Registration Cancellation and Withdrawal

  Student filling out registration cancellation form RWTH Aachen

The ZPA differentiates between cancellation of an exam and withdrawal for valid reasons – such as 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 Friday, for example, you have till Tuesday, 11:59pm, to cancell your registration, if there isn't a holiday between those days. Saturdays are considered business days. You can cancel your registration as often as you like for an 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. As soon as the exam you would like to cancel is listed in the VZPA under "Angemeldete Prüfungen," you can cancel your registration in CAMPUS Office under the option "Prüfungsanmeldung/Prüfungsabmeldung." Please make note of our step by step instructions for online withdrawal.

For oral exams there are often individually arranged dates that the ZPA is not aware of. In these cases, you must cancel your registration in person in the ZPA, Please have the exact exam date with you when you cancel. Also, please remember to cancel on time.

If you cannot cancel online, you can cancel by doing one of the following up to three business days before the exam

  • in person during ZPA office hours
  • via fax or mail (include your student ID number, your course of study, and the exam you would like to cancel)
  • or via email with a scanned application

You can find the form for cancellation in the form database. You can also authorize an individual to cancel for you in person in the ZPA.


Withdrawal Due to Illness

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


Where and Until When Can Medical Certificates Be Submitted?

Original copies of medical certificates must be immediately, that is the day of the exam, submitted to the Central Examination Office or ZPA.*

The medical certificate must be received within three business days by the Central Examination Office. Please include your student ID number and the affected exams on the medical certificate.

You can put your medical certificate in the ZPA mailbox during the SuperC opening hours or hand it in from 8am to 11.30am and 1pm to 4pm in the ZPA office, Room 2.29. You can use the afterhours mailbox at the RWTH Main Building after business hours or on the weekends. Note: It must be addressed to the ZPA.

The stamped date of receipt by RWTH Aachen is the decisive date in these cases.

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