Headergrafik - Corona

Information on how EBS Universität is dealing with the Coronavirus

The health and safety of our students, staff, lecturers, and all guests are extremely important to EBS Universität. As a university, we take our duty of care very seriously and have actively followed developments since the first reports on COVID-19 were published. We implement without delay any recommendations for action and behaviour provided by the Robert Koch Institute, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Federal Foreign Office and the health authorities.


Student at her digital workplace

In accordance with the latest government order, we will also support the objective of the state and federal governments as much as possible. This does not mean a complete closure of our campus or our university business, but it does mean a significant reduction in local presence.

In the following, we would like to inform you about the current situation at EBS Universität, provide answers to questions that are important to you, and offer practical help for everyday university life.

If you have questions that have not been addressed here, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help. Stay healthy!

Questions and Answers

Is it possible to access the campus / locations at present?

Yes, both the campus in Rheingau and the campus in Wiesbaden are open and can be visited. However, up to and including 14 March 2021 for the time being, on-site staff presence will be limited. Teaching will also be switched to online teaching for this period.

To protect you and all EBS members, a detailed hygiene concept will be followed at our locations:

  • Face masks are compulsory in all public areas (corridors, toilets, seminar rooms, libraries) and the lecture rooms
  • The basic rule is to keep 1.5 - 2 m apart
  • Marked routes at all locations to avoid crowds gathering
  • Reduced occupation in offices and seminar rooms
  • Increased hygiene measures in offices and seminar rooms
  • Attendance lists are to be kept (contact tracing)
  • Installation of air filtration systems to improve the air quality in the lecture rooms.

Is there currently any teaching at EBS?

To respond to the call by the government to reduce contacts and contribute to reducing the spread of the virus and to ensure the health and safety of everyone, we will offer to teach online until 14 March 2021.

As soon as circumstances and legal requirements allow, we will return to the hybrid study model (a combination of face-to-face days and online classes). All face-to-face lectures will be broadcast live digitally and can be attended by students on site. To keep lecture groups as small as possible and to be able to comply with spacing and other hygiene rules, our students will alternate between face-to-face lectures and live broadcasting. This model allows us maximum flexibility, given the constantly changing situation.

Our students’ health and well-being are critical to us. When developing our teaching concepts, we naturally take the safety regulations for universities as well as the individual needs of our students into account, e.g. visa issues for students from abroad or at-risk groups.

How is EBS keeping in contact with friends and sponsors during this time?

Whether an alumnus, student, corporate partner, or someone interested in studying at EBS, we are of course available as usual. Many employees are currently still working from home. It is possible to visit our locations, albeit on a small scale. For security reasons, larger events will be moved to digital platforms.

Should you have any concerns, please contact us by mail or phone. If desired or even necessary, we will also be happy to arrange a video conference for you.

How is EBS supporting its students in dealing with this exceptional situation?

In this special time, in which we all have to deal with unpredictable issues, we are all faced with new challenges that need to be overcome. First, reflecting on oneself and one’s own thoughts and fears, often centered around the threat to our very existence. But also reflecting on interpersonal relationships and reorganizing oneself after the crisis are topics that will occupy us more than ever in the coming months. We, as a university, are happy to help our students in any way we can and have appointed several professional and experienced coaches who are available for online, free-of-charge coaching sessions.

FOR THOSE WHO RECENTLY ENROLLED

Corona - Studierende in Gruppenarbeit

I will be starting my studies at EBS next time - will face-to-face teaching be possible again by that time?

Of course, your everyday study routine depends very much on pandemic developments and regulations issued by the legislator. We are currently pursuing a hybrid study model (a combination of face-to-face learning and online teaching), which gives us the flexibility we need to react to every situation.

Of course, our students’ health and well-being are very important to us. When developing our teaching concepts, we naturally take the safety regulations for universities as well as the individual needs of our students into account, e.g. visa issues for students from abroad or at-risk groups.

One thing is certain: our study programmes will all start as planned and we will offer as much face-to-face teaching as the situation allows. But what is also certain is that we will be experiencing a totally new way of studying.

I live abroad and am not sure whether I can enter Germany before my studies are due to begin - can or must I postpone the start of my studies?

You can start your studies in any case. If you have difficulties entering Germany, we will make sure that you are provided with the teaching material in digital form until you can be on campus.

Of course, we would like to provide face-to-face teaching as much as possible. We are currently pursuing a hybrid study model (a combination of face-to-face learning and online teaching), which gives us the flexibility we need to react to every situation. This enables us to make allowance for the particular circumstances of our international students.

I come from abroad - do I have to go into quarantine after arriving in Germany?

At present, this depends on which country you are arriving from. According to the model ordinance of the Federal Government, only people entering the Federal Republic of Germany from a risk area are obliged to quarantine (self-isolate) for a period of 14 days. However, as these regulations can change at any time, please make sure your information is up to date. You will find information about this, for example, on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office or the Federal Government.

What is the current situation regarding the search for accommodation?

Does it make sense to organize accommodation now, if it is not yet known whether lectures will be organized entirely as face-to-face teaching sessions?

One thing is certain: there will be face-to-face teaching but not to the full extent. We are currently pursuing a hybrid study model (a combination of face-to-face learning and online teaching), which gives us the flexibility we need to react to every situation. This enables us, for instance, to take the particular circumstances of our international students or at-risk groups into account.

It is certainly more beneficial for the students to get to know each other from the very beginning on campus. Also, in view of the fact that many students are looking for accommodation in the term, it is still advisable to look for somewhere to live as early as possible.

Are preparatory courses in mathematics and English still going to be provided?

Yes, all preparatory courses will take place as planned. Our wish and aim are to hold the courses on campus. However, this very much depends on how the situation we are in develops until then. If the classroom option is not possible, we will offer preparatory courses in digital form. Even as a Zoom event it is important to us that the courses are as instructive and interactive as they would be live. Our lecturers are therefore professionally trained and experienced in using online teaching platforms.

Current information and possible changes will be sent to your EBS e-mail address after your registration.

FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND APPLICANTS

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Will there still be information events and open days?

Yes, we continue to offer many opportunities to learn more about EBS Universität and the range of programmes we offer. All our information events that were originally planned to be held on campus have now been moved to digital platforms. We have thought of many ways of informing you about life at EBS, for example with online sample lectures, personal discussions with students or question & answer sessions with professors and staff. So you can find out everything you want to know about EBS from the safety of your own home and without physical contact, but still have the chance to “sniff” campus air and get to know the EBSpirit. Of course, individual appointments are also possible in this form. You will have the opportunity to visit the campus again, individually. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to arrange an appointment for you.

Can I apply for the coming winter semester?

Teaching at EBS Universität is definitely going ahead as planned. Since March 2020, the university moved both its internal processes and its entire teaching operations to digital, interactive platforms and created new, innovative teaching formats. At EBS, we are currently working on a hybrid study model (a combination of face-to-face learning and online teaching). With this, we are equipped to deal with any scenario and will do everything that is possible but at the same time sensible and feasible, according to the regulations laid down by the legislator.

Is it possible to hand in language certificates or study aptitude tests such as the GMAT later?

By now, many test centres worldwide have reopened, so that language certificates or university entrance tests can now be taken regularly.

For applicants who, due to the situation, are unable to visit one of the open test centres, the following alternatives are possible:

Proof of language

  1. The TOEFL ITP meets the requirements for studying at EBS Universität. This test can be taken on the EBS campus. However, applicants who choose an International Track must additionally take a TOEFL iBt or IELTS, at the latest before the beginning of the semester abroad, to meet the requirements of the chosen partner university.

  2. An application without proof of language proficiency is initially possible for applicants of the Bachelor programme. The language certificate must be submitted later, by the end of the 2nd semester. Individual language skills are tested initially during the selection interview.

University entrance test

  1. As one solution, the GMAT or GRE can also, under certain circumstances, be taken online from home. More information on: GMAT Online and GRE at home

  2. As a further solution for those who cannot take the GMAT or GRE online, we offer the EBSgrad in an online version and as an alternative.

FOR EBS STUDENTS

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How are the study programmes currently running at EBS?

To respond to the call by the government to reduce contacts and contribute to reducing the spread of the virus and to ensure the health and safety of everyone, we will offer to teach online until 31 January 2021. As soon as circumstances and legal requirements allow, we will return to the hybrid study model (a combination of face-to-face days and online classes).

The hybrid study model includes two types of online lectures: All face-to-face lectures will be streamed live, meaning that students can attend either way. Our students will switch between face-to-face lectures and live broadcasts to keep lecture groups as small as possible and to comply with physical distancing and other hygiene rules.

The second online teaching option will be provided as interactive Zoom sessions. This form is generally used for teaching by external lecturers and members of risk groups. This keeps lecturers travel to a minimum and protects us all. Your individual combination of face-to-face and online learning depends on your study programme, the choice of courses, and your own health and travel situation.

The hybrid study model ensures that direct exchange between students and teachers is maintained and there is still room for discussion and interaction during the lectures. Digital breakout rooms can be used for workshop formats and group work and rooms on campus - this, however, this is subject to general hygiene regulations. Guest speakers from the business world will be ‘patched in’ to the online lectures. Using the chat function, you can ask questions, stimulate discussions, and be in direct exchange with experienced practitioners.

In other words, the full spectrum of teaching is still being provided. Books required for project work or final examinations are available from our libraries’ online database or on-campus, in compliance with the general hygiene regulations. Examinations will be taken at our locations, naturally in compliance with current hygiene and safety measures. In exceptional cases, it is possible to examine digital form as agreed with the examinations office.

How is EBS maintaining networking activities?

A high level of interaction with companies will continue to be paramount during the course of study. The hybrid study model has also made it easier to integrate high-ranking guests remotely into the classroom, thus offering our students more diversity.

However, in times of online lectures and hybrid study models, we are very much looking to promote networking between students, lecturers, and practitioners. Therefore, we have developed the EBS+ programme and created a variety of new formats to intensify the academic and practical exchange during the study course.

  • +Meet the Students
    Speed dating format for new students, to get to know each other, and to optimize networking.

  • +Meet the Germans
    Weekly online meetings for international students, to learn all about German (work) culture

  • +Meet the Manager
    Regular presentations by senior managers from various companies and business sectors (online or on-campus). Key topic: how the work of a manager is changing during the pandemic.

  • +Meet the Alumni
    Regular practice-oriented lectures and workshops (online or on-campus) presented by EBS Alumni

Further formats are currently being developed.

Are there financial support options for students?(

Since June, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has been offering a so-called interim aid scheme for domestic and international students. Students who are verifiably in a pandemic-related emergency situation, who need immediate assistance and who cannot overcome the individual pandemic emergency situation by making use of other support possibilities are entitled to this support.

If you are currently receiving BaföG (state funding for students in Germany) and have questions about it, please do not hesitate to contact the National Association for Student Affairs (Studentenwerk). https://www.studentenwerke.de/de/content/corona-faqs-der-studenten-und

Can students take up their stay abroad in the near future?

Internationality is an essential aspect of studying at EBS University, which of course, includes the integrated semesters abroad and student exchanges with our partner universities.

We try to plan as flexibly as possible and with different scenarios. We are in regular contact with our partner universities.

If, for example, it is not possible to enter a certain country until your stay abroad, the affected universities will in any case guarantee online teaching. This also applies to EBS Universität for the teaching activities for our exchange students. It is also possible to switch to partner universities in nearby European countries if you have to accept entry restrictions for long-distance travel.

Are internships currently available to students? How do internships currently run?

Internships are currently on the curriculum of some of our study programmes. These are important for our students to be able to orientate themselves for their later professional life, to gain actual practical experience, and to make initial contacts with potential employers.

We are currently experiencing different scenarios due to the corona pandemic. Many of our partner companies have converted mainly their operations to digital modus, and their employees are working from home. At most of these companies, this also applies to interns, which is gratifying in that some of our students were able to obtain an internship. Unfortunately, this form of working is not practicable for all companies. We are also experiencing that many of our students are having difficulties finding an internship. To bridge this problematic phase and support our students as much as possible, we offer various forms of assistance.

We also support our students through coaching, practice-related workshops and information sessions about the job market and job search, and, increasingly, offer online sessions with companies. Besides, EBS’ extensive alumni network has been mobilized to increase the number of internships on offer and to share experiences of successful EBS alumni in workshops and info sessions.

One thing is very clear: we do not leave our students alone in this situation and try to support everyone.

Can students use the libraries for academic work?

For us, the focus is on providing you with the best possible access to scientific literature and yet protecting the health of our fellow human beings.

The library remains open and is available for use in presence according to the regulations of our hygiene concept.

Of course, students can continue to use the existing online resources (databases, etc.) at myEBS to complete written work.

Are the student clubs working on their projects? How is this organised?

At EBS Universität, involvement in extracurricular activities is an important part of student life. This has also suffered greatly from the impact of COVID-19. From one day to the next, the student clubs were no longer able to meet, many activities had to be canceled and the planned congresses had to be canceled or postponed for the time being. But, in such difficult situations, the EBSpirit is particularly strong. EBS students quickly adapted to the circumstances and reorganized many things together.

Communication in the different teams and clubs was restructured, new goals were set, and procedures were changed. Studenten.helfen. looked after the new exchange students and, at the beginning of the pandemic, initiated a kind of buddy programme to support them. EBS Sports has agreed to involve the new students in organizing the Boot Camp, which has been postponed to next year. The teams of the business congresses EBS Real Estate Congress and EBS Symposium have developed an alternative event concept. The congresses took place with great innovative power and many new highlights. The group organizing the EBSpreneurship Forum is working intensively on a new marketing concept for a good start next year. And the other student initiatives are also looking for creative solutions and new tasks for their team.

The student representatives are keeping everything on track, coordinating a lot of digital meetings and gatherings, and offering encouragement where necessary. There is so much new experience, and a whole range of lessons learned that the students have identified and want to keep for future generations of EBS students.

This page will be updated regularly to inform you immediately about the current situation. We will also continue to inform students, employees, and faculty members via e-mail. (18 February 2021)