The new coronavirus has reached Germany. The first cases of an infection have been reported for Flensburg and the region.
However, 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
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.
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.
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.
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: 23 June 2020)
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.