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Information from the Central Examinations Office during the Corona­virus Pandemic

Corona­virus: Measures at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity

Please check the main pages at regular intervals for in­for­mation on current measures at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity.

Advisory services and how to contact the Central Examinations Office

In principle, all examination regulations remain valid. The current situation poses a number of questions for us too regarding examination rules and procedures, which we are endeavoring to answer or find an answer to.

We are endeavoring to answer general questions as below. However, many problems are highly individual. The team member at the Central Examinations Office responsible for you will take care of your query via email.  

We will supplement the following in­for­mation as and when required and amend it to reflect current developments if necessary.

At the present time, the staff of the Central Examinations Office are only on campus part of the time. Contact by telephone is currently only limited.

Please contact the team member at the Central Examinations Office responsible for you by email.

We are endeavoring to process your enquiries as quickly as possible in the current situation. Due to the large number of emails we are receiving, we ask for your understanding that we are prioritizing enquiries and can only answer them one at a time.

We are currently accepting all kinds of documents and assessments without exception that are sent in digital form. Please scan and send them by email to the team member at the Central Examinations Office responsible for you. In the case of documents that require a signature, we request that you sign them first and then scan them together with your signature.

Regular incoming mail arriving on campus can only be handled on a limited basis. In urgent cases, please additionally send us documents sent by regular mail in digital form by email.

Please scan and send all applications and other documents in digital form by email to the team member at the Central Examinations Office responsible for you. In the case of documents that require a signature, please sign them first and then scan them together with your signature.

In the current situation, we are accepting all kinds of documents without exception that are sent as scans in digital form.

Regular incoming mail arriving on campus can only be handled on a limited basis. In urgent cases, please additionally send us documents sent by regular mail in digital form by email.

Information on exa­mi­nations

For further in­for­mation on these topics, please consult the FAQs of the Student Registration Office (German only).

Further in­for­mation on this can be found under Studies & Teaching on in our Corona­virus FAQ.

You can find the general rules for individual extensions of submission deadlines for theses outside the context of the co­ro­na­virus pandemic on the page FAQs – Examinations in the section “Theses”.

We will continue to try and issue graduation documents as promptly as possible.

Insofar as the Central Examinations Office is responsible for issuing graduation documents, you will be notified by UniMail as soon as these have been signed. Please then confirm to us your correct address so that we can send you your graduation documents by regular mail.

If we have already notified you before the current measures that your graduation documents are ready for collection, you can also apply retrospectively to the team member at the Central Examinations Office responsible for you to have them sent by mail. In this case, please send us a short email via UniMail with your correct address.

Mail is dispatched as regularly and quickly as possible. You do not need to send a stamped envelope.

If your graduation documents are issued directly by the faculty, please enquire there about current procedures.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has introduced temporary pos­si­bi­lities for this. Please note the in­for­mation on the main page Measures at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity.

The current regulations on bonus attempts can be found in the general FAQ of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity.

These bonus attempts will be adjusted at a later date. In case such an adjustment of the bonus attempts is delayed, students will not be subject to any disadvantages.

If you need an adjusted Transcript of Records, e.g. for a change of uni­ver­si­ty, please do not hesitate to contact the responsible contact person in the Central Examinations Office.

Central Examinations Office from A to Z

The Central Examinations Office is your first port of call for all questions to do with exa­mi­nations. In the following section, you can find some basic in­for­mation, which may vary for individual degree programs due to the respective examination regulations currently valid (which are legally binding for you).

You can find supplementary in­for­mation on the pages of the team responsible for you. The contact persons listed there are also happy to give you advice and assistance with any questions you may have.

General in­for­mation

Are you looking for the team member at the Central Examinations Office responsible for you? You can find him or her under contact persons.

More and more degree programs are using the online services to organize and handle exa­mi­nations. This is an easy way to register for exams, produce transcripts or obtain an overview of exa­mi­nations for which you have already registered – regardless of opening hours.

Click here for the online services.

You can download transcripts of records via the online services. If you require a signed transcript, you can obtain this from the team member at the Central Examinations Office responsible for your program.

You can also obtain other examination-related certificates for other authorities and in­sti­tu­ti­ons from the Central Examinations Office.

Legal basis for your studies

The examination regulations are the legal basis for your studies.

The module manual supplements the respective examination regulations and describes in detail the contents of the individual modules. You can find the module manuals on the website of your faculty.

Subject-specific provisions (German only) govern the program contents and study requirements of the teacher train­ing degrees on the basis of the examination regulations.

Examination procedures

In general, students must register for exa­mi­nations up to two weeks beforehand.

The closing dates applicable for you are specified in your examination regulations. There can be deviations.

As a rule, you can register via the online service. Please always wait for confirmation of your registration (right-hand column “Status“), as in some cases the system checks whether you have already met the requirements for taking the examination.

If online registration is not possible for exa­mi­nations with individual examination dates, please use the registration forms provided by your team. Information about deviations in registration procedures can be found on the team pages.

You are also obliged to notify the Central Examinations Office of your registration by due date in the event of any technical problems.

In general, the following closing dates apply:

  • Oral exa­mi­nations: Up to one week before the date of the examination
  • Written exa­mi­nations: Up to one day before the date of the examination

The closing dates applicable for you are specified in your examination regulations. There can be deviations.

As a rule, you can de-register via the online service. Please always wait for confirmation of your de-registration (right-hand column ‘Status’). If online de-registration is not possible for exa­mi­nations with individual examination dates, please use the de-registration form (German only). The examiner’s signature is required.

You are also obliged to de-register by due date in the event of any technical problems. Please use the de-registration form (German only) for this too. Outside office hours, you can put your de-registration form in the outside mailbox (in front of Emil-Figge-Str. 61), send it by regular mail or as a scanned attachment by email.

In the case of withdrawal or absence, students are obliged to notify their examination board via the Central Examinations Office without delay of the reasons and substantiate them.

Illness on the day of the examination

If a candidate or a child predominantly cared for by a candidate is ill, a medical certificate (in German) must be presented. If the candidate is ill, the medical certificate must confirm that he or she is unable to sit the examination. You can download a corresponding in­for­mation sheet here and present it to your doctor: Information Sheet “Illness on the Day of an Examination” (German only). The Central Examinations Office will deem that the certificate has been submitted “without delay” up to 7 days (not working days) after the examination.

Other reasons

If there are other good reasons why you were unable to sit an examination or if you later withdraw from an examination you have taken, you are obliged to present your reasons to the Central Examinations Office in writing and without delay and to substantiate them.

“Without delay” means in this case without any undue procrastination on your part.

These reasons are always individual and subject to case-by-case consideration, meaning that it is not possible to make any general statements about deadlines or type of proof.

All exa­mi­nations which were failed or assessed as not passed can be repeated at least once. Details are governed by the respective examination regulations in the applicable version.

As a rule, the examination regulations provide for the following or similarly formulated rules:

“If the student shows credibly by means of a medical certificate that he or she is unable to complete an examination in whole or in part in the prescribed form or time period due to prolonged or permanent physical impairment or chronic illness, the chairperson of the respective examination board shall decide in which other form or time period the examination is to be completed.”

In cases of doubt, the person or office responsible for questions concerning disabled students (e.g. the Department of Disability and Studies (DoBuS) (German only) at the Centre for Higher Education of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity) will be involved in the decision.

General in­for­mation on disadvantage compensation arrange­ments can be found on the DoBuS website (German only).

If you have any questions about the procedure, please ask the team member at the Central Examinations Office responsible for you, or your examination board.

The examination regulations set down which documents are to be produced and issued upon successful completion of the respective program.

As a rule, in the case of Bachelor’s and Master’s programs these are an exam certificate, a degree certificate, a transcript of records and a diploma supplement. In the case of Diplom programs, these are usually the exam and Diplom certificates.

Your examination regulations also set down which of your graduation documents will be issued in English or can be obtained upon request.

You can find in­for­mation about the recognition of exa­mi­nations and other skills or qualifications in the menu under recognition of exa­mi­nations.

Together with Ruhr Uni­ver­sity Bochum and the Uni­ver­sity of Duisburg-Essen, TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity belongs to the Uni­ver­sity Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), which was established in 2007. Under the motto “Better Together”, the universities and re­search institutes in the Ruhr region are growing closer together.

If you are enrolled at one of the UA Ruhr universities, you have the possibility to attend courses at one of the partner universities without paying additional fees.

In­for­ma­ti­on about studies within the Uni­ver­sity Alliance can be found on the UA Ruhr website (German only).

If you are interested, please use the Application Form for Admission to Courses (German only). This also includes further in­for­mation about the procedure.

Theses (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Diplom)

The requirements concerning registration, processing time and other examination-related rules are governed by the respective examination regulations, in conjunction with the module manual or the subject-specific provisions, if applicable.

The team member responsible for you can advise you on the specifics of the registration procedure.

The thesis must include an affidavit.

The time period allowed for completing the thesis is set down in the examination regulations, and no general statements can be made here because of too many different regulations.

If you want to submit your thesis in digital format, you can find all the in­for­mation you need in this checklist.

If you encounter difficulties while uploading your final thesis to ExaBase, please report this immediately via UniMail to the administration which is responsible for your degree program. Please send the digital thesis and provide proof of the problem (e.g. a screenshot or photo of the error message) so that it can be verified and technically checked.

You must include an affidavit with your Bachelor’s, Master’s or Diplom thesis.

In the case of Bachelor’s and Master’s theses, please use the standard template provided by the Central Examinations Office. Please do not make any changes to the template. It is to be signed and bound into your thesis as a fixed part.

Students may return a thesis topic once only and as a rule only within the first 14 days. The exact deadline is set down in your examination regulations. Should you have any questions, please ask the team at the Central Examinations Office.

Extension due to illness

If you or a child predominantly cared for by you is ill, you are obliged to notify your examination board without delay and in writing via the Central Examinations Office. It is imperative that the medical certificate (which must be in German) arrives at the Central Examinations Office within the time allowed for processing the thesis. If you yourself are ill, the medical certificate must confirm that you cannot work on your thesis. After the Central Examinations Office has received your medical certificate, your new submission date will be calculated, and you will be notified accordingly in writing (by regular mail or email.

Extension for other reasons

As a rule, the examination regulations make provisions for the chairman of the examination board, in consultation with the supervisor, to grant – by way of exception – an extension of the processing time by up to four weeks upon the candidate’s justified request. An application for extension must be submitted to the examination board at the latest 14 days before the end of the processing time. The exact deadline and the time frame are set down in your examination regulations.

The basic procedure is as follows:
You apply for an extension and justify it in writing. Your supervisor must endorse your application. This can be a handwritten note on your application or done separately in writing. You submit both documents to your examination board. Once they have been approved and received by the Central Examinations Office, your new submission date will be calculated, and you will be notified accordingly in writing (by regular mail or email.

Should you have any questions, please ask the team member at the Central Examinations Office responsible for you, or your examination board.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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