University and academic advising

The impact of the coronavirus on your studies

Changes due to the coronavirus

You can currently reach us via the online conference call room Jitsi during our office hours using the following link: 

https://conference.astatu.berlin/Hochschulberatung

We also have a business cell phone you can call in case of emergency or if you do not have internet access: You can reach us Wednesdays at 017645808437 and Thursdays at 015210827298 . However, Jitsi remains our primary and preferred mode of communication. Please send us an email, if you prefer to talk on the phone (hochschulberatung@asta.tu-berlin.de).  

Consultation hours

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Mi. / Wed.

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Fr. / Fri.

General

AStA’s University and academic advising provides assistance with all problems related to your studies and fiercely represents your interests – in contrast to most University services offered. Our many years of experience as students at the University means we are often able to easily put ourselves in your position and are not afraid to take a stand against the University together with you. Topics we frequently assist with include: support with bringing action in a degree program, issues with study and examination regulations or examination boards, assistance writing objections or requesting reconsideration procedures, problems with (failed) exams, compulsory advising, forced termination of enrollment, special medical certificates, attendance lists and required attendance, and data privacy problems – and, of course, any other topic or problem you need assistance with. If you would like to make use of University and academic advising and do not require legal counsel, you do not need to make an appointment. Simply stop by during our office hours. We also offer legal counsel for difficult legal cases concerning the University or your studies. This is provided at no cost to you. In order to avoid long waiting times, you must come to our office and make an appointment one week beforehand. In some exceptions, you can make an appointment by email. Please send a brief description of the situation to the email address provided below. As our legal services are in high demand, we ask that you seek other legal counsel for all legal questions not related to university or examination law (or the University in general). At university policy level, we aim to ensure that studies at TU Berlin are and remain accessible to all and not only those who can afford to study. However, due to the undemocratic distribution of power at the University, we have relatively small influence on study and examination regulations. This is primarily due to representation in University committees, where university professors are always in the majority. We continue to work on free access to higher education and the university. You can bring action against an admissions decision without a lawyer. For an initial overview, take a look at the Referent_Innen-Rat at HU Berlin and our joint information page einklage.de

Learn how to bring action

Was your application for a study place rejected or are you afraid it will be? During the semester break we will once again hold meetings to explain how to bring action against a decision. We provide information and answer questions about the process and cost risk. We also have the necessary forms on hand and can fill these out together with you. Please come to the AStA waiting room for the meeting. The deadline to file an action for the summer semester ends on 30 March and 30 September. You must have initiated the process by this date, regardless of whether you have already received a rejection or not. You can inform yourself in advance on Einklage.de.

Discontinued degree programs

Thousands of students at TU Berlin are still enrolled in Diplom or Magister degree programs. You are not alone. However, the University would like to discontinue these degree programs as quickly as possible and is within its legal right to do so, pursuant to Section 126 of the Berlin State Higher Education Act. The Act requires universities to set a fixed date, by which students have a final opportunity to take the final exam. After this date, the degree program is considered discontinued. If you are nearly finished and require a deadline extension, you must submit a special request for more time (Härtefallantrag). More information about special requests for discontinuing degree programs

Student rights

In light of the many inquiries we have recently received, we want to encourage you to not accept every condition imposed by lecturers. As students, you have clear rights you can invoke. You can often already determine whether a requirement in your course is unlawful by taking a look at the General Study and Examination Regulations. You can find reader friendly versions with the most commonly relevant regulations and laws here.

Deadlines

Students often come to us who have just missed a deadline and who we are thus unable to help. To avoid this, please come to us as soon as possible with any letters from the University that you don’t understand. You can find an overview of the most common deadlines here:

Information about deadlines (in German) Download

How to contact us:

By email: hochschulberatung@asta.tu-berlin.de

In person (during office hours): Room TK 112 (TU Berlin AStA, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, TU, TK – Building, yellow building between the canteen and Main Building on the 1st floor, exact directions provided under Contact