Coronavirus: Studies and Teaching
This page collects important information about the effects of the current restrictions in university operations due to the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 on studies and teaching at TUM. We try to keep this webpage up to date, but please understand that we cannot guarantee completeness in view of the dynamic situation.
Current Updates - as of 30 March 2020
- The application deadline for master’s degrees has been extended until 30 June 2020 for winter semester 2020/21.
- We recommend that international students who have received admission for the summer semester 2020 defer their studies to the winter semester 2020/21. More
Application and Admission
Lectures and Start of Studies in Summer Semester 2020
According to the current state of affairs, the lecture period in the summer semester begins regularly on 20.04.2020. The situation is reassessed daily and we are currently unable to make any statement as to the extent and form in which teaching can be carried out in the summer semester.
Important information for international students:
Due to the current restrictions in university operations, we currently cannot make any statement as to whether it will be possible to move to Germany and start a degree program in the 2020 summer semester. Therefore, we recommend that international students who have received admission for the summer semester 2020 defer their studies to the winter semester 2020/21. Admission to the program will remain valid for the winter semester 2020/21. To defer your studies, you need to submit a new application via TUMonline during the regular application period for winter semester 2020/21 and upload your documents. You can find further information on how to defer the start of your degree program on our website.
Application Deadlines for Master's Degree Programs
Due to the current situation, the application deadline for master’s degrees has been extended until 30 June 2020 for winter semester 2020/21.
Teaching and Examinations
Teaching and Examinations
TUM has suspended teaching and examinations until 19 April, beyond this date we cannot offer further information at this time; nor can we anticipate developments in this situation. We ask that you to check this website regularly to get the latest reports on the situation and relevant measures.
First State Examinations for a teaching profession in public schools are also suspended with immediate effect until further notice. For further information on state examinations, please refer to the information of the responsible state examination office.
In the event that deadlines to complete a final thesis, seminar paper or term paper cannot be met due to current restrictions in connection with the coronavirus, e.g. due to the closure of laboratories, workshops or the university library, an application for extension of the deadline may be submitted to the relevant Examination Board. If it can be verified that it was not possible, or not possible with reasonable effort, to complete the work within the originally specified time due to current restrictions, an extension of the deadline may be granted.
Due to current restrictions, registration for the final thesis may be done by email.
Digital Teaching and Examination Formats
Review of Graded Examinations
As a rule, until further notice, the review of graded examinations is to be postponed or conducted electronically, e.g. by sending a scan.
Examinations and classroom sessions cancelled due to the ministerial directives addressing the spread of the coronavirus are, for the purposes of academic progress checks, considered the result of circumstances beyond students' control. For further questions regarding your specific case, please contact your Examination Board directly.
Rescheduling of Cancelled Examinations
The cancellation of examinations in light of the current measures to contain the corona pandemic poses a great challenge for many of our students. We are working together with all parties involved to minimize the impact of these measures as much as possible. Because the cancelled examinations vary greatly in format and number of participants, a university-wide decision on if and when examinations will be rescheduled cannot meet the requirements and conditions of these individual cases. We appreciate your understanding that the rescheduling of cancelled examinations is contingent upon the duration of the state and federal measures currently in place.
As matters stand, the majority of cancelled examinations can be rescheduled for the summer semester; in some cases, examinations will not be held again until the next regularly scheduled date. Your school/department or your examination committee will inform you via email, TUMonline or on their website about if and when cancelled examinations will be rescheduled.
Failure to meet the required amount of credits for this semester due to current limitations will be considered the result of circumstances beyond student’s control, and treated accordingly (§10 para. 6a, 6b General Academic and Examination Regulations APSO).
As a form of group instruction, in-school internships for students in teacher training programs fall under the decisions announced by the ministry and are thus to be suspended until further notice.
Oral Defense of Dissertations
In an effort to support measures to contain the coronavirus, the oral defense of theses and dissertations may be conducted using digital formats, e.g. via video conferencing, for as long as the current restrictions apply.
University Operations and More Information
The responsible Federal Ministry of Education and Research has declared that recipients of BAföG should not suffer any financial disadvantages in pandemic-related case constellations. Further information can be found on the Ministry's website (German).
Student Card and Semester Ticket
Student Cards which were valid for winter semester 2019/20 remain valid for the time being. It is currently not necessary to renew the validation of your student card. For more information on the semester ticket, please see MVV homepage for details (in German)
Infos on Libraries, student facilities, gastronomic services ("mensa"), sports facilities (ZHS)
Closed until further are:
- All branch libraries including study areas like reading rooms and carells are closed
- Digital services like e-journals, e-books and databases are available as usual
- FAQ and details on the university library’s homepage
- The StudiTUM facilities and all student work spaces (e.g. computer rooms) are closed
- Gastronomic services of Studentenwerk Munich (eg. mensae in Munich, Garching and Freising-Weihenstephan).
- Straubing mensa
- Mensae in Heilbronn
University Sports Center (ZHS)