FAQ Relating to the Corona Virus
The Carl Benz School of Engineering is aware of the current situation and prepared to react appropriately.
Teaching at CBS in times of Corona
What are the plans for the summer semester teaching in times of Corona?
Studies started again on April 20th, 2020, in time for the planned start of lectures in the summer semester. The summer semester in KIT started online and, depending on the how the situation develops in the semester, may switch back to a presence phase. The big advantage for you is that your study program in the summer term remains the same but you will be participating in your courses by way of the student portal ILIAS rather than by physically taking part in lectures/tutorials.
CBS-MEI lecturers are presently preparing their electronic course offerings which we anticipate will include power point or video lecture presentations in addition to lecture notes and self-study assignments. These will be complemented by consultation hours with the lecturers and (electronic) tutorials.
It is our understanding that the current timetable as published on the CBS - Virtual Student Office remains generally valid. However, timetables may be subject to changes in detail. Such changes will be published both on ILIAS and in the CBS - Virtual Student Office.
We kindly ask you to continue to check both websites on a regular basis.
What is the availability of the Virtual Student Office?
The CBS Virtual Student Office will continue to be exclusively available for our College Program Participants during regular office hours (CET) using Microsoft Teams or by appointment if you need assistance outside of these times. Should you have suggestions regarding specific needs from your side, please feel free to contact us.
Find more information on our Virtual Student Office.
Will the German and English courses be offered online?
Language Courses in German and English will also be offered online. The group separation in Intercultural Communication and Negotiation of Dr. Altehenger-Smith will remain effective (see time table). Dr. Mann has already opened up registration for the different German as Foreign Language course levels.
We will keep you updated and will provide further information, regarding extra tutorials, workshops or maybe new formats, that will help all of you to bridge over these difficult times.
What are the regulations in terms of housing at the Carl Benz School?
The ID Campus is open and the Accommodation Team will be happy to answer your questions at any time.
We have taken all necessary measures to ensure that the hygiene standards are as high as possible. We thank you all for your help in implementing and maintaining these measures. Fortunately, there have been no positively tested residents in the dormitory so far.
If you are resident in the ID campus and currently not in town, please note you can come back at any time. However, you are kindly asked to inform Sabrina from the Accommodation Team in advance of your planned return. If you are travelling from one of the risk areas mentioned by the Robert Koch Institute, we would like to point out that you are asked to remain in quarantine in your room for 2 weeks after arrival. In order to arrange this appropriately Sabrina has to be contacted in advance (Living∂idschools.kit.edu).
What precautions have been taken against the spread of the virus in our community kitchens?
- Maintaining a healthy and safe environment lies with the tenants of the dormitory.
- There are disinfectant stations at the entry areas. Tenants are responsible for providing disinfectant materials for private areas.
- Facemasks are not mandatory in private areas as long as a distance of 1.5 metres between individuals is upheld.
- Every person is asked to follow the hygiene rules (https://www.med.kit.edu/246.php).If there are more than 2 people in a kitchen, the cooking and eating times should be planned accordingly.
- The cleaning team will continue to provide thorough support in cleaning and disinfecting the kitchen facilities.
- New tenants and returnees will receive disinfectants upon arrival (once).
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.
What do I have to know when coming back to campus?
If you are planning on coming back to campus soon feel free to contact us directly and we can tell you if you will be required to quarantine or not. Please not that even though further loosening of restrictions have already begun in Germany, we are still obligated to wear (non-medical) face masks in public transport and in all shops countrywide. A distance of 1.5 meters from other individuals must be maintained in public spaces.
I was abroad - what do I need to know?
- Please inform us in advance of your planned return by email.
- All persons entering the country will be informed in detail about the current regulations by the Accommodation Office of the ID before entering the country. The regulations change at short intervals.
- People sharing a kitchen will receive the relevant information regarding the procedure and the rules. We trust that all residents will abide by the rules so that it is possible to share a kitchen.
Financial Support in times of Corona
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 not that contents are subject to change.
For general information relating to the Corona Virus, please view the KIT FAQ information page.