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.


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The coronavirus is currently affecting all areas of private and public life. The study situation at EBS Universität has also changed and is still subject to further changes. 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 still have questions which 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 Rheingau and Wiesbaden campus are open for visitors. Since 22 May, specific rules of conduct are in place at EBS Universität, based on a comprehensive hygiene policy.

  • Face masks are compulsory in all public areas (corridors, toilets, seminar rooms, libraries). Face masks can be removed at the workplace
  • 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)

Is there currently any face-to-face teaching at EBS?

University teaching continues to be provided. Since 16 March, the university has transferred both its internal processes and the entire teaching operations to digital, interactive platforms and created new, innovative teaching formats. With this, we are equipped to deal with all scenarios and will do everything that is possible, but at the same time sensible and feasible, according to the regulations laid down by the legislator.

Since 15 May, examinations have once again been conducted on-site, in compliance with RKI standards. The EBS Executive School also offers some on-site further education courses. Of course, all in strict compliance with physical distancing and hygiene policies. It is our wish to return to classroom teaching as quickly and comprehensively as possible - once the current health risk has been eliminated and under strict hygiene precautions for students, lecturers, and staff.

In the winter semester, we will be introducing a hybrid study model (a combination of attendance days and online lessons) that can be flexibly adapted to the given situation. All classroom lectures will be transmitted live and digitally, meaning that students can attend in any case. Lectures by external lecturers will be held in interactive zoom sessions as a standard feature.

Of course, our students’ health and well-being are particularly important to us. When developing our teaching concepts, we naturally consider the safety regulations for universities as well as the various needs of our students, e.g. visa issues for students from abroad or those belonging to risk groups.

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

Whether 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 but gradually our on-site offices are filling up again. It is now possible to visit our locations again, albeit it 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

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I will be starting my studies at EBS in the autumn - will classroom teaching by possible again by then?

The winter semester 2020/21 at EBS Universität is definitely going ahead. We are currently working hard on taking the first step towards normality, but this of course depends very much on the developments concerning the pandemic and the regulations issued by the legislator. It looks very much as if there will be a hybrid study model (a combination of attendance days and online lessons) that can be flexibly adapted to the given situation.

Of course, our students’ health and well-being are particularly important to us. When developing our teaching concepts, we naturally consider the safety regulations for universities as well as the various needs of our students, e.g. visa issues for students from abroad or those belonging to 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 form of study.

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?

No, you can start your studies in any case. If you have difficulties entering Germany, we will ensure that you are provided with the teaching material in digital form (Zoom meetings, lectures in live stream) until you can be on site.

In the winter semester, we will be introducing a hybrid study model (a combination of attendance days and online lessons) that can be flexibly adapted to the given situation. All classroom lectures will be transmitted live and digitally, meaning that students can attend in any case. Lectures by external lecturers will be held as a standard feature in interactive Zoom sessions.

This model enables us to take the special circumstances of our international students into account. At the same time, we can offer as much face-to-face teaching as possible, thus maintaining the special study experience at EBS Universität.

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. The Federal Government and the individual federal states have decided that a mandatory two-week quarantine is ordered for all persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany from a so-called third country. Third countries are countries outside the European Union (EU). There is no quarantine obligation for Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, just as for countries in the EU.

However, as these regulations can change at any time, please keep yourself informed. You will find information about this, for example, on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office or the Federal Government.

Germany is currently one of the safest countries regarding the situation caused by the coronavirus. According to a survey by the analysis agency Deep Knowledge, Germany protects its population exceptionally well against the risks arising from the virus. In addition, Germany has not imposed an absolute stay-at-home order. Various measures such as the restricted contact ban or compulsory face masks in public places ensure a good level of safety while at the same time allowing a life with only a few restrictions.

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 held completely as classroom teaching sessions?

Unfortunately, we are not yet able to say to what extent we will be able to resume classroom teaching by September. However, our goal is to provide our students with an excellent and safe learning experience at EBS Universität.

We understand if students prefer not to come to the campus yet. Travel restrictions or visa issues may also prevent them from being back in time for the beginning of the semester. Nevertheless, we want to offer as many presence courses as possible again in the fall. In respect of the different needs of our students and the safety regulations for universities, we have developed a detailed hygiene concept that allows us to offer a high level of lectures on campus again. This is based on a hybrid study model (a combination of attendance days and online teaching), which can be flexibly modified according to the specific situation.

All attendance lectures are streamed live digitally and can, therefore, be attended in any case. Courses given by external lecturers are held in interactive zoom sessions as standard. Depending on the size of a lecture group and the current security regulations, students will rotate between attending the lecture on-site or using the live stream.

It is certainly more beneficial for the students to get to know each other from the very beginning on site. Also, since many students are entering the housing market in the autumn, it is still advisable to look for accommodation early.

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

Yes, all preparation courses will take place as planned in August. Our wish and goal are to have the classes held on campus. However, this very much depends on how the situation we are in develops by then. If the classroom option is not possible in August, we will offer the preparation courses in digital format. Even as a zoom event, we consider it essential that the courses are as instructive and interactive as they would be as a live event. 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.

Will events such as the EBS Law Camp or the EBS Onboarding Project take place in September?

Our events at the beginning of the new semester will certainly take place. However, we cannot say what form they will take yet. We are currently working on various concepts that will be implemented in September, or later, again depending on the situation.

One option is to implement a rolling system in order to keep the group size for face-to-face events as small as possible and thus to be able to conduct them. Moving certain parts of the program into virtual space for everyone and splitting excursions among many small groups are also options.

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 study programmes start regularly in the winter semester 2020 at all?

The winter semester 2020/21 at EBS Universität will certainly be starting. Since 16 March, the university has transferred both its internal processes and the entire teaching operations to digital, interactive platforms and created new, innovative teaching formats. With this, we are equipped to deal with all scenarios and will do everything that is possible, but at the same time sensible and feasible, according to the regulations laid down by the legislator.

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?

Yes, you can apply to us in the normal way. We have adapted our admission procedure to the current special circumstances and switched to a contactless, digital version. You can complete all parts of our admission procedure (interview and tests) in the comfort and security of your own home.

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?

We would like to make our contribution to slowing down the spread of the disease. For this reason, EBS Universität has been offering all courses in the form of interactive video or audio conferences using e-learning platforms since 16 March. At the same time, it is our goal to continue to provide a special study experience at EBS Universität.

In this way, our students can stay in direct contact with their professors and there is room for discussion and interaction during the lectures. Digital breakout rooms can be used for workshop formats and group work, or as interactive workspaces for developing common ideas and concepts. Guest speakers from the business world are regularly ‘patched in’ to the online lectures. Using the chat function, you can ask questions, stimulate discussions, and thus enter into a 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-site, in compliance with the general hygiene regulations.

From the start of the study programme in the autumn, all face-to-face events that are possible by then will also be broadcast live. This enables us to react flexibly to new developments (e.g. restrictions on the number of participants) and the special needs of students (e.g. members of the risk group) by allowing a lecture to be followed both on-site and online. Our goal is always to provide maximum campus experience for our students.

Due to the short-term changeover to interactive online teaching and new innovative learning formats, we are equipped to deal with all scenarios and will do everything that is possible, but at the same time sensible and feasible, according to the regulations laid down by the legislator. Naturally, it is our wish to return to classroom teaching as quickly and comprehensively as possible - of course, under strict hygiene precautions. We will inform you regularly and promptly about our plans or as soon as new legal requirements are published.

Can students use the libraries for academic work?

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

The recent amendment to the Fourth Regulation on the Control of the Coronavirus now opens new opportunities for us. For example, we can make the reference works available again for scanning, printing and copying, subject to several conditions. Access to and use of the reading and research stations is also possible again, provided that mouth and nose protection is worn for the entire duration of the stay. In addition, students can continue to use the existing online resources (databases etc.) on myEBS to complete written work.

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

Will there be a graduation ceremony this year?

Due to the current security regulations regarding events, we unfortunately have to do without the traditional graduation ceremony in Wiesbaden’s Kurhaus this year. We are, of course, very sad about this, but are currently considering possible options or alternatives for this year’s graduates.

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.

In autumn, some of our students will once again be able to embark on their eagerly anticipated studies abroad. At present, we are still very much hoping that, by then, the situation is more or less back to normal and that this can take place as usual. Nevertheless, we are also attempting to plan different scenarios here. We are regularly in touch with our partner universities.

Should it not be possible to enter a particular country by then, 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.

How can group work be held currently?

Partner or group work in the classrooms is currently only permitted under the supervision of a permanent member of staff employed by EBS Universität, to guarantee compliance with physical distance and hygiene regulations. In general, meetings and conferences should be kept to a minimum. As an alternative to on-site group work, these can be held via video conferencing.

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 are in the process of developing an alternative event concept and breaking new ground. 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 the faculty members via e-mail. (20 July 2020)

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