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 - However, upon application, this may be waived after a case-by-case assessment by the health insurance.)
More information on this topic will be available at the virtual ‘Welcome and Registration Point’ from 13 September 2021.
How can I enrol at BTU?
After receiving your admission, you can immediately start the online enrolment process. You can get all the information you need here: 'Welcome and Registration Point'.
Where can I find more information about the start of my degree programme?
All information on the start of the semester of your degree programme can be found here: https://www.b-tu.de/en/study/enrolment-study-start/beginning-of-the-semester
When do the lectures start in the winter semester 2021/22?
Lectures start on 11 October 2021. All dates and deadlines can be found here: https://www.b-tu.de/en/students/admissions-registrars-office/dates-and-deadlines
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 degree programme you have been admitted to:
The BTU sees itself as an in-person university and plans to resume regular courses starting from winter semester in October 2021. The opening of our university stands for joint learning, creative exchange and a lively campus life. The BTU has taken all precautions to responsibly take steps into in-person teaching. We are responding to current changes in the pandemic by offering flexible teaching and learning formats.
In view of the ongoing dynamic changes during the pandemic and the associated effects on visa issuing at the German embassies, as well as the possible restrictions on entry into Germany, the BTU allows its international applicants to enrol remotely (initially without a visa or proof of health insurance) from their home country and recommends that students, including those in the later semesters, enter Germany as soon as possible. Proof of a valid visa and proof of health insurance must be submitted upon entry.
In the following degree programmes, the BTU will predominantly offer online or hybrid courses:
English-language international degree programmes: Teaching for the following degree programmes will largely take place in online or hybrid teaching formats.
- Cyber Security
- Environmental and Resource Management
- Heritage Conservation and Site Management
- Power Engineering
- Urban Design - Revitalization of Historic City Districts
- World Heritage Studies (parallel online and face-to-face)
- Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management
In the Master's programme Biotechnology, online study is not possible due to modules with a strong practical component (Enrolment and arrival required by no later than October 30, 2021).
German-language degree programmes:
Teaching will increasingly take place in-person. It is recommended that you arrive at the latest at the beginning of the lecture period. If this is not possible for you due to the current pandemic restrictions, you can also start online and join us on campus later, but you will have to catch up on some study content in the next semester. At the latest, you must be on campus by the exam dates of the 2022 winter semester.
In general, you should apply for a visa as soon as possible! As long as 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 of the study content takes place online. The BTU is an in-person university and will increase the proportion of in-person teaching as soon as the situation allows.
Can I get a letter of entry?
Yes! If you need 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.
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 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
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.