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.

Update 1 April 2022

  • As of 3 April 2022, the 3G requirement and compliance checks cease to apply.

  • Pending further information on the extension of the mask requirement, we urgently and emphatically recommend the use of FFP2 masks on all TUM premises where the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.

  • All other applicable protective and hygiene measures will be published as soon as possible.

Study and Teaching in Winter Semester 2021/22 and Summer Semester 2022

While the winter semester 2021/22 was still heavily influenced by the Covid 19 pandemic, we hope for a return to on-campus studies in the summer semester 2022. Courses will therefore generally take place on campus, and will be supplemented by digital formats. At present, there are also no plans for special arrangements under examination law for the 2022 summer semester.

The framework for safe studying continues to be our hygiene and security concept:

 

FAQs – Deadlines, Digital Teaching, Remote Exams and More

For summer semester 2022, no special rules in terms of academic progress monitoring, duration of study or other aspects under examination law apply.

For students who were enrolled in the winter semester 2021/22 and not on leave of absence, the deadlines to achieve academic progress requirements were extended by one semester to accommodate any problems arising from the Coronavirus. 

If a corresponding extension of the deadlines had already been granted in the 2020 summer semester, winter semester 2020/21 or summer semester 2021, the deadlines to achieve academic progress requirements will be extended by a further semester.

For summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, summer semester 2021 and winter semester 2021/22, the standard duration of study (Regelstudienzeit) was extended by one 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.

In summer semester 2022, no special rules or extensions apply for Fundamentals and Orientation Examinations or Fundamentals Examinations.

In winter semester 2021/22, the deadlines specified in the respective program-specific Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO) for the completion of the minimum credit requirements for GOP examinations were extended by one semester.

The number of repeat attempts, however, remained 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 was extended by one semester in winter semester 2021/22. Please be aware that there is a separate regulation for conditional admission requirements for master’s programs.

If a corresponding extension of the deadlines was already granted in the 2020 summer semester, winter semester 2020/21 and/or summer semester 2021, the for the completion of the minimum credit requirements for GOP examinations or the deadline for completing a certain number of fundamentals modules examinations was extended by a further semester.

If you have experienced delays in the completion of your thesis due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 master’s programsor proof of a first professional qualification can be extended once for half a year, up to a maximum period of three semesters. This only applies to students who started their Master's program in the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, summer semester 2021 or winter semester 2021/22. If you require a corresponding extension, please contact your academic advisor or responsible examination board.

Examinations are either held as remote online exams or in person on campus in compliance with strict hygiene measures. All necessary information regarding in-person examinations can be found online. For further information about registering for exams, refer to your TUM school or department.

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

There was no automatic compulsory registration for examinations in winter semester 2021/22. In summer semester 2022, compulsory registration resumes.

Examinations you take will be counted as regular assessments. If you register for an exam, but do not take part, it will count as failed.

Please contact your faculty or school in advance about possible consequences if you do not attend a course or exam that is offered in the winter semester. Some courses are not offered in the following semester, which can cause a delay in your studies. These delays are not automatically a sufficient reason for a further extension of the deadline - in such cases, please contact your academic advisor or your responsible examination board early on.

We strongly recommend that you take part in the courses and examinations offered.

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 condition is related to COVID-19, please visit https://wiki.tum.de/x/qYMFKQ for further information.

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

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.

For winter semester 2021/22 normal requirements once again apply, therefore attendance on campus and student health insurance is necessary again.

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 were 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.

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.

University Operations and More Information

Validating TUM Student Cards is currently possible without restrictions.

From 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.

Wearing an FFP2 mask is still mandatory on public transport in Bavaria.

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. 

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.