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MINTgrün pre-study orientation program, OS.

Program overview

You are talented and have many interests. You are just as excited about mathematics as you are about computer science or chemistry and physics. You also have a keen interest in technology. You like to tinker and build things. So what should you study? Or would it maybe be better to first complete vocational training? If you find yourself faced with these questions and cannot make your mind up, then the pre-study orientation program MINTgreen can help you make a decision - either for or against studying at a university. And if you choose to study, it can help you decide what the best degree program is for you. Over two semesters MINTgreen offers you the opportunity to get to know the spectrum of bachelor's subjects at Technische Universität Berlin - from the MINT subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology) to the humanities, planning sciences, and business and economics. You can choose from around 70 modules. Professors present their degree programs and give you information about possible careers. In project labs, you become familiar with the methods of scientific work. Advising sessions tailored to your individual needs are also offered.

During the two semesters, you can take examinations that will then be recognized if you continue your studies. It is possible for you to obtain a certificate that you passed the program.

DegreeOrientierungsstudium
Standard period of study 2 semesters
Credit points60
Program start Winter semester
Admission Open admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

Students must possess a university entrance qualification certificate to participate in the pre-study orientation program MINTgreen at TU Berlin. Typically this will be the German Abitur or a subject-specific university entrance qualification for physics. If you do not have a formal university entrance qualification, you may still be able to participate in the pre-study orientation program MINTgreen at TU Berlin if you can provide proof of certain professional qualifications. If you have professional qualifications that fit the criteria in Section 11 of the Berlin State Higher Education Act and are interested in studying, you will need to apply directly to TU Berlin for the first course semester in the Physics bachelor’s program.

Prospective students with a foreign school-leaving certificate must apply through uni-assist. Uni-assist reviews international applications for university programs for 180 universities in Germany. Prospective students with foreign school-leaving certificates will need to be admitted before they can enroll. Applications must be submitted for the first course semester in the Physics bachelor’s program. After a successful application (submitted in full and on time), admission can be granted.You can only enroll after receiving a letter of acceptance.

The pre-study orientation program MINTgreen is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission. Because much of the technical literature in the field is published in English, a good level of English is also desirable. However, this is not a condition for admission to studies.

The pre-study orientation program MINTgreen aims to offer orientation and help you find out whether and what you would like to study. The “green” refers to the fact that sustainable development has a prominent role in the orientation program; so you should be interested in the topic of sustainability. If you decide to study, initiative and good self-management skills are important, as these are absolutely essential to meet the demands of studying at university.

Further information about the application procedure, admission, and enrollment.

Program structure

At the start of the orientation program, there is a voluntary get-to-know-you trip.

The pre-study orientation program MINTgreen is divided into compulsory, compulsory elective, and elective components.

The compulsory component is made up of the modules:

  • Science Window and
  • Orientation Module

The compulsory elective component is made up of three areas:

  • Modules from the MINT subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology),
  • MINTgreen labs,
  • Modules that focus on reflection

In the elective component, you may attend any courses at any university in Germany.

To receive the certificate that you passed the program, you must study in the orientation program for two semesters, have successfully completed the modules "Science Window" and "Orientation Module,” and have successfully completed at least one module from each of the three compulsory elective components.

A proposed course schedule is available to help you plan your studies. This shows you which modules need to be completed in which semesters to enable you to complete this program in two semesters. The schedule is intended as a guideline and is not mandatory. You can find the proposed course schedule on the program homepage and in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.

Examination regulations

Content and modules

The module "Science Window" is a lecture series in which primarily professors present their degree programs, inform you about their everyday work, and introduce current research questions. In the "Orientation Module," you get advice about your choice of studies and discuss the structure of degree programs and various educational pathways. In both modules, you gain a perspective for your own educational path and can make a sound choice about studying.

In the MINT subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, and technology), you choose from around 50 basic modules from the degree programs at TU Berlin. In mathematics, for example, these include the modules Analysis I and Linear Algebra for Engineers or Computer-Oriented Mathematics. In computer science, modules include Introduction to Computer Science or Digital Systems. In natural sciences, you can choose modules such as Experimental Physics or Physics for Chemists and Food Chemists, and in the area of technology, you can attend modules such as Construction or Mechanics.

All modules from the MINT subjects.

The MINTgreen labs that are available include:

  • Artifacts of Technological and Science History
  • Creativity and Technology
  • Mathematical-Natural Science Lab - Mathesis
  • Physics in Everyday Life
  • Chemistry Project Lab
  • Robotics Lab
  • Mechatronics Lab
  • Science Fiction Film Lab
  • Fluidic Project
  • Environment Lab
  • WiSPr - Business Fluidic Project Lab. How Science Creates Knowledge. Acting Responsibly in Technology and Natural Sciences

These MINTgreen labs were developed especially for the orientation program.

Additional labs include:

  • Chemistry Lab
  • Physics Beginners’ Practical
  • Energy Seminar
  • Project Workshops

All information on the MINT labs.

The modules offered in the area of reflection include "Scientific Working, Writing, and Presenting," "History of Science," "History of Technology," and "Blue Engineers".

All modules in the area of reflection.

In the elective component, you can choose anything offered at a German university. You can take courses ranging from A as in Archaeology to Z as in Zoology.

Modules are assigned credit points (LP) reflecting the amount of time a student is required to invest to successfully complete a module. One credit point corresponds to thirty hours and a module can be spread over a maximum of two semesters. As a rule, you need to pass an examination or an assessed assignment to successfully complete a module.

A current overview of all modules is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The module catalogue shows which courses are mandatory and which elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information on the content, learning outcomes, participation requirements, workload, examination methods, and much more. Questions concerning a specific module can be addressed to the module supervisor.

To module database

Internships

The program does not require students to complete an internship.

Stays abroad

A stay abroad during the program is not planned.

Acquired skills

The objective of the pre-study orientation program MINTgreen is for you to decide whether or not you want to study. And if you do, which degree program best suits your preferences, talents, and skills. You gather real experience as a student, learn what it means to study, and acquire skills in scientific working methods. The pre-study orientation program MINTgreen minimizes the risk of having to drop out of a degree program because you have two semesters to think and make a sound decision.

After your studies

During the pre-study orientation program, you can transfer to another degree program.

After successfully completing the pre-study orientation program MINTgreen, you receive a certificate of participation and, if you fulfill the criteria, a certificate stating that you successfully completed the program. If you would like to continue studying, you will need to enroll for the new degree program or, if there are admission restrictions for the program (numerus clausus), you will need to apply.


Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

General questions: Student Info Services

Official website of the study program

The current flyer

Five-part documentary on the pre-study orientation program MINTgreen by ARD alpha-Campus: 

Further links