The THU welcomes all first semester students in the 2021 Summer Semester. There is a lot to think about when starting to study. We've put together some essential information for you, so you don't forget anything important. What will happen in the first few days of my course? What can I expect from a hybrid semester under Corona conditions? Where can I go for help and advice? How do I get a THU-Card? Which dates are important? The following pages will answer these questions and others concerning starting your studies.
A note on studying under Corona conditions
Teaching at Ulm University of Applied Sciences is taking place under special Corona conditions. Currently, as per the Order issued by the State government, "in-person" classes at THU are suspended. Exceptions to this regulation are the monitored assignments and examinations specified in the course and examination regulations, as well as all practical "in-person classes" (labs, etc.). All classes at the THU must strictly adhere to the Corona regulations (hygiene regulations, documentation of participants, event-specific concepts). Therefore, it is vital that you check your inbox regularly for information e-mails from the President's Office, your program coordinators and department offices as well as from Student Services (SSC) or the International Office (AAA). We will keep you updated about the latest developments via this website, the intranet and on our social media channels.
This notice lists the general regulations for the Summer Semester. You can find degree program-specific information for your Bachelor's or Master's degree program in the download section of the webpage for your course.
You will find all the important course dates for the Summer Semester in the THU calendar.
We wish you a good start to your studies!
An overview of the most important rules:
Hybrid Summer Semester
Currently, as per the Order issued by the State government, "in-person" classes at THU are suspended. Exceptions to this regulation are the monitored assignments and examinations specified in the course and examination regulations, as well as all practical "in-person classes" (labs, etc.) which require the use of THU equipment during the class. Although the Summer Semester is not yet organized like a "classic" university semester, the Summer Semester should be a full-value semester with the best possible support for our students.
This is a "hybrid" Summer Semester, consisting of a mixture of online and "in-person" classes. THU students should be prepared for regular classes taking place at the University of Applied Sciences. A wide range of teaching forms will be used, depending on the type of class and the expertise to be developed: online lectures over the internet, laboratory classes in small groups and – as soon as the infection situation permits –"in-person" classes in small groups while complying with the minimum distance requirements, hybrid lectures, (where part of the class is present at the THU and the rest is connected online), flipped classrooms (where students work through the taught content at home first and then build on their knowledge by doing exercises with the teaching staff at THU).
The percentage split of teaching between online and "in-person" classes will vary from degree program to degree program – and even from semester to semester – depending on the proportion of laboratory classes and the educational concepts of the teachers. Your program adviser can provide you with specific information about the relevant plans for your course.
Currently, the THU buildings are only open to members of the University of Applied Sciences. It is vital that you comply with the THU infection protection regulations. Unfortunately, it is currently not permitted to use the public study stations/islands in the THU buildings. Students can study in unoccupied lecture theaters instead. However, students must register each visit via the displayed QR-Code and the UniNow app.
Important course dates for the 2021 Summer Semester
You will find all the important course dates for the Summer Semester in the THU calendar. Please check the dates displayed there, as these may change due to the current situation.
Infection Protection at THU and Compulsory Registration
Until further notice, the THU buildings are only open to members of the University of Applied Sciences. You must comply with the THU infection protection regulations. Unfortunately, it is currently not permitted to use the public study stations/islands in the THU buildings. Students can study in unoccupied lecture theaters instead. However, students must register each visit via the displayed QR-Code and the UniNow app. Your personal details will be recorded exclusively for the purpose of potentially-necessary contact tracing, and will be deleted after four weeks. You must register anew for every event. You can register on paper (fill out the form provided) or digitally (by using the UniNow app and scanning the QR-Code displayed in the rooms). Find out more about registration on the THU intranet (you must log in first).
To make the transition from school or work to university life easier, the THU offers preparatory courses for all first semester students. The preparatory courses for the Summer Semester will start on March 1, 2021.
In the preparatory courses we teach an overview of important fundamentals in mathematics and technology. Furthermore, you will learn to objectively assess your level of knowledge and update your training individually. Due to the pandemic and to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, we are providing the 2021 Summer Semester preparatory courses online. You can find more details about specific offers for preparatory courses on the preparatory course website.
After informing you via e-mail, Student Services will send you your THU-Card (your multifunctional student ID card) by post. Please send your questions to SSC@thu.de. From the beginning of March, your accounts will be sent to the e-mail address you specified on hochschulstart.de. You can find out about the THU-Card functions as well as about your University Account (Hochschulaccount) and other important IT services here.
Locations | Opening times | Virtual campus tour
The THU buildings are open from Mon - Sat from 7 am to 6 pm. The THU is closed on Sundays and public holidays. You can find out more about the different THU campuses, along with directions and maps on our Sites webpage. Please note that the Department of Electrical Engineering is moving into the new building on the Albert-Einstein-Allee campus. Until further notice, the THU buildings are only open to members of the University of Applied Sciences. It is vital that you comply with the THU infection protection regulations and the compulsory registration.
If you want to visit the campus in advance without leaving home, then check out our virtual 360° campus tour.
Who can I go to if I have questions?
Due to the current corona situation, our Student Services (SSC) office is closed for in-person visits until further notice. However, our team is happy to help you via e-mail at any time, using one of the following addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. You can also reach them on 0731 50 28025, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 12 noon.
Please contact your program adviser for questions regarding the content of your course (e.g. about the course schedule). You will find your program adviser's contact details in the download section of your degree program website.
Students' Council (VS)
Students at THU are represented by the Ulm Students' Council (VS), who are also happy to help you if you have questions about settling in in your first semester.
It represents students' interests on the various University of Applied Sciences boards. The Students' Council is your voice for implementing changes and improvements, and acts as an intermediary between students and the members of the University of Applied Sciences. As an enrolled student, you are automatically a member of the Students' Council and are therefore very welcome to get actively involved. You can find out more about the VS on the Verfassten Studierendenschaft website, via the VS Moodle course and the Instagram account.
There are a variety of ways in which you can fund your time at university. In addition to financial support, Ulm University of Applied Sciences offers motivated students a range of other funding programs, enabling you to profit from other people's experience in a special network. This can be valuable support for your later career. You will find the relevant information about the various scholarships, loans and the BAföG grant on the Funding and Mentoring page. Special information about financial assistance for students during the crisis is available on the website Financial help for students.
Information from the Studierendenwerk Ulm (Ulm Students' Union) and the Mensa
The THU mensas and cafeterias are run by the Ulm Students' Union (Studierendenwerk Ulm). As per the current Corona Order issued by the State of Baden-Württemberg, the THU mensas and cafeterias are closed to public access. Only a takeaway service is permitted.
The Studierendenwerk Ulm (Ulm Students' Union) has therefore decided to close the Prittwitzstrasse Mensa, the Böfingen cafeteria and the catering facilities at the Obere Eselsberg until further notice. The cafeteria in the kiosk at the Prittwitzstrasse will continue to open every day – from 8.30 am until 9.30 am and from 11.30 am until 1 pm – offering a cafeteria service and snacks.
Find out more on the Studierendenwerk Ulm (Ulm Students' Union) website.