Concerning COVID-19

Current measures and information

Be assured, our whole team is working diligently to support you with any kind of questions and to ensure smooth-running processes. Let us know how we can be of help to you.

We as RWTH Business School are doing our best to offer you a safe and smooth continuation or start of your studies – be it on campus or online depending on future developments. As we have been working with blended learning in most of our courses already we are quite experienced with video lectures, screencasts, or interactive online sessions and are now bringing it to the next level for entirely digital programs – if the situation demands it. We will inform you well in advance in case of any changes and would be more than happy to have you all back with us as soon as possible.

FAQs

Are you thinking of online lectures for future certificate courses / the next semester?

We are so happy that finally classes can take place again in person and are looking forward to this new semester! Our courses are held in compliance with the so-called 3G regulations for everyone’s safety, which means that 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.

Please keep in mind that regulations and recommendations may change at short notice, particularly due to changes in the rates of infection. For the last years, we have been working with blended learning in most of our courses already. Thus, we are very experienced with video lectures, screencasts, or interactive online sessions. We are constantly keeping an eye on the current developments and will adapt our processes according to the situation so that you won’t have any disadvantages.

Does the current situation have an impact on the current enrollment process?

Right now everything is working as planned. We are constantly evaluating the further developments and will adapt our enrollment process according to the situation to avoid any disadvantages.

Are there any entry regulations for Germany?

Since August 1, 2021, due to the increasing worldwide spread of easily transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variants (especially the delta variant), a general obligation to provide proof applies. This means that persons aged 12 years and older must have a negative test result, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery at the time of entry. The general obligation to provide proof applies irrespective of the means of transport and irrespective of whether a previous stay in a high-risk or virus-variant area has taken place. In addition, when entering Germany after a stay in a foreign high-risk area or virus variant area, a special registration, proof, and quarantine obligation must be observed. In the case of entry from virus variant areas – subject to very narrowly defined exceptions – there is a ban on passenger transport by train, bus, ship, and flight directly from these countries.

The Robert-Koch-Institute provides a list of risk areas. Please inform yourself about all the current regulations before you travel to Germany and adhere to them.

Further information for Germany with regards to Covid-19 can be found here in various languages.

There is also a lot of helpful information offered by RWTH Aachen University. You can find their FAQs here. For additional support and answers please visit the website of the AStA (RWTH Student Union) here. We have also summarized the most important information for you below:

Prohibition of contact

The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has issued a Coronavirus Protection Ordinance in line with the other federal states. These measures are to be understood as a minimum standard. The following regulations must be observed in all areas of RWTH Aachen University:

  • In principle, individuals are obligated to wear a mask when in a room or on the premises of RWTH (applies also for vaccinated, recovered, and tested people).
  • Physical work meetings of two or more persons may only be held if they are absolutely necessary for the current operation of the RWTH and a digital form of work cannot be made possible even with restrictions.
  • A minimum distance of two meters between two persons must be maintained for all activities. If this is not possible, the activity may only be carried out under compensation measures previously agreed with the occupational safety department.
  • Infected university members (no suspected cases) must be reported immediately to the university medical facility.

University employees as well as students have the option to be vaccinated by the University Medical Center by appointment. Alternatively, vaccination is possible in the vaccination busses that run regularly in Aachen without an appointment as well as with a free choice of vaccine. For further information from the city of Aachen please click here.

For your reference, we have also included a link to information by the WHO.

Studying at RWTH Aachen University

To stay up to date, you can visit the Corona-Blog of the RWTH.

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 of the University Library or the Central University Administration have been operating since the start of June. The booking system will continue to be in operation for securing a study space in order to avoid lines forming in front of the rooms. The regulations concerning mask-wearing and compulsory testing must be adhered to. You can find the currently available study spaces here.

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.

The University Sports Center’s (HSZ) is able to offer an almost normal sports program for the winter semester 21/22. The classes are still based on the current developments around the spread of the coronavirus as well as the recommendations of the responsible authorities.

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.