Withdrawal due to Illness and Medical Certificates

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Did you know that...

  1. ... we recorded a total of 5645 medical certificates in 2019?
  2. Due to the pandemic-related special regulations, however, the number in 2021 was only 803.

If you fall ill on the day of an examination and are therefore unable to take the examination, please take note of the official regulations in the handout on the subject of "Incapacity to take examinations due to illness".

Certificates must be obtained immediately, i.e. usually no later than the day of the examination. They must be submitted to us at the ZPA in the original or as a digital version no later than the third working day after the respective examination date. In the case of an oral examination, the examiner must also be informed.

Please be sure to write your matriculation number and the exams in question on the certificate.

The submitted certificate must meet the following content requirements:

  • Date or expected duration of illness
  • Date, stamp and signature of the physician
  • Explicit attestation of the inability to take the exam

Please note that a simple certificate of incapacity for work is not sufficient. Please use this form wherever possible.

You can send us certificates in the following ways:

  1. Via e-mail to .
    Important: Please be sure to use your RWTH address and send us the certificate in PDF format.
  2. Via the deadline mailbox at the main building. Important: Please use an envelope addressed to us. The receipt stamp is used to determine when the letter was received.
  3. Via mail. Please note: the receipt stamp is used to determine when the letter was received.

Certificates that are received outside the deadline or do not meet the above-mentioned content requirements will be considered as a request for a subsequent withdrawal from an examination date due to illness. We will therefore forward the certificate to the relevant examination board, which will decide on the request.



I have received an email that my certificate has been forwarded to the examination board. Do I need to do anything?

Initially, no action is required. The examination board will contact you if there are any queries. Otherwise, you will be informed of the decision of the examination board.

I am currently writing a term paper and am ill. Can I extend the deadline with a medical certificate?

No, that is not possible.