FAQ about the online/digital mode of study of the degree Communications and Signal Processing (M. Sc.)
To find out more about the online/digital mode of study of the Master’s degree program Communications and Signal Processing, we have listed frequently asked questions and their answers for you below:
The online/digital mode of study can be started in winter semester 2022/23 (1st October 2022).
The application deadline for applicants with certificates from foreign educational institutions (so-called G3 applicants) is 15th May 2022. The application deadline for applicants with certificates from German educational institutions (so-called G1 applicants) is 15th September 2022.
Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree in a similar field
Language requirements:C1 CEFR English (where English is not the mother tongue)
1. Up-to-date operating system (at least Windows 10 Professional Build 21H2) with current antivirus software (e.g. Sophos, Avast). PC/laptop with at least Intel i5 or comparable processor and at least 4 GB RAM is required for participation in all digital courses.
2. Up-to-date Office program (Office 2019/2021 or Office 365) with ability to use PDF files (Adobe Reader).
3. Stable internet connection with a bandwidth of at least 10 Mbit/s for interference-free communication (video and audio stream).
4. Up-to-date web browser available on the market in the currently offered version, e.g. Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome.
5. Video camera with a minimum resolution of 720 pixels, ensuring interference-free image and video transmission.
6. Audio system that ensures sufficient speech intelligibility: On-ear or over-ear headsets with two earpieces and microphone are recommended.
7. Usability of a VPN connection. The installation of an appropriate VPN software is necessary, e.g. Cisco AnyConnect, VPN software specific to the operating system (MAC).
8. Access and availability of the university approved video conferencing system: Cisco-Webex.
Important Note: An overview of the software you will need for your studies, including which is provided by the university, is available here. The university is bound to licensing and embargo regulations. It is your obligation to check if you are allowed to use the necessary software in your country of residence according to licensing and embargo laws. The overview is updated regularly.
The 4-semester Master's program leads to the degree Master of Science.
There are no tuition fees.
There is a small semester contribution which all students of Technische Universität Ilmenau have to pay. Other minor fees may be incurred as part of the student administration process (e.g. a late registration fee for the following semester)
It is only permitted once during your master studies to switch from the online/digital mode of study to the on-site mode of study (if desired). For that, you will have to submit an application in electronic form before the end of the re-registration period with effect from the following semester. For example, if you study online in a winter semester and want to start studying on-site in the next summer semester, you have to submit an application to switch at the latest in January, before the re-registration period for that summer semester closes. The exact time period for re-registration is announced in advance.
It is not possible to apply for a study visa for Germany if the degree program is studied entirely in the online/digital mode of study. This also applies to applicants who are already in Germany and who would need a study visa for their further stay in Germany or who would need to extend an existing visa. | If you switch to the on-site mode of study, you must apply for your study visa well in advance (if a visa is required).
Students participating in the online/digital mode of study who are resident in Germany can have their BAföG entitlement checked in the same way as students participating in the on-site mode of study BAföG (Please note, information given as part of the above link is currently only available in German).
If the former does not apply to you, we recommend you explore any potential funding opportunities at your place of residence, for example for financing your living costs (as previously mentioned, there are no tuition fees).
If you change to the on-site mode of study, further funding opportunities are available.
If you want to do a Master's degree with a German university, you are required by law to prove your health insurance status to the university prior to enrolment, even if you are located abroad. Detailed information regarding health insurance requirements and reporting procedures are available here
The digital curriculum is comparable to the on-site study curriculum and results in an identical educational objective.
Students in the online/digital mode of study are in contact with the lecturers of the respective modules and can reach them at any time by email and arrange video consultations. Additionally, Technische Universität Ilmenau offers targeted support for students of the online/digital mode of study through program coordinators.
The main communication channel for all modules is the Moodle teaching platform. Classes take place via video conferencing (Webex), which enables direct communication between teachers and students. Outside of classes, teachers can be reached by email, and virtual consultations can also be arranged.
The online/digital mode of study (like the on-site mode of study) requires full-time attendance. The schedule is announced at the beginning of each semester. It is therefore not recommended to pursue other full-time activities during your studies. Semester key points
As part of the study and socio-cultural program, there are synchronous, asynchronous and hybrid classes/events. We always inform you in advance which formats are planned and whether there are different formats for participation, e.g. to accommodate for different time zones.
A social virtual reality application is part of the study program. The VR application further acts as a virtual meeting and experience space for students and is therefore also part of the socio-cultural program that we offer.
The modules of the Master's degree program are completed via written, oral and alternative examinations.
Students have access to the University Library as part of their enrolment. The University Libary has a variety of licences and grants access to digital specialist literature, journals and databases.
The program can be studied in a fully online/digital format. However, please be mindful that equipment operation as part of the online/digital format will not be directly comparable to equipment operation on-site. We are nonetheless fully committed to providing students with a similar online/digital experience, and continiuosly strive to develop this further as technical advances occur.
As part of the Master's thesis, students work independently on a research topic from the field of Communications and Signal Processing and are supervised digitally by a university teacher/lecturer. Students will also be required to defend their Master's thesis virtually.
As a student of Technische Universität Ilmenau, you can expect a wide range of extra-curricular events. Our we4you student service is hereby your first point of contact. Our team puts together a catalogue with socio-cultural events that are tailored to the needs of students who study online/digitally. We invite you to take part in these events in addition to your modules.
Our socio-cultural event program offers the opportunity to get in touch with fellow students and to get to know Germany as a world-renowned higher education and research location, as well as to gain intercultural experiences and to actively participate in student networks - all aimed at strengthening your own personal and career development.
Furthermore, you have the opportunity to take advantage of our Go Out student services and to explore possibilities of a stay abroad during your studies (Note: visa processing times may apply).
Community-buildung is part of the teaching and learning process, in which students are actively encouraged to take part. In addition, there are various opportunities to get in touch with fellow students across the University, such as via our student service we4you, which focuses on socio-cultural activities for international students.
Grades and ECTS can be accessed online. The degree certificate is issued by the faculty examination office. TU Ilmenau covers the shipment costs for online/digital students who cannot collect their certificate in person.
For students participating in the online/digital mode of study who require a residence permit for Germany, a residence permit for job seeking in Germany can be granted upon application according to § 20 para. 2 AufenthG after successful completion of their studies for the duration of 6 months.
For students participating in the online/digital mode of study who change to on-site study and stay at Technische Universität Ilmenau until graduation, a residence permit to search for a job in Germany after successful completion of their studies will be granted upon application for the duration of 18 months according to § 20 para. 3 AufenthG.
Good to know
- Study from anywhere in the world
- Study in English
- Experience the high quality standard of German university education and attain a German university degree
- Study without paying tuition fees
- Save on travel costs and living expenses
- Benefit from the many years of experience of Technische Universität Ilmenau teaching the program on-site
- Experience technical innovations and immersion
We offer support in answering all your questions concerning the online/digital mode of study prior to and during your studies. We are here for you! However, we expect you to have a basic understanding of self-organisation and self-motivation too.
You are further responsible for fulfilling the technical requirements for online/digital participation and for ensuring that these are met for the duration of your studies.
Online/digital studies cannot completely replace local experiences of student life and culture in Germany. Nonetheless, we offer you extensive opportunities for professional exchange with your teachers and fellow students, as well as for socio-cultural encounters, and understand this as an essential part of the online/digital mode of study!
Any unanswered questions? Contact us!