Germany to Offer Assistance for Students and Academics Due to Coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has caused financial hardships to many students in Germany. Since thousands of students in Germany financially depend on the limited number of part-time work hours they can do while studying, working has become a challenge due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cabinet, however, has decided to take measures as a means of helping students and academics on limited-term employment contracts.

The Federal Government has announced that both – academics in the qualification phase leading up to a doctoral degree and the immediately following period, as well as students who are recipients of students loans – will be getting assistance. This is especially welcome considering the current situation with the pandemic and the impact it might have on the economy claims

Here’s what the announcement reads:

“For academics in the qualification phase leading up to a doctoral degree and in the immediate period thereafter, the maximum length of a limited-term contract will be extended, by the length of time for which the pandemic results in restrictions being imposed on the operating of universities and academic facilities.

Students who are recipients of student loans will be entitled to work during the coronavirus pandemic to supplement their income. This will not be deducted from the assistance available to them under the BAföG student loan scheme.”

The assistance for academics will come in the form of an extended contract while students who receive student loans will be able to work during the pandemic as a means of increasing their income. This is done as a means of helping and motivating students during these challenging times, by giving them additional means of income in addition to their student loan scheme.

German universities have been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in an unmatched manner, by following government advice and moving most of their classes online. Although many students have already returned home to their families, travel restrictions and border controls have impacted a majority of international students by deeming them unable to return either in their home country or in Germany.

In a survey conducted by Studying-in-Germany portal, 85% of current and potential international students in Germany have admitted that the virus has impacted their plans to study in Germany in one way or another. If the situation lasts longer than it is hoped, higher education institutions are expected to deal with a post-coronavirus impact which might result in decreased international enrolments.

For the time being, students are asked to remain in their homes and practise social distancing as much as it is possible. Preventing the virus from spreading is an essential step to protect the health of the population, as well as avoid the long-term economic damage that the virus might cause to not only Germany, but also the world as a whole.

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