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Standard Periods of Study and the Examination Deadlines Are Extended due to Corona

In order to mitigate hardship for students during the coronavirus pandemic, the individual standard periods of study and the examination deadlines (orientation examinations and deadlines for the maximum period of study) are extended by one semester for all students who were enrolled in the spring semester of 2020.

The extension of the standard period of study (see section 29, subsection 3a of the Act on Higher Education of the Land of Baden-Württemberg (LHG)) is particularly important for students receiving BaföG since the maximum period for BaföG funding will also be extended by one semester. More information can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk Mannheim.

The extension of examination deadlines (see section 32 subsection 5a LHG) is relevant to the students enrolled in a program in the spring semester of 2020 who do not pass the orientation examination in this program by the end of the third subject-specific semester or fail to complete the coursework and examinations required for the bachelor's or master's examination within the maximum period of study (bachelor's degree: usually by the end of the 9th subject-specific semester; master's degree: by the end of the 7th subject-specific semester).

Please write an informal email to your Student Services advisor if you wish to have your examination deadline extended. It is sufficient if you write “In the spring semester 2020, I was enrolled in the program xy and I hereby request an extension of the examination deadline by one semester for the orientation examination / the maximum period of study in accordance with section 32 subsection 5a LHG. I have transferred the semester fee (and the tuition fee, if applicable) for the following semester.” In this case, it is not necessary to state reasons. As soon as the fee has been received by the University of Mannheim, we will record the extension in the system and inform you via e-mail.

In case you need more than one additional semester for passing the orientation examination or finishing your studies, you need to send a standard application for extension in accordance with the examination regulations to the examination committee and state reasons beyond your control which justify the extension. If you have any questions, please contact the examination committee.