It is possible for students to take a sabbatical semester if they are unable to attend the lectures for their degree course for an important reason.

During the sabbatical, the student's studies are suspended and their absence (e.g. from compulsory exams) will have no negative impact.

The reasons for taking a sabbatical may include, for example:

  • Illness
  • Caring for a relative
  • Maternity leave (pregnancy) and parental leave
  • Studying or working abroad (Note: Taking a sabbatical is not permitted during the practical semester)
  • Involvement in an academic or student-run self government
  • Completing an internship
  • Voluntary service (voluntary social/environmental work year, voluntary national service)

You can apply for a sabbatical up until the start of lectures in the semester in question, using this form: Sabbatical Application

In justified, exceptional cases, it is possible to take a sabbatical up to four weeks after lectures have begun. Applying for a sabbatical later than this or applying retroactively for a past semester is not possible.

The reason for taking a sabbatical must be appropriately evidenced. The sabbatical will appear on the records of your study history. Degree certificates not only state the number of semesters spent studying, but will also show details of any sabbatical semester taken.

Important: Even if you take a sabbatical, you must pay the semester fee.  However, you will not have to pay any tuition fees.