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Continuing studies after 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 don’t have an active Laurea user account, you should activate it. Please note that if you have not begun your studies yet, you can activate your user account a couple of days after you have been registered as present. More information on Laurea’s website.

From the beginning of January 2021, all Bachelor and Master degree students in universities of applied sciences have been entitled to use the services of Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) and are therefore liable to pay a healthcare fee to Kela. The fee must be paid whether the student uses the FSHS services or not. If the student has registered as absent, they will not pay the fee and are not eligible to use the services.

Enrolling on studies

Choose the instructions below based on your situation:

Have you started your studies earlier and are continuing your studies after absence?

When you return to your studies, it is important to enroll on studies. Check the enrollment periods on the schedule for the academic year. You can familiarize yourself with the curricula at ops.laurea.fi. If the enrollment period has already ended, you can contact your tutor teacher or the head of student affairs for guidance. You can find their information at Pakki or you can ask for help from the student affairs office.

When you return to your studies, it is also useful to book a PSP discussion with your tutor teacher. It is important to check if changes have been made to the curriculum that would require updating the studies on your PSP.

Are you beginning your studies after an absence for statutory reasons?

You will begin your studies with a new student group and the instructions for a new student apply to you, as well. Please check the instructions on our website. The student affairs office will add the enrollments to the first semester’s studies, so you do not have to enroll on studies yourself.

Do you want to continue your absence or resign?

If you have a statutory reason for your absence and have not begun your studies, you will receive an email or a letter from the student affairs office in March. The letter contains information about starting your studies at Laurea, as well as a registration form for the academic year, which you must return to the student affairs office before the deadline. If you have not received the letter by the beginning of April, please contact the student affairs office at your campus.

You will register for the complete academic year with the registration form that is attached to the letter. If you want to change your registration status for the spring semester later on, you are able to do so between 15 November – 31 December. If you have a statutory reason for your absence, please provide a document stating the reason for your absence to the student affairs office together with the registration form. Remember to send your documents securely, for example as an encrypted email.

  • 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 want to resign from Laurea, you must fill in the discontinuation of studies (pdf) form. The reason for your resignation is asked in the form in order to register it in the VIRTA database. We recommend that you contact your tutor teacher or head of student affairs before you fill in the discontinuation of studies form.

Additional information concerning absence

The student cannot receive any grades in the student register and is not entitled to any student benefits when absent. The student can receive guidance from Laurea during their absence if it is needed. 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, as well as the student group with which you complete your studies. It is also possible that the study offering of your degree programme is no longer available after your absence.

Students who have started their studies on or after 1 August 2015:

During their studies, students can register as absent for no more than two semesters in total, unless they have a statutory reason for their absence. If you have a statutory reason for your absence (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), the documents stating the reason for your absence must be sent to Laurea student affairs office by post or email or delivered to the office. Please do not send documents that include personal data or health information by unsecured email.

The number of absences during studies is not limited for the following statutory 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. Absence due to the above-mentioned reasons or an absence of maximum of two semesters does not count towards the study entitlement period. However, please note that an absence may affect your eligibility for student loan compensation.

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

If you fall ill during your studies, read also Kela’s instructions.

Further information regarding 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 (Bachelor’s Degrees). 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 cr 1,5 yrs.
210 cr 3,5 yrs.
240 cr 4 yrs.

 

Do you need help with continuing your studies?

Popup guidance (Poikkeamo in Finnish) offers guidance, support, and information about studying and wellbeing. You can book a Teams meeting time with one of our counselors. The appointments are available only for our degree students.

When you return to your studies, the health and wellbeing services of Laurea and our partners are available to you.

You may have questions regarding wellbeing, motivation, or time or financial management. Nyyti offers information and support for students in all stages of their studies.

If you have any questions about starting your studies, rules about absence or anything related to studies, you can contact the student affairs office at your campus. If you have lost your study entitlement, the webpage of the student affairs office has more information about restoration of study entitlement.

Student's Affairs Office

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


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