Current Information on Coronavirus

Last update: Friday, June 18, 2021, 16:10 CEST

It is of utmost importance to us to keep everyone informed about the current situation regarding the coronavirus, which is why we regularly consult with the German Ministry of Health as well as the Robert-Koch-Institut (German federal government agency for disease control and prevention) and local authorities in order to be able to accordingly amend our proceedings if required. Both institutions publish daily updated and reliable information regarding the current coronavirus situation in Germany on their respective websites linked above.

Current Situation at the Course Centers of the Humboldt-Institut

Currently the following German courses are offered:

German Courses for Teenagers
Bad Schussenried (starting on July 4)
Lindenberg
Berlin-Teenager (starting on July 4)
Munich (starting on July 11)
Online courses (Summer courses and private lessons)

German Courses for Kids
Bad Schussenried (starting on July 4)

German Courses for Adults
Berlin-Mitte
Online courses (intensive courses, evening courses, Saturday courses, private lessons)

German courses booked in Constance will temporarily be taught in Berlin-Mitte until September 3, 2021. More information on the planned summer courses is provided here.

 

Measures Taken at the Humboldt-Institut

The boarding schools continue to operate with hygiene measures that serve to protect the community. The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of our students and staff on site:
• Keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 m.
• Wearing a facial mask, FFP2 masks (or comparable) in the dining hall.
• Regular ventilation of all confined spaces.
• Provision of hand sanitizers in public spaces, bathrooms and in front of the dining hall.
• Signs displayed in several parts of the building, reminding students to regularly wash their hands and explaining how to properly do so.
• Daily query for symptoms.
• Immediate rapid corona test and immediate quarantine as well as consultation with a doctor if a student shows symptoms.
• A corona test two days after arrival and another test five days after arrival.
• Regular testing of students twice a week by the Humboldt-Institut
• Students on site will be regularly informed on the current situation and will be taken care of.

Bad Schussenried

The boarding school in Bad Schussenried is reopening on July 4 with hygiene measures for all students. Students receive accommodation and board at the boarding school and take part in the leisure program on campus. City walks and excursions only take place if the legal regulations and the incidence situation permit this. Alternatively, the leisure program takes place on the school campus. In this case, a staff member carries out smaller errands for the students such as soap or tooth paste.

The students are divided into so-called family groups and only have contact with students from their own family group during lessons, meals and free time.

Due to the hygiene rules, students cannot be visited in the institute. However, students can be picked up by their parents or relatives for a short period of time. The prerequisites for this must be checked in advance with the booking office.

For courses during the summer months of 2021, an even minimum number of course weeks will apply, for example 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks. For the summer months we have expanded the age group for children in Bad Schussenried to include younger students and we look forward to welcoming many students between 9 and 13 years of age this summer. The updated starting dates for summer 2021 are:

July 4 (also suitable for total beginners)
July 18*
August 1 (also suitable for total beginners)
August 15*

* – not suitable for total beginners

Starting with August 22, 2021, the already published start dates will apply and uneven numbers of course weeks can be booked again.

Lindenberg

The boarding school in Lindenberg continues to operate with hygiene measures for all language course students. Students receive accommodation and board at the boarding school and take part in the leisure program on campus. City walks and excursions only take place if the legal regulations and the incidence situation permit this. Alternatively, the leisure program takes place on the school campus. In this case, a staff member carries out smaller errands for the students such as soap or tooth paste.

The students are divided into so-called family groups and only have contact with students from their own family group during lessons, meals and free time.

Due to the hygiene rules, students cannot be visited in the institute. However, students can be picked up by their parents or relatives for a short period of time. The prerequisites for this must be checked in advance with the booking office.

For students arriving from areas that are classified as high incidence area or area of variant of concern, the below mentioned rules apply. All students who are arriving from a risk area, non-risk area or from Germany will be accommodated in a single room for the first 14 days.

For courses in July and August 2021, a minimum course duration of 10 weeks applies in Lindenberg. Students who want to book shorter courses can do so in Bad Schussenried. For this reason, the starting dates have also been changed. In summer 2021, there are the following starting dates to choose from in Lindenberg:

June 27 (also suitable for total beginners)
August 1 (also suitable for total beginners)
September 5 (also suitable for total beginners)

From September 5, 2021, courses with a duration of less than 10 weeks can again be booked in Lindenberg.

Berlin-Mitte

The boarding school operations take place with hygiene measures. At the moment we only offer accommodation in our student residence on campus. The intensive courses take place in face-to-face classes, also for students with an accommodation other than our residence. Students in all classroom-based courses need to be tested twice weekly. For students who do not live in the student residence, tests are also possible in the institute at extra cost.

Students who do not live in Berlin can take part in lessons online via hybrid classes.

The part-time courses (evening courses, Saturday courses) will only take place as online courses until the end of 2021.
All courses can be booked on our website. Learn more about the online German courses.

New enrollments will be accepted for all advertised starting dates.

Constance

The school for adults in Constance is closed until September 4, 2021 included. All year-round German courses are alternatively offered in Berlin-Mitte or as online courses. The online German courses can be booked on our website. More information about the online courses.

There will be no telc exams in Constance until August 2021 included. The only exception is the telc C1 Hochschule exam on July 8, 2021. Registrations are now possible. However, all TestDaF exams will take place.

Summer Courses

We are planning on offering our regular German language courses this summer at the following course centers:

German Courses for Adults
Berlin-Mitte

German Courses for Teenagers
Bad Schussenried*
Lindenberg*
Berlin-Teenager (the course will take place in our course center in Berlin-Mitte)
Munich

German Courses for Children
Bad Schussenried*

*For Bad Schussenried and Lindenberg, the starting dates and possible course duration have been adapted for this year’s summer period: In Bad Schussenried, we will only accept bookings of 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks on specific starting dates. In Lindenberg, we will only accept bookings of 10 weeks or more. All changes and exact dates are reflected on our website and the page of each course center.

Due to the pandemic, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel the following summer courses for 2021: Schmallenberg, Kempten, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Vienna, Bad Dürkheim, Berlin-Lehnin, Reimlingen, Heessen Castle, and Wittgenstein Castle. All students (or agents of students) affected by these cancelations will be contacted by our booking office with alternative solutions. Please wait until you hear from us.

 

Online German Courses

Online German Courses for Adults

The Humboldt-Institut offers currently various online German courses for adults: Intensive courses (as hybrid courses integrated in classroom based courses), one-to-one intensive courses, private lessons, Saturday courses and evening courses.

More information on the online German courses for adults and available dates can be found on the page online German courses. The online German courses can be booked via our booking form.

Online German Courses for Teenagers

For teenage students between 13 and 17 years of age, the Humboldt-Institut offers online private lessons. Online summer courses with 10 lessons per week will be offered during the summer months.
More information on the online private lessons can be found on the page online German courses.

 

Entry, Test Requirement and Quarantine

A general entry ban for third-country nationals has been put into place in mid-2020. This ban is regularly reviewed and adjusted if necessary. As long as the entry ban exists, most of the German embassies in the respective countries have stopped or at least restricted the processing of visa applications. Further information on the entry restrictions for third countries can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

However, there are also third countries that are exempted from the entry ban. Currently, Germany allows entry for residents of the following third countries: Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. From June 20, 2021 the list will be supplemented by the following third countries: Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macao, North Macedonia, Serbia, Taiwan, and the USA.

Furthermore, entry from all other third countries (aside from China) will be allowed again from June 25, 2021 for fully vaccinated persons. The prerequisite is that at least 14 days have passed since the last necessary single vaccination dose and that the vaccine is listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut. However, this does not apply to entries from an area of variant of concern, which are still prohibited even for vaccinated persons.

Anyone who has been in a risk area, high incidence area or area of variant of concern within the last 10 days before entering Germany must register their entry in advance via the electronic entry form (obligatory entry registration). This registration is free of charge and possible at the earliest three days before the planned entry. In addition, further obligations and bans may apply, depending on the traveler’s previous whereabouts:

Entry after previous stay in a risk area:

  • Test requirement: Proof must be provided no later than 48 hours after entry that there is no infection with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Negative corona tests, proof of recovery, or vaccination certificates are recognized as proof. If the traveler arrives by air, this proof must already be presented prior to departure.
  • Quarantine requirement: If the test, proof of recovery, or vaccination certificate is only provided 48 hours after entry, the person entering the country must be in strict quarantine until then.

Entry after previous stay in a high incidence area:

  • Test requirement: When entering Germany, proof must be presented that there is no infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Negative corona tests, proof of recovery, or vaccination certificates are recognized as proof.
  • Quarantine requirement: After arriving in Germany, travelers must immediately isolate themselves for 10 days, i. e. put in strict quarantine. This isolation order can be lifted ahead of time if the person is tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 on the fifth day of the quarantine.

Entry after previous stay in an area of variant of concern:

  • Test requirement: When entering Germany, proof must be presented that there is no infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Negative corona tests are recognized as proof.
  • Quarantine requirement: After arriving in Germany, travelers must immediately isolate themselves for 14 days, i. e. put in strict quarantine. Early termination of the isolation is not possible.
  • Transportation ban: Entry from an area of variant of concern is only allowed by car.

When entering Germany after a previous stay in a foreign non-risk area, travelers neither have to register their entry electronically, nor are they subject to any test or quarantine requirement. However, in case they enter Germany by air (airplane), they must show proof that they are not infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus after all. Negative corona tests are recognized as proof.

The Robert-Koch-Institut regularly updates the list of all countries and regions that are considered risk areas, high incidence areas, and areas of variant of concerns.

 

Present and Future Bookings

The special situation also requires certain flexibility from our side regarding our official cancellation policy, which was originally installed for the normal state. Our terms and conditions still apply at this point. We will do our very best to find individual solutions based on each case when necessary.

If quarantine is required for a course with a duration of up to 9 weeks, the student can decide whether he would like to travel anyway, whether he would like to leave the credit for a later course or whether he would like a refund.

Students or parents who booked their course via an agency should contact their agency first, thank you!

 

Current FAQ on Corona

Since there are recurring questions around the topics of summer courses, bookings and travel in connection with Corona, we have expanded our FAQ accordingly. There you will find an overview of the most frequently asked questions and answers.

 

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us by email (info@humboldt-institut.org) or phone (+49 7522 988-0). Due to the high number of inquiries, processing times may be longer. We strive to answer you as soon as possible and ask for your understanding!

We wish all our friends in Germany and around the globe much health, and we would like to thank everyone for their support during this time!

This page will be updated as soon as we have more news to share.

Lennart Güthling
Managing Director