Information on Coronavirus for Students
Arden University is closely monitoring the current COVID-19 pandemic and is taking measures to ensure the health of our staff and students. Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below to find out more about the current situation and the actions we are taking at Arden. You can additionally view our COVID-19 refund policy.
On Monday 27 July 2020, German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced that Germany will make coronavirus tests mandatory for travellers arriving from high-risk areas. The reason for this is to slow the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in Germany.
What does this mean for Arden University students planning to travel to Germany in the near future?
The new regulations mean that the Federal Ministry has the power to get individuals who have travelled from areas of increased risk to undergo a medical examination for COVID-19. The coronavirus test is free for travellers.
Will travellers still need to quarantine for 14 days?
There has been no change to the regulation asking travellers from high-risk countries to quarantine. Any student arriving in Germany from a high-risk country will be asked to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
Is my home country considered a high-risk country?
Travellers from other EU countries, states associated with Schengen (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and the United Kingdom can travel to Germany from other EU states without restriction. The EU has a designated “safe country” list which they update every two weeks.
We strongly encourage students thinking about travelling to Germany to consult the German Foreign Ministry’s website for updates regarding travel restrictions: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus
Fines for those who do not wear mouth and nose protection
Passengers who do not wear masks or mouth and nose coverings when using public transportation in Berlin can now be fined at least €50 for breaking COVID-19 regulations. Arden University urges all students to follow the regulations and wear mouth and nose protection on all public transportation and in shops. We also expect students and staff to wear mouth and nose protection when on-campus. We will not impose any fines, but staff will remind students who do not follow this to comply with the regulations.
‘Corona Warning’ app launched
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s public health institute, has launched the Corona Warning app for Germany. The app will help the country in the fight against COVID-19, much like social distancing, hygiene measures and face masks. The aim is to quickly track and break through potential infection chains. The app is available for Android and Apple smartphones and it remembers your encounters with others, sending you a notification when you have had contact with anyone who is infected. However, at no time does it collect information on the identity of its users. User privacy is absolutely protected - who you are and where you are remains anonymous.
What are the current measures in place in Berlin to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
- Social distancing - every person is required to keep physical social contact with other people to an absolute minimum and everyone must maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres with other people in public. Berlin’s governing mayor, Michael Müller, emphasised that social distancing is paramount in the fight against the pandemic.
- Facemasks - it is now mandatory for citizens of all ages, including children where possible, to cover both their nose and mouth when shopping and using public transportation. Please note, this does not refer to masks used by medical professionals in hospitals (FFP3, N95 or FFP2 masks). Instead, it means a simple face mask, a scarf or cloth that covers both the nose and mouth. For information about how to correctly put on, use and dispose of facemasks, please refer to the World Health Organisation’s advice: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks
- Shops, malls and department stores can re-open - shops, department stores and even malls may reopen sales areas of up to 800m². However, they must ensure that distance and hygiene rules are observed. There is a maximum visitor limit of one visitor per 20m² in shopping centres (malls). The Senate stresses that just because shops are open again, citizens should not be shopping extensively or for unnecessary purchases.
- Large events are banned until 24 October 2020 - events with more than 5,000 participants are banned.
- Zoos, museums and libraries can re-open - zoos, museums, memorials and libraries can re-open. The condition of this is that all these institutions must enforce hygiene requirements and social distancing between visitors.
- Outdoor sports facilities to open but gyms remain closed - individual sports like jogging are allowed and private outdoor sports facilities can re-open. Team and group sports will remain banned and gyms will also have to stay closed until further notice.
Are there any reported cases at Arden University, Berlin campus?
Currently, none of our staff or students have tested positive for coronavirus. We have taken measures to ensure that the risk to our staff and students is as low as possible by closing campus and moving classes online.
What steps is Arden University taking to protect current and future students from COVID-19?
Here at Arden University Berlin, our priority is keeping you safe and well during your time with us on campus.
Students are currently invited to attend on campus sessions via prior appointment, and are required to wear a face mask on entering the building. Don’t worry if you forget to bring one, we have masks on site that we can provide for you.
Before entering the campus building you will need to use the camera on your phone to scan a QR code which registers your attendance on site. You will then need to fill in the COVID-19 daily screening form. Once this is completed, you can head into the building.
When you enter through the main doors, you will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided. All students will need to visit the main reception and have their temperature checked at a safe social distance. If you appear to have a higher than normal temperature, you will be asked to wait for 30 minutes and then you will be checked again.
You’ll also be asked to sign a declaration to ensure you follow all the directions given to stay safe and socially distanced while on campus.
Additionally, we have removed some desks in our classroom to allow a safe distance between students and staff, and we will also provide sanitising wipes to clean your desk before and after your study session.
I am due to come to Germany to start my programme but live in a country affected by COVID-19
Arden University recognises that many countries are now in lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus. This might mean you will not be able to obtain your visa or to fly to Germany. As such, we have a study option to start studying your degree through live online lectures from your home country for 2 modules and travel to Berlin for the rest of your studies in 2021 – find out more here.
Alternatively, if you are unable to obtain a visa due to the crisis, you will be able to defer for a later intake, i.e. November 2020 or February 2021. You can additionally find more information about our COVID-19 refund policy here.
What is a live online lecture?
Live online lectures are a feature of the Arden University full-time study option. A live online lecture features a tutor delivering a lecture or seminar live, and real time interaction between students. Students can ask questions either verbally or in the chat feature, and also work in break-out groups and deliver presentations to the class. Whilst the lecture is not pre-recorded, a recorded version is available for students to re-watch at any time.
Should I complete my application to study at Arden University now or should I wait and see how the situation develops?
Arden University is still encouraging prospective students to submit their application now. We have several measures in place for students whose visa is delayed, including intake deferrals and the possibility to start the intake online with our live webinars and academic content.
How can I keep up to date with what action Arden University is taking in respect to the coronavirus?
We will be updating this page regularly, so please check back for further updates.
I’m feeling anxious about the virus. Is there a way I can discuss my concerns with Arden University?
If you feel anxious about the virus and the current situation or are in self-isolation, as an Arden Berlin student you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I apply to a course?
Applying for a course couldn’t be easier! All you need to do is fill out an application form for your chosen programme and one of our consultants will get in touch with you.
How do I pay my fees?
You can pay online or call us on the number at the top of the page. We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard and UK Maestro) and bank transfers. Currently we are unable to accept Amex cards for payment. Students can also pay via PayPal if they are paying in GBP. No cash payments are accepted at the moment.
What should you do about your studies if you are unable to travel to Germany to start your programme or are in self-isolation?
If you are either unable to travel from your home country to Germany or if you have to go into self-isolation you should email email@example.com with your name, student ID and programme of study. This will help us keep an accurate record about who is affected and to give you further guidance. You should try to keep up with your studies as far as possible using the resources available on the learning platform and keep in touch with your programme management team. If you have to miss any assessments, you should inform the programme management team.
Could your immigration status be affected?
If your visa or current residence title is expiring and you cannot visit the local authorities for an extension application because you have been tested positive for the coronavirus or have to stay in isolation, please get in touch with your local visa support team for further guidance and instructions.
At the moment visa appointments for Immigration's Office in Berlin can be booked here: https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/aufenthalt/artikel.909816.php For any additional visa questions, students can contact Berlin Student Support.