Taking a leave of abscence - Beurlaubung
During your leave of absence the admission to your studies remains valid, although your degree programme is not continued. Therefore you are not allowed to attend courses, take examinations or hand in scientific papers (diploma theses, dissertations, seminar or bachelor papers etc.).
You do not have to pay the tuition fee and you do not lose your student status.
Which reasons entitle you to a leave of absence?
The Universities Act 2002 lays down three reasons which entitle students to take a leave:
- child care
- military service or civilian service
The statutes of the University of Vienna lay down additional reasons for taking a leave of absence, which are valid for a leave of absence at the University of Vienna only:
- voluntary social year
- care-taking duties
- illness, injury and disablement which considerably impair the course of study for a period of at least 4 weeks
- other reasons which require special attention for 4 weeks minimum (bureaucratic affairs abroad, employment, further education courses)
You can take a leave of absence of up to two semesters for every single reason mentioned above. The leave for child care is granted until the child reaches maturity. Both parents are entitled to take a leave at the same time.
What are the deadlines to apply for a leave of absence?
Applications for a leave of absence at the University of Vienna have to be submitted until the end of the extended admission period (winter semester: November 30th, summer semester: April 30th).
For every reason stated above you may take a leave of two semesters. The semesters of leave may be taken separately. You may withdraw your application for leave of absence until the end of the extended admission period.
In case you withdraw your application, you will have to pay the tuition fee in order to keep your student status. The amount you have to pay depends on the date of your withdrawal. If you withdraw your application for a leave of absence within the extended admission period you will have to pay the increased tuition fee.
How to apply for a leave of absence?
Please bear in mind that you have to apply for a leave of absence at each university you are currently registered with. The reasons laid down in the universities' statutes may differ.
At the University of Vienna the application has to be submitted to the Admission Office.
Please send the application form and a copy of the inside of your student ID card by post (Universität Wien, Referat Studienzulassung, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien), by fax (+43-1-4277-9121), by email with the scanned application form (firstname.lastname@example.org) or put it in the letter box of the Admission Office.
If you want to withdraw your application for a leave of absence, please report to the Admission Office and bring your student ID card and your last admission record (Studienblatt).
Which student's documents do you receive while you take a leave?
Once you have paid the students' union fee (€ 19,20) and the payment has visibly entered your account at the university, you can print your admission record (Studienblatt) via U:SPACE.
You will not receive a confirmation of registration (Studienbestätigung) nor a sticker for your student ID card for the semester you are taking a leave in.
What are the consequences of taking a leave of absence?
While you are taking a leave, your admission remains valid. You do not have to pay the tuition fee, but you have to pay the students’ union fee (€ 19,20).
You are not allowed to attend courses, take examinations or hand in scientific papers (diploma theses, dissertations, seminar papers etc.) from December 1st to February 28th/29th when taking a leave in the winter semester, and from May 1st to September 30th when taking a leave in the summer semester.
You are allowed to use the University Library and the services of the Computer Center.
You are not entitled to the student semester ticket of the Vienna Transport Authority (Wiener Linien). Health insurance with a relative or the independent insurance for students is not possible while you are taking a leave of absence.