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. Accessing LUH buildings without proof of a negative official test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery is considered as trespassing and can be prosecuted.

    Therefore, proof of vaccination, recovery or testing (3G) must be provided in order to attend on-campus courses/lectures; in accordance with the regulations to prevent the infection and spread of the coronavirus issued by the State of Lower Saxony this is explicitly necessary. Anyone unable to provide adequate proof cannot attend lectures and courses. This applies to all participants of lectures and courses including students, lecturers as well as all other involved persons.

    Further information for members of teaching staff and staff in leadership positions can be found in the

  • 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.

  • 1.2.1 Where can I be vaccinated?

    Currently, vaccinations are mostly conducted by family doctors.

  • 1.2.2 Can I get vaccinated at LUH?

    LUH has already offered vaccination appointments for students and members of staff in the past few months. The university intends to offer further vaccination opportunities. Please note: If you need to access LUH buildings in order to be vaccinated 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 How can I provide proof of full vaccination?

    The easiest way to provide proof of vaccination is the CovPass app or the Corona-Warn-App. Both apps can be installed for free and can be used to provide digital proof of vaccination.

    For this purpose, digital proof of vaccination is required which can be generated in a doctor's practice, vaccination centre or pharmacy. After entering or transferring your data, a 2D barcode (QR code) will be generated, which will be issued as a printed version and can later be scanned and used with the CovPass app or the Corona-Warn-App.

    When entering LUH buildings or lecture halls, proof of vaccination may be provided via the apps. Alternatively, the LUH access wristband may be used, see FAQ section 1.5.1.

    Further information regarding digital proof of vaccination

  • 1.2.5 How can I provide proof of full vaccination with a vaccine administered abroad?

    Vaccines administered abroad must be approved in accordance with the guidelines of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut and the coronavirus entry regulations, i.e. 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"). Further information can be found in FAQ section 1.2.

    Please check whether the administered vaccine has been approved (see vaccines listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut) and proof of vaccination has been issued in either German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.

    • A digital vaccination certificate may be obtained via a pharmacy issuing such documents for vaccinations. Information on required documents and on how to find suitable pharmacies in Hannover can be found here.
    • Unapproved vaccine: You are considered as not (fully) vaccinated (see FAQ section 1.2.6).

    Please enter the digital vaccination certificate into the CovPass app or the Corona-Warn-App. When entering LUH buildings, proof of vaccination may be provided via the apps.

  • 1.2.6 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.

     Students vaccinated with a vaccine that is not listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut are entitled to free of charge testing until 31 December 2021 (see Coronavirus-Testverordnung, section 4a). Anyone requiring free of charge testing must provide proof of identity via an identity card including a photo as well as proof of authorisation. Affected students may provide proof of authorisation by presenting their enrolment confirmation and their vaccination certificate.

    These tests should be conducted in official test centres, pharmacies or doctor’s practices, not via the LUH testing facility.

    Overview of test centres in Hannover and the Hannover region

  • 1.2.7 What regulations apply for those unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons?

    Those unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons (contra-indications defined by the Robert Koch Institute) should submit a medical certificate to the Health Management team in order to obtain further guidance and to discuss the further course of action.

    Anyone unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons is entitled to free tests. Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

    These tests should be conducted in official test centres, pharmacies or doctor’s practices, not via the LUH testing facility.

    Overview of test centres in Hannover and the Hannover region

  • 1.2.8 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 180 days after the test.

  • 1.3.1 How can I provide proof of recovery?

    Proof of recovery must be issued by the responsible health authority.

    If you scan the QR code of your recovery certificate in the CovPass app, full protection will be displayed within the validity period of the certificate.

  • 1.3.2 How can I provide proof of recovery confirmed abroad?

    A recovery certificate may be obtained via doctor's practices or pharmacies. Information on pharmacies in Hannover issuing such certificates including required documents can be found here.

  • 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 not sufficient, since tests must be conducted by trained personnel in accordance with the regulations to prevent the infection and spread of the coronavirus issued by the State of Lower Saxony. Private tests conducted by medical staff will not be accepted.

  • 1.4.1 Where can I be tested?

    In Hannover, 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.

    Anyone entitled to free tests (see information provided on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health), must conduct these tests via official test centres, pharmacies or doctor’s practices. At LUH, tests are available for a fee (see FAQ section 1.4.2).

  • 1.4.2 Can I be tested at LUH?

    A central testing facility at LUH can be found in the main university building ("Welfenschloss"), where professional tests may be conducted for a fee amounting to €10.

    Anyone entitled to free tests (see information provided on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health), must conduct these tests via official test centres, pharmacies or doctor’s practices, not via the LUH testing facility.

    Opening hours of the testing facility:
    until 30 November 2021: Monday - Thursday between 7.30 and 12.00

    The testing facility may be accessed via the ground level entrance on the left-hand side of the main entrance. Via this entrance, the testing facility may be accessed without providing proof of testing.

    Students and members of staff may bring a rapid test that can be used for free testing via the LUH testing facility. Only Roche, CLUNGENE, BOSON Biotech or LEPU MEDICAL test kits will be accepted. If a test kit cannot be provided or is not accepted, tests may be conducted for a fee amounting to €10.

    Members of staff mainly working on campus are entitled to receive two test kits per week. Vaccinated or recovered members of staff wishing to continue testing for their own safety may conduct their tests at home. Members of staff who have not recovered from a COVID-19 infection or have not been vaccinated will be issued two test kits per week via their supervisor. These tests must be conducted at the central testing facility of LUH located in the main university building (“Welfenschloss”). Tests will be conducted by trained personnel and free of charge. Self-testing in the presence of supervisors is not sufficient.

    The 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 - such tests must be performed by family doctors or in test centres.

  • 1.4.3 Are testing appointments considered as working hours?

    No, testing appointments are not considered as working hours.

  • 1.4.4 Are self-conducted rapid tests sufficient?

    No, self-conducted rapid-tests are not sufficient to comply with the 3G rule. 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.) see FAQ section 1.4. Private tests conducted by medical staff or tests from other institutions/companies (including schools) will not be recognised.

    However, all students and members of staff may bring a rapid test that can be used for free testing via the LUH testing facility. Only Roche, CLUNGENE, BOSON Biotech or LEPU MEDICAL test kits will be accepted. If a test kit cannot be provided or is not accepted, tests at the LUH testing facility may be conducted for a fee amounting to €10.

  • 1.4.5 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 2.2.1.

  • 1.5 Will compliance with the 3G rule be monitored at LUH?

    In accordance with the regulations to prevent the infection and spread of the coronavirus issued by the State of Lower Saxony, compliance with the 3G rule must always be verified.

  • 1.5.1 How will the 3G rule be implemented in teaching?

    In order to implement the 3G rule in the context of on-campus learning in a feasible way, vaccinated and recovered students (and members of staff) may obtain a coloured LUH access wristband (similar to those used at festivals), which can be worn around the wrist permanently and, if necessary, can be replaced.

    LUH access wristbands are issued centrally via the Service Office (located on the right-hand side of the ServiceCenter, access via the atrium of the main university building) and in the SportCAMPUS foyer. Moreover, the faculties will issue LUH access wristbands within the scope of individual campaigns. Timeslots for collecting wristbands may be booked via Stud.IP.

    The vaccination certificate (fully vaccinated at least two weeks ago) or proof of recovery and a valid identity card including a photo must be presented at the issuing points.

    This concept has been developed in cooperation with the Senate work group "AG Gute Lehre", where all status groups are represented, especially students. Other forms of visual monitoring, e.g. via an additional app or markers on the LeibnizCard are not feasible and cannot be implemented due to technical reasons.

    Compliance with the 3G rule will be monitored

    • on campus (e.g. Conti-Campus, Schlosswender Straße),
    • in front of buildings or
    • in front of lecture halls.

    Compliance will be monitored via LUH access wristbands or by presenting a valid certificate, ideally via the CovPass app, the Corona-Warn-App or proof of a negative test result.

    Specific entrances for students will be established in certain buildings where teaching activities take place (see FAQ 1.5.1.1). At these entrances, valid certificates (presented in combination with proof of identity) or LUH access wristbands will be checked, e.g. by external personnel. Depending on the building, compliance with the 3G rule will mainly be monitored in front of buildings between 7.30 and 18.30. If sessions take place outside of this period, compliance with the 3G rule must be monitored by members of teaching staff.

  • 1.5.1.1 Which entrances may be used by students?

    Compliance with the 3G rule will be monitored at specific entrances defined for this purpose. These entrances can be found in the following maps (list will be updated as soon as possible):

  • 1.5.1.2 What happens if students refuse to comply with the 3G rule during courses/lectures?

    Students are obliged to comply with 3G regulations during courses/lectures. Failure to comply with the 3G rule constitutes a criminal offence. Members of teaching staff will not be prosecuted if they fail to notice non-compliance. However, members of teaching staff may exercise domiciliary rights and ask anyone refusing to comply to leave the building. Moreover, lectures/courses may be discontinued for this reason.

    Further information can be found in the Guidelines for members of teaching staff.

  • 1.5.2 Will compliance with the 3G rule be monitored among members of staff?

    Upon request of their supervisors, members of staff must provide proof of vaccination, recovery or testing. Proof of vaccination, recovery or testing must not be copied or stored. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring compliance with the 3G rule and must monitor this. Members of staff unable or unwilling to provide proof of vaccination or recovery who cannot provide proof of a negative test result must conduct a test at the testing facility in the main university building ("Welfenschloss"). For this purpose, LUH will provide two rapid tests per week for each person requiring testing. Testing kits will be issued to the relevant supervisor.

    Compliance with the 3G rule among members of staff will not be monitored at entrances to buildings; if necessary, please present your employee ID card.

    Further information can be found in the Guidelines for staff in leadership positions

  • 1.5.2.1 What regulations apply if members of staff refuse to comply with the 3G rule?

    Members of staff refusing to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or testing and unwilling to get tested must leave LUH buildings. The Personnel and Legal Department will be notified and decide whether penalizing measures under employment law will be instituted.

  • 1.6 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.). However, if a minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, face masks must still be worn (medical face masks or FFP2 masks).

    Face masks must be worn during examinations, even if the minimum distance can be maintained (see FAQ section 6.2.1).

  • 1.7 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. Therefore, contact tracing will not occur for teaching and learning in the winter semester. The contact tracing plugin on Stud.IP will be deactivated for the time being.

2. Hygiene measures

  • 2.1. What hygiene measures have been implemented at LUH?

    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

    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.

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

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

    Yes, a face mask (medical face mask or FFP2 mask) must be worn in all buildings and traffic areas, even if a minimum distance of 1.5 m can be maintained.

    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. If a minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, a face mask must be worn.

    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. Further information can be found in section 6.2.1.

    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.

  • 2.1.2 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 .

  • 2.1.3 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. Please also refer to FAQ sections 1.4.4 and 2.2.1 if applicable.

  • 2.2.1 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?

    While the local health office takes care of tracing those who have had contact with an infected person, the Presidential Board asks infected staff members to notify their supervisors on a voluntary basis. 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)
    • 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 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.

    Please check the RKI website for information regarding the respective valid definition of contacts and required measures for close contacts.

    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.

    Important sources of information:

  • 2.3 Are members of staff entitled to receive rapid tests?

    Yes, all members of staff are legally entitled to receive two rapid tests per week if they do not work from home exclusively. Test kits are issued via the supervisors.

    Vaccinated or recovered members of staff may conduct these tests at home.

    Members of staff who have not recovered from a COVID-19 infection or have not been vaccinated requiring a negative test result in order to access LUH buildings can use the issued test kits to be tested at the central testing facility of LUH located on the lower ground floor of the main university building (see FAQ section 1.4.2). Two tests per week are available free of charge. Additional tests are available for a fee. Self-tests or tests conducted in the presence of supervisors are not sufficient for accessing LUH.

    Members of staff unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons should refer to FAQ section 1.2.7.

    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 2.2.1.

    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:

     

  • 2.3.1 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.

    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:

  • 2.4 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.

3. Access and contact information

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

    From 4 October 2021, the 3G rule must be observed by anyone entering LUH buildings. 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.

    Information on entrances that may be used by students (including maps) can be found in FAQ section 1.5.1.1.

    In addition, anyone experiencing symptoms indicating a COVID-19 infection 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

    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

  • 3.1.2 University Sports Centre

    Due to the 3G rule, the university sports centre has mostly returned to normal functioning. This means that proof of vaccination, recovery or testing must be provided in order to attend courses at the University Sports Centre. 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

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

    Further information on regulations applying in cafeterias

    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: Current 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.

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

    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 via telephone, video or in person and must be booked in advance.

    On working days, student members of staff at the ServiceCenter information desk are available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. They will be happy to assist you with your application, queries regarding organisational aspects of your studies or online services as well as with finding contact partners.

    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?

    Leibniz University Hannover will resume on-campus learning in the winter semester. From 4 October 2021, the 3G rule must be observed by anyone entering LUH buildings – including members of staff. 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.

    The following regulations apply until 31 December 2021:

    • 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 by multiple members of staff simultaneously if 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.

       

  • 4.1.1 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.

  • 4.1.2 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

  • 4.2 Are work-related meetings permitted?

    Work-related meetings with external guests may take place in person. Regulations on distancing and hygiene at LUH shall apply (distancing, masks, ventilation). Guests must provide a negative test result, or proof of vaccination or recovery.

    Internal, work-related meetings may also take place in person. Regulations on distancing and hygiene at LUH shall apply (distancing, masks, ventilation).

  • 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 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 continue to be held via video conference. For this, the video conferencing platform Jitsi must be used. Interviews may be held in person if the regulations on distancing and hygiene implemented at LUH are observed. Applicants must provide 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)

  • 4.3 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

  • 4.4 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 FAQ section 2.2.1). For specific information on measures and types of contact, please refer to the information published by the Robert Koch Institute.

  • 4.4.1 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 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 a medical face mask or FFP2 masks should be worn. Face-to-face contact should not exceed a period of 10 minutes. If possible, working from and staying at home until a test result is available is the safest option.

  • 4.4.2 What regulations apply if I am quarantined by the health office?

    Quarantine can be imposed by the health office if you are infected or as a precaution if you are not infected yet.

    Until now, remuneration was not suspended in these cases.

    In accordance with requirements issued by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Equality, continued remuneration due to a quarantine imposed for unvaccinated persons should no longer occur from 11 October 2021.

    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”).

  • 4.4.3 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.

     

     

  • 4.5 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.

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

    Business travel requests to high-risk areas must only be approved if proof of vaccination or recovery can be provided.

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

  • 4.6 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.

  • 4.7 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

5. Academic activities

  • 5.1 How will teaching activities in winter semester 2021/2022 take place?

    In winter semester 2021/2022, Leibniz University Hannover will return to on-campus learning.

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

    Online formats are 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.

    Further details can be found in the Guidelines for members of teaching staff in winter semester 2021/2022.

  • 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. New options and tools are constantly being added. 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. 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).

  • 5.1.3 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).

  • 5.4 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.

    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-risk areas will not be approved.

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

    Yes, courses during the semester, compact courses, tandem courses, writing consultations as well as German intensive language courses and German language exams are available. All courses are scheduled to take place on campus.

    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.

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

    Yes, the ZQS/Key Competences department offers seminars (with credit points) held on campus, as well as online and blended learning formats. An overview of available courses can be found here.

    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 qualification programmes. An overview of available programmes can be found here.

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 How can I register for examinations?

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

  • 6.3 Which hygiene measures apply during examinations?

    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 must be tested before on-campus examinations and may only sit examinations if they have obtained a negative test result. This does not apply if students have been vaccinated or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

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

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

  • 6.4 Are examiners allowed to change assessment types?

    In winter semester 2021/22, examiners may change the originally planned assessment type. 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.

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

    The Presidential Board recommends that faculties withdraw the general deadline extension for papers and theses.

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

    Students may still 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.

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

  • 6.5.1 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.

  • 6.6 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).

  • 6.7 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 permitted. For further information on business travel abroad, please refer to FAQ section 4.5.

    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 8.3.2).

  • 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 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 research activities as well as to spend several semesters in Germany. Proof of this must be provided via a notification of admission issued by the university or a letter of invitation issued by the institute. 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 8.3.2).

  • 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).

    Overview of the most important regulations (for information on terminology, exceptions and detailed regulations, please refer to the link provided above):

    All travellers entering Germany aged 12 and over must submit a negative test result, proof of recovery, or proof of full vaccination - irrespective of the country of departure or the means of travel. An overview of vaccines recognised in Germany can be found on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut. For information on providing proof of full vaccination, please also refer to FAQ section 1.2.5.

    Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area or 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 high-risk areas or areas of variant of concern are required to get 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.

    1) High-risk areas

    • Travellers entering Germany from high-risk areas must present a negative test result upon their arrival.
    • If proof of recovery or vaccination can be provided, a negative test result is no longer necessary when entering Germany.
    • As a rule, travellers from high-risk areas must self-isolate for a period of ten days. Self-isolation is no longer necessary or may be ended prematurely if travellers who have been vaccinated or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection submit a negative test result to the relevant authority via the online portal www.einreiseanmeldung.de. Testing for the purpose of ending self-isolation prematurely may be conducted no earlier than five days after arrival.

    2) 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. 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. Self-isolation requirements for vaccinated travellers can only be lifted if the vaccine is sufficiently effective against the variant of the virus (see Paul-Ehrlich-Institut).

    Proof of testing must be provided in the form of a test conducted within a maximum of 48 hours (for antigen tests) or 72 hours (PCR) of arrival. In the case of areas of variant of concern, antigen tests must have been conducted within 24 hours of arrival.

    Further information on high-risk area categories, affected countries, 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

    In Hannover, tests (such as for the purpose of ending self-isolation prematurely) are usually conducted via GPs, via doctor's practices offering such tests ("Infektionspraxis") or via private test providers. Overview of test centres in Hannover and the Hannover region

    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 many cases, travellers entering or returning to Germany from trips over multiple days must remain in self-isolation (see section 8.3.2). 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. Research

10. Events

11. ADVISORY SERVICES AND SUPPORT

Further information on the Coronavirus

CONTACT PERSONS AT LUH

Head of Communications and Marketing / Spokesperson

Mechtild Freiin von Münchhausen
Mechtild Freiin von Münchhausen

Occupational Health Officer

Dr. Ellen Aumüller
Dr. Ellen Aumüller

Queries regarding employment legislation: Head of the Personnel and Legal Department

Dr. Nicole Neuvians
Dr. Nicole Neuvians