Coronavirus: Studies, Teaching and Exams

This page collects important information about the effects of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 on studies, teaching and exams at TUM.

Critical Information in Brief – as of 23 September 2021

Study and Teaching in Winter Semester 2021/22

In the winter semester 2021/22, on-campus study will once again become the rule. This means that attendance at the university will once again be a prerequisite for regular studies.

The framework for safe studying is provided by our hygiene and safety concept:

 

FAQs – Deadlines, Digital Teaching, Remote Exams and More

For students who are enrolled in the summer semester 2021 and not on leave of absence, the deadlines to achieve academic progress requirements will be extended by one semester to accommodate any problems arising from the Coronavirus. This decision is made for all students and does not require a separate application to the responsible examination board.

If a corresponding extension of the deadlines was already granted in the 2020 summer semester and/or in winter semester 2020/21, the deadlines to achieve academic progress requirements will be extended by a further semester.

As for summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21, the standard duration of study (Regelstudienzeit) is extended by one semester for summer semester 2021. This legislative amendment specifically aims to extend automatically the maximum period of BAföG eligibility by one semester. A confirmation of this individual standard duration of study is printed on your certificate of enrolment, available in the Print Documents section of your TUMonline account.

For the winter semester 2021/22 the regular deadlines and requirements apply again.

The following applies to bachelor's degree programs with a Fundamentals and Orientation Examination (GOP) in summer semester 2021: The deadlines specified in the respective program-specific Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO) for the completion of the minimum credit requirements for GOP examinations are extended by one semester.

The number of repeat attempts, however, remains unchanged.

For degree programs requiring that a certain number of fundamentals module examinations must be taken, pursuant to the program-specific Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO), by the end of the second semester of enrollment in the program, the deadline is extended by one semester. Please be aware that there is a separate regulation for conditional admission requirements.

If a corresponding extension of the deadlines was already granted in the 2020 summer semester and/or winter semester 2020/21, the for the completion of the minimum credit requirements for GOP examinations or the deadline for completing a certain number of fundamentals modules examinations will be extended by a further semester.

For the winter semester 2021/22 the regular deadlines and requirements apply again.

If you have experienced delays in the completion of your thesis due to the current restrictions, please contact your Examination Board with regard to an extension of the deadline or a possible modification of the topic.

Due to current restrictions, registration for the final thesis may be done by email.

Please note that you need to be enrolled in your respective degree program at least until the day you submit your final thesis. Learn more about completing a program at TUM

Deadlines for conditional admission requirements or proof of a first professional qualification can be extended once for half a year, up to a maximum period of three semesters. If you require a corresponding extension, please contact your academic advisor or responsible examination board.

Electronic remote examinations using a web conference system (e.g. ZOOM, MEET, BBB, etc.)

Procedure: This form of remote examination takes place under the supervision of TUM proctors via a web conference system. The examination questions/problems are made available to students online by the examiners. Students are to answer/solve them and upload their responses within the allotted time (e.g. via Moodle or TUMexam).

Place: These examinations can be taken independent of location, e.g. from home at the student’s private workspace. Data protection regulations stipulate that, as an alternative, TUM must also offer the examination in person with supervision on campus.

Required equipment:

  1. Hardware: If you elect to take the examination at home from your private workspace, you will need a computer/laptop with a camera, speaker and microphone, and an Internet connection. You must also have the capacity to scan and upload your answers/solutions to the exam questions/problems at the end of the examination period. As a rule, a smartphone with a camera will suffice.

    If you elect to take the examination on campus at TUM, the examination will take place in pencil-and-paper format in the lecture hall.
     
  2. Software: You will require a standard Internet browser to use the web services of Moodle or TUMexam and the web conference system. To scan your answers with a smartphone, you will need a special app to upload the photos as a file in Moodle or TUMexam(e.g. OfficeLense, SimpleScanner or Notes).
Electronic remote examinations using PROCTORIO

Procedure: This form of remote examination takes place under automated online remote supervision. The examination questions/problems are made available to students in Proctorio by the examiner and answered/solved by students directly in the system.

Place: These examinations can be taken independent of location, e.g. from home at the student’s private work space. Data protection regulations stipulate that, as an alternative, TUM must also offer the examination in person with supervision on campus.

Required equipment:

  1. Hardware: If you elect to take the examination at home from your private work space, you will need a computer/laptop with a camera, speaker and microphone, and an Internet connection.

    If you elect to take the examination on campus at TUM, you will need to bring a laptop with WLAN capability. NB: Make sure your laptop’s battery is sufficiently charged! We cannot guarantee that the lecture hall will have power outlets. If you do not have a laptop with sufficient battery capacity, please contact your examiner well in advance of examination day.
     
  2. Software: You will require the Internet browser Chrome as well as an additional browser plugin to use Moodle together with Proctorio. The plugin can be uninstalled completely after the examination.
Electronic remote examinations as “one-time electronic exercise” (einmalige Übungsleistung)

Procedure: This form of remote examination takes place as a one-time electronic exercise (einmalige Überungsleistung) for which students complete a set of tasks at home. The examination questions/problems are made available to students online by the examiners. Students are to answer/solve them and upload their responses within the allotted time (e.g. via Moodle or TUMexam).

Place: These examinations can be taken independent of location, e.g. from home at the student’s private work space.

Required equipment:

  1. Hardware: If you elect to take the examination at home from your private work space, you will need a computer/laptop and an Internet connection. You must also have the capacity to scan and upload your answers/solutions to the exam questions/problems at the end of the examination period. As a rule, a smartphone with a camera will suffice.
     
  2. Software: You will require a standard Internet browser to use the web services of Moodle or TUMexam. To scan your answers with a smartphone, you will need a special app to upload the photos as a file in Moodle or TUMexam (e.g. OfficeLense, SimpleScanner or Notes).

If you cannot take part in an examination due to illness, inform your examiner and your responsible examination board as early as possible. You will also receive further information there, e.g. whether you require a medical certificate.

Information on withdrawing from examinations 

If your illness is related to COVID-19, please also inform the Coronavirus Crisis Taskforce at krisenstab-coronavirus(at)tum.de.

 

Synchronous and asynchronous teaching formats, as well as relevant electronic examinations, require Internet access and a computer.

Please note that you must be enrolled in order to register for courses. If you have not yet been able to enroll, please contact the relevant instructor by e-mail to obtain access to course materials.

In general, we recommend that you complete your enrollment as soon as possible in order to be able to use all TUM offers early on, and to register for courses and other classes.

In our Digital Learning Commitment (Download as PDF, 0.77KB) we as a university commit ourselves to common values to make communication and learning in a digital environment as fair, productive and enjoyable as possible.

Video: TUM Digital Learning Commitment

Generally, students no longer have to provide proof that their presence in Germany is necessary for their studies to enter the country. Instead, it is usually sufficient to present the admission letter of the university. It is no longer necessary to issue individual certificates of presence. A confirmation of your admission is available in TUMonline in the section print documents.

Please observe the current provisions of the Entry Quarantine Ordinance if you are entering from a risk area or were in a risk area before entering. You can find current information on our homepage.

However, extensive restrictions apply to entries from countries with coronavirus variants. Students who wish to enter from corresponding countries must provide confirmation that their presence is necessary. Current information on the regulations can be found on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

If you would have to enter from a risk area and are not sure whether this will be possible in time for the start of your studies, then contact the student academic advising service in your school or department directly. There you will receive more detailed information about which courses are offered digitally in your degree program, and to what extent studying will be possible for you in the winter semester 2021/22.

A confirmation that certain formats may be held in presence on campus can be downloaded in TUMonline. As soon as you have submitted an online application, you will find a confirmation of registration for submission to authorities in the field „Confirmation of registration“ under the tab „Submission of application“ in the application section of your TUMonline account. This document confirms that individual formats can take place on campus.

Please note: As things stand today, presence on campus will definitely be required for the degree program in the winter semester 2021/22.

Make use of our various digital tools to keep connected with other students and exchange information. 

 

The materials and presentations made available to you for educational purposes are copyrighted work. We ask you to observe the applicable copyright law. You may only use these copyrighted materials for the purposes of your studies. Any further use requires the explicit prior consent of the copyright holder. In particular, it is not permitted to record (recording on your own computer of either synchronous or asynchronous teaching units), share them with third parties, reproduce them publicly or use them for commercial purposes.

International students from so-called third countries who are not staying in Germany during their studies in the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21 and summer semester 2021 are exempt from the obligation to have health insurance. Third countries are all countries that do not belong to the European Economic Area (EEA, member states of the EU and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).

The confirmation you need for your online application is available on our website on health insurance.

However, if you should still enter Germany during the semester, e.g. to take part in an examination or a course on campus, you will have to pay the health insurance contributions retroactively for the entire semester or apply for partial exemption from fees. For more information, please contact your health insurance provider.

International students from EU or EEA countries can still apply for a confirmation of insurance from any statutory health insurance company in Germany with the International Health Insurance Certificate.

We currently expect the normal requirements to apply again for the winter semester 2021/22, therefore attendance on campus and therefore student health insurance is necessary again.

The use of laboratories and workshops is generally possible within the framework of courses. Details can be obtained from your lecturer. In any case, please observe the current hygiene rules

Most of the study areas and also the StudiTUM Houses are open again under supervision and observance of the necessary hygiene measures. Whether and under what conditions you can use individual rooms, you can find out directly from the responsible institution, school or department.

Currently, almost all services of the university library are available.

Please note the special rules of use during the Corona Pandemic. Constantly updated information can be found at https://www.ub.tum.de/faq-coronavirus

University Operations and More Information

Validating TUM Student Cards is currently possible without restrictions.

For the winter semester 2021/22, the regular rules apply. Only validated student cards may be used as a semester ticket in public transport.

  • As before, an official photo ID (e.g. ID card) must be carried in addition to the Student Card. 
  • As before, the certificate of enrollment will not be recognized as a right to travel on the MVV.

Please also refer to the information about the semester ticket on the MVV website.

We know that financing your studies can be challenging. TUM wants to make its contribution and is creating additional jobs for student assistants, which you can find on our job exchange. The Munich Student Union can also support you with advising and further information.

Also, all students at state universities may apply for a bridging allowance via the portal www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de. Depending on proven need, between €100 and €500 can be paid as a non-repayable grant per month, currently until september 2021.

In June 2021, the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs will launch the program gemeinsam.Brücken.bauen. Students of all disciplines can apply as support staff and assist teachers in a local school during the school year or during the vacations. Remuneration is in accordance with the pay scale for teachers; further information is available from the Ministry (German).

In addition, the German government supports students who have got into financial difficulties due to the Corona pandemic with interest-free loans through the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). Further information on this can be found on the KfW pages on student loans (German).

You can find further scholarship and funding opportunities on our website.

The responsible Federal Ministry of Education and Research has issued a statement that BAföG recipients will not be adversely affected by pandemic-related circumstances. Further information can be found on the Ministry's website (German).

On the YouTube channel of our TUM Center for Study and Teaching you will find video tutorials on the most important features of TUMonline: course registration, software offers and much more. 

In the Wiki there are further tutorials and contact options if you have questions about TUMonline. 

University Sports Center (ZHS)

  • The course program is partially reinstated in accordance with current hygiene regulations. Current information is available on the website of the ZHS.

Student facilities

Gastronomic services

    If you have any questions about your current studies, as well as about exams and courses, please contact the student advisory service or your examination board in your school or faculty. You will find the contact details on the corresponding website.

    If you have any questions regarding application and admission, please feel free to contact the study information team at studium(at)tum.de.

    If you have general or further questions about measures concerning the current Corona situation, please contact feedback(at)tum.de.

    Our general student advisory service is also happy to help you at any time.

    Please check the above-mentioned information sources regularly and stay in the information channels of the modules you are attending. Since we are only in contact electronically, it is particularly important to be kept up to date. Short-term changes cannot be ruled out in these turbulent times.