Leave of absence for one or more semesters
Each student has the possibility to take a leave of absence for one or more semesters. The reason for the leave of absence must be proven by means of corresponding documents.
- Reasons for a leave of absence
- Studies abroad (unless the stay abroad is stated as obligatory in the programme and examination regulations)
- Completion of an internship (unless the internship is stated as obligatory in the programme and examination regulations). For a leave of absence due to an internship, the written consent of the dean must be attached to the application as well as a certification of internship.
- Completion of an official duty (e.g. military or alternative military service)
- Illness (also of close relatives)
- Collaboration in AStA (or in other university bodies)
- Pregnancy, birth, period of child-rearing (Elternzeit)
The leave of absence must be applied for in writing; copies of the corresponding supporting documents must be attached. You can lodge your application from the beginning of the re-registration period until one month after the start of lectures. In cases of undue hardship, exceptional lodgement of applications is still possible until the end of the lecture period. It is not possible, however, to have a previous semester counted as a semester taken off at a later date. You must submit special documents, if you lodge your application after the beginning of the semester for which you wish to apply for leave of absence. The application must be accompanied by confirmation from the examination office to the effect that no examination prerequisites have yet been acquired or examinations taken in the current semester. Furthermore, a brief statement of the reasons and an application for refund must be attached. You are also required to submit your chip card.
Time and duration of a leave of absence
A leave of absence can only be applied to complete semesters and generally for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. During the course of studies, leave of absence is not possible for more than a total of four semesters. It is not permissible for the first semester, for which you have applied for enrolment, unless evidence is presented of a material reason according to Article 9, Paragraph 2, clauses a, e and f (matriculation regulations), nor for any previous semesters. The semesters taken off will not count towards your amount of allotted study semesters.
During this time you are usually not entitled to attend lectures, complete courses or take exams at the University Göttingen.
Pregnancy, maternity protection, parental leave
For students taking a leave of absence out of the abovementioned reasons exeptional regulations apply. They are entitled to take examns up to a specified limit. For further information please contact the office of student affairs (contact details in the left-hand column).