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Academic Leave of Absence

One can apply for an academic leave for one or several Semesters (max. 6 Semesters). It is valid for all your open study programmes at our university.

During the semester(s) in which you are taking leave, your UNIGRAZonline account will remain active, but that particular semester will not be counted as a semster of study.

Since your Austrian National Union of Students membership has to remains active during your leave, you are obligated to pay the student's union fee for each Semester you are on leave by the end of the grace period at the latest. Attention: If you do not pay the student's Union fee on time, you will be exmatriculated.

The academic leave is valid for the period of the whole semester. During the academic leave, your study programme remains active according to University Act 2002 § 67. However, it is not permitted to attend lectures, take exams, submit scientific papers or have them assesed during leave! Any exams or other academic performances taken during a period of leave will be declared invalid.

Possible reasons

  • Caring for a child or relative living in the same residence: Birth certificate of child/confirmation of need of care, residence registration
  • Pregnancy: Mutter-Kind Pass or confirmation by medical consultant
  • Other: Explanation of the reasons

For further information and application form please conact the Academic Affairs Office.


Mag. Julia Spiegl, Head of department
Harrachgasse 32, 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 2168

Please make an appointment


Information on financial support
unikid - living with children
unicare - caring for adults/elderly

application forms day care leave, birth, Papamonat, parental leave, care leave, end-of-life care leave, ...

Guideline on sabbaticals and leaves

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