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FAQ about Coronavirus for students and applicants

Will the teaching schedule for the summer semester be postponed due to the corona virus?

  • The start of classroom teaching will be postponed from 1 April to 20 April 2020.
  • There are currently no classroom lectures at the HFBK.
  • Digital offers (online seminars, web tutorials, one-on-one conversations via Skype etc.) take place and will be communicated in the upcming lecture time table
  • Artistic projects can also be planned and developed digitally with the workshop leaders. Please contact the workshop leaders directly by mail.
  • The library is closed - but borrowing is possible (see below).
  • There are no public events.
  • The administration continues to operate, partly in home office. Consultation hours are cancelled.

Can I borrow books from the library?

Students of the HFBK can borrow books from the borrowable stock of the library even though the library is closed. Please send your book request to: The books are available for you to pick up the following day between 12 and 13 o'clock in the library. If you need information from books that cannot be borrowed, please contact Andrea Klier ( or Bülent Özdemir (

What about the loan periods of my borrowed media in the library?

  • There are currently no fees for unmet return deadlines.
  • The opening of the library is planned for April 20, 2020.
  • Fees for exceeding the loan periods will be charged from April 27, 2020 at the earliest.
  • Fees incurred before the closing time will continue to apply. Borrowed media can be renewed from 20 April at the earliest.

Is the Mensa open?

The HFBK cafeteria is closed until 20 April 2020.

May I continue working in the studio?

  • The studios are occasionally open to students who are required to work artistically (e.g. due to exams).
  • Depending on the size of the room, 1-3 students can work in the studios. Their presence will be checked at the gatehouse (Pforte) accordingly.
  • Please discuss this with your fellow students in advance.

May I continue working in the workshops of the HFBK?

  • For urgent or non-postponable work, restricted access is possible in some workshops under certain conditions. It is currently not possible to teach, provide direct personal assistance or work on projects together with the workshop managers. Please contact the respective artistic workshop supervisor by e-mail or telephone to find out about the possibilities of working in the workshop in advance.
  • Preliminary project meetings can also be held with the workshop managers by e-mail or telephone as far as possible.
  • In the workshops, as well as in all other rooms of the HFBK, the currently valid hygiene measures must be observed: At least 1.5 - 2 metres apart, regular and thorough hand washing, coughing and sneezing labels.
  • Working equipment such as tools or keyboards must be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected before and after use.

When does the re-registration period for the summer semester 2020 end?

  • The re-registration deadline for the summer semester 2020 has been extended to May 15, 2020.
  • Students, which have not been able to pay the semester fee so far, have time until 15 July 2020 to do so. You should nevertheless receive your semester documents immediately. To do so, please send an e-mail with the following content to The semester documents for the summer semester 2020 will then be sent to you (approx. 8-10 days after receipt of the e-mail) will be sent to the address you specified.:
    • Name, First Name
      Registration number
      present address

      I take advantage of the postponement of the obligation to pay the semester fee for the summer semester 2020. I undertake to pay the semester fee of €328.80 by 15 July 2020 to the account at

      Deutsche Bundesbank
      Beneficiary: HFBK Hamburg
      IBAN: EN51 2000 0000 0020 1015 46
      BIC: MARKDEF1200
      Amount: 328,80
      Reason for payment: Semester fee SoSe 2020, matriculation number
  • Students studying to become a teacher please send a semester certificate of the University of Hamburg for the summer semester 2020 to Within 10-14 days you will receive your semester documents by post.
  • If - despite the extended re-registration deadline - you are unable to pay the semester fee on time due to the circumstances caused by the corona virus, please contact your colleagues in the Department for Student and Examination Affairs:

Does this reduce the semester fee?

The semester fee is still due in full.

Does the postponement of the start of the semester result in a disadvantage for BAföG?

  • Students in Hamburg who receive BAföG support will continue to receive their training support - regardless of the postponement of lectures at Hamburg universities due to the spread of the corona virus.
  • According to a decree of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), students and pupils receiving BAföG will continue to receive their training support even if the start of the semester is delayed, universities and schools are closed or entry to other countries is blocked.
  • Further information about BAföG can also be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk or at www.bafö
  • For all questions in regards to your financial situation or social & international affairs you can also get in touch with the Studierendenwerk:

Due to the corona pandemic I got into a financial emergency. Can I apply for help?

Students at Hamburg universities who are in a proven financial emergency due to the corona pandemic should be able to receive an interest-free loan of 400 euros per month. German and international students from public and private universities are eligible to apply. The aid fund is administered by the Studierendenwerk Hamburg. Further information and applications can be found next week (i.e. from about 6 April) on the homepage of the Studierendenwerk at The relief fund is an additional instrument if the general financial support measures in the Corona crisis, such as deferral of rent payments, are not sufficient for living expenses. The aim is to support students who have lost their part-time jobs, for example.

By when must I hand in my written BA/MA thesis?

  • The submission deadline for the written Bachelor and Master thesis is generally extended by two weeks.
  • The new submission deadline is Monday, April 6, 2020. A separate application for an extension of the submission deadline is not necessary. A further extension cannot be requested.
  • For graduates who passed their artistic examination in the period 14-18 September 2020, the deadline for submission of the written thesis is extended until 30 June 2020.
  • Graduates who take the artistic examination between 22 June and 3 July 2020 will have sufficient time to allow the examiners to evaluate and grade the written final papers the deadline for submissions is 06 April 2020.
  • The written thesis has to be handed in either at the Pforte Lerchenfeld, by post (postal address: HFBK Hamburg, Examinations Department, Lerchenfeld 2, 22081 Hamburg) or via the upload
  • Attention: It is also possible to submit your written thesis only in digital form (preferably memory stick).
    • One copy for the first reviewer,
    • one copy for the second reviewer
    • one copy for the archive/library,
  • If you do not have the possibility to submit your written thesis in printed or digital form on three storage media, you have the possibility to upload the written thesis in our cloud
  • In order to make use of this possibility, please send an e-mail to by April 05, 2020.
  • The temporary access authorization will be sent to you immediately by e-mail. Please name your file as follows: "Last name, first name".
  • Please upload the required signed forms (affidavit, if applicable publication of the thesis in the library system to be found atüfungstermine/) together with your written thesis.

Will the examination dates be postponed in the summer semester 2020?

  • This year we offer two examination periods for the artistic examination.
  • Please let us know by April 6, 2020 whether you would like to take your practical examination in the period from June 22 to July 3, 2020 or alternatively from September 14 to 18, 2020.
  • For graduates who passed their artistic examination in the period 14-18 September 2020, the deadline for submission of the written thesis is extended until 30 June 2020.
  • Graduates who take the artistic examination between 22 June and 3 July 2020 will have sufficient time to allow the examiners to evaluate and grade the written final papers the deadline for submissions is 06 April 2020.
  • Please inform us accordingly:

The date for the 1st presentation in the summer semester 2020 is postponed and will take place on 08 and 09 September 2020.

Will the date of the graduate* show in July remain the same?

  • There will be no graduate exhibition in July 2020.
  • Depending on the developments, a corresponding exhibition format is planned for September 2020. We will inform you about this as soon as possible.

Can I withdraw from the registered exam?

  • Until April 6, 2020, it is possible to withdraw from the final examination in the summer semester 2020 without giving reasons.
  • Please inform us accordingly at

Will the end of the lecture period also be postponed?

At the moment we assume that all required credits can be provided during the regular lecture period.

How do I register for seminars and/or workshops?

  • The lecture timetable for the summer semester 2020 is currently being revised and adapted to the changed semester times.
  • As soon as the updated lecture timetable is available, you will be informed by e-mail.

Does the date of the admissions committee remain the same?

The admissions committees will meet as planned, so that a postponement of the notifications of admission/rejection is currently not to be expected.

Can I still collect my application portfolio in person?

  • So far, the exact dates for collecting the portfolio have not been fixed.
  • All applicants* will be informed by e-mail.
  • The pick-up location will remain the same: Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Wartenau 15, 22089 Hamburg (please follow the signs on site)

Will the personal interviews as part of the application procedure be postponed?

Personal interviews as part of the application procedure will be conducted via Skype until mid-May 2020, if necessary.

As an international HFBK student I am currently "stranded" abroad, i.e. I cannot return to Hamburg due to the current entry regulations. Where can I find support and do I have to fear disadvantages if I cannot be back in time for the start of the summer semester?

  • Students who are affected by this, please contact both their foreign representative office in Germany (embassies, consulates) and the German Embassy in the country where they are currently staying.
  • Please also contact the International Office.
  • If your residence permit for Germany is about to expire, please contact the Foreigners' Office in Hamburg immediately.
  • The HFBK will do everything possible to ensure that your situation does not have a negative impact on your studies. Please inform your professor as soon as possible. Should you fear difficulties with regard to an upcoming examination, please also contact as soon as possible.

Who do I contact if I am infected with the coronavirus or have been in a risk area within the last 14 days or have had contact with a sick person or a person who has been in a risk area within the last 14 days?

  • Please send an email to
  • Please do not go to a doctor's surgery yourself, so that you do not infect other people in an emergency, but call: Hotline for Hamburg: Tel. 428 284 000, Medical emergency service: Tel. 116 117