COVID-19 has directly affected the DAAD: international academic exchange is currently being massively restricted and we as an organisation that promotes internationla exchange, this situation is a challenge.
The DAAD will continue to contribute to overcoming the challenges of the Corona pandemic – through intensive support for students and researchers affected by travel restrictions, flexible solutions for selection and funding of scholarship holders, and through the use of digital formats.
Current scholarship holders already in Germany or another destination
Informations for current scholarship holders are continuously updated on a website created specifically for that purpose. However, if any unexpected situation should arise, scholarship holders should not hesitate to contact their person in charge at the headquarters or the team of the DAAD Information Centre in Accra.
New scholarship and unversity applications
Applications for most scholarship programmes and project funding will continue to be received and processed, selection meetings will partly be held by video conference or decisions will be taken on the basis of written documents.
The following short-term scholarship programmes will unfortunately have to be cancelled in 2020:- IAESTE: Applications for internships will continue to be accepted. Internships are expected to be available from September at the earliest.
– University Summer Courses for German language students: All courses for 2020 have been cancelled. Applications for 2021 will open in September.
– For Erasmus students, the EU Commission has announced that in the event of changes in travel plans (return, cancellation), costs can be reimbursed up to the amount of the total scholarship agreed upon in advance. As most universities in the Erasmus area are closed, we ask all Erasmus students to contact their home university.
Self-funded students should check their university’s website for information but in general, admission procedures for the upcoming semesters (from summer semester 2021) will be conducted as usual.
Students who have gained admission into a German university and/or a DAAD scholarship holders Entry into Germany from EU member states and from “Schengen-associated” states is possible again since 15 June. However, entry to Germany from all other countries is only possible in exceptional cases – at least until 30 June – if there is a compelling reason. The commencement of studies or research activities is currently not considered a compelling reason. This has been scheduled to change from 1 July: third-country nationals should then be allowed to enter Germany again for study purposes, and the travel restrictions for individual non-EU states may even be lifted completely. Depending on availability of flights, students from Ghana will then be able to enter Germany again. We will follow the development and keep you informed on social media and the Informations Centre’s website.The visa section of the German embassy will reopen for student visa applications on 1st July if the travel ban from non-EU countries will be lifted as planned. Please check the embassy’s website for updates and make sure you book an appointment as soon as possible.
Irrespective of entry restrictions, based on the quarantine regulations of the German federal states, persons who have stayed in a “corona risk area” within 14 days before entering Germany are obliged to self-quarantine in Germany for 14 days and to inform the local health authority of their entry. The list of risk countries is published and regularly updated by the Robert Koch Institute. Ghana is currently listed as a risk country, so before entering Germany, you should make sure you can meet the quarantine requirements of the federal state you are travelling to. The DAAD can unfortunately not organise or cover costs for special quarantine accommodation for scholarship holders.
All German universities are closed at the moment but planning to resume lectures with the beginning of next semester in October. However, many courses will mix digital and real life lectures and offer flexible ways to attend lectures to keep the risk of infection as low as possible. Students who are not able to travel to Germany before the beginning of their semester in October should therefore contact their departments to find out about alternative ways to take up their studies.
If scholarship holders should be unable to enter Germany before the beginning of their scholarship, the DAAD will give them the opportunity to start their studies or research project online from your home country or to postpone the start of the scholarship. If it is becoming clear that this will be the case for you, contact your person in charge or the Information Centre Accra.
Last but not least: Germany has been quite effective in restricting the virus’ spread within the country, infection numbers have been dropping. You can find the latest statistics and other updates on the homepage of the Robert-Koch-Institute and the COVID-19 dashboard. However, if you feel too unsafe to travel to Germany and would like to change your travel plans, please contact the Information Centre Accra or your person in charge at the DAAD headquarters.