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Information for Exchange Students, International Degree-Seeking UdK Students and Partner Universities

Arrival in Berlin

What do you need to consider when travelling from abroad?

Update on 23.11.2020

Students who have stayed in risk areas* within the last 10 days before arriving in Berlin must:

  • register before entering the country on (available in 11 languages).  The information is then automatically forwarded to the responsible Gesundheitsamt (health authority).
  • go to their own apartment or house or other suitable accommodation immediately after their arrival and remain in quarantine for a period of ten days. This also applies to students who have previously entered the Federal Republic of Germany via another federal state.
  • take a compulsory test. You can get tested for free at BER Airport (former Schönefeld Airport). If you are unable to do so for capacity reasons, you can get a test at various corona screening centers in Berlin.

Exception from the quarantine obligation

  • Students with a negative test which was taken no more than 48 hours prior to their entry in Germany. This test must meet the criteria of the Robert Koch Institute* (RKI).
  • A registration on before arriving in Gernany ist still compulsory!

Please find more information on current quarantine and registration requirements for travellers on the following website:

*please scroll to the bottom of the page of the RKI to find the information in English.


  • It is not allowed to spend the quarantine in a student dormitory, hostel and other accommodation with shared bathroom/kitchen. During the quarantine, any contact with people who do not belong to your household must be strictly avoided.
  • If you are in quarantine, it is strictly forbidden to attend courses and to enter any of the buildings of the UdK Berlin.
  • The students mentioned above can only attend digital courses or take online exams.
  • Even if the test is negative, it is strongly recommended that you repeat the test after 5 to 7 days.
  • If you think you may have an infection, please call the Corona Hotline for advice. It can be reached daily from 8:00 - 20:00 hrs under 9028-2828. Moreover, you must strictly comply with the procedure in case of infection or suspected infection at UdK Berlin.

Please check the current Berlin regulations on the day of your arrival. These can be changed according to the current infection situation.

Incoming Exchange Students

Incoming exchange students - summer semester 2021


The application process starts on 15th October and ends on 15th November. Further information can be found here:

Applications are accepted under the condition that exchanges are possible and safe. We carefully will observe the development of the Corona pandemic and reserve the right to withdraw the acceptance.

The COVID-19 pandemic remains unpredictable and we are facing many possible challenges for the summer semester in terms of safety, international travel restrictions and academic developments.

Outgoing Exchange Students 2020/21

Update on 8.11.2020

The UdK Berlin does NOT encourage physical mobility to a country with a COVID-19-related travel warning during the summer semester 2020/21! UdK Berlin recommends to refrain from travel to study abroad destinations in so called risk areas.

However, it is at the participants' discretion to travel to regions with a COVID-19 travel warning. We are allowed again to financially support students in these areas under certain conditions. Keep in mind that you do this at your own risk!

The European Commission, the DAAD, and the UdK Berlin urge all students to follow preventive measures by the local authorities.

Please sign in "ELEFAND", the Krisenvorsorgeliste by the Auswärtiges Amt (crisis prevention list):!form.action

and consult the following websites for up-to-date travel and safety instructions:

Auswärtiges Amt:

Liste der Risikogebiete laut RKI

"Sicher Reisen"-App:
Travel safely app by the Auswärtiges Amt

Exchange students are expected to adapt their individual Health and Travel insurance to the Corona situation.

For individual consultation, please contact your international office coordinator.

In addition, we offer ONLINE CONSULTATION HOURS for exchange students every Wednesday from 2-3 p.m., as well as every Friday from 10-11 a.m.

International students at UdK Berlin

  • Winter Semester 2020

Update on 23.11.2020

The start of the winter semester has been postponed to 2 November 2020. Please click here for more information regarding the lecture period and academic holidays.

UdK Berlin is planning a mix of digital teaching and on-site lectures for this semester, as far as the development of the pandemic allows. Please click here for more information (only available in German).

ATTENTION! The Berlin Landesamt für Einwanderung (Immigration Office) strongly advises against travelling abroad over the Christmas holidays. Due to the Corona Pandemic, this could lead to unpredictable return problems.

  • Visa/residence

The Landesamt für Einwanderung has reopened for regular customer appointments. More information about the opening hours can be found here.

If you are still abroad:

- Do you need  a "confirmation of the necessity to be present in Germany for the purpose of studying (§ 16b AufenthG)" to apply for a study visa? Please contact the person in charge of your study programm at the Registration and Examinations Office (IPA).

- Has your residence permit already expired? Please contact us at the following e-mail address: aaa_

- Have you been abroad for more than six months, but your residence permit is still valid? Please contact us at the following e-mail address: aaa_

If you are already in Berlin:

- Have you been in a risk area within the last 10 days before arriving in Berlin? Please read the information on quarantine and reporting requirements for travellers here.

How to contact us during the Corona Pandemic

Since 11 May 2020 International Student Services has been offering online consultation hours. These take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 to 3 pm on the BigBlueButton platform. Please do not forget to select the microphone icon before entering the virtual consultation room!

You can of course contact us at any time by e-mail: aaa_

International Applicants at UdK Berlin

How to contact us during the Corona Pandemic

Since 11 May 2020 International Student Services has been offering online consultation hours. These take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 to 3 pm on the BigBlueButton platform. Please do not forget to select the microphone icon before entering the virtual consultation room!

You can of course contact us at any time by e-mail:

Financial support

Update on 05.01.2021

Due to the effects of the corona crisis, many students are facing financial difficulties. We have collected emergency funds and financial support for students in this document.

International students of UdK Berlin are also encouraged to contact the International Student Services team with their questions: aaa_

International Office

The International Office acts in two areas:

International Student Services offer assistance to all international students interested in applying for a degree at UdK Berlin and give advice throughout the course of their studies. UdK students wanting to go abroad with a DAAD/Fulbright scholarship can also seek advise here.

The International Office establishes and maintains cooperations with international partner universities and is the contact point for all matters relating to international exchange for students, teachers and university staff.