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Persons entering the country and returnees from abroad must comply with the current testing obligations or quarantine regulations. There are entry restrictions for travelers from most non-EU countries. You can find more information on this under Travel.

TU members expecting visitors from abroad are asked to contact the guests and inform them about the restrictions and if necessary cancel or postpone their stay.

For persons staying in virus variant areas with a particularly high spread of mutations of the virus, entry to Germany is currently generally prohibited according to the Corona Entry Regulations. This also applies to those who have been fully vaccinated. Exceptions are only possible in very few cases, for example for persons with registered residence and right of residence in Germany.

For students and scientists from virus variant areas, this means that regular studies with classroom teaching on campus or a research stay in Germany can currently not be ensured for the winter semester 2021/22. Entry is even not possible if a study place commitment has already been issued by the German university: As long as a country is considered a virus variant area, no visas can be issued.

Please check the website of the RKI (Robert Koch-Institut) on a regular basis for the risk classification of your country.

International Students

Whether you have to go get testes or go into domestic quarantine after your arrival depends on federal Corona Entry Regulations. The regulations depend on whether a country is listed as risk area, high incidence area or variant of concern area. Please regularly read our checklist for entering Germany. Further information can be found under Travel.

No. Only persons who have been vaccinated with a vaccination approved in the EU are considered as fully vaccinated. However, you can still get advice on a possible revaccination at the vaccination center until 30 September.

If you are coming to Germany for your studies, you will need a German health insurance. If you are initially going to start your studies from outside Germany, you do not need a German health insurance for the time being. After entry to Germany the health insurance obligation comes into force retroactively to the beginning of the semester.

In principle, every student of TU Dortmund University has to pay the social contribution fee. However, if you can prove that you have been abroad for the entire semester, you can apply to the AStA for a refund of the fee for the NRW semester ticket for summer semester 2021 until 15 September 2021.

Currently, no student ID cards (UniCards) are issued. You can identify yourself as a student of TU Dortmund University with your certificate of study (PDF) and your ID card/passport. You can borrow books from the university library using your digital ID card in the TU app.

Your valid residence permit for Germany loses its validity if you stay abroad for more than six months at a time. Due to worldwide travel restrictions there is one exception: If you are abroad and have no possibility to return to Germany within 6 months, you can apply for an extension of the deadline. This application must be submitted to the relevant Foreigners’ Registration Office before the deadline expires and can be made informally, for example by e-mail.

A direct postponement of the admission is not possible; a new application in due form and time must be submitted for the winter semester 2021/22 or for the summer semester 2022.

Therefore, applicants who have been unable to enroll, should reapply for winter semester 2021/22 (by 31 July latest) or the summer semester 2022 (from mid-November) and enclose their admission letter for the summer semester 2021. 

Please inform yourself about the corresponding application periods and deadlines as well as about the application process on the website of the International Office.

Exchange Students (Incomings)

Students in the Erasmus+ program can address their questions by e-mail to the Erasmus Team.

Students in the overseas programs (ISEP, USA program, worldwide) can contact the Exchange Students Team by e-mail.

TU Dortmund University welcomes exchange students (so-called incomings) in the winter semester 2021/2022 who have applied for a stay in due time and have been accepted. The International Office informs the incomings about the particularities that have to be observed with regard to the Corona situation via e-mail.

For questions, Erasmus students are welcome to contact the Erasmus team by e-mail and students in the ISEP, USA and worldwide programs are welcome to contact the Exchange Students Team by e-mail.

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