Students who are prevented from participating in their regular course of study due to important reasons will generally be granted a leave of absence for up to two semesters.
Leave-of-absence semesters do not count toward the overall number of subject-specific semesters. Therefore, students cannot complete any coursework or take any examinations during their leave of absence at the university which granted them the leave of absence in the first place (exceptions: maternity, parental or caregiver leave).
Please note: Failed examinations, or those considered as failed, must be retaken by the specified deadline – regardless of the leave of absence or the reason for it. A leave of absence does not nullify the deadline. Cases in doubt must be resolved in cooperation with the relevant examination office.
The student service fees for the Studentenwerk (Munich Student Union) must already be paid in full and credited to your fee account for the respective semester. The continuation of registration for that particular semester must already be completed in its required form and by the specified deadline, as well as approved!
Using the online self-service functions, students may verify their current account balance.
- Please note:
A request for a leave of absence (e.g. due to a yearlong study abroad program or an extended parental leave) must be filed for each semester separately!
If you already received your official student documents for the particular semester for which you are requesting a leave of absence, you must return them to the SU 2 - Academic Registrar at the time you submit your request for a leave of absence!
In general, you must submit your request for a leave of absence by the specified deadline
- for the winter semester – by October 30th, at the latest
- for the summer semester – by April 30th, at the latest.
Only in instances in which the significant reason for the leave of absence does not become apparent until later, and which could not have been anticipated any earlier, may the request be submitted
- for the winter semester – by December 5th, at the latest
- for the summer semester – by June 5th, at the latest.
Generally, a leave of absence will not be granted for the first or as of the sixteenth subject-specific semester.
A retroactive leave of absence cannot be granted for any previous semesters, even due to a proven illness.
Reasons for granting a leave of absence: