The crisis task force of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin is in regular contact with the Senate’s Chancellery responsible for Berlin’s scientific landscape and with all directorates of Berlin’s universities and academies, in order to coordinate current measures against the coronavirus pandemic.
Accordingly, since May 11 the HfM Hanns Eisler has transitioned gradually from “emergency operations” to “limited operations”. This means:
As an exceptional measure, the teaching and examination period has been extended to September 30, 2020, in order to give everyone the chance to catch up on teaching not given yet and to take examinations, by mutual agreement with the students. Of course we also want to give you time for recreation and regeneration during the coming summer weeks. Therefore, we are interrupting the semester from July 20 to August 14, 2020.
During the period from September 21 to October 2, 2020, the second round of entrance examinations will take place – if possible, in person and on-site. During this time, we kindly ask you not to plan any examinations, teaching or projects, since we will need all available halls.
The State of Berlin has regulated the accreditation process of the 2020 summer semester in favour of the students. Students who are enrolled in the 2020 summer semester and have not taken a leave of absence will benefit from an extended individual “Regelstudienzeit”, which is prolonged by one semester. This means that bachelor degree students have a total of 9 semesters, while master degree students and concert examination students have a total of 5 semesters to complete their degrees. This, however, does not apply for students who had already reached the upper limit of semesters of “Regelstudienzeit” at the end of the 2019/2020 winter semester. It is not necessary for students to complete an application for a ninth resp. fifth semester.
Students who have registered for an examination this semester, but wish to postpone this to the following semester, are requested to get in touch with the Examination Office by July 16 by emailing pruefungsamt(at)hfm-berlin.de in order to cancel. Should you have agreed with your teacher that you will be taking examinations normally scheduled for this semester, please register for those.
From Monday to Friday, the Neuer Marstall and the Charlottenstraße building are open for you from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm during July and August. The regulations on practising and teaching are still in effect. Teachers and students are requested to pre-register online via Asimut. From September, we would like to open the buildings on the weekends as well, but this must be decided at a later date, with close regard to current developments.
The winter semester is scheduled to begin on October 5, 2020. We are aware that the development until the autumn cannot be predicted at this point. Even if we hope to welcome all the members of our School community in Berlin on October 5, 2020, we will still have to live with restrictions during the winter semester as well – not least when it comes to group teaching and the availability of halls and rooms. It is possible that we will be our own audience for School events! We expect a “hybrid semester” consisting of as much on-site teaching as possible, but also including some digital teaching.
Instruction is currently taking place only online. Individual artistic lessons will be possible again starting on June 2, 2020, under specific premises and in compliance with specified regulations for both, practicing and the implementation of one-to-one teaching. We are still in our digital semester and the 2020 summer semester in Berlin is “optional”: it does not count towards the standard number of semesters for a degree. Those who are unable to travel or who belong to one of the risk groups will not be disadvantaged in any way.
In keeping with the distancing and hygiene rules, practicing is currently possible in a very limited manner and only for students who are in Berlin and have no possibility of practicing at home. Staggered time slots are available for the practice rooms in the Marstall building. You must register through your main course teacher.
At the moment, the dates previously published are still in effect, i.e. the semester ends on July 3 (with examinations through July 17), and the winter semester begins on October 5. However we are in regular conversation with the other arts universities in Berlin and the local authorities and will discuss in the various committees next week whether teaching could optionally take place until the end of July and in September, in order to enable students to catch up and/or take examinations. Since students will not be able to acquire certain points for ensemble playing in the customary manner in the current circumstances, substitute credits may be assigned in consultation with your main teacher. This should enable all students who wish to complete their studies this semester to do so.
To protect against the spread of the coronavirus, no personal consultation hours are taking place at the Study Advice Office, Enrolment and Examination Office and International Office. You can contact us under studium(at)hfm-berlin.de
Please address your inquiries exclusively to this address. The e-mails will be forwarded to the respective responsible colleagues.
The School’s entire communication is taking place via the HfM email addresses.
Students can continue using the email they already have: firstname.lastname(at)stud.hfm-berlin.de
Faculty have received new email addresses: firstname.lastname(at)doz.hfm-berlin.de
Assistant lecturers now also have HfM email addresses: firstname.lastname(at)lba.hfm-berlin.de
You will find instructions on how to set up your HfM email here: Dowload Einrichtungsanleitung PDF
Most students and instructors are already actively using EislerCloud, which is accessible with an HfM email address. All important information is available in the following folders:
The summer semester does not count: if you cannot participate in all the courses planned for this semester or take the exams, this will not have a negative effect on the number of your semesters. You will have an additional semester with the possibility to catch up on lessons, coursework and exams.
However, depending on their individual circumstances, students may agree to take exams and receive credit points.
Berlin Immigration Office (LEA) is open again.
Hygiene precautions at the LEA:
Before each access to the building, a contact-free fever measuring will take place. Mouth and nose must be covered. Appointments have been sent by email to customers who registered before April 23. The cash desks remain closed in order to protect against infection. The entire fee procedure has been changed to fee notices. The waiting rooms and other office areas will remain closed to the public.
Online dates are not yet being offered and consultations without prior appointment are not possible. For clearly defined emergency cases (urgent travel required after title expires) the service in Room 80 at Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24 will remain available. Consultations via the telephone hotline will continue.
For further questions: studium(at)hfm-berlin.de
BAföG recipients should not suffer any financial disadvantages from the COVID 19 pandemic.
Social Trust Fund:
Students of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin have the possibility to apply for financial support from the social fund of the AStA. For further information on the application process, please click here:
Federal aid for students:
The bridging aid of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is intended to help students who can prove an acute emergency situation due to the corona pandemic.
The federal aid can be applied for by domestic and foreign students who are enrolled at state and state-recognized universities in Germany.
Detailed information and the application form can be found at:
Current office hours and availability of the studierendenWERK:
Coronacare Live Concerts: