Coronavirus: information for students
Last Update: July 1st 2022
On this page you will find all important information about studies, teaching and university life in the current situation. Please check this website regularly.
- Summer semester 2022
- Vaccinations for students
- Voluntary testing
- Examinations, term papers and theses
- Cross-border study
- Public events
- Access to university buildings
- University library
- Hygiene measures at the Viadrina
- Correct behaviour in case of disease symptoms and suspected cases
The summer semester 2022 will again take place in presence on campus.
In accordance with the Viadrina house rules (in German), it is recommended to wear a medical mask in all Viadrina buildings if a minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
In addition to the face-to-face courses, there are still digital and hybrid courses, especially for students who cannot attend the face-to-face courses.
If you have specific questions about the courses offered in your degree programme in the winter semester, please contact the relevant degree programme coordinator or the subject advisory service.
Prospective students can contact the Central Student Advisory Service with general questions about starting their studies in the winter semester.
Prospective international students can also find information and contact persons on the pages of the International Office.
Vaccination is the best way to contain the pandemic and return to presence.
You can currently get a vaccination appointment at the Vaccination Centre in Frankfurt (Oder) without any problems. The vaccination centre is located on the first floor of the Oderturm Passage opposite the Viadrina main building, Logenstraße 8 (directly at the transition to the Lenné Passagen, next to the RBB). It is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.. You can book a vaccination appointment directly here. Please note that your second vaccination must be at least 3 months old for a booster vaccination.
You can also receive a Corona vaccination from doctors in private practice. In Frankfurt (Oder), for example, the doctor's practice Dr. Huth offers vaccinations with different vaccines also for people who are not already patients of the practice. To make an appointment, please contact the medical practices directly.
Berlin's vaccination centres also offer first, second and booster vaccinations.
Since the municipal vaccination centre is located in the immediate vicinity of the Viadrina campus and many free appointments are currently available there, no further vaccination services are planned on campus for the time being.
You can find more information on vaccinations against the Corona virus here:
- Recommendations of the Standing Commission on Vaccination for COVID-19 Vaccination (Information in German)
- Information on corona vaccination with mRNA vaccines (Information in German)
- Information on Corona vaccination with vector vaccines (Information in German)
Voluntary testing continues to be an important means of containing the corona pandemic in specific suspected cases. According to the Coronavirus Testing Ordinance, only a few situations are still entitled to free testing at the public testing centres certified for this purpose. An alternative is a carefully applied self-test at home, which is included in the list of tested tests.
Here you can find an overview of the respective test centres:
The recommendation to wear a medical mask (OP mask or FFP2 mask) also applies to examinations if a minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
For information on processing times and submission deadlines, please contact the subject advisory service responsible for your degree programme.
There are no testing and quarantine obligations for crossing the border between Germany and Poland.
For public events in the Viadrina buildings, the organisers should point out in the invitations that it is recommended to wear a medical mask if a minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. A hygiene concept and the separate notification of events to the prevention team are no longer required.
The university buildings are generally accessible. Access is prohibited for persons who have Covid-19 or who are suspected of being infected.
The current opening hours of the Mensa in the GD and the Coffeebar in the main building can be found on the website of the Studentenwerk.
The Collegium Polonicum is accessible in compliance with special rules of residence, that are written down in the hygiene concept for the Collegium Polonicum (in German). Here you can find the opening hours of the Collegium Polonicum library.
It is also recommended to wear a medical mask in the reading room if a minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
To reduce the risk of infection for employees or students in the Viadrina buildings, the following hygiene measures apply:
In the Viadrina buildings, it is recommended to wear a medical mask (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) if a minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained and no suitable protective measure (structural separation, separation by glass, plexiglass or similar) is available.
- Regular hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds is one of the most important hygiene measures.
- The ventilation systems in all Viadrina buildings are operated in accordance with current infection protection standards.
- Students who write exams will receive information about hygiene and behavioral measures in a confirmation e-mail before their exam.
- If you are ill, please stay at home and contact your family doctor. Access to Viadrina buildings is prohibited for persons who are ill with the coronavirus or who are suspected of being infected.
- We kindly ask you to use the Corona Warning App of the Federal Government. The app helps to identify chains of infection and supports the health authorities in containing the pandemic.
Information on barrier-free implementation of infection control measures (in German).
We kindly ask you to observe the current instructions of the Federal Centre for Health Education (in German).
Please stay at home if symptoms of illness occur and contact your family doctor.
Regulations for domestic isolation and quarantine:
Unless otherwise instructed by the competent public health department, the following regulations apply to the isolation of people infected with Corona and the quarantine of contact persons:
- The duration of isolation or quarantine is generally days.
- There is no longer a quarantine obligation for contact persons.
An overview of the current regulations on isolation and quarantine can be found here (in German).
Suspicion and infection case:
If you are suspected of being infected with Corona (positive rapid test) or if you test positive for Corona, please follow the above regulations for domestic isolation and report this immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org. This e-mail box is read regularly, even at weekends.
Please answer the following questions when reporting:
- When did the positive test result become available? If it was a rapid test, when will it be validated by a PCR test? Has a health authority already been informed, if so which one?
- Do you have symptoms? Since when?
- Information on the affected courses: Which courses have you attended in the period since 3 days before symptom onset or test result? Were masks worn during the course? Did you have any further contact with Viadrina staff? You can find out here when a person is considered a contact person (Information in German).
If you have had direct contact with a person who is known to be infected with the coronavirus, you should be particularly careful, i.e. limit contact, wear a mask when in contact with other people and test yourself especially on the 3rd and 4th day after contact. If you have symptoms, please have them clarified immediately at a certified testing centre or by your family doctor.
In the case of primary contact, it is not necessary to inform the prevention team.
If you have any questions or are looking for support, please do not hesitate to contact us: email@example.com.
- Information about the coronavirus for foreign students in Germany
- Federal Centre for Health Education (in German)
- Information about Corona from the Federal Ministry of Health (in German)
- Answers of the Robert Koch Institute to FAQs (in German)
- SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Basic Measures Ordinance of the State of Brandenburg (SARS-CoV-2-Infektionsschutz-Basismaßnahmenverordnung des Landes Brandenburg; in German)
- Information about Corona from the State Ministry of Health (in German)
- Informationen about Corona from the Frankfurt (Oder) city administration (in German)