Update 20 April 2020

Dear International Partners,

The spread of the coronavirus concerns the people in our countries and also the members, employees and students of our universities. Therefore, we would like to inform you about the current state of affairs at DHBW.

The Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Science has ordered that all in-person lectures at DHBW, as well as at all other state universities, will be interrupted until May 4, 2020. It is a preventive measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus. No in-person lectures will take place. The same applies to exams that require the presence of students.

  • The classroom instruction remains interrupted. Online and self-study remain possible.
  • Examination in the form of presence examinations is discontinued. Attendance exams, such as exams, are canceled and postponed to a later date. Written examinations such as student assignments, project papers, bachelor and master theses can be continued in coordination with the heads of department for each study program.
  • Libraries are closed to the public.
  • Laboratories are closed to the public.
  • As far as possible, university staff will preferably work from home.

The functionality of required areas of the university will continue to be ensured. Communication mainly takes place by telephone, email or online.

We monitor the situation closely, are in contact with the responsible authorities and will react immediately to changes in the situation. The university has set up task forces at all campuses and its headquarter, which assess the current situation and exchange information on possible developments and measures. The university policy is based on the expertise and recommendations of official bodies and the assessment of those responsible on site.

We continuously update information on the status quo (in German) on https://www.dhbw.de/die-dhbw/aktuelles/detail/2020/03/neuartiges-coronavirus1.html. Moreover, we will inform you should modified rules and regulations apply. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the colleagues at the international offices of our campuses.

At DHBW, open and personal exchange is very important to us, especially with regard to our numerous international activities. In this particular situation, let us all continue to act responsibly, carefully and prudently for the benefit of our universities, employees and students as well as their relatives. We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

What are the consequences of the current situation for DHBW's international activities?

All excursions abroad are generally postponed until at least after Easter. The provisional discontinuation of the face-to-face events at the DHBW and similar measures by the partner universities abroad have a massive impact on international mobility. See the relevant questions and answers below.

International guests can only visit DHBW in exceptional cases. Please contact the international offices and rectorates of our campuses in advance.
 

What are the effects for students of the DHBW who are currently abroad or who would like to start a semester abroad shortly but are unable to start due to the current situation (Outgoings)?

Please contact the international offices of your campus. In coordination with the course directors and the training companies, attempts are made to find solutions that are tailored to the individual case.
 

Do special rules apply to students in Erasmus + programs?

The EU Commission has generally recognized the reimbursement of travel and event costs due to the spread of the virus under the "force majeure" regulations for Erasmus+ funded individual mobility and projects.

If students, lecturers or other people are located in affected regions with the support of the Erasmus+ program (all funding lines), the EU Commission has annouced that in the event of changes to the travel plans of affected people, accrued and already incurred costs as specified in the respective grant agreement are reimbursable. Responsible handling of the regulation, taking into account the aspects of care and prevention, is required. The use of "force majeure" requires detailed documentation that clearly explains the procedure.

See the DAAD announcement on “force majeure”: https://eu.daad.de/news/de/75924-informationen-zum-umgang-mit-foerderungen-des-erasmus-programms-aufgrund-der-ausbreitung-des-coronavirus/
 

What are the effects for international students who are currently studying at the DHBW or who want to start such a stay at the DHBW shortly (Incomings)?

Please contact the international offices of your DHBW campus and your home university. In coordination between representatives of the DHBW and the home university, attempts are made to find solutions that are tailored to the individual case.

 

More FAQs (in German) can be found on the website.

 

Further information in English can be found on the following websites:


BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG SOURCES

Ministry of Science Baden-Württemberg
Message from the Minister of Science of Baden-Württemberg to international partners
FAQ list on the consequences of the coronavirus for higher education institutions on the Ministry’s Website
Ordinance of the State Government on Infection Protection Measures against the Spread of the SARS-Cov-2 Virus

GERMAN SOURCES

Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is the government’s central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine. It is one of the most important bodies for the safeguarding of public health in Germany.
Homepage in English

Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Information for travelers in different languages

German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Information on coronavirus and international transport operations

German Federal Ministry of Health
Daily updates on the coronavirus
 

EUROPEAN SOURCES

European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
Latest updates on the European and worldwide situation

European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
Online micro learning activities on non-pharmaceutical countermeasures in relation to COVID-19
 

INTERNATIONAL SOURCES

World Health Organization(WHO)
Website on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO’s Dashboard on COVID-19