It would then be the fifth semester, which would not count towards the standard period of study due to the pandemic and would also count as a zero semester for the temporary support under the Federal Training Assistance Act (Bafög).
Coalition wants to adjust law accordingly
The prerequisite for this, however, is an extension of the corresponding law of September 8, 2020, which expires at the end of March. The red-green coalition has already made it clear that it wants to follow the authority’s plans. “As politicians, we are making our contribution to ensuring that Hamburg’s students get through their studies sensibly even in times of the pandemic,” said SPD science expert Annkathrin Kammeyer of the dpa.
This includes extending the standard period of study by another semester in view of the course of the pandemic. “With an application for citizenship, the government factions will initiate the necessary extension of the legal basis.”
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For the current winter semester, the extended standard period of study already applies, said the spokesman for the science authority. The handling of the examinations is regulated individually by the universities. The option of online exams, if possible and permissible, continues to exist. “The principle still applies that the pandemic should not cause any disadvantages for students,” emphasized the spokesman.
Lack of booster vaccine: 3G again in the university
Meanwhile, the city’s recent 2G-plus rules at the university have resulted in the previous 2G rules being relaxed back to 3G. The reason given in a letter from the university management is that “it cannot be assumed that most students have already received a booster vaccination”. That is why not only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered, but also those who have been tested are now allowed to take part in face-to-face events.
Since the more than 40,000 students at Universität Hamburg are usually younger than 30 years old and the Standing Vaccination Committee advises against using the Moderna vaccine in this age group, they are dependent on the manufacturer Biontech/Pfizer for the booster vaccination.
But still too few vaccine doses reach Hamburg – which in turn means that many students with a basic immunization under 2G-plus conditions have to be tested daily. Under 3G conditions, this only applies to the relatively small number of completely unvaccinated people.