Vizepräsidentin Lehre, Kerstin Kuchta, zum Regelbetrieb der TU Hamburg unter Pandemiebedingungen

Information on Covid-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) and its effects on the TUHH

Update: August 17, 2020

A presidential instruction on the regular operation of the TU Hamburg under pandemic conditions together with the framework hygiene concept of 2 July 2020 applies.

The operation of the Hamburg University of Technology will only take place in university buildings if safe operation can be guaranteed by appropriate COVID-19-specific hygiene and protection measures. This applies to all scientific and non-scientific areas. The principle applies that, in the event of on-site management, a risk assessment coordinated with the staff unit Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection - AUG - must be prepared by the managers responsible on site before the start of operation. It must be in accordance with the hygiene concept of the TUHH. Work on the campus, including return from the home office, can only be resumed once the above-mentioned protective measures have been implemented in the respective areas.

All areas of the Hamburg University of Technology are accessible to students and staff with the above restrictions. All local restrictions are to be indicated (notice board, digital information).

The most important at a glance

  • The University Library of the TUHH (tub.) is open from Monday to Friday from 8 - 14 o'clock and from 15 - 21 o'clock. The ServicePoint is manned Monday through Friday from 9-14 o'clock and 15-19 o'clock, Fridays until 18 o'clock. Telephone advice and information is available throughout the service hours including 14-15 o'clock. Individual workstations can be reserved for TU students. Further information can be found in the tub blog.
  • The cafés of the Studierendenwerk are closed until further notice. University sports will resume from 8 July 2020, while ensuring health protection. The Pizzapoint in the Mensa Harburg is again open daily from 11:00 to 16:00 for out-of-home sales. The regulations for hygiene and avoidance of contact apply.
  • In accordance with the Hamburg SARS-CoV-2 Containment Ordinance, travel returnees from the currently identified risk countries for which a travel warning exists are obliged to immediately enter domestic quarantine for 14 days even without a quarantine order. For travel warnings and daily updated information on the development of the pandemic, please also see
  • Robert Koch Institute
    Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Government
  • Important dates for the start of the summer semester 2020: According to current planning by the KMK, BWFG and TUHH
    28 July 2020: End of lectures of the SoSe 2020
    29 July to 9 October 2020: Review period of the SoSe 2020
    1 October 2020: Start of the winter semester 2020/2021
    1 November 2020: Start of lectures WS 2020/2021
    31 March 2021: End of WS 2020/21

Important information about the winter semester 2020/21:
The winter semester 2020/21 will be conducted as a hybrid. The planning is based on the requirement that a minimum distance of 1.5 m must still be maintained. The following therefore applies to the hybrid winter semester 2020/21:

  • All courses with more than 25 participants are offered exclusively in digital form. As in this summer semester, internships and laboratories are an exception to this rule.
  • With the exception of lectures, as many courses of the first semester as possible should be held in attendance. In this way we want to support our new students as much as possible when they start their studies. This may mean that courses have to be offered several times.
  • If suitable rooms are available, courses with up to 25 participants can be held in attendance. The Academic and Student Services are working intensively on room planning and will send out an overview of attendance courses in the near future.
  • Non-technical courses and language courses will, without exception, be held digitally.

Information for all members of TUHH

Information on the use of the library, computer center and the canteen  (Update: July 1, 2020)

TU Library: Use, opening hours and access

Computer Center: Use, opening hours and access

Canteen: Opening hours and access, menus


Cancellation of all events from external organizers until further notice (Update July 2, 2020)
Events from external organizers are still not approved. In-house events with external participation can be applied for if an appropriate hygiene concept and a risk assessment is submitted. Business events and meetings outside of teaching and research can be requested and approved under the same conditions as internal events. However, alternative formats should always be examined in advance as alternatives, such as telephone or video conferences, webinars, online events. Lists of participants should be kept for indispensable sessions that cannot be moved or conducted virtually. This ensures that potential contact persons can be identified quickly afterwards.

Information for Employees

Home Office (Updated July 2, 2020)
Working in a home office can be arranged for risk groups and in other exceptional cases, e.g. if the distance and hygiene rules cannot be observed, in consultation with and in accordance with the instructions of the supervisor. This requires individual written determination and approval by the superior.
Travel ban (Update July 2, 2020)
Until further notice, a business travel ban for all TU Hamburg employees applies only to travel to areas for which current travel warnings exist.

Information for Students

General Questions about TUHH’s Studies (Update July 2, 2020)
  • How will things progress in WiSe 2020/21? Will the winter semester also be digital? (Status 23.4.)
    We hope that we will be able to conduct WiSe 2020/21 in the form of face-to-face classes again. However, this depends on the development of the pandemic. By resolution of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, the lecture period of the winter semester 2020/21 will not begin until 1.11.2020. However, the semester will begin regularly on 1.10.2020. Therefore, re-registration is required on 15.9.
  • Are there perhaps alternative possibilities to the basic internship, as it is not really possible to do this at the moment. Or can it be made possible to register for the Bachelor thesis before then? (Status 23.4.)
    We are currently looking into alternative possibilities to the basic internship. A solution is being worked on under high pressure.
  • What happens if you are unable to take your last exam in your studies due to the examination suspension? Do I have to re-register for the next semester? What is the current date for re-registration?
    The re-registration date is 15.07.2020. There is therefore an extension of the re-registration deadline. Re-registration is recommended for all students.
  • Is there an extension of the re-registration deadline for the SoSe 2020 for those who cannot graduate now or whose exams had to be postponed to a later date?
    Yes, for this group of students there is an extension of the re-registration deadline to 15.07.2020.
    For enrolment when first starting a course at the TUHH or after an interruption of studies, the enrolment deadline is 20.04.2020.
  • Do you already know how the KP2 will work out? 

    The construction project II will take place according to the schedule in Stud.IP. The schedule of the "topic-related consultation hours" and "general question hours" as well as current information will be announced via Stud.IP. For further questions please contact the KP II team at kp2(at)
  • Is it currently possible to do the internship in several sections under 4 weeks? 
    If the internship regulations do not regulate anything, please contact the internship office directly. This office decides on the recognition of an internship.
Questions on winter semester 2020/21 (Update July, 23 2020)


  • How is it decided which courses take place online and which in attendance?
    The TU Hamburg has to allow events to take place digitally because hygiene and distance regulations mean that not many people can be present on campus at the same time. This means that all events with more than 25 people, all NTA courses and all language courses are digital without exception. Laboratory events and other special events take place in presence on campus.
  • Will there be more than one classroom event on one day?
    Yes, the courses will take place in a normal slot with four events starting at 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and then in a fifth one after 6 p.m.  Between the events there is enough time for airing and cleaning the rooms.
  • Are there days that are only in attendance?
    Lectures are held as usual. What can take place in presence are the small events, exercises and tutorials. These are held Monday to Friday from 8 am to 7.30 pm if necessary.
  • Do I have to commute between lectures?
    The timetable is organized as far as possible without overlaps, as it has been so far. This means that all students can study according to their individual schedule.
  • How are overlaps between online and classroom lectures prevented?
    Basically, every curriculum should be free of overlaps. What is additionally offered is that the lectures are recorded. This means that they can be looked up and reworked in the evening or in free periods, for example.
  • Are the online and classroom lectures sorted by days or mornings and afternoons for arrival and departure to and from the university?
    If there is a shortage of time in a slot where a digital event follows an attendance event and the students do not make it home in time, the digital course can be watched as a recording.
  • Are face-to-face courses also offered online?
    Yes, this is a prerequisite for the hybrid winter semester. Students who are not on site will not miss any learning material. Nevertheless, these online offers do not replace the obligation to be present or to take part in attendance examinations. This means that in the hybrid semester it is not possible to complete all courses exclusively from a distance.
  • Is there a regulation that an online format must be offered for all events?
    Online variants are offered for all courses. However, this does not apply to some courses that take place in the laboratory, for example.
  • What does it depend on that a course will take place online?
    On the number of participants. Due to the existing hygiene concept, it is not possible to create sufficient space for several people present at the same time. Courses with more than 25 participants are considered large events and will take place online in the winter semester.
  • How many people are allowed to be present at a classroom event?
    The number of people in a classroom depends on the size and design of the room. For example, 740 places are available in the Audimax, but in view of the hygiene concept, only 128 people can use the room. Other seminar rooms with a capacity of 80 or 25 seats can currently only be occupied by 25 or eight people respectively.
  • When and where will it be announced which courses will take place online or in attendance?
    At the moment the winter semester is still being planned. It is expected that in August the course catalogue will announce which courses will be held digitally and which in attendance.
  • What about the math bridge course?
    The TU Hamburg will be offering all additional courses this winter semester. There will be bridge courses in mathematics and an introductory week (OE week) for first-year students. These are timed so that they can take place in the run-up to the start of lectures on November 2. The special courses are offered both digitally and in attendance. The information is published with the course catalogue.
  • Will only the major lectures, such as math, take place digitally?
    All major lectures with more than 25 participants will be held online. At the beginning of your studies, there will be a lot of courses on several study programs, such as mechanics or mathematics. Up to 1,000 people can take part in these courses. These large courses, but also other courses such as Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering or Thermodynamics, will take place online.


  • When does the lecture period of WiSe 20/21 begin?
    The lecture period begins on 2 November 2020, two weeks later than originally planned.
  • What happens if the corona situation deteriorates significantly or there are cases of infection at the TU?
    If there is a second corona wave, the TU Hamburg will have to revise its lecture schedule. In the event of a second lockdown, this could mean another digital semester.
  • International Students who can’t travel in November will be able to arrive later?
    All students are welcome at the TUHH during the winter semester. However, if you do not make it to the TUHH by the start of lectures on November 2, 2020, we will keep your place at the university open and you can start a year later.


  • What will the orientation week look like for the new freshmen?
    The task force "On Boarding" for the start of the study program has been set up, which will determine how the start can be implemented in a pleasant and efficient way for all new students at the TU Hamburg. Currently the orientation week is still being planned, but it will take place in attendance. This means that all new students are welcome on campus. Among other things, this should enable personal contact among the students.
  • What about the freshmen events?
    "On Boarding" will also be planning some offers for a pleasant start to your studies. The first semester groups will be kept as small as possible so that all new students can be accommodated in the rooms, receive the best possible support and a largely normal course of study is possible. Some will be done digitally, but the majority will be in attendance for the first semester students.
  • Will there be introductory events for Bachelor and Master students?
    All new students will be welcomed in an individual course of studies by the course directors, the student councils and the representatives of the steering committee. Unfortunately, there will not be a freshmen party.


  • Are there other distance regulations according to location, for example in the Audimax?
    In all rooms of the TU Hamburg as well as on the campus the distance regulations must be observed. In the Audimax, for example, the seats that cannot be seated are blocked in order to ensure sufficient distance. This concept will be reviewed and further refined over the semester. Where the distance on campus cannot be maintained, a mouth and nose protector should be worn.
  • Will the library open again?
    The TU Hamburg plans to create as much learning space as is possible in the current situation. The tub. will be open in the winter semester for students and for book lending.
Questions about Final and Doctoral Theses (Update July 28, 2020)
  • Can deadlines for the submission of theses be extended if the closure of libraries, CIP pools, etc. will have foreseeable effects on the quality of the respective work?
    The last generally binding extension of the deadline for the submission of theses, which was decided by the crisis management team of the TUHH, ended on 25.05.2020. From now on, please use individual applications for an extension of the processing time of your thesis.
  • Is it still possible to carry out experiments in the technical centre or in laboratories? If not: What happens if the time schedule for Bachelor or Master theses cannot be kept?
    Laboratory work, internships, etc. that are to be carried out as part of project, bachelor or master theses or as other academic work can be carried out in accordance with the above-mentioned RVO § 20 paragraph 2 while observing appropriate hygiene and protective measures.
    In general, the legal regulation of the senate applies. Section 20, paragraph 2 of the RVO states: "University closure does not apply to the preparation of written examination papers under supervision, to oral and practical examinations and to practical courses which require special laboratory or work rooms at the universities. These may be carried out under observance of appropriate hygiene and protective measures". Please contact your supervisor in this regard.
  • What effects should I expect on the course of my doctoral studies? Is the postal delivery of my documents to the office of the PhD Committee, which is now closed to the public, still guaranteed? Can timely submission by e-mail be made possible? Will the scheduled meetings of the relevant committees take place?
    For the time being, it is assumed that postal delivery should still work. However, given the current dynamic of restrictions, further restrictions can be expected. Therefore, it is necessary that all open questions are clarified individually with the respective doctoral supervisor or doctoral committee.
  • Is it currently still possible to print theses in the Campus Shop?
    Yes, please inform yourself about the opening hours of the Campus Shop.
  • Can lectures/degree presentations/colloquia for Bachelor's/Master's theses or also for project work still take place?
    An individual exam, e.g. via DFNconf or similar, can be arranged with the examiners.
  • Can I or when can I hand in my thesis to the examination office?
    The TUHH is still in regular operation under pandemic conditions. On July 20, 2020, an appointment allocation tool will be activated. Here you can choose a date for submitting your Bachelor's or Master's thesis. Of course you can still send us your thesis by post.
  • Is it possible to hand in my thesis personally in a post box at the examination office at the university (as I will be there anyway to print my thesis)?
    Yes, you can drop your thesis in the mailbox in building E. This will be emptied several times a day.
  • Is it possible to send the paper by registered mail when nobody is present?
    All mail arrives at the central mail room and is then distributed. Also registered mail. There are always some employees from the Examination Office on site, so that registered mail can be received via the post office.
  • Is the following address correct for postal delivery? Hamburg University of Technology - Central Examination Office, Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3, 21073 Hamburg
  • Does the postmark count as the date of submission or the actual arrival of the thesis?
    As with certificates and applications, the date of arrival at the Examination Office counts as the date of receipt. However, as long as the TUHH is in regular operation under pandemic conditions, an additional 4 days will be granted for a timely arrival due to the postal run. Example: Deadline for submission is 08.06.2020; if the arrival at the Examination Office takes place up to and including 12.06.2020, this will be accepted as punctual.
Contact addresses
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What are the consequences of these developments for students' stays abroad (in general all stays abroad/f.e. in the ERASMUS Programme)? (Update April 20, 2020)

To our outgoing students who are currently in partner countries and want to cancel their stay or have already cancelled it:

The Federal Foreign Office has issued a worldwide travel warning, albeit primarily for tourist trips. Students who are abroad should keep in mind that the number of regular travel connections is currently declining rapidly and travel restrictions are increasing worldwide. Please inform yourself and take advantage of the remaining return travel options to Germany. Be sure to sign up for the Foreign Office's “Elefand list”, so that you can be considered for return promotions (and please remove your registration once you have returned to Germany).

Many of our partner universities offer online courses, therefore physical presence is not necessary. As an ERASMUS student, participation in these courses can be counted as part of the sponsored ERASMUS stay, regardless of whether you are in Germany or in the host country. In the end, you will have to get a confirmation for both the time of physical presence and online study.

If you cancel your stay abroad, you can still receive the full ERASMUS funding originally granted, if you can prove the additional costs caused by the cancellation. In this case, the minimum stay of 3 months does not apply.

There are regulations on how the costs of DAAD, PROMOS or ISAP programs are being borne by the Mobility Fund.

An emergency fund has been set up for students who have gone abroad without funding and who have now high costs due to cancelation.

The International Office is currently developing a procedure to process your applications. Therefore, please be patient with the application but collect all the evidence that you can, for example, for any additional costs like residence times and university closings.

If you have further questions, please contact the International Office. You can find the contact details on our website.

  • What consequences do these developments have for a stay abroad (for example in the ERASMUS programme) of students?

    • As an ERASMUS student, participation in these courses can be counted as part of the sponsored ERASMUS stay, regardless of whether you are in Germany or in the host country. At the end of your exchange, you will have to get a confirmation for both the time of physical presence and online study.
      If you cancel your stay abroad, you can still receive the full ERASMUS funding originally granted, if you can prove the additional costs caused by the cancellation. In this case, the minimum stay of 3 months does not apply.
    • For students receiving funding from the TUHH Mobility Fund or the DAAD programmes PROMOS and ISAP there are regulations in place now on how to fund students' additional costs.
    • For students who have done a study related stay abroad without any funding and who are also facing additional high costs an emergency fund has been set up.
    The International Office is currently developing a procedure to process your applications. Therefore, please be patient with the processing of your application. Please be sure to collect all available evidence of additional costs, length of stay, university closures (for example emails, screenshots, travel tickets, bookings, flight/connection overviews, prices, receipts, or similar. You can now submit your informal application by email to

    We have explained on our website what you should bear in mind.
Students from abroad or students returning from abroad (Update July 2, 2020)
For travel warnings and daily updated information on the development of the pandemic, please also see

Robert Koch-Institut

Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesregierung:

In principle, the affected students are obliged to inform themselves about the need for a domestic quarantine both before and after a stay abroad, if necessary by consulting the responsible health authority. 

Information for Prospective Students

FAQs for prospective students (Update August 13, 2020)
  • Will there be an NC this year?
    Admission to most of the TUHH's courses of study is not regulated by an NC. This means that no specific grade point average is required for admission. Further information can be found here.
  • Will the winter semester 2020/21 also be postponed?
    No, the start of the winter semester is October 1, but the lecture period does not begin until November 1.
  • Will the application deadlines be extended/postponed?
    Since the start of the lecture period has been postponed to 1st November, there will be a modified application phase, which runs until 20th August 2020 for the Bachelor's programmes.
    For the Master's programmes, the application deadline remains 15.7.2020. For the international Master's programmes, applications are no longer possible. The deadline already ended in March.  

  • Are there online offers for preparation courses?
    Yes, they have been available for several years.
    MINT FIT Hamburg
  • How can I inform myself online about a TUHH study programme?
    You will find important information about the TUHH on the following TUHH and the study opportunities on the following pages:
    You can also find helpful tips on choosing a course of study and career on the following website of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit.
  • Which online courses in the MINT field does the TUHH offer?
    All online courses for pupils from grade 4 up to the Upper School and beyond can be found on the page TUHH macht Schule.
  • Is there an online student advisory service?
    The monthly prospective students' round table for your questions about the Bachelor's programmes is currently online. Further information and system requirements can be found here.

  • Is there a student advisory service by phone?
    The student advisory service is happy to advise you on questions of study orientation, also by e-mail or telephone (Tel.: 040/428 78-2232).
  • Do I have to pay for the corona test at the airport myself when entering from a risk area if I do not have German health insurance?
    Corona tests at the airport are free of charge for first-year students who are entering from risk areas but have not yet taken out German health insurance. The expenses are paid by the German government.