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6.4.5.2 Temporary withdrawal | Beurlaubung

Students who wish to temporarily discontinue studies may submit a written request giving the reasons why. After six weeks of a semester have elapsed, temporary withdrawal can be granted only in special cases. Academic attainments up to that point will be recognised.

Only in exceptional circumstances, can temporary withdrawal for three consecutive semesters be granted. Examinations can be taken in a period of absence from university, provided the candidate fulfilled the admission requirements for the examination before he/she discontinued studies.

Reasons for a temporary withdrawal include:

  • period or periods of study in another country
  • serving on an elected student body at Humboldt-Universität
  • doing a compulsory internship
  • preparing for an examination
  • illness
  • birth of a child
  • employment with at least 50% of the regular working hours
  • caring for sick or disabled family members.