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- Entry and quarantine regulations (German Foreign Office)
- Information of the University of Kassel about dealing with the corona virus
- Information and corona regulations by the city of Kassel
Yes, the standard period of study will be extended by each one semester for all students enrolled in the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, summer semester 2021 and winter semester 2021/2022. This means that BAföG recipients will receive up to four semesters longer BAföG if their standard period of study or maximum duration of support ends after the deadline of 15 March 2020.
Very important: Nothing is going to work without an application. Therefore, please submit your application for further support via BAföG as soon as possible. Let us advise you if you have any questions.
The summer semester 2020, the winter semester 2020/21, the summer semester 2021 and the winter semester 2021/2022 are considered a so-called "0-semester". BAföG-supported students therefore may submit the proof of performance up to four semesters later. Let us advise you if you have any questions.
In order to meet the BAföG deadline, it is important that you submit the application first in order to begin the processing. In principle, it is of course best if you already provide all available documents together. If documents are missing, you can also submit them later. We will inform you on which documents exactly are missing.
In principle, the University of Kassel only grants a semester's leave of absence if certain reasons exist, for example, because of an illness that precludes proper study, or for maternity and parental leave. The Corona Pandemic is currently not yet one of these reasons for leave. In addition, a semester of leave is always to be regarded as a break from studies. During this time, one is not entitled to BAföG funding because there is no study activity. If necessary, alternative services according to SGB II (basic security) may be considered during a semester of leave. Therefore, we recommend that you obtain good advice in advance about financing a semester of leave, for example from our Social Counselling Team.
If you have not yet received BAföG at all or the maximum rate of BAföG due to the level of parental income, you can have the income situation of your parents reviewed again. This is possible with the so-called update application. We will then check whether BAföG entitlement exists or adjust the BAföG grant amount. The form is available here (German language only).
Yes, in order for a commitment in systemically relevant profession to be worthwhile for BAföG recipients, additional income earned in a systemically relevant occupation from 1 March 2020 onwards will not be credited. And this will last until the German Bundestag has declared the end of the pandemic. This applies both to new jobs as well as to additional working hours. If you have previously worked in a systemically relevant profession, the income from this will continue to be credited at the previous level, but additional working hours will not be credited.
The special regulation does not apply to your parents, siblings or other relatives. Nor does it apply to income from compulsory internships etc. (Article 23(3) BAföG).
Which occupational groups are considered to be systemically relevant varies from one federal state to another. (See among others: https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/bsi-kritisv/BSI-KritisV.pdf , https://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/19/186/1918699.pdf). If you are unsure whether you work in one of the professions concerned, please talk to your BAföG advisor.
No, unfortunately not. Jobbing students are exempt from health, nursing and unemployment insurance. And those who don't pay into unemployment insurance can't get short-time work benefits (= Kurzarbeitergeld).
The Social Counselling Team and the Student Financing Advice Service are still available and will advise you by e-mail or phone.
You should contact your health insurance company, your apartment rental agency, your mobile phone contract company, ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice ... and ask for an extension of the payment deadlines and possibly for a reminder block. Perhaps you can also pay a reduced amount for the time being.
The Social Counselling Team and the Student Financing Advice Service are still available and will advise you by e-mail or telephone.
This can only be considered in exceptional cases: In cases of hardship, e.g. in the case of a loss of financing through no fault of your own and advanced studies, benefits can be checked by the Job Centre as a loan in accordance with § 27 Paragraph 3 SGB II. Please ask the Social Counselling Team by telephone or e-mail whether benefits are possible.
Perhaps you will find what you are looking for on the website of the employment agency:
Right now, certain sectors are desperately seeking reinforcement:
- Delivery services for food and beverages
- Supermarkets, grocery stores
- Building cleaners
- Petrol stations
- Agricultural helpers for the harvest time in: https://www.daslandhilft.de/
- Post offices
- Call centers
Depending on what kind of job you have or how your contract is structured, you will find information here:
Please read up on this:
If you are affected by a measure according to IfSG, it is best to get advice by telephone as soon as possible. On Thursdays, the Studierendenwerk Kassel offers expert and free legal advice for students by e-mail or telephone.
If you have questions about financial help, please contact the social counselling service of the Studierendenwerk. If you are considering a student loan, obtain various offers and compare them carefully. It is best to inform yourself in advance about the different possibilities at the student finance advisory service by telephone or e-mail.
Here you will find answers on the topics KfW student loan, education loan and scholarships
There's a phone line at the psych center of the Studierendenwerk. Make the call. T. 0561 804 2800, Monday 1pm-2pm, Thursday, 11am-12 noon.
The advice centre also offers a video consultation hour. The best way to make an appointment is to send an e-mail to beratung((at))studierendenwerk.uni-kassel.de or simply call T. 0561 804 2800.
Both offers are also aimed at those students who are already in a counselling process, but who are no longer able to get personal appointments.
Here we have gathered further contact points in case of emergency.
Yes. Strict hygiene and distance regulations apply. Please contact the respective team for information on everything you need to know.
In Mensas and cafeterias, you must wear a medical or FFP2 mask until you are seated.
Here you can find out which Mensas and cafeterias in Kassel and Witzenhausen are open and what they offer.
Don't worry, they won't expire. The collected bonus points can still be redeemed at the cash desks of the open canteens and cafeterias.
Due to entry and quarantine regulations, we strongly recommend that you arrive only if you have already rented a room / apartment.
- You can find room and apartment offers from private landlords / landladys for example in our Online Accommodation Exchange
- If you need temporary accommodation where you can spend a necessary quarantine period, the www.novostar.de might be suitable for you.
Regardless of whether you live in a Studierendenwerk student hall or with a private landlord/landlady, the entry and quarantine regulations of the German Foreign Office apply.
For students who arrive from abroad and have to go into quarantine, the University of Kassel has compiled important information in a quarantine handout.
Your student hall administrator will be happy to advise you if you have specific questions about your stay in the hall.
Please contact your clerk in charge. She will clarify everything with you. Even if there are no personal office hours at the moment, you can reach the team of Student Accommodation via e-mail and telephone.