The Summer Semester 2021 under Pandemic Conditions: Information for International Students
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic will continue to shape our lives, international travel and studying at the University of Göttingen in the summer semester 2021. Furthermore, the pandemic also leads to ongoing and dynamic changes in the legal and regulatory situation. Here we try to give you an up-to-date overview of regulations that affect you as international students in particular. Beyond, please find this handout for summarizing information on how to get to Göttingen.
In addition, you can use the central information services that the University of Göttingen provides for its students in the form of an FAQ list: Make active use of the resources linked there, inform yourself carefully and stay up-to-date!
These can still change at short notice. Please note, therefore, that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the following.
I. Application and Admission, Semester Fee, Enrolment, Lecture Period, TeachingI.1 Application and Admission
Application for the summer semester 2021 is only possible for undergraduate subjects without admission restrictions. Please click here for information on the range of courses offered and here for information on the application procedure.
Notifications of admission for the summer semester 2021 are sent out in February and March, for the courses of study Medicine and Dentistry/State Examination/1st semester most probably in February.
It is not possible to transfer an admission received for the summer semester 2021 to a later semester. If you are unable to accept the place offered or if you withdraw your enrolment, you must reapply.
As of today, the application period for the winter semester 2021/2022 begins on March 01, 2021 and is currently expected to end on June 15, 2021, as an extension to the regular application deadline. Applications for higher semesters are possible from 01 June 2021 to 15 July 2021. Different application deadlines apply for Master's programmes, for which you can find information here.
Doctoral students who have received a letter of admission from their Academic Department can be enroled continuously. Please find the registration portal here
Semester fees are mostly solidarity contributions that help to finance infrastructure and services that are available to all students. A reduction for pandemic reasons (for example, if you are studying online from abroad) is not possible.
Different regulations may apply to courses of study financed by fees. If necessary, please contact the programme coordination at the Academic Department.
Enrolment at the University of Göttingen is a digital, location-independent process. Only in exceptional cases do original documents have to be submitted for enrolment. You will receive detailed information by e-mail during the enrolment process.
The summer semester 2021 will see an important change for students who cannot enter Germany but want to study online from abroad. These students are not required to have health insurance in Germany, so they do not have to provide proof of health insurance when enrolling. Instead, they upload a declaration at the appropriate place, which the International Student Office provides as a template. Please contact email@example.com if you want to enrol for online studies from abroad.
Withdrawal of enrolment with refund of semester fees paid is possible up to one month after the start of lectures.
The majority of newly enrolled students have the opportunity to log in at https://ecampus.uni-goettingen.de/account with the registration data received during the application process and to set a password for the regular student account. From this moment on, it can be used for all eCampus functions (registration for courses etc.).
The portal also allows a portrait photo to be taken, which is used for the chip card. The production of the chip card will also be initiated for internationals who cannot enter the country at first, since a SUB user account will only be created and activated when the card is produced. This also allows the use of digital library resources.
The chip card will be stored until you can come in to pick it up. Storage time is not limited.
For some newly enrolled students the portal is not available for technical reasons. If you receive an error message when attempting to log on to the portal, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your full name, date of birth and matriculation number, and request that your account data be communicated. You will then receive this information in an encrypted pdf document.
Attach a suitable photo to your e-mail to also trigger the production of the chip card. You can then use digital library resources. The card will be stored until you can pick it up on site.
The summer semester 2021 starts as planned on 01 April 2021 and ends on 30 September 2021. The start of the lecture period is currently April 12, 2021, but may be postponed due to the pandemic. We expect the lecture period to end as planned on 16 July 2021.
We expect teaching in the summer semester 2021 to take place in a ‘hybrid form’: Some of the courses, especially those with a high number of participants, will continue to be held online. Smaller courses with a more discursive character, courses for the acquisition of skills or with an experimental character can be offered in attendance, provided that the infection prevention guidelines are observed.
The proportions of online teaching and teaching in attendance vary according to subject culture, Academic Department and degree programme. For information on the implementation of your degree programme in particular, please contact the Dean of Studies of the Academic Department offering the programme, or, if applicable, the programme coordinator.
Courses that take place in attendance are held under infection control conditions. Further information can be found in the catalogue of measures that the university has developed as part of its infection control and hygiene concept.
II. Visa, Entry, Quarantine and Self-Isolation, Situation on SiteII.1 Visa
The situation at German embassies and consulates remains uneven and depends on the local pandemic situation. The procedures for applying for visas, for taking part in interviews and for collecting visas that have been granted vary greatly. Find out more about the current situation on the website of the respective mission abroad.
A certificate stating that physical presence at the university location is indispensable is no longer required for students.
For students, entry into the European Union and Germany is permitted, even from risk areas.
Before entering you are obliged to register online. If you are unable to register online, you will have to fill in a substitute form upon entry. Transport companies are obliged to check this registration before departure.
Further regulations on entry, compulsory testing and subsequent self-isolation/quarantine differ according to how the German Robert Koch Institute classifies the country you are entering from, and according to immunisation status:
Risk areas are those countries or regions where the 7-day incidence is above 50.
High-risk areas are those countries or regions where the 7-day incidence is above 200.
Virus variant areas are those countries or regions where mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have occurred.
In the following, vaccinated persons are persons who have been fully immunized with a vaccine against the novel corona virus authorised in the European Union up to 14 days prior to entry. Vaccination must be proven by entry in a vaccionation card or equivalent documentation.
Convalescents are persons who can provide medical evidence of previous infection with the novel corona virus and a negative PCR test not older than 6 months and not younger than 28 days.
ENTRY FROM RISK AREAS
If you are arriving by plane from a risk area, you must present a negative PCR test before departure. The result must not be older than 72 hours at the time of entry. Rapid antigen tests are also accepted, which must not be older than 48 hours at the time of entry. Fully immunised persons and convalescents submit evidence accordingly.
If you enter Germany by sea or land, a PCR test, alternatively a rapid antigen test, must be taken within 48 hours of entry. A test centre at Göttingen‘s station is available for PCR tests. You can also have this test performed by a general practitioner in Göttingen. To do so, please contact a doctor in advance by telephone and tell them that you would like to have such a test. Please also inform them whether or not you have any symptoms that indicate an infection. Until the time of the appointment, you must remain in self-isolation. When you go to the doctor or test centre, make sure that you wear a mask covering your nose and mouth, keep your distance from others and do not use public transportation. Tests are subject to a charge.
Please send a negative test result to email@example.com.
After arrival, a mandatory 10-day selfisolation period applies. Mandatory selfisolation ends earlier once a negative test result or evidence of immunisation or convalescence has been submitted. Please send documents firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENTRY FROM HIGH RISK AREAS
If you are entering the country from a high-risk area, you must present a negative PCR test before departure. The result must not be older than 72 hours at the time of entry. Rapid antigen tests are also accepted, which must not be older than 48 hours at the time of entry. This applies to entries by air, sea or land. Fully immunised persons and convalescents submit evidence accordingly.
After arrival, a mandatory self-isolation period of 10 days applies. Mandatory selfisolation can be shortened to a minimum of 5 days by taking a second PCR-test on site.
A test centre at Göttingen‘s station is available for PCR tests. You can also have this test performed by a general practitioner in Göttingen. To do so, please contact a doctor in advance by telephone and tell them that you would like to have such a test. Please also inform them whether or not you have any symptoms that indicate an infection. Until the time of the appointment, you must remain in self-isolation. When you go to the doctor or test centre, make sure that you wear a mask covering your nose and mouth, keep your distance from others and do not use public transportation. Tests are subject to a charge.
Please send a negative test result to email@example.com.
For fully immunised persons and convalescents, mandatory self-isolation ends with the submission of corresponding evidence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENTRY FROM VIRUS VARIANT AREAS
Currently, the Federal Police is preventing entry from virus variant areas.Before planning your journey, find out about the currently valid regulations, for example on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Frankfurt Airport or the websites of other airports. Exceptions exist only for returnees: persons who already have a German registration address and a valid residence permit.
If you are entering the country from a virus variant area, you must present a negative PCR test before departure. The test must not be older than 72 hours at the time of entry. Rapid antigen tests are also accepted, which must not be older than 24 hours at the time of entry. This applies to entries by air, sea or land. Evidence of vaccination or convalescence is not accepted.
After arrival, a mandatory self-isolation period of 14 days applies. There is no option to shorten the self-isolation by a second testing on site.This also applies to fully immunised persons or convalescents.
IF AN INFECTION IS DIAGNOSED
In the event an infection is diagnosed, the public heath office will impose a domestic quarantine. This will continue until the symptoms have cleared and two successive tests have come back negative. The quarantine must be strictly adhered to; violations are punishable by fines of up to €3,000. Depending on the severity of your illness, medical treatment at home or admission to a hospital may be necessary. These measures will be organised for you by the Göttingen Health Office. If you fall ill with COVID-19, all costs for treatment will be generally covered by your health insurance company.
During the quarantine, you can use delivery services to supply yourself with food. Students and University staff will also provide support in case of emergency (see below, Delivery Services).
For supply during self-isolation or quarantine, delivery services are available that deliver durable food and drugstore items to you by postal mail. Within limits, fresh food can also be obtained from delivery services.
Corresponding addresses and further resources can be found in a handout that we have compiled for you.
Volunteers will be available to assist you during quarantine or self-isolation. Corresponding information can be found here.
You do not have to have drinking water supplied: Tap water in Germany is generally of better quality than many products from the supermarket and can be drunk without hesitation.
Registration with the city of Göttingen is currently only possible by prior appointment via online form. The usual 14-day deadline for registration with the city is suspended, but you should try to make an appointment as soon as possible. To register, you will need your passport and a Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung, a confirmation of residence to be filled out by your landlord.
The Foreigners‘ Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) Göttingen is reachable and accessible and, as usual, accepts applications for the initial granting or extension of a residence permit in person after making an appointment by telephone.
The Robert Koch Institute provides up-to-date information on the situation in Germany. You will also find detailed information for individual districts, including the district of Göttingen.
- Keep contact with people who are not part of your household to a minimum.
- Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from people in public and 2 metres for physical activity and outdoor sports.
- Observe general rules of hygiene: Sneeze and cough consistently in the crook of your arm, wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
- Wear a medical protective masks of classes FFP2/KN95 covering your nose and mouth in public places (including shops and markets) and on public transport.
- Meetings in public or in your private rooms are only allowed within narrow limits. They are currently limited to your household and one other person.
There are exceptions and restrictions to these regulations, which are explained here.
The University of Göttingen has set up its own hygiene concept for infection control, which is implemented in the University's facilities and at events. It provides for a large number of individual measures, the scope and extent of which depend on the current infection situation. Click here for information on the currently valid regulations.
Internationals with a German registration address are entitled to free vaccination against the novel coronavirus. Vaccination is carried out in descending order of priority group: older people and particularly at-risk occupational groups are vaccinated first, younger people without special risk factors are expected to be vaccinated from the 3rd quarter of 2021.
Vaccination can be done by general practitioners and in public vaccination centres. Detailed information (so far only in German) is available from the state of Lower Saxony and the city and district of Göttingen.