Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences

FAQ on the effects of the coronavirus at HSD

General information​

Do I have access to HSD?

Since 11 May 2020, students have been allowed to access HSD to participate in selected classes on campus for which permission was granted. Conditional on updated regulations by the supervisory authorities, we only grant permission for classes of a maximum of 20 people. Access is limited to the building(s) in which the authorised classes take place.
For more details on classes and examinations, please contact your faculty.

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Do I have to wear a mask, scarf or similar in HSD buildings to cover my nose and mouth?

We kindly ask everyone who is granted access to HSD buildings to cover their nose and mouth wearing a protective mask, community mask, scarf or similar on campus – even during sessions or examinations where participants have to keep the minimum distance. You have to make sure to bring your own mask, scarf or similar to be able to comply with current regulations.

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Regulations on minimum distance as well as health and safety measures at HSD

Permission for students and staff to access HSD buildings is conditional on adequate measures and suitable precautions regarding
• hygiene,
• access control,
• avoiding crowds,
• keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to others.

We provide disinfectant dispensers at suitable locations, e.g. near the main entrances of buildings, for regular hand disinfection. Cleaning intervals and general disinfection procedures are adjusted to suit the current situation.

We have equipped HSD services with acrylic glass shields for protection.
Sessions and examinations can only take place on campus if the following requirements are met:
• a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between all participants,
• access control,
• no queuing,
• planned seating arrangements keeping the minimum distance between participants,
• suitable hygienic measures.

In case the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be guaranteed and direct contact cannot be avoided, further measures need to be considered, such as:
• use of protective walls (e.g. acrylic glass shields between the participants’ workspaces)
• use of face shields
• use of a cloth covering nose and mouth or community masks.
(The order of this list reflects the importance and ranking of the measures)

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What else do I need to know if I want to access HSD buildings?

Access to HSD buildings is limited to those students who have to participate in selected on-campus sessions or need to go to the library.

You can access HSD buildings only via one entrance per building. This entrance is marked accordingly.

Before you enter, you need to show your student ID card to our security staff and specify the name of the course you want to attend, so that they can check if you are allowed to enter. The faculties will provide lists for each course naming the students eligible to attend.

Please make sure to arrive on time, but not too much in advance to avoid queues. Then go directly to the room where your class takes place. Please leave the building immediately once class is over.

You can use the underground parking area. However, you cannot enter the building directly from the underground parking area. (Only staff members who have a key are allowed to use those doors. Students need to enter the building via the main entrance on ground level.) To enter the parking area, you also have to show your student ID card and specify the name of the course you want to attend.

Please pay particular attention to the regulations on minimum distance and hygiene necessary to protect all of us and wear a mask, scarf or similar at HSD.


Opening hours
Access is currently only possible Mon–Fri 07:00–20:00. We will make a decision on opening hours at the weekend on short notice in consultation with the faculties.

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Is covering my mouth and nose in public an advisable measure to avoid further spread of the coronavirus?

A homemade, non-medical mouth and nose mask does not protect the wearer from becoming infected with coronavirus. This is why a mouth and nose mask should not be described as a “protective” mask. However, a non-medical mouth and nose mask can help to reduce the volume of droplets of saliva or respiratory secretions that reach other people when you breathe out, talk, sneeze or cough. At all times, even if you wear a mouth and nose mask: Keep at least 1.5 metres away from others, practice good hand hygiene and adhere to sneezing and coughing etiquette. As a general rule, Only FFP2 or FFP3 respirators (filtering face pieces) protect the wearer from infection with pathogens. Such respirators are intended solely for medical staff and not for private individuals. Please do not purchase such respirators for private use. In private circles, hand disinfectants are generally not necessary unless someone is infected with the novel coronavirus. Here, it is more important to wash your hands regularly with soap and to make sure that towels, toothbrushes, cutlery and the like are not shared with other family members or flatmates. Please adhere to the hygiene rules and practice the coughing and sneezing etiquette.

(Source: https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/en/inform/prevention/ on 28 May 2020)

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Together against coronavirus

The German Federal Ministry of Health provides reliable answers and concrete information on how to protect yourself and others: https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/en/.

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Aptitude tests

Do the aptitude tests at the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Design take place?

No. The aptitude tests for the summer semester 2020 were cancelled.

For further information, please contact your faculty at:

- Architecture ​corona.architektur@hs-duesseldorf.de
- ​Design corona.design@hs-duesseldorf.de

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Block Seminars

Do block seminars take place in the summer semester 2020?

No courses took place until 20 April 2020. To find out whether your block seminar will take place later or in a different format, please contact your faculty at:

- Architecture ​corona.architektur@hs-duesseldorf.de

- ​Design corona.design@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology ​corona.ei@hs-duesseldorf.de  

- Mechanical and Process Engineering corona.mv@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Media ​corona.medien@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Social Sciences and Cultural Studies ​corona.soz-kult@hs-duesseldorf.de  

- Business Studies​ corona.wirtschaftswissenschaften@hs-duesseldorf.de 

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Data protection and privacy

Information on data protection

For relevant information on data protection and privacy in the current situation, please check our German website.

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Degree certificates 

How do I receive my degree certificates if my graduation ceremony was cancelled?

We will send you your degree certificates by post.

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Examinations

Do my examinations take place?

Since 11 May 2020, students have been allowed to access HSD buildings to participate in selected classes and examinations on campus for which permission has been granted.
As long as examinations cannot take place on campus, they can be conducted in a digital format. In case an examination requires special conditions to protect the participants from an infection, it may be postponed to the following semester. The current situation should not have a negative impact on the completion of your studies.

For further information, please contact your faculty at:

- Architecture ​corona.architektur@hs-duesseldorf.de

- ​Design corona.design@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology ​corona.ei@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Mechanical and Process Engineering corona.mv@hs-duesseldorf.de or Faculty FAQ

- Media ​corona.medien@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Social Sciences and Cultural Studies ​corona.soz-kult@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Business Studies​ corona.wirtschaftswissenschaften@hs-duesseldorf.de

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Exchange students / semester abroad 

I am an exchange student from abroad during the summer semester 2020. Where do I get advice and support?

Feel free to get in touch with Dr. Monika Katz, Head of International Office, at monika.katz@hs-duesseldorf.de or +49 211 4351-8123.

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Is the Erasmus programme for incoming exchange students cancelled for the summer semester 2020?

No courses took place until 20 April 2020. Since then, courses have been conducted in a digital format. Since 11 May 2020, some classes for which exceptional permission was granted have been taking place on campus. Please get in touch with your faculty for more details.

For the coming winter semester, we hope to be able to offer the Erasmus programme without restrictions.

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Practical Trainings

I have completed an internship and written my internship report. How can I submit my report?

Please send your internship report by post to the dean’s office of your faculty. The postmark defines the date of submission.

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I have to do an external internship as part of my studies. What happens if the institution/company closes down?

Your external internship may take place, if the respective internship provider does not decide otherwise. Your faculty’s Examination Board decides on further approaches and proceedings.

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Semester dates 

How does the situation affect the semester dates?

The beginning of the teaching weeks was postponed to 20 April 2020. The end of the teaching weeks remains unchanged: 17 July 2020. Thus, the summer semester 2020 is shortened by one week.

Since 11 May 2020, students have been allowed to access HSD buildings to participate in selected on-campus sessions or to go to the library, if they comply with the necessary health and safety measures. All faculties conduct courses in digital formats where possible.

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When does the winter semester begin?

The winter semester officially begins on 1 September 2020.

In line with regulations on state level in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the HSD Board of Management has decided that the teaching weeks of the winter semester 2020/21 will start on 02 November 2020 for all new students in their first semester.

For more senior students continuing their studies at HSD, teaching weeks (including online teaching) already start on 19 October 2020. Any previously communicated dates of the teaching weeks in the winter semester 2020/21 do no longer apply. The new dates also apply to courses which should have taken place in the summer semester, but needed to be postponed to the winter semester.

Teaching weeks in the winter semester end on 12 February 2021. Your faculty will let you know in due time in case of any faculty-specific changes concerning the end of the teaching weeks and the subsequent examination period.

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Theses

Does the current situation affect the deadline for my thesis?

Each faculty works on suitable solutions. The current situation should not have a negative impact on the completion of your studies.

For further information, please contact your faculty at:

- Architecture ​corona.architektur@hs-duesseldorf.de

-​ Design corona.design@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology ​corona.ei@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Mechanical and Process Engineering corona.mv@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Media ​corona.medien@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Social Sciences and Cultural Studies ​corona.soz-kult@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Business Studies ​corona.wirtschaftswissenschaften@hs-duesseldorf.de

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University Library 

Is the University Library still closed?

The University Library has reopened for students. Opening hours are currently restricted. Please find updates on opening and service hours on the University Library website (in German only).

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What to do if items are overdue?

The University Library has reopened on 11 May 2020. You can borrow and return items at the self-service station.

However, due to the temporary closing, we have eased our usual policies: If the item you borrowed was due between 16 March and 28 May 2020, you only have to return it by 29 May 2020. No overdue fine applies in this case.

Important note: Please do not return any items via post.

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I have stored important study material in my locker at the library. How can I get them?

Please contact the University Library via e-mail or phone. 
The e-mail and phone services are currently available
Mon–Thu 8:30–16:00 and
Fri 8:30–14:00.

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Are there any special arrangements for loan periods and renewals?

The University Library has reopened on 11 May 2020. You can borrow and return printed items at the self-service station.

However, due to the temporary closing, we have eased the usual policies: If the item you borrowed was due between 16 March and 28 May 2020, you only have to return it by 29 May 2020.
If you return your overdue item by 29 May 2020, no overdue fine applies.
In addition, we eased our usual renewal policies:
If you already have renewed the loan period of an item already three times, you can request an exceptional fourth renewal in written form via e-mail – not having to show up in person. If nobody else reserved the item, we will grant permission to renew the loan period a fourth time.
Please send us your renewal request via e-mail at bibliothek@hs-duesseldorf.de.

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Workshops

Can I access workshops at Peter Behrens School of Arts?

Since 11 May 2020, students have been allowed to access HSD buildings if they comply with the necessary health and safety measures.

However, the restrictions on social contact require limited access to HSD buildings. Currents laws and regulations limit students’ access to exceptional cases of on-campus classes and examinations. Should any of your courses take place on campus, your faculty will notify you well in advance. In all other cases, you are not allowed to access our workshops at the moment.

All regulations are subject to the proviso that participants keep the minimum distance and comply with necessary hygiene and protective measures.

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Written assignments

How can I submit my written assignment?

Each faculty works on suitable solutions. If you cannot upload your written assignment, please contact your faculty:

- Architecture​ corona.architektur@hs-duesseldorf.de

-​ Design corona.design@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology ​corona.ei@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Mechanical and Process Engineering corona.mv@hs-duesseldorf.de or Faculty FAQ

- Media ​corona.medien@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Social Sciences and Cultural Studies​ corona.soz-kult@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Business Studies​ corona.wirtschaftswissenschaften@hs-duesseldorf.de

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If you want to apply for the coming semester, please also read our
FAQ on applications for the winter semester 2020/21.