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Eva Grottschreiber

e-mail: 
eva.grottschreiber@zv.uni-siegen.de
phone.: +49 (0)271/740-3916
office: AR-SSC 119

COVID-19

COVID-19_Zuschnitt

Due to the spread of COVID-19, everyday life and campus life have changed considerably.

The upcoming summer semester 2021 will be hybrid scheduled. All university buildings will stay closed until Mai 24, 2021. For further information on the academic calendar visit the website Deadlines and General Dates.

We know that the situation is a challenge, especially for our current international students. We continue to be available to support you. Contact us by e-mail if you have any questions or concerns. 

On this website we provide information on regulations, finances, residence permit and support under COVID-19. As information may chang, please check the websites listed below regularly for updates!

Information from the University of Siegen

General information from the University of Siegen concerning the current semester, studies and teaching, hygiene measures and behaviour in case of illness can be found in the corona information portal.  

Extension of Lockdown 

Public life remains severely restricted. The current regulations are valid for the time being until May 14, 2021. Please be sure to read our information on entry and current regulations in the public sector!

New Face Mask Regulations

Currently, you must wear a medical mask (so-called surgical masks of the EN 14683 standard -must be specified on the sales packaging- or medical masks of the KN95/N95 or FFP2 standards) in public spaces, i.e. at bus stops and train stations, in doctors' offices, pharmacies, shops or at gas stations, as well as during religious services or other religious gatherings. Fabric masks or other face coverings are no longer allowed!
Please note: As of now, FFP2 masks are mandatory in public transport!

Curfew

Attention: From April 26 there will be a curfew between 22.00 in the evening and 5.00 in the morning! During this time it is not allowed to be outside; between 22.00 and 24.00 you are allowed to make a walk or go jogging alone though. 

Entry Regulations >

Please note that the information is constantly changing. Please inform yourself about the latest status before your arrival.


Since June 2020, there have been additional entry regulations. Please note the information for travellers provided by the Federal Ministry of Health. For further information check FAQ regarding corona testing when travelling to Germany.

Persons entering NRW from a risk area, area of variant of concern or high incident area from abroad must first register their entry online at einreiseanmeldung.de. An up-to-date list of risk areas can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute. Please note: From now on, persons entering Germany by air must present a negative test before boarding the aircraft!

Entering Germany from a Risk Area or High Incidence Area

If possible, entry from a risk or high-incidence area should already be made with a COVID test that is not older than 48 hours. Alternatively, a test can be made immediately after entry. If the test result is negative, quarantine is not necessary. Please note the requirements regarding the performance of a test.
If no test is performed, you must go into domestic quarantine for 10 days immediately after entry. You can end the quarantine if you perform a COVID test with a negative result in the meantime.
The negative test result must be kept for at least 10 days! If symptoms of illness occur, please call a doctor immediately.


Entering Germany from an Area of Variant of Concern or High Incident Area

Stricter rules apply to entry from areas where certain virus variants have spread (virus variant areas). As of March 8, 2021, a quarantine period of 14 days applies.
Persons who have been in such a region for 10 days before entering Germany require a negative test result or a corresponding medical certificate. The result must be presented to the competent authorities upon entry. If the journey is made by a carrier, you must also present the proof to the carrier. The test must have been performed no more than 48 hours prior to entry. If you are unable to test, your carrier may perform or arrange for a test to be performed no more than 12 hours prior to departure. The test must also meet certain requirements (see RKI).


Accommodation

Please note that hotels are currently not allowed to accommodate private individuals (and therefore students neither). Therefore, make arrangements in advance for accommodation to which you can travel directly.

COVID-Tests

» At the airport
It is best to get tested while still in your home country (maximum 48 hours before departure) and enter the country with a negative test. Alternatively, in Germany there is the possibility to get tested directly after arrival at the airport.

» Corona app
It is recommended to install the Corona warning app of the federal government on your smartphone. It is also available in English https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/corona-warn-app/corona-warn-app-englisch and in other languages. You can be informed about your test result via it.
 
» At a doctor's office     
On the webite Corona-Test-Praxis (available in German only) you can search for the nearest doctor's office in the region, where you can be tested for COVID-19 infections. All practices that perform such a test have the necessary protective measures in place.

» Quick tests
Here you find information on quick tests in Siegen as well as other information (in German only).

Confirmation of In-Person Classes

If students who have to enter Germany in the summer semester 2021 to study (whose studies do not take place online) need a special confirmation from the University of Siegen for entry, please request it at registration@zv.uni-siegen.de.

First steps in Siegen

On this homepage you will find a lot of important information about your start in Siegen. Please also note the digital introductory events in April! 

Quarantine regulations >

If you are part of the group that needs to be quarantined for some time after entry, please note the following:

Way to your accommodation

After your arrival (for example, at the airport), you must travel by direct route to your accommodation. This means that you may use trains and buses to get to your accommodation, but you are not allowed to do any shopping beforehand or meet other people, for example. Therefore, make sure that you take some food with you or, if you move into a shared apartment, ask your roommates to buy something for you beforehand.

In the accommodation

If you will be living in a dormitory or in a shared apartment (WG), you will have to stay mostly in your room during the quarantine period. Talk to your flatmates to clarify the use of the kitchen and bathroom together (e.g. at certain times). You are not allowed to leave the apartment/house under any circumstances.
The quarantine may only be terminated early if you are allowed to do so by the health department or public order office!!

Food supply

Please make sure that you get enough food yourself. Ask your roommates or friends to do the shopping for you and bring you the food - contactless. You can also order groceries or hot meals via delivery services.
Local supermarkets, for example, can be found at www.lozuka.de. Also, use the Google search with the keyword "Lieferservice".

There are also organizations that will support you if you need help. Please contact buergermeister@siegen.de or call (0271) 404-123. Alternatively, contact the Corona info hotline of the Siegen-Wittgenstein district administration at 0271/3331120 or the mobile emergency service of the SoLiNa initiative at 0170/6768713.

If you live in the Student Union dorms, you can also purchase a cooking set and a laundry set!

Support

If you face severe problems, please contact your supervisor if you are part of an English speaking study program (see contact below under "help and contact); if this is not the case, please contact the department International Student Affairs

Current regulations in public space >


General Regulations:

» Distance
You need to keep a distance of 1.5m to other people and avoid gatherings or groups.

» Hygiene
Wash your hands often and thouroughly with soap and water or use hand sanatizer.
Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

» Face Mask (Please note new regulations as of 25 January 2021)
As of January 25, you must wear a medical mask (so-called surgical masks of the EN 14683 standard -must be specified on the sales packaging- or medical masks of the KN95/N95 or FFP2 standards) in public spaces, i.e. at bus stops and train stations or in public transport, in doctors' offices, in pharmacies, in shops or at gas stations, as well as during religious services or other religious gatherings. Fabric masks or other cace coverings are no longer allowed!

Regulations in the District Siegen-Wittgenstein (as of 1.12.2020):

Regular updates and case numbers are published on the website of the District Siegen-Wittgenstein. As information is provided in German only you find a summery of the most important regulations here.

» Social Distancing
The distance regulation of 1.5m applies. In addition, in public areas, only groups of max. 5 persons are allowed in the district of Siegen-Wittgenstein, and these persons may only come from two households.
Only people from one household are allowed to stay in private rooms with one person from another household or several people from another household with a total number not exceeding 5.

» Mandatory Face Covering in the City Center
Face covering must also be worn in parts of the Siegen city center. Please note changes in mask regulations as of January 2021! In public spaces surgical masks or medical masks (KN95/N95/FFP2 masks) are required, fabric masks or other face coverings are no longer allowed. This applies to the following area (streets):

Unterstadt 
Bahnhofstraße 1-27 incl. bridge ZOB_Schutzverordnung
Scheinerplatz
Kunstweg
Brüder-Busch-Straße
Oberstadtbrücke
Kölner Tor 4-10 as well as 1-3 (opposite side of the street)
Kölner Straße 64-66
Oberstadt:
Kornmarkt 2-34
Mark 1-49
Neumarkt 1-11
Pfarrstraße 2-6
Alfred-Fissmer-Anlage  

» Events, Congresses and Crowds 
Events, congresses and crowds of more than 100 persons require may take place if the hygiene and safety concept is approved in due time. 
Indoor events with more than 500 participants as well as indoor events with more than 250 participants are cancelled.

» Holiday Celebrations and Special Occasions
Celebrations of holidays or special occasions outside the apartment are limited to 10 persons.

Current Regulations in Germany (as of 24.03.2021)

» Mask Regulations
As of January 25, you must wear a medical mask (so-called surgical masks of the EN 14683 standard -must be specified on the sales packaging- or medical masks of the KN95/N95 or FFP2 standards) in public spaces, i.e. at bus stops and train stations or in public transport, in doctors' offices, in pharmacies, in shops or at gas stations, as well as during religious services or other religious gatherings. Fabric masks or other cace coverings are no longer allowed!
Attention: If there are people from several households in one car, a mask must be worn by all of them!

»
 Social Distancing  
Avoid contact with people outside your household, private travel and trips to friends or relatives. 
Private meetings are limited to persons of one houshold and no more than one person from another household.

» If a district hits 200 new infections per 100.000 inhabitants, non-essential travel will be restricted to a 15 km radius.

» Alcohol Prohobition
Alcoholic beverages must not be consumed in public spaces, fines habe been established. 

»
 Shops and Services 
Retail stores close. Stores for daily needs such as supermarkets, weekly markets, pick-up and delivery services, drugstores, opticians, hearing aid dispensers, post offices, gas stations, etc. remain open if hygiene regulations are met. Only a small number of customers is allowed inside. Medical treatment by a physiotherapist is still possible. Hairdressers, cosmetic studios and tattoo studios remain closed. A surgical or medical mask (KN95/N95/FFP2) covering is inside and outside the shop as well as in parking lots. Note that fabric face masks or other face coverings are not allowed.  

» Restaurants 
Bars, pubs and restaurants remain closed. Takeaway and food delivery services will be operating.

» Sports 
Gyms, sports halls and public pools remain closed. Individual outdoor sport activities (e.g. running) are allowed.

» Theatres, Operas und Cinemas 
Theatres, operas, cinemas as well as other public or private cultural institutions remain closed. This also applies to museums, galleries, exhibitions, castles and other memorial sites. Further, amusement parks and fairs remain closed.

» Tourism and hotels 
It is strongly recommended to avoid all unnecessary travel. Tourist/private overnight stays are not allowed.  

» Churches and Religious Communities
Gatherings and religious services may be held if hygiene regulations are in place and participants keep a distance of 1.5m. Congregational singing is not allowed. If a high numbers of visitors is expected, prior notification may be required. 

Information about the current Stiuation in Germany in different languages:
 
Lengoo 
Handbook Germany 
Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration 
Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung: Infektionsschutz

Financing >


Many students have lost work and are facing financial hardship during COVID-19. At present, various options are being sought to support students in need. Unfortunately, the administrative processes are very complicated and take time. As soon as there are any news, we will provide further information!

Here are a few tips and information that could help you if you currently have little or no financial resources available:

» Interim Financial Aid Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
The monthly Interim Financial Aid by the BMBF is available from November 2020 to September 2021. 

» Rent:
Talk to your landlord or landlady, explain your situation and ask if a rent deferral is possible. Many landlords have shown understanding.

» Health insurance:
Talk to your health insurance company. Here too, it is sometimes possible to pay contributions a little later.

» Small loans from the AStA:
The general students' committee AStA grants small loans of about 250 Euros and the application process is fairly easy. Please contact the social department of the AStA

Please remember, however, that deferrals and loans mean a payment or repayment at a later date! 

Further possibilities:

» Refund of the semesterticket:
You can still apply for a refund of you semester ticket fee at the AStA until 8 May.

» Student job:
If you have lost your part-time job, ask at supermarkets, for example. Some of them are currently hiring more staff because they have increased demand for staff. Also check with the university's job agency.

» Emergency Food Assistance:
Free food is distributed Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Siegener Tafel. The Heimatverein Achenbach and foodsharing also provide free food to people in need. 

» Financial support by religious organisations:
If you are in great need, please contact the Katholische Hochschulgemeinde (KHG), which - regardless of your religion - can support you with a one-time financial grant after examination. The Evangelische Studierendengemeinde (ESG) can provide you with meal vouchers.

» Scholarship for the final period of your studies:
If you are about to finish your studies and are planning or already writing your final thesis, you can apply for a scholarship at the association AWiPro oder at the Evangelischen Studierendengemeinde (ESG).

Residence permit >


If your residence permit expires in the near future and you need to extend it, please contact the Foreigners' Registration Office. The staff is available by phone or email. You are only allowed to enter the building with an appointment.

If you are still abroad and your residence permit expires, please also contact your Foreigners' Registration Office in Germany for further information.

The Foreigners' Registration Office is aware of the difficulties you are currently facing.  and consequences of the current semester. It may be that you won't be able to get all achievments as planned. If you can prove this, you will not be put at a disadvantage.

If you have any problems, please contact the department ISA.

Support for everyday life >


The current situation is a challenge for all of us - especially because we are hardly allowed to have direct social contacts. However, try to stay in touch and find new ways to organize your day. It is important to keep daily routines and to develop a firm structure for your work.

Learning and entertainment

» ISA Facebook group:
The Facebook group of ISA gives you ideas and information about everyday life regularly.

» Online meeting "Stammtisch":
Every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. our online regulars' table (called "Stammtisch) takes place. There you can meet other students - German and international - can chat, exchange information and play together. You can find the regulars' table via the zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86222000677, Meeting ID: 862 2200 0677. Join us!

» Free online courses:
Take part at one of the 600 free online courses on Class Central and expand your knowledge

» Learn German:
There are many opportunities to get to know German and the German culture further. For example via the YouTube channel Easy German.

 
Mental and physical health

» Sports :
Exercise daily. Exercise in the fresh air - walking, jogging or cycling - is permitted (even without a mask). There are also many online offers to do sports at home. Take a look at ALBA Berlin, for example, where you can take part in a sports lesson every day. Also many fitness studios and even health insurance companies have online offers.

» Structuring your everyday life:
You can find very detailed tips on how to structure your day, for example, at the Studierendenwerk Leipzig.

» Psychological support:
If you are not feeling well and need support, please contact the psychological counselling service of the University of Siegen.

» Psychological health:
Many newspapers and magazines currently publish helpful mental health tips, such as the BBC's article "Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health"

Help and contact >


Please note that the university buildings are currently closed. However, all employees can be reached by email and / or telephone.

International Student Affairs (ISA)

If you have any problems, please contact us. We support you as best we can. Send us your phone number or ask for a video call, if you need to talk.

» International degree seeking students: Ms Eva Grottschreiber
» International Erasmus students: Mrs Nathalie Bourin-Budig
» International exchange students (besides Erasmus): Ms Susanne Engelmann

STARTING
If you have any questions regarding registration, change of your studies or your student card, please contact the department STARTING

Studies
If you have any questions about your studies, your timetable or you need some help while being in quarantine, please contact the staff of your faculty. Don't hesitate to write to your lecturer directly if you have questions about one of your courses.
You can also get help from the  Academic Advisors of your faculty / study programme.

Contact for students of international study programs:
» ChemistryMs. Berg
» Computer ScienceMs. Niet-Wunram
» Economic Policies: Mr. Kowitzke
» Human Computer Interaction: Ms. Grinko
» MechatronicsContact persons
» Nanoscience and NanotechnologiesMr. Agio
» Physics: Mr. Kleinmann
» Roads to DemocraciesMs. Pacas


Examination office

Your Examination Office will also help you with any questions regarding your achievements and registration of your achievemnts / exams.

Psychological consultation
If you have problems with your studies, feel alone or are not feeling well, you are very welcome to contact the Psychological Counselling Service.