COVID Guidance for International Students

What you need to know for the winter semester

For this winter semester 2021/2022, Humboldt-Unversität is returning to off-screen classes and physical attendance. To make this safe for everyone during the pandemic, please note and adhere to the following guidelines.

Students wishing to enter university buildings and take part in on-site classes need to either be fully vaccinated, recovered or tested. Be prepared to be asked for proof on campus and be sure to have your certificates ready in the Corona-Warn app or oherwise. Please also note that negative rapid tests for SARS-CoV-2 must be no older than 24 hours, PCR test results are valid for no more than 48 hours.

Vaccination certificates are accepted exclusively for vaccines approved by the European Union. These currently include the brands BioNTech & Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. If you’ve received another vaccine, you will still need to always provide negative test results or proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 whithin the last six months.

For those international students who have had a vaccine that's not EU-approved as well as those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, free rapid testing is available, both at the Grimm-Zentrum library (Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1-3) and on the Adlershof campus. Please make sure to bring your student ID and proof of vaccination or doctor's note respectively.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, you may get your shots free of charge and without appointment at any one of Berlin’s vaccination centres (find the addresses and opening hours here. At the beginning of the semester you can also catch the mobile vaccination station stopping right outside the Grimm-Zentrum university library (find dates here). Wherever you decide to go, all you’ll need to bring is valid photo ID (and, only if you have it, a health insurance card and vaccination passport).

Within university buildings medical masks need to be worn at all times. Whenever the minimum safety distance of 1.5 metres cannot be observed, FFP2 masks are required.

Regulations regarding exams will be issued by the individual faculties, so keep your eyes open for those.