Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences

FAQ on the effects of the coronavirus at HSD

General information​

Do I have access to HSD?

Yes, students may enter HSD buildings under certain conditions. The current restrictions on social contact require limited access to HSD buildings. All regulations are subject to the proviso that everyone keeps the minimum distance and complies with the necessary hygiene and protective measures.

Your faculty will inform you about relevant regulations on classes and practical sessions. For further information, please contact your faculty or check the official HSD regulations (currently in German only).

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Do I have to wear a mask, scarf or similar in HSD buildings to cover my nose and mouth?

Yes, we kindly ask everyone who is granted access to HSD buildings to wear a protective mask, community mask, scarf or similar to cover nose and mouth everywhere on campus – even during sessions or examinations where participants can keep the minimum distance.

Please find further information on applicable protective measures in the section on health protection and in the official HSD regulations (currently in German only).

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What else do I need to know if I want to access HSD buildings?

Access to HSD buildings is limited to those students who have to participate in selected on-campus sessions or need to go to the library.

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.

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.

Please pay particular attention to the regulations on minimum distance and hygiene necessary to protect all of us and wear a mask, scarf or similar at HSD.


Opening hours
Access is currently only possible Mon–Fri 07:00–20:00. We will make a decision on opening hours at the weekend on short notice in consultation with the faculties.

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Together against coronavirus

The German Federal Ministry of Health provides reliable answers and concrete information on how to protect yourself and others: https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/en/.

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Aptitude tests

Do the aptitude tests at the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Design take place?

The aptitude tests in March 2020 were cancelled. If and in what format aptitude tests can take place again depends on the developments in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Your faculty will inform you about relevant regulations on aptitude tests and alternative dates.

For further information, please contact your faculty at

- Architecture ​corona.architektur@hs-duesseldorf.de
- ​Design corona.design@hs-duesseldorf.de

or check the official HSD regulations (currently in German only).

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Block Seminars

Do block seminars take place in the winter semester 2020?

To find out whether your block seminar takes place, please contact your faculty at:

- Architecture ​corona.architektur@hs-duesseldorf.de

- ​Design corona.design@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology ​corona.ei@hs-duesseldorf.de  

- Mechanical and Process Engineering corona.mv@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Media ​corona.medien@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Social Sciences and Cultural Studies ​corona.soz-kult@hs-duesseldorf.de  

- Business Studies​ corona.wirtschaftswissenschaften@hs-duesseldorf.de 

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Data protection and privacy

Information on data protection

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

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Degree certificates 

How do I receive my degree certificates if my graduation ceremony was cancelled?

We will send you your degree certificates by post.

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Examinations

Do my examinations take place?

Students are allowed to access HSD buildings to participate in selected classes and examinations on campus for which permission has been granted. For further information, please contact your faculty at

- Architecture ​corona.architektur@hs-duesseldorf.de

- ​Design corona.design@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology ​corona.ei@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Mechanical and Process Engineering corona.mv@hs-duesseldorf.de or Faculty FAQ

- Media ​corona.medien@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Social Sciences and Cultural Studies ​corona.soz-kult@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Business Studies​ corona.wirtschaftswissenschaften@hs-duesseldorf.de

or check the official HSD regulations (currently in German only).

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Can online examinations take place in the winter semester 2020/2021?

In line with current corona regulations, oral as well as written examinations may be conducted in a digital or online format – even if this means deviation from existing examination regulations. Please contact your faculty for any questions concerning your study programme.

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Can on-campus examinations take place in the winter semester 2020/2021?

In general, on-campus examinations are allowed to take place if they can be conducted in line with current regulations on infection protection. This depends e.g. on the kind of examination and the features of the facilities. HSD decides case by case. Please contact your faculty for any questions concerning your study programme.

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Exchange students / semester abroad 

I am an exchange student from abroad during the winter semester 2020/2021. Where do I get advice and support?

Feel free to get in touch with Dr. Monika Katz, Head of International Office, at monika.katz@hs-duesseldorf.de or +49 211 4351-8123.

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Is the Erasmus programme for incoming exchange students cancelled for the winter semester 2020/2021?

No, the Erasmus programme is not cancelled for the winter semester 2020/2021, but fewer students participate. We have already welcomed the new exchange students for the winter semester at HSD and some HSD students have started their semester abroad.

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Internships

I have completed an internship and written my internship report. How can I submit my report?

Please send your internship report by post to the dean’s office of your faculty. The postmark defines the date of submission.

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I have to do an external internship as part of my studies. What happens if the institution/company closes down?

Your external internship may take place, if the respective internship provider does not decide otherwise. Your faculty’s Examination Board decides on further approaches and proceedings.

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Which regulations apply to internships?

In line with current corona regulations, faculties may decide to deviate from existing examination regulations concerning internship semesters or other practical periods. Please contact your faculty for any questions concerning your study programme.

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Residential homes and dining hall

What if I cannot pay my rent due to the current situation?

Of course, tenancy agreements between students and Düsseldorf Student Services (Studierendenwerk Düsseldorf) are binding. However, Düsseldorf Student Services try to react as flexibly as possible to students experiencing financial difficulties due to the current situation in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Possible solutions include e.g. paying the rent later or not paying the full amount at once, but in smaller chunks. Please contact Düsseldorf Student Services to discuss your individual case.

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What if my studies take longer due to the current situation, but my tenancy agreement ends?

Düsseldorf Student Services  (Studierendenwerk Düsseldorf) will look for individual solutions together with the students. If residential home capacities are available, your tenancy agreement may be extended. Please contact Düsseldorf Student Services to discuss your individual case.

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Have dining halls reopened?

On Monday, 26 October 2020, Düsseldorf Student Services (Studierendenwerk Düsseldorf) reopened the HSD dining hall taking into account current developments in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Current opening hours: 11:30–14:00.

The dining hall currently offers two set meals per day, no separate sides. Please find the currently limited daily menu of HSD dining hall here.

You need to make an online reservation, max. 48 h in advance (Choose ‘Mensa Derendorf’, ‘Platzreservierung’, a seat (‘Platz ...’), a date as well as a time slot. Leave your personal details, tick the box at the bottom and click ‘absenden’.).

Currently contactless payment only. Please find further information at https://www.stw-d.de/ (currently in German only).

The bistro in building 2 on floor 1 is still closed. ​

Please check our English website and your student e-mail address for instructions and updates on the matter.

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Semester dates 

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When does the winter semester begin?

The winter semester officially begins on 1 September 2020.

In line with regulations on state level in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the HSD Board of Management has decided that the teaching weeks of the winter semester 2020/21 will start on 02 November 2020 for all new students in their first semester.

For more senior students continuing their studies at HSD, teaching weeks (including online teaching) already start on 19 October 2020. Any previously communicated dates of the teaching weeks in the winter semester 2020/21 do no longer apply. The new dates also apply to courses which should have taken place in the summer semester, but needed to be postponed to the winter semester.

Teaching weeks in the winter semester end on 12 February 2021. Your faculty will let you know in due time in case of any faculty-specific changes concerning the end of the teaching weeks and the subsequent examination period.

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Can courses that have been cancelled be completed in the following semester?

Courses that have been cancelled may be offered in the following semester. They may take place on weekends or as block seminars, so you can complete them in addition to your usual courses for that semester. Please contact your faculty for any questions concerning your study programme.

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Sport

Can sport at HSD take place in the current situation?

In general, university sport is allowed to take place if classes can be conducted in line with current regulations on infection protection. This depends e.g. on the kind of sports and the features of the facilities. HSD decides case by case. Please contact the respective trainer for questions concerning your class. 

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Theses

Does the current situation affect the deadline for my thesis?

Each faculty works on suitable solutions. The current situation should not have a negative impact on the completion of your studies.

For further information, please contact your faculty at:

- Architecture ​corona.architektur@hs-duesseldorf.de

-​ Design corona.design@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology ​corona.ei@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Mechanical and Process Engineering corona.mv@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Media ​corona.medien@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Social Sciences and Cultural Studies ​corona.soz-kult@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Business Studies ​corona.wirtschaftswissenschaften@hs-duesseldorf.de

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University Library 

Is the University Library still closed?

The University Library has reopened for students. Opening hours and services are currently restricted. For more information, please read the library news.

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Library news

The library news provide information on all safety measures, developments and services at the University Library during the pandemic at a glance.

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Are there any special arrangements for loan periods and renewals?

Although the University Library reopened in May and students can use self-service stations to borrow and return items, eased renewal policies apply until the end of the winter semester 2020/2021 (28 February 2020):

If you have renewed the loan period of an item already three times, you can request an exceptional fourth renewal in written form via e-mail – not having to show up in person. If nobody else reserved the item, we will grant permission to renew the loan period a fourth time. Please send your renewal request via e-mail to bibliothek@hs-duesseldorf.de.

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Workshops

Can I access HSD workshops and laboratories?

Students are allowed to access HSD buildings under certain conditions. All regulations are subject to the proviso that everyone keeps the minimum distance and complies with the necessary hygiene and protective measures. Please get in touch with your faculty to find out which conditions apply to the faculty’s workshops and laboratories you would like to use.

For further information, please contact your faculty or check the official HSD regulations (currently in German only).

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Written assignments

How can I submit my written assignment?

Each faculty works on suitable solutions. If you cannot upload your written assignment, please contact your faculty:

- Architecture​ corona.architektur@hs-duesseldorf.de

-​ Design corona.design@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology ​corona.ei@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Mechanical and Process Engineering corona.mv@hs-duesseldorf.de or Faculty FAQ

- Media ​corona.medien@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Social Sciences and Cultural Studies​ corona.soz-kult@hs-duesseldorf.de

- Business Studies​ corona.wirtschaftswissenschaften@hs-duesseldorf.de

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