Right to Study
Every student enrols at the university of applied sciences annually. The enrolment must be completed for the whole academic year (1 August to 31 July) by using the Peppi. First year students have to enrol according to the instructions given with the notification of admission.
The student who is continuing his/her studies must enrol during the period from 15 April to 31 May for the whole following academic year. He/she can change his/her enrolment for absence/presence during the enrolment period.
If a student wants to change the enrolment information during the academic year, he/she must use the Application for Change in Enrolment for Presence/Absence. The return date can be seen from the application.
Time to Complete a Degree
The optimal times to complete a degree are as follows:
Bachelor's degree Master's degree 210 credits 3.5 years
240 credits 4.0 years
270 credits 4.5 years
60 credits 1.0 year
90 credits 1.5 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.
Loss of Right to Study and Rectification of the Decision
A student, who has been unable to complete his/her studies during the optimal time plus the extra year, within the discretionary extension period or if he/she has not been granted extension, will lose his/her right to study. In these cases, the student will be registered as resigned and will receive a resignation certificate.
The student is entitled to submit a request for rectification in writing to the rector within 14 days of being notified of the decision regarding the cancelled right to study.
The student must apply for an extension period before his/her right to study expires, for example degree programme in 240 credits before the fifth academic year will expire.
The extension period will be applied
- in the spring term beginning of week 16
- in the autumn term beginning of week 41
by the end of the study right.
The prerequisite for granting the extension period concerning bachelor’s degree is that maximum 60 credits are lacking from the degree. If there is a strong argument the lacking can be more than 60 credits.
The extension period will be considered if the delay in studies is due to the following:
- own or near relative’s illness
- learning difficulty
- responsible duty in society
- delay in receiving the residence permit in the first academic year
- difficulty to fit the international study period or practical training exchange in studies in Oulu UAS
- systematic preparing for top sport
- difficult situation in life or
- other justified reason.
In granting the extension period the following will be taken into account: the amount of credits during the last academic year, the amount of fluently advancing study terms and use of study counseling to support the progress of study.
If a degree programme student has been accepted in the spring 2015 or later his/her delay in studies due to part-time study during military service, non-military service, women’s voluntary military service, maternity leave, paternity leave or parental leave will be taken into account too. In that case a student has enrolled as present and he/she hasn’t used his/her right to be absent.
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.
Our Student Services will inform the students by email about the decision on the extension period.
The extension period is maximum a year in the education leading to a degree. The counselling contact and the timetable for the control of the progress of studies is specified for a student who has granted the extension period. A student who has been granted an extension period is not allowed to enrol as absent.
Restoring the Right to Study
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 to the Student Services. The study right can be restored from the beginning of the application month. 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.
If you are considering to resign from Oulu University of Applied Sciences discuss the issue with a Teacher Tutor, a Study Counsellor or a Head of Degree Programme.
Resignation influences your financial aid later. If you drop out and then begin a new course of study, the months for which you have already received financial assistance are deducted from your entitlement for the new degree. Further information »
Fill in and sign the Resignation Announcement and then return it to the Student Services. A student can be considered resigned from the date he/she has left a dated and signed resignation announcement to the Study Services. The student will receive a resignation certificate after a Head of Student Services has confirmed the resignation. To be able to continue studies after resignation, the student has to be admitted through the standard selection process.
According to the statute (Act amending the Polytechnics Act 257/2015) institutes of higher education have to reserve a part of study places for new students in the joint application procedure. To the so called quota of new students belong those who have never completed higher education degree in Finnish educational system or who haven’t received the study place which leads to a higher education degree in the joint application system of the spring 2014 or before that. Those who have received the study place in the joint application system of the autumn 2015 or after that don’t belong to the quota of new students in potential later joint application systems. Further information »
The student's user account, home directory and/or mailbox for students.oamk.fi server will be removed 2 months after the right to study has expired. After that the student can not use the student e-mail address of Oulu University of Applied Sciences nor the home directory (e.g. potential personal home page). User rights through the students.oamk.fi server to the services of other universities of applied sciences and other services outside Oulu University of Applied Sciences will be removed one week after the right to study has expired. E.g. the electronic services of the Library of Oulu University of Applied Sciences and their remote login (proxy) are this kind of services. The student has to save important files and e-mails before the above-mentioned deadlines.
As the consequence of the resignation the student loses the membership of the student union and the student discounts.