Detailed Enrolment Instructions

On this page you will find the detailed instructions for academic enrolment. For more concise instructions, see Enrolment to the University.

1. Enrolment requirement

Degree students

Each degree student at the University of Tampere is required to enrol at the University annually in order to make use of his/her right to study. If a student does not enrol as present or absent by the deadline given, he/she will lose his/her right to study. This applies to all degrees, including doctoral degrees (see Forgot to enrol?)

Non-degree students

Non-degree students enrol when they are granted a new study right and are registered until the end of their study right. A new enrolment is not required annually. This applies to all non-degree students.

2. Rights and duties bearing on enrolment

A student who has enrolled as present can earn credits and a degree student can receive student financial aid if eligible. A student enrolled as absent cannot earn credits.

A degree student enrolled as present at the University of Tampere (UTA) is generally eligible to complete specified study modules from the curricula of Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)). A separate procedure to select and apply to the studies applies.

A student who has enrolled as present has the right to use all the University information technology services. Only students who have enrolled as present can enrol electronically for courses and examinations. A student enrolled as absent has a more restricted use of the services. For further information on the services, please see IT-Helpdesk's page.

The Registrar’s Office must be notified immediately of changes of name, home municipality and address. Students must produce official proof of a change of name. Changes of home municipality and address can be notified of on Student's Desktop (under Personal Data) or via email aktuaari@uta.fi.

A degree certificate can only be issued for a student enrolled either as present or absent. If a student has completed all the studies required for the degree but is yet to receive his/her degree certificate, he/she may enrol as absent for the semester the certificate is to be issued.

3. Academic year and enrolment periods

The academic year begins on 1 August and ends on 31 July.  In the autumn semester 2017, teaching begins on 4 September and ends on 15 December.  In the spring semester 2018, teaching begins on 8 January and ends on 27 May.

Enrolment periods:

  • for old students        1 June to  31 August 2017
  • for new students       * – 31 August 2017

*New students enrolling electronically can enrol after confirming their study place. If electronic enrolment is not possible, new students enrol at the Registrar’s office between 1 August to 31 August. Students accepted to English language master’s degree programmes enrol according to the latter procedure (at the Registrar’s office).

Registrar’s Office opening hours:

  • from 29 May to 28 July Monday–Friday 12 p.m.– 2 p.m.
  • from 31 July onwards Mon 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tue–Fri 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Exceptions to the regular opening hours will be posted on Registrar’s Office’s page.

4. Right to study and target times for degree completion

A student can have only one valid right to study for the same lower, higher or postgraduate university degree at the University of Tampere. No new right to study for a degree with similar content will be granted to a degree or study module in a corresponding subject which the student concerned has already completed unless the selection criteria decree otherwise.

A student who has been granted the right to study for a lower or higher university degree after 1 August 2005 has the following target time for degree completion:

  • lower university degree (Bachelor): three academic years
  • higher university degree (Master): two academic years, except for Master of Psychology two and a half academic years
  • Licentiate in Medicine: six academic years

A student admitted to study for both the lower and higher university degree has the right to complete the degree in a time exceeding the aggregate normative duration of studies by a maximum of two years.

The duration of studies does not include leave due to voluntary military service or conscription, or to maternity, paternity or parental leave. The duration of studies does not include an absence of a maximum of two terms for which the student has registered herself or himself as absent. Failure to enrol at the university will reduce the time left for degree completion.

Each student is obliged to keep track of the time used. The information is available on Student's Desktop under Personal Data, and, if necessary, can be requested from the Registrar's Office. For further details, please see Right to study and target times for completion.

5. Enrolment alternatives and changes in enrolment

The enrolment alternatives are

  • enrolment as present for the entire academic year
  • enrolment as absent for the entire academic year
  • enrolment as present for one semester and absent for the other semester

Enrolment can be changed from absent to present at any time during the academic year.

Students whose study right expires at the end of 2017, but have been granted an extension, can enrol electronically in the OILI service for the spring semester from Dec 1 2017 to 12 Jan 2018. During this period, other students can change their enrolment status for the spring semester from absent to present in OILI as well (for other times, see previous paragraph).

Enrolment for the autumn semester can only be changed from present to absent during the enrolment period, and for the spring semester no later than 12 January 2018.

Refund of the Student Union fee can only be applied for before the end of the enrolment period, and for the spring semester no later than 12 January 2018. The necessary form is available at the Registrar’s Office. The application must be submitted in person at the Registrar’s Office and the student must present his/her student card.

Students, who have already paid the Student Union fee to another university, can apply for a refund of the Health Care fee until 29 September 2017, and for the spring semester until 31 January 2018.

6. Membership of the Student Union and fees

According to the Universities Act (558/2009), all university students who have been admitted to programmes leading to a lower or higher university degree, with the exception of students in made-to-order education, shall belong to the Student Union. The membership is optional for postgraduate students. Postgraduate students are not entitled to travel discounts or Student Health Services even if they pay the Student Union fee. Non-degree students do not belong to the student union.

7. Enrolment of an old first or second cycle degree student

Enrolment as present

An old student with an active basic user account and a Finnish personal identity code enrols using the electronic enrolment service (OILI) no later than 31 August 2017. The link can be found on Student’s Desktop under Remember during the enrolment period. To pay the fees in OILI, Finnish online banking codes are needed.

If using OILI is not possible, the student pays the mandatory and possible optional fees using a personal reference number no later than 31 August 2017. The information of the payment and the reference number can be found in NettiOpsu under Enrolment to the University. If necessary, the payment information can also be requested from the Registrar’s Office. A student who enrols as present for one semester and absent for the other semester shall pay half of the yearly Student Union fee: the enrolment is by default registered as present for the autumn semester and absent for the spring semester. If such student wishes to enrol as present for the spring semester instead of the default autumn semester, he/she must notify the Registrar’s Office of this by 31 August 2017.

Only students who have enrolled as present, can enrol electronically for courses and examinations. It takes 2-5 days for the payment information to register in the University information systems. If a student who is not using OILI fails to use the personal reference number, the payment information will not register correctly. In this case, the student must present an official bank receipt of the payment.

The annual registration sticker for the student card can be obtained once the payment information has been registered, yet no earlier than 1 August 2017. The stickers are available also after the enrolment period, throughout the academic year. The stickers can only be attached onto the card at the Tamy Services Office in the Student Union building or at the Registrar’s Office.

Enrolment as absent

An old student with an active basic user account and a Finnish personal identity code enrols using the electronic enrolment service (OILI) no later than 31 August 2017. The link can be found in on Student's Desktop under Remember. If using OILI is not possible, a student can enrol as absent in NettiOpsu, via email aktuaari@uta.fi or by sending the enrolment form to the Registrar's Office.

An old student can enrol as absent without legal grounds for their absence. A student enrolling as absent will not pay the Student Union fee and the health service fee included therein. He/she may not make use of the benefits of the Student Union membership.

If a student who has been granted the right to take a lower or higher university degree after 1 August 2005 presents official proof that the absence is due to voluntary military service or conscription, or maternity, paternity or parental leave, the time given for degree completion will not be reduced.

8. Enrolment of a new first or second cycle degree student

New international students, please see the step-by-step instructions for registration!

9. Enrolment of a postgraduate (third cycle) student

Enrolment of an old postgraduate student

An old student with an active basic user account and a Finnish personal identity code enrols using the electronic enrolment service (OILI) no later than 31 August 2017. The link can be found on Student’s Desktop under Remember during the enrolment period.

Student Union membership is optional. To pay the fees in OILI, Finnish online banking codes are needed.

If using OILI is not possible, enrolment instructions can be found in NettiOpsu under Enrolment to the University. The Student Union fee can also be paid using a reference number, also after the end of the enrolment period. The reference number can be found in NettiOpsu during the enrolment period, after which it can be requested from the Registrar’s Office if needed.

Postgraduate students who have failed to enrol as present or absent in the manner described in this decision must apply to the Faculty in writing in order to regain their right to study (Section 14).

Enrolment of a new postgraduate student

The enrolment instructions for new students are enclosed in the letter of acceptance.

10. Enrolment of an old non-degree student

Old non-degree students do not need to enrol annually. Their enrolment will be automatically registered until the end of their study right. This also applies to students conducting Open University studies. Non-degree students do not belong to the student union.

11. Enrolment of an exchange or visiting student taking a degree abroad

The enrolment instructions for international exchange and visiting students are enclosed in the letter of acceptance. Paying the Student Union membership fee and joining the Student Union is optional.

12. Renouncing the right to study

A student may renounce his/her right to study by notifying the Registrar's Office in writing. The right to study will be registered as having ceased as of the date the notification is received at the Registrar’s Office.

13. Regaining the right to study

A student who has failed to enrol as present or absent in the manner described in these instructions will lose his/her right to study. If such a student later wishes to continue his/her studies, he/she may apply for his/her right to study to be reinstated in writing. The application should be addressed to Student Services, or, if more than one year has elapsed since the previous date the student was registered, to the Dean of the Faculty. The application form "Application for restoration of right to study" is available on the Forms page or can be picked up from the Registrar's Office.

Applicants will be informed of the decision by post. If the right to study is reinstated, the student must enrol at the university as present. When enrolling, the student must pay a re-registration fee in order to regain his/her right to study.

The obligation to apply to have their right to study reinstated concerns all degree students (first, second and third cycle).