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6.4.5.4 Changing the course of study or university

Students wishing to study at another university or on another course of study must apply formally. The necessary forms can be obtained from the Admissions Office (Zulassungsbüro) (5.1). However, before applying for a change of course, students are strongly advised to seek counselling to avoid complications that may arise.

Medical students must apply to Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Admissions Office for International Students (Ausländerzulassung) (► 5.1).

Since relatively recently, residence permits have been issued for university studies in general. The field of study and the higher education institution may be changed as long as they do not exceed a duration of ten years, including preparatory courses (language training or Studienkolleg), advanced specialist or doctoral studies.

Irrespective of whether on a Bachelor or Master course, a student may take an additional three semesters to complete his/her studies. If a student needs to exceed the regular duration of a course, an application for extending the residence permit must be made. A study prognosis form (Studienprognose) must be attached to the application issued by the responsible Examination Office. This gives reliable information on the student's academic situation and the estimated time in which he/she is expected to complete studies.

For information on the necessary forms, please refer to the visa service (► 8.2.1) ( 5.1.3).

It should be noted that if the student moves to another town or city to continue their studies, registration is necessary. The Foreigners' Registration Office will have to be consulted three months before the residence permit expires.