German Federal Emergency Fund for students – Apply now for March!
In March 2021, students who have run into financial distress as a result of the pandemic will once again be able to apply for the German Federal Emergency Fund for students online. Students who applied in February can now submit a follow-up application for March 2021. Anyone who has not yet applied forthe fund can apply for a first application.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will provide financial support to the students concerned until March 2021. Depending on the proven need, between EUR 100 and EUR 500 can be paid as a non-refundable grant. The conditions for receiving support have been specified by the BMBF and apply uniformly to the entire Federal Republic. The Studentenwerke are responsible for processing the applications. Decisions on applications are based solely on the criteria laid down.
For more information and online application: www.swfr.de/geld/corona-nothilfe
BMBF hotline for bridging assistance: Phone: 0800 26 23 003, Email: ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende(at)bmbf.bund.de
The Studierendenwerk Freiburg also offers various online events in March: As students can take part in online courses from anywhere, the Studierendenwerk also offers a series of online events during the lecture-free period. This includes creative workshops of the International Club and Studitours as well as varied cooking evenings and part II of the online solo jazz dance course for beginners and a technical dance course for late dances.
In the Mirai & Yins tandem cooking @Online series, students can try out Japanese and Chinese recipes and cook together under guidance. The first cooking evening will take place on Thursday, March 4 from 16:00 to 18:00 with Chinese-style aubergines. On Thursday, March 18th, there will be a Japanese potato salad to cook with.
From Tuesday, 9 March, students can continue to dance to the swing music of the 20s/30s. With the help of Zoom, the Solo Jazz dance course can be followed from the comfort of your own home. No prior knowledge is required. In addition, a technical dance course "Late Dances" is planned, which will take place on Friday, March 12.
If you prefer to be creative, you can make your own candles for home at the online workshop Candles DIY. If you register with firstname.lastname@example.org by email until 7 March, you will receive a candle DIY package and can follow the bilingual workshop in German and English via the Discord Server on Saturday, 13 March from 2 pm.
Those who are enthusiastic about coffee can take part in the Coffee Culture workshop on Wednesday, 24 March from 15:00 to 16:00. In order to receive the coffee tasting set, interested students can register by email to email@example.com with full name and postal address until 17 March. The tasting will then take place via the Discord server.
On Friday, March 26th it will be musical. At the Guitar 101 course, students can learn first chords and pop songs on the guitar online via the Discord server. From 18:00 to 20:00, this little beginner hour offers first tips and tricks and can take place in English or German if needed.
Registrations and information about the online events can be found here: https://www.swfr.de/kalender/
Access to the Discord server is available under https://discord.gg/CNZKR7wpc7
The nationwide lockdown is extended until 07.03.2021
The curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. in Baden-Württemberg will no longer apply as of today (11/02).
A curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. will come into effect in Baden-Württemberg if the 7-day incidence of the respective location is above 50. In Freiburg, the 7-day incidence today (11.02.) is 38.5. The current 7-day incidence for Freiburg is displayed on the Corona portal of the city of Freiburg.
New decision by the federal government and the states: this applies to Baden-Württemberg
All existing measures will be extended until February 14, 2021, meaning schools and daycare centers/ crèches will remain closed. Emergency care will be provided in our crèches. The curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. will also remain in place. What is new is that from now on medical masks must be worn on buses and trains as well as when shopping. This includes surgical masks and the more expensive FFP2 masks. Cloth masks and face visors are no longer sufficient.
Our daycare centers are closed probably until January 31, 2021
On January 5, 2021, the German Chancellor and the heads of state governments decided to essentially extend the nationwide restrictions until January 31. As a result, schools, daycare centers and daycare facilities will initially continue to be closed until probably January 31, 2021. Emergency care is in place.
Mensa food to go: Since Mon, 04.01.21 the Mensa Rempartstraße and from Mon, 11.01.21 also the Mensa Institutsviertel offer again a hot lunch to go from Mon - Fri between 11:30 and 14:00. Please note that the food may not be consumed on site, and continue to observe all required hygiene and spacing rules when picking up. You are welcome to bring your own containers.
The ServicePoints in both dining halls are also open during the hours listed above.
Up to and including tomorrow, our Infoladen has the reduced opening hours of 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM.
From Monday, January 11, the Infoladen will be open again regularly from 9:00 AM - 05:00 PM. Nevertheless, please only come in person if it is absolutely necessary. You can also drop off documents in the mailbox outside. If you have any questions, you can reach the Infoladen by phone at 0761 - 21 01 - 200
During the holidays, the student and student services organizations that implement the bridging assistance for students in pandemic-related emergencies and process the applications for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will take a break from processing.
Applications will be processed until shortly before Christmas Eve 2020 and will then resume from the beginning of January 2021.
The Mensa Kehl will close as of Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
Our Kitas will close from 16.12.20-10.01.21. Emergency care will be provided. All parents have already been informed by email today.
The office hours of our "Infoladen" (Infocenter on the corner of Basler Str./ Günterstalstr.) over the holidays will 28.12.2020 - 05.01.2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Over the holidays between the years our canteens Rempartstraße and Institutsviertel will close.
The Mensa Rempartstraße is closed between 23.12.2020 and 03.01.2021.
The Mensa Institutsviertel is closed from 21.12.2020 to 10.01.2021.
Students who are in a pandemic-related financial emergeny can apply immediately for the German Federal Emergency Fund: https://www.swfr.de/geld/corona-nothilfe/
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research will reinstate the German Federal Emergency Fund for students in pandemic-related emergency situations for the month of November. The application is currently not yet possible. However, it will again be possible - as was already the case in summer - via the established nationwide IT platform in a purely online procedure. As soon as this is the case, we will inform about it on our website: https://www.swfr.de/en/money/corona-emergency-aid/
From Monday, November 23th Mensa Institutsviertel will also offer a warm lunch to take away from Monday to Friday from 11.30 am - 2.00 pm.
Please note that the food may not be consumed on site and continue to observe all necessary hygiene and distance rules when picking up the food. You can bring your own container.
From Monday, November 9th there is a warm lunch to take away in the Mensa Rempartstraße from Monday to Friday from 11.30 am - 2.00 pm. The Service Point of the Mensa Rempartstraße is also open Monday to Friday from 11.30 - 14.00 hours. You can bring your own container.
Please note that the food may not be consumed on site and continue to observe all necessary hygiene and distance rules when picking up the food.
Due to the latest Corona regulation, our canteens and cafeterias will remain closed until further notice.
Due to the new nationwide measures from 2. November all events for November have to be cancelled.
Canteens & Cafeterias
From Friday, 30.10.20 the Haus zur Lieben Hand is closed again.
All other canteens and cafeterias will stay open for the time being. Due to the current Corona-situation we are not allowed to host guests / students without registration in our institutions.
For our dormitories we have put important information and hygiene rules on our website in times of the Corona pandemic. You can find them here.
From october 26th, students have the possibility to ask any questions they might have about the Corona situation per telephone. Our new hotline will operate Mon - Fr between 11 and 12 a.m.
The number is +49 (0)761 2101 300.
Also we have a new Corona-pandemic-info-page on our website: www.swfr.de/neu-in-freiburg-und-covid-19/
Our Mensa in Gengenbach will have to close again from Fri, october 16th until further notice.
Because of the ascending infection rates, we kindly ask you, only to come personally into our Infoladen if it needs to be.
If you have to hand in some documents, please use our letterbox outside.
Fees for seminars, studitours or sports classes can be transferred and don't have to be paid in the Infoladen.
You can phone us Mon - Fri from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM: Tel. 0761 - 2101 200
You can send us an E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care of each other and stay healthy!
The following refectories and cafeterias are open:
Café Cube new in the Mensa Littenweiler
Café Europa (new location in the Uni KG III)
Haus zur Lieben Hand
EH-Café (only pre-ordered meals)
Opening hours of the refectories and cafeterias
Due to the Corona pandemic we are not yet able to open all our facilities. At the moment the Mensa I Rempartstraße is open, where we offer a daily lunch from 11:30 AM 2:00 PM; the Mensa Kehl, Mo-Fr from 12:00-1:00 PM, and the Café Senkrecht, Mo-Fr from 9:00 AM -2:00 PM. We are currently in preparation to reopen other canteens and cafeterias. We will announce here once we have a set date.
General Federal Emergency Fund also available for September 2020
The federal government's bridging grant for students who have got into financial difficulties due to the Corona pandemic will be extended and can also be applied for the month of September. Information and application here
Mensa Kehl opens again!
On Monday, September 14th, the Mensa Kehl will open again. We will offer a daily lunch (Mon-Fri) from 12:00 - 13:00. You can choose between meal 1 and meal 2.
All necessary hygiene measures are carried out in our house. Our hygiene concept ensures that there is no danger from our food and drinks. We ask our guests to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m, to wear a mouth and nose protector when not sitting at the table, to follow the instructions of the staff and the signs and to observe the general hygiene rules regarding cough/sneezing and hand protection.
Bridging assistance from the German Federal Emergency Fund for Students
Watch this: Now you can apply for the German Federal Emergency Fund for the month of July! You can find the application form and all important information about the bridging fund here.
The cafeterias Schwenningen and Furtwangen open during examination period
During the examination period from 13th to 31st July our cafeterias in Schwenningen and Furtwangen will open temporarily. The opening hours are from 8.30 am to 2.00 pm. From Monday, July 13th, the Institutscafe will also offer a warm meal (9.00 am - 4.30 pm).
Declining parental income due to Corona - BAföG follow-up application
BAföG has a solution if parental income drops unexpectedly! Normally, the parental income from the calendar year before last is taken into account when calculating BAföG. If now, for example because of short-time work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents lose part of their income, then this can be taken into account for BAföG recipients!
Please contact the Office for Educational Support (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung) if you have any further questions.
Standard period of study and BAföG in times of Corona
The standard period of study was extended by one semester due to the corona pandemic. Due to the link between the maximum duration of support and the standard period of study, the maximum duration of support for BAföG is increased by one semester for students who are still receiving BAföG in the SS 2020.
Therefore, if your maximum funding period ends in August/September 2020, you must submit an application for continued funding in good time. Continued funding is not granted automatically, but only when a new application is submitted.
Daily hot meal at the PH-Café
From Thursday, 2 July, the PH Café will offer a daily hot meal. The PH-Café is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 AM to 1:30 PM.
Data collection in our facilities
The new Corona Regulation will apply from 1 July 2020. According to §6 of the CoronaVO we are obliged to request data (first and last name, address, date and time and, if available, telephone number or e-mail address) for the purpose of providing information. The data collected in the process is recorded confidentially and only for the purpose of tracing chains of infection in connection with the Corona pandemic, stored for a maximum of four weeks and only passed on to the relevant health authority on request. You will find our general information on the processing of personal data on our homepage.
Day care centres "Kita Pusteblume" and "Kita Kleine Knöpfe" can reopen
From Monday, 29 June, the Kleine Knöpfe and Pusteblume day-care centres will resume regular operations under pandemic hygiene measures.
Gradual opening of our cafeterias
We are preparing the gradual opening of our cafeterias. All necessary hygiene measures are carried out in our facilities. Our hygiene concept ensures that our food and beverages do not pose any danger.
As of today, 12 am, the German Federal Emergency Fund for Students can be applied for. All information is available here.
Mensa Rempartstraße opens on Monday, 15 June
From 15 June, the Mensa Rempartstraße will offer lunch again from Monday to Friday. Between 11.30-13.30 students can choose from meal 1 and meal 2. There will be seating indoors and outdoors. In addition, the meals can also be taken "to go".
Financial aid for students
An overview of all financial aid that is currently available or planned for students can be found on our here.
New information on the Baden-Württemberg loan
Students who have lost their part-time job as a result of the Corona pandemic and are therefore in a financial emergency can apply for an interest-free loan of up to 450 euros per month from the state of Baden-Württemberg if they can prove that their earnings from the part-time job have been lost since April.
German students can receive the loan for April and May (up to a maximum of 900 euros in total), foreign students can receive the loan for April, May and June (up to a maximum of 1,350 euros in total). Repayment of the loan begins at the latest at the beginning of June 2021, with a minimum installment of 75 euros.
Further information and the application form can be found here.
New application deadlines for the winter semester 2020/21
Due to the corona pandemic, the application deadlines for universities in the central allocation procedure for the winter semester 2020/21 have been postponed nationwide to 20 August 2020.
This was necessary so that this year's Abitur year group can also register in time for the coming winter semester 2020/21 due to the postponement of the Abitur examinations as a result of the Corona pandemic.
When the winter semester 2020/21 at the University of Freiburg will begin is still open.
No BAföG external consultation hours in Furtwangen/Schwenningen and Tuttlingen
Due to the current situation, the BAföG external consultation hours in Furtwangen/Schwenningen and Tuttlingen in the summer semester 2020 cannot take place.
However, the BAföG office staff will be happy to help you by phone or e-mail.
Cafes prepare for gradual opening
We are slowly preparing the gradual opening of our cafeterias. All necessary hygiene measures are carried out in our house. Our hygiene concept ensures that our food and beverages do not pose any danger.
from Mo, 18 May:
Opening Institutscafé (cafeteria in the Mensa Institutsviertel, Freiburg): Mon - Fri from 9 - 15.30 o'clock, outdoor area only, take away only
from Mo, 25 May:
PH Café (cafeteria in the Mensa Littenweiler, Freiburg), Mon - Fri from 8 - 13.30, outdoor area only, take away only
Café Senkrecht (Uni Innenhof), Mon - Fri from 9.00 - 14.00, with bar tables inside and outside
Caféteria Mensa Offenburg, Mo - Fr from 8 - 13 o'clock, only outdoor area, only take away
News on the expansion of emergency care in our daycare centres from 18 May can be found here.
Financial aid for students through the KfW Student Loan - also for foreign students
The Ministry of Education provides bridging assistance for students who are in financial difficulty due to the Corona pandemic. This aid is guaranteed by the long-standing KfW student loan, which students can already apply for from SWFR.
Due to the current situation there are two important innovations:
All further information and the relevant contact persons can be found here.
Financial support in times of the Corona pandemic
Funding line 1: Baden-Württemberg emergency aid fund
The state of Baden-Württemberg is setting up a student emergency aid fund with one million euros for hardship cases - for students who have lost their part-time jobs due to the corona pandemic and are therefore in financial difficulties. With the emergency aid fund, the state provides interest-free loans of up to 450 euros for the months of April and May (up to 900 euros in total) for students who can prove that they have lost their earnings from a part-time job since April.
More detailed information on how to apply will follow shortly.
Funding line 2: Short-term loan
With funding line 2, the Studierendenwerk Freiburg supports students who have run into a financial bottleneck due to the loss of financial support from their parents as a result of the Corona pandemic. The support is on a loan basis and is intended to enable students to continue their studies that they have successfully completed so far.
More detailed information is available here: Corona-Nothilfe
Our two day care centres Kita Kleine Knöpfe and Kita Pusteblume are expected to remain closed until 03.05.20.
Our canmteens and cafeterias will remain closed until further notice.
For all students who do not yet have a university card, the Studentensiedlung am Seepark now offers a guest MensaCard as a temporary solution. This card can be used to operate the washing machines and dryers in the student dormitories. The card costs 20.00 €. There is a credit balance of 13.00 € on the card, plus a deposit of 7.00 €.
After the students have received their university cards, they can return the guest card at the service points in the refectories (if they are open again) or in the information shop of the Studierendenwerk at Basler Str. 2. The remaining credit balance and the deposit will be loaded onto the university card.
Corona emergency aid
The Studierendenwerk Freiburg supports students who have fallen into acute economic distress due to the corona pandemic, which is not covered by other social benefits or funding opportunities. Further information can be found here: Corona-Nothilfe
Students can currently help the University Hospital Freiburg as well as the surrounding health institutions by registering in the system of the Offene Fachschaft Medizin Freiburg e.V.: https://forms.gle/GmWwskimbYxqzp2i7. The form asks for the status of your studies, possible training in other fields, areas of application and the available time. Requests for support are allocated centrally and forwarded to the appropriate groups of medical students in the preclinical and clinical sections, medical staff and "non-specialist" supporters. An assignment cannot be guaranteed.
Here is our "Corona FAQs"
How to get through the crisis:
Advice for internationals in unusual times
University of Freiburg postpones summer semester
The University of Freiburg is postponing the start of the summer semester to May 11, 2020. The semester will accordingly end later on July 31, 2020. The Whitsun break (June 2nd till 5th) will no longer apply.
Psychotherapeutic counselling Furtwangen
Due to the current situation, the open consultation hours of the Psychotherapeutic Counseling Center in Furtwangen will, until further notice, only be held via telephone. Instead of personal counselling, the colleagues on site also offer telephone and, if necessary, video calls.
Loading of chip card assets
Due to the closure of our facilities, map revaluators are no longer accessible. The washing machine terminals in our dormitories can upgrade the card via Autoload. If you still wish to register, this is currently possible in Freiburg at the Infoladen in Basler Straße (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and in the Studentensiedlung in the Service Center, Sundgauallee 20 (daily 8.30 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. and Monday-Thursday 1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.).
For further questions please contact email@example.com.
All of the Studierendenwerks events will be cancelled up until May 30the 2020.
Social Counselling Furtwangen / Villingen-Schwenningen:
Due to the current situation the consultation date on April 8th in Furtwangen and in Villingen-Schwenningen is cancelled.
Canteens und Cafeterias
Freiburg and branch offices:
All canteens and cafeterias will close from 17.3.20 until probably 19.4.20.
The open consultation hours, during which you can appear in person without registration, are cancelled for the time being. However, you can call during the open consultation hours (Wed, 13.00 - 14.00 hours).
In addition, the secretary's office is available as usual from Monday to Friday from 9.00 - 12.00 hrs for all telephone questions and to register for appointments. The conversations with the therapists take place by telephone or in person, depending on the agreement.
Please contact the secretary's office with all questions by phone 0761/2101-269 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our daycare centres "Kleine Knöpfe" and "Pusteblume":
Our daycare centres are closed from 17.03.20 to 20.04.20.
The Infoladen of the Studierendenwerk is open from Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00 Please come in person only in urgent emergencies and contact us in other matters by phone or e-mail.
General information: 0761 2101 200, email@example.com
You will find other contact persons on our website under the respective subject area.
Corona viruses are a family of viruses that can cause diseases primarily in vertebrates. There is also the possibility of overcoming the species barrier (zoonosis), i.e. an infection from the animal kingdom can spread to humans. Relevant human pathogenic epidemics with coronaviruses in recent years were the SARS coronavirus and the MERS coronavirus. Coronaviruses occur worldwide and are mainly transmitted via droplet infection. Patients primarily show infections of the respiratory tract. There is no specific therapy or vaccination against coronaviruses. As a preventive measure, a number of hygiene measures and the isolation of patients can be considered.
Source: Health Service, Federal Foreign Office
The virus is transmissible from person to person. However, our knowledge of the exact pathways of this corona virus is still limited. However, it can be assumed that the transmission pathways are similar to closely related, well known other corona viruses.
Target organs of human coronaviruses are mainly the respiratory tract. The most important transmission pathway is a so-called droplet infection, in which coronaviruses are released into the air and subsequently inhaled by infected humans or animals via droplets.
Furthermore, various respiratory pathogens can be transmitted via smear infections. In this case, pathogens that are on the hands reach the mucous membranes of the nose or eye, where they can lead to infection.
Sources: Federal Institute for Risk Assessment / Federal Ministry of Health
The danger to the health of the population in Germany is currently assessed as high by the experts of the Robert Koch Institute. Further cases, infection chains and outbreaks in Germany must be expected.
However, work is underway on the development of a vaccine. Nevertheless, no safe vaccination is available so far.
If the virus becomes ill, it is particularly dangerous for people who are older and/or already suffer from chronic underlying diseases. The virus can lead to a more severe course with respiratory problems and pneumonia. Currently, the proportion of deaths in which the disease has been confirmed by laboratory tests is around 2 percent. However, it is likely that this proportion is actually lower because the data only refer to patients who were treated in hospital.
Source: Federal Ministry of Health
It is currently assumed that after an infection it can take up to 14 days before signs of the disease appear.
Sources: Robert Koch Institute
Infection can lead to coughing, sniffles, neck scratching, muscle pain and fever. Some sufferers also suffer from diarrhoea.
Sources: Federal Ministry of Health
If you have been in a risk area, such as China or Northern Italy, please contact the health authorities immediately.
Avoid contact with other people and continue to follow the hygiene instructions and the cough and sneeze label.
Call your doctor before your visit and tell him or her that you have symptoms. This will help to ensure that appropriate precautions are taken to prevent further infection.
Here you can find the current risk areas: www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete.html
In everyday life we encounter many pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. In order to keep the risk of infection low, the same hygiene measures are recommended for coronavirus as for common influenza.
when you get home,
before and during the preparation of meals,
after visiting the toilet,
after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing,
before and after contact with sick people,
after contact with animals.
rub with soap on all sides,
allow 20 to 30 seconds for this,
Wash off under running water,
dry with a clean cloth.
When coughing and sneezing, keep your distance from others and turn away.
Use a handkerchief or hold the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose.
Do not cough or sneeze in the palms of your hands.
Contact your doctor or health care professional.
Avoid close physical contact while you are contagious.
Stay in a separate room and use a separate toilet if possible.
Do not share dishes or towels.
In particular, clean the kitchen and bathroom regularly with standard household cleaners.
Let cleaning cloths dry well after use and replace them frequently.
Always keep sensitive foods well chilled.
Avoid contact of raw animal products with food eaten raw.
Heat meat to at least 70°C.
Wash vegetables and fruit thoroughly.
Clean eating and kitchen utensils with warm water and detergent or in the dishwasher.
Wash dishcloths and cleaning cloths as well as towels, washcloths, bed linen and underwear at a minimum of 60°C.
Ventilate closed rooms several times a day for a few minutes:
Turn off the heating.
Open the window in the room completely.
If possible, also open opposite windows.
Duration: 10 to max. 15 minutes, then close the windows again and turn the heating back on.