Leave of absence

There are different reasons for a leave of abscence. The leave of abscence can not be issued for one or more degree programmes, but rather applies to all your degree programmes at the University of Vienna.

First read which effects a leave of abscence has and then decide if you want to apply or not.

Reasons for a Leave of Abscence

  • Pregnancy
    Proof: Copy of the Mother-Child-Pass or medical confirmation by a doctor including a date of birth.
  • Child care
    Note: You can apply multiple times for a leave of abscence until the child reaches legal age .
    Proof: Copy of birth certificates of parent and child and copy of the residential registration form (Meldezettel) to proof both live in the same household.
  • Military service or civilian service
    Proof: copy of military or civil service agency
  • Voluntary social/economical year
    Proof: confirmation by the agency
  • Care or support obligations for a relative.
    Proof: proof of relationship (birth certificate, marriage certificate), and official notification about degree of care or confirmation by a medical specialist about need of care (no diagnosis needed!) und Bescheid über Pflegestufe oder fachärtzliche Bestätigung über Pflegebedürftigkeit (Diagnose nicht erforderlich!).
  • Illness, injury, disability, which considerably impair your studies for at least four weeks.
    Proof: medical confirmation for a duration of hindrance from studying of at least four weeks.
  • A considerable impairment from your studies of at least four weeks by work or through a work realated training.
    Proof: confirmation by the employer of a considerable impairment of your studies of at least four weeks because of the existing employment (which has to more than negligible).
    If you receive training additionally a confirmation about registration or participation is required. This confirmation has to include content and duration of the course.
  • A considerable impairment from your studies of at least four weeks by administrative reasons by  public authorities abroad.
    Proof: summons, official order or other confirmation letter by an authority. This note has to include at least 2 dates with at least four weeks in between. Additionally a retroactive confirmation of attendance by the authority is required.

 Required Documents

You require:


  • Summer semester 2018: 2 January until 28 February
  • Winter semester 2018/19: 2 July until 30 September

How do you apply for a leave of abscence?

Send all required documents via e-mail per your u:account e-mail (https://webmail.univie.ac.at) to beurlaubung.zulassung@univie.ac.at. Be advised to apply as soon as possible as you have to pay your tuition fee timely in case your application gets rejected. Please note that the tuition fee may increase by 10% depending on your citizenship and your date of payment.

After your application has been processed, you will be notified via e-mail.

In above mentioned deadlines you can also withdraw your application (same e-mail address). The raised tuition fee may also apply in this case.

As soon as your fee is registered as paid in u:space (Financial Matter > Tuition/Students' Union Fee), you can print your student record sheet (u:space > Personal Matters > My Documents).