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Current information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

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19.03.2020, 18:30 PM:

The HBK Braunschweig is in emergency operation
The service of the HBK is very limited
Current information for applicants

16.03.2020, 2020, 16 PM:

The HBK Braunschweig will close its doors on Thursday, 19.03.2020 at 17 pm.

There will be no events at the HBK until April 19.

Public access to the HBK will be restricted with immediate effect.

13.03.2020, 1:20 PM:

Start of lectures postponed to 20 April 2020

13.03.2020, 10:00 AM:

Return from risk areas

Dear teachers, employees, students and guests of the HBK Braunschweig,

Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the crisis committee of the university has decided to close the the facilities of the HBK Braunschweig from Thursday, 19.03.2020 at 5 p.m. until 20 April, 12 noon, as the containment of the spread of the coronavirus and the protection of employees, students and teachers is the top priority during this time.

In the following, you will find information that should help you protect yourself from corona virus infections in the environment of the HBK. You will find links with useful information as well as notes on health protection.

The management of the school is continuously monitoring the situation and will take appropriate measures as necessary. We are in direct contact with the Braunschweig health authority and other relevant authorities.

The management of HBK Braunschweig


____Update 19.03.2020____

The HBK is currently in emergency operation. The service of the HBK is only possible to a very limited extent at the moment.

Due to the corona pandemic and the postponement of the start of lectures, the HBK Braunschweig currently maintains an emergency operation probably until 12 noon on 20.04.2020. The service is severely restricted during this time.

Current information for applicants

The current application procedure for the artistic courses of study will be continued, but in a slightly modified form.

Applicants are kindly requested to note the current information on our application pages (at present only in german).


____Update 16.03.2020____

The HBK Braunschweig closes its facilities on 19.03.2020 at 17 p.m. until 20.04.2020, 12 noon. The closure will affect all facilities of the university.

The library:

Members of the HBK can borrow or return media within the usual opening hours until Thursday, 19.03.2020, 4 pm. Reminder fees and time limits for inter-library loans will be suspended for the duration of the closure.

Media library:

On Thursday, 19.03.2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Media Library offers the last opportunity to borrow or return media before closing time. Reminder fees and time limit regulations for the loan will be suspended for the duration of the closure. Please return equipment that you do not need so that others can use it during the closing time.


All deadlines for handing in written exam papers will be extended by the period of closure (currently five weeks).

Seminars, plenums, workshops and events

The start of the semester has been postponed to 20.04.2020. As of now and until April 19, no courses, exhibitions, conferences or other events will take place at the HBK Braunschweig.

Business trips and excursions
As of now and until April 19, no business trips and excursions will be approved unless they are urgently related to the handling of the pandemic at the university.

Public access to the HBK will be restricted with immediate effect
Public access will be restricted with immediate effect, so that during opening hours the HBK Braunschweig can only be entered with the HBK-Card.

Mensa closed

The canteen of the HBK Braunschweig (Kantina Kreativa) is closed from 18 March to 19 April 2020. The operation of the canteens in Katharinenstrasse and Beethovenstrasse will be maintained by the Studentenwerk Ostniedersachsen.



The library of the HBK Braunschweig as well as the computer rooms in the ZKI (computer centre) and the computer room in building 01 (Repro) will remain closed until further notice. Further information on lending, among other things, will follow.

Start of lectures postponed to 20 April

The state of Lower Saxony has made an urgent recommendation to postpone lectures for the upcoming summer semester until April 20, 2020. The university management follows this recommendation with immediate effect.

Current developments in Lower Saxony and throughout Germany are very dynamic, which is why the possibility of a complete closure of the university can no longer be ruled out. Further information will follow.



How can I protect myself?

The following hygiene measures can significantly reduce the risk of air-transmissible infectious diseases and the probability of transmission of influenza viruses (flu) and also coronaviruses:

  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly (at least 20 sec.)
  • Keep your hands out of your face
  • Coughing and sneezing into a handkerchief or into the crook of your arm
  • Ventilate closed rooms regularly


Is it still possible to travel around?

The HBK Braunschweig is an internationally oriented art school with numerous international contacts.
In view of the rapidly spreading corona virus, we ask that travel and excursions be reduced to the necessary minimum. Here and there, telephone or video conferences may be an alternative.
For the areas classified as risk areas by the Robert Koch Institute, no business trip or excursion applications are currently being approved.

Anyone who has been in a corona risk area is no longer allowed to enter the HBK universities with immediate effect. The period of the past 14 days is decisive. Persons affected should please register electronically with the university ( and do not contact university members directly for two weeks.

We expressly warn against privately planned trips to risk areas. Tariff employees and civil servants bear the sole risk if they nevertheless travel to these areas. In the case of the latter, such travel may constitute a breach of duty with disciplinary prosecution.


What hygiene measures is the University taking?

As part of the daily maintenance cleaning, the university's sanitary facilities are cleaned over their entire surface (including doors and door handles) with a disinfectant cleaning agent. The handrails in the main stairwells and the doors in the entrance areas are also cleaned using a disinfectant cleaning agent. In addition, signs with the most important hygiene tips are hung on main entrance doors and WC facilities.


How you can reach us:

If you have any further questions, please contact the vice-president of the HBK Braunschweig, who can also arrange contact with other offices such as the company doctor if necessary:

Dr. Rainer Heuer
Phone: +49(0)531-391-9162



General notes

The HBK Braunschweig is monitoring and evaluating the situation in the context of other universities, the assessments of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture and other authorities such as the Lower Saxony State Health Office.

We have received the attached instructions from the ministry responsible for HBK Braunschweig for civil servants and salaried state employees. We would ask you to read the information which is relevant to you carefully:

Changes in the assessment of the situation will be announced here by the HBK Braunschweig.



Last amended by Communications and Media on 20.03.2020