Corona FAQ: Information for international prospective students concerning the application for the WiSe 2020/21

Sie interessieren sich für ein Studium an der Universität Hildesheim und möchten sich zum Wintersemster 2020/21 bewerben?

Are you interested in studying at the University of Hildesheim and would like to apply for the winter semester 2020/21?
On this page you will find current information for international prospective students and adaptations for the application procedure for the winter semester 2020/21 due to the effects of the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. We hope that these information and adaptations will help you in your application for a study place. We are looking forward to your application!

This FAQ list is constantly updated and does not claim to be complete. Please understand that we cannot provide an answer to every question at this point and that some things are still being clarified. Please also note the following information:

Do you have further questions? Then use our online consultation hour.

 

Corona Update

Mouth nose covering compulsory in all University buildings (16/09/2020)

Students, staff and guests are required as of now to wear a mouth nose covering (mask) across all buildings of University of Hildesheim.

It’s compulsory to wear a mouth nose covering in all University buildings, halls, staircases, toilets, lounge areas (working areas included) as well as in seminar rooms and lecture halls. Different regulations may apply for offices, working areas and conference rooms as well as for classroom courses and exams. 

The purpose of these hygiene and safety measures is the health protection and the prevention of spreading the Covid-19 virus. Please behave responsibly.

Registration in the district of Hildesheim compulsory for returning travellers from risk areas according to RKI

If you enter the country returning from a risk area listed by the Robert Koch Institute, you’re required to be tested for the coronavirus as from 08/08/2020. Furthermore, you must immediately report your arrival to the health authorities either by phone 051213097541 or via mail infektionsschutz(at)landkreishildesheim.de. Please mention your first and last name, date of birth and the risk area you’re coming from. Please provide relevant evidence, such as your passenger locator card and your test results. You will then receive information on your home quarantine which you must comply with.

On the basis of the new regulation of the Federal Ministry of Health, returning travellers can be voluntarily tested for the corona virus within 72 hours after their arrival as from August 1. Testing is partly possible immediately after your arrival, for example in test centres at airports. In addition, these tests can be carried out later by doctors in private practices or, if necessary, in a test centre operated by the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. The tests are NOT performed at the public health department.

Info hotline of health authorities of Lower Saxony

  • 0511 4505555 (Monday to  Thursday 8:00-12:00; Friday 8:00-12:00)

Please note that these guidelines initially apply until 31/09/2020. You can find current information on the website of the Public Health Department of the district Hildesheim.

Compliance with the quarantine requirements is monitored by the local authorities. Violations can be punished in some federal states with a fine.

Corona Warning App

The university management and the crisis committee, in which the staff council is also represented, support the use of the Corona-Warn-App. This is particularly important to rapidly break the infection chains in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The Corona-Warn-App commissioned and distributed by the Federal Government can greatly contribute to this. You can download the app under this link:

[https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/corona-warn-app/unterstuetzt-uns-im-kampf-gegen-corona-1754756

The use of the app is free of charge. The University members do not benefit in any way or suffer from any consequences from its use or non-use.

 

Symptoms of Disease

The first signs of an infection by the new coronavirus are coughing, sniffing, throat irritation and fever. Some patients also suffer from diarrhoea. If you notice the above mentioned symptoms, you must avoid any unnecessary contact with other people and stay at home if possible. Those affected should contact their family doctor by phone and discuss the further procedure before going into the doctor’s office.

FAQ concerning the application for the winter semester 2020/21

Are there changed application deadlines for the winter semester 2020/21?

You will find information on the application deadlines in the tab "Current application procedures":

You missed the deadline? Here you will also find information on extensions or drawing lots.

We recommend that you apply early so that you have enough time for further steps such as enrolment, visa & entry or apartment search.

When does the winter semester 2020/21 start?

The winter semester 2020/21 begins on 19.10.2020 with the introduction week. The lecture period starts from 26.10.2020.

Due to the already existing health risk caused by the Corona pandemic, the University of Hildesheim is again preparing for the conduction of an online semester for the coming winter semester. However, the University of Hildesheim as a brick and mortar university strives to return to classroom teaching as soon as possible. 

Which language certificate do I need to study at the University of Hildesheim?

Instead of a C1 certificate, you need a B2 certificate of participation for the current application procedure. You must then submit one of the following C1 certificates by the end of the winter semester 2020/21, deadline 31.03.2021:

    TestDaF 4x4
    DSH 2
    DSD Stufe II
    Telc C1 Hochschule
    Goethe C2

This regulation applies to all Bachelor's and the majority of Master's programmes. For the following Master's programmes you must still submit one of the C1 certificates mentioned above:

    Master's Degree in Psychology
    Master in Social and Organizational Pedagogy
    Master in Environment, Nature Conservation and Sustainability Education

Make sure you allow sufficient time for the German language acquisition and language test. Once the winter semester has begun, you will hardly have time to prepare for a language test.

If you cannot submit a certified copy of your language certificate to the Admissions Office by 31.03.2021, you will be exmatriculated.

Therefore, we recommend that you register immediately for a German course and exam. In the period June - September there are some great offers - whether digitally from home or in presence form in Hildesheim. Register now:

In which way can I submit my application documents?

You do not have to submit certified copies for the application for the winter semester 2020/21.

You can easily create your application online via our online portal My uni-assist.

You can find more information in the uni-assist FAQ.

Do I have to send my application by post?

No, postal delivery is not necessary.

You can easily create your application online via our online portal My uni-assist.

You can find more information in the uni-assist FAQ.

Will the admission tests at the "Studienkolleg" take place?

An entry test will be held in winter semester at the Niedersächsisches Studienkolleg (Lower Saxony Preparatory Foundation Course), which will be conducted on Wednesday, 26.08.2020, at 2 o’clock pm.  

All applicants who must firstly attend a preparatory foundation course will be registered by the University of Hildesheim for the next possible entry test and will then receive further information.  

There will be a different admission procedure for the coming semester due to the corona pandemic. The entry test (AT) will be carried out (only) online. There is one date for all participants. The entry test consists of two parts: the first part includes a test on German language skills for everyone and the second part a mathematic or scientific test. Depending on which specialisation course you have applied for, you will take a test in social sciences (G and S), mathematics (W and T) or in mathematics and natural sciences (M). 

In which form do qualifying examinations (Eignungsprüfung) take place at the University of Hildesheim?

The qualifying examinations at the University of Hildesheim take place in a modified form. More detailed information can be found here.

For the qualifying examination for sports you have to upload a "self-declaration of swimming fitness" (Eigenerklärung über die Schwimmtauglichkeit) as well as your "health suitability"  (gesundheitliche Eignung) (proven by a medical certificate) in German or English on the uni-assist portal.

 

How will the admission period (Anpassungslehrgang) take place?

The application for the adaptation period continues to be made on paper as an informal written application. BUT: Certified copies are not required. The language certificate must be at level C1; if the subject German is to be studied, even at level C2.

I want to study the Bachelor of Science in Psychology. When do I have to apply? What do I have to consider?

The application for the Bachelor of Science Psychology is possible from 01.07. - 20.08.2020

The B.Sc. Psychology participates in the dialogue-oriented service procedure (Dialogorientierten Serviceverfahren) DoSV. This means that you have to indicate your BID and BAN when applying in the uni-assist portal. Here you will find instructions for the further procedure:

The start of lectures can be delayed by a few days or weeks. The winter semester 2020/21 normally starts on 01.10.2020, the general introductory week on 19.10.2020 and the lecture period on 26.10.2020. When the lectures in psychology will start will be announced.

What are the particularities when applying for a Master's programme place in Department IV?

For the Master's programmes Angewandte Informatik  (Applied Computer Science), IMIT, Wirtschaftsinformatik (Business Informatics), Data Analytics: current information on application can be found on the homepage. If you have any questions regarding application, please contact the department directly.

Can I postpone my study place until the summer semester 2021?

No, a postponement is not possible. You can either accept the place or not. You can also cancel an accepted place within the deadline, for example, if you cannot enter the country due to travel regulations. You must submit a a renunciation of your study place. If you want to start your studies in a later semester you must reapply.

Enrollment: Is an exemption from the semester ticket possible?

No, unfortunately not.

Enrollment: Is an exemption from the health insurance possible?

As long as you are a newly enrolled student from third countries not living in Germany during your studies, you are exempt from the obligation of health insurance. 

It’s yet to be clarified, whether you will have to pay contributions retrospectively upon entry.

Can I get an entry confirmation?

We can issue a confirmation for the entry of international students and researchers from third countries into Germany for study or research purposes after reviewing your application. Please contact us in person. 

 

Bestätigung über die Notwendigkeit der Anwesenheit in Deutschland zum Zweck des Studiums (§ 16b AufenthG)

Confirmation of the necessity to be present in Germany for the purpose of studies (§ 16b Residence Act)

Where can I find more information about starting my studies in the Corona period?