To register as non-attending during the first year of study

You can register for non-attendance for the 2019–2020 academic year only if your non-attendance is based on a statutory reason.

  • Should the statutory reason for your non-attendance apply only to the second academic term (e.g., military service or maternity leave beginning in January), you can register as a non-attending student for the entire academic year. You can also change the status of your registration for the spring term from attendance to non-attendance during the spring term registration period.
  • If your right to study starts at the beginning of the year, you only need to submit the documents demonstrating the statutory reason for your non-attendance in the spring term.
  • If you already hold a right to complete a degree and have now been granted a new right, you can register as a non-attending student only if you have a statutory reason for non-attendance.

If you do not register in the above manner by 2 September 2019, you will lose your right to study. If you wish to recommence your studies later, you must apply for readmission to the University.

Statutory reasons for non-attendance during the first academic year and documents to evidence them

According to the Universities Act, a first-year student can register for non-attendance in the academic year for statutory reasons only. These reasons are listed below, together with a description of the documents you can use to demonstrate that your non-attendance is based on a statutory reason:

1. Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or Act on Women’s Voluntary Military Service (194/1995)

  • Call-up order

2. Maternity, paternity or parental leave

  • Kela’s certificate regarding the period of maternity, paternity or parental allowance or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy
  • Corresponding certificates from the authorities of other countries regarding statutory parental leave

3. Incapacity due to personal illness or injury

  • Decision on a sickness allowance or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate specifying your illness or injury and stating that the illness or injury prevents you from beginning your studies in August
  • Obstacles due to practical arrangements required by the illness or injury; appropriate clarification, e.g., a certificate from the student housing foundation attesting that you are on a waiting list for an apartment required by your injury – your own notification is not deemed appropriate clarification.

The documents must be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Registering as a non-attending student

  1. Complete the electronic registration form.

  2. Submit a document complying with the instructions on this page and demonstrating that your non-attendance is based on a statutory reason to Admissions Services as an attachment to an encrypted email message. However, if you are demonstrating by a call-up order that your non-attendance is based on a statutory reason, you can send the call-up order as an ordinary email attachment to admissions@helsinki.fi.

Please note that if you wish to register as a non-attending student for only the autumn or spring term, you must complete the registration form and submit a receipt of payment of the membership fee (for the term of attendance) as well as a certificate for the statutory reason for your non-attendance as an attachment to an encrypted email message.

The documents can also be sent to the following address (please complete and attach this form to the documents):
Admissions Services
PO Box 3
00014 University of Helsinki
Finland