Technische Universität Berlin

Academic leave of absence

You can take a leave of absence from your studies if you can submit proof of valid reasons. You must submit an application for a leave of absence stating your reasons.

Reasons for taking a leave of absence

Important reasons for taking a leave of absence can include study abroad, an internship, or personal illness, the birth of a child, illness or care of a child or other relative, and the care of a child up to age 6 for a maximum of three years.

Possible duration of a leave of absence

As a rule, a leave of absence is granted for one semester and a maximum of four semesters. In individual cases, this maximum limit can be extended if you provide proof of sufficient justification. If you take parental leave, you can be granted a leave of absence for a maximum of six semesters.

Application for leave of absence

Submitting an application

Exemption for the summer semester 2021

You remain a member of the University during your leave of absence.

If you would like a leave of absence for the summer semester 2021, please complete the application. Please submit it in due form and time by email to the email address of the Office of Student Affairs. The deadline for submitting the application is July 30, 2021.

Once your leave of absence has been granted, you will receive an updated certificate of enrolment. Due to the large number of requests and the additional work involved, it may take some time to issue this certificate. We kindly ask you to refrain from further questions regarding the processing status and thank you for your understanding.

Leave of absence during multiple enrollment

If you are still enrolled at another university in Berlin or Brandenburg and pay the semester fees there, upload a current enrollment certificate with your application for leave of absence. It is important that you apply for a leave of absence from all universities at which you are enrolled.

Leave of absence when enrolled in two TU Berlin programs

If you are enrolled in multiple degree programs at TU Berlin, you are granted a leave of absence from all degree programs simultaneously. You are only required to submit one application.

Time of application

Please note the information on when it is possible to submit an application in the summer semester 2021 under the point Submitting an application.

Information and legal implications of leave of absence

Participation in courses

Examinations during a leave of absence

You are permitted to take exams held outside of courses during your leave of absence. However, special regulations apply which you must observe: You are not required to submit both an application for leave of absence and an application for an extension of repeat examinations to the examination board as no deadlines apply during a leave of absence. Once the leave of absence has ended, the deadlines again take effect without special notice.

If you are scheduled to submit a final thesis during the leave of absence and will be unable to submit the thesis on time, please submit an application for an extension providing the specific reasons for your application.

Are you registered for oral and written examinations during the leave of absence and would like to cancel your registration? In this case, you must actually cancel your registration as you will otherwise be marked as absent from the exam and receive a grade of 5.0.

Financial implications

You will not receive BAföG during your leave of absence.

You are responsible for clarifying the effects of your leave of absence on the payment of child benefit with the relevant Family Benefit Office.

If you are in an employment relationship that is based on your student status, you should consult your employer before applying for leave.

If the reason for your leave of absence exempts you from paying the StudierendenWERK contribution, you are permitted to live in a StudierendenWERK dormitory for a maximum of one semester.


Consequences of studying part-time

If you are a part-time student, part-time studies ends automatically when a leave of absence is approved. If you would like to re-register after your leave of absence, you will be enrolled in full-time studies. If you would like to return to part-time studies after a leave of absence, you must re-submit an application for part-time studies in your TUB account (tuPORT) via the app “Submit applications”.


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