The TU Braunschweig is in "restricted operation" since 25 May 2020. The corresponding operating levels had been defined by our university's crisis management team right at the beginning of the corona-related measures in Germany. Even if attendance teaching has been suspended and many things remain significantly restricted, we are thus cautiously coming one step closer to normal operation. This is only possible on the basis of the framework hygiene plan and the infection control measures that the Presidential Board has now decided on the basis of the crisis team's recommendations. Our hygiene plan and the measures naturally follow the guidelines of the Federal Government and the State of Lower Saxony as well as the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute.
Behavior in case of a confirmed coronavirus infection
If you are infected with the coronavirus, please contact department 16 immediately using the e-mail address corona_meldung(at)tu-braunschweig.de. From there the further necessary steps will be coordinated centrally.
Please answer the following questions in the message:
- When and where did you get infected (e.g. vacation trip)?
- Have you been to the TU-Braunschweig in the past 14 days (date and occasion, e.g. participation in an internship, an examination, an attendance course, other visits to TU facilities)?
- With which persons from the TU environment did you have contact?
Presence in university facilities
Admission for students and prospective students only after prior appointment with the responsible office!
The buildings of TU Braunschweig are closed to the public until further notice. Expressly excluded are persons who require access in the course of their official duties.
In addition, some of the TU Braunschweig employees are located in the home office. We therefore kindly ask you to address any kind of questions or concerns by e-mail or telephone to the respective person. The stay must be arranged in advance with the respective institution. Uniform instructions have already been posted in the entrance areas of the facilities.
Unfortunately, this also applies to the study rooms at the university. We must ask you to study at home and, if necessary, to access the digital resources of the TU via VPN.
Access to the validation printers is possible to students.
Admission, discontinuation, leave of absence
The Admissions Office continues to process inquiries and applications even during the restricted operation and remains available by telephone, fax, e-mail and post. An unrestricted maintenance of the services is unfortunately not possible under the current threat of the corona virus. However, we will try to keep the inconvenience for all students as low as possible. You can find more detailed information on the submission of documents, adherence to deadlines, de-registration, withdrawal of leave of absence etc. when you turn to the German version of this page.
Prerequisites for the execution of field excursions, site inspections and outdoor exercises (e.g. surveying exercises, freehand drawing) without application during the duration of the coronavirus pandemic
Under the following conditions, the institutes are allowed to conduct field trips, site inspections and outdoor exercises (e.g. surveying exercises, freehand drawing) without application during the duration of the coronavirus pandemic:
- Each excursion/visit etc. must be approved in writing by the course management.
- The participants and staff members travel to and from the institute separately. When travelling by car, a maximum of 2 persons may travel together in one car. The maximum distance must be observed: Co-driver is on the back seat behind the front passenger seat.
- During the phase of arrivals and departures (meeting of the participants and employees) to the off-road facilities, the minimum distance of 1.50 m must be maintained.
- The institute will compile a list of the participants with their name, address, matriculation and mobile phone numbers; the data will be kept for 21 days and destroyed afterwards.
- The signature of the participants on the list of participants is obligatory.
- The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 151 persons.
- The institute has to provide for sufficient support staff (at least 2 persons).
- During the outdoor activities a minimum distance of 1,50 m has to be kept.
- If this distance cannot be maintained for a short period of time, the participants and employees have to wear mouth and nose covers.
- The participants have to provide their own mouth and nose covers.
- Necessary personal protective equipment (here: safety helmets), if they are not the personal property of the participants, must be wiped off inside and outside before each change of persons.
If these requirements are met, it is not necessary to formulate an application to the crisis management team. The implementation can be carried out on the participants' own responsibility.
1 Group size according to LVVO
Studies and internship abroad
If you are not yet abroad, we advise you not to take up international mobility at this stage. The Federal Foreign Office has issued a worldwide travel warning in the course of the spread of the coronavirus.
If you are abroad, please assess carefully whether you wish to continue your stay abroad or terminate it prematurely. When making your decision, you should take into account the restrictions on travel options, current infection rates, the strain on local health systems and the general security situation in your host country.
Please check the websites and social media of the Federal Foreign Office regularly for current travel and security warnings. Please also register with the Federal Foreign Office's crisis prevention list. By registering, you will enable the local missions abroad to contact you directly.
If you are concerned of incurring high costs if you terminate your stay abroad prematurely, please contact the staff of the Mobility Office. In some programmes, such as Erasmus+, there are "force majeure" schemes that allow for the reimbursement of these costs.
More information can be found on the International House website: www.tu-braunschweig.de/auslandsstudium
Literature for research, teaching and study
The University Library is open from monday to friday from 10:00 - 15:00 for all citizens. Library-services are reduced. If you have any questions, please contact the University Library at any time.
Opening of learning places: The University Library offers a defined number of learning places for TU students and staff in compliance with the prescribed hygiene measures. For details please refer to our FAQ.
Website of the University Library
Foreign language courses and workshops at the Language Centre
All foreign language courses and workshops at the Language Centre will take place as online courses in the summer semester 2020, possible exceptions will be announced in time. The Language Centre staff can be contacted via e-mail. All contact details can be found on the International House website: www.tu-braunschweig.de/fremdsprachen
Offers of help
The WeCare platform is the contact point for institutions and companies that request our support. At the same time, it promotes the many decentralized offers of help and project ideas from the university. It brings together requests and offers, clarifies and secures the legal and organizational framework and networks partners with each other. In doing so, we coordinate with other helping institutions and initiatives in the city and region. Offers of help and requests for help can be submitted immediately at wecare(at)tu-braunschweig.de.
The sandbox platform is now also available for ideas and projects to help on campus and in our region. Use the platform for your initiatives and to see where you can participate.
Students who are dependent on benefits under the Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAföG) should not suffer any financial disadvantages due to the current situation caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. The responsible state authorities have therefore been instructed to provisionally continue to grant all BAföG benefits that have already been approved if it is temporarily impossible to take up or continue training, universities are closed or the start of the 2020 summer semester is postponed. Further information can be found under the following link: www.bafög.de/keine-nachteile-beim-bafoeg-wegen-corona-756.php.
In addition, you can contact the Studentenwerk Ostniedersachsen if you have any questions regarding BAfoeG. The Studentenwerk Ostniedersachsen has set up a news ticker which provides you with the most important information: www.stw-on.de/corona.
Responsibility for oneself and for society
The Presidency urgently requests that you act in accordance with the guidelines of the Robert Koch Institut and the official institutions, that you deal with the current situation in a spirit of solidarity and responsibility and that you observe the ban on contact. Please reduce your contacts outside the members of your own household to an absolutely necessary minimum.
Online semester for the entire summer semester
The summer semester 2020 will take place as an online semester (without attendance courses). Deviating from this, in addition to taking examinations, practical courses that require special laboratory or practice rooms or work rooms at the universities are also possible under special hygiene and protective measures. They should only take place if substitution possibilities are lacking, postponement would be disproportionate and the necessary safety precautions are guaranteed. Other forms of without attendance courses must be applied for and justified to the crisis unit and require the express permission of the Presidency.
Please consult the websites of your faculties and Stud.IP for detailed information on the regulations for the various courses. The central platform for all courses will be Stud.IP. The implementation will range from the electronic provision of documents to video recordings or digitally supported interactive forms of teaching.
Courses in general
The conversion of courses to online operation affects all forms of teaching, especially lectures and seminars. Since 25.05.2020, practical parts of courses, e.g. compulsory internships and compulsory excursions as well as special teaching formats can take place under certain conditions; laboratory operations will start in compliance with hygiene measures. It is currently still unclear when other attendance courses can take place again. For some practical events, however, there will also be online offers for preparation (theoretical preparations, video recordings if necessary). Therefore, please check Stud.IP for all courses you are planning for the summer semester to see if there are any online offers.
Winter semester 2020/2021
Current plans for the winter semester 2020/2021 as a hybrid semester
Start of Lectures
Lectures will start on 19 October 2020, with minor deviations for first-semester students in the B.Sc. degree programme in Psychology (maybe a few days of delay) and in the Pharmacy degree programme (start: 02.11.2020). This is due to the fact that both courses of study are part of nationwide admission procedures, which can only be completed later due to the delayed A-level (Abitur) dates. There will also be a later application deadline for the B.Sc. programmes with restricted local admissions on 20.08.2020, although here it will still be possible to start the semester on 19.10.2020.
Lectures will continue to be held online in the winter semester. The risk of infection in a densely packed lecture hall is extremely high. Other theoretical courses such as seminars, exercises and tutorials will also continue to be offered online for the time being. However, these teaching formats, which are much more interactive, are subject to regular review. If the infection situation allows it, then the release of these event forms as classroom courses could be made at a later date, subject to protective measures. If the infection rates in Braunschweig are permanently low, then, for example, small seminars - characterised by interaction and discourse - in large, well-ventilated rooms could become possible. When a particular type of event is approved, the lecturers can conduct it as a classroom event. The change of the type of event should be announced sufficiently in advance.
If the incidence of infection remains unchanged or is reduced, it will be possible to conduct exams in classrooms/halls. Practical courses which require special laboratories, practice rooms or work rooms at the universities, as well as practical training in schools in teacher education programs, can also be carried out as classroom courses under these circumstances. In all cases, adapted, special hygiene and protective measures will be necessary.
First semester students
If the incidence of infection permits, there should be special classroom events for students in their first semester of study under safety conditions. These are intended to familiarize first-semester students with the regular operations of a university and also to promote networking among students. We ask for your understanding for the different treatment of the newly enrolled students.
With regard to examinations, the examination boards are the legal decision-making bodies. Please note the instructions for conducting examinations and specifications for hygiene measures for written exams during the corona virus pandemic inside and outside the lecture halls of the Technische Universität Braunschweig or the assigned examination locations as well as the declaration of no suspicion of a corona virus infection when participating in a presence examination of the TU Braunschweig.
Written exams in physical presence during the coronavirus pandemic
Health declaration (in German)
Statutes of the Technische Universität Braunschweig on the deviation of regulations in the study and examination regulations due to restrictions in teaching and examination operations by measures to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (in German)
Examinations in the form of handing in documents prepared in the home office (homework, minutes) may continue to take place. The submission of the corresponding examination documents is done digitally. Please contact your examiners and examination offices about the form.
In cases of hardship, where individual students suffer considerable disadvantages due to the delay of an examination, the agreement of bilateral solutions between examiners and candidates should be made possible. With the consent of the board of examiners, oral examinations may also be conducted by video conferencing. If the institutes have large rooms at their disposal, so that 10 square metres of space per person can be set up and a minimum distance of 1,5 metres can be guaranteed, the oral examinations can also be held in presence, subject to compliance with the hygiene regulations. This also applies to the defence of final papers
For all other exams, solutions are currently being worked out with great energy, which we hope to be able to inform you about soon. Please continue to check the websites of your faculty regularly. There you will find the most important information about the implementation of exams. The coordinators of the study programme are also available by e-mail and, if necessary, by telephone to answer any questions.
Disadvantages that arise for students as a result of delayed examinations should be avoided as far as possible. Please understand that we are not able to answer all detailed questions in this regard at this point in time. However, you can assume that we will do everything possible to minimize disadvantages of any kind (e.g. admission and enrollment in the Master's program) for students.
Exams in the summer semester 2020
After the cancelled examinations had been made up for, the examination planning for the summer semester was already started. The upcoming examinations will take place in the same way as the cancelled examinations (in compliance with the hygiene regulations and protective measures).
Under pandemic conditions, examination planning is a great challenge due to the protective measures that have to be observed. Therefore, we ask you to handle your registration responsibly this time as well. In addition, we are considering the possibility of conducting larger examinations online. The options for online exams are still under consideration.
In principle, it is possible to have closed examinations take place again. The same conditions apply to the inspection of written exams in presence as to the performance of written exams in presence (distance and hygiene measures). However, it is difficult to have a written examination for large examinations, as the necessary premises are not available.
According to APO § 21, there is a year's time for inspection, therefore many inspections are postponed to a later date. The faculties are working on making it possible to inspect examinations in various ways. If an urgent inspection is necessary and no inspection is announced in due time, it is recommended to contact the responsible teacher directly to arrange an appointment for inspection
The conditions and deadlines for term papers are so specific to each institute throughout the university due to the different subject cultures that you should clarify this with your examiners in direct contact. The faculties are required to provide obliging solutions to problems. Please also have a look at the websites of the faculties and examination offices.
Final papers can usually be continued, if they are created in the home office. In order to meet the deadline for submission of a written thesis, electronic submission to the Examination Office or, in some faculties, via a portal is accepted. For experimental theses, they will only be continued if they do not contradict the general prohibition of assembly, which was issued by the Presidium (prohibition of more than five persons in the same room). More detailed information on this can be obtained from the faculties if necessary.
Due to the difficulties in supervising and approving extensions for theses, a new registration of theses is currently not considered useful in most cases. However, due to the different subject cultures and content requirements, there are different decisions by examination boards. Contact persons are the faculties and examination boards.