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In the upcoming winter semester, all face-to-face teaching activities will, in principle, be permitted again according to the State ordinances currently in effect. On the basis of the currently known regulations, in-person courses can be held if they are in compliance with the following regulations and recommendations:
- All participants of all in-person courses must be checked for compliance with the so-called 3G regulations when entering classrooms or lecture halls. Individuals who are neither fully vaccinated nor have recovered from Covid-19 nor have been tested are not allowed to participate in any face-to-face courses. The distance regulations and the mask requirement in the premises of the university still apply.
- We will try to offer free testing through the university medical center for all the students who have been inoculated abroad with a vaccine that is not licensed in the EU, as well as for those that cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. You will receive detailed information about this shortly. All other students not belonging to the 2G group (i.e. they have recovered from a coronavirus infection or are fully vaccinated) must get the required proof of a negative test on their own, which will, by that time, be subject to a fee.
- The obligation to maintain minimum distances between seats in classrooms also no longer applies. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend that seats in classrooms or lecture halls be occupied in a checkerboard pattern and that masks be worn during class.
- RWTH strongly recommends that all courses with more than 200 participants be held as online courses from the beginning. It is up to the instructors to decide whether a course is offered in-person, or online, or as a hybrid version.
Please keep in mind that regulations and recommendations may change at short notice, particularly due to changes in the rates of infection. For example, the Ministry of Science has reserved the right to address increased rates of infections in the winter semester by ordering the immediate conversion of face-to-face courses into virtual formats.
The central study spaces (operated by the University Library or the Central University Administration) will be successively opened from now on. You can find the currently available study spaces here. Like last year, workstations must be booked online in advance.
In accordance with the new Corona Protection Ordinance, the so-called 3G rule will also apply in the dining halls of the Studierendenwerk as of August 23. This means that only tested, recovered and vaccinated persons with appropriate proof will have access, as announced by the Studierendenwerk. Proof can therefore be presented in both paper and digital form. In addition, it is necessary to bring a document for identity verification.
Despite the current circumstances, you are able to enjoy at least part of the University Sports Center’s (HSZ) sports program from home during digital workouts. In addition, outdoor “transitional” sports are scheduled to begin June 14. There are also sporadic “indoor” courses again, but since August 20 they have been offered in compliance with the 3G rule.
It is the explicit aim of the university to offer more digital services in the area of teaching and examinations. As a pioneer in the digitization of teaching, the RWTH also wants to use this opportunity for the benefit of its students.
For applicants: Our application process is also entirely online, no need to send us any printed documents.
The Crisis Management Team and the RWTH Rectorate have taken the above measures based on the following guideline: All measures are intended to substantially reduce the risk of infection (for example, by reducing the need to take transportation to and from work). At the same time, we are committed to helping students progress with their degree programs in the best possible way.