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Leave of Absence (Exeat)

Students can be given leave from their studies (exeat) on the basis of pregnancy and/or child care and rearing. However, the payment of BAföG will be suspended within this time. An exeat is permitted only for full study semesters and as a rule for just two successive semesters per course of studies. In order to be exeated for more than four semesters within one course of studies, important reasons must be proven. Among these important reasons are pregnancy and the care of small children.


The exeat must be applied for at the Registration or Registrar's Office of your university. For this application you need either a copy of your "Mutterpass" (the expectant mother's record of prenatal and natal care)—this is needed for the expected date of delivery—or the birth certificate. The application must be handed in during the re-registration period or up to four weeks after the start of the semester at the latest. You can download the necessary forms on your university's website. If it should be necessary to postpone or repeat examinations, the examination office in charge has to be informed.

Registration Offices

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

(MHH= Hannover Medical School)

Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
(TiHo = University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Foundation)

Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
(HMTMH = Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media)

Hochschule Hannover
(HsH = University of Applied Sciences and Arts)

Fachhochschule für die Wirtschaft Hannover
(FHDW = Business University of Applied Sciences in Hanover)



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