Government drafting a bill on study times

The act on study times would be binding on both students and the universities.

Studying Government parties have agreed on how limits to study times will be entered into a proposed amendment of the Universities Act. The Government is set to present the relevant bill in the near future and the amendment would apply to those beginning their studies as of autumn this year.

Students would be allowed seven years to complete a five-year Master’s degree. Those heading for the three-year lower degree would be expected to graduate in four years. Students would be allowed to register as absent for a maximum of four terms.

The maximum study time would exclude maternity, paternity and parental leave, and national service.

Under the bill, universities would be obliged to provide teaching and guidance to enable students to complete their degrees in the set time limit. Universities would also be obliged to allow an extension to those exceeding the time limit, provided they present a goal-oriented and feasible plan to complete their degree.

Text: Liisa Voutilainen
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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