Students with family tasks, disabilities and / or chronic illnesses should be treated in the same way in everyday study life so that they can successfully complete their studies. Individually designed Compensation for disadvantages (help document) should actively support students in their day-to-day studies, avoid discrimination and thus ensure participation in university life. Compensation for disadvantages is not a “discount”, but compensates for disadvantages caused individually and depending on the situation. The responsibility for the application lies in the hands of the student. The use of disadvantage compensation is not noted in the certificate.
Students with family responsibilities can arrange a binding individual special study plan upon request. In this way, you can take modules in other combinations and at different times than specified in the module manual. Not every degree is suitable for this. Please inform yourself about the procedure at the responsible examination board of the respective faculty. By dividing the course content into modules that are offered on a regular basis, students with children can divide their study load better over time and ideally continue their studies without interruption and take exams.
Part-time studies are possible if a course is accredited as a part-time course (recognizable by the study and examination regulations). Or part-time studies are requested due to special situations, e.g. for the care and upbringing of children, care and support for close relatives, disability or chronic illness, regular work, etc. If you study part-time, all deadlines are doubled. Semesters in part-time studies are counted as half semesters and as full university semesters, semesters are only counted in half. Only 30 credit points may be earned within one academic year. A curriculum must be drawn up. Adequate study progress during part-time studies must be regularly demonstrated.
For family tasks such as pregnancy, raising children, caring for relatives or other important reasons, it is possible to apply for a vacation semester, depending on the course of study, for a period of one to four semesters. A semester of leave does not count as a semester and is therefore not counted towards the standard period of study. Since students are enrolled during the vacation semester, the semester is considered as a university semester. The application for a leave of absence must be made in writing during the re-registration period. If the important reason for the leave of absence only occurs after the deadline has expired without being foreseeable, the application can be made up to the last day before the start of the course. The re-registration period for the following summer or winter semester begins four weeks before the end of the lecture and ends on the last day of the lecture. It is also not possible to leave a student on leave for the duration of the bachelor's or master's thesis, since this is part of the curriculum. The chairperson of the examination board must approve the leave of absence in individual cases. The interruption of studies to extend the study period cannot be approved. A leave of absence is not possible in the first semester, not even for master's programs. However, it is possible for students who already have a substantial preparatory course in master's subjects from the bachelor's level to formally enter the second subject semester of the master's degree. The Student Secretariat will provide information.
In justified individual cases, students with family responsibilities are given the opportunity to withdraw from a registered exam at short notice. Appropriate certificates / justifications are to be submitted to the examination board.