Following an application by the student, the University may grant leaves of absence for important reasons:
Leaves of absence are granted for one semester and students should apply for leave via the Administration Office within the specified registration period for the semester in question.
Students on leave of absence are not generally eligible for semester travel tickets.
It is not possible to apply for a retroactive leave of absence.
It is not possible to grant a leave of absence for a student’s first semester, unless the absence is due to voluntary military service, voluntary social service, voluntary environmental service, or illness.
Students on a leave of absence are not entitled to receive course performance reports or take examinations at the University where they are enrolled. This does not apply, however, to the retaking of examinations where the student failed a previous attempt or to attendance at University events required for an internship or study abroad programme, which is in itself the reason for the leave of absence. Exceptions: study or examination credits may be earned if the leave of absence is due to childcare commitments as set out in Section 25 (5) German Education and Training Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz) or is due to the student caring for a spouse, civil partner, member of their immediate family or an in-law.
Applications for leave of absence should include the following:
More information on leaves of absence can be found under section 8 of the current version of the Enrollment Regulations for the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.