Germany (RWTH Aachen University) Information on How to Deal With the Coronavirus Pandemic

Points of Contact
Topic Kontakt
General questions
Coronavirus tests Coronavirus-Test Städteregion Aachen
(Suspected) infections with COVID-19 University Medical Center
Preventive measures Occupational and Radiation Protection Staff Unit
Coronavirus signage for buildings
Certificates for students Central Examination Office
Certificates for employees Division 8.1 – Academic Employees and Assistants

Division 8.2 – Technical and Administrative Employees

Certificates for guests, visitors, service providers Division 2.2 – International Student and Scholar Services
Equipment for buildings – sanitation supplies
COVID-19 Vaccinations offered at RWTH

Regulation In Effect Until
Regulations Regarding Testing, Mask Obligation, and Proof of Immunization

Since the beginning of April, most mandatory regulations of the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance have ceased to apply. For reasons of infection prevention and control, however, it is recommended to continue to wear a mask in all RWTH buildings and during courses, exams and events. Further information: Instructions on Access, Tests and Face Masks

Until further notice
Travel and Visits from Abroad

Travel on University business is possible again. For information on relevant regulations, please refer to the website of the Federal Ministry of Health: Current Information for Travelers

Information on regulations in place at RWTH is available on the intranet at: Auslandsdienstreisen (de).

Until further notice


Reporting of Infections of University Members

Cases of infection that might result in a spread of infections (for example, due to participation in a work meeting, a seminar, et cetera) should be reported to the University Medical Center at +49 0241 80 94444 (“Hochschulärztliche Einrichtung”)

Until further notice
Work From Home

Employers are no longer required to offer working from home arrangements.

From now on, individual arrangements can be determined with employees in the University institutions via the “Agreement on Working from Home and Situational Mobile Work”. This agreement is available for download in German.

Home Office Guide (de)

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Study Spaces

  • Central and departmental study spaces have reopened.
  • For some study spaces, students must continue to book their spots via the familiar platform.
  • It is recommended to continue to wear a mask in all RWTH buildings and study spaces.
Until further notice
University Library

Since April 4, the University Library may be entered without providing evidence on 3G-compliant status. We recommend to continue to wear a face mask in the building in order protect users and staff from infection.

Further information is available here.

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In-Person Advising Services

In principle, in-person advising services can be available again as long as the special hygiene measures are observed. We strongly recommend contacting the respective service point by phone or email beforehand to find out what the measures and conditions are and to then arrange an appointment if possible.

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Written Exams

Regulations for written exams are outlined in this overview.

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Work Meetings

Work meetings should only be held in person if necessary, and only essential participants may attend. The need for staff to attend meetings in person must be questioned regularly. Attendees are advised to wear a face mask and adhere to the common hygiene regulations throughout. Individuals who are required to attend necessary official meetings are to be offered coronavirus self-tests at least once a week via their university institution.

The currently applicable minimum distance between individuals must be maintained during all activities. If this is not possible, the activity may only be carried out under the application of compensation measures previously agreed with Occupational Safety.

Guidelines on how to conduct job interviews (de).

Protective Measures and Recommendations for In-Person Work

Instructions on Access, Tests and Face Masks

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It is now possible again to hold in-person events. In the summer semester, courses and events will generally be held in person.

Instructors are encouraged to continue the flipped classroom format that had already proven to be effective prior to the pandemic. If instructors would like to offer their courses in an exclusively remote format for justifiable reasons, they are asked to clarify this with the respective Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs or Dean’s Office. In such cases, students are to be informed via announcements on the relevant website or the virtual classroom well ahead of time.

Due to the currently high infection rates, it is recommended to continue to wear a mask in all RWTH buildings and during courses, exams and events (see also: Recommendation to Wear a Mask).

Where possible, fixed seats are to be spaced at a minimum distance wherever space permits (e.g. a seating plan in a pattern akin to a checkerboard).

Until further notice
University Sports

Please refer to the University Sports website for detailed information.

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