Upon application Antrag, you may take a leave of absence from your studies if you
In principle, you must apply for a leave of absence at the Studierendensekretariat within the re-enrolment period [Rückmeldezeitraum], or, by the latest, on
Your leave of absence then replaces your re-enrolment. You cannot take a leave of absence in the first academic semester – except if you are studying a Master’s or PhD degree programme. You may also not take a leave of absence retroactively.
When on leave of absence, you are not permitted to acquire credit points or take examinations. This does not apply (a) for leaves of absence due to caring for and rearing children; (b) for leaves of absence due to caring for or nursing marriage partners, registered life partners, a relative in direct ascending line, or a relative in direct ascending line of the marriage partner when this person is in need of care or nursing; or (c) for the repetition of failed examinations; or (d) for credit points gained through a semester abroad or an internship semester.
Leave of absence is generally granted for the length of one semester. A leave of absence beyond one semester is only permissible upon confirmation of exceptional reasons. It is granted under the condition that the student reconfirms the reason for extending the leave of absence for each successive semester and submits the necessary documents in each re-enrolment period.