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Part-time studies

You may currently be considering whether a full course load is manageable given your health impairments. Generally studying at TU Berlin is on a full-time basis. In certain cases, however, it is also possible to study on a part-time basis, for instance if you have a disability or chronic illness (Section 22 (4) BerlHG and Section 23 AllgStuPO)

Definition of part-time studies:

If you are studying part-time, every university semester is only counted as half of a degree semester. Two semesters of part-time studies are equal to one degree semester. However, this also means that you can only acquire half of the regular number of credit points each semester. Over the course of one year, you may only acquire as many credit points as the examination regulations for your degree program prescribe for a single semester.

Further legal questions regarding examinations should be clarified with the Examination Office.

Duration of part-time studies:

If you wish to study part-time, you must do so for an even number of semesters. You are a part-time student until you submit a request to study full time.

Implications when switching to part-time studies:

  • You must pay the semester fees in full.
  • Your part-time studies will be recorded on your enrollment certificate.
  • Switching to part-time studies may significantly affect non-university services you receive including BAföG, child benefit, and housing. It may also further affect issues such as taxation and health insurance. Please clarify the implications of part-time studies on such services with the responsible office. You can seek further information and advice from TU AStA’s BAföG and Social Counseling and studierendenWERK’s Social Counselling.

Detailed information about the digital application procedure, application deadlines, and re-registration are found on the Student Info Service web page about part-time studies.

Contact Course Guidance with questions about the study schedule and how to practically implement part-time studies in your degree program.

We are happy to speak with you about your situation and how you can successfully complete your studies while studying part time.


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