Stu­dy­ing part-ti­me

Studying part-time is a form of study where it is only possible to complete half of the set coursework during each semester. If you are studying part-time, you attend the regular units of instruction that are shown on the list of lectures. This means that students who are studying part-time do not have their own timetable or any units of instruction at special times.

Once you have completed the application, signed it and added the evidence required, please send it to the “Study enquiries point” by post or hand it in personally. You can repeat your application to study part-time several times. Please note that you cannot make use of studying part-time in retrospect for any semesters that you have already completed.

You must submit your application for a summer semester by 30 April and by 31 October for a winter semester.

Studying part-time primarily offers you two advantages:

  1. Two part-time semesters only count as one regular semester if you are studying part-time.
  2. Studying part-time can benefit you if your course regulations dictate that you have to complete examinations or achieve a certain minimum number of points/credits within a particular time. You may be able to extend the deadlines by making use of part-time study. Please clarify the relevant issues on this directly in your academic advisory discussions or from the examinations office.
  • Studying part-time is only possible on courses that are not subject to restricted entry. 
  • If you are involved in a combined degree course, a postgraduate master’s degree or a doctorate, it is not possible to study part-time.
  • You are not entitled to achieve more than 50% of the credit points or credits envisaged for full-time study during any period of part-time study. If you exceed this, the semester will be counted as a full regular semester.
  • If the reason for granting part-time study is no longer relevant, you are obliged to notify the university about this immediately.
  • Any part-time study can only be applied for within the normal prescribed period of study.
  • You cannot complete a combined degree course during any period of part-time study.
  • It is not possible to make use of part-time study in retrospect for a semester that has already been completed.

It is only possible to apply to study part-time for the reasons listed below. You can find more detailed information on this in Section 9 of the Hesse Enrolment Order.

  • Gainful employment
    Employment involving the payment of social security contributions for at least 14 hours, but no more than 28 hours of regular weekly working time.
    Evidence: e.g. a certificate of employment, job contract or something similar.
  • Bringing up a child aged under 10
    Evidence: the child’s birth certificate
  • Caring for a close relative who has been classified as needing nursing care
    Evidence: confirmation from the health or nursing insurance scheme about the degree of nursing care for the close relative.
  • Disability or a chronic illness
    The disability or the chronic illness must have an effect on your studies.
    Evidence: confirmation from a doctor, which makes it possible to verify that proper full-time study is ruled out.
  • Another similarly important reason