Some useful websites to inform yourself best:
Covid-19 information: general current situation in Germany including regulations and measures, entry restrictions and procedures, authorized vaccines and vaccination process
Federal government information about current covid-19 situation
RKI information about current covid-19 situation in Germany
Federal Ministry of Health FAQ on Digital Registration on Entry, obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry
Federal Foreign Office information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany
RKI information on designation of international risk areas
Digital Registration on entry to Germany
World Health Organization - covid-19 advice
Paul-Ehrlich Institut informs about authorized vaccines in Germany
Vaccine tracker Germany
Covid-19 information: North-Rhine Westphalia
Covid-19 information: Cities of Gelsenkirchen, Bocholt and Recklinghausen
In how far is the university life affected by the current covid-19 situation?
The current covid-19 situation in Germany allows that more attendance will be possible again compared to the last semesters. That is why the current fall semester 21/22 takes place as a hybrid semester (some lectures will be held online and some on campus, depending on the amount of students attenting the lectures).
Based upon the current covid-19 protection regulation, the 3G rule (students who are vaccinated, recovered or tested) is applied as participation requirement.
Please find below the current general regulations in place which apply for lectures as well as examinations:
- You may only participate in indoor events if you have been completly vaccinated, recovered or or tested negatively
- During lectures and other teaching events, a minimum distance of 1.5m, the wearing of a medical face mask (also at the place itself) as well as the general hygiene standards have to be kept and applied
- The minimum distance can also be reduced, taking into account the respective room conditions, under the condition that at least one space between participants remains free at the sides and that no more than half of the regular number of seats is occupied
- The max. number of participants is 100
- The individual departments will inform their students which lecture will take place in person or digitally
For this reason, there will be access controls at the main entrances of our university buildings from September 20th 2021. The controls will be applied from Monday - Friday from 7am to 4pm.
This has the advantage that you do not have to be controlled in every single teaching or examination event. However, this might be done randomly.
For the 3G proof (completly vaccinated, recovered or tested) the respective federal state regulations apply. In addition, an official identification document will also be randomly checked. If you do not provide proper proof, unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the respective lectures or examinations, and you will also be denied access to the university buildings.
From Monday, October 04th, the International Office will be open from Monday - Friday at 9:00 - 12:00 .
We do hope that the upcoming spring semester will take place again as hybrid semester (some lectures will be held online and some on campus). However, this will strongly depend on the future situation and the respective measures and regulations in place.
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.
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