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 12 April 2021

  • Examination and other deadlines are extended for the winter semester 2020/21 and summer semester 2021
  • Summer semester 2021: Hybrid teaching for safety and international accessibility.
  • Application period for bachelor’s programs is extended for winter semester 2021/22.
  • Exams: health is top priority, digital exams wherever possible.
  • Taking part in courses or exams on campus is only possible under certain conditions. We have created a video with the most important health and hygiene rules.
  • Goodwill regulations for student ID card in MVV for summer semester 2021

In Detail:

Health and Hygiene

In our video we show you the most important health and hygiene rules to study safely in the winter semester.

Watch on YouTube

Lecture Periods and Deadlines

For summer semester 2021, the lecture period will start on 12 April 2021. The end of the lecture period will be on 16 July 2021. 

To the dates and deadlines

Students who successfully complete their master’s program by the start of summer semester 2021 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 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.

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.

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.

The application deadlines for bachelor's programs and teaching degrees (Staatsexamen) with a regular application deadline ending on July 15 are extended until 31 July 2021 for the winter semester 2021/22.

There are no changes for bachelor's programs whose application deadline ends on September 15th. The application period for studienkolleg remains unchanged and ends on 15 July. 

Exceptions may apply for programs with restricted admission (numerus clausus). Here, the application deadline will be announced by the Trust for Admission to Higher Education (Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung).

Teaching and Examinations

Teaching and Exams on campus during the CoViD-19 pandemic

In order to take part in on-campus courses or examinations 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:

We hope to be able to offer more face-to-face teaching formats again in the course of the summer semester 2021 than is currently possible. We want to create planning security for our students - but we are also aware that no one can reliably predict the pandemic development.

That is why we continue to rely on hybrid teaching. As soon as it is possible again, we want our campuses to become a place of learning and exchange once more. Those of you who are not yet able to be on site in the summer semester should still be able to study digitally as extensively as possible - and of course until the end of the semester (“Digital Track”). 

Unfortunately, no one can yet say what the exam period will look like at the end of the 2021 summer semester. However, we assume that we will then have significantly more options for conducting face-to-face exams again. We will of course keep you up to date on current developments.

Support for learning during the COVID-19 pandemic is provided by our academic coaching team. At ProLehre - Medien und Didaktik you will also find helpful tips and handouts.

Wherever possible, examinations will be held as remote online exams. For the time being, exams in person on campus are only held in small groups and in compliance with strict 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. For further information about registering for exams, refer to your TUM school or department.

There are 2 general types of remote examinations:

  • Electronic remote examinations with supervision are carried out online, for example via Proctorio or Zoom. An alternative in-person examination with supervision on campus is offered during the same exam period, as long as it is possible under the applicable restrictions. 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.

There will be no automatic compulsory registration for examinations in winter semester 2020/21 or summer semester 2021.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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 regret that we are not able to say at this time when it will be possible to return to campus without limitations. 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. Please mind the current hygiene rules.

Due to limited university operations, not all services of the University Library are currently 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

In principle, examinations in presence are possible to the extent and within the framework permitted by the Bavarian Ordinance on Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Bayerische Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung) in force at the time. Wherever possible, they should be conducted digitally. Please contact your examiner about how an exam review may be conducted electronically.

University Operations and More Information

Validating TUM Student Cards is currently possible without restrictions.

However, the following regulations apply to the use of MVV transportation in Munich in the summer semester 2021

  • Student Cards with validation/validity for the winter semester 2020/21 are also valid in the summer semester 2021 as MVV travel authorization in the off-peak hours (Mon-Fri 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. and all day on weekends). So if you are unable to validate your TUM Student Card in the summer semester 2021 for some reason, you will still be able to use public transport in Munich.
  • A Student Card validated/valid at least for the winter semester 2020/21 is also required to purchase the IsarCard Semester.
  • 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 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, as a rule, remain closed until further notice. Please contact us by email instead. Most requests can be handled without personal contact.

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.