Information for crisis situations


Status Aug 05, 2020

In the last months the coronavirus or Covid-19 has been spreading across the globe. The WHO declared it a worldwide pancemic on March 11, 2020. Virus circulation in Germany has increased in the last week, the situation is dynamic and to be taken seriously. The experts of the Robert Koch Institute rate the risk to public health in Germany as concerning. The number of new infections had been declining sice March until the start of July, but since then has been rising to around 850 people per day total in Germany, mainly because of German tourists returning from their vacations and mainly in certain local hotspots. Please refer to the daily situation reports of the Robert Koch Institute.

Further cases of transmission and chains of infection in Germany are likely as a worldwide spread of the pathogen has occured. This assessment is also shared by the European Centre for Disease. Restrictions are in place on international travel to and from Germany.  

Goethe University has been keeping in line with the official guidelines and recommendations. All welcome and introductory activities had to be cancelled and the start of the summer semester had been postponed to April 20, and was started as an online semester.
Since a second wave of the virus seems to be very likely, most classes will be either online or hybrid in the winter semester 20/21, and only classes with a small number of participants will be held in face-to-face modus. Free-of-charge German language courses will be held in September and October, also in a hybrid format.
All nominated incoming students have been informed by email about the choices and conditions and are being updated whenever important new information becomes available to us.

Concerning those students who will arrive on our campus in early September or October (for the language courses) or early November (delayed start of lecture period) and stay in Frankfurt: We will try our best to accomodate you and help you. Please contact us by mail or phone with your questions and updates. We will try to answer as quick as we can, but delays may occur.

We sincerely hope that by everybody acting in a responsible manner harmful and health threatening situations can be avoided. 

The following precautions are recommended: proper hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, as well as keeping one’s distance from sick persons. These practices also protect against other acute respiratory illnesses, including the flu and are therefore recommended, also in view of the flu outbreak. In case of concern please refer to this information by the Federal Ministry of Health, Germany in order to take the immediate responsible medical steps, which are also outlined in the following paragraphs. 

Persons who (independently of travel) were in personal contact with someone who has been laboratory-confirmed to be carrying the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus, and persons who have spent time in a risk area, should generally avoid contact with other persons and immediately get in touch with the competent health office. The health office will conduct an individual interview to assess the specific risk and determine the measures to be taken. This approach also makes it possible to coordinate medical attention should any symptoms emerge. If you are in need of medical assistance, visit a doctor after announcing your visit by phone – indicating that you had been travelling, or have had contact with a confirmed case.

If you are travelling from a region that is not a risk area, but has nonetheless seen an increased number of transmissions (such as China, Italy, Iran, South Korea), you should visit a doctor, after announcing your visit ahead of time by telephone and saying that you had been travelling, if you develop symptoms such as fever, coughing or difficult breathing within 14 days of returning from your trip. In addition, you should avoid unnecessary contact with other people, keep your distance from others when coughing or sneezing or turn away and hold the crook of your arm or a paper handkerchief, which you will throw away immediately, in front of your mouth and nose. Hands should be washed regularly and thoroughly with soap and water.

As this is an ongoing situation we will update this site if major changes occur. Also we will be in contact with our incoming guest students by email in case of urgent matters. In case of questions please do not hesitate to contact us at incoming(at)

Please stay informed on Covid-19 using the links provided on the upper right.