Coronavirus: FAQs for International Degree Seeking Students

Last update: 14.01.2021

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 ( For questions regarding courses and exams have a look at Coronavirus: Information for Students. Please also make sure to check your University of Mannheim e-mail account regularly!

Should any questions arise, contact the Team International Degree-Seeking Students via email: degreeseekings(at)

    What regulations are in place and where can I find information in English?

  • Current Regulations (from 11 January 2021)

    In order to make sure that medical care for all patients can be upheld, stricter regulations („lockdown“) have recently been implemented. The goal is to reduce the number of physical contacts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Below regulations apply to all federal states of Germany but may vary slightly between states or cities.

    Lockdown regulations have been implemened in Germany from 11 January 2021 until 31 January 2021 (but may be extended).

    • A night-time curfew has been implemented, prohibiting to be outside between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless you have a valid reason.
      Valid reasons are: going to/coming home from work; seeking medical, veterinarian or therapeutic treatment; animal care (e.g. walking your dog).
      The authorities can fine violating this regulation.
    • All retail businesses are closed except for critical infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, etc.).
    • All gastronomic, cultural, entertainment, fitness and wellness businesses and institutions are closed. Some may offer digital, take-out or delivery services.
    • The number of customers allowed in stores is restricted. Entry may be regulated and you are required to wear a protective mask also while queuing up.
    • A protective mask is mandatory in and in front of public transportation, shopping facilities and centers, doctor’s offices, hairdressers, in public institutions, etc. In Mannheim you are also obliged to wear a mouth and nose covering in the pedestrian zones.
    • In public areas, you are required to keep a distance of 1.50 meters to other people. Whenever it is impossible to maintain the required distance, please wear a protective mask.
    • Private meetings of members of one household are only allowed with one other person - whether at home or in public. In Baden-Württemberg, children under the age of 15 are not counted towards this rule. 
    • The radius of movement is limited in many federal states in so-called hotspots. This restriction of movement applies to a radius of 15 kilometers around the place of residence. So-called hotspots are currently regions with a 7-day incidence of over 200 infections per 1,000,000 inhabitants within 7 days.
    • Overnight stays as well as bus tours for touristic purposes are not permitted.

    Please keep in mind that due to the due to the current epidemiological situation specific rules may be in place in your town/district. Please stay informed!

    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:

    For more detailed information

    City of Mannheim (in German):

    “Darf ich das?” App - What are you actually allowed to do, and which rules and laws are currently valid in your region?: (Currently only in German)

    German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community:

    Integration Commissioner of the German Federal Government:

    Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Württemberg:




  • FAQs regarding the “lockdown”

    • What does the night-time curfew mean?
      It is strictly prohibited to be outside between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless you have a valid reason.
      Valid reasons are: going to/coming home from work; seeking medical, veterinarian or therapeutic treatment; animal care (e.g. walking your dog).
      The authorities can fine violating this regulation.
    • Can I buy groceries/food after the curfew?
      No. Buying food is not a valid reason to go outside between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., according to the regulation. You also may not leave your apartment during those times to pick up food you ordered at a restaurant. Though, delivery service to your apartment is allowed.
    • Can I stay at my partner’s place if we do not live in the same household?
      Yes. In that case, you are counted as two separate households and have reached the maximum number of households that are allowed to meet.
    • My train only arrives in Mannheim after 8 p.m., what can I do?
      Travel for private purposes (visiting friends, buying groceries,…) have to be planned in compliance with the curfew and other regulations. In case of train delays, you are obligated to head straight home.
      In case of a valid reason for being outside after 8 p.m. you may also use public transportation during that time.
    • Can I be in Mannheim during the curfew as a resident from outside of Mannheim?
      You may only stay in Mannheim as a non-resident in case of a valid reason.


  • Do I have to go into quarantine if I am returning to Germany from abroad?

    Before entering the Germany, you are required to register at and carry the confirmation with you when travelling.

    If you are travelling from an area with a particularly high risk  of SARS-CoV-2 infection, you must get tested before starting your journey, since you must be able to present proof  when entering the country. When using a carrier (airplane/train), you need to already present this proof to your carrier before starting your trip.

    If you are entering the Federal Republic of Germany and have spent time in a risk area within the 10 days prior to entry, according to Land law you are generally required to proceed directly to your own home, or other suitable accommodation, immediately upon arrival and remain exclusively at this location for a period of 10 days after your entry into the country (quarantine). Violations can be punished as an administrative offence with a very high fine.

    A risk area is any country or region outside of the Federal Republic of Germany for which, at the time of entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, an increased risk of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus exists. The Robert Koch Institute maintains a continually updated list of risk areas at the following link:

    Furthermore, you must possess proof of testing within a maximum of 48 hours after entering the country and present it to your local authority within 10 days of your entry if requested to do so. Valid proof is a medical certificate or a negative test result for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

    With regard to the obligation to quarantine, please refer to the law of the federal Land that applies to you and consider that, the period of isolation may be shortened. The quarantine may end after 5 days if a test for Coronavirus carried out on the fifth day after entry to Germany or later is negative. The negative result must be presented immediately to the competent authority.  When entering from a virus variant area, it is not possible to shorten the quarantine period with another test.You can find a test center near you here. Please find the instructions for how to use the map and a list of doctor’s offices in Mannheim here.

    You can find further information here:

    Information on the recognition of tests for SARS-CoV-2 for persons arriving in Germany from risk areas

    Baden-Württemberg - Entry Quarantine and Testing

    Corona Testzentrum Mannheim - Testing available without an appointment (at a fee)

  • Where can I find the latest news on the current situation and the coronavirus in English?

    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. You can for example find current news from Germany in English here:


    You can find more information in English here:

    German Federal Foreign Office:

    German Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community:

    Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration


    I am having financial difficulties due to the current situation

  • I can't afford to pay my rent

    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) 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.

  • What sort of financial aid is available to degree seeking students?

    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. The application may be submitted separately for these months: November 2020, December 2020, January 2021, February 2021 and March 2021. In case you can document that you are in a financial hardship due to the pandemic, an application can be made for each new month. 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:

    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%.  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 the loan can be submitted to the Studierendenwerk:Counseling Service Studierendenwerk Mannheim

Team International Degree-Seeking Students

Team International Degree-Seeking Students

University of Mannheim
Division II - Student Affairs
International Office
L 1, 1 – Room 108
68161 Mannheim