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Coronavirus information

Health and safety at ESMT Berlin

Information regarding COVID-19 in Germany

Reliable answers and concrete information on how to protect yourself and help others.

Delivering a safe learning experience

The health and safety of the ESMT community, coupled with an excellent educational experience, are our top priority.

In order to enable a safe and healthy experience on campus, we have implemented rules and measures for the ESMT community to abide by in accordance with the regulation of the State of Berlin and recommendations by the Robert Koch Institut (RKI).  

Students and executive education participants are tested for COVID-19 at the beginning of a program or module and at least twice a week when courses run for more than two consecutive days.

Please download our health and hygiene concept overview here

Coronavirus testing process 

ESMT Berlin has prepared a coronavirus testing strategy complementing the hygiene concept to support a safe and healthy hybrid classroom experience for students and executive education participants. ESMT provides rapid antigen self-tests to students, executive education participants, faculty, and staff. In line with the Berlin Ordinance Coronavirus Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, the above-mentioned groups with proof of vaccination with an EU-authorized vaccine are exempt from mandatory testing. These individuals must be able to provide proof of a full vaccination in the form of their vaccination certificate or proof of vaccination certified by ESMT and present it at reception upon arrival on campus. The vaccination necessary for complete immunization must have taken place at least 14 days previously.

When on campus, hygiene and social distancing rules continue to apply. It is mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask on campus. When a person is alone in a study room or at their desk, she or he does not need to wear a mask.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should NOT come to campus but should go to the doctor and receive a PCR test there.

Health Honor Code

The health and safety of the ESMT Berlin community, coupled with an excellent educational experience, remain our top priority. Therefore, ESMT strongly recommends that all incoming and returning students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We are legally obliged only to recognize vaccines approved by the European Union.

Our students, faculty, and staff are responsible for monitoring and maintaining their own health in order to protect the health and wellbeing of the entire community. The Health Honor Code should support the protection of each individual member of the ESMT community, including students, executive education program participants, faculty, staff, freelancers, and visitors, thus fostering the wellbeing of the entire community.

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What to do if a test is positive

If the test is positive, the person tested has to leave campus immediately and make an appointment with her or his general practitioner (Hausarzt) or call 116 117 for a free PCR test. Should they not have a GP, they can refer to this list of Covid-19 doctors (only in German). They should stay at home and follow social distancing rules until the confirmation test has been completed. If it is positive, they will need to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

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Protect yourself and others by following our health and safety guidelines on campus.

Academic excellence

We are committed to delivering an impactful and high-quality learning experience, be it face-to-face, online, or in a hybrid format. We recognized the importance of digitalization in education and society as a whole long before the coronavirus made face-to-face teaching impossible. In 2019, we invested heavily in digital learning. This investment, along with our experience as a part of the Future of Management Education Alliance, has given us a tremendous advantage. We not only have the capability and expertise to deliver the highest quality of online and blended programs, but we also have access to faculty networks across leading business schools in Europe, APAC, and the Americas.

Drawing upon our extremely successful blended Telekom MBA, we have launched the ESMT Part-time MBA in Business Innovation in blended format. Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom AG, said, “Digitalization and agile transformation are key for the future success of large organizations. To support us in the development of a new generation of leaders with the required management skills and in the retention of top performers, we decided to offer a tailor-made academic qualification with a recognized degree. ESMT was the clear choice and convinced us with their program design, faculty, digital platform, and price.”

Delivered jointly with IE Business School and Imperial Business School, we are also offering the Master's in Management (MiM) Essentials Program. This completely online program puts you on the fast track to a master’s in management degree without stepping foot on campus.


  • What is ESMT doing to ensure the health and wellbeing of students and visitors on campus?

    We have developed an extensive health and hygiene concept for the ESMT campus, in accordance with local regulations from the State of Berlin and following the best practices of the Robert-Koch-Institute. The measures include cleaning and disinfecting frequently, controlling the flow of people within the building, the wearing of masks, maintaining 1.5 m social distancing, and attendance documentation. Rooms will be ventilated on a regular basis, and all visitors on campus will be required to provide detailed contact information. Please see our health and hygiene concept summary for more information.

  • Do I have to wear a mask?

    A medical or FFP2 mask is required throughout the ESMT campus and administration building. If you are alone in a study room or seated in an auditorium with a distance of at least 1.5 meters apart, you do not need to wear a mask.

  • I am returning from abroad. Will I have to quarantine before attending classes?

    Please refer to the current information provided by the German Federal Ministry of Health. As quarantine regulation changes frequently, please get in touch with should you have any questions. 

  • I am a student or executive education participant and have been diagnosed with the virus. What should I do?

    ESMT has put internal protocols in place should a student or executive education participant receive a positive diagnosis. You should inform your respective degree program office or program manager/director. Your doctor will inform the health department, which will begin the official contact tracing. ESMT will support you with tracing any contacts you might have had while on campus and will revert to online teaching if necessary to break the COVID-19 transmission chain.

  • I was an event guest and have been diagnosed with the virus. What should I do?

    Your doctor will inform your local health department, who will in turn inform us. We will work together with the health department and provide information for tracing to break the COVID-19 transmission chain. 

  • I think I may have the virus. How can I know for sure?

    If you feel sick, please stay at home and join class remotely. Please go to your doctor who will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.   


  • Is the library open? What about the café, the restaurant, and the garden?

    The library is open, as is the café, restaurant, and the garden.

  • I have a (current or pending) student visa. If the campus is shut down again due to the health crisis, how will this affect my visa status?

    This will have no effect on your visa status. If you have questions about visas or residence permits, please contact

  • I have to care for a child/loved one. What provisions are there for caregivers and parents?

    We want to support all of the ESMT community in these challenging times and are handling this on a case-by-case basis. Please speak to your respective degree program office to find a solution that fits your challenges.  

  • How will the coronavirus situation affect my internship, fellowship, and study abroad opportunities?

    There is no single answer to this question. We have seen many internships move completely online. The global situation is too volatile to make any predictions regarding fellowship and opportunities to study abroad. We are working together with our network partners, especially the Global Network for Advanced Management, to offer as many virtual experiences as possible.

  • Can I still apply for ESMT degree programs?

    ESMT Berlin is accepting applications for all degree programs and reviews applications on a rolling basis for all programs – MIM, MBA, Part-time MBA, Global Online MBA, and EMBA. For the latest information about application deadlines and degree programs, please visit our degree program site.

  • How is ESMT securing its post-crisis future?

    We have unified under the auspices of solidarity to examine all areas of our organization and concentrate our academic know-how on areas most essential for the future. The three pillars that have underpinned our academic and organizational development for years – leadership, innovation, and analytics – provide us with the foundation we need not only to meet the acute challenges caused by the corona crisis, but also to thrive in the future. We have invested heavily in hybrid technologies to provide the best learning experience for students who are on campus or learning remotely. 


  • Which ESMT degree programs are available to me as a prospective student from abroad?

    The German government is issuing student visas to international students. Please see ESMT Degree Programs to find the program that best fits your needs and goals.   

  • On what government guidelines or restrictions does ESMT base its policies?

    We follow the regulations of the German government, the State of Berlin, as well as the recommendations of the Robert-Koch-Institut.

  • My question is not listed above. Where can I write for more information?

    Feel free to contact Molly Ihlbrock, Director of Corporate Communications. If she cannot help, she will direct your question to the right person at ESMT.  

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