Coronavirus: Studies, Teaching and Exams

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.

Critical Information in Brief - as of 10 September 2020

Lecture Period and Deadlines:

  • In the winter semester 2020/21, the lecture period starts on 02 November 2020, and will end on 12 February 2021. An exception applies to medicine.
  • Academic progress monitoring will be deferred by one semester in the summer semester 2020 for students who are not on leave of absence .
  • Enrollment for winter semester 2020/21 is possible until 07 December 2020. 

Teaching and Exams

  • In winter semester 2020/21, digital formats will be combined with lectures on campus. More information will be provided shortly.
  • In this semester, working in your working groups is especially important. Please use the electronic tools for this.
  • Materials and contributions in digital teaching are copyrighted works. Passing them on carelessly is not a trivial offence. 
  • Taking part in exams, practical courses and seminars on campus is possible under certain conditions. Please show consideration and mind the hygiene regulations.
  • You must be enrolled to register for courses. 

In Detail:

Lecture Periods and Deadlines

For winter semester 2020/21, the lecture period will start on 02 November 2020. The end of the lecture period will be on 12 February 2021. 

An exception applies to medicine. Here, the lecture period starts on 12 October 2020, and ends on 05 February 2021.

Enrollment for the winter semester 2020 is possible until 07 December 2020.

Students who successfully complete their master’s program in summer semester 2020 or winter semester 2020/21 can continue to study at TUM with the TUM Skills Excellence Program. With this program, graduates of TUM Master's programs can continue to develop their specialist knowledge and interdisciplinary skills after graduation, and earn a certificate. 

More about the TUM Skills Excellence Program

For students who are enrolled in the summer semester 2020 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.

For students who are enrolled for the summer semester 2020 and who are not on a leave of absence, the Bavarian State Parliament resolved on 8 July 2020 to extend the standard duration of study by a single semester. 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. 

The following applies to bachelor's degree programs with a Fundamentals and Orientation Examination (GOP) in summer semester 2020: The deadlines specified in the respective program-specific Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO) for the completion of the minimum credit requirements for GOP examinations have been extended by one semester (one-time extension). 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 has been extended to the end of the third semester.

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 for students who commenced their studies in master’s degree programs in summer or winter semester 2019, or summer semester 2020 can be extended. In these cases, please contact your department or school directly.

 

If you do not receive the final documents of your undergraduate program (e.g. Bachelor) in time for enrollment in a Master's program due to the corona situation, you can also be provisionally enrolled for the winter semester 2020/21 with a final transcript or a preliminary diploma. Send the application for enrollment together with all available documents to the Application and Enrollment Office and pay the semester fee. The application for enrollment is available in your TUMonline Account. Please briefly explain in an accompanying note that your final documents are not available due to corona-related restrictions, or send an e-mail to studium(at)tum.de

In any case, you must submit a certified copy of your final documents as soon as possible - in any case within the winter semester 2020/21.

The deadline for payment of the semester fee for first-time enrollment is extended until 15 October 2020 for the winter semester 2020/21. The deadline for payment of the semester fee for continued enrollment in the winter semester remains 15 August 2020.

More information about the semester fee

Teaching and Examinations

Teaching and Exams on campus during the CoViD-19 pandemic

In order to take part in on-campus examinations, practical courses or seminars with up to 30 participants at TUM during the COVID-19 pandemic, you must comply with the following regulations. We ask that you read the information below carefully and register only if you intend to do so under the specified conditions:

Our schools and departments have been working at top speed to offer as many of the 2020 summer semester courses as possible in digital form. We have massively expanded our technical resources to support our teaching staff to adapt their formats accordingly to fully exhaust the potential of online instruction.

TUM is excellently positioned to meet this challenge. Still, some types of courses do not lend themselves to digital formats, for example, those requiring student presence in a lab or workshop. These module components must be postponed to later semesters. In order to avoid loss of time in such cases, modules components from later semesters that are more suitable for digital formats can be offered in the summer semester. Due to the diverse requirements and parameters, the decision as to which modules will be offered and in which form in the summer semester 2020 has been made jointly by course instructors and TUM schools and departments.

Examinations taken in the summer semester 2020 will be counted as regular assessments. If you register for an exam, but do not take part, it will count as failed. Please inform yourself in advance about the requirements for taking in-person examinations in the summer semester 2020. If you cannot or do not want to take part in an examination offered in the summer semester 2020, it will not result in any disadvantage to you with regard to examination regulations (academic progress check). There will be no automatic compulsory registration for examinations in summer semester 2020. 

What are the prospects for winter semester 2020/21?

The risk of infection from COVID-19 remains unpredictable. Today, no one can say with certainty which restrictions will continue to be necessary at the start of the lecture period in the winter semester 2020/21. We are currently planning a “hybrid winter semester” in which we combine digital teaching formats with face-to-face instruction in an effort to return the vital element of personal exchange to an excellent education, as quickly as possible. This approach will allow us to return to campus responsibly without jeopardizing the successes we have achieved thus far.

We will keep you updated on current developments on this website.

Examinations in the summer semester 2020 will be held primarily in person on campus in compliance with applicable hygiene measures. For your protection, we will provide additional space, such as large tents, in order to comply with distancing regulations. All necessary information regarding in-person examinations can be found online. Registration will be activated in due time before the examination date. For further information about registering for exams, refer to your TUM school or department.

To support students for whom in-person participation is not possible – for example, because they cannot enter Germany or belong to a risk group, we are also offering electronic examination formats. There will be electronic remote examinations with and without supervision:

  • Electronic remote examinations with supervision are carried out online, for example via Proctorio or Zoom, at the same time as alternative in-person examinations with supervision on campus. This means you can choose whether you take these exams at TUM or from home.
  • Electronic remote examinations without supervision, “one-off examinations,” are offered as strictly remote examinations. 

Information about the format in which your examination will be held is available in your TUMonline account or through your TUM school or department.

Please note: Examinations that you take in the summer semester 2020 will be counted as regular exams. If you register for an exam and do not take it, it will be considered taken and failed. Please inform yourself in advance about the requirements for taking in-person examinations in the summer semester 2020.

If an exam is only offered in presence and you are unable to attend - for example, because travelling to Germany is not possible due to international travel restrictions - then you can contact your examiner directly. In agreement with the examiner, the examination board can then allow another examination format, for example an individual oral examination conducted online. However, this will not be possible in all cases. In any case, the extension of the study progress check gives you the opportunity to take the examination at the next regular date. If you cannot or do not want to take examinations offered in summer semester 2020, it will not result in any disadvantage to you with regard to examination regulations. Further, there will be no automatic compulsory registration for examinations in summer semester 2020.

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).

It is possible to take part in examinations on campus under certain conditions and observation of the rules of conduct and hygiene.

Persons belonging to a group with an increased risk of severe complications and wishing to take part in the examination must take the necessary measures for their own protection or refrain from participating. The crisis management team (krisenstab-coronavirus(at)tum.de) or your attending physician can advise you in this regard.

We ask that you register for examinations only if you have read and are willing to comply with the detailed information on in-person examinations at TUM during the CoViD-19 pandemic.

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.

Since 11.09.2020, students no longer have to provide proof that their presence in Germany is necessary for their studies to enter the country. Instead, it is 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.

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 in the winter semester 2020/21.

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.

Due to the dynamic nature of the Corona situation and the complexity of planning, we ask your understanding that we cannot give a definite date for every cancelled examination at this time.

As a rule, all examinations for courses attended in the summer semester 2020 should take place as scheduled. There should also be sufficient time to reschedule most of the examinations cancelled due to the corona situation. This will not be possible in all cases. Some cancelled examinations will have to be postponed to the next regularly scheduled examination date (i.e. the regular examination period for the summer semester 2020).

We are working hard to find solutions through flexible planning and the additional use of electronic examination formats in order to minimize delays as far as possible.

We will inform you about new examination dates as early as possible, at least 14 days before the date.

According to the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, the state examinations will be resumed from 18.05.2020, with special regulations pertaining to the exam in Spring 2020 as an additional attempt. Please refer to the website of the Ministry for more information (German).

International students from so-called third countries who are not staying in Germany during their studies in the summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21 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 summer semester 2020.

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 regret that we are not able to say at this time when it will be possible to return to campus. We are working hard to find solutions to provide you with access to the university while safeguarding your health. We will keep you informed via e-mail and on this website.

All branch libraries are open. Services at the counters are available without prior notice. Required books must be ordered in advance via the OPAC. Learning places can be reserved to a limited extent. With the beginning of the examination period the library has increased the number of places.

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

 

We recommend that international degree seeking 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. 

If you need a confirmation that courses or exams are scheduled to be held on campus during the winter semester as part of your studies in order to travel to Germany, please contact your school or faculty.

Current information on residence permits for international students can be found on our homepage.

We ask our exchange students to follow the instructions provided by the TUM Global & Alumni Office.

Further information is also available on the website of the German Student Union and their FAQs on Corona and Studying.

Please ask your examiner whether and at what time it is possible to review your graded exam in person. As an alternative, the review may also be conducted electronically.

University Operations and More Information

With the support of the Studentenwerk and the MVV we were able to find a solution to keep you mobile. Student Cards with validation for winter semester 2019/20 remain valid until the end of the summer semester 2020 (September 30, 2020).

For winter semester 2020/21, you need to re-validate your student card. You can do this as soon as you have been enrolled for the winter semester 2020/21. More info and locations of the validating stations

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.

From 16 June 2020, all students at state universities will also be able to 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 for the months of June, July and August 2020.

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).

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, our service points and other offices will remain closed at least until the end of May 2020. Please contact us by email instead. Most requests can be handled without personal contact.

On the YouTube channel of our IT service center 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

    In cases of Covid-19 infection, suspicion or contact (for returnees from risk areas see above), superiors must immediately send a notification to krisenstab-coronavirus(at)tum.de and notify the relevant state health office (http://www.freistaat.bayern/dokumente/behoerdeordner/7555456214). Affected persons or, if applicable, their legal guardians are to be informed of these measures. The public health authority will evaluate the given health risk and initiate any necessary measures.

    The same applies to students: In cases of Covid-19 infection, suspicion or contact, you must notify krisenstab-coronavirus(at)tum.de and the relevant state health office.

    For detailed information and instructions please consult the circulars from the TUM Board of Management and state ministry regulations (e.g. on labor law).

    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.