1. General information regarding studies

Following the urgent recommendation of the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK), the Rectorate of FIT Hermannsburg has decided: 

  • The Start of Lectures in Summer Semester 2020 was postponed from April 14th 2020 to April 20th 2020. As a result, all courses on Campus of FIT scheduled until April 19, 2020, including the block seminars planned for the beginning of April 2020, had to be cancelled.
  • The following applies for the period from 20.04.2020:
    Until further notice, teaching in classroom form is suspended. NO PRESENCE EVENTS such as lectures or seminars are offered ON FIT PREMISES. Instead, all courses are held digitally (Online Teaching via MA Teams). For futher information, please see below, point 2.
  • At present it is not possible to predict, on which date and to what extent teaching can be resumed on campus again. You will be notified as soon as it is clear from what date classroom teaching at FIT will begin again. 
  • The FIT tries to keep the disadvantages for the students as low as possible. This applies to the cancellation of courses as well as to the cancellation of examination dates. Corresponding offers are currently being developed and will be communicated as soon as reliable planning is possible.
  • Information regarding courses and exams in the summer semester 2020 will be announced on the FIT homepage, in office 365 and via emails to the student addresses (FIT account). Information and instructions regarding the repetition of examinations scheduled for the beginning of April 2020 will be given to the students concerned by email in due course.
  • Students are responsible for keeping up to date on changes and new developments via FIT Homepage, Office 365, and emails on their FIT account.
  • No access to the public buildings on campus:
    According to the general disposition of the administrative district Celle, all public areas of the FIT (administration building [house 1], the teaching building) are closed to the public.
  • For the possibilities of using the FIT library, please check here: Library
  • Contact to / Service of FIT Staff:
    Until further notice, FIT Staff will not be available in their offices during the otherwise valid opening hours - but we are still there for you. Contact via e-mail and telephone will be maintained as far as possible.
  • In case of questions, worries, urgent concerns or health problems, please contact the student secretariat or the university management via e-mail or by telephone. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Please, understand that due to the current situation not all inquiries can be processed immediately and to the usual extent.
  • Return to FIT Campus:
    Please do not plan your journey to FIT until you have been informed by what date the attendance courses can be started in the summer semester.
    Important for our planning: Please inform the student secretariat as soon as possible by phone or email (d.rueckert@fh-hermannsburg.de) where you are staying now and when you intend to return to  to FIT.
    For further important information regarding your return to FIT Campus please see below,  point 6 and 7.
  • Wearing of mouth-nose masks:
    From 27 April 2020, it is compulsory to all users of public transport (buses, trains and taxis) and all customers of shops to wear a mouth-nose mask. For details please see below, point 4.
  • The lecture period of the Winter Semester 2020/21 starts on 02.11.2020.

Online Teaching in times of Corona

To counteract the spread of Covid-19 virus, for the time being there will be NO CLASSROOM TEACHING IN THE PREMISES OF FIT such as lectures or seminars. Since April 20, the courses are held online/via digital instruments and channels. Modules, lectures and seminars are held through a programme called MS Teams, which is part of the student`s Office 365. Your lecturer has already invited all students to the various study groups and provided everybode with further information and instructions on how to use the program. If you have technical problems, please contact your lecturer.

Students are expected to have a regular online presence. The study material is placed online and is accessible through specific channels on your MS Team platform.

Please, check FIT Homepage, Office 365 and your email account for further information on a daily basis. All current information is provided in English as well as in German.

3. Important rules of conduct and hygiene instructions (status 10.07.2020)

a) Rules of Conduct

  • In spite of all loosening, all persons are still encouraged to
    to reduce contacts with other people who are not members of their own household to a necessary minimum.
  • In public places, including public transport and its waiting areas, a minimum distance of 1.5 m (during physical and sporting activities outdoors 2.00 m) must be maintained wherever possible. This does not apply to persons from one's own household or from another household or a group of no more than 10 persons.
  • Meetings and gatherings in public areas may not comprise more than 10 persons; more than 10 persons are permitted if the meetings and gatherings consist of relatives or if the persons involved belong to one or more other households.

Violations constitute an administrative offence and may be subject to a fine. 

  • Further recommendation: Air the room in which you are staying regularly to reduce the concentration of viruses in the air.

b) Hygiene instructions:

Protection against the corona virus follows general recommendations on influenza and other respiratory diseases. It is important to ollow rules with regard to coughing and sneezing:

  • Observing the rules of coughing and sneezing:
    When coughing and sneezing, keep your distance and turn away; hold the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose or use a handkerchief that you should dispose immediately (respiratory hygiene).
  • Practice a good hand hygiene:
    Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (min. 20 seconds) and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Refrain from shaking hands, huggings and close body contact.
  • Keep a distance to sick people (about 1,5 to 2 meters)

For detailed hygiene instructions (in English) from Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) and other institutions, please check the links in the Infobox on the right.

4. Masks compulsory in shops and public transport:

  • According to the regulation of the state of Lower Saxony in the version valid from 27 April 2020, the following applies:
    It is compulsory to cover nose and mouth with an ordinary (non-medical) mask when using public transport (bus, train, taxi). It is also compulsory to cover nose and mouth when in shops.
    Please note: Violation of this obligation is an administrative offence and may result in a fine. The same applies in almost all federal states in Gerany.
  • Rector Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer presented the students currently on campus with appropriate mouth-nose-masks  sewn by Prof. Dr. Drea Fröchtling. Many thanks to Prof. Fröchtling for this great support!

6. Information for students who are planning a trip abroad or are currently abroad (as of 10.07.2020)

a) WARNING AGAINST TRAVELLING ABROAD:

  • Because of the spread of COVID-19, in many countries there are still strict or drastic restrictions on international air travel or tourism, entry restrictions, quarantine measures or restrictions to public life. Changes to entry and quarantine regulations are sometimes made without prior notice and with immediate effect. Some countries have imposed entry bans or special controls on certain groups of people or flights from certain regions or require a negative PCR test result for entry. In some cases this also affects travellers from Germany.

  • People are strongly advised by The Federal Foreign Office to avoid non-essential travel abroad for tourism purposes. Excluded from this warning are trips to the following countries:
    (1) The Member States of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden*, Republic of Cyprus)
    (2) Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway*, Switzerland),
    (3) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City State.
  • The travel warning is in place for all other countries until end of August for the time beeing. Exceptions for different countries may be made before this date if the overall situation regarding the travel and safety of travelers allows for this.
  • The following also applies to countries that are excluded from the travel warning: there, too, entry restrictions or quarantine orders may still apply (e.g. currently for travel to the United Kingdom).
    Travellers should therefore generally inform themselves before departure
    - at the embassy or consulate of your country of travel in Germany about the travel and safety instructions and the situation in your country of travel
    - as well as to the authorities of their federal state about possible quarantine regulations on return.

b) ENTRY TO GERMANY

(1) Restrictions on entry:

In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, extensive entry restrictions at Germany`s external Schengen borders have been imposed. This also applies to international air and sea traffic for travel connections starting outside the European Union.

The basic rule is:

  • There are no entry restrictions for German citizens; they may enter Germany.
  • Travellers with another nationality may only enter Germany if they have an important function or their trip is absolutely necessary. If possible, appropriate proof of this should be available.

Exceptions:

  • EU citzens and nationals of the United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland and the members of their immediate family (spouse, minor unmarried children, parents of minors) are exempted from the travel restrictions.

  • The same applies to third-country nationals with a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their immediate family.

  • Persons from certain third countries for whom the entry restrictions have been lifted (the decisive factor is the previous place of residence of the travellers, not their nationality). These are currently Australia, Georgia, Canada, Montenegro, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
    This list of countries is to be regularly updated. 

  • If there exists an imperative need for entry into Germany; this includes foreign students whose course of study is not fully possible from abroad,

(2) Mandatory quarantine for traveller

  • Persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany by land, sea or air from any country or region outside of the Federal Republic of Germany and who have spent time in a risk area,at any time within the 14 days prior to entering Germany, are required to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
    Classification as a risk area is carried out by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Homeland Affairs and is published here by the Robert Koch Institute:
    https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

    Persons entering the country from risk areas are required to proceed directly to their own home, or other suitable accommodation, immediately after their arrival and remain there exclusively for a period of 14 days after their entry into the country (‘quarantine’). During this period they are not allowed to receive visits from persons who do not belong to their own household. They are obliged to contact the competent authority at their domicile/place of residencein the Federal Republic of Germany (usually the local health office –Gesundheitsamt) without delay. The competent authority must also be informed if coronary artery disease symptoms occur.
  • Excluded from these regulations are only such persons who are who are only transiting through the Federal Republic of Germany and display no symptoms of a COVID-19 infection or who can prove, by means of a medical certificate,that they tested negative for an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 within 48 hours before entering the country.The medical certificate must be based on a test conducted in a Member State of the European Union or another country listed by the Robert Koch Institute at https://www.rki.de/covid-19-.tests 
    Further information on the molecular biological test and a list of recognized states can be found here: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Tests.html
  • Please also check the website of the State of Lower Saxony to find out what the entry regulations actually look like at the time of your entry.

7. Entry and return of students for WS 2020/2021

In accordance with the currently valid regulations, the following applies to students entering or returning to the campus for WS 2020/2021:

  • If you enter Lower Saxony from abroad by land, sea or air and have spent time in a risk area (see https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html ) at any time within 14 days before your entry, you are required to go into domestic quarantine for 14 days immediately after your entry (for an exception to this quarantine obligation in the case of a recognised medical certificate, see 6 b above). During this period you are not allowed to receive visits from persons who do not belong to your own household. 
    The Student Secretariat will assist you in implementing this quarantine obligation.
  • Students entering from a risk area are also required to contact the public health office (Gesundheitsamt) in Celle without delay. The student secretariat can also help you with this.
  • You are also obliged to inform the public health office immediately in the event of the occurrence of symptoms indicating illness with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2.
  • It follows from the applicable rules that all students arriving from risk areas in the winter semester 2020/2021 must enter quarantine in good time before the start of lectures (02.11.2020).

    PLEASE NOTE:
    In order to ensure that the quarantine is completed by the start of lectures, all students entering from risk areas must arrive on campus between October 1 and 16, 2020. Students arriving after 16 October 2020 will unfortunately not be able to start their studies in WS 2020/2021!

  • Please consider the following when planning your travel:
    A quarantine due to a corona infection or suspected infection on the FIT campus would not only affect you personally, but could possibly spread to the entire university community. Only the responsible behaviour of one and all can prevent this for the university community.

8. If coronary symptoms occur or there is a suspicion of a corona infection:

If you show typical corona symptoms ((cough, colds, sore/itchy throat, and fever, possibly diarrhoea)) or assume that you have been infected with the virus, please

  • DO NOT visit your doctor's surgery,
  • but contact your doctor by telephone.
  • If he or she is not available, please call the emergency service of the health insurance company at 116 117.
  • Stay away from other people and follow the instructions of the doctor or emergency service.

If you are already on campus, also inform the Student Secretariat or the university management by phone or email; they will assist you.

Important note for incoming students from risk regions

  • According to the current pandemic regulations, which we assume will still apply in October 2020, all incoming students from risk areas in the winter semester 2020-2021 have to go in quarantine for at least 14 days after their arrival in Germany.
  • In order to ensure that all students can be released from quarantine by 30 October, all students concerned must arrive at FIT Hermannsburg within the time frame 01 to 16 October. Later arrivals can not be accepted.
  • Students who arrive from a risk area after 16 October 2020 will unfortunately not be able to start or continue their studies for WS 2020/2021!
  • For the duration of the quarantine period you are not allowed to leave your accommodation, not even to go shopping. For this purpose FIT will provide the affected students with meals and basic groceries. A financial contribution of 220,00 EUR will be charged for this service.
  • Please make sure that you bring important things like medication, toiletries, clothing etc. in sufficient quantity.
  • Please inform yourself about risk areas on the website of the Robert Koch Institute:
    https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html