Corona virus SARS-CoV-2 and student exchange

With some exceptions, ASH Berlin is currently closed to the public. Students of ASH Berlin can enter the building if they have presence-based classes or would like to go to the library or the computer lab. You need to show proof of your full vaccination / recovery or a negative test result of the same day to enter the building. ASH Berlin provides general information (incl. pandemic plan, hygienic plan, testing concept etc.) and specific information for regular students about the Corona virus (in German only), and we kindly ask all exchange students to consult the FAQs below before contacting the International Office directly.
 

Please note that an FFP2-mask must be worn in the buildings of ASH Berlin.

General FAQs

Since during the current pandemic we cannot offer our usual face-to-face office hours, we kindly ask all exchange students and partner universities to contact us via e-mail to incoming@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu.We're happy to offer individual online counselling via video or audio conference, please e-mail us if you wish to schedule an appointment.

Entry and quarantine regulations in Germany are published on the website of the Federal Foreign Office and we ask all students to check these regulations again independently before their departure.

At the moment, only restrictions for entry into Germany from areas of variant of concern apply. Persons entering from these areas are required complete a digital entry registration, provide a negative test result and quarantine. Restrictions from other areas have been mostly lifted.
 

Before coming to Berlin, you must check the risk area classification of the country from which you arrive and carefully check and stick to the corresponding testing and quarantine regulations published by the Federal Foreign Office.

Please note that from 1 October 2022, new rules apply for the definition of being "fully vaccinated". Please find these rules in the info box down below "In Berlin: What is the definition of being "fully vaccinated"?".

Please note that wearing an FFP2-mask is mandatory in the buildings of ASH Berlin

In Berlin, contact restrictions, curfews or any other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are legally defined in the current version of the SARS-CoV-2 infection protection ordinance, launched by the Senate of Berlin. Violations of the ordinance may result in having to pay a penalty fine. The Senate's Corona FAQ website (available in German, English and Turkish) is also an important source of information (and it's language is more accessible than the legal ordinance). For your convenience, we've gathered the most important rules below.

 

Since 3rd of June, the following rules apply:

  • Obligation to wear an FFP2 mask on public transport, in hospitals or doctors' offices and care facilities
     
  • Obligation to show a negative test result when entering hospitals and care facilities
     
  • Obligation to quarantine if you‘ve been infected (i.e. you had a positive antigen test) or if you‘ve been in contact with an infected person and are neither vaccinated nor recovered.

Getting tested at the testing center at ASH Berlin is currently possible for free for all ASH students!
The opening hours are:
Tue, Thu, Fri: 7am - 1pm
Mon, Wed: 7am - 6pm

Since 30 June 2022, free tests are only available in the following cases:

  • at the end of the quarantine period for infected people
  • if you want to visit anyone at the hospital or in a care facility
  • if one person in your household is infected
  • if you participate in studies concerning the corona virus
  • if you cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons

You can receive a test for 3 Euros in the following cases:

  • if you attend in indoor event that day
  • if you will be in contact with a person older than 60 or a person with a high risk of a severe infection that day 
  • if you have been exposed to a high risk according to the Corona Warn App

Please find testing centers on the website direkttesten.berlin and please note that this testing option is only for people who do not show any symptoms. If you show symptoms of a Covid-19 infection, please carefully read the info-box "What if I think I've been infected with the Corona virus SARS-CoV-2?" below for more information.

Depending on the test center you may have to schedule an appointment beforehand. Please make sure to always bring your ID for a test to verify your identity. 

Please note that an antigen test only provides a snapshot of your health condition on that day. If your test is positive and/or you show symptoms, you need to isolate yourself immediately and take a PCR test as soon as possible (some test centers offer a PCR test in case of a positive test result - just check on the website). In case your test result is positive, please carefully read the info-box "What if I think I've been infected with the Corona virus SARS-CoV-2?" below for more information.

If you are not yet fully vaccinated or recovered, please find options to get vaccinated in Berlin in our info-box "Where and how can I get vaccinated".

Everyone who is working or studying in Berlin can get vaccinated in Berlin. The Stiko (Standing Committee on Vaccination) recommends Covid-19 booster vaccinations for all persons over 18 years old.  Booster vaccinations are recommended for everyone who has received their last vaccination dose at least three months ago. 

Where can I get vaccinated? 

Go to the website https://wirhelfenberlin.de/corona where you can see the next vaccination possibilities in different locations all over Berlin as well as the availability of the permanent vaccination center (Ring-Center 1, Frankfurter Allee 111, 10247 Berlin). Please make an appointment for the permanent vaccination center online or by phone: (030) 9028-2200.

You can also get vaccinated in pharmacies. Go to https://www.impfen-in-apotheken.de/ in order to find out which pharmacies offer vaccinations. You need to book an appointment for your vaccination.

The following documents must be brought to the vaccination:

  • Identity card, passport or residence permit
  • Your letter of acceptance / immatriculation confirmation
  • Completed and signed information sheet, medical history form and consent form for mRNA vaccines (like Comirnaty® from BioNTech/Pfizer and COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna® from Moderna) or vector vaccines (like Vaxzevria®, formerly AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca and Janssen® COVID-19 vaccine from Janssen Cilag International/Johnson & Johnson) , depending on your vaccination. You can also fill in the forms at the vaccination center.
  • Vaccination passport (if available)

You can find more information on the vaccines on the website https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/en/.

Download an app (f.e. the CovPass App) to show your digital vaccination certificate.

Two vaccination doses are necessary to obtain full vaccination protection –  even for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for their first vaccination. 
Exceptions apply after a previous infection with the coronavirus: in this case, a single vaccination is enough

  • if this vaccination was preceded by an infection proven by an antibody test or PCR test, or
  • if the vaccination was followed by an infection detected by PCR test and 28 days have elapsed since testing.

New rules will apply from 1 October 2022Three vaccinations will be necessary in order to count as "fully vaccinated". 
Exceptions will apply after a previous infection with the coronavirus: In this case, two vaccinations will be enough, 

  • if the first vaccination was preceded by an infection proven by an antibody test, or
  • if the second vaccination was preceded by an infection detected by PCR test, or
  • if there was an infection detected by PCR test after the second vaccination and 28 days have passed since testing.

More information is available on the Corona website of the German government.

The German Federal Government launched the Corona-Warn app (also available in English, Turkish and Arabic) and we strongly recommend using it whilst in Germany. Its purpose is to inform users if they’ve been in contact with an infected person and thus make chains of infection easier to track. In addition, the app also allows receiving test results, checking in when attending public events or uploading digital proof of vaccination or recovery.

How the tracing works: the app uses Bluetooth to exchange anonymised identification numbers with other users close by without transmitting the user’s location. If a user is tested positively for Covid-19, they can share their result in the app and thus inform other users who have been in their immediate surroundings.  The use of the app is on a voluntary basis. 

More information about the Corona virus SARS-CoV-2 is available via the Governing Mayor of Berlin (information in English, also available in Turkish and partially in other languages), the German Institute for Public Health (Robert Koch Institut, information partially in English), the Federal Center for Health Education (Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung, information in German) or the Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesgesundheitsministerium, information in German).

If you show symptoms of an infection (mostly fever and cough, also a running nose, a sore throat or rheumatic pains) or if you have been in touch with an infected person, please stay at home and get tested. You can call one of the Covid-19 medical practices all over Berlin to get a test - especially in acute cases. This website is in German so you might want to ask your buddy for help. You may also call the Berlin public health authority (030 90 282828) or use the website of the on-call doctors' service (in German only) to book a test. Another possibility is to go to one of the public Corona screening and testing centres all over Berlin. 

If you have been tested positively for the Corona virus SARS-CoV-2 with a PCR test, the Berlin public health authority will contact you and inform you about what you need to do. If you have been to ASH Berlin within two days prior to your infection, you should also inform ASH Berlin immediately (e-mail to corona@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu and incoming@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu).

If you're using the Corona-Warn-app (see above), you should use its warning function after having received your positive test result.

Exchange during winter term 2022/23

We are happy to welcome exchange students from our partner universities during the winter term 2022/23. Please kindly consult the FAQs below before contacting us. If you have any questions, we're available via e-mail to incoming@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu On demand, we also offer individual online counselling via video or audio conference, please e-mail us if you wish to schedule an appointment.

All exchange students were added to the Moodle course "Erasmus+ and exchange students_winter term" at the end of July 2022. Moodle is ASH Berlin's e-learning platform and our course serves as a useful addition to this website and as an overview of all upcoming dates, webinar links and recordings, online meetings, online office hours and tasks for Erasmus+ and exchange students at ASH Berlin during winter term 2022/23.

How to log in to Moodle: all exchange students received information about their ASH account in our "Info Package II" via e-mail on 27th of July 2022.

  • The mandatory orientation period will take place from 26th to 28th of September 2022.
  • The teaching period of the winter term 2022/23 will run from 3rd of October 2022 until 18th of February 2023.

The mandatory orientation period will take place from 26th to 28th of September 2022. The orientation programme will mainly consist of online webinars as well as face-to-face events if the current regulations allow. The exact orientation programme as well as the links to our webinars, the webinar recordings, the link to our online meetings and office hours will be published via our e-learning platform Moodle.

The winter term 2022/23 is being planned as a presence-based semester. Please note, though, that short-notice changes may also be necessary, depending on the pandemic situation.

Details as to which exact courses may be offered and in which teaching mode will be published approx. mid-September 2022 in our course catalogue LSF.

Exchange during summer term 2023

We are happy to receive nominations from our partner universities for the summer term 2023. Please kindly consult the FAQs below before contacting us. If you have any questions, we're available via e-mail to incoming@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu On demand, we also offer individual online counselling via video or audio conference, please e-mail us if you wish to schedule an appointment.

  • The mandatory orientation period is scheduled to take place from 27th to 29th of March 2023 (tbc).
  • The official teaching and exam period of the summer term 2023 will run from 3rd of April 2023 to 22nd of July 2023. Please note that your individual end date might be earlier.

After you have been officially nominated by your home university for an exchange at ASH Berlin, we will inform you about our application procedures. Summer term 2023 applications are now open and all nominated exchange students will receive the link to our online application portal via e-mail. The deadline to apply is 15th of December 2022. Before starting your Learning Agreement, we kindly ask you to attend the preparatory online webinar live or to watch the recording (see FAQ below). If you have any questions about your online application, you can ask these questions in the webinar.

On 27 October 2022 at 10am CET, we will hold a live webinar to inform you about courses, ECTS and exams etc. We kindly ask students to only start their Learning Agreement after having attended the webinar live or after having watched the recording. If you have any questions about your application, you can ask them in the webinar.

All nominated exchange students will receive the link to the webinar via e-mail. The webinar will be recorded, so if you cannot attend live, please watch the recording afterwards.
BEFORE attending the webinar live, you need to download the Adobe Connect meeting application, here's a step-by-step manual about how to do so.

AFTER (!) having attended our live prep webinar (or watched the recording), you can start preparing your Learning Agreement (LA). The LA can be uploaded in our application portal (and it should be signed by you and your home university) or -  if you don’t have it available by the time you’re doing the online application - you can also send the LA via e-mail to incoming@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu by no later than 15th of January 2023.

If your home university asks you to use Online Learning Agreement (OLA), we will receive an automatic message from the OLA plattform once your LA has been signed digitally by you and your home university, so you don't have to upload it in our application portal or send it via e-mail again. Just make sure to enter the correct data of the contact and responsible person!

Contact

Ms. Marion Fuchs

Incoming Student Coordinator

International Office

Room No. 345

 

Please contact me via e-mail only. I am happy to offer online counselling via video- and/or audio conference on demand.

Ms. Marion Fuchs