Frequently asked questions about studying

 

1. WHEN IS THE UNIVERSITY OPEN?

The university is open Monday to Saturday from 09.00-21.00 hrs - but ONLY after prior registration with the head office (and in Cc to the rectorate) and confirmation! The Hans Lenz House will remain closed. Admission to the university is exclusively via the main entrance Hans-Lenz-Platz 3. 

The hall of the Hans-Lenz-Haus can be booked as a digital performance room for video recordings (see landeszentrum.net/digital-space/) The cafeteria will remain closed until further notice. 

2. WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I TAKE?

Here you will find the applicable hygiene rules.

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3. HOW IS TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY REGULATED?

More information about teaching can be found in the Teaching FAQ.

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4. CAN I PRACTICE AT THE UNIVERSITY AGAIN?

Practice is still only possible to a limited extent at the university. Certain rooms can be used for three and a half hours from Monday to Saturday by students who have no other possibility: 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:00-21:00. 

Historical keyboard instruments and organs may only be used by one player per day and room.

Students are requested to contact the central office by e-mail: zentrale[at]mh-trossingen.de. The rules of distance for meetings in the house, as laid down in the current Corona regulation, remain unchanged! The student foyer and the "red counter" with the PCs will remain closed.

After leaving the room, please open the windows and door. Keys etc. must be cleaned independently.  Overrooms are cleaned and disinfected every morning.

Please make use of the possible time windows. For example, do not practice your minor instrument briefly every day, but rather every 2-3 days longer.

Digital classrooms are now available for distance learning. Please inform yourself at the FAQ Teaching.

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5. HOW DO I OBTAIN NECESSARY MEDIA FROM THE LIBRARY?

Urgently needed notes and literature can be ordered by e-mail from Mr Dachnowsky (Gangolf.Dachnowsky[at]mh-Trossingen.de) and usually picked up 1-2 days later in the EC at the headquarters. Please order the books via the form created for this purpose. You will then receive an e-mail as to when the ordered works are ready for collection at the headquarters. 

From 2 June, the library will be reopened from Monday – Thu from 14.00 to 17.00 p.m. under special hygiene rules and exclusively for research (with your own smartphone in mobileOPAC or directly on the shelves) and borrowing. Longer stays in the library for learning, copying etc. are not possible. 

The standard loan and return will continue to take place in the self-service area opposite the gate. Please use the online form at https://www.mh-trossingen.de/hochschule/einrichtungen/bibliothek.html

The following hygiene rules must be observed: 

  • Currently, only 3 users are allowed to enter the library simultaneously. 
  • Mouth-nose protection is mandatory. 
  • 1.5 metres of hygienic distance shall be observed. 

ATTENTION: The current flat-rate extension of the deadlines shall end on 2 June. An online extension is possible. 

The library continues to provide services to teachers during the Corona period: a certain amount of literature, essays and grades required for your courses can be scanned and uploaded to our learning platform Moodle (moodle.mh-trossingen.de) (digital semester apparatus). Please send your literature and grade requests for your digital semester report to Gangolf Dachnowsky. In the following days, a student assistant will scan the literature you have requested to the extent required by law (see for example www.bib.uni-mannheim.de/digitaler-semesterapparat) and upload it to the digital seminar room of your course on Moodle. The access data for the Moodle accounts will be sent to you today or tomorrow if you do not already have a Moodle account. If you do not have a Moodle account for your course, please contact;Joachim Goßmann or Prof. Philipp Ahner. Please send the access keys for your individual courses directly to the students who have registered for your course. Please make sure that the scanned works (texts, sheet music, etc.) are only accessible to the students registered for the course. 

6. HOW DO I OBTAIN PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES AND MODULE CERTIFICATES?

Study achievements that can be achieved in digital form or possibly in face-to-face classes are documented as usual in the students' study books by the teachers. Most courses of study at our university provide compulsory modules in areas such as choir or orchestra, which cannot be offered at present. Whether these or comparable courses can take place alternatively in July or September is currently unclear. If these student performances are not possible by the end of the semester (September 30th) and the study or completion of a course of study is delayed for individual students as a result, these performances can be waived on application and CPs can still be awarded.

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7. WHEN DO EXAMINATIONS TAKE PLACE?

Due to current developments, the Rectorate has changed the periods for entrance examinations and exams in the summer semester 2020:

Students have (subject to further developments) the possibility to take examinations and final exams within the following two periods:

  • Examination period 1: Monday, 6 July to Saturday, 18 July 2020 (more soloist examinations)
  • Examination period 2: Monday, 21 September to Saturday, 3 October 2020  (more ensemble examinations)

Examinations music theory & aural training: (ATTENTION: probable planning - please note the final examination schedule!)

  • Music theory exam: 04.07.
  • Music theory exams: 06.-08.07. and 13.-15.07.
  • Aural training examinations: 05.-09.10.

The new examination periods apply to all examinations (including teacher training), but not to graded performance certificates. There may also be different dates for the subject Music Theory.

As in previous semesters, graded pieces of work (LN+) will be carried out under the responsibility of the teachers and in consultation with the students, and the results will be reported to the study and examination administration by the teachers.

Students are urgently requested to register planned examinations and graded pieces of work with the Student and Examination Office by 15 May and to use the appropriate forms for this purpose. 

Please note that during your studies all examinations and graded papers must be registered. If some details (e.g. the examination programme) have not yet been finalised, you can submit them as soon as possible. This year, the teacher's agreement can exceptionally be sent by e-mail to the contact person for the respective degree programme in the form of an additional e-mail.

When registering for the examination, please indicate in which of the above-mentioned examination periods the examination should take place if possible.

ATTENTION: In case the examination cannot take place, a proper preparation for the examination could not be ensured due to Corona-related restrictions or participants cannot take part in the examination due to travel restrictions, a withdrawal from the examination at a later date is exceptionally possible.

The last deadline for proof of the B2 language certificate is 15 January 2021.

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8. WHERE CAN I GET MY CURRENT STUDY DOCUMENTS?

The documents relating to the start of the course or semester are available to students from the time the university opens its doors to the administration, or can be extended from this time. This also applies to the updating of the university identification card. Due to the increasing restrictions on postal services in individual countries, individual exceptions for applications to the entrance examinations will also be agreed upon with applicants who have problems with postal services during the summer semester 2020.

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9. WHEN IS IT USEFUL TO APPLY FOR EXEMPTION, WHEN FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE OR PART-TIME STUDY?

In principle, an application for a semester of leave of absence should only be made if it is foreseeable that no meaningful instruction in any subject is possible in that semester. As soon as individual courses can be taken online, but other subjects or even the main subject is not being taught adequately (or only 50%), it is more advisable to apply for an exemption (individual part-time) to the Student and Examination Office (Ms. Rüdt or Ms. Remete).

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10. HOW CAN I CONTACT THE ADMINISTRATION?

The administrative staff work as usual in the university or in the home office. They are best reached by e-mail. You can find out office hours and how to reach them at www.mh-trossingen.de/hochschule/personen/verwaltung.html by clicking on the individual names.

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11. DO I HAVE TO GO INTO QUARANTINE WHEN I TRAVEL FROM ABROAD?

The 14-day quarantine rule no longer applies to direct entry from EU countries as well as Switzerland, Great Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Northern Ireland.

The quarantine regulations of the country regularly adapt to the current conditions. If necessary, please check the relevant page of Baden-Württemberg for the latest information. At present, people entering from risk areas have to go into quarantine. You can find a current list of risk areas here: Sozialministerium BW.

If you are required by law to maintain a home quarantine of at least 14 days, please send an email to krisenbuero[at]mh-trossingen.de as soon as you are in Germany and your quarantine begins.

Quarantine-Regulations Baden-Württemberg

Regulations mehrsprachig

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12. WHAT DOES THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE REGULAR START OF LESSONS MEAN?

The Ministry clearly rejected the proposal not to count the summer semester. The universities should switch to online formats as far as possible and break new ground. Students who are unable to provide any or all of the planned services due to the consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic and the resulting limited range of courses should not, in principle, suffer any disadvantages with regard to regulations that, for example, take up the standard study periods. 

Current information from the ministry

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13. MUST TUITION FEES BE PAID?

Students who have to pay or have paid tuition fees are asked to register in order to apply for a waiver of the fees if the tuition fees lead to a hardship case for social reasons (e.g. financial hardship caused by Conora in connection with their studies). Another reason could be that an entry to Germany was not possible or final exams had to be postponed due to Corona. The university will then examine whether in individual cases a waiver, deferment or offsetting against the fees for the next semester is possible. Please send the application by e-mail to this address: Margit.Mosbacher@mh-trossingen.de.

The Rectorate will examine the application favourably, but it cannot be ruled out that tuition fees may still have to be paid. We ask for your understanding that the university as a state institution is bound by legal regulations. At the same time the university will do everything possible for the individual student.

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14. WHEN DO THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS TAKE PLACE?

Like the examinations, the entrance examinations for the winter semester 2020/2021 had to be changed on schedule. A two-stage procedure with a digital 1st round is planned. The 2nd. On-site rounds may take place during these entrance examination periods: Monday, 20 July 2020 to Saturday, 25 July 2020 or Monday, 14 September 2020 to Monday, 21 September 2020.

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15. WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES FOR WRITTEN WORK AND THE STATE EXAMS?

All deadlines for written work (term papers, seminar papers, etc.) that must be submitted by April 1 are postponed until May 15. Please also use the digital services of our library to process your work:

University Library Trossingen / Musiconn

The State Teacher Examination Office at the Freiburg Regional Council has informed the Trossingen University of Music that the state examinations of the teacher training courses, which were planned for the period until mid-May, will be postponed indefinitely. As soon as the State Teachers Examination Office provides us with reliable information about the period of the examinations, we will forward this information immediately.

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16. ARE ASSISTANCE CONTRACTS ISSUED?

We know that some of our students are also dependent on the HiWi contracts. We have already been able to issue some of these contracts, as their activities can also be carried out digitally. Other HiWi contracts, which are related to practical and musical assistance activities, can unfortunately only be issued when these activities can be resumed after the reopening for legal reasons. On the other hand, these contracts will probably also be valid in July and September, if necessary.

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17. IS THERE SUPPORT FOR FINANCIAL EMERGENCIES?

We know that many students who earn their living from concerts and teaching are currently experiencing shortages. We are currently working together with the university's support association on a fund for financially needy students. Until this fund is filled up with sufficient financial means, we suggest that needy students (who see no possibility to strengthen their own subsistence through other part-time jobs - in Southern Germany we are currently urgently looking for help in the care sector and in the spring harvest!) contact the Friends of the University of Music with a short e-mail, which might be able to cushion the impact a little: foerderverein[at]mh-trossingen.de

The Studierendenwerk grants interest-free loans for current financial shortages. You can find all necessary information here: https://www.my-stuwe.de/studienfinanzierung/corona-darlehen/.

Those who are self-employed and file their own tax return can also try to apply for the immediate aid of the state for freelance artists (with residence in Baden-Württemberg), which was set up this week.

Emergency aid for artists* in BW (via MWK)

Emergency aid for artists* in BW (via IHK)

In the meantime, the university's support association has set up a relief fund for needy students.

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