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Leave Of Absence


A leave of absence means taking a hiatus from your course of study. During this time the student remains enrolled. The leave of absence is counted at the same time as registration. A semester in which the student takes a leave of absence is considered a university semester, but not a study program semester. The leave of absence is valid for the entire semester and should not go over more than two semesters. An application for a leave of absence can only be made based on the reasons listed on the application form. The appropriate verification for the reason for the leave of absence must be included with the application.

You can obtain the application form with the list of possible reasons for a leave of absence at our office or by viewing and printing it out here:Leave of absence application form

The leave of absence application is customarily due during the registration period. Under extenuating circumstances (such as illness, birth or death) the application can be submitted immediately after the reason fort he leave of absence arises, but at the very latest at the end of the lecture period. (§ 15 of the submission and matriculation policy (ZimmO) [de]).

The leave of absence application can be submitted at the registration office.

International students must submit their application at the International Admissions and Services (IAS) office.

Leave of absence in times of Corona

First-time and newly enrolled students enrolled in courses of study for which an admission number or an admission limit has been set for the relevant semester may, in deviation from §15 (3) of the Admissions and Registration Regulations (ZImmO) of the University of Freiburg, take leave of absence for the summer semester 2020 due to the effects of the corona pandemic on the study and examination system.

Students who are on leave of absence for the summer semester 2020 are allowed to take exams and study achievements as well as register and submit final theses. Students on leave of absence for the summer semester 2020 may participate in courses offered completely digitally and for which there is no limit on the number of participants. (§ 34 (1) & (2) Corona Statutes of the University of Freiburg)
Students on leave of absence may not use the semester ticket, even if it has already been purchased.
During the leave of absence the student status remains unchanged and the semester on leave of absence is counted as a university semester but not as a subject semester and therefore does not count towards the standard period of study.

Please apply for your leave of absence with this application for leave of absence – Corona


International students send the completed application by e-mail to:

Group of letters A – I: Mr Brenner

Group of letters J – R: Ms Domdey

Group of letters S – Z: Ms Stoia

Please note that the deadline for applying for leave of absence for the summer semester 2020 has already passed.