Restrictions on the duration of degree studies apply to students who initiated their studies on or after 1 August 2005. Further details about the target duration of studies and related restrictions are available in the University's guidelines.
When your right to study is about to expire for the first time, Student Services will email an expiry notification to your helsinki.fi email address towards the middle of your last term. Students whose right to study has already been extended are responsible for applying for a new extension, if needed.
The right to pursue a degree can be extended in two ways:
1. On grounds provided by law
Submit a certificate of the reason for the delay in your studies and the time elapsed to one of the student service points.
Check the list of grounds provided by law.
2. On the grounds of an application for a discretionary extension
A separate application is required for a discretionary extension to the right to pursue a degree. When considering submitting such an application, it is best to wait until you are able to continue your studies. If you do not plan to pursue your studies in earnest, postpone your application until your life situation presents the opportunity for study. Since the extension to the duration of studies can be granted for limited amount of time only, you should not apply for an extension unless you can allocate enough time to your studies. Your right to study is allowed to expire, and it does not need to continue uninterrupted. You cannot apply for an extension in advance, but must wait until you right to study is about to expire.
The expiry date is determined for each degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s). The expiry date is either 31 July or 31 December. If your right to study expires at the end of July, you must submit your application by mid May. If your right to study expires at the end of December, you must submit your application by mid November.
Additional instructions for discretionary extensions:
1) Use the e-form to apply for an extension.
2) Enclose with your application a graduation plan, with an itemised list of the studies missing from the degree, as well as a schedule for completing the remaining studies and the degree. If you refer to personal reasons that you believe have a clear causal relationship with the delay in studies, you must enclose medical certificates and other related documentation with the application. If your thesis is unfinished, ask your supervisor to provide a statement that you can enclose with the application.
You must present a goal-oriented and feasible plan for completing your studies in order to be considered for an extension. The scope of the Bachelor of Laws is 180 credits, and the target duration of studies is three years. This translates to an average of 60 credits completed per academic year. The scope of the Master of Laws is 120 credits, and the target duration is two years. In other words, you are expected to complete an average of 60 credits per academic year.
The first extension to the duration of studies can be granted for a maximum of four terms (two academic years) based on the graduation plan and its estimated duration. Subsequent extensions can be granted for a maximum of one academic year, if, according to the plan, the student is unable to complete the degree sooner.
As a rule, the maximum amount of extension granted may not exceed that defined as the normative duration of study in the Universities Act. In other words, for the right to pursue both a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws, this means a maximum extension of five academic years (ten terms), while for the right to pursue a Master of Laws, the maximum extension would be two academic years (four terms).
In its decisions on extensions, the Faculty adheres to the principles expressed in Rector’s Decision 50/2015.
Students will be notified of the decision by mail sent to the postal address indicated in their application. An entry about the extension granted will also be stored in Oodi. Students are responsible for handling their annual registration.