Leaving the University (Exmatriculation)

Generally, you may leave the university at any time. However, at the earliest the day after submitting your application for exmatriculation, as a retrospective exmatriculation is not possible. 

Please submit your application for exmatriculation electronically via PAUL > Studium > Studienorganisation > Meine Anträge.

Withdrawal from a course

If you are enrolled in more than one course at the same time, you can choose to withdraw from one of your courses within the re-enrolment period. This is not deemed as exmatriculation, as you still remain a member of the university.

Please submit your withdrawal application electronically via PAUL > Studium > Studienorganisation > Meine Anträge.

Student ID card, enrolment certificate, public transport ticket

If you leave the university, your membership of Paderborn University will end on the day you are removed from the university’s register of students. Consequently, your right to use your semester ticket, your student ID card or your enrolment certificate (e. g. for discounts) will expire. These documents must be destroyed following your exmatriculation. Failure to comply with this may lead to prosecution in accordance with the German Penal Code (StGB).

Please note the Deadlines and further information for a refund.


If you are already registered for any examinations, please note that you must contact the Central Examinations Office to cancel your registration for these, otherwise they will be recorded as failed.

If you have applied for admission to the First State Examination for School Teachers (examination regulations for student teachers 2003), but have not duly completed the examination process, leaving the university may result in you failing the First State Examination. Please contact the State Examination Board, Paderborn office, in good time.