Corona Updates

At IGC we are committed to making an inclusive, innovative, and impactful education available through on-site learning. It is our ambition to return to classroom teaching as soon as possible, however, due to the pandemic, it is unlikely that in-class learning can be offered in the Summer Semester 2021.

Pending the pandemic, occasional meetings on campus may take place, whilst students from abroad and within Germany continue to study online or through hybrid learning methods. It is our mission to continue to create effective online environments, to identify opportunities to embed learning experiences for our students that blend face-to-face and digital learning. Even if we cannot presently meet on campus or in the classroom, it is still possible for students, in Germany and from abroad, to pursue their academic aspirations and remain in Germany with a visa after graduation according to visa regulations.

FAQs for current students regarding the pandemic

What are the symptoms?
  • An infection with the novel corona virus can lead to signs of illness such as fever and cough.
  • Cold, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and headaches have also been reported.
  • Some people suffer from nausea/vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Various European studies also report an impairment of the sense of smell/taste

However, the course of the disease is unspecific, diverse and varies greatly. Therefore, no generally valid statements can be made about the "typical" course of the disease.
(Source: Federal Centre for Health Education)

Information on whether you may be affected and what to do can be found in the COVID-19 Orientation Guide for Citizens of the RKI

How can I protect myself?
  • If you feel sick, please stay at home.
  • Keep your distance of at least 1.5 meters to others.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carefully.
  • Cough or sneeze only into your arm bend or into a tissue.
  • On campus, in the waiting areas in front of the entrances, while entering a university building, in the hall ways and inside the lecture rooms wearing a face mask is obligatory at all times.
  • Avoid hand-shaking.
  • Ventilate rooms regularly.
What do I do when I return from a risk area?

If you return from a risk area or if you had a transit or stopover flight in a risk area, you will be subject to a 10-day isolation period during which you are not allowed to enter the university campus.

Will examinations still take place?

Please get in contact with your course coordinator to check on the current situation regarding exams

How are open office hours (study guidance, legal office) dealt with?
  • Open office hours will no longer be available with immediate effect.
  • Please use the opportunity to ask your questions by e-mail.
  • It is still possible to make separate appointments.
What access rules apply to the university buildings?
  • To keep the number of people inside the HSB buildings to a minimum, the entrance rules to the  buildings have been re-defined. 
  • The IGC building will remain closed.
  • To find out from where you might enter the other university buildings, please see the HSB Corona FAQ.

         Rules for entering the university buildings:

  • Please disinfect your hands when you enter the building -  disinfectant dispensers will be at your disposal in the entrances of each building.
  • Please note that markings on the floor will indicate the walking direction. Also, pay attentation to the information signs - especially if using the elevators.
  • Students and guests who will be attending a scheduled lecture on campus must wear a face mask at all times when moving inside the building. They may stay insided the building only for the planned period of time.
  • All students, employees and guests must document their stay inside the HSB buildings so that the HSB will be able to track infection chains, if necessary.
What do I do if I have had contact with a person infected with the Corona virus?
  • Stay at home and reduce the contact to others especially to people who are considered risk patients.
  • To minimise the risk of infection, do not go directly to a doctor's office.
  • Always contact your doctor by telefphone first to seek advice. Your doctor will give you further instructions.
  • If you do not have a doctor yet or if you have general questions about Corona in Bremen, you may contact the Corona hotline at 0421 115.
  • Outside regular consultation hours of your doctor, you may also contact the medical on-call service at 116 117.
  • Are you using the Corona warning app already? We strongly advise to download and use the Corona warning app that has been provided by the German federal government in order to track the infection chains.

    For Android (Google Play Store)/ for iPhones (App Store Apple)

Further information on whether you may be affected and what to do can be found in the COVID-19 Orientation Guide for Citizens of the RKI

Can I still borrow books from the libraries?

Yes, please visit the website of the university library for further information.

FAQs for applicants starting class in fall

Will my application still be reviewed and processed during the current coronavirus crisis? I have read that all universities in Bremen are closed.

Yes, we can assure you that your application is being evaluated as soon as you have submitted all required documents.

How long will it take for me to get admission?
  • Every application is different and we will take a close look at all of your documents.
  • We cannot provide you with an estimate of the length of the evaluation process, since the time it takes to assess each application depends on the quality of the submitted documents.
  • You may be asked to turn in more specific information regarding your documents.
  • In general, you will receive an automatic update on your application once a week.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact your program coordinator if you have additional questions.
How will I get to know if I have been admitted?
  • You will receive your admission letter by e-mail.
  • At the same time the admission letter is being sent out by mail.
  • You will receive many more information with your admission letter, e.g. how to prepare for a visa appointment or how to secure your place of study.
What happens after admission?
  • After you have received your admission letter you will be asked to make a down payment of 1,000 euro to secure your place of study.
  • You should make preparations for your visa appointment right away.
  • Our ISA team will get in touch with you and will support you with your questions.
  • Your program coordinator will invite you into a closed facebook group where you will receive more information about Germany, Bremen and studying at the IGC.
  • You can ask all your questions within your facebook group. You willl also have the opportunity to ask alumni about what they think about Bremen and the IGC.
I cannot get a visa application appointment at the moment. What shall I do?
  • The current coronavirus crisis is extraordinary and the situation can change rapidly.
  • We therefore advise you to inform yourself regularly and keep you up-to-date.
  • We recommend that you check the website of the German embassy in your home country regularly

Link to German embassies.

  • We encourage you to utilise priority visa services – if available in your country – where a priority decision is usually made within five working days.
How is the current situation with regards to the coronavirus crisis in Germany?
What happens if I get sick in Germany?

Germany has one of the best health care system in the world but of course you are required to organize your own health insurance for your overseas travel and studies before your arrival.

I took an IELTS test this year in my home country or abroad but my certificate has not been issued to me yet. Can the university contact IELTS for this information?

The university does not offer this service.

Is the university able to provide me with an English test instead of me having to present an acceptable testing score?

The university does not offer this service.

Studies at my university have been postponed. Therefore, I expect my graduation also to be postponed. Will you still accept my application?
  • We are not yet able to say how this will affect the admission decisions we make; however, we advise you to speak to your university as soon as you are able to determine if or when it will be possible for you to complete your studies and exams.
  • We recognize that schools and colleges may experience disruption to teaching, coursework and examinations and we are monitoring the advice and guidance from awarding bodies.
  • We have established processes in place for dealing with extenuating circumstances and as part of this we will be guided in our consideration by the advice given by awarding bodies.
  • Please ask your university to contact our admissions team E-Mail Link with information about the impact of the closure on your studies.
What is the latest arrival date to enter the study program?
  • We will offer online solutions for those of you who might not be able to travel to Germany this year.
  • Your program coordinator will provide you with information in detail. 
I come from a severely coronavirus affected country and considering applying for the 2021 intake. Will you still accept my application?

We will continue to treat all new applications in the usual way, irrespective of where you are from or currently reside.

Is the application process at your university affected by the current coronavirus crisis?
  • No, the application process is not affected by the current coronavirus crisis.
  • If you are awaiting a decision from us about your application, be assured that our admissions team is working diligently to provide a response.