Students can apply for academic leave of absence due to a valid reason (section 61 subsection 1 of the Act on Higher Education of the Land of Baden-Württemberg (LHG)). As a rule, an academic leave of absence should not exceed two semesters. Students on leave keep their enrollment status at the University of Mannheim.
Valid reasons for an academic leave of absence include:
Taking an academic leave of absence may affect your entitlements and grants, such as federal student aid (BAföG), child benefit, the Deutschland Scholarship, or your residence permit. Please contact the respective institution, such as the BAföG office, the Familienkasse, or, if applicable, the foreigner’s office, as early as possible to inquire about the potential consequences.
Please submit the application form including copies of all required documents either to Student Services or the Express Service before the beginning of the lecture period.
We can only decide on whether to grant you academic leave of absence or not once we have received all the required documents. If your application is accepted, you will receive an enrollment certificate as usual. The certificate will state that you are taking academic leave of absence in the respective semester. Please make sure to transfer the applicable fees to the university when you are applying for leave of absence. If your application is turned down, you will receive an official notification.
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