I E - Academic Advising Service

To apply and starting your studies

Choosing a degree program

It isn’t always easy to choose a degree program that matches your preferences and interests. Different advising services can help you with your decision: 

  • Academic Advising Service: You can find an overview to the Academic Advising Service’s individual and group offers under the following link https://www.tu.berlin/en/go176/
  • Course Guidance: Students are happy to share their knowledge about degree schedules, study content, and curricula for subjects you are considering. You can find contact information and office hours in the relevant degree program overview.

Submitting supplemental applications

You have chosen a degree program at TU Berlin, fulfill the admission requirements, and would like to apply. Now what?

You can directly enroll in free admission degree programs without first applying. This means you submit an application for enrollment.

If you would like to apply for a restricted admission degree program, you can increase your chance of admission by submitting one or more special applications (formerly referred to as special requests).

Special applications are part of the application documents. What special application can you apply for?

Applicants with a German higher education entrance qualification

When applying for a bachelor’s program:

  • Application for improvement of grade point average
  • Application for adjustment due to delayed university entrance qualification 
  • Application for consideration due to exceptional circumstances

When applying for a master’s program:

  • Application for consideration due to exceptional circumstances

Campus tour

Feeling comfortable in the city, at the University, and at your faculty, is important. It is best to come by and get an idea for yourself. We are happy to assist you when looking around campus. We take you around the University, showing you, for instance, the shortest paths, reserved seats in lecture halls, and handicap accessible toilets.

We would be happy to make an appointment with you for a joint tour of the campus.

Take a look at our pages on Accessibility and a barrier-free campus for a first impression.

Futhermore, you can join a virtual tour through TU Berlin.


Accessible accommodation in Berlin

studierendenWERK BERLIN

studierendenWERK BERLIN gives priority to students with a disability or chronic illness when allocating rooms in its dormitories. You must have been admitted or already be enrolled at a Berlin institution of higher education to apply for a room. Applications must be submitted online using the studierendenWERK BERLIN dormitory portal. You can find additional information about renting an accessible apartment on studierendenWERK Berlin’s web page “Barrier-free housing”.

The InfoCenter studi@home can provide advice to applicants and students on all questions concerning housing.

Other accommodation

On the right hand side of the studierendenWERK BERLIN’s “Housing” website, you will find a list with links to other apartment providers in Berlin.

If you are searching for social housing, you must have a Wohnberechtigungsschein (WBS) certifying your eligibility for such housing. You can request this certificate from the housing office of the borough you live in. You can also be issued a WBS with the additional note “Rollstuhlbenutzerwohnung” (RB), or “apartment for wheelchair users”.

The project Mobidat team has spent decades dedicated to accessible life in Berlin. It offers information as well as a special database for wheelchair users looking for an apartment. The database includes available RB apartments throughout Berlin. If interested, please contact the apartment provider or rental agency.

Accessible Library

The TU Berlin University Library offers the following services: 

  • Assistance searching for resources and borrowing literature and media, including from department and subject libraries which are located further away
  • Work spaces with height-adjustable desks, large monitors, and outlets for your laptop can be found on every floor of the Central Library across from the information desks as well as in the department libraries. These work spaces can be used by all library guests. However, TU and UdK students with a disability ID or academic adjustment have priority of use.
  • Free copies for visually impaired students in accordance with copyright law
  • Extended loan periods: 3 months for TU and UdK holdings (UdK AV media: 2 weeks, book lockers: 8 weeks)
  • Requests from the Open Access Area of the TU and UdK Berlin University Libraries (Fasanenstr. 88) via the Knowledge Portal Primo. Resources are made available for collection within 24 hours from the self-service collection area on the ground floor.

To use either of these services, please present your disability ID or certificate from TU Berlin or UdK confirming academic adjustment at the circulation desk. This is only necessary the first time you use these services.

Accessible parking is available behind the Central Library at the Hertzallee bus depot.

You can find other libraries on the University Library website.

Semesterticket - Exemption and subsidization

  • Exemption from the Semesterticket fee due to a disability ID: If you have a disability ID which permits you to use public transportation for free, please email the Campus Center a copy of your ID requesting an exemption. You can find the necessary email address on the Office of Student Affairs website. The exemption is granted for the duration of the validity of the disability ID. The electronic Semesterticket will be deactivated accordingly. Please take care to note how long your disability ID is valid for.

  • Exemption from the Semesterticket without a disability ID: If you are unable to use public transportation due to an illness or disability and do not have a disability ID, you can complete and submit the “Application for Exemption from Payment of the Semesterticket Fee” together with the required proof to the TU Berlin AStA Semesterticket Office. Please refer to to the current information on the Semesterticket Office website.

  • Subsidizing the Semesterticket fee: To apply for the subsidy you must be able to demonstrate that payment of the Semesterticket fee would cause you considerable hardship, that your monthly income does not exceed your needs, and that you do not have any assets. All three criteria must be fulfilled.You can find further information about the subsidy as well as the application form on AStA’s Semesterticket Office website.