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Information for Students

Dear students,

we would like to inform you of the decisions made by the government and states regarding the corona pandemic and the consequences for the University of Bremen.

The valid regulations for University of Bremen staff will be extended until January 31, 2021. This means that all tasks that can be completed whilst working from home should be done as such. This excludes tasks that must be carried out on site in order to maintain university operations, e.g. human resource and finance processes, student and examination administration, IT and technical operations, and test series or other processes that cannot be interrupted.

The current regulations for students will also be extended. All teaching formats that can be digitalized will only take place online until the end of the semester. Formats that cannot be digitalized, e.g. laboratory sessions and similar, will not take place face-to-face in the period until January 31, 2021. Face-to-face examinations that were to take place in January will be postponed or be replaced with digital formats. It will not be possible for students to work in bookable spaces on campus until the end of January. This also applies to learning spaces in Bremen State and University Library (SuUB). The loaning of books and other basic services can be used from January 13, onwards. The Central Library and Juridicum Library will also be open to a restricted numbers of users. Detailed information on the emergency operation mode can be found on the SuUB website. Please make sure you gather all the relevant information prior to going to the library. All catering offers from Bremen Student Services Organization will remain closed in January.

We are aware, dear students and teaching staff, what hardship these regulations cause for you. In the discussions with the Senator’s Office, we therefore advocated for being able to offer examinations and classes that cannot be digitalized in face-to-face formats as soon as is possible. We will continue to do this is future meetings and hope that laboratory sessions and other aforementioned teaching formats that cannot be digitalized can take place again under consideration of the general corona regulations from February 1. We ask for your flexibility so that we can catch up with the examinations and internships that are cancelled in January as soon as possible.

We were able to attain an exception to the regulations for final bachelor’s and master’s theses that are dependent on university resources (laboratories etc.). On a case-to-case basis, such work is possible again with immediate effect. Please contact your supervisor to discuss the details.

On January 25, the German Chancellor and the Chief State Ministers will meet again. Should their negotiations end in regulations that affect the university, we will, as usual, inform you promptly.

We have been confronted with the corona pandemic for nearly 10 months now. We know that the situation is asking a lot of you, which is why we once more wish to explicitly thank you for you persistence, understanding, and solidarity.

 

Take care of yourselves and those around you.

 

Kind regards,

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter                     Frauke Meyer               Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmeister

President                                                         Director of Finance           Vice President Academic

                                                                       And Administration

All about Studying

All teaching formats that can be digitalized will only take place online until the end of the semester.

Formats that cannot be digitalized, e.g. laboratory sessions and similar, will not take place face-to-face in the period until January 31, 2021. If you are currently in the middle of completing laboratory sessions, please contact the relevant teaching staff member to find out whether the sessions will be cancelled, postponed, or take place in a different format. Bookable learning spaces for students may also not be used in this period.

An exception to the regulations applies to final bachelor’s and master’s theses that are dependent on university resources (laboratories etc.). On a case-to-case basis, such work is possible again with immediate effect. Please contact your supervisor to discuss the details.

The University of Bremen is in continual contact with the Senator’s Office and is advocating for laboratory sessions and other aforementioned teaching formats that cannot be digitalized to take place again under consideration of the general corona regulations from February 1, if at all possible.

Regulations on Examinations

Face-to-face examinations that were to take place in January will be postponed or be replaced with digital formats.

An exception to the regulations applies to final bachelor’s and master’s theses that are dependent on university resources (laboratories etc.). On a case-to-case basis, such work is possible again with immediate effect. Please contact your supervisor to discuss the details.

Bachelor’s and master’s theses and time-critical documents can be submitted to the responsible examination office digitally until January 31, 2021. The deadlines for bachelor’s and master’s thesea re also being extended by one month.

These amendments can be looked up in the Academic Senate Ruling dated December 16, 2020. Said ruling was extended until January 31, 2021, by means of a Rapid decision Documents from the President. The relevant document can be found here.

The General Part of the Examination Regulations was changed in May 2020 due to the difficult conditions for teaching and studying caused by the corona pandemic. The last version of the General Part of the Examination Regulations and the relevant ruling can be found in the download area. There is also another document that provides additional information regarding the counting of semesters (Explanation of Amendements to General Parts - Interruption of the Counting of Semesters (in German only).

Despite the lockdown, the main registration phase still ends on January 10, 2021, and the main withdrawal phase (withdrawal without any reason given) ends on January 31, 2021.

You can find further information on this in the Academic Senate Ruling dated December 16, 2020.

General Safety and Hygiene Standards on Campus

Classes at the University of Bremen will continue to only take place until January 31, 2021. This also applies to teaching-learning scenarios that previously took place face-to-face, e.g. laboratory sessions and bookable learning spaces for students.

You can find the current document regarding the hygiene regulations here.

You can read and download the updated General Safety and Hygiene Standards for the winter semester 2020/2021 here.

The University of Bremen has implemented a general ruling from the Public Order Office of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. This regulation means that you are obliged to wear a mouth-nose covering (mask) in all university building – including the Glashalle Building. According to the corona ruling, the mouth-nose covering must be a “textile barrier”, thus plastic visors or similar items are not permitted.

Students and teaching staff are now also obliged to wear a mask – even when they are seated. The wearing of a mask is also obligatory for staff in administration, the faculties, and deaneries when seated – if said staff work in a shared office. The ruling also applies to all meetings.

If all other safety measures are met (distance regulation, spit protection, regular ventilation, etc.), it is possible to refrain from the wearing of masks in shared offices, if all parties involved agreed to this.

Under the above stated conditions, the use of masks can also be refrained from during face-to-face interviews (appointment and job application proceedings).

For the textile mouth-nose covering, the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) recommends a 30-minute break from mask wearing after every three hours for light physical activity, and for moderate physical activity after every two hours.

In addition, the currently valid Corona Ordinance of the Bremen State specifies that the obligation to wear a mask may be waived under the following conditions:

You might not be obligated to wear a mask due to a medical indication or due to pregnancy. Please always carry your medical certificate with you to the university so that you can present this when someone asks you about your missing mask.

Additionally, the obligation to wear a mask does not apply for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, those accompanying them, and, for persons who communicate with them.

(Additions/changes are to be expected).

Yes, the university has done so. You can find the tabular overview here.

Even if the regulations appear complex, we ask that you very carefully adhere to the correct ventilation of the individual rooms.

All state universities in Bremen are continually in contact with the Senator for Science in order to react quickly to a change in situation, if required.

We ask that you help to reduce the number of infections by behaving appropriately and taking the known hygiene regulations into consideration.

If you had contact to a person now confirmed as having coronavirus, immediately contact your doctor or the after-hours service of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians of the City of Bremen (https://www.kvhb.de/bereitschaftsdienst) by phone. Do not go to a doctor’s practice in order to reduce the risk of infection.

You will receive further instructions from your doctor or the after-hours service of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians of the City of Bremen.

Further information.

If you are a contact person of the first class (close family or domestic contact or similar), you must enter isolation for 10 days. You are not allowed to come onto campus during this time.

Please fill out the linked form and send it by email to the Administrative Department for Human Resources (personal@vw.uni-bremen.de). Please also inform “your” faculty. 

For detailed information, please refer to the pages of the Administrative Department for Human Resources: www.uni-bremen.de/dezernat2/aktuelles (in German)

Please adhere to the self-isolation requirements.

During the isolation period, it is not possible for you to leave your home or receive guests that do not live with you without prior authorization from the Health Department (general ruling by the Pubic Order Office of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen based on §28 German Infection Protection Act – IfSG). Only the Health Department may decide on exceptions.

You may not come onto the university campus.

Please contact your examination office or student advisory office if you have questions concerning examination or consequences for the course of your degree.

Please fill out the linked form and send it by email to the Administrative Department for Human Resources (personalprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de). Please also inform “your” faculty. 

You must adhere to the Health Department’s guidelines. This especially applies with regard to the point in time when the isolation/quarantine period is over and you may enter the university campus, for example.

Please contact your examination office or student advisory office if you have questions concerning examination or consequences for the course of your degree.

Please fill out the linked form and send it by email to the Administrative Department for Human Resources (personalprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de). Please also inform “your” faculty. 

Stays abroad and international students

As the closure of German embassies due to corona is threatening the degree starts of freshmen, the University of Bremen has implemented two important measures:

Generally, distance-learning is possible for the internationally oriented degree programs. Please speak to the responsible person for your degree about the online teaching on offer and the examination regulations. Distance students will be enrolled as usual – please send us the required documents after admission and transfer the semester fee. The usually obligatory proof of health insurance in German is waived as long as you reside abroad.

Please note that you must pay the fee retroactively for the whole of the semester if you travel to Germany during the semester.

If your embassy is currently not producing certified copies of the required documents and there is a chance that your submission deadline for the enrollment documents may pass, please initially send us simple copies and submit the certified ones at a later day.

You can find out more about the details in the Rapid Decision Certified Copies document.

If you return from a private or work trip abroad, varied rules apply, depending on in which country you stayed:

Returning from a risk area

If you have spent time within the past 10 days in a risk region, the following applies:

 

  • Please immediately return, by direct means, to your “own home or another suitable accommodation option,” after your return.
  • You must now self-isolate for 10 days (starting from entry into Germany).
  • It is not allowed that people who do not live in your household visit you in this time.
  • Please fill out the linked form and send it by email to the Administrative Department for Human Resources (personal@vw.uni-bremen.de). Please also inform “your” faculty.  
  • Please inform the responsible local authority and register via https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/#/. For further information on digital registration on entry visit https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/merkblatt-dea/faq-dea.html.
  • Should you take a corona test after entry, it is obligatory that the test may only be carried out five days after entry into Germany, at the earliest. Additional information and information on testing options for Bremen citizens can be found here. Here, you can find out which Health Department is responsible for you. It is not possible to submit a negative test to the university, as only the Health Department has the authority to end the isolation period earlier than planned.

You may provide a test result to the Health Department for this. Said test must fulfil certain requirements (test result in German on English, molecular-biological test, test must have taken place no longer than 48 hours prior to entry into Germany).

Additional information and information on testing options for Bremen citizens can be found here.

Here, you can find out which Health Department is responsible for you.

It is not possible to submit a negative test to the university, as only the Health Department has the authority to end the isolation period earlier than planned.

The regulations for returning from a risk region apply whether you have travelled to Germany on land, by air, or by boat.

Entering from a region that is not deemed a risk region is uncritical and no isolation measures must be met.

Please contact Barbara Hasenmüller at the International Office. Alternatively, you can find more information here.

International students who are already in Bremen have general questions regarding their stay, financing etc. should contact Jutta Paul and Claudia Pellegrina at the International Office.

Working and Financial Aid

Generally, the German National Association for Student Affairs provides advice and information on social matters and working whilst studying. Please note that the information on working and internships applies to enrolled students. Those who have taken a semester’s leave cannot receive a BAföG loan, a scholarship, or discounts for taxes, health insurance etc.

Flyer on working alongside your studies: https://www.studentenwerke.de/de/content/jobben

FAQs on studying during the corona pandemic: https://www.studentenwerke.de/de/content/corona-faqs-der-studenten-und and welfare advice from the Bremen Student Services Organization: https://www.stw-bremen.de/de/beratung-soziales/sozialberatung. Information on the social fund from the German student funds can be found under the question “Can I apply for financial aid?”

You can find more information on job and internship advertisements, as well as other information regarding your career and career start here: https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/career-center

The loan fund of the Bremen Student Services Organization has been increased by the Bremen Senate to 500,000 Euro so that students in need of help can be financially supported. Students who have come into financial difficulties due to the corona crisis can apply for an interest-free loan of up to 550 euros each month from the Bremen Student Services Organization. The loan will be paid with retrospective effect from April 1, 2020 and for up to three months. Furthermore, the acceptance criteria for such a loan will be reduced.

Students in need who are enrolled at the University of Bremen or another university in Bremen State can apply. Foreign students may also apply for a loan.

Information on the application process

Students, who have already applied for BAföG in the past, only have to submit an informal application with the missing documents. Old details should be updated. This also applies if the BAföG application was rejected. The Bremen Student Services Organization provides more detailed information. Further documents are required if the student has never applied for BAföG. Information on this is also available from the Bremen Student Services Organization.

This loan is not intended for those who already receive BAföG. There is another way in such cases: If a student’s situation has changed due to the corona crisis, for example if their parents are now in the short-time working system and can no longer support them as usual, the student can submit a BAföG amendment application.

There is additional help for international students: The charitable organization XENOS provides financial aid especially to foreign students in difficult situations. More information can be found on the XENOS website.

 

Students who were not able to attain the required number of credit points in the winter semester 2019/2020 or summer semester 2020 due to the corona pandemic and are thus unable to provide proof of a positive credit point balance after the end of the 4th semester as per § 48 BAföG (form 5), can submit proof of a negative credit point balance with reference to the situation for the winter semester 2020/2021. The students will then receive a form, with which they can provide an explanation of the circumstances in order for the examination office at their place of education to confirm this. The same procedure applies if students were not able to complete their degree within the maximum duration of funding due to the corona pandemic. Further information can be found here: https://www.stw-bremen.de/en/node/19009

 

More Informations:

Unfortunately, it is not possible to currently offer open office hours. Please use this opportunity to pose your question via email or phone. You will receive information here and via a circular as soon as it is possible once more to attend an office hour or make an appointment.

 

The cafeterias operated by Bremen Student Services Organization will remain closed until January 31, 2021, due to the corona pandemic.

 

Based on the current infection rates, the learning spaces provided by the university and Brmeen State and University Library cannot be used until January 31, 2021.

The loaning of books and other basic services can be used from January 13, onwards. The Central Library and Juridicum Library will also be open to a restricted numbers of users. Detailed information on the emergency operation mode can be found on the SuUB website: https://www.suub.uni-bremen.de/home-english/. Please make sure you gather all the relevant information prior to going to the library.

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