Of course, the regulations issued over the last months to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus have an effect on studying, teaching and working at our university. We will use this site to let you know what these effects are.
Please follow these basic rules:
- If you are showing symptoms of a cold, please contact your general physician who will determine the next steps.
- If you have a high temperature in the course of your illness, you may not enter FUAS’ buildings. Only after you have not shown any symptoms for a period of 24 hours may you enter FUAS’ buildings again.
The rules and regulations set out in our hygiene concept must be followed while at FUAS.
Every one of us can do their part in preventing a spread of the virus. Please read the information and advice on what you can do provided by the World Health Organisation. And please follow these hygiene and health measures – they can help to protect you from influenza as well as the new coronavirus:
- wash your hands regularly
- avoid touching your face
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your bent elbow when you have to cough or sneeze (respiratory hygiene)
- keep a distance to people who are ill and try to avoid large groups of people
FAQ: Studying and working from home
The exams in the upcoming exam period will take place as “electronic exams”, i.e. online and distance exams. There will be differences in the way the exams will be carried out, the main differences are the software systems used and the permissible resources and auxiliary tools. We have put together information on how so-called “electronic exams” can be carried out using Stud.IP and OwnCloud on this page.
How is FUAS affected?
We have set up a crisis management group that meets and discusses current developments regularly. We will keep you updated on the situation at FUAS on this site and our social media channels.
The Campus Library Flensburg (ZHB) will re-open for the taking out and returning of items on Monday, 15 March. Some restrictions apply, including that users must wear medical mask covering the mouth and nose, the maximum number of people allowed and the time users can spend in the library is limited For further information click here.
29 January 2021: Version 6.0 of FUAS' hygiene concept published
FUAS' hygiene concept has been updated. The most relevant change to the concept is that from now on medical masks must be worn on campus. Basic fabric masks are nit sufficient any longer. Click here to read the document.
The new decree on measures relating to COVID-19 and the universities [Corona HEVO] has come into force on 23 January 2021. Click here to find out what the regulations regarding the upcoming exam period are and what this means for you as a student.
The Campus Library Flensburg (ZHB) has re-opened on January 4th, offering restricted service. You can place your order using the Discovery system or the library’s digital catalogue. You can take out and return books and other resources at the counter on the library’s ground floor. The opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m..
08 Jan 2021: Extension of the regulations for FUAS’ staff and employees until 31 January 2021
The most recent developments regarding the extension of the so-called lockdown and the application of stricter rules in Germany continue to affect the operation of FUAS. We would like to inform you that the rules and regulations for FUAS’ staff and employees have also been extended until 31 January 2021.
The first and foremost objective remains to be the continued operation of FUAS under the special circumstances resulting from the ongoing endeavour to reduce the number of infections.
4 Jan 2021: Order to isolate in case of a coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infection issued by the City of Flensburg
We would like to point out and emphasise the order to isolate (quarantine) in case of an infection with the coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) issued by the City of Flensburg on 21 December 2020. (The document, which is only available in German, is published here.)
The order states that persons tested positive for SARS CoV-2 and their category 1 contacts must isolate/quarantine in their homes in accordance with the RKI’s rules.
In accordance with § 31 of the German Epidemics Law [Infektionsschutzgesetz] these persons are not allowed to carry out their job. This does not apply to working from home if it can be done without physical contact to other people.
10 November 2020: New instructions on what to do in case of a Covid-19 infection at FUAS
In case of an infection with Covid-19 actions must be taken based on the individual situation. That is why we revised the instructions on what to do in case of a Covid-19 infection at FUAS and provided version no. 2 of this document on our website. These instructions can be found here, they apply for all members of FUAS (staff and students) as well as guests who spend time at FUAS and have contact with its members.
They serve as a guideline to provide a structure for the action taken in case of a (possible) Covid-19 infection and efficiently inform the necessary units at FUAS. Our overall objective is to reduce the risk of an infection for all members of FUAS as far as possible.
From 2 to 29 November 2020 everyone will be required to wear a face mask covering the mouth and nose in more areas on campus, including areas outside buildings. These areas will be marked. Please refer to this map of the campus for more details. We kindly ask everyone to follow these rules.
From 19 October to 1 November students must wear a face mask covering the mouth and nose inside lecture and exam locations. This also applies for students who belong to the same cohort (defined, fixed group). Click here to find out more details.
28 September 2020: Face masks must be worn in FUAS’ buildings from now on
New hygiene rules are in place inside FUAS’ buildings since 26 September 2020 (> in accordance with the hygiene concept, version 4.0), the basis for these new rules are the Regulations for universities issued by the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Education on 15 September 2020. A face covering which covers the mouth and nose must be worn on all routes within FUAS’ buildings (corridors, stairways, lifts).
17 September 2020: Covid-19 test centre on campus
A Covid-19 test centre has benn set up on campus; it is in use since 16 September 2020 and is located on the P5 parking lot between Munketoft and the Flens-Arena.
The number one priority in these times of a pandemic is the prevention of infections; this makes it necessary to restrict the number of people entering FUAS’ buildings. FUAS’ buildings will remain closed for visitors and students unless they have an appointment. The rules are explained here.
27 July 2020: Changes to FUAS’ hygiene concept
In addition to changes to the process for requesting teaching on campus, FUAS' updated hygiene concept also allows for teaching on campus to take place if it is part of a curriculum of the degree programme and if students are taught in accordance with the cohort principle, e.g. in classes for first-semester students. The process is explained under III, no. 3; students must only belong to one cohort and cannot be member of a second cohort that includes other members than those in the first cohort. This way, in the case of an infection, it will be possible to identify contacts. As long as students are in their cohort, rules on distance keeping do not apply and all seats or work places in a room can be used.
In accordance with the Regulations issued by the Land Schleswig-Holstein revising regulations previously made to fight the new coronavirus and define quarantine measures for people arriving or returning from travels to third countries or certain German regions, issued on 24 June 2020, in effect from 25 June 2020 to 9 August 2020, there are rules in place for all members of Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (staff and students). Click here to find out what these rules are.
In accordance with the Regulations issued by the Land Schleswig-Holstein revising regulations previously made to fight the new coronavirus and define quarantine measures for people arriving or returning from third countries, issued on 12 June 2020, in effect from 15 June 2020, there are rules in place for all members of Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (staff and students). Click here to find out what these rules are.
The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research has set up a fund to support students who are struggling financially because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The so-called "bridging aid" will help students with as much as 1,500 euros which they do not have to pay back. If you are a student at FUAS, you can apply for this aid with the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein. They have compiled information on who is eligible, the application process and FAQ on their website.
The Schleswig-Holstein government issued a Corona bill on 15 May 2020 which allows the universities to implement a so-called “free shot” rule for assessment and exams. Click here to find out what FUAS' Dean’s Offices have agreed on for our students.
Update, 2 June 2020: We have specified the text and added more details to it in order to avoid any uncertainties and isunderstandings.
27 May 2020: FUAS' hygiene concept available in English
The hygiene concept defining the rules for teaching and other activities on campus has been translated into English. You can find the English version of FUAS' hygiene concept here (version 4.0, updated on 21 September 2020).
Update, 2 June: The hygiene concept for the Campus Library Flensburg is also available in English now. You can read it here.
Update, 4 June: The hygiene concept for further education courses at the Centre for Maritime Studies is also available in English now. You can read it here.
Update, 15 July: The hygiene concept for the Menke-Planetarium is also available in English now. You can read it here.
On 15 May 2020 the so-called “Corona bill” came into effect, this bill includes amendments to the Higher Education Act of Schleswig-Holstein and provides the universities with the freedoms and the legal certainties they need to act. The government of Schleswig-Holstein also agreed on a number of measures easing the impact of the regulations in place, these measures also concern the operations of FUAS and teaching on campus. Please check our updated FAQ on studying in times of Covid-19 to find out what exactly this means for your studies and exams.
On the basis of the state government’s draft law on the Covid-19 pandemic (Article 16 amendment to the Higher Education Act, supplementary regulations on §101 during the Covid-19 pandemic) we are adjusting the teaching and exam periods for this and the following two semesters in order to facilitate a step-by-step transition towards regular operations. Please click here to find out what changes will be made to the teaching and exam times for the current and the upcoming semesters.
29 April 2020: Re-registration deadline extended
You'll have one month longer to re-register as a student of FUAS if you want to continue your studies with us in the upcoming winter semester. The new re-registration deadline is 17 July 2020.
23 April 2020: Update on teaching in the upcoming weeks
There will be no teaching on campus at FUAS before 11 May 2020 as we will not be able to implement appropriate and necessary hygiene measures before then. But even once a hygiene concept has been established and implemented, classes, labs and other teaching on campus must not be carried out without coordinating them with the Dean’s Offices. Further information on this and other regulations, such as semester times, will follow as soon as these are decided at the ministry level and can be announced.
All classes that can be taught online in an adequate quality are to be taught online until the end of the semester.
17 April 2020 (updated on 23 April): Please note: Right to enter Schleswig-Holstein for to study and to take exams if your second place of residence is in Schleswig-Holstein
The current entry ban for Schleswig-Holstein is not valid for students whose second place of residence is in Schleswig-Holstein and who want to enter the state for studying purposes or exams. In accordance with the SARS-CoV_2 Control Regulations issued on 18 April 2020 the entry ban for Schleswig-Holstein applies to anyone travelling as a tourist, for further training or to receive medical treatment that is avoidable or deferrable.
The entry ban explicitly does not apply for travels for professional purposes including studies and training. Thus, students whose second place of residence is in Schleswig-Holstein can exercise their constitutional right as defined in article 11 of the German constitution (freedom of movement) without restrictions and take residence in their second place of residence in Schleswig-Holstein for this purpose.
Whether and how a second place of residence can be used is regulated by general decisions issued by the districts and cities. If you are a student and have questions regarding the use of your second place of residence, please contact the district or city this second place of residence is located in.
17 April 2020: Teaching and exams on campus in the week of 20 April 2020
There will not be any teaching on campus in the week from 20 April. All further decisions will be made based on the Ministry's decision in the next days.
The exams that had been scheduled for 16 and 17 March and that had to be postponed, will take place from 23 to 25 April. If you were already registered for the exams on 16 and 17 March, you do not have to register for these exams again. If you were not registered for these exams, you will not be able to register for them now. The arrangement that students do not need to present a doctor’s certificate if they cannot attend an exam they have registered for in the current exam period remains valid. Please act responsibly and decide whether not attending an exam makes sense if you have a cold for example.
We have reserved the Flens-Arena (the sports arena on campus) for the period from 23 to 25 April to ensure that students can take exams with the necessary safety distance between them.
We will make sure that hygiene regulations are adhered by and we have been in close contact with Flensburg’s health department regarding this.
Before the Easter weekend we asked our students to send in questions they had on studying and life at FUAS in the current situation. Our President answered these questions in a video message but we have now also updated our FAQ to make these questions and the answers available in English.
If you are a student at FUAS, please make sure that there is enough available storage space in your e-mail mailbox to receive e-mails from FUAS and your teaching staff. For more information, please click here.
25 March 2020: 14-days quarantine for everyone recently returned from travelling
In view of the current situation Schleswig-Holstein’s State Chancellery has decreed that all state administration employees who have recently returned from travelling must go into self-quarantine at home for a 14-day period. They must not go into their office or workplace and they must not meet colleagues in person. No difference is made between people returning from risk areas or areas particularly affected by the new coronavirus or other destinations.
This measure shall be in effect until 19 April 2020.
On this page we have gathered some of the questions that keep arising in the context of studying and teachig online and answered them.
Our Student Services, Course Guidance and the Examinations Office are largely working from home in the current situation. But of course we are still here to answer your questions. Here is how you can reach us.
16 March 2020: FUAS on emergency service
Starting from tomorrow, 17 March 2020, most members of FUAS' staff will work from their homeoffices. This means they will still be there for our students and their questions but they will only be available via e-mail and phone. FUAS' buildings will be closed to the public.
The President's Office has decided on regulations specifying what to do with specific examinations.
14 Mar 2020: Exams postponed, library and cafeteria closed
Following a directive issued by the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Health, we have decided to postpone all exams scheduled for Monday, 16 March, and Tuesday, 17 March 2020. New dates for these exams will be announced at a later point in time.
The Ministry has also decided to close all cafeterias and the library on campus until 19 April 2020.
13 Mar 2020: No teaching on campus until 19 April 2020
Following a directive issued by the Land of Schleswig-Holstein, there will be no teaching on campus at FUAS until 19 April 2020. We will set up online teaching facilities to enable our teaching staff and students to hold and attend classes in digital form. Our Vice President, Thomas Schmidt, will provide further details on this shortly.
This does not affect exams, they take place as planned. The information published by the Examination Board remains valid: Students who do not attend an exam are not required to provide a doctor’s certificate.
10 Mar 2020: Directive from the Ministry of Health for people returning from risk areas
If you have been to one of these risk areas (list available in German only) in the last 14 days, you may not enter certain public institutions including Flensburg University of Applied Sciences. (The directive issued by Schleswig-Holstein's Ministry of Health lists all the institutions this includes in German.)
9 Mar 2020: Orientation week postponed
The official welcome days for our new students have been postoponed, this also includes events such as the Treasure Hunt and the Pub Quiz. Lectures and classes will take place as planned.
(Last updated: 12 March 2021)
Not everyone who coughs is infected with the new coronavirus. If you feel unwell and are showing symptoms of an influenza and if you fear you may be infected with the new coronavirus, please call your general practitioner.
Call your GP first and explain your symptoms. It is advisable to make an appointment outside your doctor’s regular consultation hours or maybe schedule a house call. It is not a good idea for you to sit in your GP’s waiting room alongside other patients.
Your GP will then take the tests and examinations necessary. Flensburg University of Applied Sciences is part of the official communication chain in place and will be informed of any relevant developments by the City of Flensburg’s health department.
If you do not have a GP or you can’t reach them, please contact the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung [Association of Physicians registered with the Statutory Health Insurance Providers] by calling +49 116 117.
There are a number of hotlines available to answer questions on the new coronavirus. All of the following may only be able to provide information in German, however:
- Unabhängige Patientenberatung Deutschland +49 800 011 77 22
- the Federal Health Ministry’s hotline for citizens +49 30 346 465 100
- hotline for citizens at the Land Schleswig-Holstein +49 431 79 70 00 01 (available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays)
More and up to date information on the new coronavirus is provided on the WHO’s website.
The City of Flensburg has set up a website with the latest information and developments, too. [in German]
Wie für die Grippe gelten diese Hygienemaßnahmen auch für das neuartige Coronavirus:
- Regelmäßiges Händewaschen
- Sich nicht ins Gesicht fassen
- Husten und Niesen in ein Einwegtaschentuch oder in die Armbeuge (Hustenetikette)
- Abstand zu erkrankten Personen einhalten und wenn möglich Menschenansammlungen meiden.