Withdrawal from University

Withdrawal means that a student’s name is removed from the register of students upon leaving the university.

Legal Basis

Withdrawal is regulated in §§ 12, 13 and 14 of the Enrollment, Re-enrollment, Leave of Absence and Withdrawal Regulations (Immatrikulations-, Rückmelde-, Beurlaubungs- und Exmatrikulationssatzung) of the Technical University of Munich in conjunction with Article 49 Bavarian Higher Education Act (Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz).

The main reasons for withdrawal are:

  • voluntary withdrawal
  • passing the final examination
  • ultimately failing a pre-, interim or final examination that is mandatory according to the examination regulations, or when students cannot meet the requirements for applying to take these examinations
  • failure to meet the re-enrollment deadline for continued studies

  • If the student submits a request for exmatriculation, this request is to be complied with. Please download the application form from your TUMonline account under “Print Documents”.
  • As a rule, voluntary withdrawal takes place at the end of a semester unless you apply for immediate withdrawal. In this case, withdrawal occurs on the day the application is filed.

  • Withdrawal from the university occurs automatically at the end of the semester, in which the final graduation documents are issued. This only applies if the student had continued enrollment for this semester.
  • Withdrawal occurs by virtue of law, an application for withdrawal is not necessary in this case. 

Generally, you need to remain enrolled until you have taken your last exam.

For the final thesis, enrollment in the respective program is mandatory until completion and submission. This also applies if the period for writing the thesis was extended for reasons beyond your control. 

For all other exams, you do not have to re-enroll if you take an examination which is allocated to the previous semester within the first week of the lecture period. This also applies for oral exams which are part of the mandatory examinations stipulated in the academic and examination regulations (i.e. the colloqium or presentation connected to your thesis).

  • Students will be officially disenrolled from the university if they have failed to pass all required examinations (preliminary, intermediate or final) for the last time, as in accordance with the examination regulations, or if they have not fulfilled the requirements for application to one of these examinations for reasons within their control.
  • In this case, mandatory disenrollment officially occurs. This means that the TUM must take the initial action and declare the disenrollment: the student is not required to take the initiative to withdraw.
  • Upon ultimately failing the examination requirements of a degree program, students will be disenrolled. This will occur automatically at the end of the semester, in which the failure is determined. 
  • Please keep in mind to apply for reimbursement on time.
  • Information on ultimately failing an examination

  • Upon withdrawal, students lose their membership with the TUM and all rights and duties connected therewith. The Student Card and the Enrollment Certificate may no longer be used as of the date of withdrawal.
  • As a rule, students lose their right to take part in examinations.
    • You must be enrolled until you have taken your last exam in order to complete your studies properly. You will find binding regulations and possible exceptions in the Academic and Examination Regulations for your degree program.
    • It is very important to note that this does not apply to repeat examinations because the time allowed for the repeat examination may not be interrupted by a withdrawal (this applies only for students who are still studying under the General Diploma and Examination Regulations (ADPO)).
    • In addition, retroactively, there may be an obligation, in accordance with the examination regulations, to perform an examination for which a student had registered before the withdrawal occurred.

  • The application for withdrawal must be filed at the Admissions and Enrollment Office. You will find the application form in your TUMonline account under the menu tab “Student Downloads”.
  • You must enclose your student identification card with the application.
  • If the withdrawal occurs by virtue of law or officially, students must immediately hand in their student identification cards upon demand of the TUM.
  • In the case of disenrollment due to final failure of the exmination requirements of a degree program, you will receive a Notification of Final Failure, appended with information on legal remedies. You will receive a separate notification of your disenrollment.
  • Your TUMonline account remains active as an “alumni account” after your withdrawal. Access to this account is possible only with a mytum user name (tum or mytum email address).

The proof of withdrawal can be downloaded from your TUMonline account via the section“Documents”.

Your TUMonline account remains active as an “alumni account” after your withdrawal. Access to this account is then possible with a mytum user name (tum or mytum email address).


Please send your application or inquiry via post, fax or email to:

Technical University of Munich
Admissions and Enrollment Office

Arcisstraße 21
80333 Munich
Telephone: 089/289-22245
Fax: 089/289-25414
E-mail: studium(at)tum.de

You can apply for withdrawal from university by e-mail to studium(at)tum.de. Please print out the application form, sign it and scan it as PDF. If you send a PDF application for withdrawal by e-mail, please write in the subject of the e-mail: "Antrag auf Exmatrikulation" + your TUM matriculation number. This will speed up the processing of your application considerably.