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 Mr Gian-Pietro Solinas 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. Jelena Muench and we will find a solution: admissions∂hectorschool.com
The modules will take place in time.
The HECTOR School currently plans to conduct all modules of Intake 2021 on-campus as hybrid lectures to ensure a maximum of flexibility and safety to you. Individual classes may include blended learning.
Hybrid teaching at the HECTOR School means teaching with participants on-campus and online connected participants.
With the blended learning approach, HECTOR School participants will have both, on-campus teaching (e.g. in labs) and online teaching (e.g. theory) in some lectures.
We as well as the lecturers are already experienced in holding online lectures. Here are some statements of our last year’s participants and lecturers.
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. Is there any financial support?
Students that have been hit financially by the current COVID-19 crisis may also apply for an interest-free loan () hosted by the KfW ( ). A loan of up to 650€ per month is available for both domestic and international students; with the duration of financial support being determined on an individual basis.
The application for is only possible within the period from May 16 , 2020 – February 15 , 2021! The funding period begins at the earliest on July 1 , 2020 and at the latest on March 1 , 2021. If funding has not started by March 2021 at the latest, no further funding will be possible. Because of this, the application must be received in full by the KfW on February 15 , 2021 at the latest.
The toll-free service number (0800-539-9003, Monday – Friday: 8 am – 6 pm) will be able to provide you assistance in English. Initially, the call begins with an automated response, after which you have to enter "eins" (one) by pressing the telephone-button “1” or by language, afterwards you will be connected with a representative.
Please note that contents are subject to change.
With concrete questions regarding the HECTOR School that are not answered here, please contact Ms. Gian-Pietro Solinas: info∂hectorschool.com.
For general information relating to the Corona Virus, please view the KIT FAQ information page.