Information from the President for the winter semester 2020/21
Dear students, Dear applicants,
I am sure most of you – as well as our staff – wonder what the winter semester is going to be like. Unfortunately, neither the experts in Munich nor we know how the situation around Covid-19 is going to evolve within the next months. Therefore, all statements are uncertain to some degree.
I hope this information can be of some help regarding your planning for the upcoming semester. I want to emphasize once again that all those plans are subject to sudden change in case the pandemic situation in Germany changes significantly.
Prof. Dr. Peter Sperber
FAQ about the Winter Semester 2020/2021 (24 July 2020)
Please note: All information is subject to change at short notice due to restrictions in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We also constantly inform you about new regulations on our social media channels.
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Semester start at the locations in Deggendorf, Pfarrkirchen and Cham is 1 October, 2020. On 1 and 2 October 2020 there will be a welcome and introduction event for first-year students.
Lectures for first semester students start on 5 October, 2020. The respective faculties will publish announcements regarding the start for higher semester students.
All of the provided dates are subject to possible changes due to the Corona Pandemic.
The winter semester starts on 1 October 2020 and ends on 14 March 2021
Lecture period start
Lecture period end
Lecture free period:
Proposed examination start:
*Lectures of the higher semesters may not take place on the first semester day
For the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT), the implementation of face-to-face lectures has the highest priority. If the current hygiene and distance regulations continue to apply, reduced attendance with a high virtual share must be assumed due to the higher space requirement. The following priorities apply to the implementation of classroom lectures:
Unfortunately, it is not possible to make reliable statements. If the number of infections continues to fall, more people will be able to be taught in one room and thus more classroom sessions will be offered.
If there is a second wave of infection, it may be necessary to reduce attendance to a minimum for all semesters.
We assume that it will continue to be difficult to enter Germany from some countries or that visas will not be issued. As far as possible, we will offer virtual classes independent of classroom teaching. You will receive confirmation to ensure your admission is still valid.
Unfortunately, we’re not able to answer this question. It strongly depends on your personal situation. If you are from the immediate area, then renting an apartment at the study location is probably not necessary. If you are a first semester student and you have a longer journey from your home address, we would strongly recommend renting an apartment in Deggendorf, Pfarrkirchen or Cham.
Basically living at the place of study is recommended because you will have better contact to your fellow students and you can participate in classroom activities much easier.
Please also note that we cannot guarantee that every lecture will be available online or as a recording.
During the summer semester 2020, we were all surprised by the pandemic, both students and lecturers. Since it was not clear at the beginning of the semester whether a regular semester could take place, it was decided to suspend regulations for one semester and to find very student-friendly regulations, such as suspending deadlines and allowing exams to be cancelled after participation.
Based on the experiences of the summer semester, it can be stated that the solely virtual operation means clear restrictions in communication, but it is still possible to impart the required knowledge and hold regular classes.
At the moment we assume that the winter semester 2020 will be a normal semester again, in regards to deadlines and examinations. Here, too, we reserve the right to make changes.
The faculties create timetables that apply to both face-to-face and virtual classes. For face-to-face classes you may be divided into groups so that the permitted room capacities are not exceeded. The faculties will inform you via the known channels (such as the DIT website or via e-mail).
Be aware that changes can occur at short notice. Inform yourself regularly about possible changes.
Current information for students:
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF=Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) is providing a total of 100 million euros in grants to help students who are in an emergency situation due to the corona pandemic. The grants are awarded through the student and student union.
From 16 June 2020, 12 noon, thisfinancial aid can be applied for online at www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de (in German). The processing of the applications will probably be carried out by the Studentenwerk Niederbayern/Oberpfalz from the end of June.
The financial allowance can be applied for online at www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de (in German) from June to August 2020 and will be paid for one month after approval. For the following month a repeat application may have to be submitted. The amount of the financial allowance depends on the severity of the financial emergency and amounts to at least 100 and at most 500 euros per application. If the aid has been approved, the account of the applicant(s) will be increased to a maximum of 500 Euros.
Further information and FAQ on bridging assistance: www.stwno.de/ueberbrueckungshilfe (in German).
1. The corona pandemic has a noticeable impact on the summer semester 2020: Lectures had to start digital due to corona. How are the universities prepared for this?
The commitment and dedication of the university family is overwhelming! I have been able to feel this during numerous visits to universities, universities of applied sciences, technical colleges and art colleges throughout Bavaria in recent weeks. Practical and pragmatic solutions have been found everywhere. In many conversations I have been given the signal that all those involved are determined to make teaching as good as possible. It is absolutely clear that this will require incredible efforts on the part of the universities and represents a major challenge for them. But I think it is fair to say that the semester has got off to a good start.
Weeks before the regular start of lectures, everyone was already working together and consistently expanding the digital offerings. This is an unprecedented joint effort! Our students can continue to make progress in their studies in the 2020 summer semester. Even though it is clear that it will not be a perfect semester: I am convinced that it will be a good one! I want to ensure the greatest possible reliability and equal opportunities - while at the same time providing the greatest possible security. There should be no disadvantages for our students.
2. And what about Corona: Will the digital semester change teaching in the long run?
After the summer semester I will start a round of reflections with the university family to gather experiences: What new opportunities have arisen? What has worked out well in digital teaching? Which screws do we still have to turn and where do we reach our limits? Even if many online offers will certainly become established in the long term, personal encounters, direct exchange on campus and in the lecture hall and presence offers for studying and everyday life at the university are still missing.
But in view of the opportunities, I definitely expect a strong digital boost for our universities!
3. Not only has teaching shifted from the campus to the home office, but the lecture period has also shifted. What are the regulations in detail?
Now it's getting a bit technical: at the universities of applied sciences, the technical colleges, the art colleges and the universities, lecture operations began on 20 April 2020. The end of the lecture period at the universities and colleges of applied sciences/technical colleges falls on 7 August 2020. The lecture period can be shortened by up to two weeks by the universities and by up to four weeks by the colleges of applied sciences and technical colleges. The universities of the arts have their own guidelines for shortening the lecture period.
The prerequisite for a reduction by the respective university is that the subject matter planned for the semester is offered during the lecture period with a correspondingly condensed number of hours or in some other way that takes into account the possibility of studying. Each university can arrange this for itself.
The summer semester ends - as usual - on 30 September.
4. What are the consequences of the cancellation of attendance courses on examinations?
For exams in the summer semester 2020, our universities will endeavour to find practical formats for their students. My advice is to accept these offers. The university examinations that are taken in the summer semester 2020 count.
What is important to me is that those who are unable to do so should not suffer any disadvantages due to examination regulations, deadlines or the standard period of study. We are therefore working at full speed on a regulation according to which the regular dates and deadlines for the semesters and periods of study are automatically postponed or extended.
5. The question of BAföG is also not entirely unimportant. What are the consequences of postponing the start of lectures in the summer semester 2020?
When I postponed the start of lectures, it was extremely important to me to find a quick solution for our students who receive BAföG. That is why I immediately contacted my counterpart in the federal government. Shortly afterwards, on 12 March, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research declared that pandemic-related short-term closures of training facilities and the extension of lecture-free periods are not harmful under funding law. Of course I am very pleased about this.
6. Is a return to attendance courses still conceivable this summer semester?
An opening of the universities and a normal teaching schedule before the end of this summer semester seems rather unlikely to me. But we have to keep a close eye on the development of the infection figures and keep a close eye on the situation.
By the way: Certain practical courses have been possible at the universities since 27 April - in individual cases - under strict hygiene measures.
For example, on the basis of a hygiene concept agreed with the Ministry of Health, students at the art colleges are again allowed to use the university rooms to practise, receive musical instruction or work in study workshops and technical rooms. It goes without saying that all general requirements and recommendations for hygiene and infection prevention must be observed. After all, the protection of health still takes precedence.
7. What impact will the pandemic have on the 2020/2021 winter semester: will the start of the lecture period also be postponed?
This is currently being discussed by the Länder at the level of the Conference of Education Ministers. Various factors must be taken into account, such as the application deadlines for courses of study with restricted admission.
Which, by the way, will be decided soon: The application deadline for admissions restricted courses of study for the winter semester 2020/2021 will be August 20. This means that despite the postponement of the Abitur examinations, high school graduates will still have enough time to apply. For enrolment in programmes of study not subject to admission restrictions, enrolment before the start of the winter semester will continue to apply.
8. What are the considerations to relieve the burden of childcare for students even better?
It was of great personal concern to me to help single students in particular with childcare. I am pleased that together we were able to enable this target group to take advantage of emergency childcare.
9. What is your final wish for this semester?
What else but: Stay healthy! And look ahead with confidence and take advantage of the opportunities that this semester offers you despite all the challenges!
The examination board of the THD, in very close cooperation with the Senate and the study centre, has been meeting in the last few days to discuss a framework, which is the guideline and benchmark for all decisions of the university regarding the organisation of examinations during this semester.
You certainly have many questions about the topic of examinations and examination organisation, either from the participant's point of view, or from the point of view of the organisation or simply because they are often the first point of contact. Therefore, as a first answer to your questions, let me explain the decisions of our meeting below.
The aim of our guidelines is to mitigate as far as possible the hardships that our students may face this semester due to the severely impaired study and examination schedule.
The Senate of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology gives us the freedom for our plans by suspending §§ 5 - 7 and 10 until 30 September 2020. These paragraphs essentially concern deadlines which our students would not be able to meet in many cases due to the special circumstances.
From 20 April 2020 at the latest, all lecturers will make the contents of their subjects available in digital form. They have been obliged to do so by the President, but of course they are also concerned about this themselves, so that you, the students, can get through this difficult semester in the best possible way. The President asks you to point out to your Deans of Studies or Deans where you may wish or expect better support.
Updated information on the postponed start of the semester / online semester for hochschule dual can be found here: https://www.hochschule-dual.de/aktuelles/corona-update/
FAQs Exchange Students - Summer Semester 2020
1. Can I stay at DIT even though the International Office has recommended to interrupt my semester abroad?
Of course it is absolutely possible to stay, this is entirely up to you. Students who decide not to return to their home countries must be aware that the restrictions will go on, social distancing is still necessary to an indefinite period and also during the next few weeks there will be significant restrictions disrupting daily life.
2. What will be the procedure if I stay here?
a. Inform us by e-mail to email@example.com
b. Check your e-mails, the iLearn portal and the DIT homepage regularly. Any important updates will be published there.
c. If you have not done so yet, please enroll for your iLearn courses.
3. What else do I have to take into account if I stay?
a. Health Insurance
Please note that it is absolutely necessary that all exchange students who are enrolled for the summer semester 2020 have a valid German public health insurance. The German public health insurance will cover all costs if you need treatment in the event of a COVID-19 infection. EU-students: The EHIC gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare under the same conditions as people insured in Germany.
b. Bank account
Please refer to your Orientation Week group leader as soon as possible if you have not completed the bank account opening process yet.
Deggendorf Institute of Technology
94469 Deggendorf, Germany
Tel.: +49 991 3615-0
Fax: +49 991 3615-297
4. What will be the procedure if I decide to return to my home country and cancel my enrolment at DIT?
a. Contact your home university and discuss your decision with them. ERASMUS students: Your home university will provide you with further information concerning the ERASMUS grant. Inform us by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you all documents which are required to cancel your enrollment here at DIT.
b. Cancel your German health insurance for the date of your departure.
c. Contact your dormitory/landlord to cancel your rental agreement. Before leaving, arrange an appointment for a room inspection (otherwise you will not get back your deposit). Some dormitories will only refund the rent if there is a tenant after you. If you have difficulties to get back your rent, please contact us. It is very likely that your rent will not be reimbursed. Although DIT is in constant discussion with the landlords we might not be successful here. So, please be prepared to lose money. The International Office has published a call for students who still need an accommodation for the summer semester 2020, though.
d. In regards of your study and your ECTS we will find a good solution with your home university soon.
5. What will be the procedure if I decide to return to my home country and follow the online courses from there?
a. Discuss with your lecturers whether it will be possible to complete your lectures online (including final examination).
b. Inform us by e-mail to email@example.com. We will send you all documents which are required to cancel your registration at the town of Deggendorf.
c. Contact your dormitory/landlord to cancel your rental agreement. Before leaving, arrange an appointment for a room inspection (otherwise you will not get back your deposit). Some dormitories will only refund the rent if there is a tenant after you (please double check the information in your rental agreement). It is very likely that your rent will not be reimbursed.
d. Close your German bank account before departure. This can only be done by sending an informal letter, including your original signature, to Commerzbank. It is not possible to close your bank account online or by e-mail.
e. Take into consideration that you will have to keep your German health insurance for the entire duration of the summer semester, even thoughyou will no longer be in Germany. It is required by law that all students who are enrolled at a German university need a German public health insurance or an equivalent to this.
Deggendorf Institute of Technology
94469 Deggendorf, Germany
Tel.: +49 991 3615-0
Fax: +49 991 3615-297
6. Whom should I refer to if it is not possible to return to my home country due to entry restrictions?
In this case, please directly refer to the consulate/embassy of your home country in Germany. If you need any support with this, please let us know.
7. Whom should I refer to if I feel sick?
If you do not feel well, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: +49 991 3615 253. We can put you in contact with a doctor and provide translators if required. We are very sorry for all the inconvenience the virus causes but we are still full of hope that the situation is getting better and you have some nice experiences in
Deggendorf ahead, if you decide to stay. For those who’d rather return home:
Thank you for your trust to come here in the first place. You are always very welcome to pay us a visit in the future. Have a save trip home!
To all of you: stay healthy!
The International Office Team
Information (reopening of the canteen/Mensa to pick up food, interest-free KfW loan, job offers for student bike couriers, dormitory)
24 April 2020
New regulations valid as of 27 April:
You are obliged to wear a mask: Masks must be worn on entering the building. This is a rule for everyone except staff in their respective office. In the wooden cottage in front of the mensa, there will be a mask sale between 9am to 5pm (as long as supply lasts), re-usable masks with DIT logo 5€ and disposable masks 1€.
The library will offer lending only from 9am – 5pm, however, students don’t have to make an appointment in advance.
Computer rooms can be used for lectures if the software can only be accessed on campus. The following rules apply:
08 April 2020
Exams in the 2020 summer semester
DIT decides on framework for the organisation and carrying out of exams.
DIT’s examination board, in very close coordination with the Senate and Centre for Studies created a framework, which serves as a guideline and benchmark for all decisions regarding the organisation of exams in this semester. You will certainly have many questions on the subject of exams and exam organisation, be it from the perspective of the participants, be it from the perspective of the organisation or simply because you are often the first point of contact. So let me be first answer to your questions the decisions of our The meeting is summarised below. Our aim is to shape this semster as smooth as possible for our students despite the difficulties and severely limited study and exam situation in this semester. The senate of the university gives us the freedom for our project by suspending §§ 5 - 7 and 10 until 30.09.2020 These paragraphs mainly concern deadlines that our students would in many cases not be able to meet. From 20.04. at the latest, all lecturers will make the contents of their subjects available in digital form. They have been obliged to do so by the President, but of course it is also their own concern, so that you, the students, can get through this difficult semester to come. The President requests that you inform your Deans of Studies or Deans about where you might need even better support
31 March 2020
DIT is starting immediately in all faculties with increased provision of teaching content in electronic form.
Professors and lecturers are now beginning to hold virtual lectures according to the usual schedule in real time - students should ask their respective lecturers directly for details.
By 20 April 2020 at the latest, contents for all planned lectures should be available in electronic form.
17 March 2020
Closure of access to the buildings of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology
We ask for your understanding that due to the current danger of infection by the corona virus, all DIT buildings are no longer accessible to students until further notice.
16 March 2020
Closing of the library
Against the background of the spread of the corona virus, the library of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology has been closed to the public until April 19, 2020, as ordered by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art.
We consider ourselves fortunate that we have been able to license a large number of e-books in recent years, so that a great deal of content will be available to you during this period until the start of lectures.
If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact the library staff at email@example.com or by phone at 0991/3615-705. We are sure you will get all the support you need.
The information provided here will be updated as required.
12 March 2020
Yesterday afternoon, the Extended University Board met and the matters below were decided. Please note that all decisions are subject to change. We do not know how the Corona Pandemic will develop in Germany and what measures will be taken by the state or federal government that may also affect our university life directly or indirectly.
We will keep you informed about further developments via website, social media and emails. Questions about the study programme should be addressed directly to the study centre or the respective faculties.