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Removal from the Register of Students (Exmatriculation)

You have successfully completed your studies or you do not wish to continue your studies and want to terminate your membership at Freie Universität.

The removal from the register of students can be done at your own request in the Self-Services portal or for official reason by the Student Records and Registration office (see also Sec. 17 of the Bylaws on Academic Matters ‘Satzung für Studienangelegenheiten’ of Freie Universität Berlin).

Note: One week after de-registration, your FU student account (ZEDAT account) will expire. Please download all certificates from the self-service immediately, including the certificate of de-registration provided in the documents tab. Replacement certificates issued at a later date are subject to a fee. Please note that you will no longer have access to Campus Management, Blackboard or your student e-mail address as well.

The removal from the register of students can be requested in the Self-Services portal for the following cases:

  • Continuation at another university
  • Completion of studies
  • Termination of studies
  • Voluntary service
  • Other reasons

Please select the respective reason for your removal in the Self-Service.

Removal from the register of students can be requested in the Self-Service portal of the Student Records and Registration Office at the end of the semester or on a specific date (before the end of the semester). Keep in mind that upon removal from the register of students, you will lose your student status. This may have consequences, for example, on your health insurance or study financing. 

Your certificate of Removal from the Register of Students will be available to you directly after approval of your request in the Self-Service (even in the case of removal at the end of the semester). You will be notified of this via E-Mail.

Removal from the register of students is possible:

  • at the end of the semester
  • as of today’s date (date of application). In order to process your removal from the register of students effective immediately and prior to the semester’s conclusion, we require your Campuscard to be returned promptly. Kindly upload a photo of the cut-up Campuscard (both front and back) under the 'Documents' tab. Please also note that you will lose your student status starting the following day.

In both cases, you will receive your certificate of removal from the register of students immediately after approval of your request in the Self-Service. You will be notified of this via email.

If you are already enrolled in a Bachelor's program at FU and have applied for a Master's program at FU, you do not need to request removal from the register of students. After being admitted to the Master's program, you can enroll directly in your new program and submit a request for a change of subject/degree.

If the semester at the new university starts on October 1st or April 1st, removal from the register of students at the end of the semester (September 30th or March 31st) is sufficient to ensure uninterrupted student status. You will receive the certificate of removal from the register of students beforehand (immediately after the approval of the request).

Please note that interrupting student status by removal before the end of the semester may have implications for your health insurance or study financing.

Removal from the register of students for official reason by the Student Records and Registration Office, i.e., without a personal request, occurs when:

  • the prerequisites for further re-registration have not been met (e.g., missing bachelor's degree certificate, fees not (fully) paid, enrollment certificate from another university missing, etc.)
  • enrollment was temporary (e.g., preparatory course or language course)
  • the studies have been successfully completed, and no application for a change of subject or degree has been submitted
  • the final attempt for a required examination has failed
  • despite written notification, studies have not been commenced

Basis for removal from the register of students for official reason by the Student Records and Registration Office: Bylaws on Academic Matters Sec. 17 (3) (Satzung für Studienangelegenheiten der Freien Universität Berlin).


The right to take exams generally remains after removal from the register of students (BerlHG). Examination regulations for individual subjects can be found in the respective examination regulations. If you have any questions, please contact your responsible examination office.

The refunding of paid semester fees and contributions after removal from the register of students is subject to varying regulations: 

The social contribution to the Studierendenwerk Berlin and the contribution to the student body will be reimbursed if the removal from the register of students occurs before the commencement of lectures. However, please note that the administrative fee of €50 is non-refundable. 

The contribution to the Deutschlandsemesterticket will be refunded through the Semester Ticket Office. The necessary data for this will be forwarded by the Student Records and Registration Office to the Semester Ticket Office.

The removal from the register of students for official reason by the Student Records and Registration Office can be annulled independently in the Self-Services portal within one month after issuance. Please use the “Annulment of Removal from the Register of Students” request for this purpose. To do so, all re-registration requirements must be met.

If you have applied for removal from the register yourself, please contact the Student Records and Registration office via email at studierendenverwaltung@zuv.fu-berlin.de, providing your student ID number.

Generally, no documentation is required for removal from the register.

Exceptions:

  • If you have been admitted to another university, please select the reason ‘Continuation at another university’ and upload a copy of the admission letter under the `attachments´ tab.
  • Removal from the register before the end of the semester: Please upload a photo of the cut-up Campuscard (front and back).

Before the start of the semester: If you no longer wish to pursue your studies at Freie Universität Berlin and have decided against studying at Freie Universität Berlin, you can cancel your enrollment and return your study placement by using the 'Return of Study Placement' application in the Self-Service portal.

After the start of the semester: Please use the application for removal from the register of students in the Self-Service portal.

You can access the self-service with your student account. You may have to activate the student account once. You have received information about this by e-mail.

Keywords

  • De-registration, Exmatriculation, Disenrollment, Dematriculation