Current Student FAQs
1st February 2021: An extensive entry ban for countries in which the particularly contagious variants of the coronavirus have been spreading rapidly is in place since Saturday 30 January. The cabinet passed a transport ban which will remain in place until 17 February. The ban applies to the UK, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini and Brazil. Excluded from the ban are German citizens and all foreign nationals living in Germany. We keep monitoring developments closely. If you are intending to travel from any of these countries within said timeframe or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Christian Schult.
INFORMATION ON NEW COVID-19 REGULATIONS IN PLACE BETWEEN 11 JANUARY AND 14 February 2021
The chancellor, Angela Merkel, met with the heads of Germany’s 16 state governments on 5 January to discuss next steps in the fight against the pandemic. Please find a summary below.
- The current Germany-wide lockdown will be extended until at least 14 February 2021.
- Saxony will be tightening the existing contact restrictions, beginning Monday 11 January.
- All current regulations remain in place: The requirement to reduce social contacts, the 10-day quarantine for travelers returning from Covid-19 high risk areas, the universal obligation to wear a face mask in all public spaces at all times, the closure of non-essential retail businesses, schools, nurseries, restaurants, leisure facilities etc.
Tightened contact restrictions and restrictions of free movement
- Contact restrictions in Saxony are being tightened: From 11 January people from one household will only be allowed to meet one other person. The previously applicable exceptions for children up to the age of 14 no longer exist.
- Residents may only leave their home with a valid purpose, such as doing essential shopping, medical appointments and appointments at government offices such as the foreigners authority. (Exercise and doing sports outdoors remains permitted.)
- The current regulation under which it is not permitted to venture further than 15 kilometers from one’s home continues to apply. (Saxony-wide, residents are only allowed a maximum of 15 kilometers from their home for valid purposes such as doing essential shopping or doing sports. Leisure excursions, however, are not considered valid purposes.) Violations may be fined.
- Also becoming effective on 11 January, the 15 kilometers rule now applies Germany-wide for all regions considered to be Covid-19 hotspots, i.e. in areas with seven-day incidences per 100,000 inhabitants of more than 200.
- All vaccination centres across Saxony are set up and operational.
- An internet portal to facilitate the booking of vaccination appointments will go online on Monday 11 January. The elderly and people with pre-existing conditions will be first in line to receive the vaccine, as well as paramedics, rescue and outpatient care services.
- Lancaster University Leipzig will inform students as soon as vaccination appointments become available for everyone who wishes to receive the vaccine. The Saxony state government has not made a projection yet on when this will be the case.
As always, if you have any Covid-related questions or concerns, please contact Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Is Lancaster University Leipzig still teaching?
A: Update from October 27th, 2020:
The number of new COVID cases per 100.000 in the last 7 days has gone above 35. In order to ensure the safety for both staff and students, we have taken the decision to follow a change in precautionary measures, and move all teaching from face-to-face to online delivery starting from Monday, the 2nd of November 2020. Please join your lessons via teams, but refrain from coming to campus unless you want to speak to a member of the support team face-to-face.
If you are unwell, please do get in touch with us and we will support you in making the necessary arrangements. In case you have already been to a doctor and have been diagnosed with COVID, please contact me directly via the above number. We are then able to support you with translations, food provisions, and any other concerns you may have.
Q: Did you teach online during the first lockdown? How did Lancaster University Leipzig support current students during the first lockdown (online teaching)?
A: Yes, between March and June 2020, LU Leipzig taught online. During this extraordinary time, Student Support Services made it a point to reach out to the students on a daily basis – both to provide academic support and to ensure the students’ wellbeing. In addition to daily group meetings before classes start and in which students can ask questions, raise concerns and discuss new developments and state regulations, students were also provided with the latest information from credible sources (in English) about any updates regarding COVID 19 measures. They can also contact Student Services individually to discuss any worries or concerns they might have, and have the telephone number of the Campus Director for 24/7 support. Students are further provided with strategies for online learning and developing effective online study habits.
Q: What if I am enrolled but cannot travel to Germany due to travel restrictions?
A: Those students who are unable to join us on campus due to a lockdown in their home countries, have been offered an option to join classes online until the time they can finally travel. This is a temporary measure that Lancaster University has implemented until March 2021.
Q: How is Lancaster University Leipzig supporting students who suspect they have COVID-19?
A: Students suspecting they have contracted COVID-19 are being asked to contact Student Support Services immediately. Student Support Services will contact the city’s Public Health Department and provide instructions to the student. Lancaster University Leipzig is available by email and phone, and will provide guidance and translations to the affected student wherever possible.
Those students who are not allowed to attend classes on campus but feel well enough to do so, are welcome to join each class online.
Q: How will Lancaster University Leipzig support students who have to self-isolate?
A: Our students are housed at BaseCamp Leipzig, an off-campus privately run student residence. BaseCamp will remain open and provides 24-hour on-site assistance to residents while working closely with Lancaster University Leipzig’s student support team to ensure all of our students’ needs are resolved in a timely manner. BaseCamp is staying up to date on public health advisories and adjusting local operations and procedures to comply with local authority guidelines and laws. This means that some common areas are closed and services are limited in order to protect the health and safety of residents. BaseCamp advises residents to practice social distancing, frequently wash hands, and disinfect high touch surfaces. Additionally, the Lancaster University Leipzig student support team is in routine contact with all students to ensure their level of comfort and needs are being met. You can read more on how BaseCamp is managing the COVID-19 situation by accessing their student page.
Q: What should I know if I travel outside of Germany during the pandemic?
A: If you have to travel during the semester, please make sure that you can come back to Germany by March 2021.
There are two mandatory steps you need to take when traveling back to Germany:
1. Pre-arrvial registration with the German authorities
- The German government has declared a large number of countries and territories Covid-19 high-risk areas: please check the most up-to-date list here. (Click on “English: Information on the designation of international risk areas”)
- Everyone arriving from a high-risk area is obliged to report his or her pending arrival through a government website. Registration needs to be done in advance, before you start your journey to Germany, on this website.
- The data you provide in the online form are being sent to the German health authorities.
- This is done with the aim to better trace chains of infections. Your data is encrypted and automatically deleted 14 days after you entered the country.
2. Negative Covid-19 test or 10-day quarantine
- At the German border, everyone arriving from a high-risk area is required to present a negative Covid test which must not be older than 48 hours and needs to be done in your country, before you travel. Please make sure you are making arrangements to obtain a test.
- If you are arriving from a high-risk country you are required to enter a mandatory 10-day post-arrival quarantine period in Leipzig. It can be cut short if a test done not earlier than on day 5 after your arrival returns a negative result. For individuals who have recently arrived from high-risk areas this test is free of charge.