Information from the International Office

The current corona crisis brings up many questions. This also affects your studies. On this page we have summarized important questions and the corresponding answers.

Important: Please check the inbox of your university email address regularly! The university also uses this general FAQ-page to inform you about topics concerning re-registration, examinations and the start of the semester.

 

Can I currently reach the International Office?

Yes, of course. Due to the current situation there are no personal office hours. However you can still reach us via telephone and email.

Incoming international degree-seeking students

Can I get a "presence letter" for entering Germany?

Fulda University does not issue presence letters anymore as they are not legally necessary, as determined by the German government. You can use this official document as reference for the embassy and you are also invited to forward this document to the relevant embassy staff. Your admission or enrolment entitles you to a visa. As your course of study is not an online study, there is no further proof required in this regard. As all lockdown in Germany has been lifted, Fulda University has returned to on campus teaching this winter semester. Some classes are continually taught online in order to be attended by those students who couldn't travel to Fulda in time for the semester.

Is my vaccination accepted?

A complete vaccination status, recognised within Germany, is fulfilled when you are vaccinated with one of the following vaccines:

  • Comirnaty (Biontech/Pfizer)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Covishield (Astra Zeneca – Serum Institute of India)
  • Spikevax (Moderna)
  • Vaxzevira (Astra Zeneca)

For detailed information also refer to: https://www.pei.de/EN/newsroom/dossier/coronavirus/coronavirus-content.html;jsessionid=A71E1EA85848A86A497A6068A6298BE4.intranet231?cms_pos=3

International students, who have been vaccinated with a recognised vaccine and who are registered residents in Fulda, can receive a digital vaccination certificate in any pharmacy. Under the same circumstances, doctors can also issue a vaccination confirmation (Impfpass).

You can also book an appointment for a Corona vaccination on the website of the local hospital.

Important information regarding self-quarantine regulations

All incoming travelers from countries that are considered risk areas, high incident areas and virus variant areas as determined by the Robert-Koch-Institut (find the list of countries, updated on a regular basis here), regardless of their nationality, are subject to mandatory quarantine beginning on the date of entry. If and how the quarantine might be avoided or shortened can be found on the website of the Robert-Koch-Institut.

If you are travelling from a risk area and your department is going to offer classes that require your physical presence on campus, you might have to arrive in Germany two weeks ahead in order to attend. Please see your department’s website or contact your study programmes´s coordinator for information on which classes require presence on campus.

After your arrival, even if not told to do so at the airport, you are required to travel directly to your accommodation. You need to contact the county´s health authority through this website https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de to announce your arrival. You will be monitored during the quarantine period. Please note that failure to comply with these rules may result in high fines.

People with symptoms of respiratory infections are strongly discouraged to travel to Germany! If you notice such symptoms after your arrival, you are required to contact the health authorities for further instructions. Until a test for SARS-CoV-2 proves negative, people showing symptoms and those with a positive test result are required to self-isolate the same as described here, for at least two weeks.

Fulda university will not be able to supply you with all your needs during the two-week-period. A member of our student tutor team can meet you at the train station and guide you to your apartment. They will also be able to shop for some basic supplies for you, but will be unable to meet all your everyday needs for the two-week-period.  
Required errands such as registration of residency at the citizen’s office, opening of a bank account and taking out mandatory health insurance can only be done in person and have to be postponed until after the quarantine. Our student tutors can support you with these issues.

Do I need to take health insurance eventhough I cannot enter Germany right now?

Please note that the obligation to take out student health insurance begins with the day of enrolment or the day of the beginning of the semester. However, you may be exempt from the requirement to pay the backdating health insurance premiums by filing an application with your insurance provider and including proof of the day that you entered Germany. As your application is approved, you will only be required to pay premiums starting with the month you entered the country.
These rules are only applicable for students who weren’t insured in the German health insurance system before. Students who were unable to return to Germany because of the Corona pandemic will be required pay their health insurance premiums as if they hadn’t been absent.

Which regulations apply on campus?

The minimum distance of 1.5m in lecture halls is no longer required. However, in order to ensure sufficient protection against infection the following regulations have to be observed:

  • The 3G rule(vaccinated, recovered, tested) will apply
  • Medical or FFP2 masks must be worn in all buildings and also during all seminars/lectures, even after having taken seat

An external service provider will check the compliance to these regulations at all main entrances of the campus. There might also be random checks at other places, for example during seminars/lectures by the respective instructors.

For you this means you are only allowed to enter the campus in case

  • have fully been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 and the last necessary vaccination took place more than 14 ago (valid vaccination certificate required) or
  • have fully recovered from a COVID-19 infection (valid proof of recovery required) or
  • have been tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 24 hours (valid test certificate required)

For a valid test certificate, the university will offer free self-tests from 11 October 2021 on. As testing capacities will be limited, longer waiting times are possible. Therefore, please arrive on campus in good time. The test result will only be valid for your stay on university ground.

Incoming exchange students

I got admission for an exchange study place for the winter semester 2021/22. Can I start my exchange studies in Fulda?

"The Hessian state government allows universities to return to face-to-face study if certain rules and precautions are observed. Therefore, the Presidential Board of Fulda University of Applied Sciences has decided to offer face-to-face courses on a comprehensive basis from the winter semester 2021/22 onwards.

All precautions for face-to-face courses will be taken by the start of the semester and coordinated with the Ministry of Science and the Health Department.
Some important regulations regarding lectures and seminars on campus are:

  • 3G rules (vaccinated, recovered, tested) with random checks
  •  Contact tracing primarily with an app called Luca
  • Wearing medical or FFP2 masks indoors and also at the workplace in lecture halls and seminar rooms

Of course, we cannot predict with absolute certainty the dynamics of the infection and the associated legal requirements from the federal and state governments. But what we can promise you: Your studies will take place in full."

Can I get a "presence letter" for entering Germany?

Fulda University does not issue presence letters anymore as they are not legally necessary, as determined by the German government. You can use this official document as reference for the embassy and you are also invited to forward this document to the relevant embassy staff. Your admission or enrolment entitles you to a visa. As your course of study is not an online study, there is no further proof required in this regard. As all lockdown in Germany has been lifted, universities are planning to return to on campus teaching this winter semester, provided no new lockdown will be ordered, which is unforeseeable at this point. (as of 24.08.2021)

Is my vaccination accepted?

A complete vaccination status, recognised within Germany, is fulfilled when you are vaccinated with one of the following vaccines:

  • Comirnaty (Biontech/Pfizer)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Covishield (Astra Zeneca – Serum Institute of India)
  • Spikevax (Moderna)
  • Vaxzevira (Astra Zeneca)

For detailed information also refer to: https://www.pei.de/EN/newsroom/dossier/coronavirus/coronavirus-content.html;jsessionid=A71E1EA85848A86A497A6068A6298BE4.intranet231?cms_pos=3

International students, who have been vaccinated with a recognised vaccine and who are registered residents in Fulda, can receive a digital vaccination certificate in any pharmacy. Under the same circumstances, doctors can also issue a vaccination confirmation (Impfpass).

You can also book an appointment for a Corona vaccination on the website of the local hospital.

Which regulations apply on campus?

The minimum distance of 1.5m in lecture halls is no longer required. However, in order to ensure sufficient protection against infection the following regulations have to be observed:

  • The 3G rule(vaccinated, recovered, tested) will apply
  • Medical or FFP2 masks must be worn in all buildings and also during all seminars/lectures, even after having taken seat

An external service provider will check the compliance to these regulations at all main entrances of the campus. There might also be random checks at other places, for example during seminars/lectures by the respective instructors.

For you this means you are only allowed to enter the campus in case

  • have fully been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 and the last necessary vaccination took place more than 14 ago (valid vaccination certificate required) or
  • have fully recovered from a COVID-19 infection (valid proof of recovery required) or
  • have been tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 24 hours (valid test certificate required)

For a valid test certificate, the university will offer free self-tests from 11 October 2021 on. As testing capacities will be limited, longer waiting times are possible. Therefore, please arrive on campus in good time. The test result will only be valid for your stay on university ground.

Important information regarding self-quarantine regulations

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany enforces self-quarantine regulations for overseas entrants.

All incoming travelers from countries that are considered risk areas as determined by the Robert-Koch-Institut (find the list of countries, updated on a regular basis here), regardless of their nationality, are subject to mandatory quarantine beginning on the date of entry and lasting for the following 10 days. This does not apply if you have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved in Germany.

If you are travelling from a risk area and your department is going to offer classes that require your physical presence on campus, you must arrive in Germany two weeks ahead in order to attend. Please see your department’s website or contact your study programmes´s coordinator for information on which classes require presence on campus.

The quarantine may end after five days instead of ten if a negative test result, obtained at least five days after entering the country, is shown to the health authority. However, tests for people without symptoms are not always available.

After your arrival, even if not told to do so at the airport, you are required to travel directly to your accommodation, which you may not leave for the following two weeks. You need to contact the county´s health authority through this website https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de to announce your arrival. You will be monitored during the quarantine period. Please note that failure to comply with these rules may result in high fines.

People with symptoms of respiratory infections are strongly discouraged to travel to Germany! If you notice such symptoms after your arrival, you are required to contact the health authorities for further instructions. Until a test for SARS-CoV-2 proves negative, people showing symptoms and those with a positive test result are required to self-isolate the same as described here, for at least two weeks.

We will make an effort to help you get the supplies you need, but please note that we  won't be able to provide for you 24/7. A member of our student tutor team can meet you at the train station and guide you to your apartment. They will also be able to shop for some basic supplies for you, but will be unable to meet all your everyday needs for the two-week-period. Required errands such as registration of residency at the citizen’s office, opening of a bank account and taking out mandatory health insurance can only be done in person and have to be postponed until after the quarantine. Our student tutors can support you with these issues.

 

Will the orientation week take place?

The information sessions regarding

  •     rent/accommodation
  •     health and insurance
  •     visa and jobs
  •     organizing your studies
  •     diversity and intercultural communication

will be held as online classes. You can find the complete schedule on this website: https://www.hs-fulda.de/en/international/international-office/practical-information/orientation-week

Contacts

Advice for international students
Gesa Pusch-Thomas

Application & Admission
bewerbung.application(at)hs-fulda.de

Exchange students (Europe)
Maria Campuzano

Exchange students (Overseas)
Carola Ossenkopp-Wetzig

More information can be found on the website of the
International Office
 

Information in 12 languages

Information regarding Covid-19, the free Corona-vaccination as well as other measures by the state of Hesse can be found here in 12 languages