FAQ about Coronavirus for students
Opening concept of the HFBK Hamburg from 29 October 2020
Against the background of the current pandemic development, the courses offered in the winter semester should be determined by forms of digital teaching. Classroom teaching in small groups (up to 5 persons), personal individual tutorials on site and working with up to 5 persons in the workshops and studios for the remaining lecture period is possible. If necessary, a hybrid teaching format (with BBB) should be chosen in order to integrate further persons.
- Building Lerchenfeld 2:
All students must sign in and out at the gate with the new chip cards when entering and leaving. Contact lists are currently still available for professors.
- Building Wartenau 15 and Finkenau 42:
Contact tracing is possible via lists in each studio (list in transparent cover, pen on string, etc.).
- The HFBK's digital courses continue to run in wintersemester 20/21.
- Larger seminar formats are possible in the public rooms with the following maximum number of participants:
- Room 213a/b – up to 10 participants
- Room 213 – up to 6 participants
- Room 11 – up to 12 participants
- Lecture hall – up to 12 participants
- Aula – up to 30 participants
- Seminar room Wartenau – up to 10 participants
- Please contact Laura Kowalewski for room registration and any technical requirements (firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel. 040-428989264)
- The buildings of the HFBK are closed for external visitors/public with immediate effect.
- Here you can download the Workplace Hygiene Policy of the HFBK Hamburg.
Is it necessary to wear a medical mouth and nose cover in the HFBK buildings?
- Yes, a medical mouth-and-nose covering must be worn on the general circulation areas of the university (entrance area, auditorium, staircases, corridors). (https://www.hamburg.de/corona-maske/14847194/medizinische-masken/)
- Students who work in the workshops or take exams also receive FFP2 masks free of charge.
- All other students can obtain surgical masks at the gate.
May I continue working in the studio?
- Working in the studios is possible for a specific number of people (limited number of people depending on the size of the room). You can find a plan with the number of people for each studio here.
May I continue working in the workshops of the HFBK?
- Working in the workshops is possible for a limited number of people after consultation with the respective workshop supervisor. Detailed information can be found here on the website on the subpages of the individual workshops.
- In the workshops, as in all other rooms of the HFBK, the currently valid hygiene measures must be strictly adhered to: At least 1.5 - 2 metres distance from each other, regular and thorough hand washing, coughing and sneezing labels and, if necessary, wearing a mouth and nose protector.
- Tools or keyboards must be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected before and after use.
What are the opening times of the library?
The library is open for lending only. Borrowing and returning media is possible during regular opening hours.
Is the Mensa open?
January 11 - January 15, 2021: 12.00 noon - 2 pm
January 18 - January 22, 2021: 10.30 am - 2.30 pm
(Food serving only in to-go jars)
Dates of the winter semester 2020/21:
- The start of the lecture period of the Winter Semester 2020/21: Monday, 2 November 2020.
- The semester opening: Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 6 pm.
- Christmas Break: 24. December 2020 – 1. January 2021.
- The end of the lecture period: Friday, 19 February 2021.
- The annual Exhibition: 12-14 February 2021.
I am a first year student. What do I have to consider?
The introductory events will take place as planned. (https://www.hfbkhamburg.de/en/studium/erstsemester-information/). For the weekly class meetings, it is recommended to wear a mask and to keep the 1.5-meter distance.
How can the AStA help me?
The AStA of the HFBK can still be contacted by e-mail for individual and general matters for students of all study departments. In addition, assistance may be requested in a financial emergency: email@example.com
Is there a deadline extension for the exam in SoSe 2021:
Yes, namely a deadline extension for the submission of the written final papers BA+MA until 06.04.2021.
How can I contact the student administration and the International Office?
You can reach the Student Administration Office and the International Office by email and telephone. All administrative procedures, as well as counseling and support for your concerns, can now be handled electronically. Should it still be necessary or desired, both departments will be happy to arrange an appointment with you.
Due to the corona pandemic I got into a financial emergency. I have heard of a Bridging Aid for Students in Financial Emergency Situations – how can I apply?
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is helping students who are demonstrably in a financial or economic emergency situation owing to the corona pandemic with allowances totalling 100 million euros. They are paid out in accordance with the guidelines issued by BMBF via the student service organisations – the Studierenden- or Studentenwerk (STW). The grants were most recently extended for the 2021 summer semester as well.
The Studierendenwerk Hamburg is the contact for students who are enrolled at state and state-recognised universities in Hamburg. Both german and international students who are enrolled at state and state-recognized universities in Germany can apply for the bridging allowance. Students who are already receiving a loan, scholarship or similar in the reference month can still receive a bridging allowance in case of financial hardship in accordance with the funding guidelines. Depending on proven need, between 100 euros and 500 euros can be paid as a non-repayable allowances.
Online application here: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de
You can find the most important questions about the bridging aid here.
The standard period of study is also extended for the current winter semester due to Corona. What does this mean for my BAföG funding?
For all students enrolled in the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/2021 who are not on leave of absence, the individual standard period of study will be extended by two semesters. This is particularly important for students who receive benefits under BAföG, but also for all others who want to keep to their standard period of study.
The basis for this change is the ordinance passed by the Hamburg Parliament on 29.12.2020 to amend the ordinance to extend measures to deal with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic in higher education.
Students who need confirmation of this, e.g. for the BAföG office or for other purposes, please contact the Department for Student and Examination Affairs, preferably by
BAföG application via app: "BAföGdirekt" enables mobile application submission
The app "BAföGdirekt" now makes the previous features of the online application for BAföG available on a mobile basis as well. A central new function is the direct transmission of documents: Documents such as bank statements or tax assessment notices can be photographed via smartphone or tablet and sent directly to the relevant office. The app also provides information about the current status of the application processing and changes in the application status thanks to push notifications. In addition, "BAföGdirekt" can determine the office responsible for the application, including its location, which can also be contacted directly by phone or email. "BAföGdirekt" is available for the iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) operating systems and can be downloaded free of charge from the App and PlayStore.
Further information on the Studierendenwerk Hamburg:
Can I study at the HFBK currently and in the upcoming semesters as an international student (regularly enrolled or via an exchange program, such as Erasmus+ or ASA)?
If your home country is not subject to travel restrictions by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, you can study at the HFBK Hamburg. In any case, please note the current designation of international risk areas by the RKI and the resulting quarantine or testing obligations. The rules for dealing with Covid-19 in the federal state of Hamburg can be found here. If you have any questions or uncertainties, please contact the International Office.
As a student of the HFBK Hamburg currently and in the upcoming semesters, can I take advantage of international mobility, e.g. within the Erasmus+ or ASA program, as planned?
Your planned stay abroad is possible in principle, but depends on the travel advice of the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany and the regulations of the host country. Try to contact your host university early on and plan your stay with special care. Please note any changes in lecture times and/or digital offers. If you have any questions or uncertainties, please also contact the International Office.
Important: The HFBK still imposes a general ban on entry for persons with symptoms of the Corona virus. Please do not go to a doctor's surgery yourself, so that you do not infect other people in an emergency, but call: Hotline for Hamburg: Tel. 428 284 000, Medical emergency service: Tel. 116 117
Corona-positive tested students have to contact the chancellor Anna Neubauer (firstname.lastname@example.org with CC email@example.com ) immediately, stating all "relevant" contacts from the university environment.