Leave of Absence from Studies.

Sometimes things don't always go as planned and you may find yourself having to take a short (or longer) leave of absence from your studies. If you find yourself in this position, you do not have to dis-enroll from the university; you can apply to take a leave of absence.

In accordance with § 67 of the 2002 Universities Act, students may apply for a leave of absence from studies for specific reasons. Students must enter the reasons for wishing to take a leave of absence directly on the form.




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How do I apply for a leave of absence?

The form, plus all required documentation, must be submitted (in person, by regular mail, or per email to: beurlaubung@jku.at) per e-mail to the Admissions Office.

A leave of absence can be filed for a maximum of two consecutive semesters.

When can I apply for a leave of absence?

For the 2022 Summer Semester, the deadline to submit new applications for a leave of absence begins January 7, 2022, and ends March 1, 2022.

How long is the leave of absence valid for?

Approval for a leave of absence is valid to the end of the grace period (WS: 28.02., SS: 30.09.),

Approval and authorization for a student's leave of absence will be noted on the student’s record sheet.

What do I have to be aware of when taking a leave of absence?

During the student’s leave of absence, the student’s admission to studies is sustained however, students are not permitted to take any university courses, take examinations or transfer examination credit, or submit and/or receive a grade for academic papers (Statute § 41 Johannes Kepler University Linz)

Do I have to pay the Austrian Student Union fee during a leave of absence?

Students must pay the Austrian Student Union fee after the leave of absence has been officially approved, by 30.4. (SS) or 30.1. (WS) at the latest.

Students do not have to pay tuition fees for the semester in which the leave of absence is approved.