Students who began their studies on or after 1 August 2005 must complete their degree within a restricted period. More information on the duration of degree studies and on restrictions to the right to study is available at www.helsinki.fi/en/regulations-on-the-normative-duration-of-study.
The University of Helsinki Student Services informs students of the expiration of their right to study towards the middle of their last academic term via email to their helsinki.fi address in cases when the student’s right to study is expiring for the first time. After this, no further notifications will be sent; students who have been granted an extension are responsible for applying for a new extension, if needed. To apply for an extension on grounds provided by law, students should contact the Student Services unit that serves the Faculty of Social Sciences. To apply for an extension on discretionary grounds, students should contact the Faculty.
1. Grounds provided by law
Submit a certificate of the reasons for your delay and the related dates to Student Services in Kruununhaka.
2. Discretionary grounds
Apply for an extension on discretionary grounds for the period during which you actually intend to study. If you do not intend to study at this time, apply for the extension later, when you are in a position to complete your studies. Your right to study may have expired earlier, and it can continue after an interruption. You cannot apply for an extension too long in advance of the expiration date of your right to study is about to expire.
Please submit your application in good time before the expiration of your right to study (preferably by the end of May/November). As a rule, decisions are not made during the summer (from midsummer to the end of July) and during the Christmas season (from Christmas to Epiphany) because of the staff’s annual holidays.
Applications for an extension on discretionary grounds must be made with a separate form and submitted to Student Services in Kruununhaka. In order to be granted an extension, you must present a goal-oriented and feasible plan for the completion of your studies.
1.) Complete the electronic application form (in Finnish).
2.) Print the form and submit it, together with the required enclosures, to Student Services in Kruununhaka.
3.) Required enclosures: a transcript of studies (an official transcript from WebOodi is accepted) and any supporting certificates (e.g., medical certificates, certificates of employment or similar)
Should the only studies missing from your degree be your thesis, its progress will be monitored on the basis of a report submitted by you. In addition, the Faculty may request a statement on your progress, for example, from your thesis supervisor.
Please complete the following information on the electronic form:
- An account of the reasons why the degree has not been completed within the target duration
- A description of your life situation, if you request consideration of personal reasons in your application
- Your study plan for the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
In order to be granted an extension, students must present a feasible, goal-oriented plan for the completion of their studies.
The scope of the Bachelor of Social Sciences degree is 180 credits, and the target duration for its completion is three years (i.e., an average of 60 credits per academic year). The scope of the Master of Social Sciences degree is 120 credits, and the target duration for its completion is two years (i.e., an average of 60 credits per academic year).
A decision to grant the extension will be sent to the email address indicated by the student. A decision rejecting the student’s application will be sent to the postal address indicated by the student. If granted, the extension will be recorded in Oodi. The student him- or herself must register for the academic year.
The expiration date is set separately for each degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s), and is either 31 July or 31 December. Applications must be submitted in April/May if the right to study expires at the end of July, or in November if the right to study expires at the end of December. As a rule, decisions are not made in advance (exceptions to this may include situations where the student’s exchange place has been confirmed).
A decision to grant you the extension will be sent to the email address you have indicated. A decision rejecting your application will be sent to the postal address you have indicated.