Leave Of Absence
Every student has the possibility of taking up to two semesters on leave of absence during your studies. For each semester, a seperate application must be submitted. You are not allowed to take more than two consecutive semesters on leave, a leave of absence in the first semester is also not possible. The only exception is students on parental leave; these students may apply for a longer leave of absence.
While on leave, you still have the student status, have the right to take part in examinations.During your leave of absence, you are not permitted to take any courses or use the workshops. On request you can get rid of the semester ticket.
The application for a semester on leave must be signed by the faculty coordinator and submitted to the office of student affairs (Referat Studienangelegenheiten) before the re-registration deadline (Rückmeldefrist), by the beginning of the semester (April 1st/ Oct 1st) at the latest.
Examples of such reasons would be:
• maternity or paternity leave
• disability and chronic illness
• financial reasons
• illnes attested by a physician
• care of close relatives in need of nursing care
• internships required by the program of study
• disposal of military service
• semester abroad
• psychosocial problems
• Panel work
• and serious personal reasons
You cannot receive any financial aid from the BAföG office during your leave of absence, so you would have to apply for Hartz IV for financial support. Furthermore, students with children may not be able to receive child benefits and your health insurance fees may also change. If you work as a student assistance, you are not allowed to earn more than 400€ per month.