As a place of study, academic institution and employer, the Hochschule Bremen has a special responsibility towards students and employees in the current COVID 19 pandemic. The university management has made regulations taking into account local conditions, which are continuously updated here.
Stay at home in case of symptoms!
Persons with typical symptoms of illness (see RKI-Infos) or positive test results are not allowed to enter the university. Call your family doctor or the medical on-call service of the KVHB (telephone 116 117 / Corona hotline for Bremen: 115).
Report illness or suspicion
Please report a justified suspicion or confirmed case of illness (positive test) immediately by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Telephone or cell phone number where you can be reached.
- Matriculation number (student)
- Date of your test and date of symptom onset.
- What HSB events/meetings have you attended?
- Be sure to include title/type of event, name of instructor, room, date and time (please list everything up to 2 days BEFORE symptom onset/test result. Also remember places such as library or dining hall (use the visit history on the GastBremen app to help).
For members of staff: Be sure to inform your supervisor and the Human Resources Department (HR) immediately. In addition, HR will contact you in order to trace your chain of contact at the university. The existing reporting obligations to the health authorities remain unaffected by this.
Please inform your superior and HR as soon as the isolation/quarantine can be terminated and you can resume your normal duties. If you are allowed to perform your work on a mobile basis (e.g. in home office) and have the necessary work equipment at your disposal in the event of quarantine, you are also obliged to perform your work during quarantine.
Please contact your family doctor or a testing center. A positive self-test result must always be verified by a PCR test. Until the PCR result is available, do not enter HSB buildings or campus.
Please notify the university at email@example.com of your self-test result.
If the PCR test is also positive, a domestic quarantine must be maintained as required by law (the Health Department will notify you). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately via email so that the college can initiate a chain of contact follow-up. (Provided the PCR test control is negative, i.e. false positive, and there is no contagiousness for Covid-19, the home quarantine will not apply.
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Frequently asked questions are answered comprehensibly on the buten un binnen website (German only).
How do I behave correctly?
Does the app also take my vaccination status into account?
Am I entitled to a free PCR test?
What does this mean in concrete terms for my visit or presence at Hochschule Bremen?
We urge you not to come to the Hochschule and wait for the result of the professional rapid or PCR test. If your test is positive, we ask that you notify HSB by email as soon as possible, see above "What to do in cas of illness or suspicion of infection?"
Digital contact tracking takes place via the Gast Bremen app. QR codes are generated at all seminar rooms (LV-Raum) of HSB. Each seminar room is created separately in the digital recording; with information on size, ventilation and length of stay.
Students and lecturers are asked to scan the exhibited QR code using the Gast Bremen app. You are then registered and logged in to the location/room. Registration can be done via the app as well as via a website. Deregistration takes place when leaving the respective LV room, if you forget to check out, it is done automatically.
In the event of an infection, a list is exported of the period and the relevant LV room(s), which is sent to the public health office in encrypted form and in accordance with data protection regulations.
Background: In addition to the admission checks, as a public university we are obliged to carry out comprehensive contact tracing. This is necessary in order to be able to inform all affected persons asap in the event of an infection case and in order to meet our obligation to provide evidence to the Gesundheitsamt (public health office). The check-in process naturally takes into account all data protection and accessibility requirements.
Access to the university buildings (including the libraries, refectories and cafeterias) is only permitted if you provide proof of 3G (vaccinated, tested, recovered). This applies to students as well as members of staff, guests and service providers.
The open entrances are manned by a security company according to the 3G rule. There are different opening hours depending on the building and entrance, see site plans. Canteens and libraries can be entered via their usual entrances during their respective opening hours.
Note: 3G access checkpoints are reduced until at least 28 January 2022.
In order to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible, please make an appointment before coming to the university.
- Please disinfect your hands when entering the buildings – dispensers are available!
- Observe the walking directions marked on the floor and the information on the signs – especially when using lifts (number of persons)!
- Special hygiene concepts apply to individual work areas (offices, laboratories, workshops, etc.)
- When using seminar rooms, you will be asked to check in for the respective room via QR code.
- In order to achieve the best possible tracing of infection chains, the presence of university staff as well as students, guests and employees of external companies is documented.
3G* stands for vaccinated, tested or recovered.
Vaccinated = proof of complete vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (at least 14 days must have elapsed since the last required individual vaccination).
Tested = negative test result of an antigen test carried out in test centres, approved pharmacies and doctors' surgeries. The test result must not be older than 24 hours. Alternatively, a PCR test is possible. Self-tests are not recognised. The testing obligation also applies to persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
Recovered = evidence of a previous Corona infection (PCR, PoC-PCR or other methods). The test must have been made at least 28 days, maximum six months, beforehand. If the infection was more than six months ago, you also need proof of vaccination.
What proof of identity must I have with me?
From 1 September 2021, proof of 3G at HSB will be checked by security staff at designated entrances. This proof can be provided digitally (e.g. using the Corona warning app or the CovPass app) or in paper form. It is also possible to show your vaccination card ("Yellow Vaccination Card"). Please carry a valid ID card or passport in addition to the 3G documents. Bremen regulations explicitly do not permit any other form, such as random checks, self-commitment declarations or the like. This also applies to the (Studierendenwerk) canteens and the library (SuUB).
*Whoever meets in publicly accessible indoor areas must provide one of these proofs. This was agreed by the Federal Government and the Länder after the expiry of the Federal Emergency Brake (see Official Notice of the State of Bremen).
Which buildings can I enter with a 3G certificate?
See also "Where can I get in? Access rules and walkways"
Where do I have to wear a mask?
Masks are compulsory on campus, in the HSB buildings and in all rooms (also in the corridors, stairwells, lifts and sanitary and waiting areas). Only FFP2 masks are permitted. Persons who can provide proof of possible health impairments are exempt from the rule.
Exceptions: The mask requirement does not apply
- at the office workstation, if the room is used alone.
A minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained on all floor areas and in seminar and work rooms within the Hochschule for which no separate regulations apply.
To avoid uncontrolled spread of the virus, we strongly recommend using the Corona warning app provided by the federal government.
The hygiene plan lists all the regulations and measures currently in force at the university.
Note: Depending on the infection situation and political requirements, adjustments may become necessary at short notice. These will be announced in an info letter from the university management or on the Corona webpage and may replace or supplement parts of the framework hygiene plan.
Here you will find the most important answers for students.
We want to return to the situation of more in-presence teaching – everyone at the university is working hard on this, because we also want more personal contact and real campus life again. Not all events can yet take place in-person, but due to newly created framework conditions (3G, check-in via QR code, etc.), the degree programmes have significantly more possibilities for planning and designing presence and hybrid formats; in addition, there will also be online offers. We therefore recommend that you plan for periods of attendance at the university. The technical responsibility for the teaching formats lies with the faculties or the degree programmes. You will receive further information on the syllabus and available courses in the near future.
For the winter semester, HSB is committed to doing everything possible under the current circumstances. It is important that we all pull together in the process, comply with the applicable Corona regulations and treat each other with understanding and respect.
We look forward to seeing you on campus again soon!
UPDATE (09 December 2021): Classes will be held digitally from 13 December 2021 to 09 January 2022
Due to the expected change in mobility during the Christmas holidays and the around New Year's Eve, Bremen's university have decided to reduce on-site classes before and after this time period.
Therefore, classes that can switch to digital formats will do so temporarily from 13 December 2021 until 09 January. Classes that cannot be held digitally, e.g. lab projects, practical music and art courses, will still take place on-site during this time.
From 10 January 2022 on, classes at all universities in Bremen will switch to the previous mode of the current winter semester.
There are designated entrances where the 3G status is checked (please note opening hours).
Inside the buildings you will find QR codes on most doors which you can use to check in using the Gast Bremen app.
For the latest information on access rules and opening hours etc., please visit the Studierendenwerk Bremen Website.
Borrowing from the departmental libraries is possible on a limited basis, and the Central Library on the University of Bremen campus is also accessible again for a limited number of visitors. Please note that the 3G rule also applies here and that access is controlled.
Current information on opening hours, entrances and the services offered can be found here:
At all self-study workstations, as in the university buildings, the 3G rule applies: access only for fully vaccinated, recovered or tested persons. Please have a photo ID with you in addition to the appropriate proof.
25 self-learning workstations in the Shakespeare Company / Fallstaff
Address: Schule am Leibnizplatz, Schulstraße 26, 28199 Bremen.
Open from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m
19 self-learning workstations in the city centre
Address: Am Brill 19, 28195 Bremen
Open from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m
- The external self-study workstations can be used from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – with no time limit for use within this period.
- Pre-registration is not necessary. Please ask for free places at the entrance, you will then be assigned a place depending on availability.
- WiFi is available (incl. access to the university network).
- Please adhere to the respective hygiene rules so that the workplaces can be offered to everyone for as long as possible (see hygiene concepts).
Self-study workstations in libraries
See below "Sub-library Technology and Social Sciences"
For questions regarding participation in the courses of the Hochschulsport, please contact the University of Bremen.
Each faculty organises the individual courses independently. Most seminars and lectures have so far been held virtually via Zoom or Big Blue Button. Important: Only notes may be taken during video-based courses at the university. For data protection reasons, no sound, image or video recordings or recordings may be made, not even for your own use.
Helpdesk by students for students: Students from our helpdesk team will be happy to help with questions and problems concerning AULIS, ZOOM, BigBlueButton, VPN setup, etc.
Workshops offered by the ZLL: All HSB students have access to the services offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Here, for example, software and tools, but also topics such as self-organisation and time management are taught.
Technical equipment: HSB students who do not have the necessary technical equipment to participate in online studies can borrow equipment (notebooks etc.). Please contact the Dean of Studies of your faculty.
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The Academic Senate of HSB has adopted special examination regulations on the following points:
Forms of examination, free attempt regulations for improving grades, resit in the event of failure, extension of deadlines for theses, admission requirements and minimum number of credit points.
These will apply for the duration of the contact restrictions during the pandemic and associated restrictions on access to university buildings.
Digital Examination Regulations
Due to the Corona restrictions, HSB conducts examinations in digitalised formats (e.g. online examinations, oral examinations via video conference). The digital examination regulations apply to these formats. According to these regulations, examination candidates must be informed about the processing of their personal data and other data protection regulations (Datenschutzgrundverordnung, DSGVO). In order to minimise the administrative burden, this information is not provided for each individual examination, but in a general form.
Mandatory face-to-face examinations and teaching formats that cannot be digitalised (especially laboratories) are to be made possible subject to conditions. A special exemption from the university management is still required for this. This applies in particular to teaching and examination formats as well as to student theses for which there is no alternative other than to use university premises.
For so-called hardship cases among students, where the lack of access to laboratories or similar would lead to considerable individual disadvantages in the further course of studies, exceptions can still be granted. The approval of the university management is also still required for this.
Submission of theses
The timely submission of theses as PDF is partially possible. Subsequent submission of paper copies is nevertheless necessary. In case of doubt, please clarify this with your faculty/your degree programme.
Please use the mailbox on the left in front of the courtyard entrance of the E-building, Neustadtswall 30 or the mailbox at the main entrance Werderstraße 73 (these are emptied daily incl. receipt stamp) for the personal delivery of important documents such as term papers, theses and matriculation documents. At present, mail cannot be delivered personally to the AB building. We generally recommend sending important documents by post, they will arrive reliably at the HSB post office.
Internationality is and remains a signature feature of Hochschule Bremen. If a stay abroad is not possible because of Corona, you can talk to the responsible persons in the degree programme about a postponement. Or alternatives are offered within the framework of the so-called "internationalisation at home" concept by integrating intercultural and international experiences into your studies (e.g. subject modules in English in which international students also participate).
Please take note of the travel warnings issued by the German Foreign Office due to the pandemic. In some countries there are entry bans or the obligation to self-quarantine upon arrival. Inform yourself about your destination country before you travel and check whether a trip makes sense and the implementation of your plan is realistic in view of any existing restrictions.
HSB endeavours to provide the best possible support for intended stays abroad. Nevertheless, we would like to point out that you travel to a risk region at your own risk. HSB is not liable for any consequences related to undertaking a stay in a risk region. As the travel warning refers to tourist travel, you can undertake study-related stays abroad and claim funding if you decide to travel at your own risk. In regions where there are other travel warnings issued by the German Foreign Office due to security concerns (wars, political instability, or similar), funding through scholarships is excluded.
The restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic also affect the job and internship search. Our Career Service has largely converted its services to online and offers a lot of help on the topic of job search and application.
If you have any questions, comments on the regulations and measures listed here or in the event of a Corona illness, please contact the crisis team by e-mail (email@example.com).
Do you have concerns or problems? The counselling centres of the HSB are also and especially there for you in times of pandemic! You can find a good overview in AULIS:
There is a public testing station on Campus Neustadtswall where you can have an official antigen test without an appointment. The test is carried out by the Fischbach pharmacy.
Campus Neustadtswall (courtyard entrance between WKL hall and SI building, under the blue footbridge).
Free antigen tests are carried out in test centres, doctors' surgeries, and pharmacies
Before entering Germany please make sure if your vaccine / Covid vaccination is recognized. The applicable requirements can be found here:
Germany classifies regions with a high incidence as risk areas. Due to the dynamics of the situation in individual regions you should find out about the current entry requirements in Germany and the classification of your country of entry shortly before entering the country. Entrants from a risk area are obliged to fill out the digital entry form.
In Germany you can get vaccinated at vaccination centers or doctors. Anyone who wants to be vaccinated can do so. If you would like to be vaccinated in Bremen, you can make an appointment at the Bremen vaccination center.
In Germany, the federal states are responsible for the corona regulations. So you should always find out what applies in the state in which you are currently staying.