Last update: 16.10.2020
You will find answers to many frequently asked questions on this website and in the links below. We will keep you up-to-date on the latest developments and will inform you continuously, here as well as via our website (www.uni-mannheim.de/
Should any questions arise, contact the Team International Degree-Seeking Students via email: degreeseekings(at)uni-mannheim.de.
Please keep in mind that due to the due to the current epidemiological situation specific rules may be in place in your town/
Coronavirus Warning App: The Corona-Warn-App helps to quickly disrupt chains of infection. It turns your smartphone into a warning system. The app informs us if we have had contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. It protects us and others around us, as well as our privacy. You can download the app here: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/corona-warn-app/corona-warn-app-englisch
For more detailed information
City of Mannheim (in German): https://www.mannheim.de/de/corona
German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community:
Integration Commissioner of the German Federal Government:
Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Württemberg:
Anyone having spent time in a risk area up to 14 days before their entry into Germany must be tested and report to the competent health office and provide the address of where they will be staying. If passenger locator cards are distributed on the plane or train when entering Germany from a risk area, filling out the passenger locator card and returning it to the carrier will suffice. If you are living in Mannheim and did not fill out a passenger locator card upon entry into Germany, please contact 31corona(at)mannheim.de.
Anyone entering Germany from a risk area can be tested for the coronavirus free of charge within 10 days from arrival. Here you will find the most important questions and answers.
Please check the list of the risk areas, as defined by the German Ministry of Health.
Many non-German native speakers are facing quite a challenge to stay on top of the news concerning the development of the situation of the coronavirus in Germany. The translation agency lengoo curate a live blog in English for all people living in Germany. The information published on this site is translated from German and based on the live blog of the Tagesschau: https://www.lengoo.de/blog/tag/covid-19-live-blog/
You can find more current information in English here:
German Federal Foreign Office:
German Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community:
Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration
If you hold a German residence permit for the purpose of studying please keep the following in mind:
Travel to Germany is possible for the following groups or travel purposes:
German Federal Foreign Office:
German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community:
It is also recommended that you hold onto any plane tickets or other documents that document your travels to your home country and possible intended return (e.g. if your flight back to Germany was cancelled).
For the most part, you should expect your classes to take place online. If the current situation and infection rates allow, classes with small groups may also be taught in person on campus. Over the summer, various working groups with student participation will continue working on the plans for the fall semester 2020/21. We will inform you of the details in good time before lectures start.
The lectures of the fall semester 2020/21 will start on Monday, 28 September 2020.
In most subjects, the lecture period for students starting their second or a higher semester will be shorter than usual, ending on 9 December 2020. First-year students beginning their studies in the fall semester will have classes until Christmas. In individual cases, this may also be the case for students enrolled in higher semesters.
Lecture period of the spring semester 2021
Lectures of the spring semester 2021 will begin on 1 March 2021 and end on 18 June 2020, including a normal Easter break.
You can find an overview of all semester dates at https://www.uni-mannheim.de/en/academics/dates/academic-calendar/#c955.
The alternate examination dates for the spring semester 2020 will take place two weeks before the start of the lecture period of the fall semester, i.e. from 14 September until 26 September 2020.
You can find an overview of all examination dates at https://www.uni-mannheim.de/en/examination-dates/.
Please note that exams subject to mandatory registration (in case you de-registered from the regular examination date or failed an exam) are not registered until early August.
For details on exam times and rooms, please check the exam schedule, which will be published in late August. In case you are due to take an exam on campus, you will be able to view your seat number in Portal² one week before the exam takes place.
The examinations in the fall semester 2020/21 will be held during the following periods:
Regular examination dates for the fall semester 2020/21:
10 December – 23 December 2020 (in case of shorter lecture period)
7 January – 16 January 2021 (in case of longer lecture period)
In the coming weeks, the schools will be busy working out the schedules for the fall semester, and will inform you about the periods relevant for you as soon as possible.
Alternate examination dates for the fall semester 2020/21: 20 February – 27 February 2021
As you might have read in the media, the individual standard periods of study and the examination deadlines (e.g. orientation examination and deadline for the maximum period of study) have been extended by one semester for all students in Baden-Württemberg who were enrolled in the spring semester 2020.
To read more information and find out who to contact with questions, please go to https://www.uni-mannheim.de/en/academics/during-your-studies/examinations/extension-of-examination-deadlines/.
If you are looking for a job there are a few options, also for those who speak limited German:
If you are living in accommodations of the Studierendenwerk Mannheim and are facing financial difficulties due to Corona, please contact the Studierendenwerk directly: housing(at)stw-ma.de. Evidence that paying the rent is a financial burden must be provided.
If you are living in private accommodation we strongly advise you to contact the Tenants' Association (Mieterverein Mannheim) in your town or municipality. For international students who have rented accommodation on the private housing market special protection against the termination of rental agreements are in place. If tenants cannot or only partially pay their rent in the next three months as a result of the corona pandemic, the landlord cannot terminate their room/
Measures to support students during the corona pandemic
Bridging aid for students in financial emergency situations: The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is helping students who are demonstrably in a financial or economic emergency situation owing to the corona pandemic . Those already receiving loans, grants or other support may nevertheless obtain bridging assistance. Depending on proven need, you could receive between 100 euros and 500 euros as a non-repayable allowance. They are paid out via the Studierendenwerk Mannheim. Online application here: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de
BW Emergency Aid Fund: Baden-Württemberg has a student emergency aid fund for students who have lost their part-time jobs due to the corona pandemic and are thus in financial need. With the emergency aid fund, the state provides interest-free loans of up to 450 euros for the months of April and May - a total of up to 900 euros - for students in an emergency situation. All enrolled students are eligible to apply, provided they can prove that an emergency situation has arisen due to the lack of additional income and do not receive other funding, such as scholarships.
Loan from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW): From 01.06.2020, international degree seeking students can receive a KfW student loan temporarily at an interest rate of 0%. From April 1st, 2021, the regular interest rate will apply again, which is set for 6 months. You can receive the first payment on July 1st, 2020. The extension for international degree seekings students is limited until March 31, 2021. Here you can do a pre-check whether you meet the requirements for funding (currently only in German): Pre-check.
Applications for both loans can be submitted to the Studierendenwerk:Counseling Service Studierendenwerk Mannheim
In order to lessen the strain inflicted on families during this crisis, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs has announced to adapt the criteria for supplementary child allowance (Kinderzuschlag) for the period between April and September. Specifically, this means that the Ministry will no longer take the income of the last six months into account as it did previously, but only the income received in the past month. Applications can be submitted online. For more information have a look here (currently only in German): https://www.bmfsfj.de/kiz
If you are moving within Germany you can currently go to K7 to register and deregister without an appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays.
Please bring the following documents with you:
If you are leaving Germany please take these documents to de-register:
Please remember to wear a mask at all times during your appointment!
Here you will find digital offers of the International Office as well as external offers that might be interesting and useful to you: Digital Offers for internationale degree seeking students of the University of Mannheim
We are also planning more online activites for our Degree Seeking Students in the coming weeks - we will inform you soon via email.
The University of Mannheim's Institute of Sports offers you the opportunity to stream various courses offered by the institute online in your living room: https://www.uni-mannheim.de/en/sports/program/
If you feel you need support and somone to talk to the psychologists at the Psychological Counseling Center of the Studierendenwerk Mannheim are offering telephone counseling: PBS Psych. Counseling Center
For all of us these times are very unusual and some of you may be confronted with new insecurities and challenges. In order to help you deal with some of the challenges you might be facing at the moment, we have compiled a few helpful links and ideas:
Tips and Help for International Students