COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates for Partner Universities

Coronavirus
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The summer semester 2020 is currently taking place using predominantly digital teaching and learning methods. According to the current state of planning, the winter semester 2020/21 is to take place with a combination of on-site courses and online offers.

Current plans for the winter semester 2020/21

  • On the basis of the latest national developments, the University of Potsdam is currently preparing for a winter semester 2020/21 in which courses can take place on campus while online courses are still offered, especially for lectures with a lot of participants. 
  • At the beginning of June, the students nominated by our partner universities will receive information on applications via our online portal UPrepare.
  • The application deadline is July 15, 2020.
  • All applicants must send hard copies of their application documents to the University of Potsdam by letter; unfortunately, documents in e-mails cannot be accepted.
  • Due to the highly dynamic developments, we cannot rule out the possibility that the University of Potsdam will be forced to use online formats for most courses in the winter semester 2020/21 after all. In this case, exchange students can either attend courses online or withdraw their registration for the exchange semester.

Current situation at the University of Potsdam

  • The summer semester 2020 is currently taking place with limited on-site operations, i.e. using predominantly digital teaching and learning methods.
  • As of recently, examinations and practical laboratory courses can take place again.
  • The University Library is gradually re-establishing its services and students can borrow and return media again.
  • You can find the latest updates on the situation and safety measures at the university on https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/studium/studying/corona.

 Situation in Germany and, in particular, Brandenburg and Berlin

  • On March 17, 2020, all EU member states imposed an entry ban for citizens from non-EU countries that is valid until June 15, 2020. Exemptions are in place for citizens from the Schengen area and third-country nationals with a long-term right of residence (residence permit or long-term visa, e.g. for studies abroad). You will find further information on https://www.bmi.bund.de/EN/home.
  • Anyone traveling to the Federal Republic of Germany from a so-called third country has to spend two weeks in mandatory quarantine. Third countries are states outside of the European Union. Travelers from EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland do not generally have to go into quarantine. However, quarantine can also become mandatory for this group if the number of new infections in the respective state exceeded 50 per 100,000 inhabitants over the last seven days. You will find the latest information on https://www.bmi.bund.de/EN/home.
  • Most shops in Brandenburg and Berlin are open with strict restrictions in place regarding the maximum number of shoppers, as well as distance and hygiene regulations.
  • Cafés and restaurants are allowed to open if they adhere to strict safety measures.
  • Public transport is running according to regular schedules with special hygiene regulations in place.

Support for international students in Potsdam

  • The health and security of our students is a top priority for us. Supporting our international students as much as we can in these uncertain times is of utmost importance to us and we will take care of them as best we can.

Further information and contact details for students

In order to reduce the risk of infection, personal office hours at the International Office have been canceled until further notice. Our advisors can still be reached via e-mail and telephone, though. Details are available on https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/international/service/center/io/incoming.