Instructions for registration as a non-attending new student with the University of Turku

Reasons for registration as non-attending student

According to the Universities Act/Polytechnics Act, a first-year degree student may register as absent (non-attending) for the academic year for the following reasons only:

  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. maternity, paternity or parental leave;
  3. the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.

Please see below more information on documents that prove the legal grounds.

How to register

  • New Bacherlor's and Master's Degree students may register in Studyinfo website via Oili service.
  • If you cannot register your absence from University of Turku via Oili service, you must register as absent either by visiting the Student Centre Disco in person or by sending e-mail (disco [at]

Delivering the required documents 

  • Documents proving the legal grounds for your absence should be sent via email or post, or presented to the Student Centre Disco.
  • Registration is valid when the appropriate documents have arrived and been approved. Only after that it is possible to receive a certificate of registration with the University of Turku.


  • The registration period ends 31 August 2018 and documents must be supplied by 7 Sept 2018 at the latest, at which time documents delivered by post must also be delivered.
  • PhD Students need to deliver the needed documents as soon as possible after being accepted to the University. 

Documents that prove the legal grounds for your absence

  1. Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995): 
    • Call-up order 
  2. Maternity, paternity or parental leave: 
    • Kela's certificate regarding maternity, paternity or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy 
    • Corresponding certificates from the authorities of other countries regarding statutory parental leave 
  3. The student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury: 
    • Sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from beginning their studies on 1 August 2017. 
    • Obstacles caused by the practical arrangements required by the illness or injury: an adequate clarification, e.g. a certificate from the student housing foundation that the student is on the waiting list for an apartment required by his or her injury. The student's own notification is not an adequate clarification.
The documents must be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Please note

  • If you already have a right to study at the University of Turku and you have now been granted a new study right, you can register as absent for the academic year 2018–2019 only if you have legal grounds for your absence.
  • Should the legal grounds for your absence apply only to the second academic term (e.g. military service or maternity leave beginning in January), you may register as absent for the entire academic year if you wish. You may also change the status of your registration for the spring term from ‘attending’ to ‘absent’ during the spring term registration period, if you do not have any credits or degree in Spring Semester already (registration period for Spring Semester 2019 ends 15 Jan 2019).
  • If you register as absent in your first academic year, but fail to deliver sufficient clarification regarding the grounds for your absence within the deadline specified by the university, you will lose your right to study. If you wish to begin your studies at a later time, you must apply for readmission from the university. Readmission does not require participation in the student admissions procedure.


Contact information

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Tel. +358 29 450 5000

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