Indian International Students in Germany Restricted from Continuing their Studies

10-07-2020

Indian students are one of the largest groups of international students in Germany as of 2020, yet the majority of them are unable to travel to the country to continue their studies, as India remains one of the third-countries affected by the COVID-19 entry ban.

As reported by Studying-in-Germany.org, two-thirds of German universities declared that among the international students who have been most affected by global entry problems were from India with 37%.

The EU's list of safe third countries came out on Wednesday, June 1st, and comprises 15 countries, yet as of July 2nd, Germany decided to permit only citizens from 11 countries. In addition, China, Japan and South Korea citizens will not be able to enter Germany as long as they have entry bans for Germans in place.
If these three countries do not take any action in this regard the number of places allowed entering Germany will be only 8.
As a result of these decisions, India continues to be part of the restrictions with a few exceptions.

The few exceptions as reported by the German Federal Foreign Office include travelling to Germany only for international students whose studies cannot be continued entirely from outside the country.

Indian students in Germany are the third largest group of international students.
According to official statistics, the number of Indian students in Germany has grown by 18.44% with a total of 20,810 students registered in the Winter Semester 2018-19.

The restrictions imposed so far mostly affect new students planning to study at German universities. Today, if you are a prospective student – it is still possible to apply for and receive a student permit, but you may not be able to move to Germany as long as the entry ban is in force by the latter, say the officials.

The idea of moving towards Germany will also depend on India's travel advice and the availability of international flights.