Coronavirus: Information for international students

In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal was switched to "regular operations under special conditions". You can reach us via e-mail and phone, but we ask for your understanding that there may be restrictions in the operation of the university. On this website you will find the latest news and information.

Notice that new information will always be written in italics, as of May 25 2020!

Studying and teaching in the summer semester 2020

Are you wondering what is going on with your studies or worry about the future?

"We share your concern and support you as a university community", said Vice-Rector for academic and international affairs Prof. Dr.-Ing. Yongjian Ding in a video message.

Important Dates

"Regular operation under special conditions" will start on 20.4.2020. Teaching takes place online and will run according to a coordinated timetable specific to the course of study. As an exception, attendance events such as laboratory internships will be possible again from 11 May. Which courses take place on the campus will be decided by the departments together with the university administration. In addition, selected rooms will be opened as workspaces for students from 11 May (details see box workspaces). The libraries will open at both locations from 11 May 2020 with initially limited use. (details see box library)

Covid-19 Instructions on Behavior

Students who show acute respiratory symptoms or who have come to Germany from a risk area according to the Robert Koch Institute (https://www.rki.de/EN/Home/homepage_node.html) or whose return is imminent, or who have had contact with infected persons are instructed / obliged to:

  1. contact a general practitioner or the public health department in your area via telephone (do not go directly into the office if you think you are affected by the corona virus, the doctor or the health department will tell you what to do):

    Public Health Department in Magdeburg (Gesundheitsamt)
    Dr. Hennig
    Lübecker Str. 32
    39124 Magdeburg
    phone: 0049 (0) 391 540 6001
    phone: 0049 (0) 391 540 6036
    e-mail: gesundheitswesen@magdeburg.de

  2. contact the Department of Study and International Affairs via e-mail or phone (+49 (0)391 886 4119) in order to coordinate the further procedure, to organize the suspension and postponement of the return, if necessary, so that unbureaucratic solutions can be found without discrimination for the studies, and
  3. put yourself in quarantine for two weeks.

What to do in case of justified suspicion and symptoms of illness?

e.g.: with high fever or a pronounced deterioration of the general condition, a medical examination should be performed immediately. A contact point in emergencies is the central emergency department (Notaufnahme) of the hospital (Universitätsklinikum Magdeburg) in serious cases. Please note that a large number of patients are treated in the central emergency room, which results in long waiting times. It is therefore absolutely necessary to register by telephone first (0049 (0) 391 67 21202) in the Central Emergency Room in case of suspected infection.

Universitätsklinikum Magdeburg
Notaufnahme
Leipziger Str. 44
39120 Magdeburg
0049 (0) 391 67 21202

Hotline for suspected cases of coronavirus

The university hospital (Universitätsklinikum Magdeburg) has also set up a hotline for suspected cases of coronavirus: 0049 (0) 391 67 17799, which is available from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 16.00 pm. In case of slight symptoms of illness and justified suspicion, clarification should be made by their infectiological outpatient department. You can get an individual initial consultation and further information in German and English. This hotline is intended for people who suffer from corona typical symptoms, not for general advice.

Further information

Pro FH e. V and Förderkreis help students in need

Affected students of the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal can apply to the support organizations for support through the aid fund and receive a one-time payment of 450 euros as a contribution to their living expenses.

Who can apply?

All students of the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal who are enrolled in the summer semester 2020, who are in a financially difficult situation and who do not receive Bafög, can apply. However, there is no legal claim to a financial aid.

What documents do I have to submit?

Your application should include the following:

  • your personal details (name, e-mail address, telephone)
  • the current certificate of enrolment (summer semester 2020)
  • a brief description of your situation (why you need the grant)
  • evidence of loss of earnings due to the pandemic

If the information provided is incorrect, the money paid out can be reclaimed.

How and where can I apply?

Simply apply here via our online applicant portal.

Fill out the form and upload the necessary documents.

Is there a deadline for applications?

Applications can be submitted from 20 May 2020. The first jury meeting will take place on 28-29 May 20 and the first distribution will take place at the beginning of June 2020.

Applications can also be submitted in June. Depending on the available funds and further requirements, there will be a further selection on 29-30 June 2020, so that another grant to cover living expenses can be paid out at the beginning of July 2020.

I have further questions. Then please send an e-mail to laura.kramer@h2.de. We will answer your questions as soon as possible.


Foreigners Authority and Residents Registration Offices

The Foreigners' Registration Office Magdeburg


From 27.04.2020, the Foreigners' Registration Office will only be open again for customers with an appointment.

Currently, the Foreigners Authority sends numerous appointments to customers who contact the authority by mail or e-mail. Appointments are made for the recording of biometric data for the issuance of residence permits or other identity cards and for the issue of documents. All other matters relating to immigration law will continue to be dealt with only in writing or by telephone.

However, your applications will still be processed. Please note the following information:

  • Please send applications for the extension of your residence permit by mail or e-mail abh@ewo.magdeburg.de or drop them in the mailbox in front of the entrance door of the Foreigners Authority
  • The continuation of your residence permit will then be sent to you by post. Extensions of tolerations/permits will be handed out in your accommodation or also sent by post.
  • Declarations of commitment, passport transfers are currently not applicable
  • Consultations are provided exclusively by telephone or email contact. In urgent, unavoidable cases, please contact us by e-mail abh@ewo.magdeburg.de or by telephone.

The large number of applications and inquiries received by the Aliens Department are answered promptly and usually by e-mail. If you are waiting for an answer, please also check the e-mail inbox in your spam folder.

In urgent, unavoidable cases, please contact abh@ewo.magdbeurg.de or your administrator by telephone.

All other tasks, such as on-site consultations, declarations of commitment, passport transfers etc. cannot be carried out at present. The Foreigners' Registration Office can be contacted at any time by e-mail or the telephone numbers you know. We try to answer all inquiries promptly.

These measures are for your and our health. We thank you for your understanding.

The Residents Registration Offices in Magdeburg


The Residents Registration Offices in Magdeburg are closed from 23 March 2020. Requests can be made via e-mail: bbm@buergerbuero.magdeburg.de and individual (emergency) appointments can be arranged for the Residents Registration Office in the street Leiterstraße 2a. For matters that cannot be postponed and which require a visit to the Residents Registration Office, citizens can ask for an appointment by telephone or e-mail. For urgent matters, staff members will be available via the e-mail address bbm@buergerbuero.magdeburg.de or the Citizens' Hotline 115. The hotline takes a ticket with the request and contact details. In any case, the person requesting an appointment will receive feedback as to whether an appointment is necessary or not. The appointment will take place at the Residents Registration Office in the street Leiterstraße 2a.

Library

Extended opening hours of the libraries from 25 May

Campus Magdeburg:
Monday to Friday from 9 to 19 o´clock
Due to the distance regulations, a total of 50 individual workstations are available in the library. Group work is currently not possible.

Campus Stendal:
Tuesday to Thursday from 9 to 12 and from 13 to 16
Friday from 9 to 12
Here are 6 workstations available, as well as 4 PCs for literature research.
Users are requested to register one day in advance by e-mail to bibliothek-stendal@h2.de.

Lectures

"Regular operation under special conditions" will start on 20.4.2020. Teaching takes place online and will run according to a coordinated timetable specific to the course of study. Although teaching continues to take place online, in some cases face-to-face courses (to teach practical skills and abilities) are possible. Which courses (i.e. primarily selected laboratory courses with priority for the final year classes) take place on campus is determined by the departments together with the university administration. You will be informed about this by your departments. Please understand it as an offer so that those of you who wish to complete your studies quickly can do so. There is no obligation to participate. The postponement/advancement of certain modules from/into the winter semester 2020 cannot be ruled out. Also conceivable would be practice-related projects in which not only teaching content is imparted but also a contribution to overcoming the crisis in the country. The departments provide information about the concrete offers on their websites.

Department of Applied Human Sciences

Department of Engineering and Industrial Design

Department of Social Work, Health and Media

Department of Water, Environment, Construction and Safety

Department of Economics

Information about online teaching on Moodle:
moodle2.hs-magdeburg.de/moodle/mod/page/view.php?id=101738

Who can help me with technical questions or problems with online teaching?

For general technical questions about online teaching there is the new Moodle forum for students. There students can find answers to frequently asked questions, exchange information and ask their individual questions directly to the relevant staff.

For special technical questions the IT-organizers in the departments will help you:

Campus Magdeburg
Department of Engineering and Industrial DesignUwe Berner (uwe.berner@h2.de)
Ronald Brauner (roland.brauner@h2.de)
Thomas Naumann (thomas.naumann@h2.de)
Jörg Schröder (joerg.schroeder@h2.de)
Department of Social Work, Health and MediaHeike Beckmann (technik@sgm.h2.de)
Sören Lübbe (technik@sgm.h2.de)
Maik Zwernemann (technik@sgm.h2.de)
Department of Water, Environment, Construction and SafetyFelix Elze (felix.elze@h2.de)
Andreas Großmann (andreas.groszmann@h2.de)
Ralf Wysujack (ralf.wysujack@h2.de)
Campus Stendal

Department of Applied Human Sciences and Department Economics

Kerstin Seela (kerstin.seela@h2.de)
Ines Trumpf (ines.trumpf@h2.de)
Henrik Mattis (henrik.mattis@h2.de)

Workspaces in Magdeburg and Stendal

In addition to the workrooms in the library (see box library), ZKI also provides such rooms. In summary, the opening of the rooms listed in the document is scheduled for Monday, 11.05.20. The use of the rooms will be possible from May 12th between 9 and 15.30 hrs.

The following rooms are available:

Campus Magdeburg:
House 5, room 1.13 (PC-Pool with max. 5 workstations)

Campus Stendal:
House 2, room 2.13 (PC pool with max. 4 workstations)
House 2, room 2.07 (group work room with max. 4 workstations)
House 2, room 0.05 (seminar room with max. 7 workstations)

Reservation is required
Reservations (room request, date and time - from to) are made centrally at zki-sdl@h2.de in Stendal and zki-md@h2.de in Magdeburg with at least one working day's advance notice. The list will be compiled and deposited at the Infopoint (usage only during the official lecture period). Users will receive a confirmation or cancellation by e-mail.

Online Consultations

Study counselling / examination matters etc. only take place in a digital format. The Department of Study and International Affairs (including International Office, Enrollment Office, Study Advisory Service) can be reach via e-mail or phone.

Kontakt

International Office

E-Mail: international@h2.de

complete staff

PsychoSocial student counselling

Due to the current challenges, motivation lows, feelings of being stressed out, difficulties in relationships, exam or future fears, problems with drugs, experiences with violence or other topics can be a topic for students and employees.

Contact PsychoSocial Student Counseling in the chat, by e-mail: psb@studentenwerk-magdeburg.de orby phone: +49 (0) 391 / 67 -51 553.

Exit Restrictions due to COVID-19

Leaving one's own home is only permitted if there are sufficiently important reasons:

 

General hygiene measures

The RKI recommends the following general hygiene measures:

  • 1-2 meters distance to coughing or sneezing persons
  • Maintain hand hygiene (wash hands thoroughly with soap and water)
  • Comply with coughing label (e.g. coughing, sneezing into the crook of the arm)

It is your responsibility to keep yourself updated through our website: www.h2.de/coronavirus

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