FAQ for Students

The current situation regarding the coronavirus is very dynamic and changes daily. Please check
the FAQ Corona virus on the website of the university regularly!

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When do the lessons begin and in what form will they take place?

As things stand at present, teaching will begin on April 20, 2020. Either as face-to-face teaching or – if still necessary – in distance learning format. Teachers and students are requested to jointly develop appropriate formats that will enable the continuation of studies even under these very difficult circumstances.


Is it possible to receive lessons at my Professors home?

No, HfMT general policy forbids that Professors teach students at home. This also applies in this exceptional situation!


Will there be alternative forms of teaching?

Yes, if applicable for the respective subject, the teaching staff is working on e-learning formats.


At what point will public events return to the HfMT?

According to the current information available, there will be no public events until 30 April 2020.


How do I register for seminars and lectures?

Students must register for seminars and lectures with the respective lecturers by April 14, 2020.
The seminars and lectures either start in classroom mode or students will be contacted by the lecturers regarding a distance learning format. The lecturers will work on the development of distance learning formats until the start of the semester.


Does the semester count as a normal semester, even if attendance cannot start on April 20, 2020?

Yes, according to current information available, the summer semester 2020 will be counted as a normal semester.


Is it possible that the end of the lecture period is postponed?

Yes, under certain circumstances it may be necessary to extend the lecture period backwards.
This will be decided in consultation with the other universities.


Is there a student advisory service?

During this period, student counseling is not offered in person, but only by telephone and e-mail. Please contact the central address of the Study Coordination Office at studium[at]hfmt.hamburg.de or your respective student secretariat (please don’t forget to mention your matriculation number in your inquiry).


Will entrance examinations for the winter semester 2020/21 take place in the summer semester 2020?

The artistic-scientific entrance examinations in the summer semester 2020 will be postponed to a later date, which is July 2020 at the earliest. Under certain circumstances, other application formats may be offered. As things stand today, the qualifying examinations for the courses of study at the Institute for Culture and Media Management will take place as planned with the usual deadlines (see https://kmm.hfmt-hamburg.de/).


Will the application deadline for the entrance examinations for the winter semester 2020/21 be postponed?

The application deadline for the artistic-scientific entrance examinations is postponed to May 4, 2020 for online applications and May 7, 2020 for postal applications. As things stand today, the qualifying examinations for the courses of study at the Institute for Culture and Media Management (KMM) will take place as planned with the usual deadlines (see https://kmm.hfmt-hamburg.de/).


Will there be new dates for cancelled examinations?

This can only be decided on a case-by-case basis and dependence on the capacities in the summer semester. The university management is working on viable solutions here. Exceptions are those examination formats that can be taken as online examinations. More detailed information on online examination formats will follow via the Dean's Office.


Do the previously specified deadlines for the submission of term papers / final papers still apply?

All written examinations with a deadline for submission can be handed in at the HfMT gate from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 18:00 hrs. They can be sent by post at any time. Should there be any problems with timely processing due to current restrictions, the supervisors will grant generous extensions of the deadline.


What about the loan periods of my borrowed media in the library?

Since the library is closed, there are no fees for exceeding the return date for borrowed items from the library. The opening of the library is planned for April 20, 2020. Fees will not be imposed until 5.5.2020 at the earliest. Fees imposed before the closing time (until 15 March) will remain in force. The loan periods displayed in your library accounts cannot yet be extended.


What should I do if I receive a return request before the library closed?

Please return the borrowed materials as soon as possible after re-opening. During the closing time there are no fees for late returns.


How do I get hold of literature?

Please use the digital services of the library. You can find information on the website of the HfMT: Digitale Angebote
If you are looking for specific content, media or titles, please contact the library at
bibliothek[at]hfmt-hamburg.de or on weekdays by phone at 040/428 482 596.


Is the canteen still open?

No, the canteen is closed until April 30, 2020.


Who can I contact if I have further questions about the course of study and studying?

If possible, the administration of the university works from the home office or, if necessary, on site. If you have any questions regarding examinations, certificates, feedback, etc., please contact us at the following e-mail address: studium[at]hfmt.hamburg.de (please mention your matriculation number and your course of study in your inquiry).


How can I reach the Studierendenwerk Hamburg?

The advice centres for student finance, housing, social & international affairs and the BAföG offices in Grindelallee and Nagelsweg are closed for visitors until further notice. Please contact them by telephone or e-mail or use BAföG-Online.