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.

From 14/09/2020 (provisionally until 28/02/2021), visors or face masks are mandatory for employees, affiliated lecturers, students and visitors in all meeting areas, corridors, foyers and lifts within the FH JOANNEUM buildings.

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 from autumn 2020?

Teaching will primarily take place in accordance with the principle of ‘digital first’: teaching should be carried out online whenever possible and sensible. Around 70% of teaching will take place online in total. More in-person teaching will be provided for first-semester students. This will take place in small groups and year groups will be divided up with a proportion of students attending the class online and the others in person. The exact details of how teaching will take place can be obtained from the degree programme.

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?

From 28. September 2020 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.

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 reading rooms in the libraries are open at all three sites. Use of the reading rooms is limited to ensure appropriate social distancing. More information can be found here.