FAQ for international students

Last modification: 30.03.2021 / 5:00 pm

Which hygiene regulations currently apply at OVGU?

The hygiene regulations that were announced at the start of the pandemic continue to apply. These include:

  • maintaining a minimum distance to others of 1.50 meters,
  • frequent hand-washing,
  • regular ventilation of closed spaces,
  • coughing and sneezing etiquette,
  • dispensing with shaking hands and hugging,
  • wearing of a medical mouth and nose covering in all public buildings and for students during face-to-face classes. Outdoors too, distance must be maintained, and masks worn if it is not possible to keep to the minimum distance.
  • On campus a medical face mask must be worn if it is not possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1.50 meters.
  • For classes (e.g. laboratory practicals) where the minimum distance of 1.50 meters cannot be adhered to, and/or for internal meetings, it is mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask.
  • Over and above this, all official business meetings and committee / board meetings must be held online; this also includes gatherings of groups of students. The formation of groups is not permitted on any part of the campus.
  • Meetings and gatherings of 5 or more employees and students on campus must be held digitally. A transition to digital formats is recommended.
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What should I do if I seriously suspect being infected with the Covid-19 disease or have been informed of a suspected case in my family, flat share, study or work?

Please contact the public health authorities in Magdeburg (Tel. 0391 540-6001) or your family doctor and make an appointment for a test. As long as you are waiting for the test result, you must remain in domestic self-isolation. If the test result is positive, you must follow the instructions of the public health authorities. You should also inform the university about your test result, the quarantine instructions, and your last contact persons by sending an email to .

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When and how will enrolment take place for international applicants in the summer semester 2021?

As an applicant admitted by uni-assist e.V., you can enrol online as of now and until 15 April 2021 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Please send the following documents to :

a) If you are currently in Germany:

  • Application for enrolment
  • Copy of passport and valid visa (if available)
  • Your current address (as stated by rental contract or certificate of registration or c/o address)
  • One passport-size photograph (jpg, jpeg, gif, png, max. 1 MB)
  • Confirmation of health insurance: "Dreifachbescheinigung" of public insurance OR private insurance valid at least one semester (and certificate of exemption from compulsory statutory health insurance). No travel insurance!
  • Certificate of de-registration of a German higher education institution previously attended (only for applicants who attended a German higher education institution before enrolling at OVGU)
  • statement that no examination in the desired field of study has been irrevocably failed ("Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung") (only for applicants who have attended a German higher education institution before)

b) If you are currently abroad / in your home country:

  • Application for enrolment
  • Copy of passport and valid visa (if available, not mandatory)
  • One passport-size photograph (jpg, jpeg, gif, png, max. 1 MB)
  • Letter of confirmation regarding health insurance

After we process all of your documents, you will receive information on paying the semester fee. Please be patient as this process may take a few days.

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Do I need a visa in order to enrol for summer semester 2021?

If you still reside in your home country and do not yet have a visa, you can still enrol online. It is important though that you continue the visa process in order to be able to travel to Germany as soon as possible.

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Will there be a Welcome Week for the summer semester of 2021?

IKUS, the International Office and the Studentenwerk have organised an online version of the Welcome Weeks. They will take place from 22 March to 2 April 2021. You can find the programme here.

The individual faculties offer a Welcome Day on 2 April 2021. The programme will be published soon on this website.

 

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In which form will classes be taught in the summer semester of 2021?

The summer semester 2021 will take a hybrid form. Classes with a maximum of 25 participants can be taught face-to-face. The faculties will decide to which classes this rule applies. From 22 March 2021, you can check all course offerings in the LSF.

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How can I register for face-to-face classes?

Detailed information on the registration process for classroom teaching on the university campus can be found on the following page.

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In which form will examinations take place for the summer semester 2021?

This decision remains open.

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Can I defer my admission to the following winter semester 2021/22?

You can defer your admission for a non-restricted study programmes to the winter semester of 2021/22 if the programme also starts in the winter term. Please contact before 15 April 2021. The updated admission letters will be posted after 15 May 2021.

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Can I defer my admission to the following summer semester 2022 because my desired study programme only starts in the summer semester?

No, this will not be possible. You will need to re-apply via uni-assist e.V. for next year’s summer term.

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What do I have to do when I travel to Germany from a risk area?

Digital Arrival Registration (Digitale Einreiseanmeldung (DEA))

If you travel from a risk area, you must complete the digital arrival registration before entering the Federal Republic of Germany. Local public health authorities can access this information online, which enables the enforcement of quarantine rules. They can also demand proof of testing or can ask you to take a test after your arrival.

If for technical reasons (such as lack of hardware or technical issues with the website) you cannot register online before your arrival, you are obligated to fill in a substitute registration on paper. Please check the form for information regarding drop-off points (for example: with your airline/other carriers or with Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, 69990 Mannheim). The substitute registration will be forwarded to the public health authorities of the traveller’s destination address.

Quarantine

According to the Corona-Arrival-Regulations (CoronaEinreiseV) of the Federal Ministry of Health dating from 13 January 2021 and according to to an order of the quarantine regulation of Saxony-Anhalt dating from 9 March 2021, all returning or first-entry travellers from risk areas must quarantine for 10 days.

  • Travellers from risk areas (excluding high incidence or virus-mutation areas) must produce a negative test result within 48 hours of entering Germany. A test result from your home country is acceptable if the test swab was taken max. 48 hours before your arrival in Germany. The public health authorities can demand to see this negative test result within 10 days after your arrival.
  • Travellers from areas with especially high infection risks (high incidence or virus-mutation areas), are obligated to be tested before starting their journey to Germany. The swab must be taken max. 48 hours before arrival in Germany.

All travellers from risk areas are obligated to quarantine for 10 days. One can only shorten this quarantine time by obtaining a second negative test result. The earliest date for this second test is on the fifth day (arrival day + 5 days) after entering Germany. The quarantine ends with the receipt of the negative test result.

Travellers from virus-mutation areas cannot shorten their quarantine time at all.

If during your quarantine you experience any typical symptoms of an infection with SARS-CoV-2 such as coughing, fever, sneezing or new loss of taste or smell, you must contact the public health authorities immediately.

Hotline: 0391 540 2000 (Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4.00 p.m.)
Email:

Fieberambulanz (Fever Centre), Brandenburger Str. 8
Register with the public health authorities (hotline see above) or use the appointment service hotline (116117)

Opening hours:

  • Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.
  • Sat&Sun, public holidays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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Where in Magdeburg can I get tested in order to shorten my mandatory quarantine time?

For scheduling an Antigen-test or a PCR-test students can contact

  • the “Fieberambulanz”
    Schedule an appointments via phone: 0391/6717790 or 0391/6717791
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
    Address: University Clinic, Leipziger Straße 44, Building 10, 39120 Magdeburg

  • the Corona-Schnelltest-Zentrum
    Schedule an appointment via phone 0391/28896317 or online
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by individual appointment
    Address: Herderstr. 29, 39108 Magdeburg
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Do all travellers arriving in Germany have to be tested?

If you are travelling from a non-risk country or non-risk area, you do not have to be tested and you do not have to go into quarantine.

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What does quarantining entail?

You may not leave your apartment or room. Persons who live with you in your flat/room are not allowed to leave the flat either. They are not allowed to receive visitors. You'll find more information here.

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What can I do if during quarantine I experience any typical symptoms of an infection with SARS-CoV-2 such as coughing, fever, sneezing or new loss of taste or smell?

If during your quarantine you experience any typical symptoms of an infection with SARS-CoV-2 such as coughing, fever, sneezing or new loss of taste or smell, you must contact the public health authorities immediately.

Hotline: 0391 540 2000 (Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4.00 p.m.)
Email:

Fieberambulanz (Fever Centre), Brandenburger Str. 8
Register with the public health authorities (hotline see above) or use the appointment service hotline (116117)

Opening hours:

  • Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.
  • Sat&Sun, public holidays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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Do I have to quarantine in Magdeburg or can I do that in another city in Germany?

Yes, you can self-isolate in another city. Please contact the public health department in the city where you are conducting the quarantine.

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If I have a negative test result from my home country, will I still have to be quarantined for 10 days?

All people travelling from risk areas, high risk areas or areas with virus mutations must quarantine for 10 days. Travellers from normal risk areas, who have tested negative before arriving in Germany, can shorten that period by getting a second negative test result after a minimum of 5 days (arrival date + 5 days).

For scheduling a PCR-test students can contact

  • the “Fieberambulanz”
    Schedule an appointments via phone: 0391/6717790 or 0391/6717791
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
    Address: University Clinic, Leipziger Straße 44, Building 10, 39120 Magdeburg

  • the Corona-Schnelltest-Zentrum
    Schedule an appointment via phone 0391/28896317 or online
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by individual appointment
    Address: Herderstr. 29, 39108 Magdeburg
  • GPs Hausärzte am Domplatz
    Corona-Consultation-Hours: Mon-Fri at 11.00 a.m.
    Phone: +49 391 5434075
    Address: Domplatz 11, 39104 Magdeburg
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I would like to travel to Magdeburg, but I do not have a rental contract or the possibility to go into quarantine. What can I do?

Please contact the Studentenwerk Magdeburg and sign a rental contract for the quarantine period. During the quarantine period you will be provided with food by the dormitory tutors of the Studentenwerk Magdeburg. You have to pay for accommodation and food yourself. Please keep cash on hand for the delivery of food. You can contact the following email for information about accommodation after the quarantine.

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How can I get food during quarantine?

If you have to take care of the food supply yourself, you can use Magdeburg-liefert.de. They deliver basic grocery needs which you can pay by card or cash. Products are delivered within 30-90 minutes and delivery is free of charge if you spend at least 5 EUR. Additionally, Lieferandoprovides delivery options for many restaurants offering various food styles.

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What instructions are there regarding the use of the university library?

The university library will be closed to the public from 16.12.2020; it will still be possible to borrow and return books and media by arrangement. The university library offers among other things a digital loan and the provision of key texts. More information on the services available from the library can be found here.

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What information is available on how to use the IT Service Point and URZ?

The IT Service Point and the computer pools will remain closed until further notice. Since 1 February 2021, you can collect printouts in the entrance area where you can also scan an copy documents. You can find further information here.

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What instructions are there regarding the use of the sports center?

Unfortunately, the services of the sports center cannot be used, including outdoor sports courses. However, the sports center is currently offering online sports classes.

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Are central contact points such as the Campus Service Centre, examination offices and the International Office open to the public?

All offices are currently closed to the public but you can contact the respective employees by phone or email. Please check opening hours and contact info on the respective websites or contact the Campus Service Center for more information.

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My entry visa expires and I have not yet been able to travel to Germany. What can I do?

If you have not yet been able to travel to Germany, please contact the German Embassy / the German Consulate in order to apply for a new visa.

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My residence permit expires and I cannot come to the University of Magdeburg. What can I do?

Please contact the German Embassy / the German Consulate in order to apply for a new visa.

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I want to renew my residence permit but I cannot book an appointment at the Foreigners’ Office in Magdeburg. What can I do?

Please apply for the renewal of your residence permit via email preferably 8 weeks before your current permit expires. You must send the application for a temporary residence permit and all necessary documents to auslä.

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My embassy requires a personalised letter detailing mandatory presence in Magdeburg and a date until which I have to arrive in Magdeburg. Whom can I contact?

Please contact Mrs. Eva Böhning at the International Office and forward her the embassy’s request.

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Last Modification: 30.03.2021 - Contact Person: Peer Niehof