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A book reading in auditorium G

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Demonstration during a lecture in the “Audimax”

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Studying in the O building

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

The foyer with the Service Center

Corona FAQ of the International Office

Exchange students (incomings)

Updated: 14.01.2021

The following information is subject to change due to the further development of the Corona-pandemic. Kindly inform yourself regularly on this page about further developments.

Please consult also the current information of Paderborn University's executive board, which is being updated daily.

Entry into Germany / Quarantine

Up-to-date information on the current travel regulations in connection with the Corona pandemic are available on the website of the German Foreign Federal Office.

If you plan to travel to Germany shorty, kindly inform yourself regularly before entry into Germany, as the requirements are subject to change.

Further websites with relevant information:

Does Paderborn University accept exchange students for the summer semester 2021?

We are currently assuming that the summer semester 2021 will take place as planned. Our nomination phase for the summer semester 2021 is already running. Nominations are possible until November 15. For this reason, we sent an email with the link to our nomination portal to all partner universities on October 2, 2020.

Will lessons in the summer semester 2021 be held online or face-to-face?

Whether and to what extent lectures will take place digitally or as face-to-face events in the summer semester 2021, depends on the development of the pandemic situation. Kindly apologize that unfortunately we cannot answer this question yet.

Can I extend my mobility from the summer semester to the winter semester?

We regret that an extension of your stay is only possible within the same academic year.

Is it possible to transfer a mobility from the summer semester to the following winter semester?

If you wish to defer a mobility to another semester, a new nomination for the respective semester is necessary. For technical reasons no automatic transfer is possible. Please bear with us.

Should the postponement to the winter semester lead to more mobilities than agreed for the academic year, we ask the partner university to contact us beforehand.

Our online nomination portal for the winter intake will be open from April 15 to May 15. We will inform all partner unversities in early April and forward the link to our nomination portal.

Is it possible to transfer a mobility from the winter semester to the summer semester?

If you wish to transfer a mobility to another semester, a new nomination for the respective semester is necessary. For technical reasons no automatic transfer is possible. Please bear with us.

Kindly note the following aspects regarding a deferral to the summer semester:

  • If the deferral into the summer semester leads to more mobilities for the academic year as agreed upon, we kindly ask our partner universities for previous contact.
  • Students arriving in the summer semester can stay one semester only. We regret that an extension into the next academic year is not possible.
  • Lectures offered in the summer semester may differ from those in the winter semester, which also might have an affect on credit points.

Our nomination portal for the summer intake will be open from October 15 to November 15. We will inform all partner unversities it in due time.

Can I cancel my application, if I cannot or do not want to travel to Germany due to the development of the Corona pandemic?

Yes, of course. In this case, kindly inform us and your home university immediately. Please note, however, that already paid semester fees can only be reimbursed within certain deadlines. If you have already reserved a room in a dormitory, please contact the student services immediately about the termination of the rental agreement.

What are the requirements to attend online courses?

In order attend online courses, students have to be regularly enrolled. This might include also the payment of the semester fees and the prove of health insurance for Germany, even if you are not staying in Germany all the time. This is a legal obligation. We regret that no exceptions are possible.

If you do not enter Germany for the entire semester, you are exempted from compulsory insurance.

Is health insurance required in Germany when participating in online courses?

The health insurance obligation only begins with your stay in Germany. If you started online courses of Paderborn University in your home country, but then continue in Germany, the health insurance obligation applies retrospectively from the beginning of the semester.

 

Can you send my semester ticket by mail?

Paderborn University issues only printed semester tickets. In addition, only the printed semester tickets are accepted by the public transportation services.

Buddy programm during Corona pandemic

The buddy program continues, taking into account the current protective measures due to the pandemic. Group meetings will be held online.
If you have any questions, please mail to Ms. Heike Stiller or your buddy.

We are also looking forward to buddies for the new exchange students we are expecting in the coming summer semester 2021.

Can I use the university library?

The University Library is currently open with a limited range of services. Further information is available here.

I do not want to return to Paderborn, can I terminate my rental contract with the dormitory prematurely?

Unfortunately, that is not possible.

Will I get my entire deposit back?

No, first of all there is always a fee of 80 € for the final cleaning. If there are no complaints from the caretakers about damages or lack of pre-cleaning when they check the room, you will get the rest of your deposit back. If the costs for additional cleaning or repairs exceed the deposit, you will receive an addition invoice.

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