The situation and the policies outlined here are subject to change, so please return to this page for updates as we approach the start of the semester. Students will be given detailed information and instructions in their correspondence with Middlebury prior to departure and upon arrival in Germany.
The School in Germany is Running!
We are pleased to announce that we will run our programs in Germany during the fall 2021 semester. We can’t wait to welcome students abroad, and we’ll share more information with them as the program start date approaches.
Current Situation in Germany
- CDC Level: 3
- Department of State Advisory Level: 3
- Entry Restrictions: To avoid quarantine, you need a negative microbiological swab-test result and a doctor’s confirmation that you do not have symptoms within 48 hours before entering the country.
For up-to-date information, please see the U.S. Embassy site.
- Early Bird Activities will be done remotely (check our Calendar for detailed information)
- Orientation will begin remotely and will be completed on site. A detailed schedule for the Orientation period will become available by mid-September
- Students will live in dorms rather than private apartments.
- Local Health Departments and State Authorities provide regular and numerous updates that may affect procedures at our host institutions / dorms and our own arrival procedures and dates. We’ll inform you about changes as soon as we know they’d be necessary. Please keep an eye on our calendar and make sure you won’t miss our email-updates.
- Students carrying a negative microbiological swab test result and a doctor’s confirmation of the absence of symptoms not older than 48 hours will not be required to go into quarantine but will have to obtain a confirmation from the local Health Department.
- The Potsdam dorm administration as yet does not allow students to move into dorm rooms before they’ve received this confirmation. (Confirmations will be sent via email once students submitted electronic copies of negative test results and a doctor’s confirmation about the absence of symptoms.)
- In Mainz, students can quarantine (wait for the confirmation) in their dorms. The obligation to quarantine ends with receiving the Health Department’s confirmation based on a negative microbiological swab test and a doctor’s confirmation of the absence of symptoms received within the last 48 hours.
- Food and medical care during quarantine will be organized by the Public Health Department and supported by staff.
- During the initial days of quarantine, students will be in touch with the program staff remotely but regularly.
- Students will be housed in university dorms, possibly on a floor with Middlebury program participants.
International travel is strongly discouraged and may be prohibited by the local government depending on the destination. There are requirements and restrictions regarding arrival in other EU countries as well as return to Germany. Students must inform program staff if they intend to travel overnight and students will be required to fill out a detailed questionnaire to register all travel.
We will base our restrictions or evaluation of “safe”/”unsafe” travel destinations on the decrees of the federal government or individual states.
- Students are responsible for their own planning and travel at their own risk, keeping in mind that high-risk locations may be defined at extremely short notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you should get tested positive, the health professional administering the test will inform the Health Department. The Health Department will contact you to ask for the names of everybody you have been in contact with.
Using Germany’s Corona app is highly recommended. If you receive a warning via this app, this warning would suffice to justify calling a local general practitioner or 16117. They will help determine whether you should be tested immediately. Should you be tested positive, you’d be required to enter this information into the app. You will not be traced, and your personal information will not be available to anyone. But should others using the app have been close to you, they’d get a warning, so they could get tested in turn.
Universities are not directly involved with contact tracing. Still, professors will ask you to provide your contact information on a piece of paper at the beginning of each class. This information will be collected by the professor and stored in a sealed envelope. It will not be shared with anyone except the Health Department, should someone in a course (including the professor) should be tested positive.
Likewise, you’ll be asked to leave your contact information at restaurants, hairdressers - any place you might visit and be in touch with other people. Information is handled in accordance with GDPR. The data collected serves one purpose only: to notify you as quickly as possible should there be a chance of you having had contact with a person that tests positive. Leaving faulty or made-up information constitutes a violation and can be fined severely. That is true as much for the person who provides faulty information (the guest) as for the restaurant owner not realizing that someone singed up as Donald Duck.
At this point, our host universities offer a mixed curriculum (online / in-person and hybrid formats). We do expect our students to be able to finish their classwork no matter what the format might be.
Credit-bearing internships will only be allowed if they can be completed online. Internships might also be limited due to organizations’ willingness to bring in new interns under the given instable circumstances.
We’re in the process of working with our internship partners to investigate options for the coming fall. We’ll update you via email about the results as soon as we have them. If you’d like to pursue an online-internship, check our previous internships and let us know what you’d be interested in. Feel free to add interests not covered by our former-internships list. Since the internships would be online, their location wouldn’t limit your choices this time around.
We do not expect students to incur significant Covid-related out-of-pocket expenses.
Students would be asked to notify our host-institutions’ Covid-19 centers as soon as they’d know they’d have to go into quarantine based on the possibility of a Covid-19 infection. Contact information will be available upon arrival.
In addition, students would notify us and their professors. If the course is online and the students weren’t sick, they could continue to participate. If they had to miss class for reasons of quarantine or illness, professors would work out a feasible solution so students could complete their coursework anyway. We’d be there to support this process every step of the way.
Please note that you must not attend class if you have any symptom (including the ordinary flu / cold symptoms). Professors will ask you to leave if they see you sneeze or cough. Absences will not be counted against you and there will be procedures in place to make sure you can make up for the missed class-work. (That is true for any absence caused by your inability to attend class if confirmed by a doctor.)
Q What will students do if they are experiencing symptoms or otherwise believe they may have contracted COVID-19?
If you are experiencing symptoms or otherwise believe you could have contracted Covid-19, please strictly observe the instructions of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s equivalent of the CDC. Please let us know as well - we’ll be supporting you every step of the way.
No. As is the case in the US, not all individuals are required to be vaccinated. The host country might not be as far along in the vaccination rollout process, so it is possible that housemates, faculty, etc. will not yet have had access to a vaccine.