Legislation limiting study times

Legislation concerning restrictions of study times (laki yliopistolain muuttamisesta 556/2005) came into force on August 1st, 2005. This law restricts completion times of degrees.

The law concerns only students who have been granted degree study rights on August 1st, 2005, or later. The law doesn’t concern students who have been granted degree study rights before August 1st, 2005, and have moved from the old degree system to the new one.

Completion times of degrees

The target time for completing a bachelor’s degree is three (3) academic years. A student, who has been granted a study right for a bachelor’s degree only, has the right to complete the degree within one year after the target time has passed.

The target time for completing a master’s degree is two (2) academic years. A student, who has been granted a study right for a master’s degree only, has the right to complete the degree within two years after the target time has passed.

The joint target time for a bachelor’s and a master’s degree is five (5) academic years. A student, who has been granted a study right for both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, has the right to complete those degrees within two years after their target time has passed.

The target completion times are profiled in the attachment on this page.

According to the law, a degree student has the right to enrol as non-attending (absent) for a maximum of four (4) academic semesters, without the non-attending time consuming the allowed degree completion time.

The following times of non-attendance do not consume the degree completion time:

 

  •  voluntary or compulsory military service time
  • maternity, paternity or parental leave
  • other time-span of non-attendance, stretching to a maximum of two (2) academic years (four semesters)

 

When enrolling as non-attending (absent) or when the allowed time-limit for completing the studies is getting close, the student must present a statutory cause and appropriate documentation on the absence at the Student Services office. The enrolment as non-attending (absent) must occur before the semester enrolment begins. The semester enrolments begin on June 1st and again on December 1st. More information about semester enrolment can be found here.

If the degree is not completed within the time permitted by law, it is possible to apply for an extension of the study right.

The university faculties may grant an extension of up to two (2) years for a student to complete her/his studies. As a prerequisite, an eligible student must present a target-oriented and feasible plan that outlines the completion of her/his studies. When granting the extension, the student’s personal life-situation will be taken into account. The extension is always granted for a limited time period, ranging from a minimum of one semester to a maximum of four semesters.

Students can follow their remaining degree study time on WebOodi.

How to apply for an extension

A student whose study right is about to expire, must apply for an extension for completing her/his degree and compile a graduation plan. The application form and the graduation plan must be handed in to the Head of Student Affairs of the faculty in question.

If ones study right ends on July 31st, then the application form and the graduation plan must be handed in by April 30th (of the same year) at the latest. Equally, if ones study right ends on December 31st, then the application form and the graduation plan must be handed in on October 30th (of the same year) at the latest. The application and the graduation plan will be handled in the faculty within a month, and the applicant will be informed about the decision in writing.