In addition to previous information provided at the beginning of the lecture period, please find hereafter further information regarding study and examination issues in the current situation.
For persons in so-called „areas of variant of concern/ virus variant areas“ (https://www.rki.de/covid-19-risikogebiete) with a particularly high prevalence of virus mutations, travel to Germany and entry in accordance with the Corona Entry Ordinance are currently prohibited. This also applies to fully vaccinated persons. Exceptions are only possible in very few cases, e.g. for persons with residence and right of residence in Germany: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/DE/themen/bevoelkerungsschutz/coronavirus/reisebeschraenkungen-grenzkontrollen/II-reisebeschraenkungen-uer-einreise-aus-virusvarianten-gebieten/welche-ausnahmen-vom-befoerderungsverbot-und-den-einreisebeschraenkungen-aus-virusvarianten-gebieten-gibt-es.html
For students and researchers from virus variant areas, this means that on-site study courses or research periods in Germany for the winter semester 2021/2022 cannot currently be guaranteed. Please note that entry is also not possible if the German higher education institution has already confirmed a study place: as entry is not possible, visas cannot be issued as long as a country is considered an area of variant of concern.
Please keep up to date with the risk classification of your home country.
Update from April 13th
Unfortunately, the pandemic situation has not eased in recent weeks. At their meeting on April 12th the Rectorate decided that the May exams, for which no change in the form of examination has yet been approved, will be conducted entirely as online exams. The Rectorate cannot take responsibility for on-site exams in view of the health of all those taking part in the examinations. and this early decision gives you planning security. We have coordinated this decision with Mr. Schloer and Ms. Hoffmann from the „Studierendenpräsidium“. The „Verfasste Studierendenschaft“ is in favour of the decision and supports it.
Plan B, which we mentioned in our March email, will now be implemented: If on-site exams are not possible in May and/or July due to the pandemic, computer-based assessments can take place remotely from the student`s home environment, using the student`s own technical devices and permitted aids (Plan B).
It is planned that exams taken in the summer semester 2021 (May and July exams) will take place on site. (Plan A). Examiners currently already have the option of changing the form of exam for appropriate courses/modules so that an exam with physical presence is not required in May.
If on-site exams are not possible in May and/or July due to the pandemic, computer-based assessments can take place remotely from the student`s home environment, using the student`s own technical devices and permitted aids (see attached document) (Plan B).
The decision will be made by the Rectorate. The infection rate at the exam locations (i.e. the city of Heilbronn for the Bildungscampus and Campus Sontheim, the Hohenlohe district for Campus Künzelsau and the district of Schwäbisch Hall for Campus Schwäbisch Hall) as well as trends (R-value) will be taken into consideration.
A final decision (e.g. if necessary the cancellation of on-site exams) will be made three days before the exam. If the infection rate is stable and below 50, the exam can take place on site; if the infection rate is above 100, we would cancel according to the current general regulations. Fourteen days before the start of the examination period, we will make a forecast as to whether the infection rate at the start of the examination period will allow exams with physical attendance.
At the moment, exam dates are being set. If Plan B has to be implemented due to the pandemic, these exam dates will still apply and exams will not take place on site, but remotely.
Under the next link you can find further information in the German FAQ.