Information for incoming students with regard to the corona virus / COVID-19 (Updated on October 6th 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

Vaccination for international students - latest information (updated 21st October 2021)

  • All students can get vaccinated.
  • Health insurance is not required.
  • You can also be vaccinated if you have already been vaccinated with a non-recognized vaccine.

There are 2 main ways to get vaccinated:

  • at one-time vaccination events
  • at the university medical service (only from October 21 to December 16)

The following website lists one-time vaccination offers. Here you only can be vaccinated if you have not had any covid vaccinations yet:

At the university medical service (Wilhelmstraße 27) all university students can get vaccinated free of charge starting October 21.

Vaccinations will take place by appointment on Thursdays beginning at 1 p.m.; the offer stands until December 16. The mRNA vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer (Comirnaty) will be used. The company medical service offers vaccination in accordance with the current STIKO recommendations and statements by the Paul Ehrlich Institute on the vaccination schedules approved in Germany.

Those who have not previously received a COVID-19 vaccination need two shots with Comirnaty at least 4 weeks apart for complete protection.

Please book your appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination via the following website: https://termin.samedi.de/b/universitatsklinikum-tubingen-institut-fur-arbeitsmedizin-sozialmedizin-und-versorgungsforschung/ (select “COVID-19-Impfung” there).

Please bring the following documents to the vaccination appointment: Your vaccination card, your ID card and the fully completed documents which you will receive with the email confirming your appointment. If you need two vaccination appointments for a complete vaccination protection, the university medical service staff will arrange the appointment for your second vaccination with you on the day of your first vaccination.

We ask for your understanding that the university medical service may have to postpone vaccination appointments in individual cases if too few people have registered for vaccination on a particular day. This is to avoid having to dispose of vaccine unused.

General information on COVID-19 vaccinations can be found on https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/schutzimpfung.html and, in relation to the mRNA vaccine used, on https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/schutzimpfung/impfstoffe-gegen-covid-19.html#c15449 and https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/fragen-und-antworten/alles-zu-den-impfstoffen/impfstofftypen.html#faq4558.

You will receive detailed information on the vaccine used by e-mail with the appointment confirmation.

If you have any specific questions about the COVID-19 vaccination, you are welcome to make an appointment in advance for a consultation at the university medical service by calling 07071 29 87092 or by sending an e-mail to ambulanz.arbeitsmedizinspam prevention@med.uni-tuebingen.de.


Which vaccines are approved in the EU?

All vaccines approved in the EU can be found here:
Only if you have been vaccinated with one of these vaccines, you are considered vaccinated in Germany. Otherwise you are considered unvaccinated.

Important notice for Covishield and other licensed vaccines:
Covishield vaccination is recognized in the EU. If you were vaccinated (...) with Covishield, please note that your vaccination certificate must contain your passport number or date of birth. Reference to Aadhar number is not sufficient.


I have already been vaccinated, but the vaccine is not authorized in the EU. What now?

If you have been vaccinated with a foreign-approved version of an EU-approved vaccine (original or licensed production), that vaccination is recognized here and is equivalent to EU-approved vaccines for proof of vaccine protection.
All EU-approved vaccines are listed here: https://www.pei.de/DE/newsroom/dossier/coronavirus/coronavirus-inhalt.html?nn=169730&cms_pos=3

If you have been vaccinated with any other vaccine, you are considered unvaccinated and experience some disadvantages. For example, you often have to show a current rapid test to enter a restaurant or attend an event. This may also apply to the university. 
You will have to pay for these rapid tests yourself from January 1st 2022, until then you can be tested free of charge (please bring proof of existing vaccination).
However, you have the possibility to be vaccinated with a vaccine that is authorized in the EU. Then you are considered vaccinated.

The following website lists doctor's offices who offer the Corona vaccination (unfortunately only available in German):
Select Tübingen at "Landkreis" and directly below "Corona-Schwerpunktpraxis". Then you will get a list of doctors who offer the Corona vaccination - even if you have already been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not authorized in the EU.

All information about a Covid-19 vaccination here in Tübingen can be found here: 
Vaccination for international students - latest information

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

It depends:

Yes, if you come from an virus mutation area/area of concern, you must take a PCR test (max. 72 h old) or an antigen test (max. 24 h old) before departure to Germany and be able to prove your test result upon entry. A proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery is not sufficient. Despite the test you have to be quarantined for 14 days.
You can see how your country of origin is classified here: 
(scroll down till “Archiv der ausgewiesenen Risikogebiete seit 15.6.2020“ => English)

No, if you are coming from a high risk/high incidence area or an unclassified area, a negative test is not required for entry if you are vaccinated or recovered. However, please note that you are quarantined for if you are entering from a high incidence country.

Which requirements your test proof must fulfill, you can read here: Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Germany (Federal Foreign Office)

For detailed information please see the website of the federal ministry of health:

Can I enter Germany?

Restrictions on travel from countries with coronavirus variants

Yes, as a student you are allowed to enter. This applies even if you are not vaccinated.
Information on how to get vaccinated in Germany can be found here.

Please note: "Students are required to present an admission notice issued by the institution of higher education." (Source)

These and many other questions are answered in this FAQ:

There is an entry restriction for my country and I am not vaccinated. Can I still enter the country?

Yes, as a student you are allowed to enter. This applies even if you are not vaccinated.
Information on how to get vaccinated in Germany can be found here.

Please note: "Students are required to present an admission notice issued by the institution of higher education."
(Source: Please see the answer to the question "Are apprentices, students, school pupils, au pairs, volunteers, trainees and participants in language courses and vocational training measures from outside of the European Union allowed to enter Germany?")

These and many other questions are answered in this FAQ:

Is there an official FAQ on the subject of entry?

FAQs on this topic can be found at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Health:

Federal Ministry of the Interior

Federal Ministry of Health

General information about entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Germany:

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

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

Please check shortly before your departure if you are entering from a Covid-19 risk area (high incidece area or area of variant of concern), or have been there in the 10 days prior to your entry.  The risk areas are listed here:
(scroll down till “Archiv der ausgewiesenen Risikogebiete seit 15.6.2020“ => English)

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, you must quarantine yourself.
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

Quarantine duration
Virus variant area
14 days
If you have no symptoms, no test is necessary at the end of the quarantine period.

High-risk area
10 days (or 0 days if proof of vaccination or proof recovery).
From the 5th day you can take a test and end the quarantine by a negative rapid test or PCR test.
Please note: The day of entry is not counted. So the 5th day is after the 5th night.
If you have no symptoms, no test is necessary at the end of the quarantine period.

If you have to go into quarantine, 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 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. 

As the regulations change quickly, we link here to the Federal Ministry of Health, which provides a summary in English and other languages:

More detailed information can be found here:

FAQ about entry and quarantine:

Official information in other languages can be found here:


In which language do I have to present my Corona documents (for example, test results, vaccination certificates, medical certificates, etc.)?

These documents must be presented in either German, English or French.

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

You can find an overview of the regulations here:


Where can I take a Covid-19 test?

There are two types of tests that are relevant for you, e.g. to end your quarantine:
Rapid tests and PCR tests. 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. You will need to keep the test result for 14 more days and carry it with you, but you do not need to send it anywhere.
You can do both in Tübingen. Below we explain where you can take a test and how to make an appointment.

There are many options for a professional rapid test, we would like to mention the most important ones here. These tests are accepted to end your quarantine early after 5 days (after 5 nights), if you are coming from a high risk area/high incidence area and not from virus mutation area (area of concern).

Professional Corona rapid tests can also be carried out in many pharmacies by medical staff. 
Often it is also possible to make an appointment directly on the website of the pharmacy. Since the appointment booking for the tests in the pharmacies is unfortunately only possible in German, we have written instructions for booking appointments for you (updated August 2021):

pharmaphant Apotheke (city centre, next to the main station)
Europaplatz 2/1
72072 Tübingen
Close to the quarantine hotel!

Trapp'sche Apotheke (in the city centre/old Tübingen)
Neue Str. 5
72070 Tübingen

Apotheke im Kaufland (near the city centre, in the direction of Südstadt and the French quarter)
Reutlinger Str. 44
72072 Tübingen
(printer required)

Apotheke im e-center (near the city centre, in the direction of Südstadt and the French quarter)
Eugenstraße 74
72072 Tübingen

 https://www.tuebingen.de/corona#/34617 gives an overview of all additional  COVID-19 test stations in Tübingen.
Students who have been vaccinated at least once but are not yet fully immunized  can be tested free of charge by the German Red Cross (DRK) in Tübingen until  further notice. Certificates based on a negative rapid test are recognized by  the university in all courses as long as the test result is no older than 24  hours. Certificates based on a negative PCR test may be no older than 48 hours.

It is best to walk to the test station or pharmacy. It is not allowed to use public transportation if you are in quarantine. If you have severe difficulties in reaching a test center, please contact: coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de. We may find a way for you to get there anyway.

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 not usually paid for by German health insurance unless you are suspected of being infected with Covid-19 or have had contact with an infected person. In that case, the local health authority will ask for the test and you do not have to pay anything.

Here you can find all further information about the test center at CeGaT, near WHO (65 €):


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

Please go into quarantine immediately so as not to infect anyone else and contact us: coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

What to do if your self-test or rapid test is positive can be found here:
Scroll to "Self-Test: I have done a self-test and it is positive (PDF)" or "Rapid Test: My rapid test is positive (PDF)".

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 winter semester 2021/22 that they cannot participate in on-campus course offerings due to corona-related medical issues or because of travel restrictions can be granted leave of absence for this reason.

This option is also theoretically available for students who have been vaccinated with vaccines that are not officially approved in Germany and would therefore have to face unduly high financial expenses for regular testing. However, these students can still get test certificates free of charge, which renders this reasoning moot.

The application for leave of absence must be completed in full, signed and sent to the Student Secretariat by 18 October, 2021 at the latest (by post or scan to studierendensekretariatspam prevention@zv.uni-tuebingen.de, and including all relevant documents of proof.)

(as of 15 October, 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 degree-seeking students

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 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:
(Updated 18 June 2020)

Information on loans can be found here.