Students and Lecturers

Definition of the traffic lights

The approval of classroom teaching events and examinations is subject to compliance with the relevant regulations (e.g. framework hygiene plan, infection control measures, Corona Regulation). If necessary, additional conditions may be required with regard to masking, group sizes or ventilation quality of the premises.

Corona traffic light for classroom teaching

  • Red: Classroom teaching is discontinued. Excluded from this regulation are practical courses that inevitably lead to an extension of the study period and represent the last course work before registering for a thesis or before registering for a state examination.
    Requests for exceptions for these courses must be submitted by the responsible teacher to the crisis team after approval by the Dean of Studies. The crisis team evaluates the request and submits it to the Presidential Board for a decision. Also exempt are final theses that require special work spaces (laboratories, workshops, etc.) at the university and take place under the supervision of the responsible teacher or his/her staff. After approval by the teacher, this work is reported to the crisis team (under: abschlussarbeiten_meldung(at)
  • Orange: Practical courses, i.e. those that require special workspaces and cannot be substituted digitally or only very poorly (laboratory practicals, workshops, school practicals, drawing studios, etc.), can be carried with corona-appropriate spacing (1,5 m and 10m2 area per person). A separate approval or endorsement by the deans of studies is not necessary. The work of student representative committees and the student parliament is also permitted, provided the respective body is named in the relevant legal provisions or regulations of the university.
  • Yellow: Theoretical and practical courses can be held in pandemic mode. See below for specifics. The work of student representative committees, the student parliament and the  work of the accredited student initiatives is also permitted.
  • Green: Normal operation, if necessary, in compliance with Corona-specific infection control measures (see below).

Corona traffic light for classroom exams

  • Red: Classroom examinations are not possible. Excepted from this regulation are presence examinations that cannot be substituted as well as examinations in study programmes that are not regulated by the examination regulations of the TU Braunschweig but by special laws and do not provide for online examinations. Requests for exceptions must be submitted by the responsible teacher to the crisis team after approval by the Dean of Studies. The crisis team evaluates the application and submits it to the Presidential Board for a decision.
  • Orange: Presence examinations are possible after approval by the Dean of Studies and with corona-proof protection distances (1,5 m and 10 m2 area per person).
  • Yellow: Classroom exams are possible with regular (pre-pandemic) exam intervals.
  • Green: Normal operation, if necessary, in compliance with Corona-specific infection control measures (see below).

In addition, there may be further access restrictions set by the university Governance Board (Presidium).

The Corona traffic lights for classroom teaching and examinations show which event and examination forms are possible. You can find out how they stand here.

If the traffic lights change color, students and faculty will be notified.

Important Infection Prevention Measures for On-campus Courses (recommendation)

The current infection protection measures (02.05.2022), which the Governance Board has adopted on the basis of the recommendations of the crisis team, will be suspended as of 27.05.2022, including the mask requirement at TU Braunschweig. The examination traffic light will be switched to green. 
The Governance Board of our University strongly recommends to continue wearing FFP2 masks indoors. Adhering to the remaining well established infection prevention measures is also strongly recommended. If you show symptoms compatible with COVID-19, out of consideration for our students and lecturers, you should only visit the campus after testing for SARS-CoV-2 and if the result is negative.

Documentation: The most recent instructions and infection prevention measures can be found here:
Target group / Event type Measures (Status: 06-May-2022)
Students, all employees FFP2 masks are mandatory indoors. Changes in the type of mask prescribed will be announced via the usual communication channels. Current exceptions to the mask mandate include: Theoretical lectures (up to yellow teaching traffic light): Lecturers may take off their masks in well ventilated classrooms if there is at least 1.5 m distance to the audience. Oral examinations (see also "Exams"): By mutual agreement, the masks may be taken off when seated if there is good ventilation and at least 1.5 m distance between persons.
Individuals experiencing any symptoms compatible with COVID-19 (including coughing, fever, shortness of breath, cold-like symptoms, unusual loss of smell or taste) may not enter the university facilities.
Physical contact with others should be avoided as far as possible (shaking hands etc.). The minimum distance of 1.5 metres between individuals must be maintained.
Rooms must be adequately ventilated. Course rooms to be ventilated manually by window ventilation are usually ventilated every 15 minutes for 3 to 10 minutes by short intensive bursts of ventilation with windows wide open.
Individuals who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 or who have a quarantine order are not allowed to participate in on-campus events (courses, exams, etc.). Please act in accordance with the Lower Saxony Quarantine Ordinance (“Niedersächsische Absonderungsverordnung” [in German only]). The certificate of an approved testing centre confirming a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 or a quarantine order substitutes a medical certificate for the person named in the certificate in case of a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Infections must be reported immediately. Reports from students are to be sent to Department 16, Reports from employees are to be sent to Department 12,, observing the so-called reporting chain.
Theoretical courses Green teaching traffic light: No social distancing (full occupancy).
Yellow teaching traffic light: In theoretical courses with up to 35 participants, no minimum distance needs to be maintained. In courses with more than 35 participants, a reduced minimum distance must be maintained (occupancy of up to 50%, e.g. “checkerboard pattern”).
Practical courses Green teaching traffic light: No social distancing (full occupancy).
Yellow teaching traffic light: In practical courses where most of the work is done at the workstation, no minimum distance needs to be maintained. Practical courses where students often leave the workstation, an occupancy of up to 50% is possible (e.g. "checkerboard pattern").
Orange teaching traffic light: Minimum distances between workstations of at least 1.5 m and a minimum space of 10 m² per person are obligatory.
Exams Green and yellow exam traffic light: Common distances between examinees are sufficient.
Orange and red exam traffic light: Minimum distances between examinees of at least 1.5 m and a minimum space of 10 m² per person are obligatory.
During oral examinations, distances between individuals of at least 1.5 m and a minimum space of 10 m² per person always apply, regardless of the colour of the exam traffic light. In well-ventilated rooms, those directly involved in the oral exam can remove their masks by mutual agreement.
Learning workstations for students Learning workstations are provided by the university library in compliance with infection prevention measures.
Learning workstations under the responsibility of the institutes or faculties can be made available without supervision during the period from 7-20h, subject to compliance with the mask mandate.
For freely accessible learning workstations the mask mandate applies.

Notes for Lecturers:


The Corona traffic light for presence examinations indicates the extent to which examinations are possible in presence. You can see the current status here.

Examinations in the form of handing in documents prepared in the home office (homework, minutes) can take place regardless of the traffic light colour. The submission of the corresponding examination documents is done digitally. Please discuss the conditions, deadlines and form with your examiners and examination offices.

Please have a look at the websites of the faculties and examination offices as well.

Positive corona test result or confirmed coronavirus infection

Behavior in case of a positive corona test result or a confirmed coronavirus infection

A positive  test result of the students (whether PCR, rapid or self-test) should be reported promptly to department 16, corona_meldung(at), for the protection of all. We need this data to verify our infection control measures and to control the traffic lights for classroom teaching and exams. Contact tracking will no longer take place.

In case of a positive rapid test or self-test, the affected person should isolate himself/herself as best as possible and arrange for a confirmatory test at an approved testing center (test center, pharmacy, physician). 

Admission, discontinuation, leave of absence

The Admissions Office continues to process inquiries and applications and remains available by telephone, fax, e-mail and post. 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.

Literature for research, teaching and study

The University Library is still open to all user groups with restrictions. In order to continue to provide you with the literature you need, the University Library has compiled a lot of information on its website. This includes special offers for research and teaching. 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


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. Further information can be found under the following link: www.bafö

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:


Please contact Tanja Filipp if you have any questions about corona-specific regulations at TU Braunschweig or need further information about entry regulations or test/vaccination certificates: t.filipp(at)

For more information, please visit the International House website:

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German courses and DSH exams at the Language Centre

In the summer semester 2022, most language courses will take place in presence again. Please note the applicable access and hygiene rules (see: top section of the website).