Students who have successfully completed their studies or wish to end their Freie Universität Berlin membership may be removed from the register of students at their own request. Alternatively, the Student Administration office may deregister students for official reasons (von Amts wegen) in accordance with the Bylaws on Academic Matters (Sec. 17 of the Bylaws on Academic Matters (Satzung für Studienangelegenheiten) of Freie Universität Berlin.
Students who have successfully completed their degree, or are no longer pursuing their studies, whether because they are unable to, or do not wish to continue studying although they have not completed a degree in their course of study, are required to submit an application for withdrawal.
The only semester for which students may apply to be removed from the register retroactively is as of the end of the semester for which that student last re-registered.
The possibility of refunding the paid semester fees and contributions after withdrawing is regulated in different ways:
In case of a withdrawal before the commencement of classes, a social fee for the student union (Studentenwerk) and the student government fee (Studierendenschaft) will be refunded on application. There will be no refund of enrollment or re-registration fee; this fee is due immediately upon enrollment or re-registration. Please be aware that the reimbursement may only be issued to the bank account of the original depositor. For more information please refer to Fees and Contributions.
Your contribution for the semester ticket transportation pass may be refunded by the Semester Ticket Office. The required data for an evaluation will be forwarded to the Semester Ticket Office by Student Administration. Therefore, the semester ticket fee credited to your account could be deposited with some delay. For questions concerning the amount of the refund please contact the Semester Ticket Office directly.
By and large students are permitted to take individual subject-specific examinations and earn certificates for those examinations after withdrawing from university (BerlHG). Please consult the appropriate examination office to discuss your individual case.
According to Sec. 17 (3) of the Bylaws on Academic Matters (Satzung für Studienangelegenheiten) of Freie Universität Berlin, students may be removed from the register by the administration for official reasons in any of the following cases: