What may be a valid reason to not meet the requirements?

A valid reason means recognized personal circumstances. These are listed in the Higher Education and Research Act. These include reasons such as illness, exceptional family circumstances, pregnancy, physical or sensory impairment or other functional disorders and the inability to study.

If you have obtained insufficient credits and have a valid reason for this, nothing has to be reported to the IND. We call this a one-time exemption. The university will include in its records that you have a valid reason. However, it is important that you report the personal circumstances to the academic advisor or student counselor in a timely manner. Without timely notification, we cannot give you a one-time exemption.