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Programme for the Digital Welcome Week (Summer Semester 2021)


From 22 March until 2 April 2021, the Welcome Weeks offers a diverse online programme for international students.

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Heinrich-Böll-Foundation: Scholarships for Students and Doctoral Candidates from MENA-countries


The Heinrich-Böll-Foundation support German and international students (particular focus on Middle East & Northern Africa) studying in Germany. Application deadlines are 1 March and 1 September each year.

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Guidelines on the restriction of social contacts from the German government


Dear Students!
The German government has released new regulations, which will come into effect tomorrow. Since they concern all of us, here is a rough translation, you can find the full text in german online: (

1.) Everyone has to reduce their physical and social contacts to people outside the own household to an absolute minimum. Wherever possible, a distance of at least 1.5 m has to be kept. Leaving home is only allowed for good reasons.
These explicitly include: work; any type of medical treatment; getting convenience goods; visiting spouse or partner, old, sick or people otherwise in need; accompanying people in need of support, including minors; sports and movement outside EITHER alone, OR with at most one person not from the same household OR with household members. NO OTHER GROUPS ALLOWED; Important legal business; Walking dogs or other related activities.

2.) Staying outside is only allowed (a) alone, (b) with at most one person NOT from the same household, (3) with people of the same household.

3.) ALL restaurants are closed, except for takeout, security distance of 1.5 m MUST be adhered to.

4.) The following shops will be closed in addition to the ones already closed: hair dressers, tattoo studios, cosmetics studios, and similar businesses where direct contact is inevitable and which are not essential.

5.) These regulations will be controlled, and reasons have to be given.

These regulations are in effect for at least 2 weeks.

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DaF Intensive Course levels A1.1, A2.1 and B1.1


When? 4th-22nd March 2024, Mon-Fri, 9 am-12.30 pm

Where? Language Centre, Building 40, room 405 (A1.1), room 406 (A2.1) and room 407 (B1.1)

Who? Open to all OVGU students / staff; 5-18 participants

Course Fees: 80€ students / 160€ staff; due date for payment: 26th February 2023

Online Placement Test:

  • A1.1: no online placement test
  • A2.1: online placement test (before course registration!) or A1 OVGU Language Centre certificate
  • B1.1: online placement test (before course registration!) or A1 OVGU Language Centre certificate

You can register for the online placement test and the course at  from 19th to 26th February 2024.

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Information Event of the Foreigner`s Office


Are you a student in your first or second semester? You don`t have a residence permit yet, but your visa is expiring within the next six months? You have entered the country without a visa and need a residence permit within the next 90 days? Then come to the information event on May 3rd, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. in lecture hall 1 (building 26) oft he Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg.

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