Standard period of study
As established in the respective Curriculum and Examination regulations, Bachelor's programs have a standard duration of 6, 7 or 8 subject-related semesters and Master's programs 3 or 4 subject-related semesters. The degree program is designed so that students can, and are supposed to, successfully graduate after this period. Please see your degree program's Curriculum and Examination Regulations (SPO), part B for details on the standard period of study of your degree program. The SPOs are available on the download page (in German language only).
Exceeding the standard period of study
Students should be aware that they need to keep to a certain timeframe: they must pass the study credits of the first subject-related semester at the latest by the third semester, and the study credits of the first and second subject-related semesters no later than the fourth semester of studies. In case of further delay, they must place a "Härteantrag" (application for recognition of hardship) to be allowed to continue studying.
The maximum program duration for Bachelor's programs must not exceed 9, 10 or 11 semesters, and for Master's programs, 6 or 7 semesters. If the maximum program duration is exceeded, the student by law loses his / her student status and right to sit exams. In this case also the student can place an application for recognition of hardship to get another study semester to finish the studies.