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 September 24 2020!
Study and teaching in the winter semester 2020/2021
When and how the winter semester 2020/21 start?
The plan is for the forthcoming winter semester to commence on 01.10.2020 with hopefully more people on both the Magdeburg and Stendal campuses. We hope to be able to revive them both as attractive places to work, live and study. Admittedly this will be under unusual conditions, as we will not see a direct return to the way things were before the coronavirus.
However, despite the coronavirus, we would like - to the extent possible - to live up to our reputation as a university offering face-to-face teaching. As such, we attach a great deal of value to the practical orientation of our courses. We are here for our students and face-to-face meetings are important to us. This applies especially to new students in their first semester, who do not yet know the ropes. For this reason, our Study & Teaching Services departments and International Office will be recommencing their work advising students and prospective students here on campus at the usual opening times.
Over and above this, whilst maintaining the relevant hygiene rules, all of the other activities on which our identity as a university of applied sciences is based will be taking place face-to-face. These include, for example, the lecturers’ consultation hours, committee meetings and other meetings relating to self-governance, exchanges between teams and groups of specialists, meetings with research assistants and research activities.
What will the start of studies look like for our new students?
The Late Summer School 2020 will be held on the Magdeburg campus from 21 to 30 September 2020.
Regrettably, this year, under the current contact rules and framework conditions, we will not be able to celebrate on the Seebühne (Lake Stage) or in the Altmark Theatre; instead I will welcome our “Freshers” online on 01.10.20. In order to strengthen those important first contacts with our new students, we feel that it makes sense for us to enjoy the “digital matriculation ceremony” in groups by degree programme and in person on campus - where space allows. Afterwards the new students can join the introduction and orientation days offered by their departments.
If the rate of infection should increase again, we will change our plans so that the health of all members of the university and the students is not put at risk.
How will teaching take place during the winter semester?
Our motto for the 2020/2021 winter semester is as follows: as much face-to-face contact as possible, as much online as necessary!
The health and safety of all is important to us; however - as far as possible - we want to return to normality again. Against this backdrop the following framework conditions are intended to facilitate your preparations for the new semester and create a reliable basis for planning. As far as the implementation of this framework is concerned, we will rely on the wealth of experience and autonomy of the departments. The past few weeks have been exhausting but have also shown that we can find solutions together.
What are the framework conditions in detail?
Plan A / Basic Principle
Lectures will be held face-to-face on campus by the lecturers and will also be streamed. They may be attended by some students, who will be divided into groups according to available room capacity and following prior registration (possibly on an alternating basis over the course of the semester). For the other students, these lectures will be available online. A fixed division into groups for defined calendar weeks will contribute towards ensuring that the switch between face-to-face and online classes remains manageable for students. Existing free space on the campus can be used by students for possible Zoom lectures.
All other classes, in other words tutorials, seminars and laboratory practicals, will take place face-to-face in compliance with the health and safety requirements. We will utilise all facilities on both campuses and try out flexible forms of organisation (for example block weeks, A/B groups etc.). Where the available room is insufficient, the hybrid model (as in the case of lectures) can also be used. In order to create an early connection and identification with the university, our new students will have top priority, and this will be taken into account in the plans described above.
As far as the distance rules are concerned, we will follow the applicable regulations and hope that there will be further relaxations in the rules in late summer. We will have clear procedures that we will use to quickly conduct contact tracing in case of infection so that we can then make the right decisions regarding the additional infection control measures to be taken (esp. quarantining the persons affected).
Plan B / Lockdown
In the event of a new lockdown in the location or the state, there will be an immediate return to complete and exclusive online teaching for this period initially.
Apart from classes, will there also be student events both on and off the Magdeburg and Stendal campuses?
Events, other than classes, organised by and with students, lecturers and university staff, that take place on or off either of the two campuses may be held provided that the applicable contact and health regulations are adhered to. These include, for example, student excursions, support measures and orientation events that are attended in person.
What will be unusual about the coming semester?
In the winter semester we will need to find a balance between protecting the health of all university members and the opportunity for all students to study. As a university we have a particular responsibility. On the one hand, the university must not become a coronavirus hotspot. On the other hand, as a university of applied sciences, we need face-to-face teaching. I am optimistic that we will succeed in achieving this balance, since the university is a learning organisation. We will exchange thoughts, conduct analyses and take stock of our experiences in the summer semester.
Students and lecturers alike, all of the service departments and above all those services supporting the digitalisation of teaching have coped extremely well with the new challenges they have faced this semester. I have seen amazing achievements that came about under extreme time pressure and that benefit us all. That is a reason to be proud! Please understand that we are not able to answer every question today, for example if you belong to a risk group or have family commitments. We are in constant discussion with the authorities and policy makers as well as with every organisational unit in the university. All of the current regulations can be found on: www.h2.de/coronavirus. Please also feel free to discuss your concerns with your supervisors or the service and advisory departments of the university.
From 01.10.2020, a uniform university-wide hygiene concept will apply at both university locations. It includes details on room occupancy, ventilation concepts, dealing with risk groups and dealing with suspected cases.
The basic principle "With DH²M through the winter semester", which is based on an action of the Federal Ministry of Health, defines the cornerstones of general behaviour: Distance, Hygiene, Masks.
Keeping a distance: Keep at least 1.5 metres away from other people on your way to work, when shopping or strolling in the park
Paying attention to hygiene: Follow the hygiene rules with respect to sneezing, coughing and washing hands
Wearing a community mask: It is urgently recommended that you wear a community mask in places where it may be difficult to maintain the minimum safety distance. So as to protect bystanders, the Laender have introduced rules on wearing face masks when travelling on public transport and when shopping. People who wear community masks still need to maintain a distance from others, however.
An essential part of the concept is presence documentation, so that possible chains of infection and contacts can be traced quickly and conclusively. To this end, the ViLogCare system is being introduced and is compulsory for all persons in the university sector, university members and guests.
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:
- 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)
Lübecker Str. 32
phone: 0049 (0) 391 540 6001
phone: 0049 (0) 391 540 6036
- 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
- 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.
Leipziger Str. 44
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.
Aid for students in financial emergency situations
The Federal Ministryof Education and Research (BMBF) is helping students who are demonstrably in a financial or economic emergency situation owing to the corona pandemic with allowances totalling 100 million euros. They are paid out via the student service organisations – the Studierenden- or Studentenwerk (STW).
Further informationen can be found here:
Special rules for failed examinations
Exams taken but not passed in the summer semester 2020 (until 30.11.2020) will be automatically cancelled and are considered not to have taken place. This regulation currently affects all courses of study which are exclusively offered by the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal. The procedure for the cooperative study courses with the Otto-von-Guericke University (Applied Statistics, Information Technology - Smart Systems, Security and Safety) is currently being clarified. We will inform you about the result as soon as possible.
This special regulation is based on a senate resolution.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Extended opening hours of the libraries from 25 May
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.
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 email@example.com.
"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.
Information about online teaching on Moodle:
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:
|Department of Engineering and Industrial Design||Uwe Berner (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Ronald Brauner (email@example.com)
Thomas Naumann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jörg Schröder (email@example.com)
|Department of Social Work, Health and Media||Heike Beckmann (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Sören Lübbe (email@example.com)
Maik Zwernemann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Department of Water, Environment, Construction and Safety||Felix Elze (email@example.com)|
Andreas Großmann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ralf Wysujack (email@example.com)
Department of Applied Human Sciences and Department Economics
|Kerstin Seela (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Ines Trumpf (email@example.com)
Henrik Mattis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Workspaces in Magdeburg and Stendal
In addition to the workrooms in the library (see box library), ITM 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:
House 5, room 1.13 (PC-Pool with max. 5 workstations)
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 email@example.com in Stendal and firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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