Students can take leave of absence from studies for a number of reasons. The leave of absence must be determined by the governing body responsible for student matters by means of a notification.

For the duration of the leave of absence, admission to studies remains effective but the continuation is not registered. As a leave of absence also has negative consequences, this step should be considered well.

What reasons are there for a leave of absence?

A student can take a leave of absence for the following reasons:

  • Pregnancy (Proof: doctor´s notice or copy of mother-child-pass)
  • Caring for one´s children (Proof: copy of birth certificate and residential registration form)
  • Voluntary social year, volunteer work, Military or civil service (Proof: confirmation by the agency, copy by the military command, the civil service agency)
  • Longer lasting illness (Proof: doctor´s notice)
  • Duties of care for relatives or another person close to me (Proof: doctor´s notice or confirmation by the mobile care facility)
  • Professional incompatibility (verifiable reason why studies at this point in time are not compatible with the job for one or two semesters as until now):

The statutes of Danube University Krems also foresee the possibility of a leave of absence for important reasons.

How and when can you apply or withdraw the application?

For the reasons indicated above you can suspend your studies for one or more semesters.

The suspension of study application at the Danube University must be submitted until the start of the respective semester (winter semester: October 1, summer semester: March 1).

You need the following documents:

  • The respective proofs

Please send your application to the governing body responsible for student matters, the Director of Studies

by post: Donau-Universität Krems, Director of Studies
               Univ.-Prof. DDr. Thomas Ratka, LL.M.,
               Vice-Rector for Academic Teaching / 
               Scientific Continuing Education,
               im Wege des Servicecenters für Studierende
               Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Str. 30, 3500 Krems, Austria

by e-mail:

by fax:      +43 2732 893 4270

You can withdraw your application until the end of the period of grace of the semester from that on the leave of absence is supposed to be effective (winter semester: November 30, summer semester: April 30)

What do you need to consider?

  • There are no course fees or fees for exceeding the duration of studies stipulated in the curriculum payable during the semesters when leave of absence is granted.
  • The leave of absence is only valid at the university the application was made to. You have to make a separate application to each university you study at, if you wish to take a leave of absence at the same time. It is also possible to be on leave of absence from only one university.
  • Leave of absence is not possible for the current semester if you have already been admitted for that semester (i.e. notice of continuation has already taken place).
  • In semesters when you are on leave of absence you are not permitted to attend lectures or hand in papers for assessment.
  • You are not permitted to take any examinations.
  • Admission remains effective, are still permitted to use the DUK Online Account Services and the library.
  • You will only receive the student leaflet, but not the semester ticket nor confirmation of studies.
  • It is not possible to take leave of absence in the first semester.
  • You are not entitled to leave of absence by law.

How do you find out if your application has been approved?

You will receive notification concerning the leave of absence you applied for by registered mail.

How do you receive your student leaflet?

While on leave of absence, you will only receive your student leaflet. You can access it from your home via DUKonline via the link confirmation of studies and print it out.

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