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What is calculated in the time for completion and what is not?

The amendment to the Universities Act (558/2009, 41 §) stipulates what is included in the time for the completion of a degree. This page gives more detail on the aforementioned paragraph of the Universities Act.

The following CONSUME time from that allowed for the completion of a degree:

  • Enrolling as ‘present', i.e. normal studying
  • other absence exceeding 2 terms: enrolments as ‘absent' (N.B. in study rights already valid before 1 August 2015: other absence exceeding 4 terms)
  • terms during which a student has not enrolled as either ‘present' or ‘absent'2

The following DO NOT CONSUME time from that allowed for completion of a degree:

  • enrolling as ‘absent' due to voluntary military service or maternity, paternity or parental leave 3. The reason for absence is to be reported to the Registrar's Office at the University Main Building.
  • absence for other reasons4 The maximum time allowed for such absences is 2 terms (N.B. in study rights already valid before 1 August 2015: other absence exceeding 4 terms).
    Other absences in excess of 2 terms will reduce the time available for completion of the degree. Other absences include abscences resulting from any other reason than voluntary military service or maternity, paternity or parental leave.
A table of examples

Year of study

Enrolment

Study time consumed in years

Study time left (yrs) after this year

A student taking a normal combination – lower and higher university degree is allowed a total of 7 years:

3 for the lower degree
2 thereafter for the higher degree
+ 2 years more under the legislation (Universities Act 18e §)

7

1

enrolled as ‘present' for the whole  academic year

1

6

2

enrolled as ‘present' for the whole academic year

1

5

3

has not enrolled at all (even if the reason is maternity, paternity or parental leave) 2

1

4

4

enrolled as ‘absent' for the whole academic year (maternity, paternity, parental leave) 3

0

4

5

enrolled as ‘present' for the whole academic year

1

3

6

enrolled as ‘absent' for the whole academic year 4

0 (2 terms, i.e. 1 year of other absence is permitted)

3

8

enrolled as ‘present' for the whole academic year

1

2

9

enrolled as ‘absent' for the whole academic year 1

1 (other absence may not exceed 2 terms)

1

10

enrolled as ‘present' for the whole academic year

1

0

 
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