COVID-19 Updates

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

At IGC we are committed to making an inclusive, innovative, and impactful education available through on-site learning. It is our ambition to return to classroom teaching as soon as possible, we hope to start the winter semester in presence.

Pending the pandemic, occasional meetings on campus may take place, whilst students from abroad and within Germany continue to study online or through hybrid learning methods. It is our mission to continue to create effective online environments, to identify opportunities to embed learning experiences for our students that blend face-to-face and digital learning. Even if we cannot presently meet on campus or in the classroom, it is still possible for students, in Germany and from abroad, to pursue their academic aspirations and remain in Germany with a visa after graduation according to visa regulations.

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?

Areas that are currently classified as risk areas, areas of variants of concern or high-incidence areas are listed on the following page of the Robert Koch Institute.

Will examinations still take place?

Please get in contact with your course coordinator to check on the current situation regarding exams

How are open office hours (study guidance, legal office) dealt with?
  • Open office hours will no longer be available with immediate effect.
  • Please use the opportunity to ask your questions by e-mail.
  • It is still possible to make separate appointments.
What access rules apply to the university buildings?
  • To keep the number of people inside the HSB buildings to a minimum, the entrance rules to the  buildings have been re-defined. 
  • The IGC building will remain closed.
  • To find out from where you might enter the other university buildings, please see the HSB Corona FAQ.

         Rules for entering the university buildings:

  • Please disinfect your hands when you enter the building -  disinfectant dispensers will be at your disposal in the entrances of each building.
  • Please note that markings on the floor will indicate the walking direction. Also, pay attentation to the information signs - especially if using the elevators.
  • Students and guests who will be attending a scheduled lecture on campus must wear a face mask at all times when moving inside the building. They may stay insided the building only for the planned period of time.
  • All students, employees and guests must document their stay inside the HSB buildings so that the HSB will be able to track infection chains, if necessary.
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.

    For Android (Google Play Store)/ for iPhones (App Store Apple)

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?

Yes, please visit the website of the university library for further information.

FAQs for prospective students who plan to start a program in fall

Will the MBA and Master programs start in fall?

Yes. All full-time programs will start in fall. We plan to start classes on-site. However, in case you cannot obtain your visa in time we will offer to join the programs online.

How is the current situation with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany?

On the following websites you can find information on the current COVID-19 situation in Germany:

What happens if I get sick in Germany?

Germany has one of the best health systems in the world. However you need to get a health insurance for your trip abroad and your studies before you arrive.

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

When can I get a COVID-19 vaccination?

It is hard to predict when you will get an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination. The federal German government repealed the prioritization on June 7. That means, all residents who fulfill the requirements (German health insurance and certificate of registration), can register on the waiting list for a COVID-19 vaccination.

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:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-entering-germany.html

My country is a high-incidence area. Can I enter Germany?

Please check the website of the Federal Foreign Office for information on travel restrictions to Germany: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus

Is the application process at your university affected by the current coronavirus crisis?

No, the application process is not affected by the current coronavirus crisis.

Will my application still be reviewed and processed during the current COVID-19 pandemic? I have read that all universities in Bremen are closed.

Yes. Your application will be reviewed as usual. If you are awaiting a decision from us about your application, be assured that our admissions team is working diligently to provide a response.

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?

•    You will receive your admission letter by e-mail.
•    At the same time the admission letter is being sent out by mail.
•    You will receive many more information with your admission letter, e.g. how to prepare for a visa appointment or how to secure your place of study.

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

I wanted to start my studies in Germany last year already, now my visa has expired. Do I have to apply for a new visa now?

Yes, you have to apply for a new visa. The visa you’d got last year was only valid for three month.These visas are issued in order for you to register at Hochschule Bremen and start the application for residence in Germany. If the period of three month has been exceeded, you have to apply for a new visa.

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

I took an IELTS test this year in my home country or abroad but my certificate has not been issued to me yet. Can the university contact IELTS for this information?

The univesity doesn't offer this service.

Is the university able to provide me with an English test instead of me having to present an acceptable testing score?

The Hochschule Bremen does not offer this service.

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.

What is the latest arrival date to enter the study program?

We will offer online solutions for those of you who might not be able to travel to Germany in time. Your program coordinator will provide you with information in detail.