Winter semester 2020/21
Can I come to Saarbrücken for the winter semester?
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 until 01.11.2020)
If you would like to be regularly informed by our Welcome Center about changes in entry and quarantine regulations, please send an email to the Welcome Center: welcome(at)uni-saarland.de
If you are already in contact with the Welcome Center, you do not need to do this again.
According to the Corona State Regulation of the Saarland, all persons entering from a risk area must maintain a 14-day quarantine.
Exempted from this regulation are those entering with a recognized negative corona test result that is not older than 48 hours.
You can find out here whether your area of origin is currently defined as a risk area: List of risk areas of the Robert Koch Institute
Please note that this list is regularly updated and changing!
Therefore, please check the list regularly, also on your day of entry.
From your arrival airport you can continue your journey by train or by other means of public transport. Please plan your arrival as direct as possible. You must wear a mouth and nose protection on all public transport. The quarantine obligation begins upon arrival at your place of residence.
If you come from a risk area, please contact the health authorities immediately after your arrival: ordnungsamt[at]saarbruecken.de
Please send the information about when you have arrived and from where you have arrived. If you have a negative test result, please also send the certificate of the result.
- Entering Germany without coronavirus test
If you have not taken a test, the public order office ("Ordnungsamt") will require you to sign an affadavit, stating your whereabouts, as well as your travel documents (flight ticket etc). The office will then impose the official quarantine of 14 days.
- Entering Germany with a negative coronavirus test result or taking a test upon entry
If you have a negative test result, please also send it by email to the public order office. You can then immediately end the quarantine. If you take a test upon entry to Germany, you must remain in quarantine until you receive the negative test result.
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!
- 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.
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.
- If you enter with a recognized negative test result, which is not older than 48 hours, you do not have to undergo quarantine.
- You can also take a test immediately after your arrival. You must then remain in quarantine until you receive the test result. If the test result is negative, you can end the quarantine immediately. As soon as you have received a negative test result, please also send it by email to the public order office: ordnungsamt(at)saarbruecken.de.
- Important: Saarland University recommends, in accordance with the public health department, that even in the case of a negative test at the airport, a one-week self-isolation should be carried out, since infections that occurred shortly before the test was carried out may not have been detected by the test.
- 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.
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 sign in for the quarantine support of our Housing Office.
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!
Since 02 July, the EU has changed its entry restrictions for some countries. Nationals of some countries outside the EU now have the possibility to enter the country without restrictions, for others it is still the case that entry is only allowed with an urgent reason. 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.
The next changes to the quarantine regulations are expected to be published on 01.11.2020.
We expect with high probability that then there will be no possibility to end the quarantine with a test. It is possible that every person entering the country from a risk area will then have to maintain a 5-day quarantine. Please plan for this possibility.
We strongly advise all students, if possible, to come to Saarbrücken before 01.11.2020!
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 (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 winter semester to be a so-called "hybrid semester". This means that bigger lectures with many students will definitely be held online. However, all courses of study can also offer attendance classes on campus. The exam phase at the end of the winter 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. This also applies to exchange students and freemovers - since exams can be written in presence, it is usually not possible to carry out an "only-online" mobility. In any case, we recommend spending the entire semester in Saarbrücken. A semester 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: