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Status: May 7, 2021


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  • Will the deadlines for theses and term papers be extended?
  • Where can I find information about digital exams?
  • Will there be face-to-face exams in the summer semester of 2021?
  • I failed an exam. Can I repeat this exam?

  • Although examinations that have not been passed are considered not taken, I see in AGNES that one of my exams was rated 5.0, so I did not pass. Where can I request that this test be deemed not to have been taken?

  • I definitely failed an exam. Can I also repeat this exam?

  • Before the amendment to the Berlin Higher Education Act came into force, I definitely failed an exam. Is this check now also deemed not to have been taken?

  • I have already received a notification from the examination board that I have definitely failed an exam. Where can I submit an application that the exam is deemed not to have been taken?

  • I finally failed an exam and was de-registered because I can no longer successfully complete the course. Can I now re-enroll?

  • I passed an exam, but I am not satisfied with the result. Can I repeat the exam?

  • I want to register for an exam, but it will be my last attempt to retake that exam. Do I have to undergo mandatory examination advice beforehand even if the examination is deemed not to have been taken if I fail?

  • I failed an exam due to attempted cheating. Is this check also deemed not to have been taken?

  • I failed an exam because I did not show up for the exam without excuse. Is this check also deemed not to have been taken?

  • I failed an exam because I missed the deadline for submitting my written thesis. Is this check also deemed not to have been taken?

  • Due to the renewed lockdown, I can no longer take my child to daycare / school. Since emergency care was also refused, I now hardly have any time to write my term paper / thesis and will probably not be able to meet the deadline. What should I do now?


Student counseling


Campus card


financing


University library


Access to buildings and facilities of the university


Studying in and from high-risk areas


Further questions

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Education

Due to financial bottlenecks, I cannot re-register on time. Can I apply for an extension of the deadline?

For re-registration for the summer semester 2021, the university management has decided to extend the main deadline for main auditors to February 28, 2021; the end of the grace period is postponed accordingly to March 14, 2021. A separate application is not required. The amount of the semester fees and contributions remains unchanged (see https://www.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/bewerbung/imma/rueckmeld).

I have been temporarily enrolled in a master’s course. Does the extension of the submission deadlines for theses and term papers also shift the deadline for providing evidence of a degree?

No, the deadline will not be postponed. If you have been temporarily enrolled in a master’s course, proof of successful completion must be provided by the end of the second semester of the master’s course. In order to cope with the delays caused by the pandemic, a flat-rate extension has been granted until the end of the second semester.

If several course achievements and exams are missing at the end and cannot be proven by the above deadline, you will be downgraded to the Bachelor's degree at the beginning of the following semester. If you can already estimate now that you will not be able to prove that you have successfully completed your degree by the specified date, you have two options:

  • Extension of the verification period

If only one examination is still open (e.g. thesis), send an informal request to the matriculation office in good time before the deadline for evidence expires, so that you can submit your degree later. Include a confirmation from the examination office about registration for your last examination performance with your application. This can be submitted by post or in digital form. A performance overview is also accepted if the examination office explicitly notes on it that only one performance is missing. On this basis, an extension can be made for a maximum of one month.

You can then prove that you have successfully completed your degree either with a written confirmation from the examination office or with a simple copy of your diploma. If the examination office enters the degree in the examination administration system, no separate evidence is required.

  • Re-entry into a master’s degree after demotion

If you can submit your successful degree before the end of the semester following the end of the verification period, you have the option of enrolling in the 3rd semester of the previously studied master’s course - without re-applying and not bound by the currently valid application deadlines. In this case, send an informal application for re-entry into the master’s course with proof of successful completion to the matriculation office. ”Replace.

How will the summer semester 2021 take place?

The summer semester 2021 will generally take place digitally. Exceptions apply to mandatory practice formats and exams that cannot be carried out digitally. such as laboratory or workshop internships and practical sports exercises. Participation is voluntary for students; there are no disadvantages if you do not participate. In practice formats and courses, the maximum number of 25 participating students should not be exceeded. The documentation requirements must be observed.

In addition, in courses, practice formats and exams, the obligation to cover the mouth and nose with an FFP2 mask or a mask of comparable standards (KN95 / N95 / KF94) applies.

Depending on the course of the pandemic, further face-to-face offers may be submitted in the course of the summer semester. Which courses this could affect can be found in the course catalog. There, corresponding markings have been made in the descriptions of the individual courses or by categorizing them as “blended courses”.

Please inform yourself about the courses on offer in the AGNES portal.

When do the lectures start in the summer semester 2021?

The lecture period in the summer semester 2021 begins on April 12 and ends on July 17, 2021.

Will the deadlines for theses and term papers be extended?

For theses and term papers, the universities will extend the processing times until May 31, in accordance with their respective framework regulations, or make comparable arrangements. At the Humboldt-Universität, the suspension of the deadlines for written theses, term papers and other written work in the context of bachelor's and master's degree programs will therefore be extended until May 31, 2021. The regulation continues to apply retrospectively from January 4, 2021. This means that students from June 1, 2021 will still have exactly the processing time they had on January 4. If students have registered their written work after January 4, 2021, they will still have the full processing time from June 1, 2021. Students are asked to observe the specific regulations of their faculty or institute, according to which the time of registration for the examination does not automatically have to coincide with the start of working on a term paper or other written work. It should also be noted that the extension of the deadline will also shift the correction times and the processing times in the administration. These timescales should be taken into account when planning and submitting written work so that there are no collisions with deadlines for applications (e.g. within the framework of BAföG or applications) for which a certain level of performance must be certified.

Where can I get information about the start of my studies?

All information about starting your studies at the HU information as well as about the introductory events can be found on the website of the student advisory service.

Which hygiene and distance regulations apply during face-to-face events?

When conducting and participating in courses, practical formats and face-to-face examinations and in the buildings of the HU, with the exception of sports in practical sports courses, the obligation to cover your mouth and nose with an FFP2 mask or a mask of comparable standards (KN95 / N95 / KF94 ).

In order to minimize the risk of infection, all people involved in the course are encouraged to adapt their behavior to the circumstances in accordance with the general hygiene plan of the HU (PDF). These include:

  1. Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 m, even if a mouth and nose cover is worn.
  2. Adhere to cough and sneeze etiquette.
  3. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for 20-30 seconds and disinfect them yourself before entering the event room. Hand wash basins, liquid soap and paper towels are available in the sanitary facilities for cleaning hands.

The classrooms are equipped with dispensers with disinfectant wipes for intermediate cleaning / surface disinfection. Your own table must be wiped with disinfectant both before and after your own use.

At the beginning and after the event as well as during the event there will be airing in appropriate periods of time. At present, regular shock ventilation should take place over the entire window area for 3-5 minutes, approximately every 20-30 minutes.

Please refer to the guidelines for conducting face-to-face courses (PDF) for more information.

Where can I find the Charité's hygiene recommendations?

Hygiene recommendations from the Charité for carrying out tests in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF)

Can I participate in face-to-face activities if I have symptoms of a respiratory disease?

You can find all the essential information on dealing with respiratory diseases at universities in Berlin in the infographic (PDF).

Where can I find out more about digital teaching at HU?

If you have specific questions about individual courses or the courses offered in the subjects, please first contact the responsible teachers (you can find the contact via the entry for the course in AGNES) or your student council or the speakers for your studies and teaching Faculty.

If you are generally interested in the implementation of digital teaching or if you would like to raise questions / suggestions for improving the offer, you can take a look at the website of the Digital Teaching Task Force.

The task force is an ad-hoc working unit made up of employees from the bologna.lab, the computer and media service and the International Office and primarily advises the HU facilities and teachers on technical and didactic issues relating to online teaching. The recommendations and instructions on digital teaching and the use of tools such as Moodle, Zoom, Camtasia, SnagIt and much more can also be of interest to students.

Does the summer semester 2021 count as a subject semester?

Yes, the summer semester counts as a normal subject semester, i.e. the subject semesters are counted as usual. The pandemic-related study time delays are compensated by law and regulation in Berlin - as in the two previous semesters - with an individually extended standard study time, provided that no leave of absence is given.


exams

Will the deadlines for theses and term papers be extended?

For theses and term papers, the universities will extend the processing times to May 31 or make comparable arrangements in accordance with their respective framework regulations. At the Humboldt-Universität, the suspension of the deadlines for written theses, term papers and other written work in the context of bachelor's and master's degree programs will be extended until May 31, 2021. The regulation continues to apply retrospectively from January 4, 2021. This means that from June 1, 2021, students will still have exactly the processing time they had on January 4. If students have registered their written work after January 4, 2021, they will still have the full processing time from June 1, 2021. Students are asked to observe the specific regulations of their faculty or institute, according to which the time of registration for the examination does not automatically have to coincide with the start of working on a term paper or other written work. It should also be noted that the extension of the suspension of the deadline will also shift the correction times and the processing times in the administration. These timescales should be taken into account when planning and submitting written work so that there are no collisions with deadlines for applications (e.g. within the framework of BAföG or applications) for which a certain level of performance must be certified.

Where can I find information about digital exams?

All essential information on the subject of digital exams is listed on the HU e-assessment website. Among other things, you will find a guide for e-exams at Humboldt-Universität, a handout for online closed-book exams and a collection of FAQs. The website is continuously updated.

Will there be face-to-face exams in the summer semester of 2021?

According to the current status, tests that have already been planned may be carried out on-site in compliance with the distance and hygiene rules. However, there may be restrictions against the background of the amended Infection Protection Act. The faculties check whether a planned examination can be offered as a face-to-face examination in compliance with these rules. If this is not possible, catch-up opportunities or alternative forms of examination are offered. Please refer to your faculty's website for more information.

Participation in face-to-face exams is basically voluntary. However, please note the following: If you feel unable to take a face-to-face examination, you must withdraw from the examination registration in good time. In this case, you will not suffer any disadvantages if you do not participate.

I failed an exam. Can I repeat this exam?

In principle, final module exams can be repeated twice and final theses can be repeated once. However, the House of Representatives has another amendment to the Berlin University Act, according to which examinations that are taken in the summer semester 2021 and not passed are considered not to have been taken. This does not apply to exams that have been rated as failed due to attempted cheating or an unexcused absence. Theses must be repeated with a new topic.

Although failed exams are considered not taken, I see in AGNES that one of my exams was rated 5.0, so I failed. Where can I request that this test be deemed not to have been taken?

A separate application is not required. The Humboldt-Universität implements the statutory regulation ex officio. This means that all filed and failed exams that are subject to the statutory regulation are deleted the day after they are recorded in the examination management system. You will be notified of this deletion by email to your email address at the HU. Please note that the HU cannot guarantee the confidentiality of the content of the e-mail if you have set up forwarding to an external e-mail address.

I definitely failed an exam. Can I also repeat this exam?

The legal regulation does not differentiate between failed and finally failed exams. This means that examinations that have finally not been passed are deemed not to have been taken if they are subject to the statutory regulations and have not been or will not be passed.

I definitely failed an exam before the amendment to the Berlin Higher Education Act came into force. Is this check now also deemed not to have been taken?

The statutory regulation applies to all exams that are assigned to the 2020 summer semester, the 2020/21 winter semester and the 2021 summer semester and have not been or will not be passed.

I have already received a notification from the examination board that I have definitely failed an exam. Where can I submit an application that the exam is deemed not to have been taken?

A separate application is not required.The Humboldt-Universität implements the statutory regulation ex officio. After the final failed examination has been removed from AGNES, you will receive a new notification from the examination board, which cancels the notification of the final failed examination.

I finally failed an exam and was de-registered because I can no longer successfully complete the course. Can I re-enroll now?

If you have been de-registered due to a final failed examination that is subject to the statutory regulation, you will receive a new notification from the examination board after the removal of the final failed examination from the AGNES, which cancels the notification of the final failed examination. Afterwards, the de-registration notice will also be canceled and you will be re-enrolled after paying any necessary fees and contributions. A separate application is not required. The Humboldt-Universität implements the statutory regulation ex officio.

I passed an exam, but I am not satisfied with the result. Can I repeat the exam?

The legal regulation only applies to exams that are attributable to the 2020 summer semester, the 2020/21 winter semester and the 2021 summer semester and are not passed. It is not possible to repeat the examination for the purpose of improving grades. This does not affect the implementation of a counter-presentation procedure if you want to raise objections to decisions relating to course work and examinations.

I want to register for an exam, but it will be my last attempt to retake that exam. Do I have to undergo mandatory examination advice beforehand even if the examination is deemed not to have been taken if I fail?

The legal regulation only applies to examinations that are assigned to the 2020 summer semester, the 2020/21 winter semester and the 2021 summer semester and have not been or will not be passed. Since it is not yet known at the time of registration for the exam whether you will fail the exam, it is not yet clear whether the exam will be subject to the statutory regulations. You must therefore undergo the mandatory examination advice beforehand or declare in writing that you do not wish to receive advice to the examination office.

I failed an exam due to attempted cheating. Is this check also deemed not to have been taken?

No, the examination is not subject to the new regulation of § 126b BerlHG. The purpose of the regulation is to compensate for disadvantages for students who were restricted in their preparation for exams due to the pandemic. In the case of exams that are rated as failed due to attempts at cheating, it is not the pandemic-related disadvantages in exam preparation that are the cause of the failure, but the deception.

I failed an exam because I did not show up for the exam without excuse. Is this check also deemed not to have been taken?

No, the examination is not subject to the new regulation of § 126b BerlHG. The assessment as "failed" is based on the unexcused absence and cannot be attributed to restrictions in the course of study due to pandemic. You should have withdrawn from the examination registration in due time or immediately, usually no later than the third working day after the examination date, in writing to declare your withdrawal from the examination and substantiate an important reason for withdrawal.

I failed an exam because I missed the deadline for submitting my written thesis. Is this check also deemed not to have been taken?

No, the examination is not subject to the new regulation of § 126b BerlHG. The assessment as "failed" is based on the failure to meet the deadline and cannot be attributed to restrictions in the course of study due to pandemics. You should have withdrawn from the examination registration in due time or immediately, usually no later than the third working day after the submission deadline, in writing to withdraw from the examination and substantiate an important reason for withdrawal or submit an application for an extension.

Due to the renewed lockdown, I can no longer take my child to daycare / school. Since emergency care was also refused, I now hardly have any time to write my term paper / thesis and will probably not be able to meet the deadline. What should I do now?

At the Humboldt-Universität, the deadlines for written theses, term papers and other written work in the context of bachelor's and master's degree programs are retrospectively suspended from January 4, 2021 to May 31, 2021. This means that from June 1, 2021, students will still have exactly the processing time they had on January 4. If students have registered their written work after January 4, 2021, they will still have the full processing time from June 1, 2021. At the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the deadlines for written theses and term papers in the context of bachelor's and master's courses are suspended until March 31, 2021 with retroactive effect from January 4, 2021. The faculties are currently in the process of taking appropriate resolutions.

For periods beyond this, please submit an application for compensation for disadvantages, as far as it is a study achievement, to the responsible lecturer, as far as it is an examination, to the responsible examination board. Justify your application accordingly and enclose appropriate evidence. You can also make a suggestion in the application as to how the disadvantage can be compensated, e.g. by extending the processing time. Section 109 of the interdisciplinary statutes regulating admission, studies and examinations at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (ZSP-HU) provide further details.


Student counseling

Do the contact consultation hours take place?

Contact consultation hours in all areas will be discontinued and replaced by alternative forms (telephone consultation hours or online advice).

More information about online and telephone consultation hours

Can I contact the HU Student Advisory Service with questions about my studies?

The Compass hotline can be reached by telephone on 030 2093-70333 and via email. In view of the restricted operation, the responsible department is not fully operational, so that our service is not available at the usual pace.

Where can I find out about offers of help and contact points for mental health problems?

For many students, the current situation is an exceptional situation that has never been seen before. Prohibition of contact, physical distance, quarantine and digital study represent additional burdens. In order to support you during this time, the Humboldt University offers various help and support services:

Where can I find out about offers of help and contact points on domestic violence in times of Corona?

Domestic violence is also a problem outside of pandemic times. However, in times of curfews and contact bans, those affected can no longer evade the violent person and only have limited contact with caregivers. In the Corona crisis, your own home is not a safe place for everyone!

The central women's representative at HU provides information on contact points and offers of help on its website (PDF).


Campus card

How do newly enrolled students get their campus card (including semester ticket) for the summer semester 2021?

You can get the Campus Card at one of the issuing machines. Please follow the relevant instructions at https://www.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/bewerbung/imma/campus-card-haeufige-fragen. Here it is imperative required, one beforehand binding To book an appointment.

Please use the online appointment selection via AGNES and note the following:

  • The machines in the Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum and in the main building of the university can be used Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • In the Erwin Schrödinger Center, the devices can be used Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • It is not possible to use the devices without an appointment.
  • You can only enter the building with proof of the booked appointment. You will receive this directly after selecting the date and then at any time under the above link after registering with your student HU account. Please have the proof with you in printed form or in electronic form.
  • Please leave the building immediately after updating your campus card.
  • Please wear an FFP2 mask or a mask of comparable standards (KN95 / N95 / KF94) in the building and pay attention to the signs and the mandatory minimum distance of 1.5 m.

If you have technical problems, please send an email to [email protected]

What do I have to consider if I want to update my Campus Card for the summer semester 2021?

You can update your campus card at one of the validation machines. Please follow the relevant instructions at https://www.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/bewerbung/imma/campus-card-haeufige-fragen. Here it is imperative required, one beforehand binding To book an appointment.

Please use the online appointment selection via AGNES and note the following:

  • The machines in the Jacob-und-Wilhem-Grimm-Zentrum and in the main building of the university can be used Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • In the Erwin Schrödinger Center, the devices can be used Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • It is not possible to use the devices without an appointment or outside of the booked time window.
  • You can only enter the building with proof of the booked appointment. You will receive this directly after selecting the date and then at any time under the above link after registering with your student HU account. Please have the proof with you in printed form or in electronic form.
  • Please leave the building immediately after updating your campus card.
  • Please wear mouth and nose protection (everyday masks) in the building and pay attention to the signs and the mandatory minimum distance of 1.5 m.

If you have technical problems, please send an email to [email protected]


financing

I have questions about student finance during the corona pandemic. Whom can I contact?

The Studierendenwerk Berlin advises students on questions of financing their studies. Initial information on this and contact options can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk Berlin.

The Referent_innenrat (RefRat) offers BAföG and student finance advice via email at [email protected]

The social counseling service Franz-Mehring-Platz of the Studierendenwerk Berlin advises students and prospective students at the Humboldt University.

I am receiving BAföG benefits and have to present proof of performance in order to continue receiving funding. Due to the limited teaching and examination operations, however, I cannot provide evidence of all the necessary achievements.

With the introduction of an individual standard period of study that deviates from the standard period of study and is extended by one semester, the deadline for submitting the performance record and the maximum funding period are also extended.

What is the "Fund for Participation in the Online Campus" (technology fund) and how can funds be applied for from it?

The "Fund for participation in the online campus" (technology fund). This supports students and lecturers in participating in the digital semester by promoting the acquisition of hardware and software as well as workplace equipment. Applicants have the option of receiving 200, 400 or 500 euros as required. Applications can only be submitted online. All information and information about the online portal can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk Berlin.


What is the "grant to start or finish your studies" and how can you apply for funds from it?

The fund will start on January 11, 2021 "Grant for starting or completing studies". This fund supports students in the particularly sensitive phase of starting or completing their studies. Applicants have the option of receiving a flat-rate grant of 1,000 euros. Applications can only be submitted online. All information and the link to the online portal can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk Berlin.


University library

Which services of the university library are currently available? Can i borrow books?

Scientific libraries are only allowed to offer online services and loan operations until May 31, 2021.

For more information and opening times, please refer to the university library's website, which is continuously updated.


Access to buildings and facilities of the university

How do I get to the main building of the Humboldt University?

As of November 1, 2020, the buildings will be open from Monday to Friday, usually between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Site-specific deviations are made in coordination with the respective users: inside the property.

Access is fundamentally unauthorized only for members of the university * allowed. The university will not be opened to the general public.

The guards and security staff randomly check the reason for the presence.

In order to take part in face-to-face activities, students have access to the buildings. Access to the main building of the Humboldt University is via the entrance in the back courtyard (Dorotheenstrasse 18-20).

* Researchers, lecturers, employees and students at the Humboldt University in Berlin

Which buildings of the Humboldt-Universität are closed to the public?

All buildings of the Humboldt University are closed to the public.

Can I go to eat in the cafeteria again?

No, due to the current infection rate, the canteens will remain closed until further notice.

Further information can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk.

Do the university sports courses take place?

Courses are only offered in online formats. The current variety of courses can be found on the university sports website.

Do the language center courses take place?

Yes. The courses offered at the language center will again take place digitally as far as possible.

Are there any public events?

No public events in presence (e.g. as part of the Children's University, Berlin Science Week, Kosmos reading, etc.) are permitted until the end of the year.

Internal university events such as project meetings (e.g. PIs of a SFB), colloquia, etc. are possible in certified rooms. Approval is the responsibility of the dean's office. The applicable distance and hygiene regulations must be adhered to.

Are the ensembles of "Musik an der HU" rehearsing?

Choir and orchestra rehearsals as well as concerts by the ensembles of "Musik an der Humboldt-Universität" are currently not possible.


Studying in and from high-risk areas

Are study and research stays abroad still approved?

(is currently being updated)

Who can students and visiting researchers from risk areas contact?

The International Office supports students, doctoral candidates and visiting researchers from risk areas who are concerned about the well-being of their family members. Those affected can turn to the following contact persons with questions and problems:

Can students and guests from risk areas come to the Humboldt-Universität at the moment?

(is currently being updated)


More questions and answers

Does the PRstudB continue to process applications in restricted operations?

The staff council for student employees continues its business as normal. This means that all cases sent by the HR department (Human Resources Department) are processed.

Contact: [email protected]

Monday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on 0151 1699 7645 (SHK advice) Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. on 0151 1554 6166 (SHK advice)

More information can be found here:
https://vertretungen.hu-berlin.de/de/prstudb

Information for students with care obligations

Students with care obligations (e.g. looking after children or caring for relatives) can find "Corona information for families" here:
https://www.familienbuero.hu-berlin.de/de/corona-informationen-fuer-familien

Information on the compatibility of studying and family

Further information on the compatibility of studying and family can be found here:
https://www.familienbuero.hu-berlin.de/de/themen-und-informationen/studieren-mit-kind

In addition, the family office is happy to advise you if you have any questions by phone on 030 2093 20015 or by e-mail to [email protected]