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The University of Bremen Is Organizing In-Person Classes in the Winter Semester

Der Universitäts-Boulevard mit dem GW 2 und der Bibliothek im Hintergrund.

What exactly is planned? Thomas Hoffmeister, Vice President Academic, reveals all in this interview.

Many students and teaching staff have a great desire to return to campus. To finally sit together in a lecture hall, to revise together instead of alone in front of the computer at home. The University of Bremen is currently planning on a face-to-face semester. Thomas Hoffmeister, Vice President Academic, has a clear opinion on the matter: “Come to the University of Bremen. We’re offering the opportunity to study in the best way - together on campus!”

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Wintersemester 2021/2022

Since the beginning of October, the 29th Bremen State Corona Ordinance has been in place. This ordinance announced the introduction of warning levels that are related to the “hospitalization incidence rate” as the new guideline value. The University of Bremen is additionally working with a level plan for teaching, which is based on the state corona ordinance. However, the levels of the teaching plan do not necessarily have to correspond with those of the state’s warning levels. The University of Bremen crisis team determines and decides the currently valid level of the level plan for teaching.

At the moment, level 1 of our plan applies, whilst warning level 0 applies in Bremen State. It remains obligatory to wear a mask in buildings, learning spaces, and classrooms when social distancing of 1.5 m cannot be adhered to.

The so-called 3G regulation is the most important measuring in the fight against the coronavirus. This means that you have to prove that you are vaccinated, recovered, or tested (“geimpft, genesen oder getestet”) in order to gain access to the buildings. It is required that you are fully vaccinated, thus 14 days must have passed since your second vaccination (14 days after your first vaccination if you received Johnson and Johnson and 14 days after your first vaccination if you are a vaccinated, recovered person). Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and have not been vaccinated require proof of a positive PCR test, which is valid in the period from 28 days after said test to a maximum of six months after the test. Current corona tests must be official rapid tests or PCR tests - self-tests are not sufficient. Proof of a negative test result may not be older than 24 hours if it a PoC antigen test (an antigen test carried out by an official third party) or not older than 48 hours if it is a PCR test.

Security staff will carry out entry checks at entryways using the CovPassCheck app or other forms of proof. This will most certainly lead to waiting times during busy periods. We will, however, try to keep said waiting times as short as possible.

In order to enable contact chain determination in seminars and lectures, we are using the Gast-Bremen app. At the beginning of the class, students must log in to the class and learning space via the app or website and said groups must log out again at the end. Students who do not own a smartphone can check in using the phones of friends, as the Gast-Bremen makes it possible to register more than one person.

In order to achieve a face-to-face semester, we need to work together to minimize the risk of infection with COVID-19 on campus, which requires a high vaccination rate among both students and staff. We therefore call once again on everyone to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, October 18, and Tuesday, October 19, a vaccination truck will be parked in the Central Campus Area and be offering vaccinations with BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson.

Unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated persons can also register for vaccination at the Bremen Vaccination Center: https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

The Bremen Vaccination Center in Hall 7 of the Exhibition center will be open until October 22, 2021. After this date, it will be possible to get your vaccination at vaccination practices belonging to the vaccination center.

Between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, October 18, and Tuesday, October 19, a vaccination bus will be parked in the campus’ Central Area. You can get your vaccination with either the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the BioNTech vaccine there.

Students from non-EU countries, who have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not approved by the EU, can get an mRNA vaccination here four weeks after their last jab.

Unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated persons can also register for vaccination at the Bremen Vaccination Center: https://impfzentrum.bremen.de/

The Bremen Vaccination Center in Hall 7 of the Exhibition center will be open until October 22, 2021. After this date, it will be possible to get your vaccination at vaccination practices belonging to the vaccination center.

The federal states have decided that there will be no free rapid tests for unvaccinated people from October 11 onwards, as all citizens have now had the opportunity to get their vaccination.

From October 16 onwards, the free tests will only be available to students who

a) are waiting for their first vaccination appointment after having already been vaccinated with a non-EU approved vaccine,

b) find themselves in the waiting period for full vaccination status after having had their first vaccination.

Persons who are unable to gain fully vaccinated status also continue to have the chance to undergo testing at no charge in Bremen State public testing centers upon providing official medical documentation. Pregnant persons who are not vaccinated can be tested free-of-charge at test centers outside of the campus until December 31, 2021 (their pregnancy record booklet – “Mutterpass” – functions as proof. In such cases, the health insurer will cover the costs. Who is included in this and further information can be found at: https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/en/?articlefilter=all

Regulations on Examinations

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.”

The Academic Senate ruling dated May 19, 2021, and “Amtsblatt 104/2021” are linked 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).

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.

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

Disadvantages in your studies that stem from a chronic illness can be offset by academic adjustment. An illness is deemed chronic when it is very probable that it will last longer than six months. Students that have been diagnosed with long COVID have the right to suitable regulations being implemented. You can find more information on the academic adjustment website.

3G Rule on Campus (status on 15.10.2021)

The 3G rule applies on campus. This means that you have to be vaccinated, recovered, or tested (“geimpft, genesen oder getestet”) in order to gain access to buildings on campus. It is required that you are fully vaccinated, thus 14 days must have passed since your second vaccination (14 days after your first vaccination if you received Johnson and Johnson and 14 days after your first vaccination if you are a vaccinated, recovered person). Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and have not been vaccinated require proof of a positive PCR test, which is valid in the period from 28 days after said test to a maximum of six months after the test. Current corona tests must be official rapid tests or PCR tests - self-tests are not sufficient. Proof of a negative test result may not be older than 24 hours if it a PoC antigen test (an antigen test carried out by an official third party) or not older than 48 hours if it is a PCR test. These regulations apply to all persons visiting the campus, including students and staff.

Your status will be checked by security staff upon entering the buildings. This check will only take place when you are entering a building and your status will not be recorded or saved. Those who are vaccinated or recovered in accordance with the above must not be additionally tested. Proof of full vaccination or recovery suffice.

Your status will only be checked at building entryways. You may come onto campus without a 3G document.

Yes, you need to bring some form of identification with you (ID card or passport) in order for it to be determined that the 3G document was issued to you.

In this case, please make use of the public test centers in Bremen State. Testing is free-of-charge if you have official documentation proving that you are unable to be vaccinated. Pregnant persons who are not vaccinated can be tested free-of-charge at test centers outside of the campus until December 31, 2021 (their pregnancy record booklet – “Mutterpass” – functions as proof. In such cases, the health insurer will cover the costs.
You can find further information at: https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/en/?articlefilter=all

The federal states have decided that there will be no free rapid tests for unvaccinated people from October 11 onwards, as all citizens have now had the opportunity to get their vaccination.

In the frame of occupational safety, unvaccinated and non-recovered staff members, which includes student assistants, have the chance to be tested at no charge at the university’s own test center in the GW 2 Building. You can make an appointment by phoning +49 421 218-60135 or 60137.

This document “Corona tests at the uni” can help you to find out who can still be tested at no charge in the future.

From October 16 onwards, the free tests in Bremen State test centers will only be available to students who

a) are waiting for their first vaccination appointment after having already been vaccinated with a non-EU approved vaccine,

b) find themselves in the waiting period for full vaccination status after having had their first vaccination.

The 3G Rule and General Safety and Hygiene Standards on Campus

Whilst on campus please adhere to the regulations stated in the Hygiene Concept of the University of Bremen dated October 05, 2021.

The University of Bremen is working with a level plan for teaching, which is based on the state corona ordinance. However, the levels of the teaching plan do not necessarily have to correspond with those of the state’s warning levels. The University of Bremen crisis team determines and decides the currently valid level of the level plan for teaching.

At the moment, level 1 of our plan applies, whilst warning level 0 applies in Bremen State. It remains obligatory to wear a mask in buildings, learning spaces, and classrooms when social distancing of 1.5 m cannot be adhered to.

The obligation to wear a medical-grade mask applies to all persons aged 16 or above It remains unchanged that children and youths up to 15 years of age are obliged to wear a mouth-nose covering. Surgery masks, FFP2-standard masks, or comparable masks are considered medical-grade masks.

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.

Affected students are obliged to immediately inform their lecturer(s) and Administrative Unit 02: Labor, Health, and Environmental Protection at coronatracking@vw.uni-bremen.de.

Unvaccinated persons who know or have been made aware of the following by the Health Department or the university may not come onto campus:

  • They have been in close contact to an infected person (for example, at least 10 minutes face-to-face with a distance of less than 1.5 m or in very close contact for a shorter period of time) without a mask.
  • They have spent more than 10 minutes in a badly ventilated, relatively small room with an infected person - even if a mask was worn correctly and continually.

Recovered and fully vaccinated persons must not quarantine. However, self-isolation is recommended. Should a vaccinated or recovered person develop symptoms, said person must self-isolate immediately and initiate PCR testing as soon as is possible.

Persons may only come onto the university campus after a doctor has said they may do so or after the Health Department allows for this.  If there is a further campus ban in place, it will remain unchanged.

The Gast-Bremen app will be used to determine chains of contact in classes, introductory events, and in learning spaces. The classrooms are fitted with QR codes that you need to scan. Students must log in to the classrooms and learning spaces via the Gast-Bremen app or the related website at the beginning of their stay. You can log out at the end. Students who do not have their own smartphone can log in via those of their friends, as the Gast-Bremen app allows for multiple-person registration.

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.

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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.

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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:

Distance 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.

For travelers entering Germany from risk areas, the corresponding quarantine obligations according to the CoronaEinreiseV apply, as well as any supplementary country-specific quarantine obligations.

 

 

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.

 

Office Hours and Opening Times on Campus:

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.

 

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