Maximum duration and active enrolment

Maximum duration of study

The maximum duration of study indicates how much time you have to complete your degree programme. The maximum duration of study for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students at ST is the prescribed period of study plus six months. The extra semester ensures that you have three opportunities to pass in all enrolled courses. You can see how your maximum duration of study is prescribed in the academic regulations.

You find your academic regulation under 'Teaching' > 'Academic regulations and ministerial orders'.

If you do not complete your degree programme within this time frame, you will automatically be withdrawn from the degree programme.

The withdrawal will be effected irrespective of which and how many courses you have failed to pass, and regardless of whether you have used all your examination attempts within the prescribed period of study.

Your maximum duration of study will always expire on either 1 September or 1 March. You will receive a notification approximately 14 days before the expiry of your maximum duration of study. If you lack a result in the last exams, you must contact If you are automatically withdrawn from the degree programme, you will not receive further confirmation of the withdrawal.

In order to avoid withdrawal due to exceeding the maximum duration of study, we recommend you to be aware of your study progress throughout the whole degree programme. If you are in doubt about how to plan your degree programme best, you are always welcome to contact the Student Guidance.

At all times you can see your maximum duration of study at the student self-service pages under 'Studies'.

Active enrolment requirement

All students at Science and Technology must pass 45 ECTS at a minimum per academic year. Since the first-year exam is equivalent to 40 ECTS, the active enrolment requirement does not apply for the first year of the Bachelor’s degree programme.

The active enrolment requirement is accumulated, which means that after the second academic year, you must have passed at least 85 ECTS, and after the third academic year 130 ECTS. Please note, that by meeting the active enrolment requirement of 45 ECTS per academic year alone, you can not get your degree within the prescribed period of study.

Active enrolment is defined as passed ECTS. Participation in the teaching and used examination attempts do not count as active enrolment.

As a general rule all courses of study must be organised in a way that allows the student to participate three times in exam attempts in each enrolled course. This entails that if you choose to change your course of study - for example by deregistering or moving courses - you may waive the right to three examination attempts in the course you choose to deregister or move.

The consequence of not meeting the active enrolment requirement is that you will be administratively withdrawn from your study.