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

In-person classes have been suspended, and all courses will take place online for the entire Summer semester. The Winter 2020/2021 semester will begin as scheduled in October; however, the lecture period for the B.Sc. Psychology and M.A. Psychology (Full-time) programs will begin on November 2, 2020. The first block course weekends for all part-time programs will begin in October. Exact dates can be found in our Schedule overview.

Due to the recent increase in Coronavirus cases, it will now be required to wear a mouth and nose covering in office and administrative buildings in Berlin, including at IPU. 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.

IPU Berlin Hygiene Policy

In-Home Quarantine and Compulsory Registration for Entering Germany from Abroad
(Source:https://www.berlin.de/corona/massnahmen/einreisen/)

Those entering Berlin who have been in a foreign or domestic risk area within 14 days of entering the country/city, are required to register and participate in quarantine measures. The risk areas are made up of countries or regions outside of Germany, which has a heightened risk of infection from the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 at the time of entry. The designation of a risk area is decided upon by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Foreigner’s Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, and will be made public by the Robert Koch Institute. Find the current list of risk areas here (an English version can be found at the bottom of the page). Within Germany, risk regions have been designated, in which the risk for contracting the Coronavirus is heightened.

List of risk regions within Germany
(according to information from 10 July 2020, there are no risk regions within Germany)

Whoever travels into Berlin from a risk area or region by air, land, or sea must promptly go directly home or to another suitable accommodation after arrival and remain there for an uninterrupted period of 14 days. This also applies to those traveling into Berlin through another country. During quarantine, contact with anyone outside the home is to be strictly avoided.

In addition, the abovementioned travellers are responsible for registering themselves with their local public health office (Gesundheitsamt) immediately after arrival. Contact with other offices—physician, health insurance services, etc.—does not replace registration with the public health office. If travellers show COVID-19 symptoms after arrival, this must also be communicated to the public health office immediately.

Exceptions
Exceptions to in-home quarantine are granted to those who exhibit no COVID-19 symptoms as defined by the Robert Koch Institute and

  1. can provide a physician’s certificate and current lab results in German or English, confirming that there are no indicators for a Coronavirus infection. This document must be kept for at least 14 days, and must be presentable to the appropriate offices upon request. The certificate must be based on a molecular biological test, which was conducted in a member state of the European Union or in another state indicated by the Robert Koch Institute no more than 48 hours before entering the Federal Republic of Germany.
  2. whose work is essential for the upkeep of diplomatic and consular relationships and is certified in writing by the employer.  
  3. who only enter the state of Berlin for transit; these persons must leave the area of the state of Berlin immediately
  4. who transport wares, goods, or other persons on an occupational basis, provided they spent less than 72 hours in a risk area or will spend less than 48 hours in the state of Berlin.
  5. whose work is essential for the functioning of parliament, government, and administration of the federal government, the states, and the local authorities or the organs of the European Union and international organizations, and is certified in writing by the employer.
  6. Who spent less than 72 hours in a risk area or will spend less than 48 hours in the state of Berlin as an employee of a transportation company for travel by air, ship, train, or bus.


Registration with the appropriate public offices is still mandatory for the abovementioned exceptions. Excluded from these exceptions are those persons who will stay in state accommodations upon arrival and whose registration obligation is carried out by another body. Additionally, exemption can be granted in substantiated cases, in which it is deemed justifiable considering all relevant issues and epidemiological aspects.

These provisions refer to part 3 of the SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Ordinance.

IPU is orienting itself according to the recommendations and ordinances from theBerlin Health Department and Berlin Chancellery (further information). All public events at the IPU will not take place until further notice. All events and advanced training programs until July 20, 2020 (inclusive) have been postponed. In the meantime, make-up classes have been scheduled for some training programs - you can find more information on advanced training programs here. (In the case of cancellation by the IPU, all previous payments will be reimbursed in full.)

Find current information about the IPU Libraryhere.

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

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

Effects on Study Costs

The current Coronavirus crisis is affecting study programs in ways that we as the university executive board are as of yet unable to fully assess, and over which we have only limited influence. It is possible that these interruptions will cause some of you to exceed the expected duration of your study programs. Normally this would result in financial consequences in the form of extended study fees.

The University Executive Board has therefore decided to collect tuition for the Summer 2020 semester in accordance with established contracts. In the event of necessary extended study, the first six months will be permitted at the university's expense or without the requirement of mandatory extension fees. This applies to all students who are enrolled for the whole Summer 2020 semester at IPU.

Despite all adversity, we are making our best efforts to continue providing you with a high quality education within the context of the present limitations.