Information on the Corona virus - as of 27/03/2020

The DAAD continues to follow the developments on the coronavirus and adapts its activities flexibly to changing situations. In affected areas, we are in contact with the scholarship holders, their relatives and employees in order to provide them with the best possible support.

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In order to counteract the spread of the coronavirus, the DAAD has decided to react to the dynamic situation by making the following adjustments to its funding business. The protection of funding recipients, partners and employees is a priority.

Please note that the situation is constantly changing and make use of the continuously updated information from the authorities, in particular the (in German) as well as the respective travel information from the Federal Foreign Office. The authorities are in constant exchange and continuously evaluate current developments.

Information for German DAAD scholarship holders and applicants

Return journey

The Federal Foreign Office has issued a  (in German) to which we would like to draw the attention of all our scholarship holders.

At this point we would like to renew our offer to return to Germany at the expense of the DAAD. Please consider in your decision that the number of regular travel connections is rapidly decreasing and at the same time the travel restrictions imposed are increasing worldwide. The number of infected persons continues to rise sharply locally and regionally and will place a heavy burden on the local health systems. In addition to considering local health care, you should also consider the political stability and general security situation in your host country when making your decision. Please also bear in mind that the situation in individual countries is currently developing very dynamically and unpredictably.

We ask our scholarship holders to make sure that they have entered their names in the crisis prevention list so that they can be promptly informed about current plans of the missions abroad. We strongly recommend that you also note down the emergency number, which can be found on the website of the German foreign representation, and that you also check the website of the embassy for further contact details. The Federal Foreign Office offers a FAQ website on the worldwide travel warning  (in German).

Please follow the instructions of the local authorities and inform yourself continuously if or when return flights are possible.

News about planned scholarship selection meetings

All DAAD scholarship selection meetings with a personal introduction will be suspended until further notice. Applications for current calls for the winter semester will continue to be accepted and processed, commission meetings will be held partly by video conference or decisions will be made on the basis of the written documents.

Due to the current decisions, it is necessary to stagger and thus postpone individual selection decisions. We ask for your understanding for somewhat longer procedures.  

Information on individual programmes

  • Lehramt International: Applications for internships at German schools abroad and partner schools are still accepted. The start of the scholarship will probably be delayed.
  • Scholarships abroad, especially long-term scholarships: The start of the scholarship must be postponed due to the situation.

Unfortunately, we will have to suspend individual programmes completely in spring/summer 2020. These are:

  • RISE / WISE internship programmes: Unfortunately, no internships can take place in spring/summer 2020. Commitments already made will be treated with priority in 2021, but unfortunately there is no guarantee for the same place.
  • IAESTE: The placement of internships within the IAESTE programme is also suspended until further notice.
  • Kongress- und Vortragsreisen: No new applications are currently being accepted. The programme is suspended until further notice.

Information for international scholarship holders and applicants

We are very sorry to inform you that the Individual Scholarships for studying in Germany will not be available for the summer semester 2020. In view of the Corona crisis, many universities have temporarily suspended their teaching activities. New arrival dates for the winter semester should – where possible – be sought.

The support of scholarship holders who are unable to return to their home country due to travel restrictions will be extended. You will find further information on this topic here shortly.

Information on individual programmes:

We regret having to completely suspend individual programmes in spring/summer 2020. These are:

University Summer Courses: All university summer courses for summer 2020 have to be cancelled. For the time being, no further commitments will be made.

RISE / WISE internship programmes: Unfortunately, no internships can take place in spring/summer 2020. Commitments already made will be given priority in 2021, but unfortu-nately there is no guarantee for the same childcare place.

Information for ERASMUS grant holders

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.

The National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation has two lists of (in German) for students and higher education institutions on coronavirus and Erasmus+.

Information for universities

The DAAD asks its member universities to cancel all DAAD-funded group trips from abroad to Germany. Likewise, there should be no more trips abroad. The DAAD is aware that cancellation costs are unavoidable.

The DAAD will generally endeavour to find accommodating arrangements for the projects funded. We recommend our member universities to find out whether projects or stays can be postponed or, if necessary, replaced by virtual formats.

The central tendering run on 1 April remains in place. Application deadlines will be adapted to the situation.

Information about the Erasmus+ programme and the corona virus can be found (in German).

General information

As a matter of principle, we advise against all non-essential travel.

The DAAD has cancelled all business trips and events in Germany. Our offices abroad also react dynamically to the respective situation on site.

In addition, the following sources of information can be used for an assessment:

  • Risk areas can be tracked on the website of the (in German).
  • (in German) from the Health Service of the Federal Foreign Office
  • Information of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on
  • by Johns Hopkins CSSE
  • Situation in China: Ruth Schimanowski, Head of the DAAD Beijing Office, gives an (in German).

Situation of students at German universities

The pandemic caused by the corona virus affects all areas of life. Our universities are also massively affected: the start of lectures has been suspended or postponed, libraries and cafeterias are closed, campuses – like almost all places in public life – are deserted for the most part. Many students are affected in several ways; firstly, it is still uncertain whether and how the teaching of classes can be ensured; secondly, important sources of income have dried up for many students because their part-time job has fallen victim to the crisis. At the same time there are industries and areas (such as agriculture or retail) that are desperately looking for temporary jobbers. Also, the need for voluntary help is growing rapidly, e.g. at food banks or for elderly people. The DAAD would like to make a small contribution to bring these different groups together. We recommend the following offers to students who want to get involved or who are urgently looking for a part-time job:

The website of the Deutsches Studentenwerk, which offers advice for students with financial difficulties, is also highly recommended:

General information can be found here