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

Update: January 14, 2021

A presidential instruction on the regular operation of the TU Hamburg under pandemic conditions from January 11, 2021 applies.

The operation of the Hamburg University of Technology will only take place in buildings of the university if safe operation can be guaranteed by appropriate COVID-19-specific hygiene and protective measures in accordance with the framework hygiene concept of the TUHH. Contacts should be reduced as far as possible. This applies to all scientific and non-scientific areas.

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

The buildings of the TU Hamburg are open during normal operation, as long as the hygiene concept does not impose restrictions. Orders and deliveries are possible. The janitor posts are in reduced operation. Deliveries of hazardous materials are possible under the regulations of normal operation.

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 winter semester 2020/2021 will take place exclusively digitally between 01.10.2020 and 31.03.2021. Necessary courses in presence (e.g. internships or laboratory work) can be carried out in compliance with the distance and hygiene measures.

External companies should only be allowed access to TUHH in urgent exceptional cases. Permission must be reported to Mr. Holger Robbert (holger.robbert(at)tuhh.de).

The most important at a glance

  • Please note: Outside the workplace (office, laboratory, workshop), all persons must wear a face mask on the common areas in the TUHH buildings (e.g. foyers, corridors, elevators, etc.). In other areas, this is necessary if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be guaranteed throughout. This also applies to all TU outdoor spaces.
  • The library reading rooms can still be used in urgent cases. A possibility to reserve workstations and more info about the opening hours can be found in the Corona-FAQs of the tub.
  • The data center of the TU Hamburg is open under restrictions. For opening hours, protection and hygiene measures, we refer to the homepage of the data center.
  • The Mensa is closed until further notice. The pizza bar is still open and offers two hot dishes to go in addition to pizza.
  • For employees and students returning from trips from risk areas, the respective country-specific quarantine obligations apply. Before entering the TU Hamburg, employees and students are instructed to inform themselves about the obligations in force in Hamburg and to behave according to the respective regulations. The current risk areas can be found on the RKI website. Due to the special nature of the current risk of infection, superiors are authorized to ask employees whether and, if so, when they have been abroad for a longer period of time. The present regulations refer to international risk areas. There are currently no restrictions for stays or returnees to/from inner-German areas that exceed a critical incidence value according to the RKI. If the pandemic development makes a reassessment of the situation necessary, employees and students will be informed immediately.

Information for all members of TUHH

Where do I go if I test positive for Corona? (New December 10, 2020)

If you have tested positive for Corona, please send an e-mail immediately to the mail address coronamelden(at)tuhh.de. Please try to answer the following directly: Name, date of the positive test, possible contacts/meetings at the TUHH and/or attended courses with the name of the lecturer/tutor including the building/room/date and time.

Information on the use of the library, computer center and the canteen  (Update December 14, 2020)
Events (Update December 14, 2020)
Events from external organizers are still not approved. In-house events with external participation can be applied for at the Presidium if the urgent necessity is proven and an appropriate hygiene concept as well as a risk assessment are submitted. Previously issued permits for the period from Dec. 16, 2020 to Jan. 10, 2021 must be reapplied for. 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.
Business trips/study trips/excursions / returning from abroad (Update December 14, 2020)

For employees and students returning from trips from risk areas, the respective country-specific quarantine obligations apply. Before entering the TU Hamburg, employees and students are instructed to inform themselves about the obligations applicable in Hamburg and to behave according to the respective applicable measures. The current risk areas can be found on the pages of the RKI.

Due to the special nature of the current risk of infection, supervisors are authorized to ask employees whether and, if so, when they have been abroad for a longer period of time. In the event of travel warnings, the consequences resulting from private trips abroad (domestic quarantine) are the sole responsibility of the employees. This means that if it is not possible to work in the home office due to the quarantine measures, this must be compensated for e.g. by vacation or the reduction of overtime on the part of the employees. Employees in home quarantine shall inform the Human Resources Department immediately and contact their supervisors. Those who live in another state must find out what the regulations are there and, if there are any discrepancies, contact Employment Services to determine how to proceed.

Affected employees are required to notify their local health department in their place of residence or housing, either in writing or verbally, especially by email or phone, of the requirement for home quarantine. You can determine your responsible health office using a tool provided by the RKI. The present regulations refer to international risk areas. Currently, no restrictions apply to stays or returnees in/from domestic areas that exceed a critical incidence level according to the RKI. Should pandemic developments necessitate a reassessment of the situation, employees and students will be informed immediately.

Information for Employees

Home Office (Update January 12, 2021)
In the interest of avoiding contact, we strongly recommend using the home office as far as possible. If a decision is made to use a home office, the fulfillment of official duties must be ensured. In doing so, a balance must be struck between maximum protection of employees on the one hand and official duties on the other. The agreement on home office is made in writing (e.g. by e-mail) between the supervisor and the employee.
Job interviews in staffing and appointment procedures (Update December 14, 2020)
Selection interviews and hearings in appointment procedures are to be conducted in digital form.
Business Travel  (Update November 2, 2020)
Until further notice, a ban on business trips applies to all employees of the TU Hamburg for domestic and foreign travel, for which there is no compelling necessity as determined by the Presidential Board.

For employees and students returning from trips from risk areas, the respective country-specific quarantine obligations apply. Before entering the TU Hamburg, employees are instructed to inform themselves about the obligations applicable in Hamburg and to behave according to the respective regulations. The current risk areas can be found on the RKI website.

The present regulations refer to international risk areas. There are currently no restrictions for stays or returnees to/from inner-German areas that exceed a critical incidence value according to the RKI. If the pandemic development makes a reassessment of the situation necessary, employees and students will be informed immediately.

Information for Students

General Questions about TUHH’s Studies (Update January 12, 2021)
  • How will things progress in WiSe 2020/21? Will the winter semester also be digital? (Status 12.1.)
    The winter semester 2020/2021 will take place exclusively digitally between 01.10.2020 and 31.03.2021. Necessary courses in presence (e.g. internships or laboratory work) can be carried out in compliance with the distance and hygiene measures.
  • 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 29.10.)
    In July, the School committees decided on a supplement to the basic internship regulations, according to which it is sufficient for students of cohorts up to and including winter semester 2019/20 in this exceptional case to present proof of their basic internship at the end of their studies. The amended regulations are published here: https://studienplaene.tuhh.de/
  • 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)tuhh.de.
  • 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 January 12, 2021)

Courses

  • Will the courses be held digitally and in attendance?
    With the start of the nationwide lockdown on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, all courses will be converted to digital form. This applies until 31.3.2021. Necessary courses in presence (e.g. internships or laboratory work) can be carried out in compliance with the distance and hygiene measures.
  • What do I do if I am currently writing my thesis?
    Student theses can be continued in the institutes if the requirements are met. For this, the approval of the institute management is required in each case.
  • What do I have to observe in principle?
    At the TU Hamburg, strict distance and hygiene rules and mandatory participation in the contact tracking procedure will continue to apply in the coming weeks.

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.
  • How does the internship work this semester?
    Please refer to the specific information provided by the lecturers.
  • Will groups still be formed for the StartING program?
    No further groups will be formed beyond the 50 already existing groups. One of the groups will be offered digitally. You can still register here. In addition, places that become free can be filled by new members.
  • Do you have free attempts for exams this semester, like at other universities?
    This topic is currently being discussed in the committees.
  • Are the study rooms, for example those in main building A, accessible or not?
    At the moment only the study rooms in building A are available. Booking requests for the learning rooms should be sent to raumanfrage(at)asta.tuhh.de.
  • Can we still have access to the printing facilities at the university after the Campus Shop is closed?
    The printing rooms in the RZ are still closed. But there are two printers for the students in building A. One is in the vending machine room and one in the lounge. The one in the vending machine room is serviced by the Campus Shop, the one in the lounge by the RZ. Information about the Campus Shop can be found here.

Campus

  • 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 on the examination period winter semester 2020/21 (Update January 21, 2021)
  • Will the entire exam period be postponed?
    No.
  • Are the exam dates affected at all?
    The schedule will be published at the beginning of the third calendar week.
  • Will the exams be held during the first week of February?
    Yes.
  • Will the exams in attendance be written in February or March? Or will there be a separate arrangement for this?
    It is expected that everything will take place in February and March. Maybe we will also have to use the lecture-free week from May 9 to 16, 2021 for exams.
  • I already have an exam at the end of January. Will this one take place?
    Here the planning is up to the examiner. Please ask him*her.
  • Will the exams take place online or will they be postponed to the Pentecost vacations?
    As far as planned, the exams will take place in presence, but only with 50 participants per room, if necessary also in May.
  • Why don't we have online exams like other unis?
    Questions of data protection and equal treatment principles have not yet been conclusively clarified in Hamburg. Education in Germany is a state matter. Take Home Exams are already possible.
  • Will the remaining internships be moved to semester breaks or will they be done online?
    Necessary student labs and practicals can be done in compliance with distance and hygiene measures, if the head of the institute agrees.
  • Do we have a free trial this semester like other universities?
    No.
  • How are exams to be conducted?
    In attendance, via take home exams, e-exams and oral exams online and in attendance.
  • Will the standard period of study be extended here as well?
    See the new FHH regulation for WiSe 20/21 analogous to SoSe 2020.
  • And are there any free attempts?
    So far no, but the topic is currently being discussed in the committees.
  • Is it possible to use notes directly from the lecture notes as aids?
    Please ask the lecturer directly.
  • Do the exams take place at all? Or are they likely to be cancelled?
    They will take place.
  • The registration period is over. Can exams still be registered for if the dates are postponed?
    No.
  • Can a written exam be changed into a term paper if you belong to the risk group?
    Please discuss this with the instructor.
  • How do you conduct oral exams?
    The same way as in the summer semester.
  • How will exams be administered in the large gyms if the lockdown continues?
    Halls are separated by partitions into three separate rooms with separate access. A maximum of 50 participants are allowed in each room. The partition walls are lowered from the ceiling to the floor, so that three separate rooms with a maximum of 50 seats are created. Access and exit for the three separate rooms created in this way will be on separate routes. Stewards ensure compliance with the AHA and ventilation rules in front of and in the halls and also on the way to the bathroom, before, during and after the tests. Therefore, there will be a maximum of 50 people in each room, so that a maximum of 150 examinees will be in the building at the same time, but as described in separate rooms. Waiting in front of the hall will also take place in front of three sufficiently separated entrances under supervision.
  • Will there be a new hygiene concept corresponding to the new situation?
    Maximum number of participants 50 per room. Otherwise, strict adherence to AHA and ventilation rules.
  • Do we have to write with a mask?
    Yes, during the tests the masks must remain on. Following the recent decisions of the Conference of Ministers, medical masks or FFP2 masks must be worn during this process.
  • Will there be an extension of the deadline for final papers like last time?
    The deadline has already been extended up to and including 1/20/21.
  • Will the standard period of study also be extended here?
    See new FHH regulation for WS 20/21 analogous to SoSe 2020: The individual standard period of study at Hamburg universities will be extended again for the winter semester 2020/2021. For students who receive financial support under the Federal Education Assistance Act (BAföG), the period of support will also be extended accordingly if studies are delayed due to the pandemic. The regulation applies to students who are not on leave of absence and who are enrolled in a course of study at a state or state-recognized university in Hamburg in the 2020/21 winter semester. The background to this is the extensive conversion of hybrid study operations to digital teaching due to the current infection situation. The Studierendenwerk can provide advice on BAföG entitlement; up-to-date information is also available at www.bafög.de.

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)?
    TUHH is still in regular operation under pandemic conditions; contacts are to be reduced as much as possible. This means that it is currently not possible to submit final papers in person. The outside mailbox in front of building E can be used for handing in final theses. Of course, you can still send us your final papers by mail.
  • 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
    Yes.
  • 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.
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 mobilitaet2020@tuhh.de.

    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
https://www.rki.de/DE/Home/homepage_node.html

Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesregierung:
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/reise-gesundheit/gesundheit-fachinformationen/reisemedizinische-hinweise/Coronavirus

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. 

Contact addresses
The function mailboxes are:

Information for Prospective Students

FAQs for prospective students (Update December 14, 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.
  • Are there online offers for preparation courses?
    Yes, they have been available for several years.
    MINT FIT Hamburg
    OMB+
    ViaMINT
  • 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:
    TUHH
    Stuhhdium
    Nachwuchscampus
    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.

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