In the midst of the coronavirus turmoil, everyone is still worried about how the pandemic will continue to alter their plans, in one way or another. International students have also been caught in the middle of a difficult time. With many of them having to cancel their study abroad plans altogether, many have remained away from their homes or campuses, as a result of travel constraints or other coronavirus-related restrictions.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has announced that they will be increasing the use of digital options for the upcoming winter semester and start with grants online. This is done to facilitate the process of studying in Germany for international students during these unprecedented times. The global restrictions in recent months have made travelling abroad to study a challenging process.
Through the online scholarship option offered by DAAD, international students and researchers, who are unable to enter Germany due to coronavirus, have the possibility to apply for the scholarship online. These students can initially start their scholarship online and afterwards, change to their desired institution after travel restrictions are removed. Another alternative is postponing the start of their scholarship for up to six months.
The option of online study or digital research stay is possible for international students at the desired institution abroad or in Germany, while the subject of the scholarship can also be pursued on an online basis. The DAAD appreciates and understands the importance of international students in Germany and the value that they bring to educational institutions. Nowadays, however, flexibility has become one of the most important aspects of studying abroad.
DAAD President Prof. Dr Joybrato Mukherjee said:
“With the new offers, as the world’s largest funding organization for academic exchange, we want to make it easy to combine online and face-to-face learning phases during a scholarship and thus take the changed framework conditions into account worldwide.”
“However, we currently assume that we will see normalization of international academic exchange in 2021 at the earliest.”
Just recently, in the past few months, internships and scholarship programmes for international students have either been postponed or cancelled altogether. The DAAD announced a set of regulations for international scholarship holders during the coronavirus pandemic, as the situation has caused a lot of confusion among international students. (Find more information here). In addition, classes are being conducted online while Germany is trying to slow down the spread of the virus.
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