Corona virus
Frequently Asked Questions // Students

Hochschule Niederrhein. Your way.

Dear Students,

We have put together a list of FAQs for your information.

We will continue to focus on answering as many questions as possible. We hope that you understand that finding some solutions will still take some time. 

Please check this website daily for the latest information.

Status: 5th December 2021

What is the current situation at the University?
The winter semester of 2021/22 will once again be a more on-campus semester. This means that most events and courses for up to 50 people will be held on the University campus. All courses for more than 50 people will still be held online.

How do I get into the university buildings?
Most of the buildings have reopened. The 3G rule (German for Geimpft, Genesen, Getestet) also applies to us. This means that anyone wishing to enter the University buildings must be vaccinated, recovered or tested. From 29 November access will only be possible with a University card.

How do I get my card?
(a) Vaccinated students
Students who have been vaccinated will receive their card from the Self-Test Centres from Friday, Oct. 15, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  When proof of vaccination is shown, the card will be issued with access authorisation until February 28, 2022.
(b) Recovered students
Students who have recovered and have not been vaccinated must make an appointment to collect their card by sending an email to the following address: hochschulkarte(at)
(c) Neither vaccinated nor recovered
Students who are not vaccinated or recovered can have a free test at the testing centres and obtain their card from Friday, October 15, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The card provides access authorisation for up to 48 hours.

I'm not vaccinated. Where can I get tested?
Test centres have been set up at all campuses:

  • Krefeld South Campus: Room F E02
  • Krefeld West Campus: Cafeteria
  • Mönchengladbach Campus: Room G K14 

Free home testing kits and card issue from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

How can I renew access authorisation on the card?
The card can always be renewed for another 24 hours after a negative test has been submitted.

How is access authorisation checked?
Since Monday, September 27, faculty staff/supervisors have been checking cards when students enter the buildings. During lectures the card must be placed on the table in a clearly visible position. Random checks with card readers will be carried out. From 22 November, random checks for 3G status will also be carried out indoors.

Where do I still have to wear a mask?
Due to changes in the current Corona Protection Ordinance of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the obligation to wear a mask applies with immediate effect for lectures and practical seminars. Only vaccinated persons are exempt from this requirement when giving lectures, making speeches and during examination meetings, while maintaining the minimum distance to other persons. Masks are not required on the outdoor campus.

Are the learning landscapes and libraries open?
Yes. More information:

Which rules apply in the libraries?
From 13 December, access to the library is only possible with a University card (access card). Please observe the following hygiene and safety instructions:

  • Please disinfect your hands in the library entrance area.
  • Please continue to wear medical masks. This also applies to the learning workstations.
  • The distance rule of 1.50 metres must be observed.

When will the cafeterias open again?
The cafeterias are open again. 3G checks are also carried out in the cafeterias.

Is contact tracing still in place?
There will be no more general contact tracing as previously. There is no longer any legal basis for this. Decisions will be made in individual cases by the health authorities.

How can I contact the University's counselling services?
An overview of all contact options is available here:

Why does the Hochschule Niederrhein use Zoom despite its known security problems?
The University is aware of the reports about the security gaps and these were taken into account when decisions were made. Zoom itself has been working on improvements regarding data protection in recent months and years and ensures compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In consultation with the University's Data Protection Officer, default settings have been made which are applied to all accounts registered through the University, which ensures a higher level of security. For more detailed information refer to our privacy statement.

Why are lecturers not all committed to one tool but use different programmes?
Although Zoom has been introduced at the Hochschule Niederrhein, there is no obligation for lecturers to use this tool. A binding commitment to one tool is not possible, as this would be contrary to the principle of freedom of teaching, and lecturers are free to decide which methods and software they use to hold their courses.