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COVID-19 and German Universities: Information for International Students

All important information about the current and coming academic year

Important to know is that you can find the latest figures on the proliferation of cases in Germany as well as a daily updated report on the most important developments on the pages of the Robert Koch Institut (RKI), in German and English. The RKI is the main government institution in the field of biomedicine and therefore has the task of ensuring public health and monitoring the virus in Germany. You can also read about the current regulations in the country directly on the pages of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior. A summary of the information will be provided on this page.

German Higher Education and the Covid-19 Pandemic

To understand how the German Higher Education System reacted to the spread of the coronavirus, there are some organizational things you should know about. Germany has got a federalist political system: There are 16 states, or Bundesland, that are in charge of passing regulations regarding the universities in each state. Therefore, regulations may differ slightly from place to place. On top of that, each university has the freedom to individually define policies that allow them to react appropriately to the current circumstances. Therefore it is absolutely essential that you check directly on the university’s website which rules and regulations are in place and how they affect you.


Even though universities and federal states have some freedom to decide on which regulations they decide to pass, there are some nation-wide rules in place that each university has to adhere by, as well. The mandatory social-distancing regulations that were put in place Germany-wide heavily affected university life last year.

Studies in the last year have been a mix of virtual/remote and in-person studies, depending on the respective Covid-19 case numbers and state social distancing policies. The policies have varied across German universities. Our best advice: Confirm directly on the university website how your university will organize upcoming semesters.

List of Universities in Germany

We summarize general restrictions and policies in Germany regarding Covid-19 on this page. However, the exact policies regarding studies can vary among universities as each one regulates its own rules. We recommend you visit individual university pages regarding specific regulations for upcoming semesters.

  1. Aalen University
  2. accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  3. Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences
  4. Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin
  5. Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
  6. Ansbach University of Applied Sciences
  7. Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences
  8. Augsburg University of Applied Sciences
  9. Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  10. bbw University of Applied Sciences
  11. Berlin International University of Applied Sciences
  12. Berlin University of the Arts
  13. Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin
  14. Bielefeld University
  15. Brand Academy
  16. Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg
  17. Bremen University of Applied Sciences
  18. Bucerius Law School
  19. Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
  20. Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  21. Chemnitz University of Technology
  22. Clausthal University of Technology
  23. Coburg University
  24. CBS International Business School
  25. Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
  26. Deggendorf Institute of Technology
  27. design akademie berlin - SRH Hochschule für Kommunikation und Design
  28. Detmold University of Music
  29. Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts
  30. Dresden International University
  31. Dresden University of Applied Sciences
  32. EBC University of Applied Sciences
  33. EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht
  34. ESCP Europe Campus Berlin
  35. ESMT Berlin
  36. Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
  37. Euro-FH University of Applied Sciences
  38. Europa-Universität Flensburg
  39. European University Viadrina
  40. FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  41. FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
  42. FH Münster University of Applied Sciences
  43. FHM Schwerin - Fachhochschule des Mittelstands
  44. Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
  45. Flensburg University of Applied Sciences
  46. FOM University of Applied Sciences
  47. Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
  48. Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  49. Freie Hochschule Stuttgart - Seminar für Waldorfpädagogik
  50. Freie Universität Berlin
  51. Friedensau Adventist University
  52. Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  53. Fulda University of Applied Sciences
  54. Furtwangen University
  55. German Sport University Cologne
  56. Goethe University Frankfurt
  57. HafenCity University Hamburg
  58. Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  59. Hamburg University of Technology
  60. Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences
  61. Hannover Medical School
  62. Harz University of Applied Sciences
  63. Universidade de Heidelberg
  64. Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences
  65. Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
  66. Hertie School of Governance
  67. HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  68. HMKW Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft
  69. Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
  70. Hochschule Emden/Leer - University of Applied Sciences
  71. Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences
  72. Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart - University of Applied Sciences
  73. Berlin School of Economics and Law
  74. Hochschule Macromedia, University of Applied Sciences
  75. Hochschule Mannheim - University of Applied Sciences
  76. Hochschule Niederrhein - University of Applied Sciences
  77. Hochschule Wismar - University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design
  78. Hof University of Applied Sciences
  79. HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration
  80. HTW Berlin - University of Applied Sciences
  81. htw saar - University of Applied Sciences
  82. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  83. ifs international film school cologne
  84. International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
  85. International School of Management (ISM)
  86. IU International University of Applied Sciences
  87. Jacobs University Bremen
  88. Jade University of Applied Sciences Wilhelmshaven/Oldenburg/Elsfleth
  89. Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  90. Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
  91. Justus Liebig University Giessen
  92. Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences
  93. Karlshochschule International University
  94. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  95. Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
  96. Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  97. Kiel University
  98. Kiel University of Applied Sciences
  99. Kühne Logistics University
  100. Landshut University of Applied Sciences
  101. Leibniz Universität Hannover
  102. Leipzig University
  103. Leuphana University Lüneburg
  104. LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  105. Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society
  106. Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences
  107. Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  108. Munich Intellectual Property Law Center
  109. Munich University of Applied Sciences
  110. Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences
  111. NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management
  112. Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences
  113. Nuertingen-Geislingen University
  114. Offenburg University of Applied Sciences
  115. Osnabrück University
  116. Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences
  117. Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences - Hochschule Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel
  118. OTH Regensburg
  119. Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
  120. OWL University of Applied Sciences
  121. Paderborn University
  122. Palucca University of Dance Dresden
  123. Pforzheim University
  124. Philipps-Universität Marburg
  125. Private University of Applied Sciences Göttingen (PFH)
  126. Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin
  127. Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences
  128. Reutlingen University
  129. RheinMain University of Applied Sciences
  130. Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
  131. Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences
  132. Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  133. RWTH Aachen University
  134. Saarland University
  135. Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences
  136. South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences
  137. SRH Hochschule Berlim
  138. SRH Hochschule der populären Künste
  139. SRH University Hamm
  140. SRH University Heidelberg
  141. Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule) Frankfurt am Main
  142. Steinbeis University Berlin
  143. Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau
  144. Technical University of Munich
  145. Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
  146. Technische Hochschule Lübeck
  147. Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm
  148. Technische Universität Berlin
  149. Technische Universität Braunschweig
  150. Technische Universität Dresden
  151. Technische Universität Ilmenau
  152. Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  153. TH Köln - Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  154. TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences - THM
  155. Touro College Berlin
  156. Trier University
  157. Trier University of Applied Sciences
  158. TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  159. TU Darmstadt
  160. TU Dortmund University
  161. Ulm University
  162. Ulm University of Applied Sciences
  163. Universität der Bundeswehr München
  164. Universität Hamburg
  165. Universität Regensburg
  166. Universität zu Lübeck
  167. University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde
  168. University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven
  169. University of Applied Sciences Cologne
  170. University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
  171. University of Applied Sciences Europe
  172. University of Applied Sciences Jena
  173. University of Applied Sciences Konstanz (HTWG)
  174. University of Applied Sciences Mainz
  175. University of Applied Sciences Mittweida
  176. University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg
  177. University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
  178. University of Applied Sciences Stralsund
  179. University of Applied Sciences Wedel
  180. University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt
  181. University of Augsburg
  182. University of Bamberg
  183. University of Bayreuth
  184. University of Bonn
  185. University of Bremen
  186. University of Cologne
  187. University of Duisburg-Essen
  188. University of Education Freiburg
  189. University of Education Ludwigsburg
  190. University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd
  191. University of Erfurt
  192. University of Freiburg
  193. University of Göttingen
  194. University of Greifswald
  195. University of Hildesheim
  196. University of Hohenheim
  197. University of Kassel
  198. University of Koblenz-Landau
  199. University of Konstanz
  200. University of Mannheim
  201. University of Münster
  202. University of Oldenburg
  203. University of Passau
  204. University of Potsdam
  205. University of Rostock
  206. University of Siegen
  207. University of Stuttgart
  208. University of the Arts Bremen
  209. University of Tübingen
  210. University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation (TiHo)
  211. University of Wuppertal
  212. Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences
  213. West Coast University of Applied Sciences
  214. Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau - University of Applied Sciences
  215. WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
  216. Wilhelm Büchner University of Applied Sciences
  217. Witten/Herdecke University
  218. Worms University of Applied Sciences
  219. Zeppelin Universität
  220. XU Exponential University of Applied Sciences

As of 12.09.2022, a lot of universities in Germany have announced that they are completely back to face-to-face in-class teaching, dropping the 3G (vaccinated, recovered, tested), social distancing and mask requirements. However, as you already know, unfortunately, the situation with Covid-19 is quite dynamic and the regulations might change multiple times even during the given semester. Thus, once again, we strongly advise you to keep an eye on the Covid-19 pages of the respective universities on a regular basis.

Can international students travel to Germany?

Since June 2022, students can freely travel to Germany, in most cases without a need to meet any of the previously existing preconditions. In particular, students do not have to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test upon entry to Germany. Moreover, no digital entry registration is required. What is also new is that the students do not have to quarantine any more. 


However, if you are entering Germany from the areas of variant concern, all of the above-mentioned rules apply. Put another way, you need to


  • provide a negative test (PCR, PoC-NAAT or other nucleic acid amplification test methods), which was conducted no longer than 48 hours ago, (proof of recovery or proof of vaccination is not enough);
  • fill in the electronic form upon entry;
  • self-isolate for 2 weeks after entering Germany.


As of 12.09.2022, none of the countries are classified as the virus variant areas.



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Note that the regulations may change according to the development of the pandemic. For the most up-to-date information, For the latest details, visit the Covid-19 information pages of the German Federal Ministry of the InteriorGerman Federal Ministry of Health and/or German Federal Foreign Office.

What are the quarantine restrictions after entering Germany?

girl looking through her bedroom window after starting her quarantine

First and foremost, if you will have to go in quarantine after arriving in Germany or not depends on whether you entered Germany from a so-called variant area or not. Variant areas are defined by the RKI. Right now no states fall into this category. However, you should check the list regularly, as things might change even just before your departure!. To find an up-to-date overview of the areas of variant concern, check out this link.


So, as of September 12, 2022, none of the incoming travelers have to provide a proof of negative test. Moreover, no one needs to undergo a quaratine after entering Germany. However, in case you had stayed in a newly-designated area of variant concern during the last ten days prior your entry to Germany, after arrival you must immediately go home (or any other place which is your destination point) and you will have to self-isolate for 14 days. During these two weeks you are not allowed to leave the place and no one is allowed to visit you.

How can I obtain a student visa?

Again: as long as you are not entering Germany from the virus variant area, there are no pandemic-related entry restrictions. And in general, right now Covid-19 issue is not an obstacle to receiving the German student visa. Despite this, we still want to encourage you to check with the embassy or consulate general responsible for your visa application whether you need to provide any additional documents to get the student visa. This is the best way for you to get the most up-to-date and the most official information.


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Act quickly!

Keep in mind that there are still some delays because of the pandemic, meaning that getting a visa appointment is relatively challenging compared to the pre-pandemic period. Thereby, we suggest you to arrange visa-related appointments as early as possible!

What is life in Germany currently like?

Compared to the last year, covid-related restrictions are minimal:

  • Face masks (at least medical ones) are mandatory only in public transport (trains, buses etc.), hospitals and doctors' offices
  • Surgical masks (e.g. FFP2) are required at doctors' offices and hospitals
  • Negative test, proof of vaccination and/or proof of recovery is only required in case of the hospital visits.
  • The regulations are subject to change. Keep an eye on this website, so that you are informed about the latest changes!

*Additional regulations can vary among states and cities (German Federal Foreign Office)


Further Reading

Visa for International Students

Studies during Covid-19: Virtual and In-Person Studies

Unlike the previous semesters, the upcoming winter semester 2022/23 is planned to be the most "normal" since the pandemic started, as the universities intend to hold classes in person without any regulations related to masks, proofs of vaccination and/or proofs of recovery. However, this will largely depend on the direction the pandemic takes.

Hence, you should also frequently check the regulations set by your university.

If you are also interested in how Covid influences DAAD scholarships, check out the official Covid update page of the DAAD. Currently, there are no scholarships that are cancelled because of the pandemic.


Further Reading

Scholarships for international students (2024/25)

Student Health Insurance

International students living and studying in Germany have to get insurance with a German insurance provider and are thus covered in the German system. You have the same entitlements that everybody else does. If you get the virus, your treatment will be covered. Besides, you can get the vaccines for free at the doctor's office, and at some places you can even get them without any prior appointment.


The rules pretty much remain the same as in any other situation: If you have a health issue, contact your doctor. If you have questions about your insurance, contact your insurance provider.

Even if you arrive newly in Germany you can (and must) get insured and will be covered in the German health system.

Advice Box

What we do know, however, is that there is life after the coronavirus disease pandemic and there are things you can do right now to prepare your studies in Germany!

Here are just three suggestions:

  1. Find the study program of your dreams with the StudyFinder - Now you really have time to compare curricula, look into professors’ CV’s and find the program that is perfect for you!

  2. Obtain your language certificate TOEFL and IELTS already came up with testing solutions. You can use the extra down-time to prepare to get one of the top scores.

  3. Learn some German - you don’t even have to leave the house since there are options to practice German free of charge online, for example by Goethe-Institut or Deutsche Welle.

Stay informed! Ask your questions! Stay Healthy!

This is the best advice we can leave you with. Stay informed, check for updates, and stay in touch with the German universities you are interested in. The web-links we have compiled for you above are a great place to start.

Last but not least: Stay healthy! Your MyGU Team!
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