Information Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Information for students

The start of the attendance lectures has been postponed to 4.5.2020. The courses will be designed by a subject-specific mixture of self-study, distance learning, virtual teaching and - only where absolutely necessary - on-site practical training. Students for whom on-site internships are planned will receive further information on the exact form of implementation.

As of 4.5.2020, consultations, defences and alternative examinations (APL) can be scheduled, but for reasons of infection control, these will primarily be in virtual form. The modalities for consultations and defences can be discussed directly with the respective lecturer. You will receive further information on the possibilities of taking APL as soon as possible. To participate, please contact your lecturer/examiner individually.

Please note:

  1. Please enter the buildings of the HTW Dresden at the moment only if an event or an arranged date is scheduled for you.
  2. The buildings of the HTW Dresden are still closed. Access is only possible by means of a student card at the known entrances with card readers.
  3. Please keep a minimum distance of at least 1.5 m from other persons outside and inside the buildings. Do not form groups of people!
  4. Put on mouth-and-nose protection at the latest when entering buildings.
  5. Elevators may only be used individually and staircases should only be used in the direction indicated.
  6. If you belong to a risk group, please inform your teachers and discuss the further procedure with them.
  7. Please stay away from the university at all costs, if you notice symptoms of a cold. The rules on quarantine and reporting to the university in the event of a COVID-19 infection still apply.

The university is currently preparing the organisation of the examinations during the examination period; we will inform you as soon as this has been clarified.

Information on the effects of pandemic-related university closures on BAföG can be found on the website of the Studentenwerk Dresden.

We will keep you informed about further developments via the website of the HTW Dresden and by e-mail. Please make sure that you can be reached by mail. Our main concern and goal is that you should not suffer any disadvantages in your studies as a result of the current situation.

FAQ Students

  • Examination results of the summer semester 2020: Examinations taken and not passed in the summer semester 2020 are considered not to have been taken. If the examination is passed, the student can declare the rejection of the examination result in writing to the examination office by 30.11.2020. In this case, the examination has to be taken again in the same examination attempt, whereby the later examination result counts. Students, who fail an examination or reject the examination result will be registered by the Examinations Office for the next examination date.
  • Deadlines: The summer semester 2020 is not taken into account when calculating the deadlines for examinations within the meaning of § 35 paragraph 4 SächsHSFG. Above all, this means that current deadlines for repeat examinations are extended by six months. For examinations that are not passed in the first attempt in the summer semester 2020, no retake period begins. In addition, the summer semester 2020 is not included in the calculation of deadlines under § 18, paragraph 2, no. 7 SächsHSFG ("four semesters without proof of performance"). If you have any further questions regarding examination-relevant deadlines, please contact the Examination Office.

  • Alternative examinations (APL) can also be held in the period from 27.07. to 31.08.2020 by arrangement with the examiner.

  • Oral examinations and APL in oral form can be held by arrangement with the examiner without being present at the university using a video conference system. The examiner will inform the students in good time about this possibility. Participation in such oral video-based examination procedures is voluntary. If the student does not declare his or her consent to this until one week before the examination date to the examiner, the examination will take place in the usual form at the university. Further details will be communicated by the examiner.

  • Internships: In coordination with the person responsible for the internship, changing internship positions and interruptions are possible, as long as a consistent treatment of topics is ensured. With the agreement of and in coordination with the company, the internship can also be carried out in a home office.

  • Internship/exchange semester
    If the fulfilment of the admission requirements for an internship or an  exchange semester is impaired due to corona-related peculiarities in the examination process, please contact your examination board. The board of examiners can reduce the admission requirements accordingly.

  • Final thesis orterm papers
    Beginning: If you are unable to complete your credits for the issue of the thesis due to examinations that are currently not taking place, please contact your examination board. The board will decide whether you can exceptionally be admitted to the final thesis early.
    Interruption of processing: If it is currently not possible to process papers that have already been issued, the board of examiners may grant an extension of the time limit upon reasoned request.
    Submission: If possible, submit your paper preferably by post or via the in-house mailbox. You will receive a confirmation of receipt from your faculty via e-mail. For the time being, it is sufficient to submit your work electronically within the deadline. Please coordinate this with your examiner. If this is not feasible due to the nature of the work (models etc.), you will exceptionally be given the opportunity to submit your work in person after consulting the faculty.

  • Examination period summer semester 2020: The examinations for the summer semester 2020 will take place in two examination periods from 06.07. to 25.07. 2020 and from 14.09. to 02.10.2020. The announcement of the examination dates of the examination period in July 2020 is made at least three weeks in advance. The registration for a module examination which is taken in the free attempt must be submitted to the examination office at least two weeks before the examination date.

Since 04.05.2020, students have also been able to claim care for their children from the school or childcare facility. The prerequisite is that the student parent attends an attendance event/examination and the care of the other parent is not guaranteed.

Proof of this to the institution is provided by the form for declaring the need for care in a day care centre or school, which is confirmed by the examination office. Please enclose an informal confirmation from your faculty (e.g. e-mail from the Dean's Office) that you will be attending a class and to what extent.

As a result of the Corona Pandemic, this summer semester will see changes and restrictions in examination preparation and examination procedures. In order to reduce the resulting disadvantages for the study programme, all students enrolled at the HTW Dresden in the summer semester 2020 will not be credited the study time of one semester towards the standard period of study of their respective degree programme.

The non-accreditation will only take place if the standard period of study is exceeded, i.e. for the semester following the end of the standard period of study. It does not apply in the case of a change of degree programme, unless the previous period of study is automatically credited to the new degree programme.

The consultation hours are basically only by telephone. Please communicate via e-mail and telephone. Please inquire in advance whether a personal appearance is possible in individual cases and depending on your request. Especially applies:

  • For the time being, we accept a simple copy of proof by e-mail or post.
  • Please send applications and forms with your signature by post or drop them in our mailbox. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

Consultation hours:

To activate your semester ticket on your student card, you can print it at the self-service terminal (Z-Building). Payment transactions can only be made by bank transfer.

Proof of the first professionally qualifying university degree

If you have been admitted to a Masters degree programme at the HTW Dresden from the summer semester 2020 onwards, you must provide proof of your first professionally qualifying university degree to the Student Service by 15.04.2020. If it is not possible for you to meet this deadline, you can apply for an extension of one month according to § 4 Abs. 3b S. 3 and 4 ImmaO, for good reason. One reason is, for example, that you have not yet been able to complete your final examination due to current restrictions in the university sector.

You are welcome to send the application for an extension of the deadline informally via e-mail to the Student Service. As proof of your first professionally qualifying university degree, an informal confirmation from your examination office that you have passed the final examination is sufficient. Please submit a simple copy of the certificate and report to the Student Service by the end of the SS 2020. If an extension of the deadline until 15.05.2020 is also not sufficient, please contact the Student Service again in time.

If you are requested by another body to provide proof of the restriction in the university's operation, you can request such a confirmation by e-mail from the Student Service.

The library offers a limited on-site service from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00. The branch library in Pillnitz will remain closed, but borrowing from the local stock is possible. For further information please click here.

The University Sports Centre (USZ) of the TU Dresden and the University Sports Department of the HTW Dresden will provide an 'online sports offer' for all students and employees from 4 May onwards. Online enrolment starts on April 30th at

You have the possibility to generate a print job directly from OPAL. The button for the OPAL print service can be found in the OPAL courses for all teaching resources which are available in PDF format. In the column "Actions" you will see the print symbol on the far right.
All print jobs you give until midnight will be collected and printed in A4 format - converted to grayscale, double-sided, double punched on the long side left. Your order will be ready for collection on the next working day from 10:00 a.m. at the Copyshop UNIdruckerei, Reichenbachstraße 19, 01069 Dresden (next to the canteen). Please have your student ID (chip card) with your library number (s-number) ready for collection.
The costs amount to 5 ct per printed page. Your print file(s) and your library number will be given to UNIdruckerei exclusively for the purpose of printing. By initiating a print order (button: "Send print order") you give your express consent to the assumption of costs and data protection.

If you have any questions regarding the "OPAL print order" please contact support-ecampus(at)

Information for employees

The State Rectors' Conference has agreed that the earliest start of classroom teaching will be postponed to 04.05.2020 and that the transition of the universities to stand-by mode will take place, see also

This results in the following specifications for the HTW Dresden:

  • Home Office will be carried out from now on as a rule until 22.04.2020. The areas of responsibility in the home office, organizational questions of accessibility and, if necessary the required presence time at the university, to ensure stand-by operation are regulated by the supervisors in consultation with the employees. All employees who make their work performance available to the university during the above-mentioned period continue to receive full remuneration.
  • Important areas of the university to secure the functioning of the infrastructure (IT, building services, etc.) must continue to be secured on site. For this purpose, the workplaces should be organised in such a way that there is sufficient distance between people or that the number of people is limited. The rules of occupational health and safety must be observed.
  • Each area designates a contact point, which is usually manned from 9:00 - 15:00.
  • Consultations and meetings of all kinds should only be held via electronic media during this time.
  • All events, defences, examinations, etc. will be cancelled. Students and guests should not enter the university during this time.  
  • The university remains closed. In the agreed exceptions, access will be with a service card (security guard or card reader).
  • Business trips do not take place.
  • Mobile IT technology can be carried along, all other necessary things will be coordinated with the responsible manager.
  • Service e-mails as a standard means of communication must be read regularly, telephone contacts must be arranged.
  • Should it be necessary to be present at the university in urgent cases, the supervisors will be informed.

In this way we want to prevent an infection or the spread of a virus as well as the complete closure of the university or prepare a possible closure in such a way that proportional activities, especially for the supervision of students, are still possible.

General information and instructions for conduct

Recommendations from our university physician, Dr. med. Sandra Kemper, to be observed in a daily context:

  • Consistent hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette must be observed and is currently the most effective measure. (Detailed information can be found on the website

  • For chemical disinfection, use agents with proven effectiveness, with the range of action "limited virucidal" (effective against enveloped viruses), "limited virucidal PLUS" or "virucidal". The disinfectant dispensers set up in the university are suitable.
  • When using disinfectants, the exposure times (at least 30 sec.) must be observed.
  • Furthermore, especially for travelling, the influenza vaccination is recommended.

Please follow the below-mentioned recommendations (hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette). The same hygiene rules apply as for protection against airborne infectious diseases such as influenza:

  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with soap, 20-30 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands
  • Cough and sneez into a handkerchief or into the crook of your arm
  • Keep your distance in case of illness
  • Ventilate closed rooms regularly

These simple measures considerably reduce the risk of infectious diseases, becoming infected or the probability of transmission

    Further information

    • Interner Link
      Information from the Free State of Saxony for the employees of the state administration
    • Interner Link
      Corona Protection Ordinance of the Free State of Saxony dated 31.03.2020

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