Information on studying abroad (for h_da students)
Status: August 10, 2022
Dear h_da students,
The developments surrounding the pandemic are still dynamic. Below we have compiled general information for you on the topic of "stays abroad".
Please also note h_da's FAQ on COVID-19.
We urge you to comply with the prevention measures of the local authorities as well as the requirements of the host university. Please behave responsibly.
Your health and safety is a top priority for Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. If there are any problems or you wish to terminate your stay, please contact us with a status update. Keep in mind that there may be restricted travel connections. If you are in a country with high or rising infection rates, remember that existing health systems may again be highly stressed.
Please check the cover provided by your overseas health insurance. Check whether your insurer covers epidemics and pandemics and also provides cover in the event of a travel warning by the Federal Foreign Office.
If you are abroad and want to interrupt your stay due to the pandemic: In the case of funding through Erasmus+ or PROMOS, certain proof of the termination of the stay must be provided. Please ask us for further information on this.
If you have not already done so: register immediately in the crisis precaution list of the Federal Foreign Office, called ELEFAND. This will enable the local embassy to contact you in the event of an emergency or repatriation operations in the respective country.
Keep yourself informed about the current security situation in the host country: You can, for example, subscribe to the travel and security advice of the Federal Foreign Office as a country-specific email newsletter and/or install the corresponding app. Read independent news and ask around you. As a precaution, make a note of the telephone and emergency number of the nearest German mission abroad (save it in your mobile phone if necessary).
You can look up the representations of the Federal Republic of Germany on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
h_da students with a nationality other than German, please also contact the relevant foreign ministries for similar assistance.
Before returning to Germany: please note the current Corona Entry Ordinance.
Please also note that the realisation of a stay abroad is at your own risk to the exclusion of any liability on the part of our university.
We urge you to continuously follow the developments in your country of choice via the pages of the Federal Foreign Office, the embassy in the host country, the RKI as well as the information of the Federal Foreign Office on the worldwide travel warning. It is essential that you register in the crisis precaution list ELEFAND (in German) of the Federal Foreign Office BEFORE your stay. The spread of the corona pandemic continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic, entry restrictions and restrictions in public life in many countries. You should also take the security situation in the respective country and the health system into consideration.
For the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, health and safety have top priority. We therefore expressly advise against travelling to Corona risk areas and to countries or regions with a Corona travel warning issued by the Federal Foreign Office. In the course of the spread of the corona virus and its variants, we would like to refer to the press release of the European Commission of January 25, 2021 and the information of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
As we would like to comply with your wish to be able to continue planning and taking up stays abroad, the internal application deadlines communicated on the website are still valid. Please note that the realisation of a stay abroad, especially in Corona risk areas, is at your own risk and to the exclusion of any liability on the part of the university.
Furthermore, we would like to point out that the Federal Foreign Office has stopped further Corona-related emergency repatriations of German citizens. Please inform yourself in detail about all consequences of this decision, in particular about the applicable rules on departure and return, on quarantine and testing obligations, on hygiene rules and other rules of conduct. Bear in mind that compliance with quarantine measures can be associated with additional high costs.
The Erasmus+ Programme currently offers the following options:
- The mobility starts as normal physically in the host country and is carried out entirely there. It is irrelevant whether lectures or internship activities take place purely digitally, in hybrid form or purely physically. The regular financial support can be granted for this. This also includes any quarantine period that may be required in the host country.
- Mobilities that cannot initially be started physically due to the COVID-19 pandemic can be started virtually and - if possible - continued physically in the destination country somewhat later (even if, for example, lectures or internship activities continue to take place partly or entirely virtually). However, the minimum duration of 3 months for Erasmus+ study visits and 2 months for Erasmus+ traineeships must still be observed for the physical phase in order to receive a mobility grant. However, this grant will only be paid for the period of the physical phase in the destination country. All Erasmus+ documents must be submitted as normal.
- If it is foreseeably not possible to travel to the destination country due to Corona, a semester or internship abroad can also take place completely virtually, i.e. students attend lectures and examinations at the partner university only virtually from Germany or carry out their internship purely virtually from Germany. No mobility grant can be awarded for this, but all Erasmus+ documents must be submitted as for physical mobility.
Frequently asked questions about "Coronavirus and Erasmus+" can be found here.
If partner universities notify us of restrictions for the planned semester abroad (e.g. entry restrictions or online-only teaching), we will inform all registered applicants. As a general rule, we recommend that you do not yet incur any expenses (e.g. booking flights, health insurance) before it is certain that the stay abroad can be physically carried out. Before taking out health insurance: check the coverage of your health insurance abroad. Check whether your insurer covers epidemics and pandemics and also provides insurance cover in the event of a travel warning by the Federal Foreign Office.
Due to the dynamic development of the pandemic, plan for a certain risk of the stay not being feasible (especially overseas) and have a plan B in mind.