Examination Procedures

Political Science

This page provides you with information on exam registration, late registration, withdrawal and de-registration, as well as resitting exams. Please refer to the non-official versions of the examination regulations for more details.


  • B.A. Political Science

    Exam registration
    You need to register for all exams. It is your own responsibility to register for your first examination attempt by the end of the general registration period via the student portal. You often have the option to take your exam either on the regular or the alternate examination date. Should you choose the alternate examination date, please bear in mind that in most cases, you will have to wait a year until you can resit the exam in the event that you fail or do not take the exam.

    You are required to register for every examination. This does not only include written exams, but also courses in which your assessment is based on term papers, presentations, or similar. If you do not register for an examination, we cannot enter any ECTS credits or grades into your records. For term papers and other coursework and examinations, you need to register by the end of the general registration period via the student portal. For examinations which are not taken in the form of a written exam, and for foreign language skills courses taken in Romance Studies, you can only register for the regular examination date.

    Late registration
    Late registration is only possible three days prior to the respective regular examination date. You can do this free of charge via the student portal. This deadline also applies to late registrations for the alternate examination date (provided this is an option for the exam in question). For exams that do not conclude with an exam, the deadline ends on 3 December 2021. 

    Change in registration 
    Students can change their registration for written exams from the regular to the alternate examination date or vice versa up to three days prior to the respective regular examination date. You can do this free of charge via the student portal.

    Withdrawal and de-registration
    You can withdraw from a written exam in Portal² up to three days prior to the examination date without having to state a valid reason. If no examination date is indicated in Portal², the deadline for withdrawal is 3 December 2021. This deadline also applies to examinations that are not written exams.

    Once the deadline for withdrawal has passed, you are obliged to take the exams you are registered for. The same applies if you need to take a (resit) examination that is subject to mandatory registration. It is then only possible to be de-registered from an exam if you have a valid reason (such as illness). Find out more about de-registration from exams here.

    Resitting an exam
    If you fail an exam or are unable to take an exam you are registered for due to a valid reason, you need to retake the exam at the earliest opportunity, provided you still have examination attempts left for that particular exam. If you fail a written exam taken on the regular examination date or are unable to sit an exam you are registered for due to a valid reason, you will generally be registered for the alternate examination date set for that semester by Student Services (mandatory registration).

    Mandatory registration will not be carried out for the following semester, or after an examination attempt on the alternate examination date. This also applies to examinations that are not written exams. In these cases, you are required to sign up for a new course at the earliest opportunity and to register for the respective exam yourself.

    Please note: Different regulations might apply to subjects in your minor.
    Read more about the individual examination procedures for your minor

  • M.A. Political Science

    Exam registration
    You need to register for all exams. It is your own responsibility to register for your first examination attempt by the end of the general registration period via the student portal. You often have the option to take your exam either on the regular or the alternate examination date. Should you choose the alternate examination date, please bear in mind that in most cases, you will have to wait a year until you can resit the exam in the event that you fail or do not take the exam.

    You are required to register for every examination. This does not only include written exams, but also courses in which your assessment is based on term papers, presentations, or similar. If you do not register for an examination, we cannot enter any ECTS credits or grades into your records. For term papers and other coursework and examinations, you need to register by the end of the general registration period via the student portal. For examinations which are not taken in the form of a written exam, and for foreign language skills courses taken in Romance Studies, you can only register for the regular examination date.

    Late registration
    Late registration is only possible three days prior to the respective regular examination date. You can do this free of charge via the student portal. This deadline also applies to late registrations for the alternate examination date (provided this is an option for the exam in question). For exams that do not conclude with an exam, the deadline ends on 3 December 2021. 

    Change in registration 
    Students can change their registration for written exams from the regular to the alternate examination date or vice versa up to three days prior to the respective regular examination date. You can do this free of charge via the student portal.

    Withdrawal and de-registration
    You can withdraw from a written exam in Portal² up to three days prior to the examination date without having to state a valid reason. If no examination date is indicated in Portal², the deadline for withdrawal is 3 December 2021. This deadline also applies to examinations that are not written exams.

    Once the deadline for withdrawal has passed, you are obliged to take the exams you are registered for. The same applies if you need to take a (resit) examination that is subject to mandatory registration. It is then only possible to be de-registered from an exam if you have a valid reason (such as illness). Find out more about de-registration from exams here.

    Resitting an exam
    If you fail an exam or are unable to take an exam you are registered for due to a valid reason, you need to retake the exam at the earliest opportunity, provided you still have examination attempts left for that particular exam. If you fail a written exam taken on the regular examination date or are unable to sit an exam you are registered for due to a valid reason, you will generally be registered for the alternate examination date set for that semester by Student Services (mandatory registration).

    Mandatory registration will not be carried out for the following semester, or after an examination attempt on the alternate examination date. This also applies to examinations that are not written exams. In these cases, you are required to sign up for a new course at the earliest opportunity and to register for the respective exam yourself.

Further information on examination procedures

Exam Registration Not Possible

In case you cannot register for an exam via Portal², please send an e-mail with your name, student ID number and the title of the exam to your Student Services advisor. To avoid registration fees, please make sure to do so within the general registration period.

Overlapping Exams

We will make sure that none of your exams overlap. In order for us to do so, it is important that you register for your exams during the general registration period. No guarantee can be given if you register after the official registration period has ended.

De-registration due to Illness

Should you be unable to sit an exam due to illness, you need to submit a medical certificate and a request for de-registration due to valid reasons to Student Services immediately.

De-registration due to a Semester Abroad

To find out out what to do if you are unable to sit a mandatory exam or any other exam you are registered for due to a semester abroad, please read the information on de-registration from exams.

Failure with No Option to Resit

Please note that the number of possible examination attempts is limited in all programs. Once you have used up all your attempts, the exam will be graded as failed with no option to resit (please see the examination regulations for more details).

Disenrollment

Please bear in mind that ongoing examination processes will not automatically be terminated when you disenroll.
 


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