Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences


​In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the protection of students and staff members is our top priority. The Board of Management has therefore made fundamental decisions in line with instructions from the official authorities. We continue to work intensively on all levels to make sure that you will not suffer any disadvantages in your studies due to the situation. / Last updated: 6 August 2020

For information purposes and as guidelines, we recommend factual and sensibly worded information provided by official organisations such as the Robert Koch Institute (in German and English), the German Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) (in German only) or the NHS (in English).


Latest Updates

Summer semester 2020

Examinations on campus:

  • Courses can take place on campus again even if it would be possible to conduct them in a digital format. However, the (vice) dean’s approval is necessary.
  • A maximum of 50 participants are currently allowed for on-campus classes.
  • Examinations also take place on campus again. Large groups can take their examinations in the main lecture hall (Audimax) or the dining hall. In addition, HSD has arranged for some large examinations to take place in the Mitsubishi Electric event hall.
  • The faculties will inform you about further details on the organisation and conduct of the examinations.

Protective and hygienic measures:

  • Effective 13 July 2020, wearing a mask or similar to cover nose and mouth is compulsory inside HSD buildings.
  • For the time being, you need to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m to others at all times.
  • For more information please read the section on health protection.

University Library:

  • The University Library has reopened. Current opening hours: Mon–Fri 09:00–19:00. Current service hours (via phone or e-mail): Mon–Thu 8:30–16:00, Fri 8:30–14:00. Please check the library website for updates (currently in German only).

Access to HSD buildings:

  • You can access HSD buildings only via one entrance per building. This entrance is marked accordingly. 
  • Before you enter, you need to show your student ID card to our security staff and specify the name of the course you want to attend, so that they can check if you are allowed to enter. The faculties will provide lists for each course naming the students eligible to attend. 
  • Please make sure to arrive on time, but not too much in advance to avoid queues. Then go directly to the room where your class takes place. Please leave the building immediately once class is over.

Access to parking area:

  • You can use the underground parking area. However, you cannot enter the building directly from the underground parking area. (Only staff members who have a key are allowed to use those doors. Students need to enter the building via the main entrance on ground level.) To enter the parking area, you also have to show your student ID card and specify the name of the course you want to attend.

Winter semester 2020/2021

Teaching weeks:

  • Beginning for new students in their first semester: 2 Novemver 2020.
  • Beginning for all other students: 19 October 2020.
  • End of the teaching weeks: 12 February 2021.
  • Usually, all examinations should take place subsequently, by 28 February 2021. If a faculty needs more time to administer all necessary examinations, the examination period may already start on 1 February 2021. Your faculty will let you know in due course in case this applies to you.
Courses in the winter semester:
  • We will inform you in due time in which format courses will take place in the winter semester (online, on campus or a mix of both) – depending on current legal provisions and the situation in the context of the coronavirus.

Further information

Courses, practical trainings and examinations

HSD has adopted regulations to counteract the impact of the pandemic on your studies (Ordnung zur Kompensation der Folgen der Coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2-Epidemie für Studium und Lehre of 23 April 2020 – document in German only). These regulations allow the faculties to deviate from existing regulations so that you can successfully continue your studies under the current conditions (e.g. to offer courses and examinations in different formats, postpone examinations or waive certain prerequisites).

The corona regulations increase the individual normal programme length by one semester. This applies to all students who are enrolled at HSD for the summer semester 2020 (and have not requested leave of absence for this semester) as well as all cross-registered students as defined in the higher education act.

Your faculty will keep you posted on any relevant changes concerning your studies.


Access, library and other services

Access to HSD buildings for students

  • is limited to the exceptionally permitted on-campus sessions or examinations and the building(s) in which they take place,
  • is only possible via the respective main entrance or via the underground parking area,
  • is only possible Monday to Friday 7:00–20:00 for the purpose mentioned above,
  • requires that you register in an attendance list (to be able to track chains of infection if necessary) and
  • is subject to compliance with the legally prescribed protective and hygienic measures.
The University Library has reopened. Opening hours are temprarily limited: Mon–Fri 9:00–19:00, Sat/Sun closed (for updates check the library website). All other advice and support is provided by phone, via e-mail or online. We aim to reopen further facilities and provide service in person as soon as the legal frameworks allow us to do so.


Until further notice, no excursions can take place.

External internships

External internships may take place, if the respective internship provider does not decide otherwise. The Examination Boards decide on further approaches and proceedings

Data protection and privacy

For relevant information on data protection and privacy in the current situation, please check our German website.

More detailed information

More detailed information on legal provisions in the context of the coronavirus pandemic is available in German:


Since we expect changes on very short notice, please check this website and your student e-mail account regularly for updates.

Minimising physical contact

Campus closed for the public

For the time being, the general public does not have access to HSD buildings. This includes dining hall, Alter Schlachthof – Memorial Site, Campus IT Service Desk, Student Support Centre (SSC) services, Centre for Training and Competence Development (ZWEK), Faculty Student Committee and AStA (student union) rooms etc.

People returning from risk areas cannot enter campus

According to the latest regulation of the state government of 22 March 2020 (in German only), anyone returning from a risk area (as defined by the Robert Koch Institute) may not return to campus within 14 days after their return. This measure was taken to prevent new infections with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It will be particularly relevant for our students and guests once HSD buildings reopen for them.


Contact Form

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