FAQ for international students

Last modification:  06.10.2021 / 1:35 p.m.

I have a vaccination certificate that is not recognised in the EU. Will I still receive the OVGU passport?

Yes, at OVGU we recognise the certificate. The prerequisite for this is that you have official proof in English (e.g. yellow WHO passport). If this is not possible, please contact the International Office.

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In which form will classes be taught in the winter semester of 2021/22?

The winter semester 2021/22 will be conducted as an attendance semester. However, the resumption of teaching on campus is linked to the 3G principle (vaccinated, tested or recovered) and the observance of distance and hygiene rules.

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Due to quarantine or travel restrictions, it is not possible to participate in classroom teaching events. Is the content provided?

No disadvantages should arise from non-participation. All course contents must be available in an online version without barriers. The respective teacher can decide on the format. Thus, different variants are possible - for example, a script, a podcast or a video. Please contact your lecturers and/or course directors if you have any questions or problems.

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What should I do if I seriously suspect being infected with the Covid-19 disease or have been informed of a suspected case in my family, flat share, study or work?

Please contact the public health authorities in Magdeburg (Tel. 0391 540-6001) or your family doctor and make an appointment for a test. As long as you are waiting for the test result, you must remain in domestic self-isolation. If the test result is positive, you must follow the instructions of the public health authorities. You should also inform the university about your test result, the quarantine instructions, and your last contact persons by sending an email to .

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How can I register for face-to-face classes?

Detailed information on the registration process for classroom teaching on the university campus can be found on the following page.

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In which form will examinations take place for the winter semester 2021/22?

Due to the rapidly changing situation of the pandemic, it is not yet possible to make any statements on the realisation of exams. Please check your student email account regularly. If you have questions regarding the exam, please contact your teacher or the examination office directly.

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Can I defer my admission to the following summer semester 2022?

You can postpone your admission to free-admission programmes until the next summer semester 2022, if the programme starts in the summer semester. Please contact by 15 January 2022 at the latest! The new admission letters will be sent out from 15 November 2021.

For the admission-restricted degree programmes "International Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship" (IMME) and "Operations Research and Business Analytics" (ORBA), submit an informal application by 15 December 2021 to with an updated letter of motivation. Please note that your application will participate in the selection process again and that a new admission cannot be guaranteed.

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Can I defer my admission to the following winter semester 2022/2023 because my desired study programme only starts in the winter semester?

You can postpone your admission to open-admission programmes until the next winter semester 2022/23, if the programme starts in the winter semester. Please contact by 15 January 2022! The new admission letters will be sent out from 15 May 2022.

For admission-restricted degree programmes, apply for the postponement of your admission by 15 January 2022. After receipt of your application, you will receive further information on the procedure. Automatic re-admission cannot be guaranteed.

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What do I have to do when I travel to Germany from a risk area?

Digital Arrival Registration (Digitale Einreiseanmeldung (DEA))

If you travel from a high risk area, you must complete the Digital Arrival Registration (DEA) before entering the Federal Republic of Germany. Local public health authorities can access this information online, which enables the enforcement of quarantine rules. They can also demand proof of testing or can ask you to take a test after your arrival.

If for technical reasons (such as lack of hardware or technical issues with the website) you cannot register online before your arrival, you are obligated to fill in a substitute registration on paper. Please check the form for information regarding drop-off points (for example: with your airline/other carriers or with Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, 69990 Mannheim). The substitute registration will be forwarded to the public health authorities of the traveller’s destination address.

Quarantine

According to the Corona-Arrival-Regulations (CoronaEinreiseV) of the Federal Ministry of Health dating from 30 July 2021, all returning or first-entry travellers from high risk areas must quarantine for 10 days. Travellers from virus mutation areas must quarantine for 14 days. The RKI provides a list of current high risk and virus mutation areas.

  • Travellers from high risk areas must register via the Digital Entry Application prior to their entry. In addition, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative PCR test (max. 72h old) or an antigen test (max. 48h old) is required for entry. The quarantine period takes 10 days. The quarantine can be cancelled immediately if the person entering the country can show proof of vaccination or recovery. If no proof is available, the quarantine can be ended from the 5th day with a negative test result.
  • Travellers from virus mutation areas must also register with the Digital Entry Registration before departure. A negative PCR test (max. 72h old) or an antigen test (max48h old) are also required. A vaccination or recovery certificate is not sufficient. The quarantine period is 14 days and cannot be terminated early.
  • Persons entering from other areas do not have to register with the Digital Entry Registration. However, a vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative PCR test (max. 72 hours old) or an antigen test (max. 48 hours old) is required for entry. Quarantining is not necessary.

Here you can find a simple overview on current entry regulations.

Because of virus mutations, all students arriving in Magdeburg from official virus mutation areas must quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine cannot be shortened by a PCR test or rapid antigen test.

If during your quarantine you experience any typical symptoms of an infection with SARS-CoV-2 such as coughing, fever, sneezing or new loss of taste or smell, you must contact the public health authorities immediately.

Hotline: 0391 540 2000 (Monday - Friday 8 a.m.-4.00 p.m.)
Email:

Fieberambulanz (Fever Centre), Brandenburger Str. 8
Register with the public health authorities (hotline see above) or use the appointment service hotline (116117)

Opening hours:

  • Monday -Friday: 9 a.m.-12 noon
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Where in Magdeburg can I get tested in order to shorten my mandatory quarantine time?

For scheduling an antigen test or a PCR-test students can contact

  • the “Fieberambulanz”
    Schedule an appointments via phone: 0391/6717790 or 0391/6717791
    Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 noon
    Address: University Clinic, Leipziger Straße 44, Building 10, 39120 Magdeburg

  • the Corona-Schnelltest-Zentrum
    Schedule an appointment via phone 0391/28896317 or online
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by individual appointment
    Address: Herderstr. 29, 39108 Magdeburg
  • the Corona Antigen Schnelltest Zentrum
    Schedule an appointment online
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Address: Allee-Center Magdeburg
  • or got to any of the various rapid test centres in the city, for example in pharmacies
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What does quarantining entail?

You may not leave your apartment or room. Persons who live with you in your flat/room are not allowed to leave the flat either. They are not allowed to receive visitors. You'll find more information here.

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What can I do if during quarantine I experience any typical symptoms of an infection with SARS-CoV-2 such as coughing, fever, sneezing or new loss of taste or smell?

If during your quarantine you experience any typical symptoms of an infection with SARS-CoV-2 such as coughing, fever, sneezing or new loss of taste or smell, you must contact the public health authorities immediately.

Hotline: 0391 540 2000 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4.00 p.m.)
Email:

Fieberambulanz (Fever Centre), Brandenburger Str. 8
Register with the public health authorities (hotline see above) or use the appointment service hotline (116117)

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-12 noon
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Do I have to quarantine in Magdeburg or can I do that in another city in Germany?

Yes, you can self-isolate in another German city. Please contact the public health department in the city where you are conducting the quarantine.

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If I have a negative test result from my home country, will I still have to be quarantined for 10 days?

If you are not vaccinated and travel to Germany from a high risk area, you can end the mandatory quarantine after 5 days by producing a negative test result. Both rapid antigen test (no older than 48 hours) and PCR-tests (no older then 72 hours) are eligible. Travellers from a virus-mutation area must quarantine for 14 days without exceptions.

For scheduling a PCR-test students can contact

  • the “Fieberambulanz”
    Schedule an appointments via phone: 0391/6717790 or 0391/6717791
    Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 noon
    Address: University Clinic, Leipziger Straße 44, Building 10, 39120 Magdeburg

  • the Corona-Schnelltest-Zentrum
    Schedule an appointment via phone 0391/28896317 or online
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by individual appointment
    Address: Herderstr. 29, 39108 Magdeburg
  • the Corona Antigen Schnelltest Zentrum
    Schedule an appointment online
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Address: Allee-Center Magdeburg
  • or got to any of the various rapid test centres in the city, for example in pharmacies
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Which vaccines will be accepted?

A vaccination process against SARS-CoV-2 will be considered complete once the following criteria are met:

  • The proof of vaccination must include the following data:
    • The personal data of the person vaccinated (at least surname, first name and date of birth or passport/ID card number).

    • Date of vaccination, number of vaccinations,

    • Name of the vaccine,

    • Name of the disease against which vaccination was given, and

    • Characteristics that indicate the person or institution responsible for carrying out the protective vaccination or issuing the certificate, for example an official symbol or the name of the issuer.

  • the vaccine appears on the list of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, and
    • a) the respective required number of doses for complete protection as indicated on the list of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut has been administered and at least 14 days have passed since the administration of the last required vaccination dose,
    • or b) the one required dose has been administered to a recovered person.
    • You can find a list of vaccines' names abroad on this website.
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Which rules apply if I have been vaccinated abroad with a non-EU-recognised vaccine?

I am travelling to Germany from abroad and was vaccinated with a vaccine that is not recognised by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut.

Can I get tested free of charge?

International students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not recognised in the EU, you will be able to get tested at the test centres throughout the city. These tests will remain free of charge until 31 December 2021 (see §4a Punkt 3 of the Coronavirus-Testverordnung from 21 September 2021).

You can also use the university's test centre in building 5, room 122 (by appointment only).

Will I have to be vaccinated a second time?

In their Epidemiological Bulletin 38 (2021, page 8) from 23 September 2021, the STIKO (Permanent Vaccination Committee of Germany) advises these students to start a new vaccination process. This second process might cause stronger side effects due to the previously received vaccine.

"According to current law and vaccination recommendations depending on age, people who have been vaccinated abroad with a COVID-19 vaccine that is not recognised in the EU will need to undergo a new vaccination series in order to achieve the status of "vaccinated" in the EU. In these cases, the person to be vaccinated must be made aware of the fact that stronger  local and systemic reactions might be caused. The medical staff distributing the vaccine are asked to actively check for stronger reactions and to report them to the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut if applicable." (Original: "Personen, die im Ausland bereits mit nicht in der EU zugelassenen COVID-19-Impfstoffen geimpft wurden, benötigen gemäß aktueller Rechtslage und unter Berücksichtigung der altersentsprechenden Impfempfehlungen eine erneute Impfserie, um in der EU den Status als Geimpfte zu erlangen. In solchen Fällen sollen die zu impfenden Personen darauf hingewiesen werden, dass vermehrte lokale und systemische Reaktionen auftreten können. Die impfenden ÄrztInnen werden gebeten, auf das Auftreten verstärkter Impfreaktionen aktiv zu achten und diese ggf. an das Paul-Ehrlich-Institut zu melden.")

 

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I would like to travel to Magdeburg, but I do not have a rental contract or the possibility to go into quarantine. What can I do?

Please contact the Studentenwerk Magdeburg and sign a rental contract for the quarantine period. During the quarantine period you will be provided with food by the dormitory tutors of the Studentenwerk Magdeburg. You have to pay for accommodation and food yourself. Please keep cash on hand for the delivery of food. You can contact the following email for information about accommodation after the quarantine.

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How can I get food during quarantine?

If you have to take care of the food supply yourself, you can use Edeka4. They deliver basic grocery needs which you can pay by card or cash. The charge 5€ for delivery. Additionally, Lieferandoprovides delivery options for many restaurants offering various food styles.

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What information is available on how to use the IT Service Point and URZ?

The IT Service Point and the computer pools will remain closed until further notice. Since 1 February 2021, you can collect printouts in the entrance area where you can also scan an copy documents. You can find further information here.

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Are central contact points such as the Campus Service Centre, examination offices and the International Office open to the public?

Starting on 1 July 2021, the Campus Service Center extends its offers by a variety of Click&Meet services. You need to make an appointment for personal consultation hours. You can find more information here. All other offices remain partly closed to the public but you can contact the respective employees by phone or email. Please check opening hours and contact info on the respective websites where you can also find the tools for booking an appointment.

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My entry visa expires and I have not yet been able to travel to Germany. What can I do?

If you have not yet been able to travel to Germany, please contact the German Embassy / the German Consulate in order to apply for a new visa.

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My residence permit expires and I cannot come to the University of Magdeburg. What can I do?

Please contact the German Embassy / the German Consulate in order to apply for a new visa.

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I want to renew my residence permit but I cannot book an appointment at the Foreigners’ Office in Magdeburg. What can I do?

Please apply for the renewal of your residence permit via email preferably 8 weeks before your current permit expires. You must send the application for a temporary residence permit and all necessary documents to auslä.

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My embassy requires a personalised letter detailing mandatory presence in Magdeburg and a date until which I have to arrive in Magdeburg. Whom can I contact?

Proof of compulsory attendance is not required, as higher education institutions regularly hold a mixture of online and face-to-face events.

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Last Modification: 06.10.2021 - Contact Person: Dipl.-Lehrerin Eva Böhning