FAQ - Coronavirus - for international incoming students

Status quo: 10.01.2022 (all statements without guarantee)

The Spring Term 2022 starts on 1st March 2022.


The university has to respond to the Nds. Corona regulation dated 25.08.2021. According to § 8 Paragraph 1 Clause 3 of the Nds. Corona regulation in connection with the university's house rules, access to the University of Emden / Leer from Monday, September 13th, 2021 is therefore only permitted to vaccinated, recovered or tested people *.
The university endeavors to ensure the best possible health protection for you. Due to the progress of the vaccination and with special consideration of the legitimate interests of the students in a gradual return to classroom teaching.

Starting from the above-mentioned date, access to the premises at the Emden study location will take place centrally via three checkpoints in the so-called 3G zone. In addition to the corresponding 3G proof, an official identification document (identity card / campus card, etc.) must be carried with you. The control can be digital or analog. Access will be forbidden to persons who are unable to provide proof or identification. The 3G regulation comes into force regardless of the incidences and warning levels and enables the University of Emden / Leer to gradually return to physical presence in many areas. Please note that after leaving the 3G zone, re-entry is only possible via one of the checkpoints.

In the immediate vicinity of the university, the DRK maintains a rapid test center in Ubierstrasse. 2 a, 26723 Emden, Germany.
You can make an appointment online here:

The checkpoints are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

* General information on the status variants (3 G):

The following are considered to be “vaccinated” in the sense of the ordinance: People with proof of complete vaccination - this is the case if 14 days have passed since the second vaccination (J&J only one vaccination). For those who have recovered, this applies immediately and after just one vaccination.
PLEASE NOTE:  ONLY EU vaccines will be accepted: Biontech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson!!

As "recovered" within the meaning of the ordinance: people with evidence of recovered, i.e. positive PCR test that was at least 28 days and a maximum of 6 months ago.

"Tested" are: People with a negative PCR test (maximum 48 hours) or PoC antigen rapid test (maximum 24 hours).

Detailed information about the 3 - G - Regulation in Lower Saxony can be found here:


Yes, orientation weeks are planned to be carried out from 10th February - 25th February 2022.

Please note that we wil probably not be able to hold our usual “Orientation Weeks”  in the same format as the previous years. We are currently planning the orientation weeks in an online format but details will follow soon.


Yes, all international students with a proper enrolment at our university can follow the orientation weeks starting 14th February 2022.

The orientation days from 10th - 13th February are only reserved for our ERASMUS+/exchange students.

IMPORTANT: Access to “Orientation Weeks” will offered when you have registered for it. So if you want to attend and are degree-seeking student, please send an email with short information about your person and status at UAS E/L (freshman, higher semester…) to our International Office: international.office(at)hs-emden-leer.de

Exchange students already have received the information how to register, then.


Yes, of course, during the “Orientation Weeks” you will also have the possibility to learn or improve German language on the “beginner” or “advanced” level in an “Intensive German language course” before lecture start. These courses will continue during the semester.




Please check travel restrictions for Germany and your home country, before you plan your journey.
Detailed information links regarding entry into the Federal Republic of Germany:

     Only available in German language: https://www.niedersachsen.de/Coronavirus/informationen_in_leichter_sprache/die-krankheit-corona-virus-185485.html

Please also read FAQ No. 9 carefully!


The entry and quarantine regulations from foreign risk areas change from time to time.

Here is the most important information (update 10/01/2022):

  • If you come from a foreign high risk area, you must be in quarantine
  • Everyone travling to Germany must have a proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test. The vaccination must be with a vaccine recognized by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut. Details can be found here.
  • If you have stayed in a high risk area within the past 10 days you need to be in quarantine. Further, you must register electonically via the internet portal and have this registration with you at all times.
  • The quarantine period is usually 10 days.
  • When enetering from a high risk area, the quarantine for non-vaccinated or recovered persons can be lifted by a second PCR test after 5 days at the earliest
  • When entering from a high risk area, the quarantine can be ended immediately by showing proof or vaccination or recovery.
  • The International Office can help you find temporary accommodation if you contact us
  • Entries from virus variant areas are only possible in exceptional cases. The quarantine period is 14 days and cannot be shortened.

 IMPORTANT: Please read the following information of our University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer: detailed information about entry and quarantine regulations

 All statements without guarantee.

The DRK testing center is located in immediate neighbourhood of the university.

Please make an appointment online prior to the testing.

The costs for a test are 2 Euro for students of the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer.

Please bring your testing certificate with you. 



  • If you live with other people, you should stay in different rooms to avoid infection and you should not sleep in the same room
  • Make sure you wash your hands regularly
  • Follow the coughing and sneezing rules.
  • Ventilate living rooms and bedrooms well
  • Do not share household items such as dishes, linen and towels with each other
  • Use your own bathroom if possible
  • Do not share hygiene items with each other, wash laundry regularly and thoroughly
  • Surfaces such as doorknobs, tables and storage surfaces should be cleaned regularly and thoroughly and, if possible, disinfected
  • Meals should be taken separately from each other
  • Ask others who are not under quarantine to go shopping for you (see also question hereunder)
  • If there are people in your household who belong to risk groups due to their age or previous illnesses, you should check whether they can be accommodated elsewhere for the duration of the quarantine, unless a quarantine has also been ordered for them


Please inform our International Office immediately in order to organize students who take care for food, for example: international.office(at)hs-emden-leer.de

Additionally you should apply on time for the Buddy Programme: https://www.hs-emden-leer.de/en/organization/institutions/international-office/international-students/buddy-program





If you entry from a high risk area and have a room at the local dormitory (Studentenwerk OL / Steinweg 20) you will find all necessary information at following pages: https://www.studentenwerk-oldenburg.de/en/einreise-und-quarantaene.html      language can be switched

Please note that the “Studentenwerk Oldenburg” often rents the rooms (costs depending on the flat) mostly for one whole semester = (Sep-Feb/Mar-Aug). The rent plus deposit needs to be paid upfront - before your arrival in Emden - in advance via bank transaction (your personal bank account).



The best is to arrive in time before lecture start and inform the International Office upfront about your plans (in case you have to be quarantined).

e-mail: international.office(at)hs-emden-leer.de




In order to be as well prepared as possible for the start of your studies, our students have noted “must haves” for you, so that you are optimally prepared for the first week events and for studying despite Corona!

  • Internet connection (you will move to Emden or Leer for a course of study? Great - but remember early enough that you need an internet connection after moving to take part in the offers of your university - just in case courses are switched to online again owing to the Corona situation - some courses might also stay in an online modus)
  • Laptop / tablet / PC: Everyone needs basic technical equipment during their studies (even before and after Corona times)! Be sure to bring a laptop with you to follow the online courses.
  • Camera: You have basic technical equipment, this does not necessarily include a camera - but of course it is always  an advantage if your fellow students (and also the teacher) can see one - after all, I would like to see the others too;)
  • Microphone (all online tools have a chat function. If there is no microphone integrated in your laptop / computer, this is not too bad: questions can also be asked via the chat!)

Medical protective masks(FFP2) should also be brought along, as wearing mouth and nose protection is also mandatory in our facility if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be followed. Further, you will need medical masks in public transport, in supermarkets, stores, etc.



It should cover all new and emerging diseases, epidemics and medically necessary treatments, including e.g. COVID-19. The insurance policy should be available in English or in German. European students, who have an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) and Turkish students, who have an AT/11 form, do not need an extra health insurance to study in Germany.
More you can learn here: https://www.studying-in-germany.org/coronavirus-health-insurance-faq-for-international-students-in-germany







No, should students only take online-classes at UAS Emden/Leer, and not enter Germany, a health insurance is not mandatory for enrollment, that means international students from countried outside of the European Union (EU) who do not reside in Germany during their studies are exempted from compulsory health insurance.

However, please note that according to the current information, the obligation to have health insurance will be effective upon the student's later entry into Germany. If students enter Germany during the current semester the coverage of health insurance will take effect retroactively from the beginning of the semester, which means that insurance fees must be paid retroactively.

No, only enrolled students can participate in online courses offered by the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer.


After proper enrollment you  will receive a Campus Card, with which you will also receive your account data of our Computer Centre. If it will not be possible to pick it up in person (as the situation does not allow it), we take care for organizing this data in digital form.

Please inform us beforehand about (if you have to stay in quarantine or cannot enter Germany): international.office(at)hs-emden-leer.de




When submitting a university admission, it is generally assumed that attendance is mandatory. This is sufficient. It is therefore no longer necessary for the university to issue an additional, individual certificate of attendance


Our canteen is open for university members and is offering a breakfast from 9 - 11 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 2 pm. 

You can pay cash or with your CampusCard.

The meal plans can be found here.

IMPORTANT: In order to be allowed to enter the canteen you will need the LucaApp! Please download the App accordingly.

If you would like to be vaccinated in Germany, please check the website of the City of Emden regularly for open vaccinations.

You can also contact the International Office for support in finding a doctor: international.office(at)hs-emden-leer.de

The Standing Committee on Vaccination recommends a Booster vaccination after 6 months!