Illness and special circumstances during your studies

Here you find all the information about inhability to participate in an examination. Links to the website of the university concering psychological counseling and other offers are listed as well.

Inability to participate in an examination

A candidate who is registered for a written or oral examination can withdraw from it after the registration deadline if they have a good reason, particularly if they are unable to participate due to illness. The examination board must be notified in writing without delay (within three days). Candidates who are ill are required to present a medical certificate (in the original!) proving their inability to participate in the examination.

The date on the postmark or on which the certificate is handed into the Examination Office directly shall suffice to determine whether the deadline has been met. You can also post your medical certificate in the Examination Office mailbox.

Please enclose the following information with your certificate:

  • Name

  • Student ID number

  • Module for which you are registered for an examination

  • Examination date



Medical certificates submitted after an examination has started or finished will not be accepted (When the examination starts, the candidate will be deemed to have declared that they are fit to sit it.).

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Psychological counseling

In personal meetings, you can obtain counseling - including preventive advice - regarding psychological concerns, insecurities or problems that can have a negative impact on your quality of life or academic success.

Studying with security

As a student, you will be covered by accident insurance via the University of Bonn. You can find relevant information and contacts on the University of Bonn website.

Studying with a disability

Students with a disability or chronic (physical) condition can be given various compensatory measures as well as advice and support. You can find out all you need to know about compensation for disadvantages, advice and other services on the University of Bonn website.

Pregnancy during your studies

The Maternity Protection Act also applies to students. Please get in touch with the degree program manager.

Studying with a family

Students with a child or children or other family care responsibilities have some special rights. The Office of Family Services at the University of Bonn can provide advice and support.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Healthy Studying Practices - Healthy Campus Bonn

Together with various cooperation partners, the University of Bonn offers free services, events and information on topics relating to mental, physical and social health during your studies. Here you can find advice, digital health services, workshops and seminars designed to make everyday life as a student easier.

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