What proof is required / can be provided by the university?
Please ask the lecturer or the head of the programme for confirmation, if necessary.
Can I stay there over the weekend if I have one class on Friday and one the following Tuesday? / Do I have to provide proof of the days on which I have attendance events?
There are no specific rules on this. Accommodation providers treat this differently.
Who can I turn to if I can't find/reject an accommodation despite proof?
Is it correct that the ban on accommodation does not apply to students who travel to attendance courses?
Yes, that is correct.
Can I take part in events if I am travelling from a (high) risk area within Germany?
Yes, if the criteria are met to be allowed to come to the university (entry and quarantine regulations, no symptoms of illness).
Do I have to be in quarantine if I travel from a (high) risk area within Germany?
How and when will there be 20/21 examinations in the winter semester?
As usual, two examination periods are planned for the module final examinations (see semester schedule). Here, both attendance and online examinations are conducted. As usual, dates for oral exams within a certain timeframe will be arranged individually.
Attendance examinations in particular require careful planning in the winter semester. Hygiene and distance regulations have to be observed, so rooms may not be occupied by the usual number of people. The exact examination dates are therefore set successively from the beginning of the lecture period and announced in the course catalogue. All dates should be fixed and published by mid-January at the latest. Further information on examination matters can also be found on the website of the Student Service "Examinations".
Are there any special features during the winter semester?
By starting later, the lecture period is reduced to 13 weeks (instead of the usual 15 weeks). In order to give everyone more time for orientation even in online studies, the period for registering for modules at the beginning of the semester is extended by one week to four weeks. This also extends the deadline for the possible wirhdrawal from modules with Continuous Assessment (MCA)
How will the summer semester 2020 count towards my studies?
As a result of an amendment to the Brandenburg Higher Education Act and the adoption of a so-called Higher Education Pandemic Ordinance (which came into force on 14 October 2020), the individual standard period of study has now been extended by one semester for all students who were enrolled in the 2020 summer semester. This is taken into account in all regulations that in any way take the standard period of study into account (e.g. subject counselling, duration of the granting of free attempt). It also has an impact on BAFöG funding (see there).
Is there still a pandemic-related extension of the processing period for final papers and term papers?
A pandemic-related flat-rate extension of the processing time for final theses and "major" term papers and term papers will no longer be granted in the winter semester 2020/21. If the topic of the thesis is issued after 01.10.2020, the regular processing time according to the examination and study regulations or according to the module description applies. If an extension is then necessary, the regulations of the RahmenO Bachelor/Master apply. Further information can be found here.
When and where can I have my Student Identification Card validated?
The validation stations in the university library at the Senftenberg site and in the entrance area to building 7 in Sachsendorf (also access library) are accessible during the current opening hours of the libraries.
The stations in the main building on the main campus and in building 2 in Senftenberg can be used from Monday to Friday from 08:00 - 20:00 hours.
For questions regarding the course of studies during the online phase, what personal advisory services are available to students?
Subject-related counselling is also available during the online phase. Please take advantage of these offers and contact your subject-related counsellors, e.g. if postponed exams have resulted in changes to your individual study plan.
During the online mode, you can best reach your study advisors by email. If you need a personal counselling interview, ask for an appointment by email, if necessary also via the secretariat of the department. The conversation can then be conducted by telephone or video conference.
Since the winter semester 2019/2020 has not yet been completed with all examinations and there will probably be some time shifts in the course offerings in the summer semester 2020, BTU will not send out invitations to mandatory academic advisory sessions this semester. There will also be no automatic invitation to subject-related counselling.
In addition to the departmental student advisory service, the central student advisory service and counselling is of course also available by telephone and e-mail. Here you will receive assistance with general questions, e.g. regarding exam preparation or financing issues. Here, too, individual consultation appointments can still be arranged as video conferences.
How can examination documents be viewed in the current situation?
If students wish to inspect their written examination and the remarks by the examiners or the examination protocols after the announcement of an examination result, they must submit a corresponding application to the examiner by email. As before, this application must be submitted within four weeks of the announcement of the result. In the case of a final module examination, this period begins when the grade has been entered into the Admissions and Registrar’s Office system. If it is a partial performance in the Continuous Assessment, it begins after the announcement by the examiner.
Now that attendance examinations are once again possible under certain conditions, it is also possible to inspect the examination documents on site, provided both the examiners and the students agree. The pandemic action guidelines apply to the observance of hygiene and distance rules in the same way as for oral attendance examinations.
It is still permissible to organise the inspection within the framework of a video conference, in which the scanned documents are displayed. This should be used in particular if persons involved have comprehensible reasons (e.g. risk group) for not being able to attend a personal appointment.
Are there consequences for my BAFöG funding?
On 14.10.2020, the so-called Higher Education Pandemic Ordinance came into force. On the basis of the decree of the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg on the implementation of this ordinance, the standard period of study will be extended for students who were enrolled at the state universities of the State of Brandenburg in the 2020 summer semester.
BAföG recipients whose maximum duration of funding (standard period of study) ended with the 2020 summer semester can now receive training support until the end of the 2020/21 winter semester. The submission of the certificate of achievement is also postponed by one semester.
The BAFöG office points out that all those who have not yet applied should do so immediately. The forms previously issued there for funding beyond the maximum funding period are now no longer required.
Where can I find more information on the study start 2020/21?
Details on the introductory week and current information from the faculties can be found on our homepage under the following link: https://www.b-tu.de/studium/immatrikulation-studienstart/semesterstart
This is where we publish both central events and those of the individual study programmes and faculties. In addition to information on study preparation programmes and language courses, we also provide the video tutorial series "BTU-digital", which serves to help students prepare for their studies. Please note that the information about the start of the semester is updated continuously.
How will the winter semester 2020/21 be conducted?
Due to the current pandemic situation, the winter semester 20/21 will not take place as usual. Rather, we are planning with a combination of online and attendance formats.
Our international study programmes* will be largely conducted in online mode. This will enable all prospective and already enrolled students to take part in the programme, even if they may not be able to enter Germany at all or only at a much later date.
*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
Our study programmes held in German language are predominantly conducted in online formats. This applies especially to large lectures, but also to seminars and written exercises.
Wherever possible, attendance courses are otherwise offered especially for beginners. For laboratory work and other indispensable practical parts of the programme, the teachers work on concepts for how these can be carried out in presence under increased hygiene and distance rules. Wherever possible, attendance courses are otherwise offered, especially for first-year students.
Up-to-date information on the planning of study programmes and faculties can be found on the Semester Start page. The information is updated continuously, so please check back from time to time!
Should the situation in the pandemic worsen, we are preparing to offer the winter semester completely online, if necessary.
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/
Are there 20/21 courses for subject preparation and language courses before the winter semester?
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 otiwo.de from October.
When do the lectures start in the winter semester 2020/21?
As usual, the winter semester begins on 1 October 2020. However, lectures in the winter semester do not begin until 2 November 2020 this time. Only a few study programmes deviate from this date due to organisational peculiarities.
Details on the schedule for the winter semester can be found in the semester schedule