Important reasons for a leave of absence are
1. an illness of the student certified by a medical certificate, if the illness prevents proper study in the semester in question
2. circumstances giving rise to an entitlement to maternity and/or parental leave for female workers or to parental leave for male workers
3. the completion of a voluntary practical training of at least 18 weeks' duration which is beneficial to the studies,
4. the completion of training periods for a recognised apprenticeship trade, provided that this training is completed in conjunction with a company that provides in-house vocational training in addition to the course of study (combined study),
5. a lack of an offer for the subsequent semester required according to the student's progress in his/her studies.
6. an extraordinary extra occupational burden on the student, clearly limited in terms of content and/or time, as certified by the student's employer, which considerably impairs proper study in the semester in question (in part-time Bachelor's and Master's programmes).
The leave of absence according to no. 5 is, in deviation from paragraph 2 sentence 1, limited to one semester.
Reasons other than those listed will only be recognised if sufficiently justified and after a strict examination in each individual case. Economic reasons are generally not recognized.