Information for International Students and Researchers
[as of 29.01.2021]
If you are currently in an area of variant of concern, you are not allowed to travel to Germany unless you have a German residence permit. If you are coming from a high incidence area (defined by the RKI), you must register online via einreiseamldung.de and have taken a negative corona test before entering the country.
If you are traveling from a high-risk area (list of high-risk areas according to the Robert Koch institute), you are obliged to register online via einreiseamldung.de before entering Germany. In addition, immediate testing is mandatory. This means that inbound travelers must present a negative corona test result within 48 hours after entering the country. This test can be done at the earliest 48 hours before entry or immediately after arriving the destination. Please note that this test is subject to a fee in Germany and does not exempt you from quarantine!
[as of 11.01.2021]
Inbound travelers from high-risk areas are obliged to go into a 10-day domestic quarantine directly after their arrival. You can find a regularly updated list of all high-risk areas on the website of the RKI.
Please check with your landlord/landlady in advance if you are allowed to spend the quarantine in the apartment you have rented. If you do not have your own apartment when you enter in Bremen, you can also spend your quarantine in a hotel or hostel. This must be indicated before in the online registration and be clarified with the hotel/hostel.
You can shorten your quarantine after 5 days by doing a PCR corona test. This test is subject to a charge. As an inbound traveler from a high-risk area, you can get tested at various locations, such as the Johanniter Bremen-Verden or the Corona Walk-In Bremen-Mitte.
If you are in quarantine and develop symptoms, it is your duty to report to the Bremen public health department. Please use the corona hotline +49 (0)421 115 for this purpose.
[as of 11.01.2021]
The brochure "Ihr Weg zum Corona-Test - Bremen" describes four different situations, in which you might want to or need to take a corona test and how to get yourself tested.
If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your general practitioner. The "Weisse Liste" lists all general practitioners in Bremen. If you are looking for a foreign-language practitioner, please visit the website of KVHB.
On weekends and public holidays, you can contact the medical on-call service under this number: 116 117.
They can advise you about the possibility of taking a corona test.
Please isolate yourself immediately if you experience any symptoms of a corona infection.
[as of 26.01.2021]
The university library and the Student Service Organisation (Mensa cafeteria, student residences, BaföG student loan, counselling) provide information on their respective websites about current opening hours and regulations.
Information for Students
Visit the website of the University of Bremen on students finances for international students for general information on financing and various options for financial support.
[as of 26.01.2021]
Students who can prove that they are in acute distress due to the corona pandemic can apply for interim financial aid of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) from November 2020 to March 2021. Have a look at the application for interim financial aid of the BMBF and all important information about the application process.
Further information of the "Studierendenwerk Bremen" about the interim financial aid for international students is available here.
[as of 26.01.2021]
In addition, under certain circumstances, you can currently get the costs for the semester ticket reimbursed, if you file a hardship application available from the AStA Students' Union (English version below).
[As of 19.02.2021]
If you are enrolled at the University of Bremen, you must have health insurance in Germany. This also applies, if you are exclusively abroad.
If you are studying online exclusively from abroad and already concluded health insurance in Germany, you can apply to your health insurance company for a waiver of contributions. For this, you also need a certificate from the University of Bremen stating that you are studying online from abroad. Please contact the student office for this purpose.
If you are new at the university and didn't conclude a health insurance in Germany yet, you don't have to conclude one at first, presupposed you are studying exclusively online.
If you want to enter for the upcoming summer semester before April 01, it is mandatory that you have a health insurance certificate for re-registration.
If you want to enter for the upcoming summer semester after April 01, you can initially re-register without health insurance. After the entry, the health insurance certificate must be submitted immediately!
If you enter Germany at a later date, it is possible to postpone the start of the mandatory health insurance contributions until you actually enter the country.
Please inform yourself in advance at your health insurance company which further steps are necessary.
On the website "Formalaties for International Students" of the University of Bremen, you will find a selection of different health insurance companies and further information under the item "Health Insurance".
If you need a letter of confirmation of your participation at your studies in Bremen, please contact the Student Office of the University of Bremen.