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Another Digital Semester, On-site Teaching for First Semester

Online Semester

Online Semester
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The pandemic times pose special challenges for all of us. Under the given circumstances, we found feasible solutions that enable us to ensure good quality teaching and to continue working on research projects.

We hope that you make good progress in your studies and remain actively connected to our department online. We ask for your understanding that due to the hygiene regulations we will be able to offer on-site courses primarily to the first-year students.

Key Information in Brief

  • Semester dates: 02.11.2020 - 27.02.2021
  • All modules will take place.
  • There will be both face-to-face and online exams.
  • Studying in the premises of the department is currently not possible.

We update information on this site on a regular basis. Last update: 16.07.2020

FAQ Digital Semester 2020/21

We offer ALL modules in the winter semester 2020/21. The modules will take place mainly in digital format.

Due to limited on-site operations (the department's premises are not accessible for public), we provide on-site courses for the first semester only:

  • Introduction to Physics I (B. Sc.)
  • Experimental Physics I (B. Sc. for teachers)
  • Theoretical Physics I (B. Sc. for teachers)
  • Basic Lab Course I and II (B. Sc.)
  • Project Lab Course (B. Sc.)
  • Advanced Lab Course (B. Sc.)
  • Advanced Lab Course (M. Sc.)

The bridge course in mathematics will be held as an online course. All other lectures and tutorials will take place in different digital formats.

No, unfortunately not. Due to limited on-site operations, studying on the campus is not possible.
Students can borrow laptops, computers, and hardware from the IT service of the Physics Department. Please write to zedv@physik.fu-berlin.de.

  1. Dates for re-examinations for the winter semester 2019/20 and exams for the summer semester 2020 will be assigned from 13.07.2020. Depending on the course and module, both on-site and online exams will be offered.
  2. In the winter semester 2020/2, exams will be run as online or on-site examinations depending on the course. 
  3. Students who cannot take on-site exams (e.g. due to a stay abroad) or online exams (e.g. due to bad internet connection) will be offered catch-up examinations. Depending on the circumstances, we will try to find an individual exam form that is suitable for every student to succeed.

We currently offer online sessions via Webex for students to view their individual results and corrections of written exams.

Due to corona quarantine, the lecture times will be postponed to the period 02.11.2020 - 27.02.2021.

Yes, the personal contact between lecturers and students has always been and remains an essential part of studying at the Department of Physics. Please feel free to ask questions and initiate discussions during online modules and courses. You can also have an individual online conversation with a tutor – just ask the person for an appointment directly via e-mail.

We recommend students to arrange regular online meetings with fellow students and continue working in groups online, e.g. using Webex technology, which is also available to students. Studying and working in groups is more productive than learning alone.


Advice and Support

Leveke Holler

If you have any questions or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

studienberatung@physik.fu-berlin.de