Information on the Coronavirus

The emergency committee of Leibniz University Hannover evaluates the current situation regarding the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 on a daily basis and determines a 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. General information

  • 1.1 Who are the members of the LUH emergency committee?

    During the current coronavirus crisis, 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 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 shall be consulted in an advisory capacity, such as representatives of the Student Services Organisation.

  • 1.2 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 GP or a private test centre, positive test results are reported to the local health authority,, which may put infected patients on mandatory medical leave or instruct them to stay in self-isolation. 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 1.2.2.

  • 1.2.1 Can I get tested for coronavirus via the Occupational Health Officer at LUH?

    No. Occupational health practitioners focus on preventative medicine and advisory services. Diagnosing and treating diseases is not part of their responsibilities. It is therefore not possible to get tested for coronavirus via occupational health officers. Such tests must be performed by GPs or in test centres.

  • 1.2.2 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?

    While the local health office takes care of tracing those who have had contact with the infected person, the Presidential Board also calls upon infected staff members to voluntarily notify their supervisors and upon infected students to 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)
    • My participation was documented via Stud.IP/on paper (students)
    • 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 or covering etc.)

    As soon as the Department for Student and Academic Matters (Mr Lasse Jacob) or the supervisors have been notified, they should inform the local health office that someone in their department has a SARS-CoV-2 infection with the consent of the infected person – unless the health office has already got in touch with LUH to coordinate contact tracing and other measures. Students may indicate Mr Lasse Jacob as the main point of contact at LUH for local health authorities.

    Contacts of the infected person should be determined since they have an increased risk of infection. Close contacts include anyone who has had contact with an infected person within 2 days prior to or at least 14 days after the onset of symptoms. If someone has tested positive without experiencing any symptoms, relevant contacts include those who have had contact with the infected person within 2 days prior to or up to 14 days after a swab was taken (testing). If the date of infection can be identified, relevant contacts include those who have had contact within 3 to 19 days after the exposure of the case.

    According to information published by the Robert Koch Institute, the following criteria should be used to determine close contacts: distance to the reported case, duration of exposure, use of protective face masks as well as presence in a room with potentially infectious aerosols.

    According to the RKI definition, contacts of a confirmed case are considered close contacts if at least one of the following criteria applies:

    • close contact (<1.5 m, near field) for more than 10 minutes without adequate protective measures
    • conversation with the infected person (irrespective of the duration) without adequate pro-tective measures
    • simultaneous presence of contact and the infected person in the same room with a poten-tially high concentration of infectious aerosols irrespective of the distance for more than 10 minutes, even if a face mask or FFP2 mask has been worn correctly and at all times (other than occupational health and safety equipment)

    Adequate protective measures include face masks or FFP2 masks (as defined by the BfArM) worn at all times and correctly, i.e. close-fitting and covering both the mouth and the nose With regard to risk assessment and measures for close contacts, please refer to the RKI website.

    If some contacts cannot be clearly classified as close contacts, it is safer to consider them as close contacts until the local health office has made a decision.

    Close contacts must self-isolate immediately (quarantine) until they are contacted by the local health office, even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or if they have recovered from a COVID-19 infection. The further course of action can only be determined by the local health office. Even if a negative test result is obtained via a self-conducted antigen test, self-isolation remains mandatory. Close contacts should inform their own close contacts outside of LUH and their household and ask them to look out for symptoms of illness and to minimise contacts. Anyone with an onset of symptoms is required to self-isolate and immediately get in touch with the local health authority.

    Please take note of the latest information on tracing contacts in the context of SARS-CoV-2 infections, issued by the Robert Koch Institute. Important sources of information:

  • 1.3 Can members of staff employed at LUH get a COVID-19 vaccination with increased priority?

    Yes, as per section 4 article 1 (8) of the regulations governing immunisation against the coronavirus, all members of staff employed in higher education are entitled to receive a COVID-19 vaccine with increased priority. The same applies to academic assistants, student assistants and members of lecturing staff. Further information can be found in FAQ section 4.1.

  • 1.4 Are supervisors or facilities permitted to record an employee’s vaccination status?

    At present, vaccination status may neither be enquired nor documented for data protection reasons.

  • 1.5 I have a disability or a long-term health condition. Where can I obtain support?

    Members of staff with disabilities or long-term health conditions may contact the representatives for employees with disabilities via telephone or email. Further information and contact details can be found on the website of the representatives for employees with disabilities. Moreover, further information may be obtained via the employer representative for matters regarding members of staff with disabilities, Uwe Barkow.

    Students may contact the representative for students with disabilities. Contact details and further information can be found on the website Studying with disabilities.

  • 1.5.1 How can preventative measures against the spread of infections be implemented in a fully accessible manner?

    In order to ensure that people with disabilities can use preventative measures against the spread of infections to protect themselves as well as others, these measures must be implemented in a fully accessible manner. For example, sanitiser must be accessible for all, distance markers must be placed in such a way that visually impaired people notice them, or anything that is said is understood by people with a hearing impairment, which is not possible while wearing masks. Tips on how to ensure accessibility in various situations can be found here.

    In addition, further information on accessibility can be found on the website of the Equal Opportunities Office or the website Studying with disabilities.

  • 1.6 What do I need to consider before going on holiday?

    Before going on holiday – especially when travelling abroad – you must take into account that you may be required to self-quarantine or to submit a negative coronavirus test result (further information can be found in section 8.3.3).

    Anyone required to self-isolate must not enter LUH buildings. Further information on the consequences of self-isolation for members of staff can be found in section 4.6.3

    Learn more about the regulations for returning travellers applicable in Lower Saxony

  • 1.7 How can I help?

    #LernenVernetzt project
    The Leibniz School of Education brings together students enrolled in teacher trainer courses, school pupils and teachers in the Hannover region. For example, students support online learning activities or prepare online teaching materials. Learn more

    Corona Support Hannover - Solidarity instead of Panic Buying
    In collaboration with students and members of the AStA at LUH, citizens in Hannover have established a neighbourhood network. "Corona Support Hannover - Solidarity instead of Panic Buying" aims to connect those in need and those willing to help, as well as to support other social initiatives. Learn more

    University Sports Centre online platform
    The University Sports Centre has created an online platform where people can support one another. The idea is based on the buddy project and aims to provide assistance in everyday life, particularly for those at higher risk for more severe complications from Covid-19. Learn more

    Corona School
    A group of German students has established the Corona School website, a free and digital platform that brings together school pupils and university students in order to provide support with understanding course content in light of the suspension of classroom learning in schools. Within the scope of the Corona School project, volunteers support pupils free of charge. Due to high demand, Corona School is looking for additional students willing to help by providing learning support. Learn more

    http://www.corona-school.de

    Seasonal workers
    Farmers throughout Germany are in urgent need of assistance due to the absence of seasonal workers from abroad. Learn more

    Information regarding BAföG
    BAföG contributions will not be affected for the period during which additional income is earned in the context of supporting health care providers, social services or farmers during the coronavirus pandemic. The amendment has been resolved by the German Bundestag. Further information

  • 1.8 Where can I receive psychological help?

    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.

  • 1.9 How can students obtain financial support?

    Students who are enrolled at a recognised higher education institution in Germany and experiencing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic can apply for financial support via the interim support programme (“Überbrückungshilfe”).  The programme has been extended and is available for summer semester 2021. Students enrolled at a recognised higher education institution in Germany, who live in Germany and have not taken leave of absence at the time of application, are eligible to apply. This applies to students from Germany and abroad. There are no age restrictions. Financial support will be provided on a monthly basis amounting to a maximum of 500 euros. Requests will be processed by the regional student services organisation and must be submitted via this online IT platform. In addition, student loans are available via the KfW bank. Until the end of 2021, student loans provided by the KfW bank are free of interest.

    Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
    In addition, please refer to the website of Studentenwerk Hannover.

    Students at Leibniz University Hannover who do not meet the criteria for the support programme funded by the federal government may apply for one-time funding through the corona emergency fund (“Corona-Nothilfefonds”) to help with health insurance contributions, rent, learning materials etc. Leibniz Universitätsgesellschaft, the Alumni Office and the Equal Opportunities Office of LUH want to ensure that no student is forced to abandon his or her studies due to the corona crisis. The corona emergency fund is financed by private donations. There is no legal entitlement to it. Affected students can contact the Equal Opportunities Office: Tel. 0511 762-3774, Email coronahilfe@uni-hannover.de

    Learn more about the emergency fund

  • 1.9.1 I am struggling to pay rent for student accomodation in time – what options are available to me?

    In cases of social hardship, tenants of Studentenwerk Hannover (Student Services Organisation Hannover) may pay overdue rent in instalments. For further information, please contact the accounting department of Studentenwerk Hannover.

2. Hygiene measures

  • 2.1. Has LUH implemented specific measures in terms of hygiene?

    In collaboration with the LUH emergency committee, the Presidential Board has resolved overall hygiene measures to be implemented at LUH in order to prevent the infection and spread of SARS-CoV-2.

    In addition, the committee has implemented hygiene measures for written and oral examinations

    Guidelines for members of staff present during on-campus examinations can be found here.

    Based on the general hygiene measures, additional hygiene concepts will be developed for individual LUH facilities taking into account specific circumstances.

    For example, hygiene measures for events taking place in the atrium of the main university building ("Lichthof") are available via Alumni, Fundraising and Event Management or the Occupational Safety Department.

  • 2.1.1 Which hygiene requirements must be observed at LUH?

    Anyone entering LUH buildings will be required to wash their hands immediately.

    Wherever possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained.

    Medical face masks or FFP2 masks must be worn inside of buildings. Further information can be found in section 2.1.2.

    Detailed information can be found in the hygiene measures as well as in the Hygiene measures for written and oral examinations.

    In addition, please note the hygiene tips provided by the Federal Centre for Health Education (in German).

  • 2.1.2 Do I need to cover my mouth and nose at LUH?

    Yes. Medical face masks (MNS) or FFP2 masks must be worn in all buildings.

    This must be worn until, for example, you have reached your desk in the office, or taken your seat at a work meeting or in the lecture hall.

    The following applies for study areas: If a study area for group work is used by more than one person, all persons present must wear a medical face mask or FFP2 mask.

    A medical face mask or FFP2 mask must be worn during on-campus examinations if technical or organisational protective measures are insufficient. Students who do not wear a face mask will be excluded from affected on-campus examinations. On-campus examinations must not exceed a maximum duration of 2 hours (actual time for sitting the examination).

    Medical face masks or FFP2 masks will be provided for members of staff present during examinations, in particular during on-campus examinations, as well as for members of staff performing duties where face-to-face contact is necessary in professional contexts. Masks will be distributed via supervisors of affected members of staff.

    Medical face masks or FFP2 masks must be worn in all TIB library buildings as well as in cafeterias.

  • 2.1.3 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. However, the minimum distance required between people according to the regulations to prevent the infection and spread of the coronavirus issued by the State of Lower Saxony continues to apply.

    Please take a look at the information sheet "Lüftung" (ventilation) and the associated appendix 1 to learn more.

  • 2.1.4 Where can I find templates to be used for signs?
  • 2.2 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. If you are tested for SARS-CoV-2 and the test result is positive, the local health office will trace those who have had contact with you and instruct you to stay in self-isolation. In this case, the Presidential Board asks you to voluntarily notify the university as well. In this regard, please note sections 1.2 and 1.2.2 if applicable.

  • 2.3 Who do I contact if I have additional questions regarding hygiene measures at LUH?

    For queries regarding overall or general hygiene measures at LUH, please contact the Occupational Safety Department. In addition, the Occupational Safety Department provides support and guidance on preparing individual hygiene concepts.

  • 2.4 Am I required to conduct a SARS-CoV-2 self-test before entering LUH buildings?

    Students must provide a negative coronavirus test result, or proof of recovery or vaccination, in order to participate in practical laboratory courses, other practical sessions and field trips. Students should make use of the free tests for citizens (“Bürgertest”). For this purpose, the faculties have been asked to provide test capacities in the form of self-test kits.

    An overview of test centres in Hannover and the surrounding region can be found on the website of Region Hannover

    This form template (only available in German) can be used to declare that a negative test result has been obtained. Moreover, proof of a negative test result may be provided via a smartphone. Student IDs or identity cards (including a photograph) are recognised as an additional form of authorisation. The test result must have been obtained within the past 24 hours; tests should be conducted twice per week.

    Testing requirements do not apply if someone has already recovered from a COVID-19 infection or has been vaccinated in accordance with the regulations governing exceptions for protective measures against COVID-19 ("SchAusnahmV"). In these cases, a document confirming recovery or immunisation must be submitted instead of a negative test result. Further information can be found in section 2 SchAusnahmV.

  • 2.4.1 SARS-CoV-2 self-test kits for employees of Leibniz University Hannover

    The Presidential Board provides self-test kits for members of staff working on the LUH campus. Tests are performed and evaluated at home before employees begin their working day. Two tests per week are available for members of staff unable to work from home and required to work on campus at least twice per week. One test is available for members of staff unable to work from home and required to work on campus once per week. Testing is not required if suitable protective measures ensure equivalent protection or if proof of existing equivalent protection can be provided. Self-test kits are procured via the central administrative department and will be distributed via the relevant supervisors.

    Members of staff are not required to report the test result or vaccination status to their supervisors. If the test result is negative, members of staff may complete their usual tasks at LUH under strict compliance with the hygiene measures implemented to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

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

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

    We strongly recommend conducting a PCR test in order to confirm the test result. For this purpose, please call your GP and inform them that you have performed a self-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, which will contact you to implement further measures.

    Although the health authorities will take care of tracing contacts, 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 FAQ section 1.2.2.

    Relevant contacts include anyone who has had contact with an infected person within the past 2 days prior to the onset of symptoms. If someone has tested positive without experiencing any symptoms, relevant contacts include those who have had contact with the infected person within the past 2 days before a swab was taken (testing).

    Further information:

3. Closures and contact information

  • 3.1 Is it still possible to enter LUH buildings and other facilities on the LUH campus?

    In general, anyone experiencing symptoms indicating a COVID-19 infection must not enter LUH buildings. Further information can be found in section 2.2.

    Anyone required to self-isolate - e.g. because they returned from an area of variant of concern, a high-incidence area or a regular high-risk area - must not enter LUH buildings either. Further information on self-isolation can be found in section 8.3.3.

    Study areas

    Study areas are available for use. For the time being, the study areas set up temporarily in the atrium of the main university building are available for use until end of September 2021. If a study area for group work is used by more than one person, all persons present must wear a medical face mask or FFP2 mask.

    Access to laboratory areas should be discussed within the faculties - under strict compliance with the regulations on distancing, hygiene and testing.

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

    Circulation desks and most reading areas are available at the following locations: TIB Science/Technology (Welfengarten), TIB Conti-Campus, TIB History/ Religious Studies, TIB Social Sciences.

    Further information on opening hours and available study areas

    For information on TIB services or on accessing literature online, please refer to the TIB blog:

    Blog entries on digital services provided by TIB

  • 3.1.2 University Sports Centre

    The University Sports Centre (ZfH) offers an online sports programme available via YouTube, individual workout activities on SportCAMPUS, as well as on-site outdoor courses.

    Moreover, the CAMPUSFit gym has been reopened.

    Learn more

  • 3.1.3 Emergency Childcare

    Currently, scenario A applies in the context of childcare in Hannover. Scenario A means that day-care facilities return to normal functioning. Therefore, the contracted scope of care is available again. Current regulations on hygiene and distancing must still be observed.

  • 3.1.4 Back-up day-care service Leibniz Kids

    Currently, 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 still 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

  • 3.1.5 Cafeterias

    In addition to takeaways meals, the cafeterias Contine, Garbsen and TiHo-Tower offer food served on the premises. Cafeteria Sprengelstube will reopen on 2 August; Mensa Caballus will reopen on 16 August.

    Food must be ordered in advance via the "Studi|Futter app.

    Further information

    The following regulations apply in all cafeterias:

    • wear a medical face mask or FFP2 mask
    • maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres when waiting in lines, do not form groups
    • observe directions and one-way routes
  • 3.1.6 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.

  • 3.1.7 LeibnizSHOP

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

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

    Contact information: Communications and Marketing

  • 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. Further information can be found on the website of the respective service facilities.

  • 3.2.1 ServiceCenter, Examination Office, Admissions Office, Student Advisory Service, International Office

    The ServiceCenter, Examination Office, Admissions Office, Student Advisory Services and the International Office can be contacted via email or telephone. Face-to-face consultation may only occur in exceptional cases.

    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 or studienberatung@uni-hannover.de).

    For general queries or problems regarding your studies and any private 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.)

    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.

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

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

    Usually, students who need to reset their password are required to visit the ServiceCenter and present their passport. It is currently sufficient to 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 Personnel and Legal Department

    The Personnel and Legal Department is only available via telephone or email. The department facilities are currently closed to the public.

  • 3.2.3 Finance Department

    The Finance Department is only available via telephone or email. Documents may be submitted via the post boxes at the information desk (box 1-3).

  • 3.2.4 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.

  • 3.2.5 Office supplies

    The office supplies department is closed to the public; orders must be placed via telephone or email.

4. Working at LUH

  • 4.1 Will members of staff employed at LUH get a COVID-19 vaccination with increased priority?

    Yes, as per section 4 article 1 (8) of the regulations governing immunisation against the coronavirus, all members of staff employed in higher education are entitled to receive a COVID-19 vaccine with increased priority. The same applies to academic assistants, student assistants and members of lecturing staff.

    Please contact your facility manager or your head of institute in order to obtain a document confirming that you are employed at LUH. A template can be found here.

    As of 31 May 2021, this confirmation may be used to book an appointment at vaccination centres or in order to be added to a waiting list. Alternatively, you can contact your GP.

    Further information on the process regarding appointments for priority group 3 can be found in the press release of the Ministry of Health of Lower Saxony (only available in German).

    Since calendar week 24, vaccinations are also taking place at LUH. Further information can be found in the President’s email sent dated 28 May 2021.

    Vaccination appointments will be considered as working hours.

    For queries regarding vaccinations, please call the vaccination hotline of the state of Lower Saxony (+49 800 99 88 66 5), which is available Mon. - Sat. between 8.00 and 20.00 or send an email to the Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Equality at Poststelle@ms.niedersachsen.de / Corona-Impfungen@ms.niedersachsen.de.

  • 4.2 Do all members of staff have to work from home?

    Despite the growing willingness and necessity, the national and international situation does not yet permit a complete return to on-campus university life. Naturally, compliance with the applicable hygiene requirements plays an important role. The following requirements therefore apply:

    • Working on campus in single-occupant offices is preferable, unless the regulations on distancing and hygiene cannot be observed due to other spatial conditions.

    • Multi-occupant offices may only be used provided that the regulations on distancing and hygiene can be observed. Sufficient ventilation must also be ensured (see the General hygiene measures and the information on ventilation in FAQ section 2).

      Information on the use of multi-occupant offices:
      Bearing in mind the regulations and measures to prevent the spread of infection, the use of double-occupant or multi-occupant offices with several persons is also possible. The Occupational Safety Department must be consulted to determine whether an office or several offices in an area may be used by multiple occupants, in view of preventing the spread of infection.

    • As a further measure to prevent the spread of infection, members of staff may work from home if the requirements below cannot be fulfilled.

      Information on working from home:
      If the regulations and measures to prevent the spread of infection cannot be observed, a group to work from home (as described below) should be formed as a preventative measure. Staff in leadership positions are responsible for the specific arrangements in consultation with the Occupational Safety Department.

      Working from home can continue to be implemented as a measure to observe the hygiene requirements, provided that duties can be carried out from home and official aspects such as service are not hindered. In concrete terms, the organisational units that were previously primarily or exclusively working from home would return to normal functioning, in such a way that at least proportional staffing can be ensured on campus (insofar as this corresponds to service prior to Corona). A form of staff rotation system should be implemented to observe regulations on hygiene and should be documented in order to trace any possible chain of infection. Working from home shall continue to be possible, provided that official work can be carried out. Accordingly, the work space itself as well as all other technical and infrastructural conditions must be suitable for working from home and the university's information security and privacy policies must be observed. In particular, employees must be available via email and telephone.

      Entitlement to work from home shall not apply. If working from home is to be granted, absence of colleagues due to leave must be taken into account and it should be ensured that normal service is not hindered.
  • 4.2.1 What measures apply to staff who may be more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus?

    Working on campus shall be deemed possible for staff at higher risk for more severe complications from COVID-19 (according to the higher risk groups indicated by the Robert Koch Institute), that are unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons, provided that, according to a risk assessment, an increased (low) risk of infection is not posed and regulations on distancing and hygiene are observed.  If this is not the case, additional protective measures must be implemented.

    In addition, members of staff able to provide proof in the form of a medical certificate may contact Dr. Aumüller (Occupational Health Officer) in order to prepare occupational healthcare recommendations for their workplace.

  • 4.2.2 Do the restrictions with regard to telecommuting still apply?

    Following consultation with the staff council, any restrictions with regard to telecommuting (official request, limited number of days) shall be suspended until 31 December 2021. The duration of telecommuting as well as the required duties are determined by the respective supervisor.

  • 4.2.3 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

  • 4.3 Are work-related meetings permitted?

    Work-related meetings with external guests may take place in person. No more than 25 persons may attend. Regulations on distancing and hygiene at LUH shall apply (distancing, masks, ventilation). Guests should provide a negative test result, or proof of vaccination or recovery.

    Internal, work-related meetings may also take place in person. Regulations on hygiene shall apply. No more than 25 persons should attend.

  • 4.3.1 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 must be used for confidential matters such as staff issues. In addition, please refer to the information provided in section 4.3.2.

  • 4.3.2 Can job interviews be held via video conferences?

    Interviews within the scope of recruitment procedures may continue to be held via video conference. For this, the video conferencing platforms Jitsi or WebEx must be used. If necessary, interviews may be held in person, provided that regulations on distancing and hygiene at LUH are observed and candidates can present a negative test result, or proof of vaccination or recovery.

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

  • 4.4 I am affected by the closure of schools and day-care facilities – what options are available to me?

    Following consultation with their supervisor, parents who need to make alternative arrangements for childcare (children aged 14 and under) due to closures of nurseries or schools, should work from home. Flexibility with respect to working hours should also be taken into account.

    If it is not possible or appropriate to work from home, civil servants may request paid special leave. Paid special leave for other members of staff ("Tarifbeschäftigte") may be requested for a maximum of three days. With the consent of the respective department, unpaid special leave may be granted – provided that official duties are not affected. Your request should be sent via email to the applicable member of staff in the Personnel and Legal Department.

    In addition, please note the information provided in section 3.1.4 ("Emergency childcare") and section 3.1.5 "Backup day-care service Leibniz Kids".

    Leibniz University Hannover maintains operations in education and research. In particular, this includes members of staff active in fields of general public interest. Upon request, the LUH Family Service issues written confirmations for parents wishing to make use of the Leibniz Kids back-up service or emergency childcare services offered by their regular childcare provider. For further information, please contact the LUH Family Service: familienservice@uni-hannover.de, Tel. +49 511 762 5198

    Furthermore, supervisors may issue a document confirming that members of staff perform indispensable duties in order to illustrate that emergency childcare is required. For this purpose, this templatemay be used.

    The state government has decided that child sickness benefits in 2021 will be paid for 30 days per parent (60 working days for single parents). These regulations also apply if parents are required to care for children at home due to the closure of schools or day-care facilities in the context of the pandemic, if mandatory attendance in schools is suspended, or if child-care services are only available to a limited extent. Learn more

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

    If you have had contact with someone who has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and are therefore classified as a close contact according to the definition of the Robert Koch Institute, you must not enter LUH buildings and are required to wait for further instructions from your local health office (see section 1.2.2). For specific information on measures and types of contact, please refer to the information published by the Robert Koch Institute.

  • 4.5.1 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 that person is not showing any symptoms and no measures have been imposed by the local health authority, you may continue your activities at LUH. All hygiene measures must be complied with. Contact with other people should be reduced to a critical minimum and should not exceed a period of 15 minutes. If possible, working from and staying at home until a test result is available is the safest option.

  • 4.5.2 What do I need to do if I have been quarantined by the public health department?

    There are two possible scenarios:

    • You are infected and have been instructed to stay in isolation: A medical certificate will be issued. In the case of illness, the usual provisions for continued remuneration shall apply.
    • You are not infected and have been instructed to stay in self-isolation as a preventative measure: Please consult your supervisor to determine whether you will be able to work from home. In accordance with section 56 paragraph 5 of the law on Preventing and Combating Infectious Diseases, continued remuneration will be provided over a maximum period of six weeks.

    In both cases, you are required to notify your employer that you have been instructed to stay in isolation by the public health department.

  • 4.5.3 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.

     

     

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

    Business trips within Germany are permitted under strict compliance with the regulations on hygiene and distancing.

    Business trips abroad must be approved by the Presidential Board. Travel requests must be submitted via email to the Senior Vice President via Sandra Cohrs, Finance Department.

  • 4.7 What regulations apply for research staff during the qualification phase?

    Due to the current restrictions in higher education and research, the upper limit for the temporary employment of research and artistic staff during the qualification phase has been extended. Employment relationships for qualification purposes that existed between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020 may be extended for a further six months. Moreover, employment contracts concluded between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021 may be extended for a further six months. There is no legal entitlement to a contract renewal.

    Learn more

    For additional queries, please contact the relevant clerk in the Personnel and Legal Department.

  • 4.8 How can I improve my skills while working from home?

    Working from home and using digital tools poses a significant challenge for all members of staff. In order to facilitate this transition, the Department for Human Resources Development provides information and support.

    Regularly updated tips and online training resources

    For information on courses provided by external further education institutions and online training, please refer to the following websites:


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

     

     

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

    The Gesund @ home 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

5. Academic activities

  • 5.1 Teaching activities planned for winter semester 2021/2022

    In winter semester 2021/2022, if possible, we plan to return to on-campus learning at Leibniz University Hannover. Based on the current development of the pandemic and progress in vaccination, university administration assumes that a return to on-campus learning will be possible. A complete return to on-campus learning depends on the political decision to no longer enforce the regulations on distancing and would not be feasible otherwise in terms of organisation and infrastructure. Should the regulations on distance continue to apply, LUH will have to return to online learning with exceptions for individual courses, as was the case for winter semester 2020/2021.

  • 5.2 Will teaching activities in summer semester 2021 take place as normal?

    Most teaching activities in the summer semester will take place online.

    Laboratory work, project studies, field work within the scope of practical sessions, as well as courses in small groups are possible under strict compliance with hygiene measures specifically implemented for these activities – in cases where online formats could potentially lead to a prolonged duration of study. Participating students are required to conduct a self-test – further information can be found in section 2.4.

    Moreover, course projects and theses, as well as preparatory work for bachelor’s or master’s examinations in student groups may take place, provided that the precautions mentioned above have been taken.

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

    The options and tools below for off-campus teaching including support services have been compiled by the E-Learning Service Department (elsa) of the Centre for Quality Enhancement in Teaching and Learning (ZQS) in collaboration with the Department for Human Resources Development (SG 11). New options and tools are constantly being added.

    Online Teaching Activities

  • 5.2.2 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. The list of e-learning services by ZQS/elsa is constantly expanding.

    Studying online

    In addition, please refer to the information regarding the use of study areas and PC labs (FAQ 3.1.1), the notebook rental service for students (FAQ 3.1.1.1) and the availability of reading areas (FAQ 3.1.2).

  • 5.2.3 How can I find out whether sessions listed in Stud.IP take place online or face-to-face?

    All sessions taking place face-to-face should be marked with a prefix placed before the title, such as "Präsenz_Vorlesung: XYZ" (Face-to-face lecture: XYZ). In addition, further information can be found in the detailed description of the respective Stud.IP course, such as "Alle Veranstaltungen, die keinen entsprechenden Zusatz zur Präsenz aufweisen, sind online stattfindende Veranstaltungen." (All courses without a prefix indicating face-to-face sessions take place online.) Further details on the concept of courses can be found in the detailed description. If this is not the case, please contact the respective members of teaching staff in order to clarify the matter.

  • 5.2.4 Notebook rental

    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

  • 5.3 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.

  • 5.4 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).

  • 5.5 What do I need to consider when planning field trips?

    Field trips required in accordance with examination regulations are possible under strict compliance with hygiene measures specifically implemented for these activities – in cases where online formats could potentially lead to a prolonged duration of study. Hygiene concepts must be approved by the Occupational Safety department in advance. Participating students are required to conduct a self-test – further information can be found in section 2.4.

    Requests for conducting field trips abroad will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Requests should be accompanied by a hygiene concept approved by the Occupational Safety department and should be submitted to the Vice President for Teaching and Academic Programmes (vpl@uni-hannover.de).

    Field trips to areas of variant of concern or high-incidence areas will not be approved.

  • 5.6 Will the Leibniz Language Centre be providing language courses and consultations?

    Yes. Compact courses, tandem courses and writing consultations are available.

    The online placement tests for German, English and Spanish as well as the registration dates shall not be affected. In addition, the consultation event shall be conducted online (further information available at https://www.llc.uni-hannover.de). Online registration is available for "prioritised course registration" (fillable PDF document) on the Leibniz Language Centre website, where guidelines for completion can also be found.

    The LLC strives to ensure that students are not only able to improve their language skills, but can also obtain ECTS credit points as usual. In this respect, it may be necessary to modify assessments. Information on any changes will be duly provided on the LLC website and in the module descriptions prior to course commencement.

  • 5.7 Can credit points in the field of transferable skills be attained?

    Yes, the ZQS/Key Competences department offers seminars with credit points in online formats.

    Students and members of staff may contact the ZQS/Key Competences department with any queries regarding the seminar programme.

    In addition, credit points in the field of transferable skills may be attained within the scope of virtual qualification programmes taking place in winter semester 2020/2021. An overview of available programmes can be found here.

  • 5.8 May contact details be collected in the context of face-to-face sessions at LUH?

    Based on the regulations to prevent the infection and spread of the coronavirus issued by the State of Lower Saxony, contact details may be collected and processed in the context of face-to-face sessions. Further information can be found in section 10.1.2.

6. Examinations

  • 6.1 Legal information regarding online examinations

    Conventional examinations have been transferred to online formats. This results in numerous legal issues that need to be clarified. This document provides an overview of questions and answers regarding legal issues that may arise (only available in German).

    Instructions on how to supervise assessments conducted remotely via electronic devices can be found here (only available in German).

  • 6.1.1 What regulations apply if I am required to remain in self-isolation or if I cannot attend an on-campus examination for personal reasons?

    If examinees cannot attend an on-campus examination because they are required to remain in self-isolation due to a coronavirus infection or due to having had contact with an infected person, this will be deemed as withdrawal in accordance with section 15 of the examination regulations. The same legal grounds apply as in the case of other personal illnesses or other personal reasons (illness of family members, travel restrictions). In these cases, the examination will not be counted as an attempt in accordance with section 15 of the examination regulations. Affected students may sit the relevant examination at the next regular date. There is no entitlement to an alternative online examination instead of an on-campus examination.

  • 6.1.2 What regulations apply in cases of hardship or if students experience disadvantages as per section 16 of the examination regulations?

    All reasons provided in the context of such requests that are unrelated to health conditions (of the applicant) must have a considerable impact in order to be recognised as a disadvantage. If valid reason is given, requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In this context, the principle of equality applies; exceptions may only be granted if proof of undue hardship is provided.

    If a medical specialist confirms that a student cannot wear a face mask due to illness, the student must be given an opportunity for sitting examinations without wearing a face mask. For this, LUH must provide suitable premises equipped in accordance with the applicable hygiene regulations.

  • 6.2 Are examinations currently taking place?

    The examination period in summer semester 2021 begins on 25 July 2021. During this phase, members of teaching staff have been asked to transfer as many examinations as possible to online formats.

    A medical face mask or FFP2 mask must be worn during on-campus examinations. Students who do not wear a face mask will be excluded from on-campus examinations. On-campus examinations must not exceed a maximum duration of 2 hours (actual time for sitting the examination). Students are asked to get tested before on-campus examinations and should only sit examinations if they have obtained a negative test result. Upon request, students must provide a negative test result before sitting an examination.

    Visit the website of the applicable faculty for more information.

  • 6.2.1 Which hygiene measures apply during examinations?

    In this context, the hygiene measures for written and oral examinations apply. Further information can be found in FAQ section 2.

  • 6.2.2 How can I register for examinations?

    Information on registration and examination periods can be found on the website of the Examination Office.

  • 6.2.3 Am I allowed to travel to Hannover in order so sit examinations on campus?

    Based on your status as a LUH student, you may sit examinations and therefore travel to Hannover, provided that you do not show any symptoms of illness (see FAQ sections 1.2 and 2.2). Travel for the purpose of sitting on-campus examinations is not considered private travel. Therefore, limitations on contact in place for the private domain do not apply.

    Currently, the situation in public and long-distance transport permits travel to and from examinations; transport providers offer transportation with unchanged schedules.

  • 6.2.4 Are examiners allowed to change assessment types?

    Where possible and appropriate, the originally planned assessment type may be changed by the examiner. This may be implemented within the scope of the assessment types indicated in the examination regulations. The duration of the new assessment type must be precisely defined.

    In the course of the general examination regulations established to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning, faculties and examination boards could and still can change assessment types, provided that this is possible for scheduled types of examinations determined within the scope of the examination regulations. Please contact your dean of studies office in order to learn more about possible alternatives to on-campus examinations.

  • 6.2.5 What regulations apply for written coursework and assessments?

    If students are unable to complete coursework or examinations due to the current disruptions, such as laboratory work, this will not count as an unsuccessful attempt. For further information on time frames and administrative matters, affected students should contact their institute or the respective member of teaching staff.

    If students decide to discontinue coursework that has already been commenced in spite of an extension, an individual course of action shall be determined by the respective Examination Board.

    Examiners may assign topics for written coursework that has not been commenced yet via email stating all relevant information including the topic, the date of assignment and the deadline. In addition, students may confirm assignments via email.

  • 6.2.6 My bachelor’s/master’s examination module includes a presentation. Can I complete an alternative type of assessment?

    Please contact your examiner in order to determine an individual course of action.

  • 6.2.7 Will deadlines for correcting assessments be extended?

    Due to the current challenges regarding examinations and online teaching, deadlines for correcting assessments and coursework may consequently be extended.

    Examiners will communicate this clearly within the institutes and are aware of the fact that students are subject to external deadlines (BAföG, grants, employment offers) that are dependent on grades.

    Students relying on a specific deadline should contact the respective member of teaching staff to determine an individual course of action. 

  • 6.2.8 Can records of written examinations be accessed?

    Records of written examinations may be accessed under strict compliance with the hygiene requirements implemented in the context of examinations (see FAQ 2.1).

  • 6.3 How will term papers or my thesis be affected?

    In light of the lockdown in force since 16 December 2020 and the restrictions associated with it, the Presidential Board strongly and urgently recommends introducing a general deadline extension for theses as soon as possible, based on the individual requirements of the faculties. An extension of about one third of the original completion period is recommended. The Presidential Board also leaves it to the faculties to extend deadlines for term papers accordingly. Please contact the responsible course coordinator of your faculty if you need a specific deadline to be extended.

    In individual cases and upon request, the Examination Board shall decide whether further extensions of the completion period for a thesis are granted. For detailed information, please contact the respective Examination Board.

    Students must submit their thesis electronically, e.g. via email to the examiners. Please contact your examiner for any details and to determine whether submitting a printed version is necessary or preferred. If an additional printed version is necessary or preferred by the examiners, the student has to make sure that the electronic version and the printed version handed in later are identical. If a printed version is submitted via post, the student should obtain a formal statement confirming that the document has been duly sent.

    If a student's thesis relies on experiments, laboratory work and other means of data collection that cannot be conducted as planned due to the current situation, he or she should contact his or her examiners in order to determine an individual course of action as well as to discuss alternative options, such as adapting the topic of the thesis.

    This also applies to theses that have already been scheduled but not yet commenced.

  • 6.3.1 I would like to commence my thesis. What do I need to consider?

    Applications for admission to the thesis may be submitted via email. Please make sure to specify a submission deadline with your supervisor. The application form confirmed by the examiners including the assigned topic must be submitted to the respective clerk at the Examination Office - both as a pdf-attachment via email and by post.

  • 6.4 Will oral examinations (viva voce) for doctoral degrees take place?

    The dean of research offices and doctoral committees in the relevant faculty must make arrangements for current doctoral proceedings.

7. Enrolment and re-registration

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. Travelling to high-risk areas is not allowed. Approval of international travel shall occur exclusively via university management.

    Anyone coming to Hannover from a high-risk area must comply with the regulations for entering the country and keep in mind the possibility of required self-isolation when planning their trip (see section 8.3.3).

  • 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.

  • 8.2.1 Can I commence my semester abroad on a virtual basis for now if my host university offers online courses?

    Provided that the host university offers courses which contribute to achieving the relevant learning objectives, virtual mobility in the context of the Erasmus programme is an option.

    Licenses for the Online Linguistic Support (OLS) portal will be provided at the start of the virtual period so you can improve your language skills and prepare for your virtual and physical mobility as effectively as possible.

    Since no additional costs related to a stay abroad are incurred during the virtual phase, no funding will be granted within that period of time. As soon as the physical mobility phase begins, i.e. once you have arrived in your host country, you will receive the usual grant for your stay.

  • 8.2.2 I am in a foreign country within the scope of Erasmus+, but my courses have been cancelled because the host university was closed. I have decided to stay here nonetheless. Can I keep the Erasmus grants I have received?

    If you stay in the host country and

    a) you still incur costs that are directly and exclusively related to your stay in that country, e.g. rent, electricity bills etc.,

    and/or
    b) you participate in online courses (provided that the host university offers them as an alternative to the face-to-face activities originally planned), you may keep the funding you have received.

    You may also be entitled to an additional (smaller) grant to cover any extra time you are required to spend abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    For further information, please contact Andree Klann, Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator, at andree.klann@zuv.uni-hannover.de .

  • 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 How can I extend my residence permit?

    Without prior appointment, the foreigners' authorities as well as the naturalisation department in the HannoverServiceCenter (Schützenplatz 1) are currently closed to the public. Most queries are handled via telephone, email or by post. To book an appointment, please call +49 511 / 168  32 33 7 or send an email to 32.33.7@hannover-stadt.de.

    If you have completed the written portion of the DSH exam, but can no longer complete the oral part of the exam, your residence permit will not be negatively evaluated if you can provide corresponding proof.

    Further information

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

    According to information published by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, students may enter Germany in order to begin their studies or to spend several semesters in Germany. Proof of this must be provided via a letter of acceptance issued by the higher education institution. There is no need to provide proof that on-campus attendance is mandatory.

    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. Moreover, many travellers entering or returning to Germany from trips over multiple days are required to remain in self-isolation (see FAQ section 8.3.3).

  • 8.3.3 Will I be required to remain in self-isolation or get tested for coronavirus after entering Germany?

    Travellers from high-risk areas are required to get tested and must remain in self-isolation.

    There are three categories of high-risk areas:

    1) Regular high-risk areas
    Travellers entering Germany from regular high-risk areas must get tested within 48 hours prior to their arrival OR immediately upon their arrival.

    2) High-incidence areas
    Travellers entering Germany from high-incidence areas must present a negative test result upon their arrival. This test must have been conducted no earlier than 48 hours prior to their arrival. This applies to anyone who has been in a high-incidence area within the past ten days prior to their arrival in Germany.

    3) Areas where virus variants of concern have spread (“areas of variant of concern”)
    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 test result upon their arrival. This test must have been conducted no earlier than 48 hours prior to their arrival. This applies to anyone who has been in an area of variant of concern within the past ten days prior to their arrival in Germany.

    Further information on high-risk area categories, affected countries and testing requirements

    Anyone who has recovered from a COVID-19 infection or has been vaccinated will be given the same rights as persons who have been tested. If proof of this can be provided, a negative test result is no longer necessary. Exception: Travellers from areas of variant of concern. In this case, proof of a negative test result must still be provided. The following regulations apply for travellers from regular high-risk areas: Anyone who has been tested, vaccinated or has recovered from a COVID-19 infection is not required to self-isolate if proof of this can be provided. Travellers from high-incidence areas may reduce the required period of self-isolation by providing a negative test result five days after their arrival. However, this is not possible if travellers have spent time in an area of variant of concern in the past ten days before their arrival.

    PLEASE NOTE: Before entering Germany, travellers from high-risk areas must complete a digital registration form. This applies to all of the three categories listed above. The form will be passed on the local health office.

    An overview of the registration process can be found here.

    The following self-isolation requirements apply in Lower Saxony: After their arrival, travellers from high-risk areas must remain in self-isolation for a period of 14 days. This applies to all of the three categories listed above. Travellers from regular high-risk areas may reduce the duration of self-isolation by conducting an additional test (no earlier than on the 5th day following their arrival in Germany). If the test result is negative, travellers are no longer required to remain in self-isolation. Travellers must remain in self-isolation while waiting for their test result. In Hannover, tests are usually conducted via GPs, via doctor’s practices offering such tests (“Infektionspraxis”) or via private test providers (such as the one at the central station). Travellers from high-incidence areas and areas of variant of concern cannot reduce the duration of self-isolation.

    Further information can be found in the quarantine regulations issued by 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.

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

    Tips regarding provisions and activities during self-isolation

  • 8.3.4 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 many cases, travellers entering or returning to Germany from trips over multiple days must remain in self-isolation (see section 8.3.3). 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.

  • 8.3.5 My DSH exam has been cancelled. Can I still enrol?

    By law, it is unfortunately not permitted to enrol without comprehensive proof of language proficiency. 

    If you would like to apply for an admission extension, please contact the Admissions team. Contact partners for your degree programme can be found at www.uni-hannover.de/en/universitaet/organisation/dezernate/dezernat-6/i-amt/mitarbeit/

  • 8.3.6 How can I socialise with fellow students while promoting social distancing? Who do I contact if I have questions?

    The International Office offers numerous events and networking opportunities for international and local students. Currently, these services are only available online. If limitations on contact are relaxed, face-to-face meetings will be resumed step by step.

9. Research

10. Events

Further information on the Coronavirus

CONTACT PERSONS AT LUH

Head of Communications and Marketing / Spokesperson

Mechtild Freiin von Münchhausen
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Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
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Occupational Health Officer

Dr. Ellen Aumüller
Address
Wilhelm-Busch-Straße 22
30167 Hannover
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Queries regarding employment legislation: Head of the Personnel and Legal Department

Dr. Nicole Neuvians
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Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
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Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
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206