Information on the Coronavirus

The emergency committee of Leibniz University Hannover evaluates the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and determines the best course of action for LUH. University management provides regular email updates to students and staff. Please check this website for new developments at LUH as well as following the news for provisions in Germany, Lower Saxony and Hannover.

MEMBERS OF THE EMERGENCY COMMITTEE INCLUDE:

  • the President,
  • the Senior Vice President,
  • the Vice President for Teaching and Academic Programmes,
  • the Personal Assistant to the President,
  • the head of Communications and Marketing,
  • the head of the Health Management Section,
  • the head of the Occupational Safety Department,
  • the head of the Buildings Management Department,
  • the chairperson of the staff council, as well as
  • one faculty management representative and
  • one student representative in the Senate

If necessary, additional persons will be consulted in an advisory capacity, such as representatives of the Student Services Organisation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. 3G-rule

  • 1.1 The 3G rule applies at LUH. What does that mean?

    Anyone accessing LUH buildings must comply with the 3G rule. That means that access is restricted to persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered from a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as those able to provide a negative test result. University management urges everyone to act responsibly, especially with regard to vulnerable groups at the university.

  • 1.2 When will I be considered as fully vaccinated?

    Proof of vaccination must be provided as defined in the regulations governing exemptions from protective measures against COVID-19 ("SchAusnahmV") and the coronavirus entry regulations ("CoronaEinreiseV")

    As per section 2 sentence 3 of the regulations governing exemptions from protective measures against COVID-19 ("SchAusnahmV") and section 2 sentence 10 of the coronavirus entry regulations ("CoronaEinreiseV"), proof of full protection against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 exists if one or more of the vaccines listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut have been administered, and

    a) either consists of the number of doses required for full protection published here and at least 14 days have elapsed since the last required single vaccination has been administered, or

    b) in the case of a recovered person, consists of one administered dose.

    Proof of full vaccination must have been issued in written or digital form - in either German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.

    Further information on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

  • 1.2.1 When will I be considered as boostered?

    Anyone able to provide proof of a booster vaccination will be considered as boostered. According to the SARS-CoV-2 quarantine regulations of the state of Lower Saxony (“Niedersächsische Absonderungsverordnung”), the booster status requires

    • full protection (two doses) plus a booster dose or
    • full protection (two doses) plus proof of recovery


    Irrespective of the type of vaccine, the booster status always requires three administered vaccinations and at least three months between the second and the third vaccination. In the case of recovered persons, at least two vaccinations must have been administered and proof of recovery must be provided.

  • 1.2.2 Where can I be vaccinated?

    All students and members of staff of LUH and Studentenwerk Hannover, as well as citizens of the Hannover region can be vaccinated in the main cafeteria at Schneiderberg (Callinstraße 23, 30167 Hannover). Vaccinations are administered using the BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Current opening hours

    Moreover, vaccinations are administered by family doctors and the mobile vaccination teams of Region Hannover.

    Please note: If you need to access LUH buildings in order to be vaccinated and cannot provide valid proof of vaccination or recovery, a negative test result is required, see FAQ section 1.4.

  • 1.2.3 Which vaccines are approved in Germany?

    Vaccines administered abroad must be approved in accordance with the guidelines of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut. An overview of approved vaccines can be found here.

  • 1.2.4 What can I do if the vaccine administered in my home country is not recognised in Germany or if I have only received the first dose in my home country?

    If the vaccine administered in your home country is not recognised in Germany or if the first dose has already been administered in your home country and you require a second dose after your arrival in Hannover, please contact a family doctor or the local health office for further guidance.

    In order to access LUH buildings, anyone without proof of full vaccination must provide a negative test result obtained within the past 24 hours.

    Overview of test centres in Hannover and the Hannover region

  • 1.2.5 Are vaccination appointments considered as working hours?

    Yes, vaccination appointments are considered as working hours.

  • 1.3 When will I be considered as recovered?

    Anyone recovered from a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infection able to provide proof via a positive PCR test will be considered as recovered. Proof of recovery is valid from the 28th day after the positive PCR test and for a period of three months after the test.

  • 1.4 When will I be considered as tested?

    Proof of testing must have been issued by a family doctor or test centre, or in the form of an official confirmation (if applicable issued by health authorities, licensed pharmacies etc.). The test result must have been obtained within the past 24 hours (rapid tests) or within the past 48 hours (PCR tests).

    Tests from other institutions/companies (including schools) will not be recognised. Self-tests are insufficient. Private tests conducted by medical staff will not be accepted.

  • 1.4.1 Where can I be tested?

    In Hannover, free coronavirus tests are currently conducted via family doctors, pharmacies or test centres operated by private providers. Overview of test centres in Hannover and the Hannover region.

    The LUH Health Management team does not offer tests. Occupational health practitioners focus on preventative medicine and advisory services. Diagnosing and treating diseases is not part of their responsibilities. For this reason, occupational health practitioners do not offer coronavirus tests.

  • 1.4.2 Are testing appointments considered as working hours?

    No, testing appointments are not considered as working hours.

  • 1.4.3 What happens if I have tested positive for coronavirus?

    According to the law governing prevention of infection, COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus must be reported. Following the swab test conducted by a family doctor or a private test centre, positive test results are reported to the local health authority. If someone tests positive, they must self-isolate immediately. Anyone who has tested positive must not enter LUH buildings.

    In this case, the Presidential Board calls upon affected members of staff and students to also notify Dr. Ellen Aumüller, Occupational Health Officer (betriebsarzt@zuv.uni-hannover.de).

    If you spent time at Leibniz University Hannover two days before showing symptoms or two days before the swab was taken, please follow the instructions in section 2.4.1.

  • 1.5 Does the 3G rule affect distancing and face mask requirements?

    Due to the 3G rule, distancing is no longer necessary in LUH buildings (including classrooms, offices, student body council facilities etc.).

    Face masks may be worn on a voluntary basis. Further information regarding face mask requirements can be found in FAQ section 2.1.

  • 1.6 Will the university continue to employ contact tracing in spite of compliance with the 3G rule?

    Contact tracing is not binding for universities, since they fulfil tasks in the public interest in their role as public institutions. Contact tracing is possible via the plugin on Stud.IP.

    If coronavirus infections occur in the context of teaching and learning at LUH (e.g. if an infection is reported to the Department for Student and Academic Matters via the local health office), members of staff will be informed by Mr Lasse Jacob. They will then be asked to notify students who have attended this particular course/lecture that someone has tested positive for coronavirus. Students will be asked to conduct a self-test or be tested immediately. For additional information, please also refer to FAQ section 2.4.

2. Hygiene rules

  • 2.1 Do I need to wear a face mask at LUH?

    No. At the moment, face mask requirements inside of buildings or on the campus of LUH have been lifted. University management urges everyone to act responsibly - in particular with regard to demonstrating solidarity with vulnerable groups - and continue to wear face masks, especially in places were many people gather, where distancing is not possible or where ventilation is insufficient.

  • 2.1.2 What do I need to consider in terms of room ventilation?

    Rooms must be aired thoroughly by opening windows completely at regular intervals (at least every 60 minutes for offices and at least every 20 minutes for seminar rooms). In summer, rooms must be aired by fully opening the windows for 10 minutes, in spring and autumn for 5 minutes and for 3 minutes in winter. Seminar rooms must be aired before and after every session.

    Ventilation requirements for seminar rooms and offices at the responsibility of the persons occupying the respective space must be determined independently via a carbon dioxide measuring device. Ventilation must be optimised in accordance with the information sheet provided below.

    Further details can be found in the information sheet "Lüftung" (ventilation) and the associated appendix 1.

    Further information regarding the use of mobile air filters.

  • 2.1.3 Where can I find templates to be used for signs?
  • 2.4 How are suspected cases of coronavirus handled at LUH?

    Anyone experiencing symptoms of a respiratory disease (coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, head cold) or a common cold with headaches, body aches or loss of smell and/or taste, as well as anyone experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis with diarrhoea indicating a SARS-CoV-2 infection – especially if they might have had contact with someone (presumably) suffering from a coronavirus infection – must not enter LUH buildings and should seek medical advice immediately by calling their GP. In case of a positive test result, the Presidential Board asks you to voluntarily notify the university. Please also refer to FAQ sections 1.4.3 and 2.2.1 if applicable.

  • 2.4.1 What is the correct procedure if someone tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 or realises that they have a COVID-19 infection after they have spent time at Leibniz University Hannover?

    The Presidential Board asks infected staff members to notify their supervisors. Infected students should notify the Department for Student and Academic Matters (Mr Lasse Jacob, lasse.jacob@zuv.uni-hannover.de) so that anyone at LUH who has had contact can be informed instantly. Please add Dr Ellen Aumüller, Occupational Health Officer (betriebsarzt@zuv.uni-hannover.de) to the Cc list of the email.

    Please indicate the following information:

    • Email subject: Reporting SARS-CoV-2 infection
    • I was tested on...
    • I have had symptoms for ...
    • Two days before showing symptoms/before the swab was taken, I spent time at Leibniz University Hannover from/to / I attended the following events/meetings (title, time, room, member of teaching staff/member of staff)
    • Enrolment number and LUH ID (students)
    • The following regulations on hygiene and distancing applied/were observed (minimum distance of 1.5 metres, wearing a face mask etc.)

    As soon as the Department for Student and Academic Matters (Dezernat 6, Mr Lasse Jacob) has been notified, the department notifies close contacts with the consent of the infected person. If a SARS-CoV-2 infection of a contact has been confirmed (positive PCR test) or if an infection is likely (positive rapid test and / or typical COVID-19 symptoms), the contact is asked to self-isolate and conduct a PCR test immediately to confirm the result.

    Infected persons are required to compile a list of contacts, which must be provided to the local health office upon request. In order to facilitate contact tracing, affected persons are asked to notify any close contacts within the past 48 hours.

    In case of a positive PCR test, or if they are classified as a close contact, members of staff should notify their supervisor as soon as possible and inform them that they are required to self-isolate.

    Please check the website of the state of Lower Saxony for current self-isolation requirements and the definition of contacts as well as resulting required measures.

  • 2.4.2 What should I do if I had contact with someone suffering from a SARS-CoV-2 infection?

    If you experience any symptoms, a PCR test must be conducted. The local health office must be contacted, see FAQ section 2.4.1. For specific information on measures and types of contact, please refer to the information published by the Robert Koch Institute.

    Further information on self-isolation requirements in Lower Saxony

    Information on self-isolation available in multiple languages addressing contact persons

    Information on self-isolation due to a COVID-19 infection available in multiple languages

  • 2.4.3 What do I do if a person living in my household has been quarantined, but has not received a test result yet?

    As long as you do not experience any symptoms and no measures have been imposed by the local health authority, you may continue your duties at LUH under strict compliance with the hygiene measures. Contact with other people should be reduced to an absolute minimum. If face-to-face contact is strictly necessary, a minimum distance of 1.5 m should be maintained and FFP2 masks should be worn. Face-to-face contact should not exceed a period of 10 minutes. If possible, working from home until a test result is available is the safest option for members of staff.

  • 2.5 Will members of staff receive free rapid tests?

    The state of Lower Saxony issues free rapid tests to LUH. Supervisors will issue available test kits to members of staff.

    Vaccinated or recovered members of staff wishing to continue additional testing for their own safety may conduct their tests at home. In order to comply with the 3G rule, members of staff who have not been vaccinated and have not recovered from a COVID-19 infection must provide official proof of testing (see FAQ section 1.4).

    If the antigen SARS-CoV-2 self-test is positive, please observe the following procedure:

    Self-isolate at home immediately and avoid additional contact with other people.

    A test should be conducted at a test centre. In case of a positive test result, a PCR test must be taken in order to confirm the result. For this purpose, please call your family doctor and inform them that you have taken a rapid test and have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Your GP will inform you whether they can perform a PCR test. If you cannot reach your GP or if there is insufficient capacity for performing such a test, please refer to the website of the state of Lower Saxony and/or the KVN website to determine alternative options for conducting a PCR test. Please call the relevant doctor’s practice or test centre to discuss the procedure. Do not use public transport to reach the doctor’s practice or test centre.

    If the PCR test is positive, the test facility will report the result and your details to the local health authority.

    The Presidential Board of LUH asks members of staff to inform their supervisor voluntarily so that contacts can be notified immediately. Please observe the procedure described in section 2.2.1.

    Anyone with a positive test result must not enter LUH buildings.

     

     

3. Access and contact information

  • 3.1 Is it still possible to enter LUH buildings and other LUH facilities at various locations?

    Anyone accessing LUH buildings must comply with the 3G rule. Consequently, access will be restricted to persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection as well as those able to provide a negative test result. Further information can be found in FAQ chapter 1.

    Anyone experiencing symptoms indicating a COVID-19 infection, as well as anyone with a positive test result must not enter LUH buildings. Further information can be found in FAQ section 2.2.

    Anyone required to self-isolate - e.g. returning travellers - must not enter LUH buildings either. Further information on self-isolation can be found in section 8.3.2.

  • 3.1.1 TIB - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library
  • 3.1.2 University Sports Centre

    The 3G rule applies at the University Sports Centre.

    Learn more

  • 3.1.3 Backup day care service Leibniz Kids

    Scenario A applies in the context of childcare in Hannover, day care facilities have return to normal functioning.

    The emergency childcare service of LUH, the backup day care service Leibniz Kids, is available for all students and members of staff in need of childcare, such as in the event of illness of regular childminders or to get through important periods during their studies. Current regulations on hygiene and distancing must be observed. Parents may book a place for their children via Leibniz Kids.

    Contact information:
    pme emergency childcare services: Tel. +49 511 700 200 0

    Outside of office hours, please call the service hotline (free of charge): Tel. +49 800 801 007 080

    If you require a document confirming the necessity of day-care in order to register your child, please contact the LUH Family Service.

    Contact information: Björn Klages, Family Service Representative
    Tel. +49 511 762 5198
    Email: familienservice@uni-hannover.de

  • 3.1.4 Cafeterias

    An overview of open and closed cafeterias can be found on the website of Studentenwerk Hannover.

    The 3G rule applies in cafeterias. Learn more

  • 3.1.5 Psychological Counselling for Students (ptb)

    Psychological Counselling for Students (ptb) provides emergency support for students and staff at LUH – under strict compliance with hygiene requirements. Personal appointments with ptb staff, as well as telephone consultations or online counselling via the ptb website must be booked in advance.

  • 3.1.6 LeibnizSHOP

    The LeibnizShop, located on the lower ground floor of the main university building has reopened: Current opening hours

    Orders can also be placed online: www.leibnizshop-uni.de 

    Contact information: Communications and Marketing

  • 3.1.7 Room of Silence

    The Room of Silence located in the main university building is available again from 1 May 2022.

  • 3.2 How can I reach members of staff at LUH?

    If members of staff work from home, they can be reached via email and telephone.

  • 3.2.1 ServiceCenter, Examination Office, Admissions Office, Student Advisory Services, International Office, Student Services Organisation

    The reception area of the ServiceCenter is available for:

    • Assistance with orientation at LUH
    • Printed versions of enrolment confirmations from past semesters
    • Printed versions of study data sheets (e.g. for submission to Landesjustizprüfungsamt)
    • Printed versions of receipts for fees
    • Issuing (replacement) LeibnizCards


    The Examination Office and the Admissions Office are available via email and telephone.

    Please do not hesitate to contact team members with queries regarding student and academic matters (Tel. +49 511 762 2020 email studium@uni-hannover.de).

    Student Advisory Services

    For queries or problems regarding your studies or personal issues occurring during your studies, please contact Student Advisory Services. Email: studienberatung@uni-hannover.de Tel. +49 511 762-5580 (Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

    Consultations are available in person as well as via telephone or video and must be booked in advance.

    The information desk located in the main university building is available from Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 14.00. Student assistants of Student Advisory Services will be happy to assist you with your application, with queries regarding organisational aspects of your studies or online services as well as with finding contact partners. Alternatively, please call +49 511 762-5580 (Mon. - Fri. 9.00-16.00) or send an email to studienberatung@uni-hannover.de.

    International Office

    For queries regarding international matters, please contact the relevant International Office staff member via phone or email. For general queries, please send an email to internationaloffice@uni-hannover.de or call +49 511 762-2548.

    Studentenwerk

    Current information on office hours of the Student Services Organisation Hannover (BAföG and student housing): www.studentenwerk-hannover.de/

  • 3.2.1.1 Resetting passwords for LUH IDs: What happens if I forget my password?

    In order to reset your password, please submit a scanned version or photo of your passport and your semester ticket (LeibnizCard). This is necessary due to data protection regulations. Please sign the copies and send the files via email to studienberatung@zuv.uni-hannover.de. We will then reset your password. After receiving an email containing a PDF with the initial password, you will be able to choose a new password and access your QIS account.

  • 3.2.2 Finance Department

    The Finance department is available via telephone and email or, by prior arrangement, in person. Until further notice, this excludes the payments office in SG 52.

  • 3.2.3 Mail distribution

    Two post boxes with lids are available for exchanging mail (including internal mail) in the respective delivery areas (departments, sections, etc.). These should be positioned so that postal staff can exchange the boxes without personal contact. Until further notice, mail in the main university building will be delivered on a daily basis.

    If this is not feasible in your department, please write an email to heiko.guempel@zuv.uni-hannover.de in order to arrange for your mail to be picked up in the mail room (room A114). Due to space constraints, the mail room may only be accessed by one person at a time.

    Urgent mail may be submitted via the administration post box labelled “Verwaltung” in front of the mail room.

  • 3.2.4 Office supplies

    The office supplies department is available in person; orders may also be placed via telephone or email.

4. Working at LUH

  • 4.1 Do members of staff work on-campus or from home?

    On 1 April 2022, a new agreement on working from home and telecommuting at LUH took effect. Further information in the staff portal

    During a transitional period until September 2022 and following consultation with the supervisor, options for working from home and telecommuniting may still be used without submitting a request. Supervisors must ensure that operations can be maintained to their full extent. In particular, employees must be available via email and telephone.

  • 4.1.1 What do I need to consider in terms of information security and data protection while working from home?

    The LUH information security committee has implemented rules and tips regarding information security and data protection, which enable members of staff to fulfil key requirements while working from home. Further information in the staff portal

  • 4.1.2 How can I create a healthy work environment at home?

    The Gesund @ work website provides information on how to create a healthy work environment at home, such as useful guidelines and tips regarding ergonomics, exercise and relaxation, dealing with stress or pressure and much more. In addition, the website provides information on internal and external advisory services as well as selected emergency numbers.

    Contact information: gesundheit@zuv.uni-hannover.de

  • 4.2 Are work-related meetings permitted?

    The 3G rule applies for work-related meetings in LUH buildings involving both internal and external participants.

  • 4.2.1 What video conferencing tools are available?

    LUH provides various tools for communicating in groups or committees, including Jitsi, BigBlueButton, WebEx and DFNconf. Jitsi and BigBlueButton are internal tools hosted at LUH. WebEx and DFNconf are externally hosted tools and have been approved as central IT services by the data protection office at LUH. Other tools may be used if aspects of information security and data protection are observed. Jitsi or WebEx must be used for confidential matters such as staff issues. In addition, please refer to the information provided in section 4.2.2.

    LUH backgrounds to be used in video conferences can be found here

  • 4.2.2 Can job interviews be held via video conferences?

    Interviews within the scope of recruitment procedures may be held via video conference. For this, the video conferencing platforms Jitsi or WebEx must be used. Interviews may be held in person if the 3G rule as well as regulations on distancing and hygiene implemented at LUH are observed.

    Guideline "Digital job interviews within the scope of recruitment procedures" (in the staff portal, only available in German)

  • 4.3 What regulations apply if I am required to self-isolate?

    In accordance with requirements issued by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Equality, continued remuneration due to self-isolation for unvaccinated persons shall no longer occur.

    As per section 1 paragraph 3 of the SARS-CoV-2 quarantine regulations of the state of Lower Saxony (“Niedersächsische SARS-CoV-2-Absonderungsverordnung”) issued 21 September 2021, quarantine for contacts is no longer required if they have been vaccinated.

    This procedure applies for regular staff employed by the state of Lower Saxony (“Tarifbeschäftigte”).

  • 4.3.1 What regulations apply if I have been quarantined in the context of a holiday trip?

    There are two possible scenarios if members of LUH staff have been quarantined in the context of a holiday trip:

    In the case of an unforeseeable quarantine imposed abroad or after returning from holiday trips abroad, paid special leave may be granted if it is not possible to work from home during self-quarantine. If working from home is not an option, members of staff must provide a valid reason - either due to the nature of their tasks or due to special circumstances - such as a quarantine imposed abroad.

    In the case of a foreseeable quarantine (such as for travellers returning from Sweden) members of staff must consult their head of department prior to travel in order to determine whether working from home is possible during self-quarantine. Alternatively, the quarantine period must be covered by vacation time or other forms of leave, such as taking time off in lieu or unpaid special leave.

    Further information (in German) for "Tarifbeschäftigte" and for civil servants.

     

     

  • 4.4 I have a business trip coming up. Am I allowed to go?

    Business trips within Germany or abroad must be approved by the relevant supervisor and may be conducted under strict compliance with the current regulations on hygiene and distancing.

    Business travel requests to areas of variant of concern cannot be approved.

5. Academic activities

  • 5.1 Will teaching activities in summer semester 2022 take place as normal?

    Summer semester 2022 is scheduled to take place on campus. Members of teaching staff have been urged to continue using the possibilities of online learning, such as streaming, hybrid formats and recorded lectures from previous semesters in addition to on-campus learning, or other alternative formats.

    On-campus learning is a binding requirement of the Presidential Board, based on the need to provide students with feasible study conditions.

    Purely online formats are therefore still possible, provided that they do not interfere with on-campus learning. If online teaching is necessary for academic reasons, this must be implemented in such a way that students can still participate if they subsequently have to attend sessions on campus. Online sessions must always be approved by the relevant head of faculty.

  • 5.1.1 What options and support are available for teaching staff to provide online courses?

    The link below provides a wide range of options and tools for off-campus learning, as well as information on the available support services for members of teaching staff. The overview has been compiled by the E-Learning Service department of the Centre for Quality Enhancement in Teaching and Learning (ZQS) in collaboration with the Department for Human Resources Development and Academic Teaching (SG 11).

    Online Teaching Activities

  • 5.1.2 What online resources and support services are available for students?

    The website below provides a wide range of options and tools for off-campus learning, as well as information on the available support services. This overview has been prepared by the E-Learning Service department of ZQS (ZQS/elsa).

    Studying online

  • 5.1.3 Notebook rental service

    The notebook rental service for students provided by LUIS is available under strict compliance with the regulations on hygiene and distancing. Rental notebooks must be requested in advance. Currently, students are not required to submit a confirmation issued by a lecturer.

    Learn more

  • 5.2 Are teaching staff still available during their office hours?

    Teaching staff may conduct their office hours in person, via telephone, via email or via video conference. If conducted in person, the regulations on hygiene at LUH shall apply.

  • 5.3 Are internships and school placements taking place?

    Internships and school placements may be completed under certain conditions. If students cannot complete their placement (completely or partially), they should contact the relevant institute or member of teaching staff to determine equivalent options or to discuss whether they can reschedule their course of study. Moreover, the Leibniz School of Education will gladly assist both students and teaching staff with any queries regarding school placements (further information on the allocation of placements).

6. Examinations

7. Enrolment and re-registration

  • 7.1 I failed to achieve the 150 credit points required to enrol in a master’s degree programme by the stipulated deadline due to postponed examinations. Is it still possible to enrol in a master’s degree programme?

    Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to this question. It is up to the respective admissions committee to decide whether exceptions to the 150 credit points rule are granted.

    If the admissions committee makes an exception, you will receive your letter of acceptance shortly. Otherwise, you will receive a notification of rejection. If admission has been granted, please note the following important information regarding enrolment:

    The Admissions Office does not recommend enrolling in a master’s degree programme if students have attained less than 150 credit points, since they will be required to complete their bachelor's degree and provide proof of this within the winter semester. There will be no exceptions or deadline extensions. This will result in additional examinations in the winter semester. Where possible, we therefore recommend that affected students reapply for summer semester 2022, after they have attained the required credit points. Generally, assessments in the chosen master's degree programme may already be completed in the winter semester. For further information, please contact the relevant course coordinator of your degree programme.

  • 7.2 LeibnizCard (student card): How can I receive a replacement card?

    Please contact the Student Information Service with regard to replacement cards: studium@uni-hannover.de

  • 7.2.1 I am enrolled at LUH but have not received my LeibnizCard yet. What options are available to me?

    Please send an email to studium@uni-hannover.de. Thank you for your patience in this matter. Further details will be provided via email.

  • 7.3 Can I submit my request for leave of absence via email?

    Yes, it is possible to submit your signed request for leave of absence via email. Please send the completed request via email to studierendenverwaltung@uni-hannover.de with the subject line “Antrag auf Beurlaubung / Ihre Matrikelnummer”. Please use your LUH email address and attach all required certificates.

  • 7.4 What individual amounts are included in the semester fees for summer semester 2022?

    Semester fees for summer semester 2022 comprise the following individual amounts:

    • €115.00 for the Studentenwerk (Student Services Organisation)
    • €225.41 for the SemesterCard (GVH + national semester ticket)
    • €13.09 for the student body
    • €0.91 for bicycle repair shops
    • €75.00 contribution to administrative costs
    • €2.00 for the Kulturticket
    • €2.20 for the "Semesterticketausfallfond" (semester ticket funding provided in cases of hardship)

    Some fees are determined by the respective institutions, others are set by statute. The Admissions Office will divide this amount among the individual institutions (such as Studentenwerk, students' union or the State of Lower Saxony).

    Please do not hesitate to contact the student's union with any additional queries regarding costs for the semester ticket.

  • 7.5 The standard period of study in Lower Saxony has been extended by up to four semesters due to the coronavirus pandemic. How does this affect me?

    The state parliament has passed a resolution to extend the standard period of study by one semester (“individual standard period of study”). This applies to students who have been enrolled for one semester between summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2021/2022.

    For students who have been enrolled for at least two, three or four semesters within the same period, the standard period of study has been extended by two, three or four semesters.

  • 7.5.1 How will the extension of the standard period of study affect my BAföG claims?

    The document “Studienzeit- / Immatrikulationsbescheinigung / Bescheinigung nach § 9 BAföG” for submission to the BAFöG office, which already includes the extension of the standard period of study by up to three semesters, may be downloaded via the QIS online portal for students. Implementation of the extension of the standard period of study by up to four semesters is currently underway.

  • 7.6 The standard period of study in Lower Saxony has been extended by 1-4 semesters. I have been notified that I have to pay tuition fees for long-term students for summer semester 2022. Do I have to pay this fee in spite of the extension?

    Yes. The extended standard period of study by up to three semesters has been included in the LUH system and is taken into account when determining the period of study. Implementation of the extension of the standard period of study by up to four semesters is currently underway. If this means that tuition fees for long-term students for summer semester 2022 are not required, the tuition notification will be deemed void and tuition fees for long-term students will be reimbursed.

    For further details, please refer to FAQ section 7.6.1.

  • 7.6.1 I am a long-term student. Is it possible to apply for exemption from fees for prolonged study due to the current situation?

    If you have experienced disruptions in the course of your studies between summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2021/2022 in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, you may submit a request for exemption from tuition fees for long-term students in accordance with section 14 paragraph 2 of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (NHG). Please note that requests must be submitted by the stipulated deadline (at the latest one month after the end of the lecture period of the semester). Moreover, valid reasons for disruption of studies must be substantiated in writing.

    In order for your application to be processed, please submit a detailed informal statement indicating serious consequences for your studies that you have experienced due to the corona pandemic. Please specify any consequences, such as the impact on your health, your work or your time management with regard to attaining credit points.

    Please submit your informal request via email to semesterbeitrag@zuv.uni-hannover.de.

  • 7.7 Can I submit my withdrawal request via email?

    Yes, it is possible to submit your signed withdrawal request via email. Please submit the completed request via email to studierendenverwaltung@uni-hannover.de with the subject line “Exmatrikulationsantrag”. Please use your LUH email address. Please submit the request as a PDF.

    If you have not validated your LeibnizCard for the next semester yet, it is sufficient to provide a photo or scanned version of the card. If you have already validated your LeibnizCard for the next semester, the remaining amount can be reimbursed. Upon termination of enrolment, please provide a photo or scanned version of the validated card via email to studierendenverwaltung@uni-hannover.de as soon as possible. The scanned version must show the re-writeable section of the card illustrating that your semester ticket is no longer valid. If it is not possible to submit a scanned version or photo, the card must be submitted by post.

  • 7.7.1 I have not yet received proof of withdrawal from the university. What do I need to consider?

    If enrolment has been terminated due to completing your degree course ("bestandene Prüfung"), final failure of your degree course ("endgültig nicht bestandene Prüfung") or failure to re-register ("fehlende Rückmeldung"), you will receive confirmation after approximately two months. If confirmation is urgently required - for example, to enrol at another university - you must submit a formal withdrawal request.

8. International

  • 8.1. Will international mobilities take place?

    Mobility movement to Hannover and from Hannover to other countries may take place, provided that the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Foreign Office are observed. For further information on business travel abroad, please refer to FAQ section 4.4.

  • 8.2 LUH students and staff abroad

    Further information and advice can be obtained from the International Office for students and staff that are currently studying or completing a placement abroad, or had planned to do so. If you have any queries, please contact the relevant International Office staff member via telephone or email. General queries may be sent via email to the following address: internationaloffice@uni-hannover.de or by calling +49 0511-762 2548.

    For information on Erasmus+ traineeships please contact the Office for EU Traineeships.

  • 8.3 International students and staff in Hannover

    Further information and advice can be obtained from the International Office for international students and staff that are currently studying or completing a placement in Hannover, or had planned to do so. If you have any queries, please contact the relevant International Office staff member via telephone or email. General queries may be sent via email to the following address: internationaloffice@uni-hannover.de or by calling +49 0511-762 2548

  • 8.3.1 I would like to travel to Hannover. Can I go ahead with this?

    In accordance with official regulations currently in place, it is up to students and researchers to decide whether they travel to Hannover. When organising your journey, please check the conditions for entering Germany listed on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office as well as the current entry requirements implemented for your country of origin via the German embassy/consulate in your home country. Please note that a travel ban has been imposed on countries where virus variants of concern have spread.

  • 8.3.2 What do I need to consider if I intend to travel to Germany?

    Regulations have been established by the state governments within the scope of the “Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung” (Ordinance on protection against risks of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus posed by persons entering the country following the determination of an epidemic situation of national significance by the German Bundestag).

    Since 1 June 2022, proof of the G status is no longer required for entering Germany. However, this does not apply for travellers entering Germany from an area of variant of concern.

    Travellers who have spent time in an area of variant of concern in the past 10 days before their arrival must complete a digital registration form before entering Germany. The form will be passed on the local health office automatically.

    Moreover, travellers from areas of variant of concern are required to be tested and must remain in self-isolation. Categories are determined by the respective status of the country or the region at the time of arrival in Germany.

    • A travel ban has been imposed on countries where virus variants of concern have spread: Transportation providers, such as airlines or railway companies, are not permitted to provide transportation services to travellers entering Germany from these countries. There are only a few, strictly defined exceptions to this travel ban, in particular for persons residing in Germany or persons with an existing residence permit for Germany.
    • Travellers entering Germany from an area of variant of concern must present a negative PCR test result upon their arrival, taken within a maximum of 48 hours. Proof of recovery or vaccination cannot be provided instead of this test.
    • After their arrival, travellers must self-isolate for a period of 14 days. There are no exceptions for travellers who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection or tested travellers and self-isolation cannot be ended prematurely.
       

    Further information on affected countries and regions as well as on testing and self-isolation requirements can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

    Further details in the FAQ section of the state of Lower Saxony

    Students intending to move into student housing provided by Studentenwerk (student services organisation) must take into account that this is only possible if they submit a negative coronavirus test result, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery.

    In the event that students are required to remain in self-isolation, the International Office cannot assist in ensuring sufficient provisions.

  • 8.3.3 I would like to return to my home country during the lecture-free period. Can I go ahead with this?

    International students who are currently in Hannover may decide whether they return to their home country during the lecture-free period - in compliance with official regulations currently in place in Germany as well as in their home country. When organising your journey, please check the current conditions for entering the respective country via the foreign office of your home country, as well as regulations for returning to Germany via the German embassy/consulate in your home country and the websites of the Federal Foreign Office in Germany.

    Due to the dynamic nature of the current situation, travel regulations in your home country and in Germany may change at short notice, therefore complicating your return to Germany.

    In addition, travelling to your home country may increase the risk of a COVID-19 infection. Please bear in mind these issues when considering whether your journey is strictly necessary at this point in time.

9. Events

Further information on the Coronavirus

CONTACT PERSONS AT LUH

Head of Communications and Marketing / Spokesperson

Mechtild Freiin von Münchhausen
Mechtild Freiin von Münchhausen

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Dr. Ellen Aumüller
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Dr. Nicole Neuvians
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