STUDYING IN TIMES OF COVID-19

In the fight against the coronavirus, health protection is the top priority at Brand University of Applied Sciences. Therefore, the consideration of all official regulations and the compliance with safety measures for hygiene protection have top priority.

If you are interested in studying at BU, you are probably wondering what the summer semester 2021 will be like under these conditions, whether studying is even proceeding normally and being safe, and how we support students during these times.

On this page we inform you about the measures taken at Brand University to protect the health of all students, lecturers and university staff.

At Brand University, we are prepared for three teaching scenarios: Face-to-face teaching, virtual teaching and hybrid teaching, which is a mixture of face-to-face and virtual teaching.

For the summer semester, which starts on April 6th, we are currently planning with hybrid and virtual seminars and lectures. We gained good experience with this model in the winter semester 2020/21, so we will also offer as much presence as possible under the official regulations in the upcoming semester.

Last year showed that we are also able to react flexibly to all developments and changes in regulatory requirements during the ongoing semester. Within the last two semesters, we have created the necessary infrastructure for successful online and hybrid teaching and gained experience on which we will continue to build and advance the digitalisation of BU.

The campus will remain open in any case. For example, you can use the library and the Brand Research Lab upon pre-registration.

If you have any questions regarding the summer semester, please contact our student service:

Claudia Warlich
Phone: 040 38089356-10
Mail: claudia.warlich@brand-university.de

Stronger precautions for health protection apply when visiting the campus.

  • To reduce group sizes on campus, lectures and seminars are also streamed live.
  • Students, teachers and staff may only enter the campus if they are free of symptoms and have had no contact with persons acutely infected with Covid-19.
  • For the time of a quarantine or in case of symptoms of illness, students can participate digitally in the courses at any time.
  • On campus, the signs and walkways must be followed and disinfectants provided should be used.
  • On campus the usual distance rules of 1.50 m apply.
  • It is required to wear a medical mask (surgical or FFP2) on campus.
  • Visits to the library or Brand Research Lab are only possible by appointment, so that as few students as possible are on the premises at the same time.
  • The rooms are cleaned and aerated regularly. The campus has a fresh air supply system that balances the CO2 content in the rooms with air from outside. In addition, the seminar rooms are equipped with air filters.

Within the last year, we have created the necessary infrastructure for well-functioning online and hybrid teaching and gained experience on which we will continue to build and advance the digitalisation of BU.

In digital teaching, we work with collaborative tools that enable online group work and virtual teaching with a live character. All tools are available to students for free, and all students are provided with a BU email address with full access to Microsoft 365 programmes.

For hybrid teaching, students can connect live to face-to-face seminars and lectures from home and actively participate. For the best possible interaction, each room is equipped with a swivelling monitor, camera and microphone.

Whether face-to-face or online teaching, everyday study was accompanied by digital tools even before the Corona pandemic. We use the e-campus “Moodle” to organise our studies. In addition, our students have access to current literature from over 10,000 books in the e-book library.

During these times, we will of course advise you in choosing the right course of study and support you in the application process as usual.

Our study advisors are available online and on campus for both consultation and interviews. You can contact them by phone, e-mail, WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams or Skype.

Prospective students who are in Hamburg and would like to visit the Brand University campus can be received personally by prior arrangement, subject to hygiene precautions.

If, due to the current situation at the time of your application, you do not have application documents or cannot obtain them, you can submit them later.

Sonja Sahlmüller
National Advisory Service
Fon +49 40 38089356-14
WhatsApp +49 160 – 5566783
(9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays)
Mail sonja.sahlmueller@brand-university.de

Anna Braun
International Advisory Service
Fon +49 40 38089356-23
WhatsApp +49 160 – 5566783
(9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays)
Mail anna.braun@brand-university.de
Skype anna_brand_academy

Students are generally allowed to enter Germany.

However, due to the pandemic, there may be longer waiting times when applying for a visa or delays due to travelling from a risk area.

All students who are not yet in Hamburg at the start of the semester on April 6th can connect to face-to-face seminars in the hybrid format and participate in the virtual lessons.

If you have any questions regarding travelling to Germany, please contact our International Office: korinna.puls@brand-university.de

BAföG
Changes to the mode of teaching (online instead of face-to-face) do not affect your entitlement to the BAföG student financial aid.
In addition, the individual standard period of study at Hamburg universities will be extended for the winter semester 2020/21. If your studies are delayed due to the pandemic, the funding period will also be extended.
More information can be found at BAföG.de.

Interim Financial Aid for Students
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has set up an aid fund to provide financial support for students who have lost their part-time job due to the economic situation, for example. This is aimed at German and international students at state and state-recognised higher education institutions. Until September 2021, between 100 and 500 euros per month will be paid as a non-repayable grant, depending on proven need.
Further information and the online application can be found here: Interim Financial Aid

“When October 2020 initially started with hybrid teaching, BU was well prepared for the pandemic with hygiene concepts and camera systems in the classrooms.” Tabo Hartog, 2nd semester

“I wouldn’t have thought it, because I was more critical than optimistic about the whole thing, but digital teaching is possible. Of course, the location cannot be replaced, but the ambitions and efforts of the lecturers make it possible to study really pleasantly and also still very seriously and intensively despite the circumstances. I would definitely reject the option of taking a waiting semester to wait for the corona phase to end in order to continue studying on site.” Lea Lindau, 4th semester

“The start of the semester was fine, a lot of new programmes had to be organised for classes. Here, first of all, great respect for the university’s effort!” Alexander Hamlescher, 4th semester

“With modest pride, we can say that the online teaching at the Brand University of Applied Sciences works smoothly in the sense of our teaching concept. For example, we integrated our practice partners into teaching videos and live sessions, and individual student support also takes place in video calls. Via our or public online libraries, our Brand Research Lab or tools such as the Trendexplorer, we can easily access scientific sources in order to continue to work in a well-founded manner.” Prof. Ute Röseler