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.

by the editors (last updated: 14.07.2020)

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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. Almost all higher education institutions postponed the summer semester start and maybe also some of your exams haven’t taken place. On this map of Germany you can check out when the summer semester has started in each federal state. Mostly, all higher education institutions have switched now to online teaching. 

Do you have questions about your current situation? Our recommendation is to directly contact the International Office of your university. The colleagues 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 how to manage the situation the best.

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

Maybe you are struggling to keep your student job and you are not able to earn money. Many harvest workers cannot come to Germany at the moment because of the entry restrictions. Therefore, many farmers are looking for support. Maybe that could be a temporary solution for you to earn some money: 

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) as well that the KfW study loan will open interest-free for international students from July 2020 until March 2021 up to 650€ per month! 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 return to your home country or to continue your scholarship. DAAD-scholarship holders can start their scholarship for the winter semester, even if they are 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 format of the coming winter semester 2020/21 will depend on the developments in the upcoming weeks. Lectures in the winter semester 2020/21 are expected to start on November 1st (later than usual). The Lectures will probably be a flexible mix of online and on-site lectures.

Since June 15th the entry restrictions affecting the EU states (as well as Switzerland, UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) are lifted.

From 2 July 2020 on, people from the following countries will be able to enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. This list of countries may be changed depending on the development of the pandemic.

Students from other countries may enter Germany for study purposes (including doctoral studies) from 2 July 2020 onwards, if the studies cannot be carried out entirely from abroad. Therefore, it is important that the visa application centres and border officials can see from official documents of the German (host) institution that the study or doctorate requires a presence in Germany. Otherwise, visas may not be issued or entry may be refused. Please contact your (host) university in this regard.

Please be aware that despite the possible entry to Germany there are quarantine regulations of the German federal states (in German only) !!! If you can't meet the quarantine requirements, we urgently advise you to not enter Germany!

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. Courses taking place this summer are particularly affected by this.

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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