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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Family Support Centre

Leave of Absence and Part-Time Studies

Leave of Absence

Students who wish to suspend their studies due to pregnancy, parental leave or caring for a close relative may apply in writing for a leave of absence via registration renewal within six weeks after the beginning of the semester. A leave of absence for appropriate reasons is generally granted for up to two semesters, but may be for the actual duration in the event of parental leave.

During the leave of absence, the right to attend teaching sessions is suspended with one exception: if there are grounds for a leave of absence in accordance with section 62 para. 2 no. 4 (the protected periods specified in sections 3 et seq. of the Maternity Protection Act and taking parental leave in accordance with the applicable legal or statutory stipulations), students may attend classes amounting to up to 6 hours per week. Students on a leave of absence are only entitled to register for and take examinations if the academic achievements were completed before their leave of absence began. Leave semesters are not counted as semester in the transcript of records.

You can submit the leave of absence form at the Student Service Centre (SSC).



Information about Leave of Absence by the Enrolment Office

Fächerübergreifenden Satzung zur Regelung von Zulassung, Studium und Prüfung der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (ZSP-HU) - § 62 Beurlaubung (PDF [German only])


Part-Time Studies

Students with family responsibilities can undertake part-time studies. All programmes at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin can be studied part-time. Part-time students have the same status at the university as full-time students. The course and examination regulations apply in full. Part-time students must pay all fees in full. Study periods completed during part-time studies count towards the standard time for completing course in proportion to the part-time period applied for.

You can submit applications for part-time studies up to six weeks after the beginning of the semester. If you have any questions on specific course planning within your subject and on designing your studies, we recommend visiting the relevant Course Advisory Service (“Studienfachberatung”).

You can submit the part-time studies form at the Student Service Centre (SSC).

If you have any more general questions, contact the Counselling Service by the Student Service Centre.



Information about Part-Time Studies by the Counselling Service

Fächerübergreifende Satzung zur Regelung von Zulassung, Studium und Prüfung der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (ZSP-HU)- § 63 Teilzeitstudium (PDF [German only])