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Winter Semester 2021/22

Predominantly face-to-face study


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FU Berlin Physik - Lernplätze in der ehemaligen Bibliothek / BoB

FU Berlin Physik - Lernplätze in der ehemaligen Bibliothek / BoB

After three semesters largely in an online mode, we are now preparing for a winter semester with teaching and learning which will take place predominantly on campus in the building of the Department of Physics.

3Gs – vaccinated, recovered, tested

We will follow the 3G rule "Geimpft, genesen, getestet" (in German). Only people who are vaccinated, recovered or tested can participate in on-site courses. Given that, it will be possible to dispense with the general obligation to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, insofar as the current infection situation permits. (Details, English version at the bottom)

Maximum flexibility for high-quality teaching

Pandemic times require extra flexibility from all of us. In the last three semesters, the physics department has implemented feasible solutions that have ensured good quality studies and research. However, only a limited amount of face-to-face courses could take place. This is now to change. But still, due to the unpredictability of the infection situation, is it probable that face-to-face teaching will not be realized as planned if the distance rules are omitted. But even then, we will make every effort to keep the proportion of on-campus courses at a high level, especially for students in the first and third semesters.

We wish all students a good start into the winter semester 2021/22!

Key Information in Brief

  • Semester dates: 18.10.2021 - 19.02.2021
  • We offer all modules, predominantly as face-to-face courses.
  • For mutual protection, all continue to wear masks.
  • Tracking in case of infection will be done via a barcode app.
  • Learning on campus is mostly possible again.
  • We recommend vaccination for all students.

Last update: 03.09.2021

FAQ to Winter Semester 2021/22 - Coming back to face-to-face studies

We offer all modules in the winter semester 2021/22.

Practically all courses take place on campus.

However, if an aggravated infection situation leads to the reintroduction of the distance rule at Berlin's universities, we will not be able to teach all courses in person. But even then, we will offer many live courses, especially those for the first and third semesters as well as internships.

No, we will not have any paper lists. We will monitor attendance in the rooms via a barcode app, which the Department of Informatics developed specifically for this purpose. In case of infection, the app will allow us to trace contacts back.

Yes. Students are generally required to wear a protective mask in university buildings.

Personal contacts are very important for study success. Please feel free to visit the bridge course (in German) and to use the freshers' chat for networking and finding partners for exercises, learning groups and laboratory work.

Freshers' Chat

You can also can have contact to FSI: fsi@physik.fu-berlin.de. They will introduce you to the students' community at the Department of Physics.

Yes, the personal contact between lecturers and students has always been and remains an essential part of studying at the Department of Physics. Whether you attend a face-to-face or online class, please feel free to ask questions and initiate discussions, show initiative and approach faculty members about research projects.

Yes, learning and working on campus will be possible again.

  •  The reading rooms of the libraries are open again.
  •  The learning center in the BoB (library without books) may be used for learning again.

If the infection situation worsens, we will have to restrict the use of public spaces again. We sincerely hope that this case will not occur.

Students can still borrow laptops, PC and other hardware from the ZEDV of the FB Physics (zedv@physik.fu-berlin.de) if there is a need.

You are not alone with this feeling. The department and the university offer students various forms of assistance:

Walk towards us. Talk to the teaching staff. All life circumstances are different – we will try to help within the scope of our possibilities.

We strongly recommend that you get vaccinated in time. However, you may also study without vaccination. You must then prove that you have recovered or tested negative.

Only vaccinated, recovered, or tested persons can take advantage of live studies and university's services. Proof of a negative PCR test result must not be older than 48 hours; a rapid test must be current to the day.

Advice and Support

Leveke Holler

If you have any questions or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail: studienberatung@physik.fu-berlin.de