Information for International Students

General information

Due to the spreading of COVID-19 in the region all members of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg as well as guests are only allowed to enter and stay at the buildings of the university with a surgical mask. In all rooms (teaching rooms, offices, etc.) and general circulation areas (such as corridors, foyers, sanitary facilities, copy rooms, elevators) the mask 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.

Please protect yourself and others by avoiding contacts, by adhering to the AHA+L formula (which stands for keeping distance, hygiene, everyday mask and ventilation) and by acting prudently (e.g. wearing your mask outside of the buildings, no personal face-to-face meetings). Please do not try to improve the predefined rules in the sense of alleged "Greater Liberties”, but rather revise your personal behaviour to protect yourself and others.

Current information

Closure of the campus from 19.12. to 10.01.

  • The campus of the TU Bergakademie is closed for teaching from 18 December 2020 (20:00 hrs) until 11 January 2021 (06:00 hrs). All areas, buildings and facilities are affected by the closure. This does not include the rooms of the cafeteria, the student residences of the Studentenwerk3 and their respective accesses via the campus. Students and teaching staff have no access to the central university administration, the library, sports halls, lecture halls, offices, and seminar rooms. Special lending conditions apply to users of the library during the period of campus closure. For example, researchers and students may exceptionally lend available literature, which usually is not allowed to take away. In any case, please refer to the library's website for additional information. If your thesis is particularly affected by the closure, please contact your respective examiner. Until 18 December 2020, no new regulations apply to teaching. Teaching staff and students will however be re-quested to give preference to digital or hybrid formats wherever possible and appropriate.
  • The non-lecture period during the time of campus closure applies from 23 December 2020 until 5 January 2021. No classroom teaching will take place on 21 and 22 December 2020 as well as on 6 to 8 January 2021. Teaching staff are advised to offer digital or other teaching formats, preferably asynchronously, outside the classrooms.
  • After 18 December 2020, laboratory work, student work placements (internships), etc. will be offered again from 11 January 2021.
  • As far as possible, mobile work is recommended for employees during the period of campus closure. The respective decision is in the responsibility of the respective supervisor(s). Supervisors are called upon to allow the physical presence of employees in exceptional cases only. This does not affect the closure of the university during 24 December 2020 up to and including 1 January 2021 as agreed with the university’s Staff Council. Work that is urgently required in university buildings is still permitted. In all cases, the "SARS-CoV-2 Hygiene Concept" must be observed.

Information for return / arrival at TU Bergakademie Freiberg

  • Information for your return/arrival at TU Bergakademie Freiberg can be found here
  • Information on how to apply for a study place can be found on the individual study program websites . In case of questions or difficulties, applicants can contact the admissions office by e-mail: zulassungsbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de.
  • Currently it is not possible to enter the university building Akademiestrasse 6. Please contact the staff of the International Office (internationalattu-freiberg [dot] de), the Admissions Office (zulassungsbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de) or the Student Office (studierendenbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de.) by e-mail or telephone.
  • The International Office offers online consultation hours via the Big Blue Button web conference system. The times and access links can be found on the website IUZ - Contact.
  • Students of the TU Bergakademie, who are currently studying at partner universities abroad, please contact the International Office (internationalattu-freiberg [dot] de).


Teaching in the winter semester 2020/2021 (Status December 10th)

  • With effect from December 10, 2020, until the end of the lecture period of the winter semester 2020/21 on February 12, 2021, attendance courses will be suspended without exception and replaced as far as possible by (possibly asynchronous) online courses.
  • Teachers are requested to offer replacement options for internships as well
  • 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


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) will be conducted under special hygiene conditions until further notice. In individual cases, written examinations may be conducted using digital formats. Further information can be obtained from the examiner.
  • 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  also interrupted in WS 2020/21 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

Only applies to tests of SS 2020 or their postponement to WS 2020/21 according to the following explanations!
  • 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 „Diplom“ 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 („Diplom“, 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 („Diplom“ programme), Geoecology (Bachelor's and Master's programme), Mine Surveying and Applied Geodesy („Diplom“ programme), Geoscience (Master's programme), Geomatics for Mineral Resource management (Master's programme)
    • Faculty 4: Ceramics, Glass and Building Materials Technology („Diplom“ and Master's degree programme), Additive Manufacturing (Bachelor's Degree programme), Mechanical Engineering („Diplom“, 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 („Diplom“ programme), Foundry Technology (Bachelor's and Master's degree programme), Nanotechnology („Diplom“ and Master's degree programme), Electronic and Sensor Materials (Master's degree programme), Automotive Engineering: Materials and Components („Diplom“, 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: Advanced 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 summer semester 2020 + winter semester 2020/21

  • The Sächs. Landtag decided on 16.12.2020 with the Education Strengthening Act the inclusion of § 114a in the Sächs. Higher Education Freedom Act.
    As a result of this amendment, the individual standard period of study will be extended by an additional semester for students who were enrolled in the summer semester 2020 or are enrolled in the winter semester 2020/21 and do not claim a semester off for this period. A separate application is not required for this.

De-Registration

To terminate your enrolment, 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.


Thesis

1. Extension of the submission deadlines for final thesis (Bachelor’s, Master’s and „Diplom“ thesis):

Extension of the deadline for the submission of theses (Bachelor's/„Diplom“/Master's thesis) is only permitted within the framework of the currently valid examination regulations. (§ 19 PO Registration, topic issue, submission, assessment and repetition of the final thesis)

2. Submission of the thesis:

To meet the deadline, you submit two bound physical copies and the machine-readable PDF file format to the „Medienzentrum der TU Bergakademie Freiberg or to mailbox at Akademiestraße 6, addressed with “Student office”.
Furthermore you can send the documents by post. The date of the postmark will count as the submission date.

The thesis must contain the signed coversheet with the subject and the signed declaration.


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: coronaatlandkreis-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 student office by telephone or in writing (studierendenbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de).


Hygiene measures

  • wear a mouth-nose cover in all rooms (teaching rooms, offices, etc.) and general circulation areas (such as corridors, foyers, sanitary facilities, copy rooms, elevators)
  • Keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres to other persons
  • Avoid 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)
  • 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