FAQ Covid-19

In how far is the university life affected by the current covid-19 situation?

The current spring semester 2022 takes place as a hybrid semester (some lectures will be held online and some on campus.)

Based upon the current covid-19 protection regulation, the 3G rule no longer applies. 

Please find below the current general regulations in place which apply for lectures as well as examinations: 

  • The compulsory wearing of a medical face mask inside the university buildings still applies 
  • The compulsory wearing of a medical face mask in teaching events is required if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be realized. 
  • The minimum distance of 1.5m can also be reduced, taking into account the respective room conditions, under the condition that a maximum of 75% of the regular number of seats is occupied. In lecture halls with fixed seating and comparable rooms, a " chessboard pattern" should be implemented if possible.
  • The maximum number of 150 participants are allowed in lectures/examinations
  • The individual departments will inform their students which lecture will take place in person or online

What about the semester fee payment I have made if I decide not to come due to covid-19?

If you have already paid your semester fee, we can transfer it to the next semester. If you wish to cancel your exchange at WH completely, we will reimburse it to your bank account.


What happens if I get sick? 

As an exchange or international student, obtaining a valid/local health insurance is obligatory. This means that in case you get sick, you will have full access to the German healthcare system. If you feel symptoms, please contact a doctor, the local health office and us. Please first call a doctor rather than consulting the doctor physically, and avoid contact with others under all circumstances. Then follow their instructions. 


Covid-19 Hotlines

City of Gelsenkirchen: +49 (0) 2091697000
Monday - Friday 8am -4pm 
Support is offered in English and other languages.

City of Bocholt: +49 (0) 2871953500
Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 12:30pm ; 2pm - 5pm 
Friday: 8:30am - 12:30pm

City of Recklinghausen: +49 (0) 23618904545
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am -12pm