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Information about the teaching and learning activities in winter semester 2021/22

Classroom teaching

In the winter semester 2021/22, the teaching and learning activities will be conducted in the form of classroom teaching as a rule and to the greatest possible extent. All persons involved in the teaching operations (students, lecturers, persons involved in the lectures and exercises) must comply with the 3G rules (vaccinated, recovered, or tested). In this case, the recommended minimum distance of 1.5 m can be undercut. Compliance with 3G rules will be checked.

Students and employees who belong to the vulnerable groups can contact the Equal Opportunities Officer gleichstellungspam prevention@h-ka.de and the Central Student Advisory Service studienberatungspam prevention@h-ka.de for advice regarding attendance.

3G rules

Only vaccinated, recovered, or tested persons are allowed to take part in the teaching and learning activities (3G rule). This benefits the safety of all of us. A negative test certificate must be no more than 24h old (rapid test).

Proof of vaccination must be provided as defined by the COVID-19 Protective Measures Exemption Ordinance and the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance, proof of recovery by the responsible local health authority.

HKA is required to supervise compliance with the 3G regulations. These checks are usually done as a random sample (before, during and after classes). Sampling is carried out in a multiple randomized and non-discriminatory manner with the support of an external service provider. In case of smaller courses, e.g. labs, all participants may be checked.

Violations of the 3G rule endanger the safe operation of the classes and will be sanctioned severely (e.g. by exclusion from face-to-face teaching for various periods of time up to prohibition to take part in examinations).

Obligation to wear a mask

As a general rule, it is mandatory to wear a face mask (at least medical standard) on the HKA campus. The face mask need not be worn at the desk if the distance of 1.5 m is safely observed (e.g. in a lecture hall with low occupancy).

Corona testing center on campus

Information by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts

Baden-Württemberg is setting up reliable framework conditions for its universities so that for the winter semester on-campus operations can be resumed on the basis of 3G - vaccinated, recovered, or tested. The regulation applies from Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

"In the winter semester, everyone will be back at the universities and campuses. Face-to-face study will be the standard - and that's regardless of incidences. This will be accompanied by online teaching if it makes sense or is an improvement," said Minister for Research Theresia Bauer on Tuesday (August 24) in Stuttgart. This is possible due to the progress of the vaccination procedure, she added. "We have a different situation today than during the summer semester: The great progress in vaccination is a prerequisite for more people to come together again and for universities to be able to make better use of their rooms again. With the 3G strategy, we can ensure safe university operations," Bauer said.

When issuing the previous regulations four weeks ago, the Ministry of Science had already created the necessary flexibility for universities to offer as much face-to-face teaching as possible in the winter semester. "I am all the more pleased that we can now go one step further - and thus also complete the paradigm shift for the higher education sector," said Bauer.

More leeway in the use of rooms

The new regulation on study operations does away with the previous capacity restrictions on room use if 3G - vaccinated, recovered, or tested - are guaranteed. "Thus the new regulation gives universities even greater leeway to hold events face-to-face in existing spaces," Bauer said. Masks must be worn where minimum distances cannot be maintained indoors, as well as - regardless of distance - in hallways, libraries and at workstations. "We are not returning to the old normal, but we are experiencing a shared life on campus again - with encounters, exchange, debates, getting to know people," Bauer emphasized.

At the same time, the ministry is providing universities with a pragmatic model of random sampling to check proof of vaccination, recovery, or testing.

Sampling model: pragmatic solution for universities

"It was very important to me that the on-campus verification of 3G could be implemented taking into account also pragmatical criteria. We kept closely exchanging ideas with the universities on this. I am very pleased that we can now - after coordination with the State Data Protection Officer - offer various options for verifying the required evidence," she said. Among other things, proof of vaccination, recovery, or testing for participants to courses can be verified on the basis of a model using random samples (scientifically accompanied model project). Universities can also opt for digital solutions by means of an app.

"The universities will certainly break new ground to make sure that the 3G strategy can be lived. At the ministry, we will evaluate these to understand which models are the best and most useful," she added.

One more call for vaccination

Minister Bauer emphasized that the highest possible vaccination rate is the decisive factor ensuring an on-campus winter semester. "We have to work together to make sure that the winter semester teaching schedule focuses on as much safety for everyone as possible - especially for vulnerable groups who cannot get vaccinated," Bauer said. Tests would remain free-of-charge for people who could not get vaccinated for medical reasons.

"Once again, I urgently appeal to all students and university members: Do take advantage of the vaccinations offered and help ensure that we have an on-campus winter semester - and that we can have our daily lives take a further step towards normality," said Minister for Research Bauer.

Your contact persons for study matters

Students can contact the Student Registry for questions regarding admission and registration. For questions about lectures and courses, please contact your Faculty Offices . The Central Student Advisory Service  offers various forms of counseling and support. The Information Center and the other HKA service institutions are staffed.

Using the library in building A

Under the state's new Corona ordinance, as in effect August 16, 2021, the conditions for booking a workstation in the library will change as follows: Students can access the workstations, after prior reservation, only starting August 16, 2021, upon showing proof of

  • complete immunization, or
  • recovery from illness, or
  • a current-day, official, negative Covid-19 rapid test.

No proof of vaccination, recovery, or Covid-19 rapid test will be required to pick up pre-ordered books.

Booking a workstation

Student canteen and cafeteria

Following the current Corona Ordinance, the Student Services provide a to-go service only at its student canteens and cafeterias until further notice. This includes [kœri]werk® and [pizza]werk® in the student canteen Am Adenauerring in Karlsruhe. Please see the webpages www.sw-ka.de for opening hours and menu.


Corona hotline
Andreas Erdmann
Safety engineer

Phone: +49 (0)721 925-2233
Corona-Warnungspam prevention@h-ka.de


Faculty Offices
Your contact persons


General ordinances and regulations

Federal state of Baden-Württemberg

On August 16, 2021, a new corona regulation came into force in Baden-Württemberg. Here is an overview of the general statewide regulations:

  • Most restrictions are dropped, especially for fully vaccinated as well as recovered persons. Incidence levels are dropped, the 3G rule (proof of vaccination, recovery, or testing required for social activities) determines everyday life. However, the incidence of infection continues to be taken into account.
  • For much of public life, mandatory testing applies to non-vaccinated or recovered persons, regardless of the current 7-day incidence in a given city or state. Rapid tests are still free-of-charge until October 11, but must be paid for by the individual Germany-wide after that date.
  • Mandatory PCR testing in clubs and discos
  • Obligation to wear a mask, distance and hygiene regulations as well as the obligation to record contact data remain in place.

Corona Ordinance Baden-Württemberg



Teaching operations in Baden-Württemberg

On August 23, 2021, a new Corona ordinance on teaching operation came into force. The main details are as follows:

  • Regardless of incidences, face-to-face study operations will be the standard, with online teaching as  supplement.
  • The previous capacity restrictions on room use will no longer apply if 3G - vaccinated, recovered, or tested - are guaranteed.
  • Masks must be worn where minimum distances cannot be maintained indoors, as well as - regardless of distance - in hallways, libraries and at workstations.
  • Vaccinated, recoverd, or tested status are to be randomly checked.

Corona-Verordnung „Studienbetrieb“ (corona ordinance on teaching operations, in German language only)

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

Directive regarding coronavirus with information on general university operations, procedures for teaching and research activities, and in-person examinations 

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