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Starting studies after an absence

This page contains information about registering for the academic year for students who have been absent at the beginning or during their studies and are not able to access Laurea's systems.

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If you have any questions regarding the start of your studies, you can contact the student affairs office at your campus. Also if you have lost your study entitlement and wish to apply for restoration, you can find more information on the students affairs offices pages.

If you begin your studies after an absence for statutory reasons

If you have a statutory reason for your absence, and you have not yet started your studies, you will receive a letter or email from the student affairs office in April-May. The letter contains information about starting your studies at Laurea. If you have not received the letter by the end of May, please contact the student affairs office at your campus. The letter also contains a registration form for the academic year, which you must return to the student affairs office before the deadline. With this form, you will register for the complete academic year. If you later want to change your registration status for spring semester, you can do this between 18.11.2019-31.12.2019.

If you have a statutory reason for your absence during spring semester, please contact the student affairs office to change your registration status.

  • Statutory reasons 
    1. Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or Act on Women´s Voluntary Military Service (194/1995).
    2. Maternal, paternal or parental leave.
    3. Student's illness or injury that prevents the possibility to start the studies.

    Documents proving statutory reasons

    Documents proving statutory reasons can be sent by post or email or presented personally at your Student Affairs Office. You can find contact information for all the offices here.

    1. Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or Women´s Voluntary Military Service Act (194/1995); documents required:
      •     Call-up order
    2. Maternal, paternal or parental leave; documents required:
      •    Kela's certificate regarding maternity, paternity or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a doctor's certificate of pregnancy.
    3. Student's illness or injury that prevents the possibility to start the studies; documents required:
      •    Sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a doctor's certificate. The certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from participating in studies

If you wish to resign from University of Applied Sciences, you must fill out discontinuation of studies (pdf) form and state the reason for VIRTA-database.


Instructions for students returning to their studies after an absence

Laurea's students find all relevant information regarding their studies in the student intra LINK. (requires signing in). If your Laurea password has expired or you have forgotten your password, you can reset your account at https://my.laurea.fi/ with your online bank ID.

A student registered as absent can resume their studies by registering as present for the next academic year. (Registration is done in the Pakki system under Studies > Registration for the academic year.) Registration deadlines can be found in the schedule for the academic year. Registration status for spring semester can be changed between 18.11.2019 - 31.12.2019.

The student cannot receive any grades in the student register or any guidance from Laurea during their absence. In addition, the student is not entitled to any student benefits when absent. If you are planning on being absent from your studies, please note that possible changes in the curricula might affect the study offering at Laurea. Also, note that a student who is on discretionary extension of their study entitlement cannot register as absent.

For students who started their studies before 1.8.2015.

Students can take an absence period of a maximum of 4 semesters, i.e. 2 academic years. If you plan to include absence periods in your study plan, make sure to consider possible changes in curricula that affect study offering.

For students who started their studies after 1.8.2015

During their studies, students can register as absent for no more than two semesters in total. These two semesters do not reduce the study entitlement period. However, the number of absences for statutory reasons is not limited.

The number of absences during studies for the following legal reasons: service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995); maternity, paternity or parental leave is not limited. Absence due to above mentioned legal reasons or an absence of maximum of two semesters does not count towards the study entitlement period.

Absence due to illness or injury will count towards the study entitlement period after an absence of two semesters. However, this will be taken into account if the student applies for extension of their study entitlement period.


Study Entitlement

When drawing up your study plan, make sure to consider available study time, i.e. your study entitlement period.

The recommended duration for completing a degree is determined according to the scope of the degree programme, so that 60 credits are completed annually. The recommended duration for a degree with a scope of 210 credits is 3.5 years.

The time available for completing the degree programme, i.e. the study entitlement period, equals the recommended duration of the studies plus one academic year; thus, the study entitlement period for a degree programme of 210 credits is 4.5 years.

Scope of the degree programme Recommended duration for a degree
90 op 1,5 v
210 op 3,5 v
240 op 4 v

Student's Affairs Office

You can ask for more information at Student's Affairs Office.


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