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Information from the International Office Regarding the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19)

On this website, the International Office of the University of Cologne compiles information that is of particular interest to internationals and for international exchange.

Please also note the information provided by the Rectorate of the University of Cologne, for example with regard to measures to prevent infection on campus!

Information on the Coronavirus from the Rectorate of the University of Cologne


Multilingual General Information

Covid-19 Guidance & Support – Information for International Students (as of Oct. 2021)



New corona protection regulation as of October 1, 2021

As of October 1, 2021 the new corona protection regulation came into effect. There you find further information on wearing a face mask, vaccinations and hygiene rules for events:


Teaching at the University of Cologne in the winter semester 2021/22

The Rectorate of the University of Cologne has decided that only those who are immunised (vaccinated or recovered) or who have tested negative for the Corona virus (3G) can participate in attendance lectures in the winter semester:

In order to speed up the 3G checks required for this before the start of the event, the University of Cologne offers fully vaccinated students the option of making their vaccination status easily visible by means of an easily recognisable, official "UzK vaccination sticker" on their student ID (=UC Card). In this regard, all registered students have been sent an email via their student account (S-mail account). Please check your S-Mail account regularly!

From 11 October 2021, rapid antigen tests will be subject to a charge!
  • The costs must be borne by the tested themselves and may vary from test centre to test centre.

  • Exempted are:
    (i) Persons who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons
    (ii) Persons for whom there is no vaccination recommendation, e.g. children and adolescents up to 12 years of age.
    (iii) Students who have been vaccinated with vaccines other than those listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute on the Internet at

    If you have any questions about the chargeable rapid antigen tests, please contact the International Office:

Further information on (iii):



 FAQ on the Corona Vaccination
 for International Students & Researchers

 Financial Support
 for Students