Due to the increased risk of Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infection, we would like to inform you of the following

  • For the winter semester 2021/2022, we are currently planning face-to-face teaching, but we also want to open this up more than in pre-pandemic times to new digital and hybrid offerings, but with a clear focus on face-to-face teaching. The "large" lectures with significantly more than 60 participants will probably take place exclusively online.

  • At the IPU it is required to wear a FFP2 mask (more information in our Hygiene Policy).

  • IPU is orienting itself according to the recommendations and ordinances from the Berlin Health Department and Berlin Chancellery (further information).

  • Find current information about the IPU Libraryhere.

  • The Outpatient Service is available for therapeutic care on an individual basis, especially for crisis interventions. For the most part, therapy will take place over video conference or telephone.
     

The new regulations have been in place since October 3, 2020 (more information). For your wellbeing and that of all IPU members, we appreciate your understanding and your adherence to these protective measures.

At this time, no in-person office hours are being provided. The Student Office's availability has been reduced to limited communication by telephone. If your situation is urgent, please request a telephone appointment by sending us an email

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Regarding Studies

You can read about current regulations in our Hygiene Concept.

Even during the pandemic, many universities are still offering the opportunity for students to fulfill their test subject hours, or are offering online opportunities in place of in-person testing. If you have completed your ten required hours, you are welcome to submit your notebook in digital form.

After speaking with the Studies and Teaching Office sufficiently ahead of time, exams can be taken in separate rooms. In the case of courses that take place in hybrid format, the option to participate online is still available.

For the winter semester 2021/2022, we are currently planning face-to-face teaching, but we also want to open this up more than in pre-pandemic times to new digital and hybrid offerings, but with a clear focus on face-to-face teaching. The "large" lectures with significantly more than 60 participants will probably take place exclusively online.

At the IPU Berlin, there is still an attendance requirement for all courses. It is up to each individual instructor whether or not you must turn your camera on. However, please be aware that it is more comfortable for the lecturer if they if they have more than only black boxes to look at.

We would suggest you take a look in our Career Service Portal and confer with your fellow students.

Due to the present difficult circumstances, it is also currently allowed to register your thesis work before completing your required internship.

Students who were enrolled at the IPU during the 2020 summer semester (regular studies or leave semester) have the ability to extend their studies up to six months longer than the standard period of study with no additional fees. Only in the case that your studies extend more than six months will extension fees be applied. Study fees for the standard period of study must still be paid at the contractually agreed upon times.

No, the VBB is currently not offering this as a possibility. In the case that the VBB changes its policy in the future, all students will be informed.

Students have the option to pay their tuition in monthly rates. If you wish to take advantage of this, please contact bookkeeping as soon as possible. Aside from this, students can also register for a semester of leave through the Studies and Teaching Office. All students who were enrolled at the IPU during the 2020 summer semester will receive one additional semester free of charge. Beyond these options, there are no further available options to waive tuition.

If you have not ended your study program after the standard period of study and require an extra semester, you can just stay enrolled without having to complete a special process. For most study programs, the only charge for the extra semester would be the semester fee (currently 298.80 Euro).

Yes of course you may register for a semester on leave due to pregnancy. You can find the registration form through our Downloads page / General / Application for Leave of Absence.

Regarding Exams

The exams during the 2021 winter semester took place under strict adherence to the hygiene and distancing regulations. Until further notice, we will plan to conduct exams in person at IPU for the 2021 summer semester as well.

Yes, of course. You may remove your mask for a very short time to drink something and then put it back in place.

For the time period between summer semester 2020 and the end of winter semester 2020/2021, each module grants one examination attempt as not having been taken if the exam is completed but not passed. Exams that are marked as a fail because of an unexcused absence will still be counted as a fail.

These regulations will also apply to summer semester 2021.

Room assignments are generally only announced the morning of the exam. Students can find this information on CampusNet on the morning of their respective exams.

If you have cold-like symptoms, please do not come to the exam under any circumstances. Rather, you can de-register by emailing exams(at)ipu-berlin.de. De-registering in this way is possible until the start time of the exam. After this time please submit a doctor’s note to the Studies and Teaching Office no later than 3 days after the exam (a digital scan is sufficient).

    Post-exam reviews are still possible if they are planned ahead of time and adhere to all distancing and hygiene measures. Since the Studies and Teaching Office team is partly working from home at this time, please submit requests in a timely manner. Reviews on short-notice are generally not possible. Exams that are not yet in the Studies and Teaching Office must be reviewed through the respective lecturers.

    Regarding Foreign Travel (Outgoing and Incoming)

    Generally, Erasmus and similar programs for study/research abroad are still running, though we advise against stays abroad in risk areas and locations with high incidence numbers (see information from the Robert-Koch Institute).

    Before you decide to travel abroad under pandemic constraints, please look into the following questions:

    • Is it possible or does it make more sense for me to go abroad at another time?
    • Would it be ok for me to go abroad and participate in a fully online semester with no direct contact to other students?
    • Is there a travel warning in place for the country in question? If yes, how does this apply to my health insurance (some policies exclude risk areas from their coverage)?
    • Would I have to go into quarantine after arriving? If yes, how will I best organize it with regards to possible bureaucratic requirements, what additional costs will I face, and how can I take care of my daily needs during quarantine?
    • Will I have to quarantine after returning to Germany?


    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) website can provide you will sufficient information on the topic of Coronavirus and Erasmus+.

    Yes, as long as they adhere to the current arrival and hygiene requirements. When entering Germany from a risk area (see Robert-Koch Institute list), a two-week quarantine is an absolute requirement. Quarantine can be shortened if a negative test result is provided 5 days after entry (not sooner).

    Yes, many institutions are offering online German language classes. For example, the Berlin Volkshochschulen are offering German classes on a variety of levels for reasonable prices.