Duration of studies

Have you been screened out by the ETAPPI checkpoint system for study progress, or wish to apply for readmission or for an extension of your right to study, but are unable to access Flamma? This page contains instructions for submitting a study plan to the ETAPPI system or for applying for readmission or for an extension of your right to study. This page also contains information on how to waive your right to study.

The University of Helsinki applies a system of study progress checkpoints (ETAPPI) to support smooth study progress. Through this system, students who are falling behind in their studies will receive support in the form of counselling and a personal study plan. Further information on the ETAPPI system can be found on Flamma.

Beginning on January 1, 2016, the implementation of the Etappi checkpoint system will not be carried out during the upcoming two years. For those students who at the moment are affected by Etappi, the registration block in Oodi will be lifted. For those students who have started their studies before 1.8.2005 the Etappi checkpoint system will be discontinued altogether.

During 2016 and 2017 the study progress is still monitored. Students receive guidance and counselling e.g. when devising their personal study plans (PSP) and from staff providing guidance within the faculties, departments and subjects. All departments and faculties also have access to the tools within the Oodi student register system which help in monitoring the study progress of students.

The break in the implementation of the Etappi checkpoint system in 2016 and 2017 does not affect the study progress checks carried out by the Finnish Social Security Institution KELA for those students receiving student financial aid from KELA.

The Etappi checkpoint system is temporarily discontinued as the study administration at the University, in a situation when resources are reduced, wants to focus on its core duties: student selection, support for study progress and the graduation of students.

During the years 2016 and 2017 the support services for studies and study counselling will be renewed as a part of the bigger reorganization of the University administration. The study administration will develop new tools and methods for counselling to ensure even better support and guidance for the study progress of all students, not just for those who are not able to graduate within the set study time. In the coming years the University wishes to establish common practices for all study and student services at the University.

Students who began their studies on or after 1 August 2005 have a restricted right to study. Further information on the normative duration of studies and the limits on the right to study can be found in Instructions for students.

The Student Services of the University of Helsinki will email students at their helsinki.fi email address during the mid-point of the last term of their studies when their right to study is about to expire for the first time. Students who have been granted an extension of their right to study or whose extended right to study has expired must themselves remember to apply for further extensions.

1. An extension as stipulated in the Act

An extension of the right to study as stipulated in the Act on the amendment of the Universities Act is applied for from the Student Services in Metsätalo.

2. An discretionary extension

If you apply for andiscretionary extension, only do this when you actually plan to study. If you are not planning to study, you should apply for an extension at a later date when your personal situation allows you to study. Your right to study may be discontinued for a period of time and renewed at a later date. You may not apply for an extension in advance, but only when your study right is about to expire.

You must apply for the extension using a form designed for the purpose, which you must submit to the Student Services in Metsätalo. An extension may be granted if you present a goal-oriented and feasible plan for the completion of your studies and this plan is approved by your major subject. If your Master’s thesis is incomplete, you should request and enclose with your application a statement from your supervisor. Further instructions are listed on the application form.

Students completing BA degree

Students completing MA degree

Please note, that there will be changes to the rules gov­ern­ing the ex­piry of stud­ies at the Uni­versity of Hel­sinki.

The expiration date of your right to study is degree-specific (Bachelor’s degree/Master’s degree). It is either 31 July or 31 December. If your right to study expires in July, you must submit your application in April/May; if your right to study expires in December, you must submit your application in November. As a rule, decisions to extend the right to study are not made in advance, barring special circumstances (such as in order to be granted a student exchange position).

Decisions to extend your right to study will be emailed to you in the address you provided. Decisions in the negative will be mailed to you in hard copy in the mailing address you provided.

Readmission

Students must register for attendance or non-attendance at the University every academic year. Failing to do so will cause your right to study to be forfeited. However, the right to study may be reactivated.

If, after having failed to register at the University, you register for attendance or non-attendance before 31 July of the same academic year, you must only pay the re-enrolment fee and present a receipt of the payment at the Student Services service point. If you register for attendance, you must also pay the membership fee of the Student Union and present a receipt of the payment at the service point.

Should you wish to re-enrol only the next academic year or later, you must first apply to the Faculty for readmission. After this, you must pay the re-enrolment fee and, if you want to register for attendance, the membership fee of the Student Union. The receipts must be presented at one of the Student Services service points.

If you wish to apply to the Faculty for readmission, please complete the relevant application form:

Submit the completed form to the Student Services of the Faculty of Arts. You must draft a study plan as part of your application. The Student Services will verify that your study plan follows the current regulations, such as the degree requirements.

If you have failed to register for attendance or non-attendance for three consecutive academic years, the study plan will be submitted to your major subject department for approval. The department may require that you participate in personal study guidance before your study plan can be approved.

Applications for readmission will be approved or rejected by the dean.

NB! If you forfeited your right to complete a degree because you were granted permission to postpone the beginning of your studies in 2012 or earlier but failed to register for attendance after the end of the postponement period, you may reactivate your right to complete a degree by applying for readmission from the Faculty. If your application is approved, you must then pay the re-enrolment fee and present a receipt of the payment at a Student Services service point. If you wish to register for attendance, you must also present a receipt of the payment of the Student Union membership fee.

Waiver of the right to study

If you are not planning to use your right to complete a degree, you may waive this right by submitting a binding, written notice to the Student Services of the Faculty of Arts. If you waive your right to study, you cannot reactivate it at a later date by applying for readmission. You may apply for a new right to complete a degree through the Faculty’s student selection process.

The form for waiving the right to study can be found here. Once your waiver has been recorded in the University’s information system, the Student Services of the Faculty will mail you a letter about the matter. If you do not receive the letter within three weeks of submitting the waiver, please contact the Student Services of the Faculty of Arts.

The University’s upcoming reform of degree programmes also means changes to the rules governing the expiry of studies (Rector’s Decision 23/2016).

The most significant change is that all completed studies will expire in 10 years, after which they can no longer be used for degrees. This includes all studies, also the kind for which no expiry period had previously been set (e.g., language and communication studies).

The date of completion for study modules will be considered to be the date when the last course in the module is completed. The module will be valid for use in degrees 10 years after this date.

These new expiry rules will pertain to all students who begin their studies on or after 1 August 2017. The new expiry rules will also pertain to all students who have begun their studies before 1 August 2017 and who voluntarily transfer to the new degree programmes during the transition period 1 August 2017 - 31 July 2020, or who are transferred into the new degree programmes on 1 August 2020. NB! Once in effect, the new expiry rules will pertain to all existing students, including ones who began their studies before 1 August 2005.

Please consider these changes to the expiry of studies when planning your studies and graduation! You can complete studies according to the degree requirements of 2016–2017 until 31 July 2020. When completing studies according to the old requirements, you will be under the expiry rules which are valid at the moment. You can read more about these rules on Flamma.

For support and advice, please contact your own discipline or the Student Services in Metsätalo.