FAQ Relating to the Corona Virus
The HECTOR School as Technology Business School of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is aware of the current situation and prepared to react appropriate.
1. Who can I contact with my admissions questions?
We are still here for you! If you have any questions regarding your application, you can contact our admissions team at admissions∂hectorschool.com. As we have a rolling application process, applications can be submitted throughout the whole year. However, for an intake in the same year we recommend to submit the application until July, especially if a visa is required. We ask our admitted international participants to stay in close contact with us regarding the status and potential delays so that we can assist you in finding the best possible solution.
2. Will there be interviews or the possibility for a campus tour?
The application process will be proceeded as usual with some hygiene requirements: personal interviews will take place online for the moment. If you are interested in getting to know the campus please check our events page, we have virtual and on-campus open house days – or contact Ms Katrin Olböter at info∂hectorschool.com to schedule an individual campus tour.
3. Are there any updates regarding the English language proficiency or recommendation letter?
As all the lectures will be held in English, English language proficiency is still required. But if it is a challenge for you, e.g. getting a signed letter of recommendation, taking a TOEFL test or there are time delays in your visa application process – please get in contact with Ms Katrin Olböter and we will find a solution: admissions∂hectorschool.com
The modules will take place in time.
The HECTOR School plans to conduct on-campus lectures whenever possible and always within COVID-19 guidelines. Individual classes may include blended learning or may be converted to online-only teaching if security requires.
We, as well as the faculty, have already gained experience in conducting teaching under these circumstances. Therefore, you can be sure that we will do everything we can do to ensure that your further education will not be negatively affected from the external circumstances.
This is also confirmed by the participants and teachers:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Verena Nitsch: "The online lecture is working very well. Even parallel group work can be realized. Overall, the participants seem quite satisfied and are also very committed to the project.“
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Doppelbauer, Elektrotechnisches Institut KIT: "From my perspective, the online lecture went well. All participants were present the whole time, although for some of them it was quite challenging due to the time difference. Nevertheless, we had extensive discussions and the participants were able to calculate an exercise on their own, before discussing the results in the group.”
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schuster: "Teaching online works very well. The students interact with each other through the different channels. The processing of the lab tasks is a bit more complicated than in classroom teaching, but this also works very well by having active discussions and using screen sharing."
Benjamin: "Especially the different channels for group work or break rooms and the previously created private channels for the exams are great for us in terms of organization. That is because we have many case studies and group work here at the HECTOR School - and communication is going great here.”
Arvid: "The online lectures worked out really well. Especially because our lecturers took the new possibilities and turned them into an advantage."
Franziska: "The most important thing, of course, is a stable Internet connection - it is best to use a LAN cable. The two professors were well prepared and familiar with the technology. Interaction is key - it was easy to ask questions, start discussions and join group work sessions. Nevertheless, I hope that the next module will take place on-site in Karlsruhe again. Nothing beats direct contact with professors and fellow participants."
You see, you can be sure to receive the excellent teaching you can expect from HECTOR School and the KIT.
1. How can I reach the Accommodation Office during the pandemic?
We are still there for you during the office hours from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am to 12.00 pm and 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm.
You can reach us by telephone via +49 721 608 47888 or you can contact us via email: living∂id-schools.kit.edu.
2. What adjustments and regulations are in place during the pandemic?
Find all information about on-campus housing during the pandemic at the official accommodation webpage of the International Department of the KIT gGmbH: On-Campus Housing at the International Department
Here you can find answers to questions like
- How can I reach the Accommodation Office during the pandemic?
- Are there general hygiene rules at the ID?
- What precautions have been taken against the spread of the virus in the dormitory?
- What are official regulations regarding wearing a mask?
- I was abroad - what do I need to know before my return?
- What do I need to know about entering Germany from a risk area?
Here you will find current information on On-Campus Housing at the International Department
1. Official Information Portal of Karlsruhe
On the official portal of the city of Karlsruhe you can find contact points and telephone hotlines, current case numbers and information and recommendations about Corona. The site is unfortunately in German, but is updated regularly. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your HECTOR School contact person or info∂hectorschool.com.
2. Test Centers in the City and at the HECTOR School Campus
At 259 testing sites in the region, citizens have the opportunity to be tested for the Corona virus free of charge. A overview map of the test sites can be found here: test sites in Karlsruhe and region.
Appointments for various vaccines can be booked with selected doctors or at the Vaccination Center Messe Karlsruhe (ZIZ) and Schwarzwaldhalle (KIZ).
Free time slots for the vaccination centers are continuously posted in the booking system. Appointments can be booked either by phone in Germany on 116117 or online (in German only. Contact your contact person at the HECTOR School if you need help.).
After vaccination, all vaccinated individuals receive an EU COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
4. I come from abroad - what do I need to know?
In order to react adequately, the regulations in Karlsruhe change quickly according to the situation at hand. Please inform us at info∂hectorschool.com or your contact person when you come to us.
Furthermore, you can inform yourself on the website about our accommodation on campus, which regulations apply if you come from a risk area, for example. If you are unsure, please feel free to contact us.
Please note that contents are subject to change.
With concrete questions regarding the HECTOR School that are not answered here, please contact Ms Katrin Olböter: info∂hectorschool.com.
For general information relating to the Corona Virus, please view the KIT FAQ information page.