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You will be able to study digitally in the summer semester 2021. A return to sole face-to-face operations will not be possible in the summer semester 2021.

As the incidence value in Bremen City is continually under 50, other classes have been able to partially take place face-to-face since May 31, alongside the already running laboratory sessions and similar class forms that cannot be digitalized.

It will remain possible for everyone to continue to study digitally in the summer semester, with the exception of teaching formats that cannot be digitalized, e.g. laboratory sessions. The face-to-face classes that will be offered are an additional service offer and presence on campus is not mandatory. This applies to seminars, practice sessions, and tutorials. Lectures will only be offered online. The decision regarding whether classes with small groups will take place as face-to-face classes lies with the teaching staff.

Teaching staff are to provide students from classes that are partially taking place face-to-face the option to download a QR code via Stud.IP for specified days. Said code can then be scanned at the terminals in the building where the classes are to be held. In this way, students will be granted access (see also instructions on building access).

Some examinations, for example for e-General studies, will be offered again as face-to-face exams on campus.

The obligatory wearing of a mask and social distancing of at least 1.5 meters still applies to any classes that will start up again. Please get tested before coming onto campus. All citizens have a right to undergo rapid testing in test centers across Bremen several times a week. By testing yourself, you are helping to ensure that no infection will be passed on during classes on campus.

In accordance with the application period of the Federal Emergency Brake strategy, the general regulations on campus will continue to apply until June 30, 2021. This includes both the mandatory wearing of a medical-grade mask, as well controlled building access.

If the vaccination strategy continues to pick up speed as we hope and we encounter no further pandemic wave, we will try to offer face-to-face teaching and learning on campus as comprehensively as possible. We ask that you prepare to be back in Bremen from October onwards.

Yes, the maximum duration of trial studies or the Preparatory Studies Program (VBS) in the summer semester will be extended by one semester, or two semesters for those who were enrolled in such a program in the winter semester 2020/21 (see draft resolution from the Academic Senate dated May 19, 2021).

Students of the summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21 who, during the course of their studies, wish to take more than the two permitted leave of absence semesters (as stated in the enrollment regulations) on “miscellaneous grounds,” can apply for this in the frame of their re-enrollment for the winter semester 2021/22 or later. This can be done online by uploading the so-called corona confirmation document from the President. Said students will receive a third or fourth leave of absence semester without providing any further reasons.

Winter Semester 2021/22 Application Process

Nationally, it applies that the application deadline for restricted-admission degree programs with the aim of acquiring a bachelor’s degree or the First State Examination in Law has been moved from July 15, to July 31, 2021. Detailed information on all application deadlines at the University of Bremen.

Internships for bachelor’s programs: For the bachelor’s degree programs Production Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering, Management and Production Engineering, and Public Health, the Academic Senate decided on February 03, 2021, that the internship may be completed after the program has begun, or rather during the course of the degree. For the bachelor’s degree program Inclusive Education, the obligatory internship is being waived as an exception for applications for the winter semester 2021/22.

There are currently no further pandemic-based changes to the application or enrollment requirements for the winter semester 2021/22. Please be sure to gather all the information on the general regulations and the rulings that apply to your desired degree program.

Regulations on Examinations

The University Executive Board and the faculties have agreed to have most of the examinations take place digitally as far as possible. From February 15, 2021, face-to-face examinations are possible with special permission by the examination boards. Should the incidence value in Bremen City continually remain under 50, some exams, for example for e-General studies, will be offered again as face-to-face exams on campus from May 31, onwards. You can find theregulations for the face-to-face examinations hereand in the downloads area.

An exception to the regulation continues to apply 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 still possible. Please contact your supervisor to discuss details.

The organization and realization of online exams is time consuming, which is why the  summer semester 2021 examination phase will be extended. The working time for final theses will also be extended. This was decided upon by the Academic Senate (AS) during a meeting on February 24, 2021. You can find the ruling hereand in the downloads area.

The AS ruling means the following for you:

  • The submission deadline for a bachelor’s / master’s thesis with a writing/processing period that lies entirely or partially between December 16, 2020, and September 30, 2021, or begins in this period will be extended by a total of three months (as stated in Amtsblatt Nr. 56/2021 and the AS Ruling from April 21, 2021). This deadline extension will be considered upon submission and will not be stated separately as a new deadline in an official letter. No individual application is required for this extension. Only those who require an extra extension (in addition to the three months) must submit an individual and founded application. Such applications must be sent to the responsible examination board.
     
  • The period for winter semester 2020/21 examinations will be extended. Face-to-face examinations must take place by May 15, 2021 and exam results must be in the system by June 15, 2021.
     
  • Registration for summer semester 2021 examinations must take place by July 15, 2021. Withdrawal from a summer semester 2021 exam is possible without providing a reason until July 15, 2021.

    In order to ensure that you have no disadvantages regarding the start of a re-take deadline due to postponed or cancelled examinations in the winter semester 2020/21 or summer semester 2021, examination results that have not been entered into the system by the end of the respective examination phase will be marked as “recognized withdrawal”.

Please contact your teaching staff regarding extensions of deadlines for your assignments.

Switching to online exams and turning face-to-face examinations into the exception was a necessary measure in order to offer the chance for exams to take place during the pandemic and under the latest restrictions.

Alongside online oral exams, several other online exam formats will be implements. The software from the e-test center for open-book exams and Stud.IP as a Learning Management System (LMS) also offer various tools for the realization of online examinations (e.g. via Dolt, time-locked folders, ILIAS, and EduWork Builder). Please get to know the tools and what to expect and also pay attention to the information from your lecturers.

The so-called Digital Examination Regulation (“Digitalprüfungsverordnung”), which was decided upon by the Senator for Science and Ports, has applied to the realization of examinations in digital form since February.

The ZMML has developed a checklist to ensure the best possible chance for you to prepare for your exams.

On May 19, 2021, the Academic Senate ruled that the summer semester 2021 is to be classed as a “corona semester.” For students, this means that failed examinations do not count as an exam attempt in terms of the time-restricted repeat exam options (Academic Senate ruling (in German only).

The General Part of the Examination Regulations was already changed in May 2020 due to the difficult conditions for teaching and studying caused by the corona pandemic. The amendments made to the Examination Regulations include for example that the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, and now the summer semester 2021 do not count towards the deadline for the retaking of failed examinations and that the failure to participate in registered examinations between March 13, 2020, and September 30, 2021, will count as a “recognized withdrawal” and not as a “fail.”

You can see the Academic Senate ruling dated May 19, 2021, here.

The changes to the General Part of the Examination Regulations and the relevant ruling from May 2020 can be found in the download area. There is also another document that provides additional information regarding the counting of semesters (Explanation of Amendments to General Parts - Interruption of the Counting of Semesters (in German only).

Registration for summer semester 2021 examinations must take place by July 15, 2021. Withdrawal from a summer semester 2021 exam is possible without providing a reason until July 15, 2021.

You can find further information on this in the Academic Senate Ruling dated February 24, 2021.

General Safety and Hygiene Standards on Campus

You can read and download the General Safety and Hygiene Standards here.

From June 14, 2021, the requirement to wear a mask in outdoor spaces on campus will be lifted. Social distancing of 1.5 meters still applies.

Regulations for buildings of the University of Bremen remain valid. Thus, all persons aged 16 or above must wear a medical-grade mask (surgery mask or FFP2-standard mask or similar). It remains unchanged that children and youths up to 15 years of age are obliged to wear a mouth-nose covering. The regulation applies in all areas of movement (entryways, exits, hallways, elevators, etc.), in sanitary facilities, and waiting rooms in university buildings. Surgery masks, FFP2-standard masks, or comparable masks are considered medical-grade masks.

Surgical masks will be handed out by security at the entrances to university buildings.

If an office is being shared, staff in administration, the faculties, and deaneries must also wear medical-grade masks when seated. This also applies to all meetings.

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

The current state corona regulations explain that the mandatory wearing of 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).

Recommendations on how long the different masks should be worn:

For the textile mouth-nose covering, the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) recommends to wear masks no longer than three hours during light physical activity (e.g. office work).

Surgical masks should not be worn longer than two hours during moderate physical activity (e.g. janitorial exercises). This time period can be extended to three hours during light physical activity, provided that the mask has not yet become wet. After that, a break of 30 minutes should be adhered to, after which the mask can be worn again for the same duration as before. For FFP2 masks without an exhalation valve,  masks should be worn no longer than 75 minutes, followed by a 30-minute break with a maximum of five uses per work shift.

You can find more information on mouth-nose coverings, medical-grade masks, and particle-filtering partial masks here (in German only).

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.

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.

If you are a contact person of the first class (close family or domestic contact or similar), you must enter isolation. 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:

1Distance studying
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.

The timely submission of certified copies of all required documents for non-EU citizens is being waived for the enrollment in the summer semester 2021 until April 26, 2021. More information is included in the Academic Senate Ruling 9064 dated February 3, 2021.

Please note the following:

  1. The requirement of submission of certified copies is being waived. Simple copies with corresponding translations, if the documents are not available in German or English, suffice. It remains unchanged that the translations must be carried out by a sworn translator.
     
  2. Certified copies of the documents must be submitted by students at a later point in time, without a relevant reminder having to be issued.
     
  3. Please note that every single case of fraud during enrollment will lead to a retraction of enrollment as per § 38 BremHG.

The Federal Foreign Office continues to warn against undertaking any touristic, unnecessary travel to a number of countries: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/covid-19/2296762 (only in German)

Since May 12, 2021, the new corona entry regulations have been in place. If you return from abroad, different rules apply, depending on the country of you stayed. Currently, a difference is made between a risk area, a high incidence rate area, and a virus mutation region. You can find more information on this differentiation on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health or Foreign Office.

Returning from abroad:

  • Those who enter by air are obliged to undergo testing prior to flying. Regardless of whether travelers have spent time in a risk area or not, a negative test result must be submitted to the airline prior to flying. Proof of convalescence or vaccination can supersede the need for testing.
  • Prior to entering Germany, digital entry registration must be carried out if travelers spent time in a risk area in the ten days prior to entry. This applies to all means of transport. On the page www.einreiseanmeldung.de, information on stays in the past ten days must be entered. The website of the Federal Ministry of Health provides further information on the obligatory registration and exemption.
  •  If time was spent in a risk area, travelers must generally go directly home or to alternative accommodation at their destination directly after arriving. They must self-isolate for ten days. If time was spent in a virus mutation region, the self-isolation period increases to 14 days. No isolation measures apply upon returning from areas that are neither risk areas, high incidence rate areas, or virus mutation regions.
  • Travelers may not leave their home during the self-isolation period and may not welcome visitors.
  • The period of self-isolation at home can be ended prematurely if proof of convalescence, proof of vaccination, or a negative test result are submitted via the national entry portal at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. After staying a high incidence rate area, testing may take place five days after entry into Germany at the earliest. No self-isolation period is needed if proof is submitted prior to entry.
  • People with proof of convalescence or vaccinations are also obliged to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning from a virus mutation region. This period cannot be ended prematurely.
  • The obligation to self-isolate initially applies until June 30, 2021. You can find more information on the obligatory self-isolation period on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
  • Additionally, after staying in a risk area, travelers must prove that they are not infected with the coronavirus. This must occur 48 hours after entry at the latest. The responsible authority (usually the Health Department) can request the submission of proof for up to ten days after entry. Proof is either in the form of a test result or a doctor’s letter stating that there is no infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

This information comes from the coronavirus entry regulations. Please gather all required information from the Federal Ministry of Health and Foreign Office prior to travelling and prior to returning.

 

International students who are already in Bremen have general questions regarding their stay, financing etc. should contact 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, 2021 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.

 

According to the decisions made by Bremen State Parliament in February 2021 (“Gesetzesblatt 26”) and March 2021 (“Gesetzesblatt 36”), regarding changes to Bremen State Higher Education Law and changes to Bremen State Law on Legal training and the First State Examination in Law (“Gesetzesblatt 47” and “Gesetzesblatt 52”), the individual regular study duration for students of the winter semester 2020/21 and summer semester 2021 will be increased by one semester. The relevant calculations, i.e. concerning an extended maximum period of funding, will be carried out by the BAföG Loan Office.

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 our corona update newsletter as soon as it is possible once more to attend an office hour or make an appointment.

 

From June 1, 2021, onwards, Café Central will open on campus and offer take-away food initially. You can find the exact opening times, hygiene regulations, and further information on the Student Services Organisation website: https://www.stw-bremen.de/en/node/24283

Learning spaces at the university can be booked via Stud.IP. You will be able to gain access to buildings using a QR code. The wearing of a medical-grade mask is obligatory in buildings and learning spaces.

The State and University Library Bremen (SuUB) has also reopened a restricted number of individual working spaces in the Central Library.

The loaning of books and other basic services are also possible.

How learning in the library is possible and detailed information on the emergency operation mode can be found on the following 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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