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Information for Freie Universität Students Studying Abroad

In response to the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), numerous partner universities informed the central Erasmus team about precautionary measures, such as switching to online courses, cancellation of events, and temporary closures.

Please pay attention to the information provided by your host institution, local government offices in your host country, and travel and safety warnings issued by the German Federal Foreign Office.

If, due to the current situation, Erasmus+ coursework at the host institution abroad cannot be continued through face-to-face instruction, online courses can also be approved for Erasmus+ funding under the following conditions:

  • The courses or exams are being offered online by the host university. Then, exchange students can either remain in their host countries and take the online course there or return to Germany and do the coursework from here.
  • The courses still contribute to achieving the learning objectives as defined in the Learning Agreement.

You should have received an email with details on the documentation needed in order to complete coursework.  

Please check with your department or institute at Freie Universität Berlin about the possibility of transferring credits and recognition of courses and exams taken online. You should contact the same people who helped you with the Learning Agreement.

Here are some other things to consider if you are planning on cutting your study abroad short, leaving your host country, and won’t be taking any online courses through your host university: 

  • If you cut your study abroad short, you cannot resume your stay later. For the time being, students will not receive funding through Freie Universität Berlin’s financial support programs to continue study abroad stays that they cut short. This means that you should not plan on returning to your host country later to resume your studies.
  • Students who were unable to finish their semester from within Germany by taking online courses at their host university should submit receipts and other documentation of actual expenses resulting from this situation.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact our Erasmus+ Team Outgoings Europa at outgoing-erasmus@fu-berlin.de.

In response to the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), numerous partner universities informed the central Erasmus team about precautionary measures such as switching to online courses, cancellation of events, and temporary closures.

If, due to the current situation, Erasmus+ coursework at the host institution abroad cannot be continued through face-to-face instruction, online courses can also be approved for Erasmus+ funding under the following conditions:

  • The courses or exams are being offered online by the host university. The students are residing in their host country and taking online courses held by their host university. It is possible to attend courses digitally from your home country, but you will not receive funding as additional costs arising from living abroad will not be incurred.
  • The courses still contribute to achieving the learning objectives as defined in the Learning Agreement.

You should have received an email with details on the documentation needed in order to complete coursework. 

Please check with your department or institute at Freie Universität Berlin about the possibility of transferring credits and recognition of courses and exams taken online. You should contact the same people who helped you with the Learning Agreement.

Here are some other things to consider if you are planning on cutting your study abroad short, leaving your host country, and won’t be taking any online courses through your host university: 

  • If you cut your study abroad short, you cannot resume your stay later. For the time being, students will not receive funding through Freie Universität Berlin’s financial support programs to continue study abroad stays that they cut short. This means that you should not plan on returning to your host country later to resume your studies.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact our “Erasmus+ weltweit” team at erasmusworld@fu-berlin.de.

If you are doing an internship abroad through Erasmus+ or organized your own study abroad, e.g., through the PROMOS program, and have questions about the current situation, please contact the appropriate contact persons for your program in the Student Mobility Office or the Career Service Office: https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/international/index.html

At the moment we are working under the assumption that many Erasmus+ exchanges planned for the 2020/2021 academic year will be able to take place. But we also anticipate that many students will have to cancel or postpone their study abroad plans. The central Erasmus+ team for outgoing students is already in contact with students who are in this situation.

Students who canceled their study abroad plans entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic should contact the central Erasmus+ team for outgoing students at outgoing-erasmus@fu-berlin.de if they incurred costs in preparation for a trip that they never took (for example, deposit payments for accommodations or travel expenses that were not refunded). We will evaluate each case individually to see if it is possible to reimburse some or all of the costs through the Erasmus+ program.

The central direct exchange team is already in contact with candidates for direct exchange programs. Many study abroad plans will have to be postponed or even completely canceled.

Please feel free to contact us by email if you have any questions at auslstud@fu-berlin.de or erasmusworld@fu-berlin.de

These programs are currently subject to restrictions. If you want to apply for PROMOS funding, you can find more information at www.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/international/studium_ausland/promos/index.html.

If you want to apply for an Erasmus internship abroad, you can find all the information you need at www.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/international/studium_ausland/promos/index.html.

When making your plans please consult the German Federal Foreign Office’s travel warnings.

More information on the impact of travel warnings for internships and study abroad.

The German Federal Foreign Office has issued travel warnings related to Covid-19 for many countries and regions. The warnings caution against travel to certain regions if the purpose of travel is not completely necessary, such as tourist trips. Travel for study abroad programs or internships abroad, however, does not count as tourism.

If you have been accepted to a partner university or an internship abroad, you can decide to take part at your own risk.

Please be sure to read the country-specific advisories issued by the German Federal Foreign Office carefully, as there may be special conditions on travel to your destination (e.g., mandatory quarantine). These may entail additional costs. If you are a German citizen, please register to be on the crisis management list. The German Federal Foreign Office has announced that it will no longer be organizing emergency flights to repatriate German citizens if the situation further deteriorates. The costs for return flights, cancellation fees, etc. will have to be borne by the traveler themselves in such cases.

Certain study abroad scholarship programs might not be able to provide funding when travel warnings have been issued, for example, DAAD programs. If you were planning to study abroad with financial support, please contact the appropriate person in the Student Mobility Office or your scholarship sponsor to find out more about the current policies.