Updated 22 January 2021: To provide the best possible protection for everyone, effective 1 February 2021 either FFP2 or KN95 masks must be worn during final examinations for the entire time including when walking to and from seats. Please ensure that you obtain the proper mask in time for your exams.
All buildings on THM campuses are currently closed.
If you need to attend labs or other in-person sessions, please inquire in your department about how you can gain access to the building.
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
FAQs for Students (and Information for Teachers)
What general rules do I have to follow?
Make sure that you read the "Information on the Coronavirus" on our homepage, especially the Hygiene Rules at THM.
If you have spent time over the past few weeks in a high-risk country and/or are experiencing coughing, fever or cold-like symptoms or have preconditions that would place you at a high risk of sustaining a severe illness if you became infected with the coronavirus, please stay home and do not attend any sessions or sit for exams at THM. Consult your physician to assess your own risk.
At the present time, students returning from a high-risk country are not permitted to return to THM for at least 14 days. Except for certain examinations, students are currently requested not to come to THM.
In-person events: Do I have to wear a mask?
To provide students and staff with the best possible protection, a face covering is required for the following in-person meetings:
- Final examinations (large number of participants, the proper social distancing cannot be maintained e.g. in the case of questions)
- Lab sessions (maintaining minimum social distancing may not be possible)
- Sessions for beginning students: (social distancing may not be possible)
This covering is a simple mask that serves to reduce the aerosols formed when sneezing or coughing. A simple face mask does not protect the wearer from the coronavirus directly, but when everyone wears a mask, this reduces everyone's risk of catching the disease.
What time periods can be regarded as a "semester break"?
The timetables for the start and end of lectures can be found at:
Here you will also find information on the semester breaks.
Please follow the constantly updated information at thm.de/corona.
Is it permitted to record online lectures or other activities held online in their entirety or in part?
No. This is prohibited. This includes parts of online activities even lasting only a few seconds as well as taking photographs or saving screenshots.
This regulation is laid down in par. 201 of the German penal code (Strafgesetzbuch or StGB), according to which anyone shall be punished who records the words of any individual not spoken in a public context (in this case online activities ) without this person's consent. The only time recording is permitted is if the individual to be recorded provides his/her express consent for the recording or if other arrangements have been made (e.g. in the case of viewers with disabilities). THM reserves the right to report any violations of the law to the district attorney.
General regulations for examinations
If I live in a county in which over 200 new coronavirus infections are reported in a seven-day period and may only travel within 15 kilometres from my home, may I still sit for exams at THM?
Yes. If you travel to your in-person exams in the following periods:
- 1 - 23 February 2021
- 15 - 27 March 2021
then you will require proof of valid registration to sit for the exams to show that you have a good reason to travel.
Please remember to print out at the online services the list of examinations you have signed up for and keep this with you when traveling to THM as proof that you have a valid reason to travel.
New THM statute regarding deviations from university examinations regulations during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic
- What is regulated in the new statute?
The statute regulates deviations from THM's Examinations Regulations due to the pandemic for the following items:
- Alternative examination formats
- Oral examinations
- Video conferences
- Written examinations
- Written examinations online
- Practical training period / Internships
- Final theses prepared externally
- Does the statute render the General Provisions for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations regulations invalid?
For all categories mentioned above that are also regulated in the General Provisions, the statute shall apply for all degree courses and all examinations at THM.
- When will THM's new statute regarding deviations from examinations regulations during the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic take effect?
The statute takes effect retroactively from 13 March 2020 (when the first Hessian Corona Regulation took effect).
- Where can I find the new statute?
The new statute is legally effective and has been published in THM's official bulletin (Amtliches Mitteilungsblatt). It can be read online on the Examinations Office's website.
Application for Hardship Case
- When can I apply for a hardship case?
You can apply if you have received a final fail mark and have used up all of your wildcards (i.e. have no more opportunities to resit an exam).
- Where can i get the form to fill out for a hardship case?
At the university Examinations Office's website.
- Who do I forward my completed form for a hardship case to?
Send your completed form for a hardship case to the examinations committee responsible for your degree course. It will then be approved by the committee.
- What happens if I do not submit a hardship case application?
In that case you will be notified that the final assessment will be a fail mark.
- I have failed but have not yet received a notification that my final assessment is a fail mark. What do I have to do?
Your department will send you a letter regarding a hearing on the final fail mark with reference to the hardship case application. You will then have the opportunity to provide an explanation in writing and submit the hardship case application within one month after this letter was sent.
- What is then done to approve an opportunity for me to resit the examination?
If the examinations committee has approved your hardship case application, your department will make a note that you will receive another chance to take the examination.
- Do I then register to take this examination via the online services?
No. In this case you must register via an e-mail to your department.
Lectures and Alternative Examination Formats
- Lectures for the 2020-21 autumn semester are scheduled to begin on 2 November 2020. May I complete examinations and other assessments for the previous 2020 spring semester in October without renewing registration for the 2020-21 autumn semester?
The 2020-21 autumn semester begins on 1 October 2020. Exams and other performance assessments must be completed by 30 September 2020. Should by way of exception examinations be held in October that belong to the 2020 spring semester, these must be assigned to the 2020-21 autumn semester.
To sit examinations held in October 2020 or at a later time during the autumn semester, enrolment or renewed registration for the 2020-21 autumn semester is required.
- May lectures in my degree course be replaced by other types of instruction due to the pandemic?
Yes. Lectures can be conducted using other forms of instruction not requiring your presence at the university. These mainly include video conferences or other digital web-based forms.
- May my examiner make use of alternative types of examination due to the pandemic?
Yes. These alternatives must be decided on by the department council and are to be communicated to you at the beginning of the lecture period in a suitable manner.
- Can my online examination be held outside regular hours?
In view of the current situation, conducting digital examinations at times outside regular daily hours is advisable because the internet connection is more stable.
Examinations in Video Conferences
- Must examiners ask for my consent to be administered an oral examination via video conference?
Your consent must be obtained for this in advance. If you do not consist to such an oral examination, alternative forms of examination are to be offered to you in consultation with the examinations committee in your department.
- Are there rules for conducting oral examinations via video conferencing that both I and my examiner must follow?
Yes. It must be ensured that you have the suitable technical equipment (e.g. desktop computer, laptop, web camera, operating system, software) or can be furnished with this equipment in order to take part in a video conference. Special configurations of computers must be guaranteed in the case of persons with impairments.
- At the start of the exam, candidates must provide the proper photo identification and confirm that no other persons are in the room and that no prohibited study aids are present. At the start of and during the examination the examiner can require the candidate to move the camera in all directions.
- When conducting oral examinations via a video conference, the same regulations apply as those for normal oral examinations (sections 7 and 8 of the General Regulations).
- The examination is documented in the usual fashion (section 7, par. 3 of the General Regulations). The examination is not video recorded. An audio recording may be prepared if all parties involved agree to one.
- Your assessment is discussed without you being present, and you will be informed about the assessment during the video conference.
- University personnel not belonging to the examinations committee are not allowed to attend.
- Can I receive permission to take my final examination or colloquium in person?
Yes. In exceptional case your oral examination or colloquium can be held in person in accordance with THM's Hygiene Rules. An in-person examination is normally not possible if external examiners are involved.
- When will examinations be held at THM for the 2020-21 autumn semester?
Examinations for the 2020-21 autumn semester will be held from 1 to 23 February 2021 and from 15 to 27 March 2021.
- Will the final examinations for the 2020-21 autumn semester be held in person?
Yes. THM final examinations will be held in person in accordance with the university's Hygiene Rules.
- What procedures must students follow due to the current rules for the pandemic?
You may sit the exam under one of the following conditions:
In corona hotspots, travel restricted to a 15-kilometer radius of a person's residence.
Restrictions apply for leisure activities and day trips. Travel to sit exams is not affected. To prove you have a valid reason to travel use your student ID and your exam registration.
If I return from a country to sit for an exam and there is a travel warning for this country issued by the Foreign Office, am I still permitted to sit the exam?
There are two conditions for you to sit the exam:
First: If you have returned from your trip 14 days before the exam date and have no virus symptoms after that time.
Second: Alternatively if have certification from a doctor practicing in Germany that no quarantine regulations apply in your case. The requirements (as per the most current directive of 9 Oct 2020) for the reimbursement of costs for a Covid-19 test can be found at: https://soziales. hessen.de/gesundheit/infektionsschutz/corona-hessen/quarantaenebestimmungen-fuer-rueckreisende .
- Does this also apply if I return from one of the hotspots in Germany currently witnessing a coronavirus spike to sit for an examination for the 2020 spring semester?
Yes, if you returned 14 days before your examination.
- What protective measures must be followed when in-person examinations are held?
THM has developed a comprehensive hygiene plan in order to provide all students and staff with the best possible protection. These measures include among others the social distancing rule of 2 meters, the use of disinfectants and the wearing of face masks, which protect everyone present by minimizing aerosol formation. Please follow the instructions posted on signs and those given by exam invigilators. Should you have acute disease symptoms (coughing, cold-like symptoms and fever), you will unfortunately not be permitted to sit the examination.
If you suffer from a chronic illness that is accompanied by clear illness symptoms (as in the case of respiratory diseases), please have this condition confirmed by a doctor and bring a note certifying a chronic illness to the examination.
- May students go to the toilet during examinations?
Trips to the toilet are permitted, however only one at a time for each gender. Only one person may be in toilet facilities at any given time.
- May I ask questions during the examination?
Questions typical during exams are permitted. Students who have a question raise their hands and the invigilator will come to them, maintaining the 2-metre distancing rule if possible.
- What is the current procedure for meetings with the professor to review my exam results?
If you would like to review your exam results, sign up for a meeting via Moodle (if you sign up, you must go). Your lecturer or professor will schedule meetings for small groups up to five students.
You will be met at one of the doors to the building, and each student must leave the building immediately after the review meeting and using the shortest possible way out.
Only one group of up to five students per hour may be allowed into the building for meetings.
Remember to follow the hygiene rules (among others, maintain 1.5 metre social distancing and wear a mask).
- Will I be offered alternatives if I cannot sit for an in-person examination for health reasons?
If you cannot sit for regular in-person examinations due to a health impairment and if you can provide proof of this, a suitable alternative form of testing will be used. The decision in this case is made by the examinations committee for your degree course.
- I have a disability, chronic illness or belong to a high-risk group (and have the relevant medical confirmation). Who can help me find the an equivalent disadvantage compensation or an equivalent assessment of my performance in the case of compulsory labs, field trips and other forms of practical training at THM?
The following contacts would be happy to help you:
- THM's emergency task force
- the examinations committee responsible for your course
- the staff in THM's BliZ office
- the coordinator for disabled and chronically ill students
- Where can I find information on the design of barrier-free, digital teaching and learning content and examination formats?
You can find instructions and further information in "Barrierfreie digitale Inhalte" (Barrier-free digital contents) on the Moodle network (no password is required). If you have further questions, our Blindenzentrum (BliZ) office would be happy to help you with the conception and creation of barrier-free contents.
Written Examinations Online (Remote Electronic Examinations)
- Can my examiner administer an online examination in place of a written examination?
In justifiable exceptional cases and with the approval of the President's Office of THM, written examinations may be replaced by online examinations (remote electronic examinations). Written online examinations (remote electronic examinations) are written examinations taken by students outside the premises of the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen with the aid of remote terminals having telecommunications capabilities.
- Must I sit this kind of online examination?
Your consent to take a written examination online is to be obtained in advance. If you do not consent to take such an examination, alternative written examination formats shall be offered to you.
- How long can an online examination last?
The duration of a written examination online depends on the scope of the module. It shall not exceed 120 minutes.
- What happens if I lose time due to technical disturbance?
In case of technical disturbance during the examination, the amount of time lost shall be compensated by a corresponding extension of the examination time allotted.
- What happens if I do not have the suitable equipment for an online examination?
It must be ensured that examination candidates have the suitable technical equipment (e.g. desktop computer, laptop, web camera, operating system, software) or can be furnished with this equipment in order to take part in a written online examination. Special configurations of computers must be guaranteed in the case of persons with impairments.
- Can I try out an online examination beforehand?
You will be given ample time before the examination to familiarize yourself with the electronic examination format.
- Are there special sign-up and withdrawal deadlines for online examinations?
No. The corresponding registration deadline as per section 4 of the General Provisions as well as section 3 par. 3 for the withdrawal deadline apply.
- Who checks to determine whether I meet the requirements to sit for an online examination?
Your admission to take the examination shall be confirmed by the department by means of a check in the examinations administration system.
- How is data protection in the case of my online examination guaranteed?
The legal provisions regarding data protection are to be maintained by the department. The collecting, storage, use and transfer of data, data required for identification purposes as well as the data relevant for your examination and sent to the service provider assigned to the examination are to be agreed by the department in consultation with the THM data protection coordinator.
- Are there any special rules for reviewing the results of my online examination with the examiner?
No. As in the case of written examinations, you can review the relevant examination documents for all online examinations up to one year following the date the results were announced.
Withdrawal from Examinations
- Will I receive a failing assessment if I do not appear for the examination due to the pandemic?
The university is making every attempt to avoid any potential disadvantages that may arise due to the pandemic. In general, you must withdraw from an examination at least one week before it is scheduled to take place. If you do not appear to sit for an examination due to the extraordinary circumstances, in this exceptional case, you will not receive a failing assessment. Here too, please do not withdraw via the online services but rather via e-mail to the secretary's office of your department.
- Does this also apply if I have already started taking the examination?
No. Withdrawal from an examination after entering the examination is only possible if you have a doctor's note.
Practical Training Period / Internship, Term Papers and Dissertations
- What do I have to do if I am forced to miss work during my practical training period or internship due to a local shutdown, reduced working hours or if the company files for bankruptcy?
THM is doing its best to prevent any potential disadvantages that you may experience during your practical training period due to reduced working hours, a local shutdown of the company where you are working or the company filing for bankruptcy. For any time missed due to a reduced work week policy at the company, talk to your examinations committee as soon as possible to find alternatives for your situation.
- What happens with a dissertation I am preparing externally, if the company where I am working on the project introduces reduced working hours, has to close due to a local shutdown or files for bankruptcy?
Please talk to your supervisor to determine whether it is possible to complete your dissertation if the topic is completely decoupled from the project at the company. If this is not possible, another solution will be found. A failing assessment in this case will not be given.
- In what form do I have to submit my written dissertation / term paper?
All written work is to be submitted in a digital form. Because of the necessity to minimize social contact, it is not possible at the present time to turn in your work in person at THM. Please do NOT put your written work in THM internal letter boxes.
- What format do I have to save my written work in?
Usually as a PDF file. Talk to someone in your dean's office about any possible exceptions.
- Who do I address this email to?
To the responsible examiner with cc to your dean's office and the chairperson of the examinations committee.
- Do I have to request a read or delivery receipt in my e-mail?
This is advisable.
- Which date is the official date received?
For the on-time submission of your written work, the time the email was sent applies. Please do not put ANY written work in THM internal letter boxes because in this case the date received cannot be determined.
- Do I have to submit a paper copy of my work later?
Yes, send two copies by post.
Lectures in the 2020-21 autumn semester
The most important information is given below:
- The 2020-21 autumn semester begins on 1 October 2020; the start of lectures is on 2 November 2020.
- The month of October will be used exclusively for purposes of preparing students for another online semester using (already designed) digital material. The only sessions to be held in October will be makeup sessions from the 2020 spring semester (in-person labs or online sessions).
- As before, most lectures will be held online in the autumn semester.
- Exceptions to this rule are all based on the principle: "We will do what we can" and include:
- - Labs and practical training sessions that, in accordance with the hygiene rules, have been allowed, but not required, to be held in-person from the beginning. This gives teachers the flexibility to re-implement bespoke online teaching methods developed in the 2020 spring semester
- - Selected in-person lectures for small groups of first-year students to give these students the opportunity to become acquainted with their department and THM. For this purpose, the maximum available room capacity is currently under review in coordination with the departments in order to select and plan lectures based on the given conditions.
- The end of lectures will be on 29 January 2021 as planned. To compensate for the late beginning of lectures, the three days before Christmas (21-23 December 2020) will also be available for lectures. In addition, regular lecture sessions must be planned in place of the project week originally scheduled for January (4-8 January 2021).
- The examinations period will be from 1-13 February 2021 and from 22-27 March 2021.
To maintain flexibility in scheduling for the examinations period, the departments are to select particular time slots from the periods given. Students are to be informed about scheduling by the departments well in advance and in a suitable manner.
Information Centre and Students Advisory Service
The Students Advisory Service office currently provides its services via the following:
- Zoom office hours - Mondays 10-12
- Video consultation via Zoom (schedule appointment at the Information Centre)
- Telephone (schedule appointment at the Information Centre)
- Chat during open office hours (just log in)
Our open consultation hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. via THM live chat (located at the lower right-hand corner of the monitor).
Information relevant for stays abroad and international students
I am already abroad or will begin my stay abroad shortly, Where can I find out more about this?
You can find more information on your stay abroad (you are already abroad or your stay abroad will begin soon) in the News section of the International Office's homepage.
I am already studying at THM or will begin my stay abroad at THM shortly. Where can I find out more about this?
You can find more information on your current or upcoming stay abroad at THM in the News section of the International Office's homepage.
How do I get a valid semester ticket during the corona crisis?
You can still print out a personalized PDF replacement ticket until 31 Dec. 2020. It can be downloaded via the link in the information box after you have logged on to the "Online-Dienste für Studierende" (online student services).
This replacement ticket for THM students that is printed out (excluding distance learning students) is valid from
1 Oct to 31 Dec 2020,
and only in combination with your current enrolment confirmation for the 2020-21 autumn semester along with your student ID card and identification care or passport. (You can print out your enrolment confirmation after you have activated your user account).
From 1 Jan. 2021 your personalized PDF replacement ticket will no longer be valid.
After this date you may only use your student ID chip card as a ticket for public transport as per the normal RMV conditions. Make sure that, before the end of the year, you furnish your card with the label for the current semester at the relevant update terminals where you mustn't forget to maintain the hygiene and social distancing rules.
Effective immediately you can have the current semester ticket for the entire 2020-21 autumn semester printed on your student ID as a chip card. You can do this at the following times and locations:
|Campus||Location of update terminal||Open Monday through Friday from
|Giessen||A10.0.07 (2 terminals)||9 a.m. - 8 p.m.|
|Friedberg||A3 – porch (across from the cafeteria)
A7 - entrance
|9 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|From 24 Dec 2020 to 3 Jan 2021 there will be no access to the update terminals at both campuses.|
Students at the Wetzlar campus and other THM campuses can also use the terminals in Giessen and Friedberg to have the current semester ticket label for the 2020-21 autumn semester printed on their IDs. We will inform you when terminals are available at the Wetzlar and other THM campuses.
When using the update terminals ensure that you follow the current hygiene and social distancing rules in place due to the CORONA pandemic.
To find out how, when and where you can initialize your chip card for other functions besides the semester ticket, visit: