Part-Time Studies

Generally studying at TU Berlin is on a full-time basis. However, it is also possible to study on a part-time basis.

What exactly does “part-time” mean?

If you are studying part-time, every university semester is only counted as half of a degree semester. Two semesters of part-time studies are equal to one degree semester. However, this also means that you can only acquire half of the regular number of credit points each semester.

If you wish to study part-time, you must do so for an even number of semesters.

What is the difference between part-time studies and extraoccupational studies?

In part-time studies, the number of courses you take is reduced while the number of in-person lessons and classes remains the same. In contrast, the lecture periods in extraoccupational studies are adapted to students’ employment and thus often take place either in the evening or on the weekend. However, it is not mandatory to be both employed and studying at the same time. Generally, extraoccupational study programs are special offers, such as continuing education master’s programs.

Does every degree program permit part-time studies?

Every degree program can essentially be completed as part-time studies.

However, there are some exceptions:

  • Part-time studies while you are enrolled in "Orientierungsstudium Physik/MINTgrün" is not possible.
  • If you are enrolled in two degree programs at the TU Berlin at the same time (Doppelstudium), part-time studies is not possible.
  • Part-time studies are excluded when enrolling in a master’s program subject to revocation, that is when you are enrolling without a completed bachelor’s degree.
  • If you have taken subject combinations for teacher training studies at other universities, please inquire whether part-time studies are also possible there.
  • If your degree program is due to expire, such as a Diplom or Magister degree program, your right to take examinations is only valid until the date stated in the bylaws regarding completion of final examinations for discontinued Diplom and Magister study programs at Technische Universität Berlin (Auslaufsatzung - AuslaufSa). If you are at risk of not completing your degree program within the prescribed duration of study, please contact Course Guidance as soon as possible.

How do I request to study part-time?

You should first speak with the Academic Advising Service about part-time studies and any consequences this may have. It will help you determine whether this decision is right for you and your personal situation. Contact Course Guidance with questions about the study schedule and how to practically implement part-time studies in your degree program.

You can then submit your application for part-time studies in tuPORT.

Note: How can I submit an application for issues of the student administration (e.g. for a semester on leave)? (Video Tutorial)

You can apply for part-time studies from the start of the re-registration.The application deadlines for part-time studies are 15 May for the summer semester and 15 November for the winter semester.

Part-time students are required to re-register as usual and must pay the full semester fee.

How long can I study part-time?

You are a part-time student until you submit a request to study full time in tuPORT. In this case, submit the application and a brief statement that you would like to return to studying full time in tuPORT:

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”.

What are the consequences of studying part-time?

Switching to part-time studies has several consequences. As a part-time student, you are not permitted to acquire more than half of the standard credit points per semester. Further legal questions regarding examinations should be clarified with the Examination Office.

You must pay the semester fees in full.

Your part-time studies will be recorded on your enrollment certificate.

Switching to part-time studies may significantly affect non-university services you receive including BAföG, child benefit, and housing. It may also further affect issues such as taxation and health insurance. Please clarify the effects of part-time studies on such services with the responsible office.

Legal basis

Part-time studies are regulated in Section 22 (3 and 4) of the Berlin Higher Education Act (BerlHG) and Section 34 of the General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).

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