Study and exams - FAQs
On this page you will find answers to the most important questions on the non-lecture period (starting 20.07.2020), the exam period (July – October 2020) and on the current plans for the winter term 2020/21.
Information concerning the organization of the university in these tims, on health protection and much more can be found following the link current measures.
- Will the lecture period in the summer term 2020 be extended beyond the scheduled time due to the late start?
No, the lecture period will end on 17 July 2020.
- Have the dates for the lecture period in the winter term 2020/21 been fixed?
Yes, lectures start on 26.10.2020 and will end on 12.02.2021. For first semester students in Bachelor programs lectures start on 02.11.2020 and end on 12.02.2021. The welcome week starts on 26.10.2020.
- What will the WiSe 20/21 look like?
Definitive statements are impossible because the general conditions can change considerably depending on the development of the pandemic.
However, the university has set a general frame for a "hybrid semester": There should be as much presence as possible. Courses in presence are offered primarily for the critical passages in the student'a life cycle (start, transitions, graduation). The number of participants is limited to 50 per course, and only half of the seats in a lecture hall will be occupied. It might be that courses or seminars are offered twice or alternately in attendance. There may also be completely new classes or courses. The departments are currently planning this based on their discipline specific needs.
Information on your study program
- How will I be kept up to date about the course of studies?
For general information, please check this website on a regular basis and follow the university's social media channels. If necessary, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs will also inform you by e-mail via his newsletter.
Information on the individual study programs including FAQs can be found on the websites of the respective departments. If necessary, they will also inform you by e-mail.
- Do the departments have any further information?
Yes, all departments provide further information on their own web pages.
- School of Humanities
- School of Human and Social Sciences
- Schumpeter School of Business ans Economics
- School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
- School of Architecture and Civil Engineering
- School of Electrical, Informational and Media Engineering
- School of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering
- School of Art and Design
- School of Education
- Information Office of the School of Education
- Who can I contact if I have any suggestions?
- Am I allowed to recrord ZOOM meetings for future use?
No. Courses which are taught using a video conferencing system will inevitably transmit audio and video material of fellow students and teachers which would then also be recorded. Recording is only allowed if all participants explicitly agree. They can revoke their agreement at any time.This also applies if you want to record just for private use.
- What about exams?
All exams for all modules which were taught in this summer semester will take place. We have two additional large halls for written exams. You will be informed on your individual regulations by your department and/or your examiner.
For questions about exams of a general nature, see FAQ Zentrales Prüfungsamt.
- How can I reach the central examination office?
Physical consultation hours are currently not available. You can reach the staff at the central examination office by phone or e-mail contacts.
Presence at the university
- May I use the library?
Yes. The specific domain libraries 1 to 5 at Campus Grifflenberg and the copy centre can again be accessed, but restrictions apply. For the purpose of returning and borrowing print media, searching for literature on the shelves and using the copy centre, the library building can be entered Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The libraries at Campus Haspel and at Campus Freudenberg are still closed access conditions.
- May I use the library for learning?
Yes. Since 29.06.2020 a total of 50 work places for students and employees of BUW are available in the two reading rooms. he maximum usage time is 3 hours per person and day. Advance booking is required and only possible by telephone on (0202) 439-3567 (Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Details for booking and use.
- How can I reach the ZIM if I need to renew my electronic access?
- Can I use the internet café or the IT training rooms at ZIM?
No. The Internet café and the IT training rooms are still closed. Further information about the Service of the ZIM.
- Can I meet with study groups at the university?
At present (as of 14.07.) this is only possible in severely restricted form and only at some of the departments. Information can be obtained at the dean‘s offices. The currently valid regulations on hygiene and distance must be observed and complied with (see in particular the "Coronaschutzverordnung" in its currently valid version at https://www.mags.nrw/coronavirus-rechtlicheregelungen-nrw). In addition, it is required that any contacts can be traced back.
- What sports activities are currently available at the university?
Information on the activities offered can be found on the university sports pages Corona-FAQ.