Information for International Students

With the progressing course of infection concerning COVID-19, all members of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg as well as guests are asked to enter the buildings of our university with immediate effect only with a mouth-nose cover (everyday mask). In all rooms (teaching rooms, offices, etc.) and general circulation areas (such as corridors, foyers, sanitary facilities, copy rooms, elevators) the mouth-nose cover must be worn.

Exceptions are:

  • Teachers in lectures, seminars, etc., who ensure a minimum distance of 3 m or wear an appropriate face mask with visor.
  • Individual offices or offices where the minimum distance can be maintained.

Current information

Information for return / arrival at TU Bergakademie Freiberg

According to the regulations of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Free State of Saxony, the following regulations apply to persons who have stayed abroad in a country that is currently designated as a risk area for at least 14 days before entering Germany:

  1. Inform the International Office (internationalattu-freiberg [dot] de) and the Studentenwerk (if you live in a student residence) at least 5 days before your intended arrival.
  2. Please undergo a corona test not longer than 48 h before you leave for Germany, at an airport test centre in Germany after arrival or at a medical doctor immediately after your arrival in Freiberg.
  3. Please go to your accommodation immediately after arrival. There you will probably have to stay in quarantine for at least 14 days.
  4. Report your arrival by e-mail to the public health department (Gesundheitsamt): reiserueckkehreratlandkreis-mittelsachsen [dot] de and include to the information your name, date of birth, country where you have resided 14 days before departure to Germany, date of entry, address in Freiberg and information on how to reach you by e-mail and telephone
  5. If available, please send the negative corona test result to the public health department (Gesundheitsamt).  There it will be decided whether the quarantine can be waived or can be finished earlier.

Further information for international students and doctoral students concerning Coronavirus CoViD-19


Applicants / Freshmen (winter term 2020/2021)

  • All study programmes will take place in hybrid form (attendance and online).
  • All admitted applicants will receive information from the admissions office (studierendenbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de)
  • Freshmen are asked to register for online courses via "Bildungsportal Sachsen, TU Bergakademie" in the respective OPAL-groups. All teaching material and further information will be provided for download there.
  • To sign in to OPAL (OPAL – Instruction for Students) you need your approval of registration (Immatrikulationsbescheinigung) and your university e-mail adress. You can then register for relevant OPAL-groups as well.
  • For campus accomodation please refer to your accomodations consultant at Studentenwerk Freiberg. The University strongly advises not to travel to Freiberg before the start of attendence courses is announced to help flatten the curve.
  • Further information for international students and doctoral students concerning Coronavirus CoViD-19

Teaching in the winter semester 2020/2021

  • All study programmes will take place in hybrid form (attendance and online)
  • Important information on the standard e-learning tools and services used and how students can use them can be found here.
  • OPAL – Instruction for Students
  • Please also note the current information on this website and the announcements of the chairs in university circulars.

University Services

  • As a measure against the spread of the new coronavirus (CoViD-19), the buildings of TU Bergakademie Freiberg will remain closed from 17 March 2020. 
  • Please use telephone and e-mail to contact the responsible person at the International Centre and  the Admissions and Students Office.
  • Documents and papers in hard copy can be dropped into the mailbox outside the university main building on Akademiestraße 6 (located next to the courtyard door).
  • The use of the University Library is currently limited. Further information can be found here.

Exams

  • Oral examinations can be carried out in individual cases in agreement with the examiner via digital formats or in presence under special hygiene conditions.
  • Written examinations (presence tests) are carried out in presence under special hygiene conditions.
  • Please bring the signed form "Rules of behaviour and hygiene for conducting exams at TU Bergakademie Freiberg" with you to the examination
  • All repetition periods are interrupted in SS 2020 for one semester and do not continue. All current repetition periods are thus automatically extended by the current semester. Notification of deadlines will not be issued for the current semester.
  • The Senate of the TU Bergakademie has decided on a set of amendments to the examination regulations for the SS 2020 and the WS 2020/21 with regard to substitutes (§ 16a PO). The examination board is authorized to determine substitute performances if the examination performances provided for in the examination schedule cannot be offered by the university or cannot be taken for other reasons for which the examination candidate is not responsible.
  • The senate of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg has decided on an amendment to the examination regulations for the SS 2020 with regard to the acceptance of examination results, which will be implemented in the individual faculties (§ 14a PO).
  • See also the point "Acceptance of examination results".

Acceptance of examination results

  • The Senate has passed an amendment to the statutes on the acceptance of examination results which authorises the respective examination boards to establish special regulations for the acceptance of examination results for the summer semester 2020 (see the 2nd statute on the amendment of the examination regulations for the degree programmes on the homepage of the respective faculty).
  • Students can decide for themselves whether or not to accept individual examination results for the respective semester. The acceptance does not require a separate declaration. In the event that an examination result is rejected, students declare this to the Students Office by the beginning of the examination registration period of the following semester. In the event of a rejection, the examination can be taken again in the same examination attempt, whereby the later assessment counts. It is also possible to accept or reject examination results for examinations that have to be taken due to repetition deadlines in SS 2020. In case of a refusal, the repetition period is extended until WS 2020/21.
  • This regulation is only valid for those degree programmes whose examination board has accepted the amendment statutes.
  • The special regulation can only be used once per examination performance. If the special regulation for graded pieces of work was used in WS 2019/20 (within the scope of the postponed examinations), the possibility for SS 2020 is not applicable.
  • The regulation also applies to modules of the SS 2020 whose examinations are postponed to WS 2020/21.
  • The regulation does not apply to Bachelor, Master and Diploma theses.
  • The following examination boards have implemented the 2nd amendment of the statutes:
    • Faculty 1: all study programmes, i.e. Applied Computer Science (Bachelor and Master programmes), Internet of Energy (Bachelor programme), Robotics (Diplom programme), Applied Mathematics (Diplom programme), Business Mathematics (Bachelor and Master programmes)
    • Faculty 2: all degree programmes, i.e. Chemistry (Diploma, Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes), Applied Natural Sciences (Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes), Advanced Materials Analysis (Master's degree programme) and Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (Master's degree programme)
    • Faculty 3: Geology/Mineralogy (Bachelor's programme), Earth Sciences (Master's programme), Geoinformatics and Geophysics (Bachelor's programme), Geoinformatics (Master's programme), Geophysics (Master's programme), Geotechnics and Mining (Diploma programme), Geoecology (Bachelor's and Master's programme), Mine Surveying and Applied Geodesy (Diploma programme), Geoscience (Master's programme), Geomatics for Mineral Resource management (Master's programme)
    • Faculty 4: Ceramics, Glass and Building Materials Technology (Diploma and Master's Degree Programme), Additive Manufacturing (Bachelor's Degree Programme), Mechanical Engineering (Diploma, Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programme), Energy Technology (Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programme), Mechanical and Process Engineering (Master's Degree Programme), Technology and Application of Inorganic Engineering Materials (Master's Degree Programme), Computational Science and Engineering (Master's Degree Programme)
    • Faculty 5: All degree programmes, i.e. Materials Science and Technology (Diploma Programme), Foundry Technology (Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programme), Nanotechnology (Diploma and Master's Degree Programme), Electronic and Sensor Materials (Master's Degree Programme), Automotive Engineering: Materials and Components (Diploma, Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programme), Metallic Materials Technology (Master's Degree Programme), Advanced Materials Analysis (Master's Degree Programme), Technology and Application of Inorganic Engineering Materials (Master's Degree Programme)
    • Faculty 6: Business Administration (Bachelor's and Master's degree), International Management of Resources and Environment (Master's programme), Master of International Business in Developing and Emerging Markets (Master's programme), Business Analytics (Master's programme), Business Administration for Resource Management (Diplom programme), Industrial Archaeology (Bachelor's programme), Industrial Culture (Master's programme).
  • The following examination boards have not implemented the 2nd amendment of the statutes:
    • Faculty 3: Avanced Mineral Resource Management (Master's Programme), Groundwater Management (Master's Programme), Sustainable Mining and Remediation Management (Master's Programme)
    • Faculty 4: Environmental Engineering (Bachelor's and Master's programme), Process Engineering (Diplom, Bachelor's and Master's programme), Environmental Process Engineering ( Diplom programme), Computational Materials Science (Master's programme)
    • Faculty 6: Business and Law (Bachelor's programme), Technical Law (Master's programme), Industrial Engineering and Management (Bachelor's, Master's and Diplom programme), Energy and Resource Management (Master's programme, Economics (postgraduate course).

Non-accreditation of the summer semester 2020

  • In accordance with § 14 of the Matriculation Regulations, it is possible (not only in the summer semester 2020) that "periods of study in which the student was prevented for reasons beyond his or her control from properly completing his or her studies for an entire semester, or in which there were in any case such substantial and unjustifiable reasons that were detrimental to the studies and which were equivalent to a complete discontinuation of the studies during the semester in question" are not counted towards the standard period of study.
  • The Student Office will grant non-accreditation for the current semester if achievements are not fully completed.
  • The non-accreditation is to be applied for at the Student Office using the following form: Non-Accreditation of Study Periods. Students will receive a notice of non-recognition in order to be able to prove this and the reasons for nonrecognition to third parties.
  • The application must be submitted at the earliest at the end of the semester for which non-recognition is requested and at the latest by the end of the following semester.

De-Registration

To terminate your enrolement, please sent your de-registration via e-mail to studierendenbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freibeg [dot] de. The respective form ("Laufzettel") is to be sent to your faculty and the University library.


Theses

Due to the standby mode of the university, problems may arise in connection with final theses (Bachelor, Master, Diploma), but you should not suffer any disadvantages from this. Therefore the following regulations are made: 

1. extension of the submission deadline:

  • For final theses (Bachelor's, Master's and diploma theses) whose processing time has begun by 8.6.2020, an extension of four weeks is granted ex officio.
  • Should extensions become necessary beyond this, an application must be submitted to the chairman of the examination board. These requests are also possible within the 2-week period before the submission deadline, which is regulated in some POs. If an extension beyond the extension period regulated in the respective TOE is requested, a statement by the supervising university lecturer must be enclosed.

2. submission of the thesis:

To meet the deadline, an electronic submission in the student office (PDF file by e-mail to studierendenbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de) is sufficient. The complete thesis must be sent, i.e. including the scanned cover sheet and signed declaration. The printed copies must be submitted immediately.


Suspect cases

Persons who have had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus or who are reasonably suspected of this should report immediately to the Central Saxony Health Office (Gesundheitsamt Mittelsachsen, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tel.: 03731/7996437, email: infektionsschutzatlandkreis-mittelachsen [dot] de). There it is checked whether quarantine is required. Please also contact your family doctor by phone and clarify the further procedure.

Persons who have had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus or who have reasonable grounds to suspect this and who additionally have flu-like symptoms with cough, fever and shortness of breath up to 14 days later should also immediately contact the Freiberg District Hospital by telephone (Tel .: 03731/ / 77 2312). The local doctors will then tell you how to proceed.

In any case, stay away from the university rooms and call the HR department at 03731 39-2631 or email personaleinzelatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de. If you have difficulty contacting a doctor or the Central Saxony Health Department, particularly due to language barriers, contact persons are available at the International University Centre (IUZ) from Monday to Friday (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) for support (tel. : 0176/ 76428076).

Regardless of this, the following applies: You must submit certificates of incapacity for work (medical certificates) electronically (photographed or scanned) or by post and do not hand them in personally at the university!

Should a 14-day hospital or domestic quarantine be ordered or highly recommended to you.

Inpatient quarantine (hospitalization): in such a case, patients receive a certificate of incapacity for work or a residence certificate from the hospital; Employees of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg receive continued payment.

Domestic quarantine: a check is carried out to determine whether employees of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg can continue to perform their duties under the employment contract within the scope of the possibilities, even with domestic quarantine; during this time the salary or the remuneration continued to be paid unchanged. Students in domestic isolation are considered to be on sick leave for this period.

In any case, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg must be informed as quickly as possible about quarantine measures (personaleinzelatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de). Students should inform the admissions or student office by telephone or in writing zulassungsbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de ((zulassungsbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de).)


Hygiene measures

  • Keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between them
  • Avoidance of direct physical contact even when entering or leaving rooms
    Refrain from shaking hands or other physical contact
  • Avoid working in groups, if necessary keep a distance and wear face protection in small groups (maximum 1 person/20 m² room)
  • If a room is not being used individually, a mouth-and-nose protector must be worn
  • Wash your hands regularly and use the disinfectants available
  • Observe the coughing and sneezing label (in the crook of your arm), leave the room during coughing or sneezing attacks if other people are in the room
  • Regular ventilation of the offices (especially after public traffic)
  • Ensuring a good supply of fluids to the body