What deadlines have to be observed?
One of many ways of making examination procedures similar is to use regulated deadlines. Since failure to meet deadlines can have serious consequences, it is particularly important to know them well. Here you will find a list of and explanation to the most important deadlines in your studies:
Deadline for registration for examinations (for on-campus-study)
You have to register in order to take an examination. This is very important for the planning and execution of examinations. For this reason, deadlines also apply to the registration. As a rule, this is the registration period for examinations:
- Winter semester: 16.11.-16.12.
- Summer semester: 16.05.-16.06.
However, there may also be special registration requirements for your degree programme. General information can be found here: Registration for examinations
De-registration period for examinations
If you have registered for an examination, you also have to take it so that it does not automatically count as “failed.” However, there is a deadline within which you can de-register from an examination, the de-registration period. This de-registration period is regulated for each degree programme in the examination regulations. Click on this link for information: De-registration.
Attention: De-registration is only possible without consequence if you are not obliged to take an examination (see also below “Registration deadline for examinations” or “Deadlines for repeat”).
Registration deadlines for examinations (often also referred to as progress regulation)
In most examination regulations you will find provisions regarding the semester in which you must have registered for examinations at the latest. These regulations are intended to ensure that students complete their studies within a certain period of time. If you exceed the registration deadline too long (usually 2 semesters), the first attempt of this examination will be considered failed. Information can be found in the examination regulations and on your degree programme on the following website: Information on degree programmes.
Submission deadlines (e.g. term paper, internship report, thesis)
The processing times for term papers and similar examination formats are either regulated in the examination regulations or determined by the examiners. Deadlines are usually very strict. They ensure that nobody can gain an advantage through an extended processing time. A delay then leads to a failure to pass of the entire work. These periods may be extended only under special conditions. This is regulated by the examination regulations.
Repeat periods regulate the further procedure if examinations have not been passed. The examinations then have to be repeated within a fixed period of time. If this deadline is missed, the respective repeat shall also be deemed to have failed. This can even lead to you losing your examination entitlement and not being allowed to continue and complete your studies (final failure). Information can be found in the examination regulations and on your degree programme on the following website: Information on degree programmes.
Deadline for notification of sickness
If you are unable to take an examination because you are ill (unable to take it), you have to submit the certificate without delay. The term “without delay” is legally defined and means that one must act without culpable hesitation. As soon as it is possible and reasonable for you to report an illness, you have to do so. Further information can be found here: Sick note
Obligations to give notice and withdrawal for other valid reasons
There may be different disturbances during an examination, such as noise or cold in the examination room, which, if significant, also mean that an examination has to be repeated or rescheduled. Depending on the degree of disturbance or error in the procedure, you shall be responsible for complaining about such disturbance or error and for giving notice of withdrawal for other valid reasons. This has to be done in the same manner as for the sick note, which is without delay. If you fail to make a complaint, it is usually assumed that you have deliberately accepted this disturbance or error. That rules out a successful withdrawal.