Information about studying during Covid-19
We at the Karls believe education is important – but in times like these, your health and safety are and will remain our top priority.
Whilst we want to work towards slowly returning back to normality, it is our responsibility to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and enforce appropriate safeguarding measures to all students, staff and professors at our institution.
Please read the important information below which applies to our applicants, full-time students, and employees at Karlshochschule.
- The Karlshochschule is reachable via our service desk number +49 721 480950 all year long, Monday to Friday from 08:30 am to 05:00 pm CET or via e-mail: info(at)karlshochschule.de
- Temporary online classes are ONLY if you do NOT get a visa in time for start of term or if there are others restrictions due to Covid-19 – which mostly refers to the international students or people in quarantine.
- Exchange students: Online classes will be offered to ERASMUS and non-ERASMUS exchange students who cannot attend due to COVID-19 related restrictions. Please consult the International Office for more information.
!The regulations of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs have changed and in-person teaching is now possible! In the fall we are offering in-person classes!
For the fall semester, the deadline for Bachelor applications are as follows: July 15 for non-EU applicants (possibly later by individual arrangement) and September 15 for EU applicants. The deadline for Master applications is August 15th for non-EU applicants (possibly later by individual arrangement) and September 30 for EU applicants. Please apply via the website only.
Studies for Internationals
- International students can take part in the temporary online classes, if they have a problem with their visa.
- As soon as you have a visa, attendance in Karlsruhe is required.
- The Karlshochschule has made the decision to continue with face-to-face teaching from Winter Semester onwards. If your current country of residence has restrictions or is considered a risk area according to the German Government - you are still allowed entry to Germany even if there are restrictions in place (as of August 6th). In such a case, you will need a special document from the Karlshochschule that outlines our mandatory presence, face-to-face teaching - which can be issued to you after the signing of your study contract and payment of your first deposit. Please inform our Admissions team should you require this document.
- General information about public life and social distancing in Germany
- How do the temporary online classes work? Since March 2020, we have been using MS Teams for our online classes. You will receive details at a later date or directly from your professors.
- General questions about study life during a pandemic
Covid-19 guidelines at Karlshochschule
- Data collection: Everyone has to register upon entry of the university. You can register at the Service Desk and at the library though a form, or you can use the QR-code which is attached to the Service Desk. Conforming to these regulations, the data is destroyed after 14 days.
- Proof of negative test (not older than 24 hours), certificate of vaccination or recovery is required to attend the in-person classes. Karlshochschule offers self-testing inroom #105. For vaccination appointments contact your doctor directly, use the vaccination service and look for vaccination campaigns on https://www.dranbleiben-bw.de/. In addition, the university itself offers assistance to its students and employees in finding vaccination appointments. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need support.
- Library: Information about library use
- Face masks: you consistently wear masks over mouth and nose inside and outside the classrooms. Exceptions are mainly exams and face-to-face lectures in compliance with the minimum distance.
- Disinfection: The university provides disinfectant stations around the entrances, the lavatories, and in the hallways around campus.
- Distance: There are mandatory distance regulations of at least 1.5 meters that apply to the entire university campus (library, classrooms, break areas, Service Desk, etc.) - inside and outside the classrooms
- You maintain the air ventilation in the classrooms (at least 2 open windows with a ventilator facing outwards and the door as open as possible
- The aerosol filters in the rooms are operated continuously
- One-way street operation is maintained
- There is no mixing between the groups and keep your same seat during the lecture.
Current legal situation in Germany
- Prevention: “What is the DHM formula (in German: AHA formula)? A daily life with less infection and more consideration means following the DHM formula. Distance, Hygiene, Masks.
- Keeping a distance: Keep at least 1.5 meters 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.
- A generally helpful website is theRobert Koch Institut (RKI). Particularly interesting for you might be the reports, for example, the one from August 8.
- For all other questions we do not cover in this summary, you can check out the Coronavirus FAQs and information regarding Covid-19 in Germany from the ministry.
- Summary for the entry of Germany:
- Persons entering Germany who have been in a high-incidence area or an area of variants of concern in the 10 previous days must quarantine themselves for up to 14 days (i.e., stay at home, leave home as little as possible). The details of the quarantine duration and a possible shortening at: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/einreise-sms/entry-sms.html
- Depending on the entry from not a simple basic risk area, a high-incidence area or an area of variants of concern, proof of negative test, certificate of recovery or vaccination requested will vary. More at https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/einreise-sms/entry-sms.html
- In Germany, vaccinations with one or more vaccines listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute are accepted as proof. Students whose vaccination outside the EU is not listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute often have to present other proof such as a negative test. With a certain time interval and with the agreement of the vaccinator, a vaccination permitted in Germany can be given afterwards.
- Transit trough Germany from an area of variants of concern is not possible. In other cases, transit is possible even without quarantine.
- Those who enter Germany, need to register at the local public health department or police department.
- The risk areas mentioned above: The list is constantly updated, you can find it here.
- TIP:Digital Registration on Entry
- Where can I get tested for Covid-19?
- For more detailed information visit the Federal Ministry
- For people, who are not travelling to Germany from a risk area, require a negative test, a certificate of recovery or vaccination.
- Depending on the entry from a high-incidence area or an area of variants of concern, proof of negative test, certificate of recovery or vaccination requested will vary. More at https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/einreise-sms/entry-sms.html
- Airports have special wards for people of entry, there will be information signs all around the airport. Furthermore, the staff in your plane should inform you about your obligation (or not) to get tested.
- If you are not arriving via plane, then call the hotline 116 117 – they will be able to show you to the next physician or doctor that administers such tests.
- Important: please keep hold of your boarding pass, or train ticket, etc. You will probably have to assure, that you just entered Germany, and when.
- Info sheet for persons entering Germany
- Current situation in Baden-Württemberg (federal state of Karlsruhe) - current numbers (updated every day)
Mental Health Service
If you are a student at the Karlshochschule and want emotional support, here is the contact information for our mental health services:
Psychologist and coach Juliane Hoss focuses on the intersection of mental health and career planning. You can contact her directly via jhoss(at)karlshochschule.org or send a message via MS Teams to book a first session. On Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m. CET she has office hours, where you can write to her spontaneously on MS Teams.
Our colleague Prof. Ella Roininen is specialized in gender, diversity and inclusion, mental and emotional well-being, as well as self-empowerment. For support please contact via email at eroininen(at)karlshochschule.org.