COVID-19 update for applicants & students
Application for Study Programs
Yes, we are accepting applications for the Fall Intake 2020. We continue to receive applications and make offers to students, including international applicants. If you have not applied yet, but intend to do so, you should apply as planned. Our team can advise you on all aspects of studying at Berlin International. You can submit your application 24/7 through our application portal at: https://application.berlin-international.de/
Yes, we have extended our Application Deadline until 30th of September 2020. For international students, we advise to submit the application latest by the 15 th of August, so that there is enough time for visa and travel related formalities.
Our admissions team is now based off-campus and working as normal.
- BI’s dedicated Admissions Team is available to answer any questions about the application process you may have.
- Please feel free to send us an email with your inquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also arrange a virtual student counseling session per video conference. Find the timings on our website and send a request for a virtual counseling session to the Student Affairs email.
- Please also use our website as a very good source of information about the application process, especially the Admissions page.
- Regarding the eligibility of international students please consult the DAAD website.
Unfortunately, you are not able to visit the campus until further notice, we are following the advice of the federal government. However, you can take part in our virtual OPEN CAMPUS DAYS and other virtual webinars from the comfort of your own home.
If you are a prospective student and still waiting for final grades, you can submit your application with your record to date, and BI can evaluate your application and offer admission conditional on completing the examinations as expected. We need the final examination results latest at the start of the teaching period.
There are few online tests offered, which we are accepting:
IELTS Indicator, an online test aimed to help students progress their study abroad applications during this time of uncertainty. IELTS Indicator is designed to support students during the COVID-19 situation.
TOEFL iBT Special: To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test is temporarily being offered. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center.
DUOLINGO English Test, you can certify your English proficiency by taking the test online anytime and anywhere, you will get results in 2 days.
We recommend you check the following websites regularly for updates on language tests:
Click for IELTS updates:
Click for TOEFL updates:
Click for DUOLINGO updates:
Yes, online results can be accepted for the offer letter.
The BI / BAU Global Proficiency English Exam cannot be offered online, the students can get a conditional offer and take the exam at BI upon arrival in Berlin.
Please contact the German embassy or consulate in your home country to find out about the visa process in the current situation.
BI can guarantee the start of the fall semester 2020, with virtual teaching options for students, who cannot begin their studies on campus on time due to COVID-19 travel restrictions or visa delays. Those students can start their studies online from their home countries and then continue their studies on campus, as soon as they can travel to Germany.
We can guarantee that we will offer parallel to the on-campus-courses online teaching for the whole first semester. The students who have problems with coming on time due to COVID-19 restrictions, will have to arrive to Germany latest at the beginning of the second semester, which is 1st of April 2021.
The application fee is non-refundable. The tuition fee is refundable, if the students present a visa rejection letter.
In case of deferment, BI does not charge any additional fee, if the deferment is no longer than 2 semesters.
Students who cannot begin their studies on campus on time in the fall semester 2020 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions or visa delays, can start their courses online from their home countries and continue their studies on campus immediately after they are able to travel to Germany.
If they don’t want to start their courses online, they can also defer the start of their studies free of charge to the next fall intake 2021. New students must start in the fall; a spring start is not possible.
Events for Prospective Students
We will be hosting a series of webinars as well as virtual OPEN CAMPUS DAYS for students from all over the world in the upcoming weeks. Please check the full list of events on our website and sign up for the ones you'd like to attend. You can find more information here.
Fall Semester 2020
The Fall Semester 2020 will begin later than originally planned: Welcome Days: NEW: 28.10.2020 - 30.10. 2020 Start of the Teaching Period: NEW: 2.11.2020
If needed, Berlin International is prepared to extend online coursework into the Fall semester 2020 to allow students to start their programs on time. Please keep an eye on the Magazine page of our website as we will continue to publish relevant information as this unprecedented situation evolves.
BI can guarantee the start of the fall semester 2020, with virtual teaching options for NEW students, who cannot begin their studies on campus on time due to COVID-19 travel restrictions or visa delays. Those NEW students can start their studies online from their home countries and then continue their studies on campus, as soon as they can travel to Germany. Generally, we expect to end online teaching and continue with on campus teaching at the earliest possible date, thus students are expected to be in Berlin long before their graduation, therefore we do not expect any impact on post study opportunities.
Situation of Current Students
Berlin International University of Applied Sciences maintains its core university operations running and enables students to continue their studies smoothly.
We moved our on-campus teaching into digital space within 48 hours. All BI students can access the Online Campus and find their way to the virtual classrooms. Each course has its own virtual classroom, which can be accessed via a link. On the individualized Online Campus overview page, every BI student will find a list of their own courses with the corresponding links.
We at BI are fully online at the moment. All our dedicated professors adapted their teaching approach and provide quality education online.
To support our students during this difficult time, we are offering every Friday a Health Session for our students and staff. The idea behind it is to end the week full of learning & work with a nice habit at home, improving not only the body but also the mood. The Health Session combines workout with postural correction exercises, stretching, yoga and relaxation techniques.
Yes, there is support in form of Bridging Aid and interest free loan, see further details below.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is helping students who are in acute need because of the corona pandemic with a total of 100 million euros in grants. They are awarded through the student unions (Studierendenwerke).
Students from Germany and abroad who are enrolled at state and state-recognized universities in Germany are eligible to apply for the Bridging Aid (Überbrückungshilfe). The number of semesters or the age are not grounds for exclusion. The decisive factor is the proven, acute pandemic-related emergency.
Depending on the need, between EUR 100 and EUR 500 can be paid as a non-repayable grant. Bridging Aid can be applied for in June, July and August 2020. The decisive factor is the account balance from the day before the application is made. For example, if you still have 200 euros in your account, you can receive 300 euros in bridging aid for the month of the application. Students will have to apply for each of the 3 months separately.
Applications are open from 12noon today under: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de. All applications will be reviewed from 25th June onwards only.
For the most important questions about the bridging aid click here.
BMBF Bridging Aid Hotline: Tel.: 0800 26 23 003, Email: email@example.com
Interest free loan
The Kreditanstalt für Wideraufbau (KfW) is a German state-owned development bank originally tasked with financing the rebuilding of Germany after the second world war. It has announced a financial support program for students in higher education in Germany who have been affected by the measures for prevention against the spread of the Corona virus. As students of a German state-accredited University of Applied Sciences, you are eligible for this financial support, regardless of nationality.
The financial support will take the form of an interest free loan of up to €650 per month. As of the 1st of April, 2021, normal interest will be charged (currently 4,26%, adjusted every 6 months). There are no checks on income, or your parents’ income, nor do you need to prove you are in need.
In order to apply, you will need the following documents:
- Copy of your Passport, as well as your ‘Anmeldung’ (Official Registration of your address in Germany)
- Copy of your current Student Certificate
- IBAN and BIC of your German account (you must be the owner of this account)
- Once you’ve got your documents together, you fill out an online application (the link above), and print it out. (Do not sign it yet!)
- Then, you visit a KfW partner institution (most major banks, ask with your bank first)
- It will take around 2 weeks for your application to be approved
COVID-19 Update for Germany
So far Germany deals rather well with the challenges we are all facing. The curve has already flattened; the government’s measures appear to keep the virus under control.
According to the analysis of a British think tank, Germany is currently the safest country in Europe in the Corona crisis. According to a comparison by the Deep Knowledge Group (DKG), Germany is in second place worldwide.
Germany took the pandemic crisis very seriously from the beginning and it has been doing extensive testing from the start, more than other countries. The testing was possible due to the broad network of laboratories. In fact, Germany was one of the first countries which developed a reliable testing system.
Looking at the numbers and statistics, the professional and advanced quality of the health care system in Germany is also apparent. Germany has a good network of general practitioners; they take care of the soft cases to avoid the overrun on the hospitals. Hospitals take care of the severe cases and in addition there is a high number of Intensive Care Units in Germany, which has been increased up to 40.000 beds during the current crisis.
COVID-19 Hygiene Plan at BI
Berlin International follows the decisions of the Corona Cabinet and the Berlin Senate and takes precautionary hygiene measures to ensure a safe learning and working environment for students and staff alike, to protect the students and staff members from infection and thus reduce the risk of spreading the virus. The Hygiene Plan is binding for all staff and students. You can find the complete COVID-19 Hygiene Plan here.