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
- According to the current information and advice provided by the Ministry of Education Baden-Württemberg, the Winter Semester 2020 / 2021 begins as usual, with “physical” classes (last revised: August 6, 2020).
- Orientation week: from September 21 to September 25
- Start of term: September 28, 2020
- 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.
- Applications for the winter semester 2020/21 are accepted until the start/mid- October. The application process was delayed due to Covid-19. Please submit your application through the website, since other application portals have reached their deadline.
- As of August 6th, Karlshochschule International University is still planning on holding courses that mainly consist of a face-to-face teaching with a blend of online learning. This means that physical presence within the campus for lectures is mandatory.
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 about the Winter Semester 2020/2021 by your professors in time.
- General questions about study life during a pandemic
Covid-19 guidelines at Karlshochschule
- Data collection: Until September 30, 2020, 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.
- Library: Information about library use
- Face masks: According to the update of the “Corona Verordnung” (COVID-19 regulations) from August 6, it will be mandatory for all educational institutions, as of September 14, to enforce the use of protective face masks everywhere in campus buildings at all times - except in classrooms.
- Disinfection: The university provides disinfectant stations around the entrances, the lavatories, and in the hallways around campus.
- 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.
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 metres 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:
- People, who enter Germany and have been in a risk area in the 14 prior days, will have to isolate themselves for 14 days – meaning that you will have to go straight to your accommodation, and quarantine yourself there for two weeks.
- Exceptions to that rule:
1. People who are only in passage.
2. People with a doctor’s certificate stating a COVID-19 test has already been conducted with a negative result. This test must be no more than 48 hours old, otherwise this exception no longer applies. Furthermore, the test must have been conducted in a country from the EU, OR a country with similar quality standards. It has to be in either German or English. Alternatively, you can also conduct a test after entry on your location of arrival, or at your location of accommodation. Also: Please, keep the certificate or test results for at least two weeks! In case of inquiry, it must be shown at the public health department. More information
- Those who enter Germany, need to register at the local public health department or police department.
- The above-mentionedrisk areas from August 7.
- Where can I get tested for Covid-19?
- For more detailed information visit the Federal Ministry
- You are obligated to take a COVID-19 test if you enter Germany from a risk area. A list of those is offered by the RKI (see above). You will have to test in the first 14 days after entry.
- For people, who are not travelling to Germany from a risk area, as for such who have, the tests are free for the first 72 hours, the usual price is around 40 €.
- 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.
- Current situation in Baden-Württemberg (federal state of Karlsruhe) - current numbers (updated every day)