Information on coronavirus
Can I actually come to Saarbrücken?
Yes, we are looking forward to welcoming international students and visitors at Saarland University!
For the next months academic life on campus will of course be influenced by the global coronavirus pandemic. However, Saarland University invites all international students and guests to spend their stay in Saarbrücken and Homburg. The campus and the libraries are open, hygiene measures have been taken.
Our Center for International Students has ongoing online activities that you can enjoy during your stay, but also some smaller activites are now being offered "live" again!
Rules of conduct
The university recommends full compliance with the guidelines of the German health authorities. All regulations and notices correspond to the current state of information and may have to be adjusted according to legal requirements if the health situation in Saarland changes.
The University also strongly advocates a policy of non-discrimination. Should members of the University be discriminated against in any way after the spread of the coronavirus, please contact the Welcome Center for support.
In case of illness: If you have symptoms and think you may be infected with the virus, do not go directly to hospital or to your doctor, but stay at home and call the health authorities: +49 681 501-4422 or +49 116 117
Current entry regulations for international students, employees and guests (valid since March 25, 2021)
Saarland will introduce the so-called "model region" from April 6, 2021. This means that some parts of the lockdown will be opened up to people who can present a negative rapid test that is not older than 24 hours.
- For your private life: only a maximum of five people from two households are allowed to meet in an apartment or house.
New: up to 10 people are now allowed to meet privately outdoors (no matter how many households) but only if all people can present a negative rapid test result that is not older than 24 hours.
- Supermarkets and other stores:
Supermarkets have been open all the time in Saarland and will remain so. Currently, other stores are also open and you can go shopping there, provided that hygiene regulations are observed. As long as the incidence remains below 100 in Saarland, no negative rapid test is necessary for shopping.
- The outdoor catering of restaurants, bars and cafes may be opened with immediate effect. However, the visit is only allowed if a reservation has been made beforehand. Up to five people from a maximum of two households can then sit together in the outdoor area. Up to ten persons may sit together if all persons have a current negative rapid test
- Cultural facilities (movie theaters, theaters, etc) are allowed to open, as are gyms. Contact sports (e.g. soccer) will again be allowed in outdoor areas. All of this also applies only upon presentation of a current rapid test.
These regulations apply in Saarland as long as the incidence is below 100. If the incidence rises above 100, the testing obligation is extended and one must also present a current rapid test, for example, when shopping (except in supermarkets).
If the incidence of infection in Saarland gets much worse, the lockdown may be tightened again. Please follow best the local news for this, but we will announce all changes here as well.
There are numerous test centers all over Saarland. Two centers are open in the city center, in the town hall and in the event location "Garage". Appointments must be made online. The results are sent via email / SMS / website after approx. 15 minutes.
A small Corona testing center will be available on campus beginning April 07, 2021. This will be located in the Artist's Studio of the "Aula", in Building A3.3. There, rapid tests will be administered Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. - 12 noon.
The on-campus testing center is to be used by students and staff who have mandatory face-to-face meetings and therefore have increased contact with others (for example, during exams or small lectures).
Important: The University asks that you use the on-campus testing facility only if it is not possible to go to a testing center in town. So, if you know that you are going to write an exam on one day, if possible, take a test in a center in the city on the same morning of that day or the evening before.
Saarland University has extended the university lockdown until April 30, 2021.
- The service facilities on campus will be closed to the public. This also affects the Welcome Center, the Card Office, the Enrolment Office and other service facilities. Please always check online before visiting an office. As a rule, contact by email or phone is preferred.
- All employees are expected to work from home offices whenever possible.
- The dining hall (Mensa) can only be visited to pick up food ("to go").
As always, current news and the changes will be published on the Saarland University news website.
The university asks that all employees and students who come to campus in person lectures of events should please come there with a negative rapid test, if possible. The rapid test should already be carried out before entering the campus.
A small corona testing center will be available on campus beginning April 07, 2021. However, the testing capacitiies there are limited. Please refer to the question "Is there a testing center on campus"?
In view of the current developments in the context of the Corona pandemic, it is planned to continue the most recent arrangements for the winter semester 2021/22 also for the summer semester 2021. This means that lectures in the summer semester 2021 will continue to be held online. Exceptions to this are practical formats that cannot be carried out in digital form. These include laboratory and workshop practicals as well as practical lessons and micro-working groups (participants less than ten).
Decisions on the conduct of examinations in the 2021 summer semester will be made at a later date in due time for the start of the semester on the basis of experience gained during the examination period of the 2020/21 winter semester and the legal framework that will then apply.
There is an exception for students, under certain conditions. All students must register their arrival under the following online form: www.einreiseanmeldung.de
In addition, you must send an email to the Ordnungsamt in Saarbrücken after your arrival: firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Students entering from areas of variant of concern (Virusvariantengebiet) have to undergo quarantine and do not fall under the student exception.
2) Students entering from a risk are are exempt from quarantine, provided that
- they bring a negative test result (not older than 48 hours) or receive it within 48 hours of entry
- and come to Germany for a study period at least three months
- and have a certificate of attendance from the university. This is available upon request from the Welcome Center.
3) Students entering from a high incidence areas are exempt from quarantine, provided that
- they bring a negative test result (not older than 48 hours) and carry this with them during the trip
- and come to Germany for a study period at least three months
- and have a certificate of attendance from the university. This can be obtained from the Welcome Center upon request.
This results from the exemption according to §2 paragraph 3 number 8 of the currently valid Corona Regulations of Saarland in conjunction with the Ordinance on Coronavirus entry regulations.
For employees and guests, the duration of their stay is important to know about the valid quarantine regulations.
All arrivals must register their arrival using the following online form: www.einreiseanmeldung.de
Stays up to a maximum of 5 days:
Such a stay can be made possible by the exception of the Corona Regulation, which can be found in §2, section 3, number 4 of the currently valid Corona Regulation. This is the case if the stay is "absolutely necessary and not postponable for professional reasons", or for the purpose of training or study.
Stays longer than 3 weeks:
Such a stay is possible, according to §2, section 4, number 3 of the currently valid Corona Regulation. This states that "persons who enter Germany for the purpose of taking up employment for at least three weeks" can generally take up this work stay. However, it is important that the employee may only leave his home for the purpose of work and otherwise must spend the first 10 days of his stay in quarantine in his own home. At the workplace, working conditions must be created that correspond to quarantine compliance, in particular through "group-related company hygiene measures and precautions to avoid contact outside the working group".
"Grenzgänger": Students and employees who live abroad and enter Saarland for the purpose of work or study do not have to maintain quarantine as long as they return to their place of residence abroad at least once a week. This results from §2, section 2, number 3b.
"Grenzpendlers": Students and employees who live in Saarland and travel to a risk area for the purpose of professional practice or studies do not have to maintain quarantine as long as they return to their place of residence in Saarland at least once a week. This results from §2, section 2, number 3a.
If needed, students and staff can obtain a certificate of required physical presence from the Welcome Center: welcome(at)uni-saarland.de.
We will need your passport and your letter of admission / enrolment certificate.
Students at the ISZ Saar, in the pre-study German course or in the VSi Mint foundation program, receive the certificate from the ISZ Saar: anmeldung-isz(at)uni-saarland.de
- Testing done outside of Germany (according to the RKI website): "The test may not have been conducted more than 48 hours prior to entry. In principle, molecular biological tests (PCR tests) are currently accepted from all European Union countries, as well as from the countries mentioned below, insofar as there is evidence that the test was conducted in a quality-assured (accredited) laboratory."
- Coronavirus Testing is offered at different airports, for example at Frankfurt Airport. Rapid tests (at extra charge) or tests with 6 - 8 hours waiting time can be booked in advance. A negative test can be confirmed with a certificate. This certificate serves as proof that no quarantine is required. The test result is transmitted to you digitally. Until the test result is received, you have to observe a quarantine in your house.
- The Testing Center in Saarbrücken also offers tests for new arrivals from a risk area.
Should you receive a positive test result, you will of course remain in isolation in your home.
The center where you took the test will automatically inform the local health authority about your positive result.
The public health department will then contact you to see how you are doing at home. The health department will also ask you for a lot of information to track contacts. They will try to find out who you may have met and infected. Even if the test is positive, you will normally remain in your private home for the duration of the isolation. You will only be taken to hospital if your state of health deteriorates.
Of course you should let us know as soon as possible in this case as well, so that we can take care that you are provided with food in your isolation period.
- Quite simply summarized: You are not allowed to leave your apartment and not to meet other people!
- The public order office regularly checks the quarantine, either by calling you at home or by someone passing by your apartment to check if you are at home (without direct contact).
- If you live in a shared apartment it is very important that you spend most of your time in your private room. The shared rooms (bathroom and kitchen) should only be used when necessary. Please do not use the kitchen as a common room, but only for the periods when you prepare food and eat. You must use these rooms on your own, so it is important that you are not in the rooms at the same time as your roommates.
If you return from abroad and do not have an adequate social network to provide you with the basic necessities (etc. for food shopping), you can contact the Welcome Center.
In addition, there are some things you could bring from home to be prepared for the quarantine:
- Pack a sufficient supply of medication that you need regularly
- Bring enough clean clothes, because you may not be able to wash during the time in quarantine
- A simple clinical thermometer; if you experience symptoms (e.g. fever) during the quarantine, please contact the public health department
- Disinfectant spray or wipes, so that you can disinfect the surfaces on arrival
- Entertainment options, such as books, playing cards or puzzles. If available, you can bring (offline) movies, series and games on your laptop
- Small snacks, instant coffee or tea bags. If you are not sure whether there is a kettle available in the apartment, bring a travel kettle
- Bring a refillable water bottle - the tap water in Germany is very well drinkable
- More important than ever: do not forget the charger for your mobile phone!
We strongly advise you not to arrive if you do not know where you can spend the quarantine period.
Many hotels in Saarbrücken do not accept you to spend the quarantine there. You can of course try to book an AirBnB or a vacation apartment.
If you don't have a place to go to spend the quarantine, it is better to postpone your arrival!
Students in Erasmus+ Exchange (programme countries), please contact: email@example.com
Students in Erasmus+ Exchange (programme countries) or in Eastern European Partnerships, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in the Weltweit-Exchange program, please contact: email@example.com
Hygiene measures on campus
A hygiene plan was implemented on the campus to ensure the safest possible work and study environment.
- The minimum distance of 1,50m has to be kept on the whole campus and in the buildings.
- Avoid gathering in groups.
- If the minimum distance of 1.50m cannot be maintained (corridors, stairs), a mouth nose protection (surgical or FFP2 mask) must be worn.
- Persons showing symptoms of illness are not allowed to enter the campus.
Information on your studies
Saarland University has defined the summer semester to be a so-called "hybrid semester". This means that bigger lectures with many students will definitely be held online. The exam phase at the end of the summer semester will usually take place in presence on campus. If you arrive late in the semester or do not know how exactly your lectures will take place, please contact your subject coordinator.
Please note: There is no legal claim to complete courses by distance learning. In any case, we recommend spending the entire semester in Saarbrücken. Studying abroad does not only mean attending lectures, but you will also gain many experiences and get to know the German language and culture much better than in a semester of online study.
The enrolment as a student can only be done online (not in person) and can therefore also be done from abroad, so that all accesses are available to you as soon as possible. Please note that the current processing time for enrollment applications is several weeks.
As soon as your enrollment has been processed, you can download your user credentials. With this you will receive your login information for the university systems.
The current offer of lectures can be accessed in the LSF: www.lsf.uni-saarland.de
General student life may continue to be subject to restrictions; this applies especially to major events and parties. The Center for International Students (ZiS) and ESN Saarbrücken will, as far as possible, alternatively set up social activities in smaller groups (buddy program, tandem program, regulars' tables, etc.)
Please also check regularly the publications of the crisis unit on the following website: