Registration Cancellation and Withdrawal

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For legal reasons, the ZPA differentiates between deregistering from an exam and withdrawing for justified reasons – for example, illness.  Here you can read what the difference is.



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Regular Exam Cancellations

A regular exam cancellation is a cancellation without submitting any reasons up to three business days before the exam date. If the exam takes place on a Thursday, for example, you have until Monday, 11:59pm, to cancel your registration, if there is no holiday between those days. Saturdays are considered business days. You can cancel your registration as often as you like for any exam subject in the Bachelor and Master courses of study. This does not apply to the thesis. Here, the rules in the corresponding comprehensive exam regulation apply.

A detailed guide to canceling exam registrations can be found in the RWTHonline documentation portal.

Exams listed without specified exam dates are most often exams with individually arranged dates that the ZPA is not aware of. In this case, please refer to your department's – or chair's – advice regarding deadlines for canceling exams without submitting any reasons.


Withdrawal Due to Illness

if you are ill on the day of an exam, please follow the official regulations in the guidelines on medical certificates.


Where and Until When Can Medical Certificates Be Submitted?

A medical certificate must be obtained from a medical practitioner immediately – on the day of the exam, at the latest, if that is when you are sure you will miss an exam due to illness. Either an original copy or a digital version of the certificate must be received by the Central Examination Office or ZPA within three business days after the date of a missed exam. * Please include your student ID number and the affected exams on the medical certificate.

Currently, you can send us certificates in two ways:

  1. By
  2. Via the after-hours mailbox at the Main Building. Important: Please use an envelope addressed to the ZPA. The stamped date of receipt by RWTH is the decisive date in these cases!

*Exception: Dentistry and Medicine model courses of study at the Faculty of Medicine – medical certificates and reasons for withdrawing from an exam must be submitted to the course of study coordinators and medical certificates are processed in the Faculty of Medicine's own system.