Record for new international enrollments on Campus Koblenz

For the winter term 2020/21, 154 international students started their studies on Campus Koblenz, Germany. In comparison to last year, the number of international students has not only increased by 67 but has also reached a new high.

Dafina Uka studies since November the international master program “Web and Data Science” at the University of Koblenz-Landau. She started studying online – located in her apartment in Priština (Republic of Kosovo).

Dafina Uka studies since November the international master program “Web and Data Science” at the University of Koblenz-Landau. She started studying online – located in her apartment in Priština (Republic of Kosovo).

Ines Tobis, head of the Welcome Center for international students in Koblenz explains the reason for the increase in the new enrollments: “Two of our international courses of studies – ‘Web and Data Science’ as well as ‘Mathematical Modeling, Simulation and Optimization’ – can be studied online this semester”. The students can stay in their home countries and can take part in online meetings. Only to take the exams in April students have to travel to Germany.

This model was invented by the University of Koblenz-Landau in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and is attractive especially for international students. The online study is not only safer, but it allows to bypass organisational hurdles of a study abroad which are especially sever in Corona-times.

“Embassies and administrative bodies are closed which makes it partly impossible to get visa or certificates in time which are indispensable for a study in Germany. On top of that, quarantine regulations complicate the organization”, Vera Karpuschkin, head of the Welcome Center Landau, explains. “Let alone the great expenses and problems concerning the arrival and search for accommodation”.

Dafina Uka made the same experience. She lives in Priština in the Republic of Kosovo and is one of the new students enrolled in the international master program ‘Web and Data Science’. In fact, Ms Uka was able to find an accommodation, however, she is still waiting for her visa. “The online study is very practical. I can take part in every lecture from home, everything is very well organized in technical terms. I am in contact with the other students via Facebook and WhatsApp, Ms Uka tells in a Zoom-meeting.

In contrast to Koblenz, an increase in international students could not be recorded in Landau. The numbers of international freshmen for the winter term 2020/21 are rather significantly lower compared to the last years. The courses of studies offered in Landau – for instance ‘Ecotoxicology’ and ‘Environmental Sciences’ are heavily laboratory-oriented. Therefore, an online study is not possible and an effect as the one in Koblenz cannot be achieved.

May the digital study for international students be an appropriate model for the future, even after the Covid-19 pandemic? Ines Tobis is sceptical: “the decision in favour of a study abroad in Germany is influenced by the wish to get to know the country and its culture, to make social contacts and to enter the labor market. Even though the online studies are highly popular: international students do want to live and study in Koblenz”.

Dafina confirms: “The studies in Germany were supposed to be my first studies abroad and of course, I was very excited to live in a new city, meet new people and make new experiences. I want to come to Koblenz as soon as possible”.


Date of news Dec 14, 2020 12:00 AM
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