Current Information on Coronavirus

Last update: Friday, February 26, 2021, 10:05 CET

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 Kids and Teenagers
Lindenberg
Online courses (private lessons)

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

German courses booked in Bad Schussenried and Constance will temporarily be taught in Lindenberg and Berlin-Mitte until June 05, 2021. As of today, our summer courses will take place at all locations as planned.

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 1.5m.
• Wearing a facial mask.
• 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 quarantine and consultation with a doctor in case a student shows symptoms.
• Students on site will be regularly informed on the current situation and will be taken care of.

Bad Schussenried

Courses booked for Bad Schussenried will take place in Lindenberg until June 05, 2021. In Lindenberg, students in the 10-13 age group are treated like students in the 14-17 age group. They receive 30 lessons per week and have the same bed times.
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. The updated starting dates for summer 2021 are:

June 06*
June 20*
July 04 (also suitable for total beginners)
July 18*
August 01 (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. Students receive accommodation and board at the boarding school and take part in the leisure program on campus. City walks are currently not possible. A staff member carries out smaller errands for the students such as soap or tooth paste. Excursions will be replaced by a leisure program on campus until further notice. 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. Visits to the students are not possible due to the instructions of the federal state of Bavaria. For students arriving from areas that are classified as risk areas, the below mentioned rules apply. All students who are not arriving from a risk area or from Germany will be accommodated in a single room for the first 14 days.

For courses during the summer months 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 01 (also suitable for total beginners)
September 05 (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 the boarding house. Until March 12, all intensive courses will be taught as online courses. The part-time courses (evening courses, Saturday courses) will only take place as online courses until July 03, 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.

The telc exams planned for Friday, April 9, 2021 will be re-scheduled as follows:
telc B1 – Wednesday, April 7, 2021
telc C1 Hochschule – Thursday, April 8, 2021
telc B2 – Friday, April 9, 2021

The telc exams planned for Friday, May 7, 2021 will be re-scheduled as follows:
telc B1 – Wednesday, May 5, 2021
telc C1 Hochschule – Thursday, May 6, 2021
telc B2 – Friday, May 7, 2021

The telc exams planned for Friday, June 18, 2021 will be re-scheduled as follows:
telc B1 – Wednesday, June 16, 2021
telc C1 Hochschule – Thursday, June 17, 2021
telc B2 – Friday, June18, 2021

Constance

The school for adults in Constance is closed until June 05, 2021. 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 June 2021 included. However, all TestDaF exams will take place.

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. More information on the online private lessons can be found on the page online German courses.

 

Travel Ban and Quarantine Requirement

On July 02, 2020 the travel ban for third country nationals (except for a few countries with low infection rates) was extended. Ever since, the ban is reviewed on a regular basis and amended if necessary. As long as the travel ban exists, most German Embassies in the respective countries have stopped or at least restricted the processing of visa applications. Further information on the travel restrictions for third countries are available on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

Currently, the following rule is valid in all federal states where our course centers are located:

Anyone who has been in a risk area within the last 10 days before entering Germany must adhere to the following procedure:

  • All arriving students must register in advance using the central Digital Registration on Entry form. This registration is possible at the earliest 3 days before the planned entry.
  • After successful registration, the person entering the country will receive a corresponding confirmation, which must be carried on the trip to Germany and presented to the authorities on request.
  • A negative corona test that is not older than 48 hours must be presented upon arrival. Alternatively, a test can be done upon arrival. However, this test does NOT replace the 10 day quarantine.
  • After entering the country, the students concerned have to be quarantined at our school for 10 days.
  • A corona test can be carried out on day 5 of the quarantine (you may leave the quarantine in order to take the test). If the test is negative and there are no symptoms typical of COVID 19, the quarantine may be terminated early.

The Robert Koch-Institut regularly updates the list of all countries considered a risk region.

 

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.

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

 

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