Most international students in the United States hold an F1 visa, which is the U.S. non-immigrant student visa. The Federal Foreign Office and its partners invite you to take part in the fifth “Long Night of Ideas”. The universities and colleges have thus made their contribution to the fact that Germany has so far coped comparatively well with the first wave of the pandemic. The contact restrictions in the fight against the coronavirus, which have been in place for weeks, will be extended until 3th of May. The aim is to create necessary framework conditions for the universities to ensure that teaching and research operations run as smoothly as possible.. The dates for the application and admission procedure for undergraduate programmes for the winter semester 2020/2021 will be adjusted. If this were to happen in the next few months, it would indeed be the fastest vaccine development in human history.”https://www.swp.de/panorama/corona-news-impfstoff-aktuell-impfung-hoffnung-coronavirus-infektion-nvx-cov2373-novavax-nebenwirkungen-studie-who-spahn-50242331.html, +++UNIVERSITIES: University of Applied Sciences in Merseburg Wants to Teach In Presence In the Coming Semester+++“From today’s point of view – nobody can predict the corona situation in eight weeks – we will work as far as possible with face-to-face events. In many places, for example, tickets should only be booked online to prevent queues at the ticket offices. You can make use of services available online or via phone, and rather refrain from visiting in person. First, take a look at some of the internship opportunities offered through our programs such as the EMGIP Internship, RISE, RISE Professional, or the Undergraduate Scholarship.. +++UNIVERSITIES: Growing Number of International Students at Bavarian Universities+++The number of International Students at Bavaria’s universities has risen by more than 100 per cent. The approval of the German Federal Employment Agency will not be required in this case either. In general, international advice to reduce the spread of the coronavirus should be followed. In case you belong to the group of international students that were not able to arrive in time for the winter semester due to the pandemic, please do the following: +++GERMANY: Is it Possible to Travel Over Christmas within Germany Under New Rules?+++At the moment rules are being adapted constantly in order to decrease the number of corona cases. During the first 2 years after graduation, PSW visa holders can work in any job they can find, and the goal is for them to transition into a general work visa afterwards. “The good news is that the low point is probably behind us by now and things are looking up again.” Weidmann said, however, that the significant slump in the German economy would be followed only by a “comparatively gradual recovery”.https://www.handelsblatt.com/finanzen/geldpolitik/coronakrise-bundesbankpraesident-weidmann-es-geht-wieder-aufwaerts/25935708.html?ticket=ST-2740649-6Vgma2kIDMKkOZc4ADTY-ap1, +++GERMANY: Holiday in Germany – What travelers need to know now+++Germany’s borders are open again. +++GERMANY: FIrst Federal State Introduces Compulsory Mask+++The East German state of Saxony is the first in Germany to make masks mandatory for public transport and retail. 8 Table of Contents Table of Contents 1 Summary 4 Introduction 12 1.1 Definitions 13 ... 4.1.1 New international students (by type of residence permit) 36 4.1.2 New foreign students at German higher education … +++GERMANY: Travel Restrictions+++Germany has shut its borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark. In general, international advice to reduce the spread of the coronavirus should be followed. Several airports throughout the country either offer these tests, or have plans to: There are currently tests available at airports in Frankfurt, Munich, and Cologne/Bonn. 28,200 students received the grant last year, three percent more than in 2018, according to the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden on Tuesday. More information on the restrictions you can find here: https://tuerkei.diplo.de/tr-de/-/2319706. We collected a couple of nice cultural, sportive and smart ideas on how you could use this quality time for yourself and make the best out of it. Please check the website of your university for detailed information. Here’s what you need to know for each airport.https://www.thelocal.de/20200723/how-to-get-tested-for-the-coronavirus-at-germanys-airports, +++GERMANY: Germany Sets Aside €52 Million in Scholarships For Freelance Artists: How and Where to Apply+++A total of €8.5 million was originally planned to be set aside for freelance artists in the coming year, but now €52 million are earmarked in the budget of Culture Minister Monika Grütters. Last week, almost 500,000 patients were tested – around 175,000 more than a month ago. The German Embassy in China continues its visa service and APS keeps working, more details can be found here: Deutsche Bank continues to suspend the blocked account service. +++ TAIWAN: German Embassy +++German Embassies are still operating. In 2016, France was the fourth largest receiver of international students globally, with 245,349 international students, while Germany was the fifth largest receiver, with 244,575 international students. The number of persons infected with the Corona virus in Germany just hit 150,000. This includes regular and thorough handwashing with soap for 20-30 seconds, sneezing in the elbows or a quickly disposable handkerchief or tissue, keeping a distance from other people and avoiding shaking hands. … Following an initial phase of the many countries isolating themselves from one another, according to broadcaster Südwestrundfunk Germany flew over seven tons of medical supplies to Italy. Find, research, contact and save schools you are interested in through our USA School Search. In addition, from May onwards assemblies of up to ten people will again be permitted. Exit cards must also be filled out for cross-border train and bus traffic. https://china.diplo.de/cn-de/vertretungen/botschaft/-/1213924, +++WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: The Biggest Myth Busters on COVID-19+++There are many myths going around these days about the Covid-19 virus. In mid-March, all EU states, except Ireland, had agreed to initially ban non-essential travel to the EU. They are usually generous, amounting to more than €1000 per month,” said Grütters. In the visa section there are no personal interviews of visa applicants and all appointments are suspended. While Turkish Airlines THY has announced that it will start flying from Istanbul to 34 cities to domestic destinations in Turkey on June 4, today, Tuesday, it was officially announced that international flights will start on June 18. Almost 1,000 participants took part in the #SemesterHack, the nationwide online hackathon on digital higher education – organized by the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD), the AI Campus and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). : 08007772244https://www.bdp-verband.de/aktuelles/2020/corona/bdp-corona-hotline.html, In March Helios Kliniken GmbH launched a Germany-wide hotline for questions about the corona virus. The doctor will guide you on the next steps. This is especially important for the first semester students, who first have to get to know the university and the people there. “Above all, they motivate creative people to engage in productive artistic activity,” Grütters continued. A child joining you in Germany, on the other hand, must not have a separated family unit in Germany, and must intend to live in the same home with you in Germany. What corona requirements apply? For the period from October 1st, the FU is heading for a “presence operation under pandemic conditions,” said Vice President Hauke Heekeren on Wednesday afternoon in the academic senate of the university.https://www.tagesspiegel.de/wissen/zum-herbst-weg-vom-digitalsemester-mehr-praesenzbetrieb-an-der-fu/25990624.html, +++UNITED STATES: Many International Students In USA Might Have to Leave Country Due To Visa Status Violations+++German students in the USA face an uncertain future because of the new visa regulations in the Corona crisis. After all, university teachers and students are among the more mobile part of the population. While a fifth of respondents said it was “too early to decide”, only 9% suggested they wanted to defer their admission. We had to reckon with a vacancy rate of about 40 per cent of the rooms for the winter semester because “digital students” no longer rent rooms”. Countries most affected by entry restrictions are China, India and Italy. A security service will regulate the entrance on site.Please check your local city offices for detailed information as the regulations are still applied differently depending on the region. As soon as things will start to go back to normality, one of the first tasks will be to gradually and in a coordinated way reduce restrictions on free travel and the internal market.” Germany will take over the EU presidency in the second half of this year. The tDKG, based in London, continuously examines data from various countries. The companies called these results “encouraging”, and several experts had also spoken of positive results.https://www.deutsche-apotheker-zeitung.de/news/artikel/2020/07/14/fda-genehmigt-beschleunigte-zulassung-zweier-corona-impfstoffe, +++GERMANY: Extension of Compulsory Mask Wearing+++Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier has named a criterion for an end to the obligation to wear masks in the retail sector: the decrease in the number of new daily corona infections in Germany to under 100. From 8 November 2020 all travelers to Germany have to register online prior to their entry on www.einreiseanmeldung.de, if they have stayed in a risk area within the last 10 days prior to their entry to Germany. Hairdresser salons are allowed to reopen on 4th of May. The 16 federal states will decide when these measures will come into effect, but the states have agreed with Merkel to adapt the changes as quickly as possible. With the scholarship, which has been in existence since 2011, the Federal Government wants to support particularly talented or committed students. Your relatives can only join you if you’ve a German residence permit for a study course lasting at least 1 year. After a telephone conference with the heads of the federal states, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the further course of action for dealing with the corona pandemic. The participation is free of charge. Further information and details can be found on the World Health Organization’s website. Therefore, the regulation regarding health insurance coverage in the governmental health insurance system has been amended to reflect the situation of international students. The federal government had reached an agreement with France, Switzerland, and Austria to continue the controls until 15 June. In addition to the suspension of the standard period of study and the voluntary use of courses, they are setting up petitions for the postponement of all deadlines and the right to repeat examinations. This measure applies to applications submitted to all German missions abroad in Turkey (Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir). The conservative-led government announced plans on Monday to start reopening non-essential stores next week, after reaching a downward trend in the growth rate of new infections. https://hochschulforumdigitalisierung.de/de/news/wir-hacken-das-digitale-semester. They can submit a new application via their online portal and seek admission. All (e-) visas issued to foreigners were declared invalid until April 15, 2020. Fraport expects a gradual expansion of the flight offerings in the coming weeks when the summer holidays begin in some German states. “As of today, there is no sign of a substantial, significant drop in occupancy in the more than 1700 dormitories of the Studentenwerke”, says General Secretary Achim Meyer auf der Heyde. So high school graduates still find the right university.https://www.wiwo.de/my/erfolg/hochschule/studieren-in-der-coronakrise-wie-studienanfaenger-die-beste-hochschule-finden/25990404.html?ticket=ST-3902343-j3R9B9VCfM1bFSP67yj7-ap4, +++UNIVERSITIES: Karlsruhe Cooperative State University Focuses on “Hybrid Winter Semester+++Due to the corona pandemic, the winter semester at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe is to take place in a hybrid form. In addition to Germany’s 26 partner countries in the European Union, these include Great Britain, which has left the EU, and the four states of the border-free Schengen area, which are not members of the EU: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.https://www.swp.de/panorama/corona-urlaub-2020-regeln-reiselaender-oesterreich-schweiz-frankreich-portugal-spanien-griechenland-niederlande-belgien-daenemark-schweden-island-norwegen-tuerkei-zypern-kroatien-polen-aegypten-italien-46629882.html, +++TURKEY: Turkish Airlines Starts International Flights on June 18th – Germany Will be Part of It+++After the normalization process in Turkey has started after the measures against the corona virus, flights will resume at Istanbul airport – starting with domestic flights. This applies also if you get infected by COVID-19. +++GERMANY: Fintiba Customer Service and Legitimation Options+++Fintiba will continue with providing their services and their customer support. However, for students at their first time of getting German VISA may not be able to enter: https://china.diplo.de/cn-zh/service/Notfall-Einreisstopp, +++CHINA: TestAS Appointments+++The academic examination board (APS) points out that the information of the TestDaF Institute regarding the postponement of the April TestAS date to June 6, 2020 (https://www.testdaf.de) is not valid for participants in China. Anything that cannot be postponed can be clarified by telephone. This year’s first-year students can enroll in free-admission programs until 30 September 2020.https://www.leipziginfo.de/aktuelles/artikel/fristen-fuer-bewerbung-an-universitaet-leipzig-verlaengert/, +++UNIVERSITIES: Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences Provides Online Information About Courses of Study+++At the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences many courses are running online because of the Corona Pandemic – this week there is also a student advisory service on the net. +++GERMANY: Studentjob Opportunities+++You might be looking for a student job which you can do during the crisis. “Only where presence is not possible should digital teaching continue to exist,” rector Jörg Kirbs declared, citing as an example basic lectures with up to 120 students. +++GERMANY: According to Chancellor Merkel First Phase Of Coronavirus Pandemic in Germany Behind Us+++Germany has emerged from the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, as she announced a further loosening of the lockdown and social distancing: https://www.thelocal.de/20200506/first-phase-of-coronavirus-pandemic-in-germany-behind-us-says-merkel, +++GERMANY: Test Of Safety Of Masks+++Researchers of the TU Berlin testes how safe selfmade face masks are: https://twitter.com/i/status/1258011127725735939, +++GERMANY: Interest in Studying in Germany Grows as Covid-19 Response Praised+++While an increasing number of students who would have been heading to the UK and the US this autumn say they are considering changing their study plans, many are turning to destinations such as Germany that have responded better to the coronavirus pandemic.https://thepienews.com/news/interest-studying-in-germany-grows-as-covid-19-response-praised/, +++GERMANY: Digital Studies, What the Corona Crisis Means for Universities and Students+++Online lectures and tutorials as video conferences: For many, the corona crisis currently means more leisure time, but financial worries and fears about the future are just as common. 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