Coronavirus: FAQs for International Degree Seeking Students

Last update: 30 March 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 uni-mannheim.de.

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

  • Current Regulations (from 22 March 2021)

    In order to make sure that medical care for all patients can be upheld, stricter regulations 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 or change due to the 7-day-incidence. Please check regularly for current regulations in your city/district.

    Mandatory masks and contact restrictions:

    • In most public areas (public transport, in workplaces, shops, doctor’s offices etc.) you are required to wear a medical mask (FFP1 or FFP2).
    • 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. In Mannheim you are also required to wear a mask in the pedestrian zones.
    • Private meetings in public or private space: 2 households are allowed, with a maximum of 5 people. Couples who do not live together count as one household. Children of the two households up to and including 14 years of age are not counted.

    Retail and gastronomy:

    • Stores selling products for daily needs (including supermarkets, bookstores, hardware stores, flower shops) are open. Other retailers may offer “Click&Collect” (with prior registration and appointment booking).
    • Restaurants, bars, clubs, and pubs of all kinds remain closed. However, some of them may offer delivery or pick-up services.
    • Body-related services (hairdressers, beauty salons etc.) are only allowed with prior appointment booking.

    Recreational activities:

    • Overnight stays or bus tours for tourist purposes are not allowed.
    • Individual sports outdoors and on indoor sports facilities (no swimming pools) with a maximum of 5 people from no more than 2 households are allowed. Fitness and wellness establishments and facilities remain closed.

    Please keep in mind that due to the current epidemiological situation specific rules may be in place in your city/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: 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

    “Darf ich das?” App – What are you actually allowed to do, and which rules and laws are currently valid in your region?: https://www.darfichdas.info/ (Currently only in German)

    Zusammen gegen Corona/Together against Corona:

    https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/en/

    Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration:

    https://www.integrationsbeauftragte.de/ib-de/staatsministerin/corona/what-do-you-currently-need-to-know-about-corona-englisch--1876282

    Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Württemberg:

    https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/fileadmin/redaktion/m-sm/intern/downloads/Downloads_Gesundheitsschutz/201130_CoronaVO_kons_Fs_en.pdf

  • FAQs regarding the “lockdown”

    There is a night-time curfew in place in Mannheim until 11 April 2020.

    • What does the night-time curfew mean?
      It is strictly prohibited to be outside between 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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.

     

  • Which pandemic-related entry and transport restrictions are currently in place?

    Test obligation for air entry from 30 March 2021

    If you want to fly to Germany, you have to show a negative corona test before taking off abroad. Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

    Restrictions on travel from countries with coronavirus variants

    A travel ban has been imposed on countries with widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of concern (referred to as “areas of variant of concern”). Transport companies, e.g. air carriers and railway companies, may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany. There are only a few, strictly defined exceptions to this travel ban, namely for:

    • Persons who are resident in Germany with a current right to reside in the country
    • Persons on connecting flights, who do not leave the transit zone of an international airport

    Those who qualify for the above-mentioned exceptions are equally required to complete an online registration form and must present a negative COVD-19 test result prior to entry.

    Travellers can find more information about the travel ban on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The list of “areas of variant of concern” is published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

    General Entry restrictions

    For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. These are issued by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.

    In principle, entry is possible from:

    • EU member states
    • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
    • Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

    Entry from any other country is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being urgent need.

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

    Before entering Germany, you are required to register at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de 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: https://www.rki.de/risikogebiete.

    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:

    https://www.deutschland.de/en/news/coronavirus-in-germany-informations

    https://www.thelocal.de/tag/coronavirus

     

    You can find more information in English here:

    German Federal Foreign Office:

    https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus

    German Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community:

    https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html#doc13797140bodyText3

    Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration

    https://www.integrationsbeauftragte.de/ib-de/staatsministerin/corona/what-do-you-currently-need-to-know-about-corona-englisch--1876282

     

     

    I don't know what to do with my time

  • Digital offers for international degree seeking students

    Online-Stammtisch

    Get-together for international students and refugees interested in studying

    You have only recently arrived in Mannheim and would like to meet people? Or are you already an old stager, but currently miss the great variety of events at the university?

    The Stammtisch is a get-together for all internationals who like to meet new people, try out new things or simply are in need of company. In collaboration with the initiative Nice To Meet You, the Online-Stammtisch takes place approximately every three weeks from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with varying themes. At the next Stammtisch, we will be hosting a Pilates class. After being stuck at our desks for far too long, we want to get our body moving. Join us for a fun evening and to find muscles, you didn't even know you had!

    DATES

    Thursday, 18 February 2021

    Quiz Night: Life in Mannheim

    Event Language: German

    Thursday, 11 March 2021

    Baking Easter Nests

    Event Language: English

    Easter Break from 29 March until 9 April 2021

    Thursday, 15 April 2021

    Pilates: Strength and Stretch

    Event Language: German

    Thursday, 6 May 2021

    Mannheimer „Schnitzeljagd“

    Event Language: English

    Thursday, 27 May 2021

    A Lesson in Meditation and Relaxation   

    Event Language: German

    Thursday, 17 June 2021

    Dance Away your Stress!

    Event Language: English

    CONTACT US

    If you want to attend the next Stammtisch, just send us an e-mail: degreeseekings uni-mannheim.de

    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.

  • I would like to stay/become more active

    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/

  • I am feeling a bit lost

    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:

    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 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.

  • 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 each month until September 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: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de

    Loan from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW): Students can temporarily obtain the KfW Student Loan at an interest rate of 0%. This interest rate is valid until December 31, 2021. Students of full age at a state or state-recognized university located in Germany who are not older than 44 years at the start of financing and belong to one of the following groups are eligible:

    • German citizens residing in Germany,
    • EU citizens who have resided in Germany permanently for at least 3 years and are registered here,
    • Family members (regardless of citizenship) of a German or EU citizen who reside with the latter in Germany and are registered here,
    • International students who obtained a German Abitur or equivalent and are registered in Germany. 

    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