Catalyst Berlin Corona hygiene protocol by Dico Baskoro

Here’s Why Germany is One of the Safest Places to Study During Corona

Posted on 11/9/2020 in News

Germany is statistically one of the safest countries in which to weather the Coronavirus situation.

Read on for our overview of the current data, plus the safety measures we are implementing at Catalyst in order to ensure the health and safety of our community.

A safe European home

Along with most other European countries, cases in Germany are now rising. However the current data still suggests that Germany is one of the safest countries in Europe in which to weather the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The country remains a stable and secure place to live and study.

Whilst it is difficult to make direct comparisons between each country without knowing their data collection methods, their approach to testing and their precise placement in the curve of the crisis, Germany has one of the lowest death rates per million people.

Why Germany is One of the Safest Places to Study During Corona | Catalyst Berlin

Germany has a first-class healthcare system

Germany is renowned for its very strong universal healthcare system, as well as its robust approach to testing and tracking suspected cases. Combine this with the high number of appropriately equipped hospital beds, and it is easy to see why the country has come through better than most.

Why Germany is One of the Safest Places to Study During Corona | Catalyst Berlin

Catalyst's hygiene protocol

At Catalyst, we have put in place a hygiene protocol which allows students from the majority of our classes to attend onsite where government regulations allow. 

With the health and safety of our community as our utmost priority, we are ensuring that interactions are limited and that a strict set of rules are followed by all members of the team and the Catalyst student community.

This includes a distance of 1.5 metres between people at all times, frequent use of the readily available soap and hand sanitiser, regular disinfection of equipment, door handles and other objects, use of a mask, and restricted access to certain rooms or spaces.

Should government regulations tighten, we have extensive experience of providing online education, but we are not currently anticipating a requirement for this.

Catalyst Berlin Film Production tutor Simon Oblescak by Dico Baskoro

Studying at Catalyst in 2021

Looking ahead to the next academic year, our current assumption is that we will continue delivering our courses as normal this year, over the summer and from September 2021.

However, we are preparing to comply with all possible scenarios as the situation unfolds. It is possible that we may be required to deliver a mixture of online and physical classes. Or, in the worst-case scenario, full online delivery with delayed facility access. In all cases, we’ll ensure that you’ll receive the required level of facility access relevant to your course.

What about new applicants for the 2021/22 course year? We’re offering a full refund of deposits and course fees to those unable to attend their course for any reason directly related to the COVID-19 outbreak (find out more in our COVID-19 FAQ). So, if you’ve been dreaming of starting your Catalyst journey this year, the time to apply is now.

Stina Francina performance at Signals Festival 2020 at Catalyst Berlin | Photo by Ian Dunham