the new examination dates in good time. The respective examination offices will decide how and when to hold state examinations.

 

What about the deadline for submitting my thesis, term papers and other written work?

With retroactive effect from 12 March, the deadlines for submitting theses within the framework of Bachelor's, Master's and diploma courses of study are suspended. This stipulation shall apply until the resumption of regular study operations.


This means that the deadlines do not continue to run at present, so that students can take advantage of the full remainder of the deadline when the regular course of study resumes, and thus do not suffer any disadvantages.


This regulation also applies to term papers and other written work.

 

What does the deadline of 15 June 2020 mean?

The administrative implementation in our examination administration system requires the entry of a concrete date for the minimum period of time for the extension of the deadline. This is to be uniformly fixed internally at HU on 15 June 2020. This does not mean, however, that submission deadlines actually end on that date. Instead, we will postpone this date until we are able to resume regular studies, in accordance with the regulation mentioned in the previous question.

 

When do the lectures start in the summer semester 2020?

The summer semester lecture period at Humboldt-Universität started on 20 April 2020.

 

Do face-to-face events and lectures still take place?

The digital teaching programme launched on 20 April 2020 will be continued digitally until the end of the lecture period. This is to ensure that students will continue to have the opportunity to attend courses online and earn credit points, regardless of where they will be in the coming weeks due to the pandemic, what additional jobs, tasks or obligations they will have to pursue, or whether they are concerned about their health or that of their relatives. In addition, the extent to which laboratory internships can be carried out in small groups and in compliance with hygiene regulations is currently being examined. The results will be communicated via the faculties as soon as possible. For all students whose studies include a laboratory internship or other practical part in this semester, but who for justified reasons are not able to participate in the possible practical courses in attendance, catch-up possibilities or alternatives will be found.

 

Student Advisory Service

 

Do the contact hours take place?

Contact hours in all areas will be discontinued and replaced by alternative forms (telephone consultation or online advice). 

Further information on online and telephone consultation hours.

 

Can I contact the HU Student Advisory Service with my questions about my studies?

The Compass hotline can be reached by telephone on 030 2093-70333 and by e-mail. However, due to limited operations, the responsible department is not fully staffed, so that our service is not available at the usual speed. Since mid-April we have been offering full telephone service again.

 

How long does the semester ticket issued for the 2019/20 winter semester remain valid?

 

VBB semester tickets for the winter semester 2019/20, which expired on 31 March 2020, will continue to be accepted as tickets for the use of public transport until 31 May 2020 inclusive. The prerequisite is that an original certificate of enrolment for the summer semester 2020 can be presented. This also applies to the additional ticket to the Semesterticket Berlin.


For first-year students in the summer semester 2020 who do not yet have a semester ticket, the original certificate of enrolment for the summer semester 2020 together with the identity card will be accepted as a travel authorization. This is also valid until 31 May 2020.


Students of the Humboldt-Universität will receive current certificates of matriculation after registration in AGNES under the menu item "Certificates". 

 

Finances

 

Will BAföG benefits continue to be paid?

The postponement of the start of the coming summer semester will not have a negative effect on the receipt of BAföG payments. The State of Berlin announced on 16 March 2020 that BAföG payments will continue to be made for this period.

 

I have questions about student financing during the Corona pandemic. Who can I contact?

The Referent_innenrat (RefRat) offers BAföG and study financing advice via e-mail at beratung.bafoeg@refrat.hu-berlin.de.
The Franz-Mehring-Platz social counselling service of the Studierendenwerk Berlin advises students and prospective students of Humboldt University.

 

University library

 

How long will the university library be closed?

Some locations of the University Library offer a limited lending service or the collection of ordered books only for members of the HU from May 4 onwards. The return of books will then also be possible for external users. More detailed information can be found on the University Library's website, which is updated regularly. 

 

Which services of UB are still available? Can I borrow books?

Members of the Humboldt University have access to all licensed electronic texts and research sources via the Primus search portal, regardless of the location. Advice and services in the field of ​​open access continue unabated.

 

Which services will be expanded or additionally offered during the closure of the university library?

The UB will expand the Subito document delivery service to HU students. With this, HU students, like HU employees, can have journal articles from 40 academic libraries in Germany delivered free of charge. As a rule, they receive the articles they want on the same day, at the latest after three working days.

Historical stocks, which are free of copyright, and print templates for publications can still be ordered via our digitization service (e-books on demand (eod). 

All of the services mentioned are subject to the proviso that sufficient staff are available in the UB and the university as a whole for handling or processing invoices. Document delivery services rely on other delivery libraries.

 

Access to buildings and other university services

 

How do I get into the main building of Humboldt-Universität?

Since 20 March, all university buildings have been closed for public and presence teaching. Unfortunately, students are not allowed to enter the buildings until further notice. Further information can be found in the FAQs on emergency attendance.

 

Which buildings of Humboldt-Universität are closed to the public?

All buildings of Humboldt-Universität are closed to the public until further notice. 

 

Is it still possible to eat in student canteens?

No, the student canteens are closed until further notice.

 

Do the university sports courses take place?

All offers of university sports are cancelled. The HU's Hochschulsport offers alternative online formats.

 

Is the Humboldtstore open?

No, the Humboldt store remains closed.

 

Other questions

 

Are study stays abroad and research stays abroad still approved?

No. Study stays abroad and research stays abroad that have not yet started will not be approved.

 

Who can students from risk areas contact?

The International Department supports students, doctoral students and guest researchers from high-risk areas who are concerned about the well-being of their family members. Those affected can contact the staff via e-mail:


Incoming Students

exchange-students@hu-berlin.de


Guest researchers and doctoral students from abroad

int.scholars@hu-berlin.de

 

Can guests from high-risk areas currently come to Humboldt-Universität?

Exchange students and newly admitted students who are currently located in risk areas and are planning a stay in Berlin are urged not to take the trip until further notice. This also applies to guests of Humboldt-Universität.