The winter semester 2021/2022 has started with face-to-face teaching. We hope the current pandemic will continue to allow for in-person attendance at classes. That being said, anyone who is unable to come to Bremen will still be able to attend all classes digitally. All of our lecture rooms are equipped with the appropriate technology.
Since it can be assumed that face-to-face teaching may be subject to restrictions for a longer period of time, we are also currently working on further online events and digital activities.
Vaccination offers for international students
What vaccination options are available for international students in Bremen who have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not licensed in the EU?
We recommend to travel to Bremen first. After quarantine, there is the possibility to take a Covid-19 test at any test center in Germany. The test is free of charge for international students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine not approved in the EU. It is also free for students who have already received the first of two vaccinations.
After that, you should make an appointment with the ISA team (email@example.com) to arrange the most important things like registration in the city, health insurance and enrollment.
Note: You can enter the IGC and all other HSB buildings only according the 3G principle (negative test not older than 24 hours, proof of vaccination, proof of recovery).
How do I participate in "Mobile Vaccination"?
We recommend to check out the mobile vaccination bus – the easiest way to vaccination. Here you can get vaccinated free of charge and without appointment. If possible, bring your previous vaccination certificate and, as a precaution, documents proving that you are or will be a student at HSB. Doctors on site will advise you and take care of you if you do not feel well after the vaccination. Ask the doctor to recommend the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for you, as this vaccine is fully effective after only one vaccination.
Click here for more information and the next dates of the vaccination bus.
FAQs for current students regarding the pandemic
What are the symptoms?
- An infection with the novel corona virus can lead to signs of illness such as fever and cough.
- Cold, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and headaches have also been reported.
- Some people suffer from nausea/vomiting and diarrhea.
- Various European studies also report an impairment of the sense of smell/taste
However, the course of the disease is unspecific, diverse and varies greatly. Therefore, no generally valid statements can be made about the "typical" course of the disease.
(Source: Federal Centre for Health Education)
Information on whether you may be affected and what to do can be found in the COVID-19 Orientation Guide for Citizens of the RKI
How can I protect myself?
- If you feel sick, please stay at home.
- Keep your distance of at least 1.5 meters to others.
- Wash your hands regularly and carefully.
- Cough or sneeze only into your arm bend or into a tissue.
- On campus, in the waiting areas in front of the entrances, while entering a university building, in the hall ways and inside the lecture rooms wearing a face mask is obligatory at all times.
- Avoid hand-shaking.
- Ventilate rooms regularly.
What do I do when I return from a high-incidence area?
How are open office hours (study guidance, legal office) dealt with?
What access rules apply to the university buildings?
- Access to the G+PS building is through the open Neustadtswall side entrance. The entrance is controlled by a security company with regard to the 3G rule.
- The open side entrance Neustadtswall is the only entrance/exit to be used, even during break times. Appropriate signage (no entrance/exit) is posted at the other entrance doors.
- Any kind of grouping in the building, such as in hallways and stairways, is to be avoided.
- To find out from where you might enter the other university buildings, please see the HSB Corona FAQ.
What do I do if I have had contact with a person infected with the corona virus?
- Stay at home and reduce the contact to others especially to people who are considered risk patients.
- To minimise the risk of infection, do not go directly to a doctor's office.
- Always contact your doctor by telefphone first to seek advice. Your doctor will give you further instructions.
- If you do not have a doctor yet or if you have general questions about Corona in Bremen, you may contact the Corona hotline at 0421 115.
- Outside regular consultation hours of your doctor, you may also contact the medical on-call service at 116 117.
Are you using the Corona warning app already? We strongly advise to download and use the Corona warning app that has been provided by the German federal government in order to track the infection chains.
Further information on whether you may be affected and what to do can be found in the COVID-19 Orientation Guide for Citizens of the RKI
Can I still borrow books from the libraries?
FAQs for prospective students who plan to start a program in fall
Will the MBA and Master programs start in fall?
How is the current situation with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany?
What happens if I get sick in Germany?
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccination in Germany?
Yes. However, to be added on the waiting list for a COVID-19 vaccination in Germany, you must provide a German health insurance (statutory or privat). Please note that the travel insurance you will have to aquire for your visa and the first three months in Germany is insufficient.
To provide a German health insurance, a registration certificate and a German bank account are required. Our ISA-Team will support you in setting these up as soon as you’re here in Bremen.
More information & FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccination can be found on the official page of the European Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/questions-and-answers-covid-19-vaccination-eu_en
What do I have to consider to enter Germany?
On the Website of the German Federal Ministry of Health you can find current information and FAQs about the entry to Germany, quarantine regulations and more:
My country is a high-incidence area. Can I enter Germany?
How long will it take for me to get admission?
• Every application is different and we will take a close look at all of your documents.
• We cannot provide you with an estimate of the length of the evaluation process, since the time it takes to assess each application depends on the quality of the submitted documents.
• You may be asked to turn in more specific information regarding your documents.
• In general, you will receive an automatic update on your application once a week.
• Please do not hesitate to contact your program coordinator if you have additional questions.
How will I get to know I have been admitted?
What happens after admission?
• After you have received your admission letter you will be asked to make a down payment of 1,000 euro to secure your place of study.
• You should make preparations for your visa appointment right away.
• Our ISA team will get in touch with you and will support you with your questions.
• Your program coordinator will invite you into a closed facebook group where you will receive more information about Germany, Bremen and studying at the IGC.
• You can ask all your questions within your facebook group. You willl also have the opportunity to ask alumni about what they think about Bremen and the IGC.
Should I apply for a visa right now?
When you’re planning to start your studies in fall in person on location, you must start the visa process as soon as you have received your letter of admission. Due to the special circumstances during the pandemic the visa process may take longer than usual. In case you cannot make it in time to Bremen for the start of your program, we will offer to join classes online in case you cannot make it in time to Bremen.
For more information on the visa process: https://www.graduatecenter.org/bewerbung/visa-beantragung.html
My local IELTS testing center is currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis. Can I apply for a study place at the university without a valid English language test?
• IELTS exams can be taken online. Please check here for more information: https://www.graduatecenter.org/en/application/requirements.html
• Please be aware that the university accepts a variety of English language tests. Please view our language requirements at: https://www.graduatecenter.org/en/application-page.html
Is the university able to provide me with an English test instead of me having to present an acceptable testing score?
Studies at my university have been postponed. Therefore, I expect my graduation also to be postponed. Will you still accept my application?
• We are not yet able to say how this will affect the admission decisions we make; however, we advise you to speak to your university as soon as you are able to determine if or when it will be possible for you to complete your studies and exams.
• We recognize that schools and colleges may experience disruption to teaching, coursework and examinations and we are monitoring the advice and guidance from awarding bodies.
• We have established processes in place for dealing with extenuating circumstances and as part of this we will be guided in our consideration by the advice given by awarding bodies.
• Please ask your university to contact our admissions team with information about the impact of the closure on your studies.