I do not have a German health insurance yet. Can I still get enrolled?
Yes, if you do not expect to be able to travel to Germany for the start of the semester, you can be granted conditional enrolment without a health insurance. You will have to submit a proof of a sufficient health insurance after your arrival in Germany. (Please note that when you purchase health insurance after your arrival in Germany, you may be required to back-pay insurance premiums to the start of your enrolment.)
More information on this topic will be available at the virtual ‘Welcome and Registration Point’ from 17 September 2020.
How can I enrol at BTU for the winter semester 2020/21?
After receiving your admission, you can immediately start the online enrolment process. For the winter semester 2020/21 at BTU, enrolment is only possible online.
- You can find a video tutorial for the first steps in the myBTU portal here.
- Please send your signed and scanned online enrolment application to international+studentsupport(at)b-tu.de by 18 October 2020 at the latest.
- Transfer the semester fee as stated on the online enrolment application and submit all missing documents as far as possible by 30 October 2020 at the latest by e-mail to international+studentsupport(at)b-tu.de. Please always include your name and applicant number in the subject line.
- As of 17 September 2020, we will also support you at the virtual 'Welcome and Registration Point' in completing your enrolment and provide you with information about the start of your studies to help you immerse yourself in the life of BTU students.
What do I have to do and by when in the winter semester 2020/21?
Send the signed online enrolment application to international+studentsupport(at)b-tu.de (possible for all admitted applicants), transfer the semester fee (see online enrolment application)
17 September 2020
Opening of the Online Welcome and Registration Point
- Assistance with registration (subsequent submission of documents)
- Advice on health insurance, residence/visa, housing
- (virtual) meeting of the BTU Buddies
- (virtual) meeting of your future classmates
- Important information about the study entry, the BTU learning portals & the study plan design
05 October 2020
Start of lectures of the Euro Hydroinformatics course
18 October 2020
Deadline for submitting the online enrolment application (signed, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org)
30 October 2020
Deadline for submission of all missing documents, payment of semester fee
02 November 2020
Start of lectures in winter semester 2020/21
31 March 2020
End of the winter semester 2020/21
All examination periods and all dates and deadlines can be found here: https://www.b-tu.de/en/students/admissions-registrars-office/dates-and-deadlines
Where can I find more information about the start of the study programme 2020/21?
All information for international students on the special study start of the winter semester 2020/21 can be found here:
Will there be an orientation week (OTIWO)?
There will also be an OTIWO in winter semester 20/21, with the tried and tested combination of offers from students for students, the introductory events for the degree programmes and, of course, the ceremonial enrolment. Detailed planning, including the concrete formats of the courses - online - hybrid - presence - is currently underway. The programme for this year's orientation week will be available at https://otiwo.de/ from October.
When do the lectures start in the winter semester 2020/21?
The start of lectures in the winter semester 2020/21 has been postponed to 2 November 2020 for almost all degree programmes.
Exceptions: Joint Degree Programme Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management: hydroinformatics-ms(at)b-tu.de
Do I have to be present at the BTU at the beginning of the lecture period / will my course of studies be offered online?
It depends on which course of studies/programme you are admitted to:
English-language degree programmes*: teaching will take place online as much as possible. You must be present at the BTU by the beginning of the summer semester (April 1, 2021) at the latest.
*EXCEPTIONS: Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management and Biotechnology. Please contact the respective course coordinator:
Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management (M.Sc.): hydroinformatics-ms(at)b-tu.de
Biotechnology (M.Sc.): biotechnology-ms(at)b-tu.de
German-language degree programmes: Teaching will take place online and in person. It is strongly recommended to arrive at the latest at the beginning of lectures (2 November 2020). If this is not possible for you due to the current pandemic restrictions, you can also start online and join later on site. However, you will have to agree on an adapted study plan with the academic advisor and, depending on your arrival, you may have to make up for individual study contents in the summer semester 2021. You must be at the university by the examination dates of the winter semester 2020/21 at the latest.
In general, you should apply for a visa as soon as possible! If the pandemic situation in your home country allows you to travel safely and you can comply with the quarantine regulations, you are welcome to come to Germany - even if some or all of your studies are still taking place online. The BTU is an attendance university and will increase the proportion of attendance teaching as soon as the situation allows.
Can I get a letter of entry?
Yes, from 30.07.2020 all admitted international applicants will receive such a letter with the admission email ("confirmation of the necessity of the presence in Germany for the purpose of study"). If you have received your admission earlier and do not yet have such a letter, please send a request to international+studentsupport(at)b-tu.de.
Do I have to pay the semester fee even if I am going to study online?
Yes! Please pay the full semester fee (as stated on your enrolment application), even if you first start your studies online.
The semester fee is also made up of several partial amounts. You can find information on the included semester ticket on the StuRa website: http://www.stura-btu.de/2014/informationen/semesterticket/
When will I receive the access data to my BTU account?
You will receive your user name and a password as soon as your registration (matriculation) is completed, i.e. when you have submitted all necessary documents and when the semester fee has been received.
The BTU-account is your "membership at the BTU". It gives you access to the online portal, where you can register for all modules, to the Moodle learning platform, where almost all lecturers deposit their lecture and seminar materials, and to your BTU e-mail address.
You are welcome to take a look at our "BTU digital" tutorial series on the various BTU portals under this link!
Can I complete my entire studies online?
No. The BTU is an attendance university and the courses will be offered again under regular circumstances and as soon as the situation with the pandemic allows it. All future students should be on site in Cottbus by the 2021 summer semester.
What will the online teaching look like?
Most of the online teaching will be held with the support of the BTU learning platform moodle. You will have access to it as soon as you have received the activation code for your BTU account. You will receive this code as soon as all online enrolment documents are complete.
see also: FAQ When will I receive the access data to my BTU account?
Most moodle courses for the winter semester 2020/21 will open at the start of the lecture period.
Some of the teachers also use other online tools and conference systems such as Webex or Big Blue Button. For example, there will be video lectures (live and in most cases also recorded), video conferences, chats, links and material for self-study or group work
I'm not sure if I should enroll and travel under the given circumstances. What can I do?
You can still decide until 18 October (deadline for submitting the online enrolment application).
see FAQ: What do I have to do and by when in the winter semester 2020/21?
If, in the current situation, you would prefer to postpone your admission to an upcoming semester, you have this option.
see FAQ: What happens if I cannot enroll for the winter semester 2020?
What´s going to happen in the next few weeks?
The development of the corona epidemic is very dynamic. Our university is continuously monitoring the situation and worldwide events, following the advice of authorities and experts. Whether further adjustments may be necessary will be decided at a future date if necessary. Therefore, please keep yourself up to date here!
The Robert Koch Institute publishes daily updated information on the situation in Germany.
I cannot find my question among the FAQs answered here – what can I do?
If you could not find the answer to your question on this page, please send an e-mail to international+studentsupport(at)b-tu.de. The international support team will then take care of your request.