FAQs: Corona – application, enrolment, confirmation of the necessity to be present (Präsenzbescheinigung), visa, entering Germany and quarantine, housing in Kiel, advising, orientation program winter semester 2020/21

Thank you for your interest in studying at Kiel University!

The coronavirus pandemic has affected some procedures at Kiel University. You can find the most important answers to frequently questions concerning application, enrolment confirmation of the necessity to be present, visa, entering Germany and quarantine, housing in Kiel, advising and orientation program here.

The FAQs will be updated regularly. (last update July 29th, 2020)

 

Do I have to apply via uni-assist despite the coronavirus pandemic?

Yes, uni-assist still provides its services. Further information about uni-assist can be found here:

www.uni-assist.de

 

Do I have to send certified copies to uni-assist?

For the winter term an online-only application possible for all degree programmes, except medicine/dentistry/pharmaceutical studies.

This means that you can simply submit your application electronically via the uni-assist online portal.

Important: The CAU reserves the right to request originals or certified copies at a later date.

 

For applications for the study programmes medicine/dentistry/pharmaceutical studies, certified copies are still mandatory.

 

Due to limited postal services, I am unable to send my documents by post. What should I do?

For the winter term an online-only application is possible for all degree programmes, except medicine/dentistry/pharmaceutical studies.

This means that you can simply submit your application electronically via the uni-assist online portal. So you don’t need to send any documents by post.

Important: The CAU reserves the right to request originals or certified copies at a later date.

 

For applications for the study programmes medicine/dentistry/pharmaceutical studies, certified copies are still mandatory.

When does the application period end?

The application deadlines for the winter term 2020/21 may vary, depending on the subject.

  • For medicine/dentistry/pharmaceutical studies the deadline remains July 15th
  • The deadline for all graderestricted programs is August 1st
  • The deadline for all programs without restriction (including the German course) is August 20th.

 

My language exam has been postponed/cancelled. Can I apply without a proof of language skills?

You can apply for all degree programmes, except medicine/dentistry/pharmaceutical studies, without a proof of language proficiency. The language certificate must be submitted at the latest by the time of enrolment.

 

If you are applying for the degree programs medicine/dentistry/pharmaceutical studies, the required language certificates must be submitted to uni-assist by the end of the application period.

Can I apply for the preparatory German course in the winter term?

Yes, you can already apply for the preparatory German course via the online portal of uni-assist.

 

I am a refugee and live in Germany. Are there any specific details I should observe?

The application processes for prospective students with a refugee background are equal to the process for all other international applicants. If you live in Kiel and/or have already had your certificates checked by the International Center, please contact Ms. Paulina Borzyszkowski. A direct application might be possible.

Paulina Borzyszkowski

Advisor to refugee students

pborzyszkowski@uv.uni-kiel.de

Phone: 0151-64191758

 

I am a refugee, live in or next to Kiel and want to prepare for my further studies. Can I apply for the “Fit for study program” in the winter term?

Yes, we are looking forward to your application! Please retrieve more information from   here.

 

I am an applicant from the EU. Are there any specific details I should observe?

 

More details you can find here.

 

I am an applicant from a NON-EU country. Are there any specific details I should observe?

More details you can find here.

What do I have to consider when applying for a visa?

Due to the Corona Pandemic, there are currently restrictions when applying for a visa. Please contact the German Embassy or the nearest German Consulate as early as possible. You can find more information on the website of the International Center:

https://www.international.uni-kiel.de/en/advising-activities-services/service-information/visa

The German Embassy requires a "Conformation of the necessity to be present" (Präsenzbescheinigung. What is this and where can I get it?

In those countries which are not classified as risk areas, a visa can be regularly applied for. However, for those countries that have the status of a risk area, a visa can only be applied for if the study cannot be carried out completely from abroad, which means that you have to be present on the university campus. Therefore, you need a Confirmation of the necessity to be present from the university when applying for a visa or entering Germany.

Therefore, please inquire as soon as possible at your faculty/institute whether you need to be present on campus or whether your studies can be conducted completely online from your home country in the winter semester. If this is the case, no Confirmation of the necessity to be present can be issued and it will not be possible to apply for a visa. The semester must then be conducted in your home country using the online resources provided by your institute. A list of all study advisors can be found here: https://www.studium.uni-kiel.de/de/kontakt-beratung/studienfachberatung/glossar

If you receive feedback from your faculty that you need to be present on campus in order to attend courses or take exams, please ask for the above mentioned Confirmation of the necessity to be present. You must present this certificate both when applying for a visa and at the German Federal Police when you enter Germany.

 

What do I have to consider when entering Germany? Do I have to be in quarantine?

If you enter Germany from a risk area, you are subject to a 14-day quarantine. If there is no negative COVID-19 test that you can present upon arrival, this quarantine must be observed.

More information can be found on the website of the International Center:

https://www.international.uni-kiel.de/en/advising-activities-services/service-information/arrival-to-kiel

 

When does the enrolment take place? Do I have to enrol personally?

The registration for the winter term 2020/21 will be conducted electronically via email. In case you receive an admission further details will be included within the admission email you will receive from the International Centre. Documents for registration can be sent from September 1st until October 15th.

Important: The CAU reserves the right to request originals or certified copies at a later date.

 

When does the winter term 2020/21 start?

The next winter term starts November 2nd, 2020 and ends February 26th, 2021. (Examination weeks: February 15th to February 2nd, 2021. The week before the lecture period begins (October 26th to October 30th, 2020) can be used by lecturers, for example, as a preparation week and for voluntary introductory programmes with tutors.


Is there an orientation program at the beginning of the winter semester?

Yes, in the two weeks before lectures begin, from October 19 to November 1, 2020, the International Center will offer an orientation program for new international students. Lectures will be held online. You can find more information here:
https://www.international.uni-kiel.de/en/advising-activities-services/activities-events/orientation-program

 

Will the winter term be an online term?

We remain digital, but create opportunities for direct encounters: the majority of courses will be realised as digital teaching-learning events in the winter semester. On the one hand, this is due to the distance and hygiene regulations of the state, which continue to apply to universities. According to current estimates, these regulations will also apply in the winter semester. On the other hand, this decision is based on the positive feedback we received for formats of asynchronous teaching, i.e. the flexible and repeated use of lecture recordings, not only at the CAU.

 

The imparting of knowledge is a fundamental component of a course of study. But it is also the direct encounter with science in all subjects, the joint discussion and elaboration as well as the acquisition of indispensable practices. Therefore, we would like to plan presence in a coordinated and certainly limited form. On the basis of a common framework concept, the faculties are currently specifying and prioritizing the courses of study that are to be offered in presence, while observing the hygiene regulations.

 

You find more information about the faculties on our Corona website at https://www.uni-kiel.de/en/coronavirus/details/news/teaching-and-studying-winter-semester-2020-21#c37043

 

Where can I find information about housing in Kiel?

On the website of the International Center you will also find information on housing:
https://www.international.uni-kiel.de/en/advising-activities-services/service-information/accomodation-in-kiel

 

Where can I find more information about Corona at Kiel University?

At www.uni-kiel.de/de/coronavirus.

 

Who can I contact?

123-hiwi@uv.uni-kiel.de