Coronavirus: FAQs for International Degree Seeking Students

Last update: 15 July 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

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

  • Coronavirus Vaccination

    Who can receive a vaccination?

    Prioritization was lifted as of June 7, 2021. This means that everyone in Germany may seek a vaccination appointment. 

    The University of Mannheim compiles vaccination offers for students here, which are updated continuously. All students who are enrolled in Mannheim can take advantage of these offers.

    Where can I get vaccinated?

    Currently, it is possible to get vaccinated at physicians' offices, company doctors, and at the vaccination centers.

    How do I register for an appointment?

    There are two ways to register for a vaccination appointment in one of the vaccination centers:

    1. Online through an online registration form or
    2. via the phone hotline 116117

    To register through the online registration form, you need an active email address as well as a German phone number (you will receive a validation code). It might also be helpful if your Mannheim buddy or another German speaking friend could support you with the registration, in case you have difficulty navigating the website.

    The vaccination center in Mannheim is on the “Maimarktgelände”. Tram line 6 and bus lines 50 and 45 will get you there. The bus/tram stop „Maimarkt“ is right opposite of the vaccination center.

    To make an appointment with your general physician, please give them a call.

    What documents do I have to bring to the appointment?

    Once you received your vaccination appointment, please do not forget to bring the following documents:

    • appointment confirmation
    • passport
    • vaccination record (which is where you will receive a confirmation of your vaccination)
    • proof of health insurance

    Digital vaccination record

    Starting at the end of June, vaccinated individuals will be able to digitally store information about their vaccine on their smartphone – either in the CovPass app or in the Corona Warn app

    To do so, scan the vaccination certificates (QR codes) in the app. If you have not yet received a QR code after vaccination, they can be issued subsequently. If you have been vaccinated at a vaccination center, they will be sent by post or made available online. Alternatively, doctors or pharmacists can also issue vaccination certificates.

    Further information on the digital vaccination certificate can be found here.

    Further information:

  • Current Regulations

    In light of falling incidences in many regions in Baden-Württemberg, the state government has decided on further relaxation and relief in many areas. The new regulations of the Corona Ordinance apply from Monday, June 28, depending on the respective incidence levels (the current incidence numbers can be found here). 

    Despite extensive relaxation, general regulations on mandatory masks as well as contact restrictions remain in place:

    • 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
    • Evidence of vaccination or recovery (for example via the CovPass app) has the same value as a negative test.
    • Private meetings in public or private space are permitted on an incidence basis:
      • Incidence level 1 (under 10): max. 25 persons 
      • Incidence level 2 (10-35): 4 households, max. 15 persons
      • Incidence level 3 (35-50): 4 households, max. 15 persons 
      • Incidence level 4 (over 50): 2 households, max. 5 persons
      • Children of households up to and including 13 years of age and recovered and vaccinated persons are not counted. Couples who do not live together count as one household.
    • Private events (birthdays, weddings) are permitted (maximum number of persons depends on the respective incidence) with mandatory testing, hygiene concept and contact tracking.

    Retail and gastronomy:

    • Stores selling products for daily needs (including supermarkets, bookstores, hardware stores, flower shops) are open.
    • Other retailers reopened (without mandatory testing, mandatory booking of appointments depend on the respective incidence).
    • Restaurants, bars, clubs, and pubs of all kinds reopened under certain conditions (mandatory testing and mandatory booking of appointments depend on the respective incidence).

    Recreational activities:

    • Overnight stays or bus tours for tourist purposes in Baden-Württemberg are allowed (mandatory testing and mandatory booking of appointments depend on the respective incidence)
    • Sports outdoors and in sports facilities are allowed (mandatory testing and mandatory booking of appointments depend on the respective incidence).
    • Fitness and wellness establishments and facilities reopened (mandatory testing and mandatory booking of appointments depend on the respective incidence).
    • Cultural institutions reopened (mandatory testing and mandatory booking of appointments depend on the respective incidence).

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

    For more detailed information:


  • Where can I get tested?

    If you need to get tested or are in need of medical attention in case of a (possible) infection with Corona, you can find a map with doctor’s offices which offer testing and treatment here.
    When contacting the doctor’s office, please always do so via phone first and clarify the following procedure. They will provide you with more information regarding your current situation.

    Please find the instructions for how to use the map and a list of doctor’s offices in Mannheimhere.

    There is also a coronavirus test center in Mannheim where testing is available (at a fee).

    Where can I get a rapid test (Schnelltest)?

    Since March 2021, rapid antigen testing is offered for free at many locations. Here you can find a map with test locations in Mannheim.


  • Corona 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.

    In addition, test results from Corona rapid antigen tests and vaccination certificates can be integrated via QR code. This way, the app can serve as a digital proof of vaccination.

  • Lockdown

    In Mannheim, the nighttime curfew restriction will be eliminated on May 23, 2021.

    The uniform federal emergency brake provides for a night-time curfew restriction for regions in which the incidence value is above 100 on three consecutive days.

    Currently, the emergency brake does not apply in any region of Germany.


  • Pandemic-related entry and transport restrictions

    Test obligation for air entry

    If you want to fly to Germany, you have to show a negative corona test before taking off abroad. Proof of vaccination or of recovery from Covid-19 can replace a negative test certificate and exempt you from quarantine on entry. This does not apply if you have spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry. Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

    Before entering Germany, you must carry out a digital registration on entry if you have spent time in a risk area within the ten days prior to your entry. Please enter information on the places you stayed over the previous ten days via the website. Before transporting you to your destination, your carrier, as a rule, will check whether you are in possession of a confirmation. Otherwise, the carrier will not be allowed to take you.

    Please find more detailed information here: Current information for travellers

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

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

    • If you have spent time in a risk area, you must remain isolated at home for a period of ten days (home quarantine). If you have spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry, you will need to quarantine for 14 days.
    • During the quarantine period, you are not allowed to leave your house or apartment, nor receive guests.
    • Quarantine at home may be ended prematurely if proof of recovery, proof of vaccination or a negative test result is submitted via the Federal Republic of Germany entry portal

    Please note: If you have spent time in a high-incidence area prior to entry, the relevant test may not be conducted earlier than five days after entry. Following a stay in an area of variants of concern, the 14-day duration of quarantine may not be shortened.

    Further information can be found 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:

    More information in English:

    German Federal Foreign Office:

    German Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community:

    Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration



    General questions regarding living in Mannheim

  • I am in quarantine – how can I get my groceries?

    If you are in quarantine and need to get groceries, there are a couple of options. In order for you not to leave the house, some grocery stores now offer their products online and deliver anything from groceries to drugstore products to your door-step. 

    In the following you can find instructions for two online grocery stores and how to use their online offer: 

    Many restaurants in Mannheim also deliver their dishes. You can order either directly from the respective restaurants or via the delivery service Lieferando.

  • I am moving and need to de-/register my place of residence

    If you live in Mannheim, you must register/de-register in one of the Citizen Service office's of Mannheim. You can register without an appointment during the opening hours.

    Please keep in mind that you must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth during the appointment!

    The following documents are required for registration:

    - Passport
    Completed registration form (available at the residents' registration office or at the International Office)
    Landlord's confirmation of residency (The form must be filled in and signed by your landlord. If you live in a residence hall of the Studierendenwerk, you will receive the form from the janitor when you move in).


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  • Digital offers for international degree seeking students


    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!


    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


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

    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:

  • 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 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:

    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