Registration as a student and Study Entitlement

A student continuing their studies

  • A student continuing their studies shall register as a student for the whole academic year at a time between 15 April - 5 September using the student interface WinhaWille.
  • The registration data can be changed for a well-founded reason during the registration period (15 April - 5 September) or during the change of semesters (1 December - 15 January)
  • The registration period for the spring term is 1 December - 15 January (does not apply to those who have already enrolled for the whole academic year)
  • A student who has been granted a discretionary extended time to complete his/her studies is not allowed to enrol for non-attendance.

Duty to enrol

According to the law on Polytechnic Studies (L255/1995, L583/2001) the student must enrol for attendance or non-attendance for each academic year. The duty to enrol applies to all students studying in an education leading to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a university of applied sciences. A student who does not register by the designated time, will lose their study entitlement. A student who has lost her/his study entitlement, will receive an automatic Email within two days notifying that the user ID will be deactivated within seven days. (Access to Email, WinhaWille and other interfaces of SeAMK will be denied.)

The student may apply for the restitution of the study entitlement. The application processing fee is 35 Euros (A1230/2009, 4 §).

You can get further information about registration and study entitlement from the study counselor and student affairs’ office in your unit and also the Degree Regulations.

Study Entitlement

Restitution of the Right to Study

Degree students who have lost their right to study may apply to have their right restituted to allow them time to complete their studies. A fee of 35 Euros is charged for the processing of the application (A1230/2009, 4 §). There are two cases when a restitution of the right to study can be applied for.

A) Neglected registration

Students who have missed the registration date for the academic year/semester) As a rule, students receive their renewed right to study at the beginning of the semester in question. However, the right to study begins the following semester if applications for an extension were received after 15 September or 15 January.

B) Suspended studies

Students who have incomplete coursework amounting to no more than 60 credits (bachelor's degree) or no more than 30 credits (master's degree), and who have not completed any courses for the past 5 years at the most are entitled to apply for an extension of the right to study.

The head of degree programme decides which students fulfill the criteria for the extension and requests that they make an appointment for a counselling session. After the counselling session, the head of degree programme makes a proposal to restitute the right to study.

The right to study is granted with discretion and consideration to the number of incomplete courses; for a period of 2 years at the most, however. Students may not register as not-attending during the period of extension.

Students who have applied for and received a suspension to their studies are not entitled to apply for a restitution of the right to study. In such cases, a student may reapply to the university during the general application period for institutions of higher education.

Extension of the Right to Study

The study entitlement period begins to run when the student has accepted a student place and registered as attending. Degree students, whose right to study has nearly ended, may apply for an extension to complete their studies. This opportunity is available to bachelor degree students who have no more than 60 incomplete credits, master degree students who have no more than 30 incomplete credits and to students who have some other reason(s), which has been approved by the university of applied sciences, for their delayed graduation. Students must apply for an extension of their right to study while their current right to study is still valid.

The application periods to extend the right to study are:
  • 15 April–31 July (students whose right to study ends 31 July) and
  • 1 November–15 December (students whose right to study ends 31 December)

The extension of the right to study is granted for a period of one year. A student may be granted a new extension after the first extension has ended if (s)he has a compelling reason and (s)he has progressed in his/her studies and there is little left to complete.

The application must include a statement pertaining to the Study Plan signed by the head of degree programme.

A fee of 35 Euros is charged for the processing of the application (A1230/2009, 4 §).

Students receive the notification of the decision from the Student Affairs Office in the Frami F building.

Students may not register as not-attending during the period of extension.

If the student’s study entitlement is not prolonged or the student does not take the Degree during the extra time allowed, but still wants to finish their studies, the student shall apply to study following the normal application procedure of the Degree Programme in question.

You can get further information about registration and study entitlement from the study counselor and student affairs’ office in your unit and also the Degree Regulations.

Time limit for earning the degree

Education leading to a Bachelor’s Degree

The Degree Programmes arrange training leading to the Bachelor’s Degree in such a way that a full-time student can earn the Degree during the regular time of study. ‘Regular time of study’ refers to the duration corresponding to the completed courses in years, i.e. 210 credits correspond to 3.5 years and 240 to 4 years, respectively. The maximum time for earning the degree is one year longer than the regular time of study.

A full-time student may not register as non-attending for more than two semesters. This period of non-attendance is not counted in the maximum duration of the studies. A student registered as non-attending cannot pursue their studies. After two years’ non-attendance the student is entitled to, non-attendance caused by failing to register will consume the duration of the student’s study entitlement.

The maximum duration of the studies of a student other than a full-time student (part-time student, adult student) is confirmed by the Vice President, while confirming the curriculum and the period of implementation of the programme in question. The earning of the Degree must not exceed the duration of the implementation of the programme by more than one year.

Education leading to Master’s Degree

The University of Applied Sciences arranges the studies leading to the Master’s Degree in a way that allows the student to study also while working during their study entitlement period.
The maximum duration of the studies leading to the Master’s Degree is confirmed by the Vice President, while confirming the curriculum and the period of implementation of the programme in question. The earning of the Degree must not exceed the duration of the implementation of the programme by more than one year.

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