Academic Leave can only be granted for very specific reasons. Normally, leave is granted for one semester. If the leave is requested for taking a year out as Volunteer, leave can be granted for two semesters.
The reasons for taking academic leave must persist during at least half of the semester.
Accepted reasons are:
|Sickness||Submission of sickness certificate signed by a doctor and indicating that the student will be unable to follow regular classes during the semester.|
|Internship||The internship must be relevant for the degree course.|
|Study abroad or Internship abroad||(relevant certificate must be submitted)|
|Volunteer Work||Invitation letter with start date for Volunteer Work.|
|Pregnancy||Submission of pregnancy certificate signed by a doctor and indicating that the student will be unable to follow regular classes during the semester.|
|Parental leave||Before child is 3 years old: Submission of birth certificate.|
The Application for Academic Leave must be submitted during the period of re-registration.
As the academic leave replaces the renewal of re-gistration, the deadline is the same as for reregistration. An exception can only be made if the reason for academic leave has only become apparent after the deadline.
The following documents must be submitted:
- The completed application form with all personal details and a written statement giving the reason for applying for academic leave (original copy).
- Submission of certification for the reasons, as original or certified copy
If the student is required to pay fees during the leave semester, these fees must be paid before leave can be granted.
During the leave semester, no module examinations or assignments can be completed. Exceptions are parental leave semester or leave due to care for close relatives or repetition of failed module examinations.
Your contact person for any questions with regard to academic leave is:
Please note: Taking Academic leave can have an effect on financial support you receive, e.g. on BAföG, child benefits or on your residence status (and work permit), your health insurance (higher contributions might be required) etc.
Please ask the relevant offices before you apply for academic leave.