Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19


Questions about COVID-19? Here we are keeping you updated about measures and precautions at FH JOANNEUM.

What should I do if I feel symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19?

Students, employees and affiliated lecturers must report all suspected or confirmed cases.

In the case of a suspected case, the following essentially applies:

  • Stay at home as soon as COVID-19 symptoms emerge (fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, catarrh or inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, sudden loss of taste/smell).
  • Contact the health hotline (tel. 1450) immediately and follow their instructions.
  • Inform FH JOANNEUM, your superiors or your head of degree programme immediately at and provide all of your relevant details and contacts using the COVID-19 reporting form for employees or students.
  • All further steps will be handled by FH JOANNEUM in consultation with the health authorities.

Where can I find current information on COVID-19?

The Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection provides a list of frequently asked questions and answers.
Important information for the university sector can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research.

Are the FH JOANNEUM buildings open?

Admission to the FH JOANNEUM buildings is only possible on an individual basis either with an employee card, student ID card or by prior appointment. For more information call +43 316 5453-0, Monday to Thursday 8:00 - 17:00, Friday 8:00 -14:00. The information points at Alte Poststrasse 149 and Eggenberger Allee 11 in Graz will also be open during these times. The information point in Kapfenberg is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 - 12:30.

What precautions should I follow when studying or working at FH JOANNEUM?

  1. Keep a distance of one metre from others.
  2. Wear a face mask.
  3. Observe the hygiene rules.

Since 19 October 2020, employees, students, part-time lecturers and visitors are obliged to wear a face mask on all general areas of FH JOANNEUM until further notice. This includes corridors, foyers, lifts, toilets and social rooms, unless a distance of two metres can be maintained.

The learning zones and common areas at FH JOANNEUM will be restricted and only one person per table will be allowed to sit. Students are requested to reduce their time on campus or in the FH JOANNEUM buildings by visiting the practice formats defined by the course management that cannot be substituted online.

Use hand sanitiser when entering the building. Follow coughing and sneezing etiquette and maintain good hand hygiene. If you feel unwell, stay at home. We can only protect each other if we work together.

What are the regulations for teaching and examinations during the 2020/2021 winter semester?

FH JOANNEUM will transition to distance learning and the proportion of online teaching will increase to up to 100%. Practical sessions and exams that are absolutely necessary and cannot be substituted by online options can continue to take place in person by adhering to the FH JOANNEUM safety and hygiene standards. This includes laboratory exercises, workshop practicals and practical teaching in the health studies programmes. The heads of the degree programmes will keep you informed about the impact the new measures will have on the studies in due time.

The current guidelines for examinations have continued to apply.

Study online: here are some IT tips for students and lecturers.

Where can I find course guidance?

The course guidance offers personal appointments. The course guidance team is available by phone at +43 316 5453-8800⁠ or by chat from Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 17:00 and on Friday 9:00 to 14:00. We are happy to answer your questions by email, on Facebook and on Instagram.

Appointments for course guidance will be done virtually via MS Teams. Please make appointments with the course guidance team.

What is the current admission procedure?

You'll find all dates for application and admission on the pages of the relevant degree programme.
Here is an overview of all Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes for which you can apply.

Will there be graduation ceremonies or any other events at FH JOANNEUM?

Graduation ceremonies cannot take place at any of our locations in the 2020/2021 winter semester. Only graduations 'in absentia' are possible.

No events are taking place at present. Many events are offered online; more information can be found here for detailed information about planned events.

Is the FH JOANNEUM library open?

The library reading rooms are closed until further notice. During opening hours the lending of books is still possible. More information can be found here.