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Corona UPDATE: Information about the Coronavirus

We know that the Coronavirus is on your mind these days, as well as it is on ours. We have summarised the most important facts for you.

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Dear Study in Germany Community,

First of all, we would like to tell you that the Study in Germany Team is always there for you if you need help or have any questions. You may contact us via our contact form OR through Facebook at any time.

Germany is, as many other countries, currently affected by the Coronavirus. To ensure the safety of all, the German government has introduced restrictions related to everyday life and entry requirements. 
Germany is and will be a welcoming destination for international students and researchers. However, with the ongoing Coronavirus crisis we support the mobility restrictions in order to contain the current pandemic.
 

Current developments

For the latest updates on how the situation in Germany is affected by the Coronavirus, please visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

On the website of the German Ministry of Health (mostly in German) you can find daily updated information and recommendations on handling the Coronavirus. It also includes information regarding the protection from infection and tips for domestic quarantine. 

Do you already study in Germany?

Daily student routine? Unfortunately at the moment there is no such thing - at least not as we know it. Mostly, all higher education institutions switched during the summer semester 2020 to online teaching and have introduced a combination of online and face-to-face teaching for the winter semester 2020/2021. However, the situation may vary for each higher education institution.

Do you have questions about the current situation at your higher education institution? Our recommendation is to directly contact the International Office of your university. The staff there will be happy to help you!

If you would like to know how our Study in Germany - bloggers are experiencing the situation at the moment and how they deal with online classes, have a look at their blogposts and read some tips on how to manage the situation best.
 

Are you unsure how to keep financing your life in Germany?

Emergency funds for students due to corona crisis will be offered by the "Studentenwerke" (students services) in Germany (financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research).

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced (press release in German) that the KfW study loan (up to 650€ per month) will be grantes interest-free to international students from July 2020 until March 2021! International students can apply online as of June 1st 2020. 

Are you a scholarship holder?

If you are a scholarship holder, please contact your funding institution directly and ask what the possibilities are for you to continue your scholarship or to start your scholarship. Many scholarship organisations are offering flexible solutions. DAAD-scholarship holders started their scholarship for the winter semester, even though they were only able to start their classes online from home. Here you can find all information about scholarships of the DAAD.  

Are you in Germany with the Erasmus programme?

The European Commission has decided that you can cancel your Erasmus stay and return to your home country. We would advise you to contact your home university directly. Here you can find more information.
 

Are you planning to study in Germany?

The winter semester 2020/21 is a flexible mix of online and on-site lectures. Lectures in the winter semester 2020/21 start on November 1st (later than usual).

As of now there are no plans on how the summer semester 2021 will be organized. We will keep you informed. 

From 2nd July 2020 onwards students may enter Germany for study purposes (including doctoral studies) .

Please take care of your visa application at a very early stage, as the visa sections of the German missions offer sometimes only a few dates for the application and therefore delays may occur.

Please be aware that despite the possible entry to Germany there are quarantine regulations of the German federal states (in German only) !!!

Irrespective of entry restrictions, based on the quarantine regulations of the German federal states (in German only), persons who have stayed in a "corona risk area" within 14 days before entering Germany are obliged to remain in quarantine in Germany for 14 days and to inform the local health authority of their entry. The list of risk areas (in German only) is published and regularly updated by the Robert Koch Institute.

We will inform you as soon as we have further news.

Are you planning to attend a language course or short course in Germany?

Many higher education institutions had to cancel or postpone their language and short courses because of to the Coronavirus.

Due to frequent changes at the higher education institutions, the DAAD does not provide a list of all cancelled language courses and short courses. We suggest you visit the institutions‘ websites for up-to-date information on their courses.

Stay healthy and take care of yourself and others, wherever you are.

Best wishes,
Your Study in Germany-Team
 

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