COVID-Update: Sicher studieren

COVID-Update: study safe!

Linda Schwarz,

It has been a great pleasure to start the 2021 winter semester in presence and welcome all of our students to campus. Unfortunately, the epidemiological situation is getting worse. Therefore, as of Monday, November 22, 2021, the regulations at FH JOANNEUM will be tightened once more. These rules apply presumably until December 23, 2021.

Your stay at FH JOANNEUM

Access to the FH JOANNEUM buildings is only possible with an valid employee card or student ID, or by pre-registration.

During a stay at FH JOANNEUM the following applies:

  • Access only if you are vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested
  • FFP2 masks must be worn all the time at FH JOANNEUM
  • Keep a minimum distance of one meter - whenever possible
  • Follow the hygiene rules and avoid group formation

Disinfect your hands when entering the building. Adhere to cough and sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene. If you feel ill, stay home. Only together can we protect each other.

Teaching & Exams

Together against Corona at FH JOANNEUM succeeds by converting courses to online formats as far as didactically possible.

Classroom units that cannot be substituted online are possible under strict adherence to the COVID-19-measures (2.5 G rule, FFP2 mask requirement, hygiene measures, etc.), but should be limited to the absolutely necessary extent. The decision on the mode of delivery is at the discretion of the course directors in consultation with the year representatives and in consideration of didactic requirements and the epidemiological situation.

Necessary exams and board exams at FH JOANNEUM can take place in strict compliance with COVID-19-measures (2.5 G rule, FFP2 mask requirement, hygiene measures, etc.) if it is not possible to switch to online exams.

For courses and examinations at FH JOANNEUM, the vaccinated, recovered or PRC-tested rule and a continuous FFP2 mask obligation applies, even if the seat has already been taken. The mask may be removed for eating and drinking or when students are speaking. After using equipment (tables, keyboards, therapy equipment, etc.), students must clean them.

Excursions are not possible anylonger.

Internships are still possible under compliance with hygiene and safety measures (compliance with the PCR-tested, recovered or vaccinated rule, FFP2 mask requirement indoors, hygiene measures) until further notice. Please coordinate with the respective internship company in advance.

Rule: vaccinated, recovered or PRC-tested

For vaccinated people:

  • Basic rule: second vaccination no longer than 270 days ago - but beyond that, there are other variants to consider, details can be found here

For recovered people:

  • Recovery certificate, medical confirmation or certificate of segregation not older than 180 days

For PCR-tested people

  • Validity 72 hours from acceptance - incl. "Ninja Pass".


The library services remain available to a limited extent: Students can pick up pre-ordered media in the libraries Bad Gleichenberg, Graz WEST (Eggenberg) and Kapfenberg contactless. The online scanning service is also available for obtaining literature. For returns, please use the return boxes provided. The library's reading rooms are open on a limited basis. Details can be found here.


The canteens at the Graz, Kapfenberg and Bad Gleichenberg sites are closed until further notice.

Graduation ceremonies

All graduation ceremonies are cancelled due to the current pandemic situation.

Procedure in the event of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19

All suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students, employees or lecturers must be reported. Please report all cases via our online reporting tool!

What to do in the event of a suspected case of COVID-19:

  • Stay at home as soon as COVID-19 symptoms occur (fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, catarrh or inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, sudden loss of taste/smell) or if you have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Contact the health hotline (tel. 1450) immediately and follow their instructions.
  • Inform us and your head of degree programme immediately and provide all relevant details and contacts using the online reporting tool.
  • All further steps will be handled by FH JOANNEUM, in consultation with the health authorities.

When is a case classed as suspected COVID-19?

  • In case of a positive rapid antigen test (test lane, pharmacy, self-test)
  • When COVID-19 symptoms occur (such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, upper respiratory tract catarrh, sudden loss of sense of taste/smell)
  • After contact with a proven COVID-19 infected person, even without the presence of typical symptoms

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while on the premises of FH JOANNEUM:

  • Isolate yourself, wear a FFP2 mask and call the health hotline immediately (tel. 1450).
  • Inform us and your head of degree programme immediately and provide all relevant details and contacts using the online reporting tool.
  • All further steps will be handled by FH JOANNEUM, in consultation with the health authorities.

Our entire COVID-19 team will continue to support you personally and is available for questions via the central registration address


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at, by telephone on +43 316 5453-8800 or via our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram. Stay healthy – we can do it together!