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Information letter from vice president for education, digitalization and sustainability, 2 November 2020

All students

in CC
All professors
All research associates and research and teaching assistants
Heads of the faculty service centers and advisors for studies & teaching

Subject: Information and guidelines concerning winter semester 2020/2021

Dear Students,

My letter of 1 October 2020 communicated information which must now be amended due to the development of the pandemic in recent weeks and resulting agreements made by the Berlin Senate and the universities.

We are currently in phase 2 of TU Berlin’s phased plan. This means:

  • Most buildings continue to remain open to TU members, including students.
  • A community mask is to be worn at all times at the University, specifically in all public areas, during courses and examinations, and in closed rooms with more than one occupant.
  • Please ensure that a minimum distance of 2 meters between persons is maintained.
  • Computer labs and study rooms remain closed (with the exception of the work spaces at the University Library).
  • Student Services’ Campus Center also remains closed. The enrollment, examination, and academic advising offices can be contacted by email.
  • The number of face-to-face classes will be significantly limited. Classes in practical formats (e.g. labs or workshop classes) will continue to take place. Additionally, a number of the face-to-face courses scheduled for first-semester bachelor’s students will still be held. All other courses will be conducted online. You can find current information about your courses on the ISIS teaching and learning platform.
  • The deadline to register for tutorials in Moses has been extended to 4 November 2020, 18:00.
  • For courses held on campus, you must register in Moses and provide your contact details for the purpose of tracing any possible infections. When entering lecture halls, please wet a paper towel with the disinfectant provided to clean your seat and desk. Go to an available seat, scan the QR code, and disinfect the seat and desk surface. You are required to disinfect all surfaces again when leaving. You will not be permitted to participate in face-to-face classes without a community mask or if you do not scan the QR code. In this case, you will be required to take the class online.
  • Please register for practical formats (e.g. labs or workshop courses) with the respective instructor.
  • Classrooms which are not equipped with mechanical ventilation are to be aired out every 15-20 minutes. Please dress warmly as rooms will frequently be chilly as a result.
  • If you present symptoms indicating a possible COVID-19 infection, please remain at home and seek medical advice.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you must immediately inform your instructor as well as send an email to coronafall(at)
  • First-semester students who were unable to enroll by the start of lectures on 02.11.2020 will receive a temporary account allowing them to access and participate in their courses. Students affected by this will receive further information via email. Current information can be found at the websites of the Office of Students Affairs.

We ask that you act responsibly - including in your personal life - to help the University avoid needing to register any cases of infection. The current hygiene regulations are to be observed across the entire campus. We will inform you immediately of any changes to this situation.

I wish you a successful start to the lecture period - Stay healthy!


Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Heiß,
Vice President for Education, Digitalization and Sustainability

To all professors, research associates and research and teaching assistants as well as heads of the faculty service centers and advisors for studies and teaching


  • Information regarding face-to-face teaching formats
  • Enrollment
  • ISIS, examinations, and regulations regarding failed exams not counting as attempts
  • Summer semester 2020 instructor survey

Dear Teaching Staff,

As the general situation regarding the pandemic has worsened again over the past two weeks, we would like to inform you of some important points and regulations regarding teaching.

Beginning 2 November 2020, tightened regulations apply in Berlin to combat the rising number of infections. In light of these developments, we kindly request all teaching staff offering face-to-face teaching formats to carefully consider if these could not be conducted in digital format for the time being. Our main concern at the moment is to minimize direct contact between people. Please think about how you can contribute to achieving this goal. Thank you!   

Information regarding face-to-face teaching formats

If face-to-face teaching formats cannot be avoided, then the following applies:

  • TU Berlin buildings are closed to the public but open to members of the University and as such we are not conducting ID checks in buildings where teaching takes place.
  • All persons are required to wear a community mask covering nose and mouth in all buildings. You may only remove your mask when alone in a room.
  • Airing and ventilation: All rooms other than those with automatic ventilation systems are to be thoroughly aired three to four times per hour. This is a very important.
  • We need to know who attended a class for purposes of tracking and tracing. For centrally organized courses, students are required to register once in Moses and scan the QR code at their seat using their smartphone at the start of every class they then attend. You as teacher are responsible for documenting attendance for all non-centrally organized classes, particularly those taking place in the rooms in your own faculty or academic chair. Records of attendance must be maintained for a period of 4 weeks.
    Further information about QR codes (only in German)
  • Students not wearing a community mask may not take part in face-to-face classes. This also applies to students with a medical certificate exempting them from wearing a mask. Students registered for centrally organized courses who are unable to scan the QR code may also not attend. This also applies to examinations taking place on campus.
  • If you become aware that someone attending your class has tested positive, please inform coronafall(at)
    Further information
  • Excursions and field trips are currently not strictly prohibited but could conflict with the current general regulations for combating the pandemic. As such, we urge you to postpone excursions to the end of the semester.
  • Other practical teaching formats such as labs, workshops or computer classes requiring local software may take place with the agreement of the academic chair. This is only possible however if the number of participants (group size) does not exceed 20, 2-meter distancing can be observed, and a hygiene concept meeting the requirements of the University’s general hygiene regulations is in place for the class. The standard concept for practical format classes has recently been revised. Please inform your faculty administration when conducting teaching in practical formats.


  • As you are probably aware, there have been delays in enrolling new students. To enable them to attend classes, we have provided students awaiting enrollment with a temporary account so that they can log in to ISIS and take part in video conferences. However, these students have not yet been issued with their student ID, which they require to be able to borrow books and printed material from the library. Teaching staff have the option to make excerpts of works available in ISIS for this period. Please ensure you observe copyright regulations when doing so. It seems likely that students awaiting enrollment will not have their IDs until the end of November.

ISIS, examinations, and regulations regarding failed exams not counting as attempts

  • ISIS is intended as the central location for providing students with up-to-date information about their courses and students have been informed that they should check ISIS for information. Please ensure that you use ISIS for this purpose.
  • We will shortly start planning the examinations for the winter semester. If you are planning to hold written examinations on campus, please inform your students that the publication of examination dates will take somewhat longer.
  • The deadline for registering for portfolio examinations closes 30 November 2020.
    Further information regarding examinations
  • Failed examinations will not be counted as an attempt this winter semester: “Examinations taken and failed in summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21 will not count as attempts.” This does not apply to examinations which students registered for but failed to attend or examinations which were failed due to cheating.
  • The ZEWK online teaching team is also offering extensive information and advising services to assist you in the winter semester. You can also borrow equipment from them.
  • The start of the lecture period means that the central Shibboleth server is currently overloaded. Access to ISIS, Moses, Zoom (for teachers), etc. requires authentication via Shibboleth. Experience shows that the situation will calm down again soon.

Summer semester 2020 instructor survey

We are pleased to inform you that the results of the summer semester 2020 instructor survey are now ready. Thank you for taking part. The results have been presented and eagerly discussed in the various committees at TU Berlin.

We wish you every success with your courses and would like to thank you for all your efforts in what are difficult circumstances.


Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Heiß
Vice President for Education, Digitalization and Sustainability

Letter from the vice president for education, digitalization, and sustainability, 21 October 2020

Regulations for face-to-face teaching in the winter semester

All professors
All research associates and research and teaching assistants

Dear Colleagues,

As a result of the current increase in infection rates in Berlin, the Senate Chancellery Higher Education and Research together with universities and colleges in Berlin have agreed amendments and further restrictions to their previous plans for face-to-face teaching.

Only examinations, practical teaching formats, orientation events for newly enrolled students and selected courses for students in the first-degree semesters of bachelor’s programs may now take place in face-to-face format on campus. This means that all other face-to-face classes for up to 25 participants requested by lecturers some weeks ago and scheduled to take place in our lecture halls may no longer be held face-to-face and will have to switch to digital formats.  

The following measures are to be observed when conducting all remaining face-to-face teaching, including lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, projects, labs and workshops, excursions, field trips, etc.:

Hygiene concept: A hygiene concept is required for all face-to-face classes. This must be consistent with the TU Berlin hygiene regulations which apply at the time. The lecturer is required to explain the hygiene concept to students and any staff present at the start of the class. Lecturers are required to document that they have adequately explained the hygiene regulations to students and staff. This proof of instruction, taken together with the hygiene concept itself as a risk assessment and a statement of protective measures, fulfills the requirements to document established in Section 6 of the Occupational Safety Act.

Centrally administered classrooms will be provided with disinfectant at the entrances and exits to the rooms. Students are required to clean their own place both before and after the class. For classrooms within your own unit, you are directly responsible for ensuring that disinfectant is provided. Disinfectant can be obtained from the Hygiene Storage Facility.

Mouth and nose protection: All participants are strictly required to wear a face mask providing mouth and nose protection throughout the entire class, including when seated at their place. Anyone failing to comply will be excluded from the class. Teaching staff can pick up disposable face masks in advance from the Hygiene Storage Facility to distribute to students without masks. Anyone unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition is required to seek online alternatives. You as a teacher are also required to wear a face mask providing mouth and nose protection.

Airing rooms: Adequate airing of rooms is a key component of all recommendations for containing the spread of infection. Lecture halls where face-to-face classes are scheduled to take place are all equipped with automatic ventilation systems providing the required fourfold circulation of air per hour. Classrooms which do not have an automatic ventilation system have to be aired manually every 15 minutes to ensure a similar effect. Ideally, this should be done by opening windows on opposite sides of the room (cross ventilation) when possible. Please ensure that you air rooms regularly and thoroughly. It is important that you do so.

Tracing: Contact details of all persons attending classes (name, telephone number, email address and postal address) as well as their table or place number when possible  must be recorded for the purpose of tracing any possible infections. For classes taking place in centrally administered classrooms, students are required to register once via Moses and scan the QR code for their seat using their smartphone. Students who do not have a device capable of scanning the QR code may not participate in the face-to-face class and should be referred to the alternative online offer. For decentralized classes, such as labs, the individual academic chairs are responsible for collecting and storing data for four weeks.

Infection: If you become aware that one of your students has been infected, you are required to report this to coronafall(at) We will coordinate with you to forward attendance lists to the health authorities for the purposes of tracing. Students with symptoms indicating a possible Covid-19 infection should remain at home and seek medical advice. Students developing symptoms during a class should return home without delay and also contact a doctor.
Further details regarding infection chain management at TU Berlin

If the pandemic worsens: Should the situation worsen, TU Berlin may be required to transition to phase 3 of the TU phased plan. This equates to essential-only presence operations (as in the spring of this year), during which face-to-face teaching is canceled. You should develop a “plan B” for this eventuality. Please consider if you then wish to switch your classes to online formats or postpone them to a later date or even cancel them altogether. This of course depends on the type of course you teach as well as the point in the semester we switch to essential-only presence. The decision is yours, but we should try to avoid canceling courses where possible. You also need to consider situations where an infection has been detected among your students and where the health authorities require some or indeed all of the students attending the course to self-isolate.

Alternative online offer: We promised prospective students who cannot come to TU Berlin in person (approximately 10 percent according to a survey) that we would make every effort to provide an online alternative for those classes taking place face-to-face (with the exception of practical teaching formats and examinations). This applies particularly to lectures and tutorials. We therefore request you to record face-to-face classes and make them available on ISIS. If you are using one of the lecture halls with appropriate equipment (H0104, H0105, H0107, H0110 and EW 201), you can broadcast your lecture as a livestream. The Audiovisual Center (AVZ) advises on the use of equipment in the lecture halls. If you wish to record classes in other rooms, please contact InnoCampus. If offering tutorials, please ensure that one session is offered online.

Regulations regarding Christmas/New Year: The two-week break scheduled for 21.12.2020 until 03.01.2021 has now been extended to take account of gatherings of family and friends and the increased risk of infection during this period. Only practical teaching formats and in-presence examinations are permitted between 14.12.2020 and 23.12.2020. No face-to-face classes or exams may take place in the week of 04.01.2021 until 08.01.2021.

Additional regulations regarding practical teaching formats

Practical teaching formats including

  • labs
  • workshop labs
  • field exercises
  • excursions and field trips

can only take place with permission. Permission is provided by the head of the academic chair where the class is taking place. The head of the academic chair also bears responsibility under occupational health and safety law. Permission for excursions and field trips during phase 2 must be obtained from the vice president for education, digitalization and sustainability.

Academic chairs are requested to inform the relevant faculty administration regarding practical teaching format classes. Centrally managed rooms at TU Berlin may only be used if booked in advance via InnoCampus. Classes attended by more than 20 persons should take place in digital format. Exceptions may be granted upon application to the Crisis Committee.

The basis for conducting practical teaching formats are the TU Berlin hygiene regulations. Lecturers are required to prepare a hygiene concept for each practical teaching format. Hygiene concepts are to be presented upon request. You can use the hygiene concept published online by the SDU as a template.

Practical teaching formats with reduced minimum distancing: FF2 (CPA) masks are available for collection by instructors from the Hygiene Storage Facility for labs during which minimum distancing regulations cannot be observed for limited periods (when operating equipment, etc.).

Travel and accommodation arrangements for participants in courses/excursions taking place outside of TU Berlin must be included in the hygiene concept. The number of participants permitted to take part in excursions is determined by the TU phased plan. During phase 1, the maximum number is 20. During phase 2, it is 10. Excursions are no longer permitted during phase 3.

It is particularly important to take account of the regulations regarding official trips, according to which visits to areas classified by the RKI or the Federal Foreign Office as risk areas or for which a travel warning has been issued are not permitted. This also applies to regions in Germany (other than Berlin) with a seven-day infection rate above 50 persons per 100,000.

We very much appreciate your active help in implementing these regulations in what are exceptional circumstances for us all. Thank you for all your support in recent months and during the semester ahead.

We hope you and your students remain healthy.


Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Heiß
Vice President for Education, Digitalization and Sustainability

Letter from the vice president for education, digitalization, and sustainability, 1 October 2020

Important information on the winter semester 2020/21 under pandemic conditions

Dear Students,

Temperatures are dropping and shadows lengthening as the fall approaches and with it the start of winter semester 2020/2021, which officially commences 1 October 2020. I am writing to welcome you all to this semester, which will operate as a hybrid semester. Following on from the digital semester 2020, this will represent an equally great challenge for us as a university and for you as students. TU Berlin will do everything in its power to provide you with a good teaching and learning experience under the conditions imposed by the pandemic. Let’s work together to negotiate this difficult path.

Winter semester 2020/2021 will see some changes to the usual study conditions. The hygiene regulations will continue to apply, but we will be endeavoring to improve on the situation for you as students compared to the summer semester. Particularly regarding in-presence offers, the use of study spaces, and access to TU Berlin premises. To achieve these goals, we have invested considerable sums in our infrastructure and in taking on new staff.

Working together with the Berlin Senate, universities and colleges in Berlin have developed a phased plan to safeguard the health of students and staff as well create the best possible conditions for teaching and studying. The phases of the plan reflect the current pandemic situation in Berlin. TU Berlin has adapted this general plan to its own requirements. The new regulations will take effect 19 October 2020 and will be edited to make them easy to read on the Web. We would, however, like to inform you in advance of the most important regulations, even if some details still need to be finalized. The following details refer to phase 1, the current situation. Should the situation in Berlin or at TU Berlin significantly change, it may become necessary to introduce restrictions at short notice. We will inform you of any such changes.

Access to TU buildings
Starting 19 October 2020, the majority of buildings will be open to students. In all public areas, you are required to wear nose-mouth protection and maintain a minimum distance of two meters. We kindly request you to only enter the University premises when important reasons require you to do so. Our goal is to avoid an increase in the number of people on campus and do everything we can to prevent large groups of people gathering in our buildings in the fall and winter. 

Lectures and classes
The lecture period begins on 2 November 2020 and ends 27 February 2021. The majority of lectures and classes during the winter semester will again take place online. Teaching staff have spent the last weeks working hard to develop new teaching concepts and prepare teaching videos. The course catalogue provides you with information concerning the times and rooms of your lectures and classes during the coming winter semester. Detailed information concerning courses is available via the ISIS learning platform, where you can also access teaching videos, links to synchronous online classes (video conferences) as well as other important information concerning exercises, reading material or examinations.

The registration period for tutorials in Moses runs from 19.10.2020 until 29.10 2020, 18:00. To register, you need to log into Moses using your TU account. You can register via the menu point “Tutorials”.

Practical teaching formats such as labs or workshops will take place in presence, i.e. on campus. You can also find information concerning these offers on ISIS.

Students in their first semester will also have the opportunity to attend one first degree semester course in presence. Further in-presence courses will also be offered for smaller groups of participants. You are required to register for all in-presence courses in Moses under “Tutorials” (even for courses which are not tutorials). In exceptional circumstances, teachers may also provide a separate option for registering; please consult ISIS for details.

We want to make use of all our rooms and conduct as many classes as possible in presence. Based on room size, shape and options for airing, a corona maximum capacity has been assigned to all class rooms (lecture halls and seminar rooms) to ensure that minimum distancing regulations can be complied with. This "corona capacity" is about 8 times less than regular capacity. For this reason, we are not able to expand our offers of in-presence teaching. The places available for use will be clearly marked and numbered and provided with a QR code. Disinfectant will be available at the entrance and exit to each room. Teachers are obliged to air rooms thoroughly that are not automatically ventilated at least once per lesson. You are strictly obliged to wear nose-mouth protection during in-presence classes. There is also a requirement to document attendance pursuant to the Berlin regulations for the containment of the virus, in other words we are obliged to keep a record of the names and telephone numbers of attendees for a period of four weeks. We will inform you at a later date regarding the technical implementation of this requirement. Students with symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection are requested to remain at home and consult the medical services. Should symptoms develop during class, you are required to leave the campus immediately.

PC labs and study rooms
We also plan to make our study rooms accessible again, albeit with a reduced number of places. As an obligation to document presence also applies here, we ask you to reserve a time slot via a central web address, which we will also provide at a later date.

Video conferencing tools and other digital tools
As in the summer semester, Zoom will be used for synchronous classes. WebEx and BigBlueButton will also be used in some cases. Please ensure that you are acquainted with and follow our Netiquette. Information regarding data protection can be found on the website of our data protection officer.

OnlyOffice can be used to edit Office documents stored in tubCloud when working together in groups. We are also currently preparing to make Matrix available to improve communication between students. Further information will be appear here once it is available.

As a result of an ad hoc amendment to the Berlin State Higher Education Act, summer semester 2020 will not be counted towards your individual standard period of study. The Berlin Senate will decide at a later point whether this will also apply to the coming winter semester. Failed examinations taken in summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/2021 will not be recorded as attempts (Freiversuch). Examinations will take place either online or in presence. This also applies to oral examinations. Information sheets regarding the conducting of examinations are available via the website of the Examination Office. Dates for written examinations will be set during the first weeks of the lecture period and you will be informed thereof by your teachers. There are currently no further changes regarding exam formats as a result of the pandemic. The Examination Office can also assist you and can be contacted by email. A limited telephone service is also offered.

The Academic Advising Service can be reached by telephone, email and video chat. In urgent cases, it is also possible to arrange in-person appointments for psychological counseling. Advising is also provided by the faculties (for specific subject areas) and Studierendenwerk (social counseling). The AStA General Students’ Committee  can also advise you on university and social matters. As a general rule, advising takes place via telephone and email.

The University Library on Fasanenstraße and our branch libraries are open again for borrowing. Study spaces are available in limited numbers and must be reserved in advance.

Canteens and Cafeterias
The canteen on Hardenbergstraße and the cafeteria on Marchstraße will be operating again with restricted opening hours beginning 19 October. You are required to order your meals in advance. You can either eat them in the canteen or cafeteria or take them away.

A number of student cafés will also be opening.

First semester
The central welcome and information event for first semester students will take place on 19 October 2020. Further orientation events for individual degree programs will also be provided by the faculties and representative committees, also in part in presence. We hope these orientation events will give you the opportunity to meet other students from your degree program and set up study groups. We are also offering at least one compulsory first degree semester course in presence for first semester students in bachelor’s programs to help foster social contact between students.

International students
The Department of International Affairs is also running a separate welcome and information event for international students. International exchange students will be provided with all key information at an orientation event offered by the Student Mobility team, while International Student Counseling will be running virtual orientation days for newly enrolled international (degree seeking) students.
International students can also continue to receive advice by email and telephone and when necessary in person by prior appointment.

General points
In the interests of achieving good conditions for living and studying, we should all strive to ensure that the general guidelines and regulations described above apply throughout the entire winter semester without additional restrictions. Additional restrictions may, however, become necessary if the pandemic worsens in Berlin and the coronavirus traffic light system for Berlin turns red, or if insufficient care is taken on campus, or if violations of hygiene regulations lead to localized infection hotspots.  Help us keep our buildings open by behaving responsibly. You will be informed of any changes immediately.

I wish you all a good start to the winter semester. Stay healthy!

Hans-Ulrich Heiß, Vice President for Education, Digitalization, and Sustainability

Bulletin from the Executive Board of TU Berlin to all members of the university from 20 July 2020

Planning for teaching and studying in winter semester 2020/2021

  • Main objectives

“TU Berlin places a high value on the quality of its teaching. The University expects that the quality of its teaching will be maintained even under difficult circumstances. Our aim is therefore to provide as complete a program as possible and to enable students to use libraries, study areas, PC labs and foyer areas for the purpose of studying. We do not yet have an evaluation of the digital summer semester 2020. Much of the feedback we have received, however, indicates that, despite the efforts made by all concerned, learning outcomes for this semester have been less successfully achieved than in previous semesters. We have to learn from the current semester how best to adapt and optimize teaching formats and to improve conditions for students in the coming winter semester.

In addition to fulfilling our teaching duties, however, our other main priority is ensuring that nobody becomes infected. As long as there is no vaccination available and a high risk of infection exists, the regulations regarding distancing and hygiene continue to apply. We must prevent larger numbers of people gathering on the campus and in the University’s buildings and rooms. This can be best achieved by restricting the presence of students on campus to a necessary minimum. TU Berlin bases its decisions on the state of Berlin's latest guidelines for containing the coronavirus. All planned regulations and guidelines listed below in this bulletin are subject to this proviso.

It is difficult to predict how the pandemic will develop and we need to adopt a highly flexible approach. A relaxation of hygiene regulations is as likely as a new lock-down.

  • General operations and access to buildings

We assume that the distancing and hygiene regulations will continue to apply in the coming winter semester. This includes wearing face masks in the University’s buildings. We would like students to have free access to buildings, but this is only possible if the requirement to record presence in buildings for the purposes of tracking ceases to apply. It is currently safer to assume that only controlled access to buildings will be possible in the winter semester. However, a system for reserving time slots for learning spaces and PC labs similar to that used in the University Library will be introduced to allow students to use these facilities. Students will be allowed to enter the relevant areas upon presentation of their reservation confirmation. To help observe distancing regulations, appropriate signs and distancing markers will be provided in all such areas as well as clear indications regarding which seats may be used. Plans for the regular disinfecting and airing of rooms are to be developed. Ideally, rooms with automatic ventilation systems should be used.

The University Library is open for loans and is operating a policy of restricted access to reading rooms. Decisions to open student cafés are based on the opening policies of the canteens and cafeterias operated by Studierendenwerk.

  • Teaching

As in summer semester 2020, lectures will be in digital format. The preferred option is for asynchronous lectures, in other words recorded videos made available for download on the ISIS learning platform. These are to be complemented by Q&A sessions, exercises, tutorials and office hours provided via synchronous video conferences. To achieve successful learning outcomes, it is essential to maintain ongoing and regular contact with students via synchronous formats and to monitor the progress students are making. We recommend you take advantage of the advisory services provided by the ZEWK online teaching team. Seminars should also be conducted as video conferences. We realize that it is more difficult to use digital formats for subjects requiring a methodological approach. Teachers therefore have the option to apply to hold smaller classes (e.g. seminars with up to 15 participants) in presence. This is subject to the availability of suitable rooms and a valid justification of the absolute need to hold the class in presence must be provided. Decisions regarding the maximum capacity of such rooms will be made by InnoCampus in consultation with SDU and Department IV. It should be mentioned at this point that due to the hygiene regulations very few rooms are likely to be available.

You may apply to offer practical formats, including labs, workshops, and field trips etc., which cannot take place digitally, in presence. A plan for observing hygiene regulations must be provided. We recommend that you organize videos to help students prepare so that they can use the lab time more effectively. To address the bottlenecks created by the reduced number of students permitted to attend practical formats in presence, the vice president with responsibility for teaching will hold talks with the faculties in the coming weeks to determine whether and how capacities can be expanded through organizational measures and/or further investment.

The extra work associated with the digital summer semester means that the planning of classes for the winter semester is behind schedule. InnoCampus will develop a schedule of classes based on the information provided by the academic chairs who will then check this schedule.

  • First semester

Our central welcome program for new students as well as our other orientation programs have proven very successful in recent years. However, it is currently not possible to stage a New Student Day with more than 3,000 people attending as was the case in October 2019. The Press Office, Academic Advising, the faculties, and representative committees are developing a concept based essentially on digital formats. Nevertheless, we believe it is important to offer in-presence orientation events for first-semester bachelor’s students. It is important that they have the chance to meet the other students from their degree programs in person. Any in-presence orientation events, such as a campus tour, should be offered in small groups and organized by the individual degree programs. We kindly request faculties, degree program coordinators and representative committees to develop appropriate hygiene regulations, etc. The period 19.10.2020 - 30.10.2020 is scheduled for orientation events, whether in presence or in digital format.

Additionally, one compulsory course per degree program for first-semester students should be offered in presence throughout the winter semester. For smaller degree programs (<=40 enrolled students), these courses can take place in a sufficiently large lecture hall using similar seating arrangements as for written exams. For larger programs (>40 enrolled students), classes such as practical tutorials to accompany lectures can take place with reduced group numbers in lecture halls or seminar rooms. Additional funds can be provided for tutors. Degree program coordinators are requested to specify which first-semester courses are to take place in presence. For bachelor's programs with summer semester admissions, there is the analogous possibility of holding a second-semester compulsory course in presence.

It is important that international students unable to attend in person are taken into account. At least one tutorial should be offered to these students as a video conference. For smaller degree programs, in-presence classes should be recorded and made available for download (or broadcast live). We also need to consider if some kind of mentoring service can be provided by experienced students for first-semester students to encourage networking. Hygiene regulations etc. will also need to be developed for such options.

  • Examinations

In accordance with existing guidelines, the basic options for examinations (oral/written, online/presence) are also available in the winter semester. We are still awaiting regulations and guidelines regarding data protection and right of examination from the state of Berlin. InnoCampus will contact the academic chairs in good time regarding the scheduling of examinations.

There are currently no coronavirus-specific special regulations for studies in the winter semester The Berlin Senate reserves the right to increase the individual standard period of study again by decree if circumstances require. Due to delays in the procedures of the Academic Senate, we cannot assume that the updated version of the general study and examination regulations will be in effect for the winter semester.

Restricted options for studying and changes to examination dates and formats affect preparation for exams. The content and organization of examinations in the winter semester should be determined as early and as definitively as possible. Examinations should be fair in terms of content, organization and grading and perceived as fair by students.

  • Advising

Academic Advising, Course Guidance and Psychological Counseling will continue to offer their services in electronic format (email, telephone, video conferencing). The reopening of the Campus Center and the option of face-to-face discussions with the Examinations team are determined by the general regulations regarding the use of offices.

  • Websites

New website are being set up for the winter semester and online teaching. All regulations and relevant information (guidelines, recommendations) on teaching, online teaching, examinations, etc. that apply to the winter semester are presented in structured and topic-related formats.

  • For teaching staff: tools and support for online teaching

We are looking to simplify the rules governing the use of video conference tools. In particular, we wish to make Zoom available for other uses. Applications have been submitted to the staff councils. The ZEWK online teaching team will also be providing web-based seminars and individual advising for the winter semester. In addition, guidelines will be revised and extra new guidelines prepared for new students. A netiquette for online teaching (code of conduct) is available. Equipment for recording classes (tablets, microphones, cameras) as well as the requisite software licenses can upon request be procured and made available centrally. Teachers who have been provided with such devices on a loan basis and who do not need them to prepare for the winter semester are requested to return these to InnoCampus or ZEWK. Additional storage, server and bandwidth capacity requirements will be assessed and acquired if necessary. Limited numbers of laptops and Internet modems will continue to be made available for loan to students with financial hardships. WebEx Teams and the integration of OnlyOffice into the tubCloud provide further tools for group work. Additional suitable online tools for group work among students (matrix server) are currently being prepared for use.

  • Acknowledgments

Providing a teaching program for this summer semester was a huge achievement and one which placed a great strain on all involved, whether students, teachers or staff with supporting roles. Despite having to improvise so much, we succeeded in providing an almost complete teaching program. That this was possible was due to the commitment, expertise and targeted cooperation shown by the academic chairs, institutions, faculties and central institutes. The summer semester has provided fresh evidence of what members of TU Berlin can achieve when working together and supporting one another. Many units have been working under great pressure and there is little prospect of the situation easing in the winter semester. We regret that we are unable to compensate fully for the increased workload and would like to thank all members of TU Berlin for their remarkable dedication.

TU Berlin Executive Board
20 July 2020

Letter from the vice president for education, digitalization, and sustainability, 30 June 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As we now know, the corona semester places great demands on us. Not only on students and teachers but also on those working in supporting areas.

Currently, I am being inundated with complaints from students regarding the double burden of taking examinations from previous semesters while still attending lectures and seminars. Of course, it was clear that this would prove stressful and we foresaw that there would be complaints. So, I would like to stress once again: TU Berlin neither requires nor expects its students to be able to achieve everything. We are presenting students with the opportunity to choose for themselves what they want and are able to achieve from what is on offer. And let us not forget that this summer semester will not count towards the number of degree semesters within the standard period of study.

Nevertheless, I would ask you to take account of the difficult situation faced by students when preparing and conducting upcoming exams. The obligation to wear a face mask impedes and when combined with the increasing room temperatures in some of our lecture halls can significantly impact a student’s ability to perform. It is not for me to make regulations for dealing with this. Ultimately, it is for you as an examiner to determine whether a student has achieved the learning objectives for a module.

You will also be contacted by students with medical certificates declining to take examinations which require them to wear a face mask. You have the opportunity to offer these examinations as oral examinations with the agreement of the examination committee. If this should not prove practical however, the only option is to offer students a later examination date under normal conditions.

We are also hearing from other students who have been taking part in teaching from remote locations and who are unable to participate in in-presence examinations due to travel bans. Again, you have the option to offer these examinations in oral online formats should this be practical.

We have received an increasing number of complaints in recent days that dates have not been set for some examinations. I can assure you that innoCampus is working flat-out to meet the agreed deadline (29 June 2020). The need to use external examination rooms and the costs and organization involved have further complicated the situation.

Unfortunately, I cannot make any binding recommendations regarding online exams. We have had positive experiences with ISIS online examinations, but the range of tasks is limited and it is difficult to prevent students cheating. We hope that discussions with other institutions throughout Germany will produce more best-practice options for the future.

We are sorry that it is not possible to answer all your questions. There is a sizable gray zone regarding examinations and data protection law and we are obliged to adopt a flexible and pragmatic approach. Our greatest priority remains the health of all those affected.


Hans-Ulrich Heiß
Vice President for Education, Digitalization and Sustainability

Bulletin for all students concerning examinations in summer semester 2020 from 29 May 2020

Dear Students,

We have passed the midway point of the digital summer semester and are now nearing the examination period. Many exams had to be canceled in March/April 2020, which we have now re-scheduled for this upcoming examination period. Additionally, written tests are also scheduled for the current semester and summer semester exams will commence 20 July 2020. We are aware that this digital semester demands a great deal from students and instructors. Our aim is to:

Enable those students whose circumstances allow to continue their studies without delay and

Ensure those students whose circumstances do not allow are not disadvantaged by offering generous deadlines and suspending the counting of degree semesters.

As a rule, participation in exams is voluntary.

Exams will be held under special hygiene and distancing conditions in order not to jeopardize your health and that of the examiners. We have listed the details of these requirements below and ask for your cooperation.

General guidelines

Particularly in the case of large exams, turnover must be controlled to keep the risk of infection as low as possible. It will not be possible for some of these exams to be held on the premises of TU Berlin. We are currently in the process of renting larger rooms in Berlin and organizing compliance with hygiene conditions. You are required to wear mouth and nose protection at all times (arrival, during the exam, when leaving) for your own protection and that of others.

If you are at risk or in contact with someone at risk according to the RKI criteria (whether professionally or privately), and you are unable to avoid contact, you may submit a “Request to Change the Method of Examination” to your relevant examination board Please be sure to do this in good time. The Representative of Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses can assist you with your request (barrierefrei(at)

Before the exam

Please do your best to ensure that you will not need to use the restroom during the exam. Note that if your exam is held off TU Berlin premises, you may need longer to reach the examination site and will not be able to enter the exam room together with all the other participants. Plan your time accordingly! When waiting in line, please keep a distance of 2 meters from others. Bring your own mouth-nose protection as well as writing materials (pen, scratch paper). Don’t forget your student ID and examination registration.

Seats will be numbered. Please take your assigned seat quickly. Record your seat and room number on your exam papers. Make sure your mouth-nose protection fits correctly and place your student ID in such a way that the proctor does not need to hold it to read it and can maintain minimum distance regulations. You can, for example, place your ID on the seat/desk next to you.

During the exam

If you have an urgent question during the exam (to clarify something), please raise your hand. A proctor will come to you and try to answer your question while remaining at a safe distance. Please avoid leaving the room during the exam as other students in your row will be required to clear their seats to allow you to leave and enter again. When you would like to hand in your completed exam, please leave it in the submission box provided and leave the room.

After the exam

Once you have left the examination room, please avoid waiting for fellow students to discuss the exam. Make sure to always keep a distance of 2 meters. All seats will be disinfected and the room thoroughly aired before the next exam is held. In order to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible, all exam papers will be left untouched for three days before being graded. This will increase the time needed to correct and grade your papers. Thank your for your understanding. Once exams have been graded, we ask that you only attend an exam review if there are pressing reasons or if you failed the exam. In this case, please contact the relevant academic chair. It will issue you an entry authorization for the building where the exam review is to be held. Please make sure to bring this with you as you will not be permitted to enter without it. You are required to also wear mouth and nose protection during the exam review.

We are aware that these measures require greater effort on your part. However, we would like to ensure that you are able to take the exams you wish to take and progress in your studies. I wish you every success in your upcoming exams!


Hans-Ulrich Heiß
Vice President for Education, Digitalization and Sustainability 

Letter no. 5 from the Vice President for Education, Digitalization, and Sustainability from 15 May 2020

Dear Students,

TU Berlin adopted a policy of essential-only presence on 20 March 2020. Some relaxations were introduced at the end of April and, beginning 18 May 2020, it is now possible for some TU staff to resume working on campus under compliance with the University’s strict hygiene and protective measures. The majority of staff are, however, to continue working from home as far as this is possible.

The following continues to apply for students:

There will be no in-presence teaching until further notice.

The summer semester for teaching and studying will be conducted digitally.

Students are, therefore, regrettably not permitted on campus even for the purpose of studying. PC labs, study spaces, student cafeterias and foyer areas remain closed for now. We ask you all to continue studying at home. 

Though regrettable, these measures are being taken to reduce and perhaps even prevent the spread of the virus

Some changes will be introduced from 18 May 2020 which will also impact on teaching and your studies.

As a student, it is important for you to know the following: Your lecturers will inform you in good time of any changes affecting you.

Changes and exceptions

Selected practical teaching formats, such as labs, practical labs or practical workshops, can resume on campus. The academic chairs are currently preparing for this and will inform students studying in the relevant degree programs. Local field trips in small groups to destinations in Berlin and Brandenburg will also be possible in the future.

It will also be possible to conduct in-presence examinations on campus or, depending on numbers, in other buildings throughout the city. Minimum distancing and hygiene regulations are to be strictly observed. The majority of scheduled written examinations will be taking place in presence.

Written examinations for winter semester 2019/2020 which had to be canceled in the last examination period in March/April 2020 will be made up in the period from 2 June 2020 until 15 July 2020. We are aware that holding written examinations during the lecture period creates more stress, but we wish to give you the opportunity to continue your studies without loss of time. Details of exam dates will be made available shortly.

The examination period for the summer semester commences 20 July 2020. We are still in the planning stage as we do not yet know which rooms we will be able to use. Your lecturers will inform you as soon as dates have been firmly scheduled.

Oral examinations can also be held again. Both online formats using video conferencing tools and in-presence formats are possible; the latter of course under compliance with the hygiene regulations. The examiners will decide on the format and inform you in full.

Students taking part in in-presence examinations or in-presence classes require their student ID and additional approval to be able to enter the buildings. Approvals are issued by the academic chairs. A certificate of registration is required to take an exam (further details available

Students needing to use labs or workshops to complete their final thesis can also be granted access. The academic chairs will decide on access to labs and workshops when devising their deployment plans and issue appropriate approvals for students.

Student members of committees who urgently require an entry permit to attend in presence should contact the Section on Matters of Academic Self-Administration, or faculty service center management if they need to attend a decentralized committee. If you urgently need to enter the spaces used by faculty student initiatives, please again contact faculty service center management, or the Section on Matters of Academic Self-Administration for student associations and initiatives.

Student cafeterias remain closed. A one-off entry may be possible for operators of cafeterias if urgently required. Please contact Bettina Liedtke (bettina.liedtke(at)

You may continue to borrow items from the University Library. The library building, however, remains closed to the public. This also includes the study spaces.

Student assistants should continue to work from home. Staff deployment plans are being developed by the academic chairs. These determine on the basis of decisions made by the relevant supervisors which members of staff can work at TU Berlin at which times. This also applies for student assistants. The academic chair will issue approvals to enable student assistants to enter the premises. Further information regarding current developments is available at

Strict hygiene and protective measures apply for all the above exceptions. Details of hygiene and protective measures at TU Berlin can be viewed at

Please ensure that you keep up to date with developments. Check your TU email account regularly, check the ISIS learning platform and visit the web pages of your faculties, institutes and lecturers. An overview is available here of all information relating to regulations and changes arising as a result of the coronavirus.

Semester dates

The Berlin universities have agreed upon the following semester dates:

End of the lecture period for summer semester 2020: 18 July 2020

Start of the lecture period for winter semester 2020/21: 2 November 2020

End of the lecture period for winter semester 2020/21: 27 February 2021

From summer semester 2021 onwards, the usual dates for lecture periods will resume as far as the pandemic permits.

Deadlines for submitting term papers and final theses

Submission deadlines for final theses and term papers as well as other assessed forms of written work for bachelor’s, master’s and Diplom programs have been suspended until the resumption of regular teaching operations. This means that students will have the full remaining time to complete their theses etc. once regular teaching operations have resumed (including the full reopening of libraries and PC labs). This is to ensure that students suffer no disadvantages as a result of the disruption to teaching operations arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

The universities will monitor developments regarding the spread of the virus and decide together with the Senate Chancellery at a later date when regular teaching operations can be resumed.

All current measures apply until further notice and are subject to an ongoing review of the situation regarding the spread of the virus.

Supporting our students

Many of our lecturers have now responded to the TU president’s call to support the University’s students. So far, more than 70,000 euros have been donated. This money has been used to create Deutschlandstipendium grants, which will be awarded to students in the fall. We will keep you informed!

We also recommend you visit the website of StudierendenWERK Berlin where you can find forms to apply for emergency help for students:

I wish you every success for the digital summer semester. Take good care and stay healthy!

Best wishes,
Hans-Ulrich Heiß
Vice President for Education, Digitalization and Sustainability

Information Letter from the Vice President for Research, Appointment Strategy, Knowledge & Technology Transfer from 30 April 2020

Information Letter from the Vice President for Research, Appointment Strategy, Knowledge & Technology Transfer from 30 April 2020

Thursday, 30. April 2020

Dear Colleagues,
Dear Researchers,

I have received numerous applications within just the past few days for entry permits to the University premises for the purposes of conducting research projects. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the University continues to operate a policy of essential-only presence. Entry permits can only be issued for research if compelling reasons for such exceptions are provided and even then only to a select and very much restricted number of staff for specific periods of time.

Decisions concerning the issuing of entry permits rest with the Crisis Committee. The issuing of entry permits requires information regarding specific aspects and I would request the heads of academic chairs to complete the questionnaire (see attachment) in full and return to the following address 

Application for Entry Permit to TU Berlin

Please note that applications require a statement from the managing director of the institute or the head of the faculty for units directly affiliated to a faculty. This statement should confirm that the spaces where research is to be conducted have been checked as far as is possible to ascertain if the arrangements made enable hygiene regulations to be observed (in particular regulations regarding distancing within buildings so that not too many people are in close physical proximity to each other). If you are uncertain whether arrangements have been made for your facility, please ask the neighboring institutes or units.

Once applications have been received, we will check if they have been completed in full and that the statements provided are plausible. I will then endorse the application before forwarding it to the Crisis Committee. If approved, my office will send the entry permit together with guidelines for use to the applicant.

Failure to observe hygiene regulations will result in the revoking of an entry permit as will any changes to regulations passed by the State of Berlin countermanding the current arrangements.

If you have any questions, you can contact either myself or my office at any time by email. We are here to help you!

Most sincerely,
Professor Dr.-Ing. Christine Ahrend
Vice President for Research, Appointment Strategy, Knowledge & Technology Transfer

Information Letter on online teaching in summer semester 2020

Friday, 17. April 2020

Dear Students of Technische Universität Berlin,

Welcome to the digital summer semester 2020 at TU Berlin! Teaching begins on Monday, 20 April 2020. This will be no normal semester. In recent weeks we, and most particularly your lecturers, have worked to achieve the unprecedented step of creating the conditions to enable online teaching to take place. This means there will be no in-presence courses; you will participate in classes from home. TU Berlin remains closed to students until further notice. This is difficult for all concerned and I ask you to be patient should things not function as planned. I am writing to you to update you and provide you with the most important sources of information for you.

New websites for study and teaching

We have created a new central website for the digital summer semester 2020 to provide you with an overview of key information: 

Online teaching formats

We are providing essentially two types of online classes: Asynchronous classes with pre-produced teaching videos which you can view at any time or place and synchronous classes where teachers and students meet in a virtual room, in other words video conferencing. Many modules will consist of a mix of both types of class with both teaching videos and video conferences for questions and answers (flipped classroom) taking place at a fixed time. Tutorials and seminars will also be running as video conferences. Please refer to the ISIS website to find out about the video conferencing tools which will be used. Video conferencing will mainly be by Zoom.

List of teaching modules on offer

Please view the digital summer semester website for a list of links to tables for the individual faculties showing the classes which are on offer. This provides you with a rough overview.

ISIS teaching platform

Key information about classes, including teaching material, teaching videos, dates, video conference tools, etc. can be found on our ISIS teaching platform. Please also refer to the website of the individual academic chairs for further information concerning the classes on offer. 

The LSF course catalogue used in the past to provide information concerning the times and rooms for classes will not be updated and as such provides no binding information about the times of classes. Please do not refer to LSF this semester.

Registering for tutorials in Moses

You need to register in Moses for many of the tutorials offered to supplement courses. The deadline for registration has been extended to 22 April 2020, 18:00. Remember that this is Wednesday!

Requirements for participating in online courses

In principle, a computer and Internet access are all you need to participate in online courses. Should you not have access to these, please contact the Academic Advising Service. We are currently organizing a small number of devices which can be borrowed by students who find themselves in this situation. If the state government regulations permit, we may also be able to open some PC labs. We will inform you about this elsewhere. You can also access the Internet via eduroam at a number of hotspots throughout Berlin: 

Newly enrolled students

Digital orientation events for the various degree programs are available for newly enrolled students. You can find full details at 


Your lecturers will inform you in the first weeks of teaching about your options for taking examinations. We would ask you to be patient as it is still not clear when we will be able to conduct in-presence written examinations and whether these can be offered online or not. This also applies to when and how canceled examinations for last winter semester can be held. Further details concerning current exam procedures and extensions to deadlines resulting from the coronavirus, etc. can be found at 


The libraries remain closed until further notice. However, you can still access a wide range of e-books and other online material. We will inform you as soon as it is possible to start borrowing textbooks again. 


The Academic Advising Service is your first point of contact for all questions relating to your studies. 

You should contact AStA for advice concerning studies, administration, examinations, and deadlines, etc. 

BAföG and social counseling

studierendenWERK offers advice concerning BAföG and social welfare payments. Advising is available at the usual times by email or telephone.

AStA also provides advising for social and financial issues: 

Advising for international students

Advising for international students is currently available via email at the usual times. Questions regarding visas, residence permits, dealings with the offices for foreigners, rent, working as well as general issues relating to the organization of studies or problems with lecturers can be addressed in either German or English. 

AStA also advises international students: 

Questions relating to your degree program and individual courses should be addressed to the course guidance within your faculty or directly to your lecturer.


Usually you have the opportunity to find out about and discuss important information on an informal basis or by talking to your fellow students on the campus or in class or when working in groups. During the current period this is unfortunately much more difficult. This makes it all the more important to read emails, visit the ISIS web pages for your courses and make use of the other sources of information referred to above. There are many advantages to being well informed.

We are all aware of the fact that this digital semester brings many restrictions which hamper your progress as a student. These will be felt by some students more than others. This is why it has been decided for the state of Berlin that the standard period of study for each program will be extended by one semester. Nevertheless, you should endeavor to participate in and complete as many courses as your circumstances permit. We will help you with this as far as possible.

I wish you a successful start to the digital summer semester. Take good care of yourselves and stay healthy.

Best wishes,
Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Heiß
Vice President for Education, Digitalization, and Sustainability

Information Letter from the vice president for education, digitalization, and sustainabilityes from 17 April 2020

Friday, 17. April 2020

++ Zoom Business ready to use for teaching
++ WebEx also available as a cloud solution for meetings 
++ Digital teaching material available from the University Library 

Dear Teaching Staff, Dear Colleagues,

In recent weeks you have worked to achieve the unprecedented step of creating the conditions to enable teaching to take place online in the summer semester. Making 1500 courses ready for online teaching within just a few weeks while working from home is an extraordinary achievement and testament to your commitment. The Executive Board of TU Berlin greatly appreciates all your efforts and would like to thank you. I would like to inform you about some important points for the start of the digital summer semester 2020 at TU Berlin.

New websites for study and teaching

We have created a new central website for the digital summer semester 2020 to provide you with an overview of key information: 

We have put together information on some topics important for you as teachers.


For many of you the most important thing to know is that Zoom Business is now available for all synchronous classes ( Webinars run by the ZEWK online teaching team for using Zoom will take place on Monday, 20.04 and Wednesday 22.04 ( You can also find dates for webinars on WebEx, ISIS/Moodle and other topics.

Zoom has been configured to be data-protection compliant. Please only use this option as provided by the University. The free version is highly questionable in terms of data protection and therefore not permissible for work purposes. We feel that Zoom currently represents the best choice in terms of functionality, ease of use, stability and scalability and strongly recommend you to use Zoom as your video conference tool for teaching.

WebEx Teams, Meetings and Trainings are also available as a cloud solution ( WebEx should be used for official discussions, oral examinations (including doctorates), committee sessions and job interviews due to the increased need for data protection.

The website also lists other tools which can be used for online teaching, particularly for working in small groups on shared documents such as exercise sheets. You should avoid using Google Docs and similar tools due to data protection issues.


Recordings of synchronous classes may not be used for either “private” or commercial use. Doing so violates a person´s right to their own image. However, the author of an online course can authorize their students to record classes to enable them to better study the material. However, this should be made explicitly clear in advance. 

Similarly, the teacher should obtain permission from the participating students before recording a course or arrange things so that students who do not wish to be recorded can still attend. This must be also be communicated in advance.

ISIS teaching platform

We have informed students that ISIS is the central platform for online courses. As such, students expect to be able to find their courses in ISIS with information about course material, videos, dates, video conference tools, etc. ISIS´s storage capacity is being expanded so that all teaching videos can be saved there. Videos in ISIS may not exceed 2GB.

Registering tutorials in Moses

If you want your tutorials to feature in Moses, please note that you have to register them by 22 April 2020.


The libraries remain closed until further notice. However, students can still access a wide range of e-books and other online material. We anticipate that it will shortly be possible to start borrowing textbooks again.

Requirements for participating in online courses

If you have any students who inform you that they are unable to participate in online courses due to the fact that they do not have a computer or Internet access, please refer them to the Academic Advising Service who will be able to assist them. InnoCampus will be making a limited number of Linux notebooks and Internet connections available for loan. The devices have, however, not been delivered yet, so this could take a few days more. Please note that we will not be able to meet all requests. Students can also access the Internet via eduroam at a number of hotspots throughout Berlin:


It is still not clear when we will be able to conduct in-presence written examinations and whether these can be offered online or not. It may be possible to recommence in-presence written examinations in a couple of weeks with tightened hygiene regulations and conditions regarding maintaining distance. We are also confident of being able to offer you a system for conducting your written examinations online. We will endeavor to update you as soon as possible to enable you to inform students in good time regarding examination formats. It has also not yet been decided when and how to hold canceled examinations for last winter semester. We will have to work together to find a meaningful solution. Further details concerning current exam procedures and extensions to deadlines resulting from the coronavirus, etc. can be found at


The federal government has decided that, starting Thursday, it will also be possible to conduct labs. We assume this will also apply to practical training and similar formats for architecture programs. We are waiting for Berlin-wide agreement and the recommendations of specialists from the Charité regarding hygiene regulations and distances to be maintained. As soon as the general framework has been established, we will approach the relevant academic chairs and ask them to draw up concepts for conducting labs etc., if required in collaboration with the TU Berlin Medical Service.


Usually students have the opportunity to find out about and discuss important information on an informal basis or by talking to fellow students on the campus or in class or when working in groups. During the current period this is unfortunately much more difficult. As such, you can expect to receive more questions from students. Please arrange sufficient online office hours to deal with this likely increase in demand.

As a classic university whose teaching is based on the principle of in-presence tuition, we have no experience of a teaching program being conducted purely and only online. I would appreciate it if you could discuss with your colleagues any problems you encounter and inform me as well via your dean of studies. We wish to provide you as much support as possible with your teaching and it is essential for us to know which problems, if any, you are encountering.

I wish you a successful start to the digital summer semester. Take good care of yourselves and stay healthy. Once again, many, many thanks for all your efforts and hard work!

Best wishes,
Hans-Ulrich Heiß
Vice President for Education, Digitalization and Sustainability

Information letter from the vice president for education, digitalization, and sustainability from 2 April 2020

Thursday, 02. April 2020

Dear Teaching Staff,
Dear Colleagues,

The summer semester will commence on 20 April 2020 with courses offered as online teaching. I know that you are assiduously preparing teaching material to be able to meet this challenge. You efforts are greatly appreciated. I would like to provide you with a brief update on the situation.

Webinars for transitioning to online teaching

Many of you are currently working on transferring your courses to online format. The online teaching team of the Center for Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation (ZEWK) will be offering a number of webinars in the coming week to help you with this. Some of the themes to be addressed include ISIS/moodle for beginners and advanced users, how to create effective teaching videos, and using WebEx for interactive classes. You can find full details at

Recording your classes

We are using the recommended tools for recording classes. These are Camtasia and OBS Studio. I hope you will get all the support you need with using these. Please ensure that you only use our ISIS teaching platform to provide teaching material and relevant information about participating. Campus Management and innoCampus will take measures to ensure that sufficient capacity is available to allow you to do so. Teaching videos should not exceed 2GB.

Conference tools

Only the following tools are available for synchronous courses, i.e. courses where teachers and students meet in a virtual space at a specific time:

  • DFNConnect
  • WebEx 
  • Jitsi

A number of other tools providing good functionality and performance, such as GOTO-Meeting, Zoom, or Skype, have been checked by our data protection officers and found wanting in terms of data-protection compliance. For this reason, it is not possible to make these tools available. We will inform you immediately of any changes to this situation.

You are probably familiar with WebEx as an online tool for meetings (WebEx Meeting). However, we will be making the WebEx Training tool available as a cloud solution for teaching to achieve better functionality and performance as well as scalability.


Over the next two weeks, we will be developing new web pages about digital teaching at TU Berlin to provide our students with an effective overview of all relevant information. We will provide links to the teaching platforms and the web pages of the faculties and degree programs so that students can view more specific and detailed information. We all need to strive to avoid inconsistent information and to provide a “single point of truth” for all issues (in other words by providing links rather than copying information).


The Berlin Senate would like to have an overview of all scheduled online courses before the start of teaching operations. We therefore kindly request you to inform your advisors for studies and teaching by 8 April 2020 which courses will be offered online, which courses will not be taking place and for which courses no clear decision has been made concerning when and if they can take place (e.g. labs).


Oral examinations can also be conducted using the above web conference tools. We are currently testing the functionality of a number of software systems for online written examinations. We will inform you as soon as we have completed these tests and decided on which system to use.

I would be very happy to hear all your suggestions about how best to provide centralized assistance to help you and our students prepare for the summer semester. You can either contact me directly or via your faculty administration. It only remains for me for now to wish you every success with the preparation of your teaching material.

Kindest regards and stay healthy!

Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Heiß
Vice President for Education, Digitalization and Sustainability

Information Letter from the Vice President for Education, Digitalization, and Sustainability at TU Berlin from 27 March 2020

Friday, 27. March 2020

Dear Students,

Dear Newly Enrolled Students,

In the past days and weeks we have been confronted by the developments surrounding the coronavirus and we have done everything possible to communicate essential information as quickly as possible. A number of far-reaching decisions have now been taken: Cancellation of in-person courses and examinations, closure of buildings, all staff working from home. We have had to ask students who planned to spend summer semester here as exchange students to cancel or postpone their semester abroad.  Nevertheless, despite the circumstances, we are all committed to providing a restricted teaching program for the summer semester and to offering canceled examinations at a later date. Exchange students who have chosen to remain here are invited to participate in our teaching offers. 

How will this all work? It’s simple: We are all sitting at home – no matter where in the world – and are working online from there. We are currently developing a detailed plan for summer semester 2020. Much can be independently organized in the individual faculties and degree programs, however there are central services available to provide support to all. We are exploring new avenues and not everything will work as we imagine. Please be patient with us. I would also like to remind you that TU Berlin has transitioned to essential-only presence, meaning that (nearly) all TU Berlin staff, including your lecturers, are working from home. Here is some fundamental information that is important for you as a student.

Online teaching in summer semester 2020

You should assume that summer semester 2020 will take place. Not as you are used to or expect, but online. Your lecturers will be hard at work during the coming weeks, recording their lectures and uploading them to our central learning platform ISIS ( Special focus is being placed on all large compulsory courses in the bachelor’s degree programs. The compulsory elective courses as well as master’s courses will not be as extensive as usual. However, sufficient courses will be offered, including some in English of course. Language courses offered by ZECM will also be conducted online. We will inform you which courses will be offered online before their scheduled begin on 20 April 2020. 

Requirements for participating in online courses

It is important that you have a computer, laptop, or tablet and an internet connection. Some courses, such as seminars or tutorials, will be held through web conferencing.  A headset for such courses is useful but not required as long as your computer has a built-in microphone and speaker. A printer and scanner (also possible using a smartphone) are also useful for filling out, uploading, or sending forms or documents. If you do not have a computer or internet access, please contact the TU Berlin Academic Advising Service: 

Information and communication

We will publish websites in German and English to provide you with current information. Important information relevant to the entire University will be communicated in German and English on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as on our central web pages under “Academics and Teaching”. However, the most important information for you is that provided by the faculties regarding your degree program. This information includes phone and email contact details if you have questions. Information and materials for individual courses will continue to be made available on the ISIS learning platform. Please use all channels of communication to keep informed of current developments and new announcements. Even though the University Library is physically closed, you can still access its online resources (e-books, journals, etc.) from home using a VPN. Advising and information from the library are available through email, chat, and Facebook ( and

Newly Enrolled Students

If you recently enrolled at TU Berlin to take up studies in the summer semester, the current situation particularly affects you. Enrollment is still taking place and, due to the current situation, will not be complete before the start of the lecture period on 20 April 2020. However, we are making every effort to ensure that you can participate in our digital teaching offerings even if your enrollment is not yet complete. The faculties will hold welcome and orientation events online and provide all essential information on their respective websites. Orientation material for international students will also be provided online. Information from the Office of Student Affairs regarding the status of enrollment can be found at: 

Until the digital orientation offerings from the faculties and central institutions have been implemented, we recommend taking a look at the recordings of the New Student Day from this past winter semester on our YouTube channel ( These contain important tips for starting your studies at the University (even if things are going differently as planned...): All key persons and offices from advising, administration, and student initiatives introduce themselves and speak about their services and offers. Additionally, they offer tips for your studies and what is particularly important when starting out. 


All canceled examinations will be made up, online if necessary. We are currently developing options for conducting online examinations, though there are no concrete solutions as yet.  However, lecturers do have the option, as an exception, to choose to offer oral examinations in online format. This must be announced in good time, however. We will inform you in advance about all exams, dates, formats, requirements, etc. Generous extension deadlines have been granted for current exams ( I personally recommend you use this time and focus on your studies. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your lecturers.

Organizing your studies

The Office of Student Affairs continues to be here for you. You can contact them with any questions regarding enrollment, re-registration, leaves of absence, and other organizational matters. As a rule, all relevant deadlines in summer semester will be generous, so that you are not disadvantaged in any way. You can always find all current information at: 


While we have published a great deal of information regarding studies during restricted operations, not every question has been provided with a clear answer. We are working hard to expand our phone service and promptly answer email inquiries. Advising will be available in German and English. We are aware that many students have fallen into financial hardship, are worried about BAföG payments, or must care for family members due to the coronavirus crisis. But: All advising offices can still be contacted! If you have questions or concerns contact the Academic Advising Service, International Student Counseling, Exchange Student Advising, Psychological Counseling, Student Info Services, or Course Guidance. Exchange students can continue to receive (online) support from a TU buddy.  You will continue to receive support, even if we cannot be there for you in person (  and

Physical isolation is not easy to bear under any circumstances. No canteen, no student cafés, no face-to-face study groups. Try to maintain your social contacts and telephone, chat, or skype with your fellow students, friends, and family. Psychological Counseling and the Academic Advising Service have put together  a collection of tips and recommendations for the extended time at home ( and will continue to add to this list. Please send your personal recommendations to the contact information provided there. In this way you can support your fellow students as well. And please, contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Our aim is to provide as many as possible of our scheduled courses for the summer semester online and thus salvage the semester. We thank you for your understanding and ask that you strictly adhere to all coronavirus-related regulations, protecting both yourself and others. Take care of yourself and stay healthy!


Hans-Ulrich Heiß
Vice President for Education, Digitalization, and Sustainability at TU Berlin

Information from Hans-Ulrich Heiß, Vice President for Education, Digitalization, and Sustainability from 23 March 2020

Monday, 23. March 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Dear Teaching Staff and Examiners,

In the past days and weeks we have been confronted by the developments surrounding the coronavirus and we have done everything possible to communicate essential information as quickly as possible. A number of far-reaching decisions have now been taken: Cancellation of in-person courses and examinations, closure of buildings, (almost) all staff working from home. Nevertheless, despite the circumstances, we are all committed to providing a restricted teaching program for summer semester 2020 and to offering canceled examinations at a later date. As yet, we do not have a concrete plan and much will have to be done on a basis of self-organization. However, central support and coordination will be made available. We would like to present some key considerations.

Online teaching in summer semester 2020

Special focus should be placed on compulsory courses, particularly in the bachelor´s programs. A restricted offer of courses in compulsory elective programs is something we can live with. Deans of studies and degree program representatives are requested to coordinate teaching within the degree programs and to prioritize in terms of the allocation of resources. Erhard Zorn (innoCampus) will be providing the advisors for studies and teaching with lists of courses as well as information concerning the number of attendees. These can be used as a basis to create a priority list of courses for which online material should first be produced. The hardware we have purchased will then be lent out on the basis of the prioritized courses. I would also request that contact persons are appointed for all degree programs, with telephone numbers and emails where they can be contacted by students. We have set up a weekly web conference across the entire University for questions relating to studies and teaching. These will be attended by advisors for studies and teaching from the faculties and central institutes.

InnoCampus and the online teaching team (OLT) from the Center for Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation (ZEWK) are working closely together, with innoCampus taking the leading role for the introduction of tools for online examinations and the online teaching team supporting teaching staff with the preparation of online courses. What we have in mind are relatively simple solutions which can be put together working from home without any great technical requirements, rather than filming lectures in an auditorium. You can find further details at Equipment (cameras, microphones, laptops) and software licenses have been ordered which can be made available and which are also suitable for working from home. We will inform you as soon as possible concerning exactly how and when these will be made available. It would of course also be a great help if the faculties are able to directly support their teaching staff with both equipment and personnel. 

In addition to “asynchronous” options, where the registered teaching material can be downloaded and viewed at any time, we will also plan to use “synchronous” options, where a small number of teachers and learners can meet in a virtual space, such as for seminars, tutorials, etc. The WebEx conference tool, which is already being used for other types of meetings, is suitable for this purpose. The number of licenses is currently being increased, but WebEx will have to be adapted if it is to be used widely for teaching. We are currently testing other options for their efficiency and usability.

There are also good online teaching materials (e.g. MOOCs) which are already available and which can be recommended for a number of introductory and basic courses. We will be putting together a collection of Open Educational Resources (OER) for this purpose. Every university in Germany is in a similar situation and as such, an exchange with the relevant subject communities is very much worth pursuing in order to make use of sharing and cooperation to reduce the workload. We will also be examining the options for cooperation within the Berlin University Alliance. The University Library will be responsible for this.

Please use the ISIS learning platform to upload materials and inform students in good time concerning procedures. A course can be offered in a compact format and does not need to be spread over the entire semester. It is important, however, to avoid bottlenecks in the overall teaching program to ensure that students are not overburdened at any time.

Please also consider how to make best use of your tutors and arrange for them to be trained in advance in the use of the various tools to be employed. The online teaching team and innoCampus could help you with this.

Labs requiring physical presence and the use of equipment cannot be conducted at the moment. We will provide you with further information concerning labs at a later date.

Orientation events

We are also expecting a number of new students in some bachelor´s programs and many master´s programs in summer semester 2020. Enrollment is still taking place and, due to the current situation, will not be complete before the start of the lecture period on 20 April 2020. I would kindly ask you to prepare online versions of the usual live events to welcome newly enrolled students. These should be made available on the website and include a welcome video from the head of the faculty and the important information students require at the outset of their studies. It is important that you include details of contact persons. 


We are currently developing options for online examinations, though there are no concrete solutions as yet. However, you do have the option, as an exception, to choose to offer oral examinations in online format. If you do so, please ensure that

  • you inform the candidates in good time and let them know which technical requirements they need to be able to fulfill,
  • it is technically possible for students to choose this option and that it is their right of choice to do so,
  • examinations taken as a result of a free choice are binding and will be recorded unless technical problems arise,
  • an observer or second examiner must be present and maintain a record (as with in-person person examinations).

You can find information about suitable tools in the online teaching team´s blog referred to above.


We will endeavor to intensify our information service throughout this period of restricted operations and keep you informed of any developments. Your first points of contact as a member of teaching staff are the dean of studies for your faculty, the degree program coordinators and the advisors for studies and teaching.

For further questions relating to

  • the creation of online material: the online teaching team of the Center for Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation ():  
  • online examinations, using the ISIS learning platform, borrowing digital cameras, support in the use of the Open Software Broadcaster and recording selected courses in the Math Building: Corona-Support von innoCampus
  • open access to digital teaching material (ebooks, MOOCs, etc.): 

Our aim is to provide as many as possible of our scheduled courses for the summer semester online. With the necessary creativity and flexibility, this is something we can achieve. Please help us and let us know how we can help you. And above all – stay healthy!


Hans-Ulrich Heiß
Vice President for Education, Digitalization, and Sustainability

Information Letter from the TU Berlin Crisis Committee from 17 March 2020

Tuesday, 17. March 2020

Dear Colleagues, Dear Students,

The following measures are being implemented with immediate effect by Department I to reduce the spread of the coronavirus:

Department I is suspending all face-to-face office hours until 20.04.2020.
However, all sections within Department I can be contacted by email as usual.


Should it emerge that you have failed to submit necessary documents with your application for enrollment or that documents have not been provided in the specified manner, then you will be informed of a deadline for submitting missing documents. For bachelor´s programs this is three weeks and for master´s programs with no admission restrictions up to six weeks after the start of the lecture period. Individual grace periods will be granted for master´s programs with restricted admission.

If you are not able to provide proof of your successfully completed bachelor´s degree by the end of the 2nd degree semester of your master´s program, please inform us of this together with the reason by sending an email to .

Students who do not provide proof of their bachelor´s degree by 01.04.2020 will be provided an additional grace period until the end of April. If they cannot provide the necessary proof by then, they will be officially exmatriculated. Should this problem, however, arise due to circumstances beyond the student´s control, then the following applies:

  • Proof of a successfully completed bachelor´s degree will be accepted up to six weeks after the start of the lecture period (no reason required). This currently means that for summer semester 2020 until /29.05.2020 and until 27.11.2020 for winter semester 2020/21.
  • The only requirement is that you inform Graduate Admissions in advance by email at . Your exmatriculation will then be reversed and you will be re-registered. Please note that this is a grace period.
  • Should it not be possible to submit proof of your bachelor´s degree by the end of the grace period referred to above: You should apply for reinstatement to within a two-week period of receiving proof of your bachelor´s degree. Please note that this is only possible up to one year after the end of the second degree semester (until 31.03.2021). Your application for reinstatement must include proof of your bachelor´s degree and a plausible explanation for the delay (i.e. that it was due to circumstances beyond your control).

If you have any questions, please address them to: 


In principle, re-registration should be completed by 31.03.2020. However, there will be a grace period and you will not be officially exmatriculated before 20.04.2020 This means that you have until this date to re-register for summer semester 2020. An individual extension can also be granted if you are unable to submit any documents due to circumstances beyond your control.


Implications for examinations

  • No in-person examinations will be taking place at TU Berlin from 19.3.2020 until further notice.
  • For examinations canceled by the University, registration for the exam will be automatically revoked.
  • Currently there is no requirement to submit an application for an extension due to the cancellation or withdrawal from a repeat examination  to your examination board. Summer semester 2020 will not be included in the calculation of deadlines for repeat examinations. This means that deadlines set for 31.03.2020 or 30.09.2020 will be automatically extended until winter semester 2020/21, in other words until 31.03.2021 (as for academic leave of absence).
  • Submission dates for term papers and other written work will be suspended from 12.03.2020 until normal operations are resumed for students (not before 11.05.2020). This means that you will have the full period for completing term papers etc. from the time the University returns to normal operation, including the reopening of libraries, PC labs, etc. There will be no disadvantages for you.
  • Should you de-register for or withdraw from an examination/term paper, then this will not count as an attempt.
  • Students will not have an opportunity to view examinations or term papers until further notice.
  • This will only be possible once regular operations have been resumed for students. The one-year period for challenging grades will only begin once regular operations have been resumed thus ensuring that there are no disadvantages to you arising from current circumstances.

Implications for final theses

  • Final theses are to be registered by email to the relevant exams team.
  • Submission dates for final theses will be suspended from 12.03.2020 until normal operations are resumed for students (not before 11.05.2020). This means that you will have the full period for completing your final thesis from the time the University returns to normal operations, including the reopening of libraries, PC labs, etc. There will be no disadvantages for you.
  • If you withdraw from a final thesis, this will not count as an attempt.
  • Final theses can be submitted by standard mail. The post stamp date determines whether a deadline has been met or not. Final theses can be handed into the information desk. Please place in a sealed envelope addressed to your exams team together with the title of your degree program (Abteilung I – Studierendenservice, Referat Prüfungen, Team IB 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5, Degree program:

Implications for certificates

You will be informed by email when certificates are ready. This email will ask you for your current mail address. Your certificates will then be sent to you by standard mail.

Robert Nissen
Head of Department I Student Services
Technische Universität Berlin