Right to Study

The optimal times to complete a degree are as follows:

Bachelor's degreeMaster's degree
210 credits 3.5 years 60 credits 1.0 years
240 credits 4.0 years 90 credits 1.5 years
270 credits 4.5 years  

Students have the right to use one extra year to complete the studies. The time for the right to study can also be determined according to a personal study plan.

Students approved before spring 2015 can sign a notification of absence for a total of two academic years.

Students approved in spring 2015 or after can sign a notification of absence for a total of two terms. Absence during the first academic year is possible only due to compulsory military service, non-military service, women’s voluntary military service, maternity, paternity or parental leave, or due to illness or an injury. If a student has enrolled absent during the first academic year due to illness or an injury, it will be deducted from his/her total time of absence, i.e. two terms. Absence due to compulsory military service, non-military service, women’s voluntary military service, maternity, paternity or parental leave is possible at any stage of the studies, and it will not be deducted from the right to study period.

How to apply for an extension period

Students are required to apply for an extension period before the end of his/her eligibility period. In granting the extension period, the following will be taken into account: the amount and extension of the missing studies from the degree, the possibility to finish the studies within a reasonable period of time, and the situation in life.

A student attaches the target-oriented and realizable personal study plan to the application for extension period in order to complete studies. A student discusses his/her personal study plan with the head of degree programme or a study counsellor. A student and one of above accept the personal study plan.

There is a fee of 50 euros for the processing of the application for extension period (Decree 1461/2015 section 3). This is paid via a Paytrail payment when filling in the application. The payment is required for the processing of the application to proceed. Paid application processing payments will not be refunded.

The application for extension period is on the front page of Asio under the title of “Other Tasks”

Our Student Services will inform the students about the decision on the extension period.

Loss of right to study and rectification of the decision

A student, who has been unable to complete their studies during the defined study schedule, will lose his/her right to study. They will be registered as resigned and receive a resignation certificate. In order to continue studies after the resignation, the student has to apply for Separate Right to Study at Oulu UAS or take part in the central application service. 

Students must enroll for studies in each academic year. If the enrolment is missing, student will lose his/her right to study. The right to study can be applied by an application, with an attached personal study plan. There is a charge of 50 euros for the processing of the application (Decree 1461/2015 section 3). The application must be returned for the autumn term by the 15th of September and for the spring term by the 15th of January at the latest or the next working day after that. Applications are not processed during July.

The student is entitled to submit a request for rectification in writing to the rector of the university of applied sciences within 14 days of being notified of the decision regarding the cancelled right to study. 

More information

Student Services (Oiva intranet)