Leave of Absence

The rules in force for leaves of absence can be found in the Enrolment Rules of BTU Cottbus.

How and when do I file for a semester on leave?
You may take a leave of absence for a semester. Possible reasons for the leave of absence may be: semester abroad, internship, maternity leave, etc. (more info in the Enrolment Rules of BTU Cottbus).

You need to submit a written application during the time in which enrolment for the following semester takes place. Depending on the reason the leave of absence, the application must be approved by your degree programme examination board. More details can be found on the application for leave.

Certain reasons, such as an internship abroad (Usually internships in Germany do not count), may qualify you to apply for an exemption from the fee imposed upon students by the student services organisation (Studentenwerk) for the time you are on leave. The contact person at the student services organisation in Frankfurt (Oder) is Ms. Annett Schäffter (tel.: 0335/5650940, e-mail: service(at)studentenwerk-frankfurt.de).

Please bring your application and as the case may be, a confirmation from the student services organisation that fees will be waived, to the registrar's office.

Is the semester ticket included in my semester fee when I take a leave of absence?
The amount of your semester fee is reduced when you take a leave of absence. After you file an application for a leave of absence, the staff member in the registrar's office in charge of your degree programme will inform you of exactly how much of a reduction you receive. You can also find an answer to this question under "How and when do I file for a semester on leave?".

May I put off taking examinations while I am on leave?
The right to register for modules and attend courses is suspended for the duration of the leave of absence. Repeat examinations in modules with a final module examination can be taken.