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Allowance for disadvantages and equality of opportunity

Information about prescribed period of study / extension of study time in the "old" study programs
(study and examination regulations before 2013)

Standard period of study

The period of study is restricted. The duration is described in the Allgemeine Studien- und Prüfungsordnung (ASPO). The period of study for degree programs leading to a bachelor’s degree is six semesters and comprises 180 ECTS credits. The period of study for consecutive master’s degree programs is four semesters and comprises 120 ECTS credits.

Time limits

Students failing to gain the number of ECTS credits required for successful completion of their degree course by the end of the second semester following the end of the standard period of study, including all possibilities for repeating examinations in accordance with Article 25 (2), or to provide proof to the Examination Office that they have earned the required number of ECTS credits within this time limit, will be deemed to have failed the bachelor’s or master’s degree in the degree program concerned for the first time. This does not apply if the student fails to comply with the time limit stated above for reasons beyond his or her control. Students failing to gain the number of ECTS credits required for successful completion of their degree course by the end of a further semester, including all possibilities for repeating examinations in accordance with Article 25 (2), and to provide proof of the ECTS earned to the Examination Office by this deadline, will be deemed to have finally failed the bachelor’s or master’s examination. Again, this does not apply if the student fails to comply with this time limit for reasons beyond his or her control. (cf. Article 7 ASPO)

Note: In both cases, all study credits have to be reached by the end of the first month of the following semester (April 30 respectively October 31). Significant is the date of the examination or accordingly the turn in of the Thesis or accordingly the defence of the Thesis. (Notice: As of the above named deadlines, the Bachelor Thesis should be registered by the December 15 (winter semester) respectively June 15 (summer semester); the Master Thesis should be registered by the start of the winter semester respectively summer semester).

Allowance for disadvantages and equality of opportunity

In particular cases of hardship (such as long periods of illness) the relevant examination board may exempt students from the time limits specified in Article 7 (1) upon submission of a written request and grant an extension. The written request must be submitted without delay when the relevant circumstances arise and must be supported by the relevant documentation, in case of illness by a medical certificate. The relevant examination board may also require the student to submit a medical certificate issued by a public health officer (“Amtsarzt”). Further information provides the website of the public health officer in Frankfurt (Oder).

Support for students who take the statutory maternity leave, who are on parental leave, who care for children beyond the period of parental leave provided for by law and/or who care for relatives is provided by taking account of the individual needs of such students in respect of the required coursework and examinations. The relevant examination board will decide on the specific form of the allowance for disadvantages upon submission of the relevant documentation as evidence of the particular circumstances. Students shall notify the examination board of any changes in their circumstances without delay.

An attempt will be made to cater individually for the specific needs of students with disabilities or chronic illnesses when planning study schedules, coursework and examinations. If a student submits a medical certificate as evidence that he or she is unable to take the examinations either completely or partially in the intended form owing to a long period of physical disability or a permanent physical disability or chronic illness the relevant examination board may permit the student to take an equivalent examination in a different form. The same applies to coursework. The relevant examination board may also require the student to submit a medical certificate issued by a public health officer (“Amtsarzt”). Students shall notify the examination board of any changes in their circumstances without delay.

Required Documents

  1. Application form

  1. Documents for relevant circumstances,
    e. g. medical certificate