The corona crisis is impacting all our lives, as well as teaching and research activities at KLU. Our highest priority is to ensure the health of our students, staff and guests, and to keep the effects on students’ studies to a minimum. Here you’ll find an overview of how KLU is responding to the corona crisis, e.g. by switching all teaching to online in March and by reopening classrooms under the strict rules of a binding KLU Hygiene Plan just in time for the start of the Fall semester 2020/2021.
At the same time, KLU researchers’ expertise can help to better understand and gauge the effects of this crisis. Our series “Corona Crisis: Analyses & Comments” offers valuable insights into various aspects of the crisis, while our Expert List provides information on KLU researchers who can provide further analysis and background information on a diverse range of topics.
HYGIENE CONCEPT AT KLU IN TIMES OF CORONA
The corona crisis is impacting all our lives, as well as teaching and research activities at KLU. Our highest priority is to ensure the health of our students, staff and guests, and to keep the effects on students’ studies to a minimum. Here you will see how we are responding to the current situation on campus, but also by switching all teaching to online in March 2020 and by reopening classrooms under the strict rules of a binding KLU Hygiene Plan just in time for the start of the Fall semester 2020/2021.
COVID-19 Important Information * General Updates *
Please find updates regarding KLU’s campus proceedings in this FAQ section as well as on KLU’s website.
Please find all important information on measures and rules on campus in KLU's Hygiene Plan. This Hygiene Plan represents a binding policy with regard to staying, working and classroomteaching in the KLU building, which will remain in effect as long as the new coronavirus poses a public health threat that calls for the implementation of special precautionary measures.
It is only possible to visit KLU campus when visibly wearing a contact tracker. KLU students, staff, faculty, and PhD students will receive a tracker on a permanent basis. Visitors will receive trackers for the duration of their stay on KLU Campus.
Campus Management will register every tracker ID with the recipient. This data will be kept confidential, and only be used in cases of confirmed COVID-19 infections.
KLU has decided to introduce these contact trackers on campus to help tracing COVID19 infections in the KLU community in a more efficient and faster way. As of October 16, 2020, the trackers are available at the reception. By introducing the CoronaTracers, KLU will increase the ability to react to COVID-19 infections on campus and will be faster in identifying persons at risk. This will help to create a safer environment for everyone in the KLU community.
Ensuring health and safety for our students is our top priority. For the protection of our students, staff and guests and to contain the spread of the coronavirus as effectively as possible KLU has created a hygiene concept of different measures and precautions. You can watch the video with all the necessary information here.
As of Dec. 18th, 2020, the Executive Board has decided to move all teaching online and to temporarily discontinue on campus teaching with the start of the new semester on January 18, 2021. With these decision, KLU wants to contribute to improving the local pandemic situation. The decision will remain effective until further notice.
All in-person events at KLU have been cancelled until further notice. To find out which events are still taking place virtually, please see our website.
All service departments will be working remotely and are happy to support you via email or phone. Telephone times are generally from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m (CEST) Mo-Fri. All latest contact details with telephone numbers from KLU's staff are available on KLU's website.
Please note that we are regularly updating our FAQ to ensure that all questions can be answered. In the meantime, you are welcome to contact the respective service department (contact provided in the next question).
Please find the key facts about the coronavirus on the Robert Koch Institute website. For a comparison on how Germany is handling the pandemic as opposed to other countries, click here. If you’re living in Germany, you can also use the locator tool to find your local health authority. For the latest travel warnings, please refer to the Federal Foreign Office website.
COVID-19 Important Information for Applicants
Teaching takes place on campus. Only in the case of pandemic-related restrictions, online or hybrid formats will come into effect.
Students who, due to the situation in their home countries, may not be able to start their studies at the beginning of the semester, or only to a limited extent, in Hamburg, will - as in 2020 - be given the opportunity to participate in the events/courses online.
At this time, the visa/residence permit application procedure has not been changed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. If you need a visa and/or residence permit to study in Germany, you will receive a visa support letter from KLU with your admission kit. Please start the visa process right after having received this letter. Should the travel restrictions in the current form remain and it will not be possible for you to apply for a student visa, you will be able to start your studies at KLU while still being in your home country. Please continuously observe the situation in your home country and start the visa process as soon as it will be possible again.
In line with the promise that all students will be given the opportunity to start classes online if they cannot make it to campus this fall semester (due to pandemic), we have decided to prolong our international application deadline to June 30, as the time for the visa process will not be a hindering factor anymore. The final application deadline for all national and EU applicants will remain the same: July 15
I am unable to submit all the required application documents because my school / university is closed. What do I do?
Please complete your application as good as you can and attach all documents which you have received so far. We will check whether we can evaluate your application with the documents you are able to provide at this point in time. Our Office of Admissions will get in contact with you should we not be able to proceed with your application due to missing documents.
Our tuition costs reflect the quality of instruction and education provided by our university. The costs remain the same because our online courses are taught by the same instructors as our on-campus courses and our credit-bearing courses maintain the same structure as before.
As a fulltime student within Germany, you are required to have German health insurance. Health insurance is mandatory for all students in Germany and one of the most important requirements for enrollment.
KLU supports its students in finding sufficient health insurance before the start of your studies. If you have German health insurance, then you are covered for any health related issues. Whether it is related to the virus, or regular doctor appointments, visiting the doctor is much more accessible in Germany then other countries. Beside the coverage in case of illnesses the public insurance companies also cover preventive medical check-ups as well as the treatments of pre-existing illnesses.
As all students are required to have German health insurance. A medical treatment in relation to the coronavirus is covered by your German insurance, in case it should happen.
The quality of the treatment you get as member of the German health insurance is generally very good. Most of the statutory health insurance benefits are standard services and compulsory for all of the insurance providers. So in general most medical and dental expenses as well as hospital stays are covered. You can choose any doctor or dentist who is recognized by the insurance company.
Of course, there are also English speaking doctors in Hamburg. KLU has always provided information to our student community on visiting doctors and how to find English speaking doctors in Hamburg.
We continue to do this, and provide additional support to any students with questions. Moreover, we offer a monthly health insurance support hour from a public, German health insurance company on KLU’s campus and an English speaking counseling service for KLU students.
We understand the very difficult situation for students wanting to study abroad in these exceptional times. Therefore, we offer admitted students (who have signed the study agreement and paid the deposit) to defer your admission to the next intake, Fall 2022. We will save you your study spot - you do not need to apply again. If this is applicable to you, please let our Office of Admissions know that you would like to make use of this option as soon as possible.