Uni-Tübingen

Information for incoming students with regard to the corona virus / COVID-19 (Updated on 5 March 2021)

For general information and recommendation on COVID-19 and its effects on the University, see our webpages on the corona virus.

Please note: These FAQ are an advisory, but not a binding legal advice. Only official government institutions publish legal corona rules (“Verordnungen”). Links to the relevant institutions are provided in the FAQ. Please note that you are obligated to keep yourself informed.

FAQs for incoming students

Do I have to take a Covid-19 test before I enter Germany?

If you were in a high incidence area or an area of variant of concern in the 10 days prior to your entry, you must already have a negative test with you upon entry, which must not be older than 48 hours at the time of entry.

If you have been in a risk area, you can take this test within 48 hours in Germany, for example at your destination Tübingen.

How the areas you have been in are classified is published here:
http://rki.de/covid-19-risikogebiete

 

Official information in other languages can be found here:

https://sozialministerium.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/gesundheit-pflege/gesundheitsschutz/infektionsschutz-hygiene/informationen-zu-coronavirus/informationen-in-mehreren-sprachen/

 

More detailed information can be found here:

https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/aktuelle-infos-zu-corona/faq-tests-fuer-reiserueckkehrer/#c120237

What do I have to take into account when entering Germany?

Please check shortly before your departure if you are entering from a Covid-19 risk area, a high incidence area, or an area of variant of concern, or have been there in the 10 days prior to your entry. The same quarantine exemptions apply to those entering from risk areas and high incidence areas. Very few exceptions to the quarantine requirement apply to entrants from areas of variant of concern. Information can be found here:

https://www.rki.de/risikogebiete

(scroll down till “Archiv der ausgewiesenen Risikogebiete seit 15.6.2020“ => English)

 

Entry from risk area (that is not high incidence or area of variant of concern):

  • Mandatory electronic entry notification.
  • Obligation to be in possession of a negative test no later than 48 hours after entry. Therefore, the test can also be made up shortly after entry.
  • Basically, quarantine obligation for 10 days. Can be shortened by a negative result of a test taken on day 5 at the earliest. The day of your arrival is not counted.

 

Entry from high incidence area:

  • Requirement for electronic entry notification.
  • Negative test must be carried on entry.
  • Basically, quarantine obligation for 10 days. Can be shortened by a negative result of a test taken on day 5 at the earliest. The day of your arrival is not counted.

 

Entry from an area of variant of concern:

  • Mandatory electronic entry notification.
  • Negative test must be carried on entry.
  • Quarantine obligation for 14 days. The day of your arrival is not counted. No shortening of the quarantine period possible.

 

If you are entering Germany from one of these areas, or have been in one of these areas in the 10 days prior to your entry, please contact us at least five days prior to your arrival in Germany and inform us of your Tübingen address and estimated time of arrival:

coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

 

Before entering Germany, you must register with the authorities through this portal:

www.einreiseanmeldung.de

After your arrival in Germany, you must go directly to your dormitory or apartment. You are not allowed to make a stopover for shopping or visiting an authority or office hours. Picking up the key for your dormitory room from the caretaker is allowed.

 

You are now under quarantine for 10-14 days, depending on whether you entered from a risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area. You are not allowed to leave your apartment, e.g. to go shopping or for a walk. Food can usually be brought to you by your roommates from the supermarket if they are going there anyway. You can also order food online (e.g. store.rewe.de, www.dm.de, ...) or order delivery food. Please always use shared kitchens or rooms alone and wear a mask outside your room. 

 

If you have no symptoms, the earliest you can take a Covid-19 test is the fifth day of quarantine. The day you arrive does not count. The count begins after the first night. Once you have a negative test result, your quarantine is over. Please note: If you are entering from a virus variant area, the quarantine lasts 14 days and CANNOT be shortened by testing. (As of 04.03.2021)

 

Official information in other languages can be found here:

https://sozialministerium.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/gesundheit-pflege/gesundheitsschutz/infektionsschutz-hygiene/informationen-zu-coronavirus/informationen-in-mehreren-sprachen/

 

More detailed information can be found here:

https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/aktuelle-infos-zu-corona/faq-tests-fuer-reiserueckkehrer/#c120237

 

 

 

What are the Covid-19 regulations at the University of Tübingen?

You can find an overview of the regulations here:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/information-on-the-corona-virus/

Where can I take a Covid-19 test?

There is a test center in Tübingen where you can take a PCR- test. You do not need to make an appointment. The test is usually not paid by the German health insurance.

Here you can find all further information about the test center at CeGaT, near WHO (65 €):
https://www.cegat.de/en/diagnostics/corona-diagnostics/coronavirus-test/

A rapid test that meets the requirements is also sufficient. This test costs between €29 and €35 in Tübingen, which is significantly cheaper than at the airport (€70-80).

The requirements that a test must meet can be found here:
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Tests.html

The providers of rapid tests in Tübingen currently (19.01.2021) both meet these requirements:

Covimedical / 15minutentest.de is located near the student dormitory WHO (about 35 €):
https://15minutentest.de/tuebingen/

KME Corona test is located in the Lustnau district (29 €):
https://www.coronatest-tuebingen.de/privatpersonen/

It is best to walk to the test center. It is not allowed to use public transportation. If you have difficulties in reaching a test center, please contact: coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de.

You will receive the test result of a PCR test after one to three days. The result of a rapid test you will receive on the same day. If you have a negative test result, your quarantine is ending. You will need to keep the test result for a few more days and carry it with you, but you do not need to send it anywhere.

I probably have to go into quarantine: What should I do?

If you are coming to Tübingen from another country, please contact us five days before your arrival: coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

If you had contact with an infected person and you are quarantined, please contact us also via this e-mail address.

You are now under quarantine. You are not allowed to leave your apartment, e.g. to go shopping or for a walk. Food can usually be brought to you by your roommates from the supermarket if they are going there anyway. You can also order food online (e.g. store.rewe.de, www.dm.de, ...) or order delivery food. Please always use shared kitchens or rooms alone and wear a mask outside your room.

 

Official information in other languages can be found here:

sozialministerium.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/gesundheit-pflege/gesundheitsschutz/infektionsschutz-hygiene/informationen-zu-coronavirus/informationen-in-mehreren-sprachen/    

 

More detailed information can be found here:

www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/aktuelle-infos-zu-corona/faq-tests-fuer-reiserueckkehrer/;

How long do I have to be in quarantine?

Entry from risk area (which is not high incidence or virus variant area):
Basically quarantine requirement for 10 days. Can be shortened by a negative result of a test taken on day 5 at the earliest.

Entry from high incidence area:
Basically quarantine requirement for 10 days. May be shortened by a negative result of a test taken on day 5 at the earliest.

Entry from an area of variant of concern:
Quarantine requirement for 14 days. No shortening of the quarantine period possible.

How the areas you have been in are classified will be published here:
http://rki.de/covid-19-risikogebiete

I have a positive Covid-19 test or feel sick. What should I do?

In which case can I get support from the quarantine service of the University of Tübingen?

If you are new to Germany and may need to be quarantined, you are welcome to contact the Quarantine Service: coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de.

Please prepare before your trip, organise the pickup of the dormitory key from the caretaker (attention, opening hours!) and buy enough non-perishable food for the quarantine period.
Food can also usually be brought by your flatmates from the supermarket if they go there anyway. You can also order food online (e.g. store.rewe.de, www.dm.de, ...) or order food from a delivery service.

Whom can I contact with questions with regard to the matriculation via e-mail or health insurance?

Questions about matriculation via e-mail:

Bachelor, State Exam, free mover: studyspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Master: study.masterspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Exchange and ERASMUS: simone.hahne@uni-tuebingen.de

Questions about health insurance: susanne.heldspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Can I take a semester of leave of absence because of the corona pandemic?

Students who can prove for the summer semester 2021 that they cannot participate in the course offerings due to the Corona Pandemic can be granted leave of absence for this reason.

The application for leave of absence must be completed in full, signed and sent to the Student Secretariat by 19 April, 2021 at the latest (by post or scan to studierendensekretariatspam prevention@zv.uni-tuebingen.de)

As justification, a keyword for your personal reasons must be entered on the application under "Miscellaneous", e.g. your belonging to a risk group due to a pre-existing medical condition, child care, care of relatives, no entry to Germany possible, or insurmountable technical problems with online offers.

In order to apply for leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 due to the Corona Pandemic, a document of proof for your personal reasons must be submitted. In the case of a pre-existing condition, a medical certificate is required (a self-report is not sufficient).

Please note that students who are on leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 due to the Corona Pandemic may (but are not required to) take exams. This also applies to digital coursework. Students on leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 may exceptionally participate in completely digital courses without a limit on the number of persons. The university library and the services of the computer centers can also be used. Attendance of on-campus courses (e.g. lectures, laboratory practicals, etc.) is not permitted.

Students who apply for leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 until 19 April, 2021, can be exempted from tuition fees for international students or for a second course of study (please tick the appropriate box on the leave of absence application). In the case of late applications, this possibility does not exist anymore!

Students of the state examination programs in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy please note that the minimum study periods or semesters specified in the respective licensing regulations must be proven before admission to the respective state examinations can be granted. Leave semesters do not count towards the minimum study periods, regardless of the university credits and examinations taken in them.

If possible, before applying for a leave of absence, find out from the relevant institutions what effect the leave of absence will have on the payment of child benefit, half-orphan's pension, BAföG, educational loans, scholarships, etc., as this cannot be assessed by the University of Tübingen.

(as of 19 February, 2021)

Can I apply for a deferral or waiver of the tuition fee and consequently a refund of the paid tuition fee (for international students and for a second degree) for the summer semester 2021?

On 28 July 2020, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science provided extra information on deferral, waiver and refund of tuition fees already paid and to be paid. The Covid-19-Pandemic has a significant impact on students. The responsible office at the university therefore examines applications for deferral or waiver of tuition fees with special consideration of the current situation in order to avoid individual hardships. In this context, a refund of already paid tuition fees is also being examined.

The prerequisite is a timely application:

- Until 31 March, 2021: In case of financial emergency (only possible for international students before paying the fee) and

- Until 30 April, 2021: In case of inequity (there is an individual restriction of studies due to the pandemic, e.g. own previous illness and thus belonging to the risk group, parenting / child care, care of people in need of care, no entry to Germany possible or insurmountable technical problems with online offers).

Information on how to apply will be sent by e-mail on request. For further information, please contact: studiengebuehrenspam prevention@zv.uni-tuebingen.de

Please note that re-enrollment for the next semester usually requires completed payment of all tuition and semester fees. If you have not yet paid the tuition fee, then due to the system you will not receive a certificate of enrollment for the summer semester 2021 if a decision on your application is still pending.

Please also note the possibility of a leave of absence, which also leads to an exemption from the tuition fee, provided that the application for leave of absence is received by Student Administration by 19 April, 2021 (start of lectures) at the latest: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/848

(as of 03 February, 2021)

I want to sign a contract for a room in a student’s residence of the Studierendenwerk, but I am still not sure whether I will be able to come to Tübingen. What should I do?

After signing the contract for a room in the student’s residence of the Studierendenwerk you can cancel it within two weeks. After this period, you have a period of notice of six months. This means you would have to pay for six months, even if you were not able to come to Tübingen e.g. because of problems with regard to visa. Therefore we recommend you to only sign a contract for a room, when you have your visa and are sure you will be able to travel to Tübingen.

FAQs for incoming exchange students

Is an exchange in Tübingen possible in the winter semester 2020/21?

Yes and no. The University of Tübingen is currently planning a blended learning approach for the winter semester 2020/21, consisting of a mixture of online and classroom teaching, in accordance with the measures and guidelines for social distancing.

However, the university leadership has decided to suspend the student exchange (does not apply to degree-seeking students, doctoral candidates and interns) with certain regions (incoming and outgoing):

The exchange with Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand will remain open in the winter semester 2020/21.

The exchange with Africa, North and Latin America will be suspended in the winter semester 2020/21.

In addition, lectures will begin later than originally planned.

Lecture period for the winter semester 2020/2021
Start of lectures:    
Monday, November 2, 2020

End of lectures:    
Saturday, February 27, 2021

No lectures on:
Thursday, 24 December 2020 to Wednesday, 6 January 2021 (Christmas break)

Re-registration deadline:    
1 June 2020 to 15 August 2020


The nomination and application deadlines for exchange students can be found at
https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/90781

Will there be an online course offer if I cannot come to Tübingen in the winter semester?

Yes, all international exchange students whose stay at the University of Tübingen has to be cancelled for the coming winter semester are welcome to study at the University of Tübingen in digital form from their home campus. If there is sufficient interest, we will design a digital course package for the exchange students that focuses on intercultural learning and language, and we will develop cooperative courses in the form of so-called Intertandem Projects.

Will the pre-semester language courses (Startkurs, German Compact Course) take place as planned in the winter semester 2020/21?

The pre-semester language course "Startkurs" will be offered from 5 to 23 October 2020 as a classroom course. The "Deutsch-Kompaktkurs" will not be offered in the fall.
Further information: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/1624

Can I postpone my exchange semester to the next semester or year?

Yes, in theory. However, we might face a housing problem if many students decide to postpone. We need to see how things develop.

 

My home university told me to return home, but I don’t want to. Do I have to leave?

We recommend you get in touch with your home university. At this point, the University of Tübingen would let you stay. But please get in touch with your home university so that you will not face harsh consequences.  You could ask if your home university would be willing to let you sign a waiver so you can stay here at your own risk. Some universities may allow this, but some will not.

 

FAQs for degree-seeking students

Can I extend my registration deadline?

Yes, extensions of the registration deadlines are possible. Please contact your admissions office.

Is there still any personal study counselling?

Please understand that the personal study counselling can only be guaranteed in emergencies.  However, we will soon offer a counter where documents can be handed in if necessary. For telephone or video counselling, please contact your admission or study advisor by email.   

Must I expect any kind of discriminations?

In individual cases of discrimination have become known. However, Tübingen is generally a very friendly and cosmopolitan city and you have nothing to fear.

 

May I postpone my admission to the next semester?

A new application is necessary in any case.  In non-restricted subjects a new admission will not be a problem. In subjects with restricted admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

 

I am paying tuition fees for international students. What possibilities do I have if I am not able to study properly due to Corona?

The date for the possibility of taking leave of absence for international students has been extended to 2 November 2020. Students on leave of absence can now take part in all courses and examinations.  
You can find information about all changes caused by Corona here: 
https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/174693

 

I have serious financial problems because of the Corona situation. What can I do?

As announced by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on 16th June, students in emergency situations can now apply to the BMBF for bridging aid that does not have to be paid back. Both German and foreign students can apply for the bridging allowance. Further information on how to apply can be found here:
https://www.my-stuwe.de/studienfinanzierung/zuschuss-fuer-studierende-in-notlagen/
(Updated 18 June 2020)

Information on loans can be found here.