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Notes on the Current Situation for Students of the KIT Department of Informatics

General information (as of 09.04.2020): On this website we will provide up-to-date information on all important questions concerning study and teaching at the Faculty of Computer Science.

Here once again the most important key data at a glance:

  • End of the examination period of the winter semester 2019/2020 is 12.05.2020
  • Written examinations of WS 19/20 are cancelled from 13.03.2020 until the closure of KIT is lifted
  • All applications are currently to be made by e-mail from the student's e-mail address.
  • For all questions please write to beratung-informatik∂informatik.kit.edu

Examinations

  • Deadline for WS 2019/2020 - Orientation examination period/maximum length of study: All students who were not able to take part in an examination in the period from 13.03.2020 to 12.05.2020 due to corona, and who therefore cannot meet a deadline (orientation examination, maximum length of study) at the end of the examination period of WS 19/20, submit an application for extension using this form. (as of 06.04.2020)
  • Making up for the failed tests: The Informatics Programme Service will inform all students as soon as it is known whether, when and how failed written examinations can be repeated. (as of 06.04.2020)
  • Students who were registered for written examinations cancelled after March 13, 2020, will be deregistered by the chairs / institutes - in contrast to the announcement on the general KIT website. (as of 06.04.2020)
  • Oral exams are currently offered online with restrictions. As of 20.04.2020, oral examinations will be possible on site with restrictions. (as of 06.04.2020)
  • Success controls of another kind: Please clarify the details in detail with the examiner / supervising employee. (as of 06.04.2020)
  • Theses: The start of final theses can take place as planned, if the supervising chair can support this. All theses that are in progress between 17.03.-19.04.2020 will be extended by 34 days. This flat-rate extension need not be used. The submission date will be adjusted in detail in the next few days. Please take this from the system or ask your advisor. If the supervising chair can make this possible, the lecture can take place, for example, in the form of a video conference. (as of 06.04.2020)
  • If the lecture or submission no longer takes place during the examination period of WS 19/20, you must re-register or, if necessary, apply for an extension of the deadline. (as of 06.04.2020)

Study design

  • Planned end of studies in winter semester 2019/2020: Students who would have finished their studies with the cancelled examinations of winter semester 2019/20 can submit a request to the examination board to change the assessment from written to oral. The decision whether an oral examination is offered is primarily the examiner's responsibility. This request must be accompanied by evidence that the course of study could be completed if the examination phase of WS 2019/2020 proceeds according to plan. (as of 06.04.2020)
  • Transition Bachelor / Master: If you are unable to complete your Bachelor's degree by the end of the examination period WS 19/20, please re-register. If necessary, submit an application for an extension of the deadline (see above). You will then be able to gain preferential Master's degrees in SS 2020. Please note that you must reapply for the Master's again by July 15. (as of 06.04.2020)
  • Course operation in the summer semester 2020: The course operation in the SS 2020 will start with online teaching. How long the course has to be offered online only is still open. Please find the list of courses in the summer semester 2020 here. Details can be found in the Ilias entry of the corresponding event. (as of 09.04.2020)
  • Deregistration: You would have to de-register after consulting the Service Unit Studies and Teaching and using the appropriate application form (https://www.sle.kit.edu/imstudium/exmatrikulation.php). Please fill out the application form, scan it and send it by e-mail to the relevant offices (library etc.). There the form will be stamped accordingly and returned to you scanned. This is the procedure to follow until all necessary discharge notes have been obtained. Once all discharge notes have been received, you can either drop the form in the SLE mailbox or send it there by e-mail. (as of 06.04.2020)

Informatics Study Program Service (ISS)

  • ISS consultation hours: The ISS will remain closed until further notice. Please send us requests by mail or e-mail. For applications by e-mail the student e-mail address must be used. (as of 06.04.2020)
  • Departmental student advisory service for computer science: The departmental student advisory service will take place by telephone until further notice. Please send us an e-mail with your telephone number to beratung-informatik∂informatik.kit.edu. We are not available by phone, but we will gladly call you back. (as of 06.04.2020)

 

Financial aid for students (Status 07.05.2020)

BAföG

Self-study and online studies count as study activities, so BAföG entitlement is maintained even without attendance lectures. If parents or one parent is acutely affected by the crisis and therefore has no or greatly reduced income, students have greater chances of receiving BAföG assistance. This means that even if students were not previously entitled to BAföG, a new application can now be submitted. Likewise, a BAföG update application can be submitted to have the amount of funding recalculated.

In these cases, students contact the Office for Educational Support at the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe.


Student Loan

Due to the Corona pandemic, emergency aid funds of the state of Baden-Württemberg were established for students. (https://www.sw-ka.de/de/finanzen/darlehen/bw-nothilfefonds/)
The KfW Student Loan supports students during their studies, even during the Corona crisis, with a minimum of 100 euros and a maximum of 650 euros per month - without loan collateral and independent of income / assets. There are other possibilities and providers of a student loan. These vary in processing fees, interest rate and repayment modalities.

Students who are thinking about a student loan or loan, contact the social counselling service of the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe.


Part-time job

There are currently areas that have increased personnel requirements. Via the job exchange of KIT, the Studierendenwerk, or relevant portals, jobs can be found in the following areas in particular:

  • Delivery services for food and drinks
  • Supermarkets, grocery stores
  • Logistics
  • Cleaning companies
  • Petrol stations
  • Agriculture (www.daslandhilft.de)