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Passive Register and the Normative Duration of Studies

Passive register

The passive register only applies to those degree students that have been granted the study right at the University of Turku in the autumn 2004 or earlier. The passive register option of the student register was launched in August 2010.

  • If a degree student is not completing studies in an active manner, their study right may be transferred into the passive register. The study right can be reactivated when the student has the possibility to commit to the studies again.
  • The study right will be transferred into the passive register if the student is inactive and the studies have begun 10 years ago or earlier, OR if the student has been absent or has not registered at all at the university for three academic years. Postgraduate students will be transferred into the passive register after three years of inactivity.
  • The transfer into the passive register does not mean that the study right is forfeited!

Avoiding the passive register / Reactivating the study right

Please see below for instructions on how a humanities' student should process

A) if they have received a letter informing them that their study right will be transferred to the passive register, but they wish for the right to remain active OR
B) if they wish to reactivate a study right that has already been transferred into the passive register. 

These instructions apply to undergraduate (BA), graduate (MA) and postgraduate (PhD) students.

  1. When the student wishes to return to their studies and reactivate the study right, they must fill in an application and deliver it to the Faculty of Humanities together with a Personal Study Plan (=HOPS) and a transcript of student records. The Study Plan may be free-form. 
  2. If the student wishes to return to their studies in the proceeding autumn, the application should be delivered to the Faculty by March 31st.
  3. In special cases, the application may be processed year-round.
  4. The student must contact the academic adviser of their home department (=major subject) well in advance to review the studies needed to complete the target degree (BA or MA), before delivering the documents to the Faculty. Postgraduate students (PhD) should contact their supervisor.
  5. The student must also contact their minor subject to review their studies, in case they have not received a final grade for the wanted minor study modules yet.
  6. Based on the reviews by the departments, the student will draw up a Personal Study Plan (HOPS) for the preceding two years. The academic advisor of the major subject signs the HOPS document. Postgraduate students need their supervisor's signature.
  7. In special cases, the Student Advisor or the Head of Study Affairs may also sign and confirm the plan.

If the student requires assistance in planning the complete structure of the degree (eg. which courses to insert into BA or MA studies, how to utilize isolated courses or unfinished study modules), they may contact the Student Advisor or the Head of Study Affairs.

TheFaculty rules on activating the study right and informs the Academic and Student Services. If the decision is favorable, the study right will be activated. The study right will stay active for a maximum of two years.

The normative duration of studies

The normative duration of studies was launched in August 2005. The duration of studies at the university level is limited by the Universities Act. This limitation applies to all students, who have received their study right during the academic year 2005-2006 or later. The normative duration of studies does not apply to study rights granted before August 2005.

The objective schedule of graduation and its conditions

In principal, the combined objective schedule for the lower and the higher university degree is five years (BA 3 years; MA 2 years). Degree students have the right to exceed the objective schedule for graduation by no more than a total of two years for the BA and the MA degree combined. 

The scope of lower university degree (BA) is 180 ECTS credits, and the objective graduation schedule is three years. The students with a study right to BA studies alone, have the right to exceed the objective schedule for graduation by no more than one year.

The scope of the higher university degree (MA) is 120 ECTS credits, and the objective graduation schedule is two years.  The students with a study right to MA studies alone, have the right to exceed the objective schedule for graduation by no more than two years.

Absences from studies due to voluntary military service or conscription or to maternity, paternity or parent leave do not affect the limited duration of studies. However, if the student is registered as an attending student during such time, the period will be included in the normative duration of studies. Also, a maximum of four months' registered absence from the university may be excluded from the normative duration of studies.

Applying for an extended duration of studies

The university may grant an extension to a student who has not graduated within the normative duration of studies to allow them to complete their studies. The extension must be applied for with an application form, in which the student presents an objective and viable plan for the completion of their studies. Otherwise the student's study right will be forfeited. If the student wishes to continue their studies after the loss of their study right, they must reapply for the study right.
 
The extension applications should be delivered to the Faculty office by March 31st. (In case the study right expires on Dec 31, the application deadline is Oct 31st.) Attached to the application must be a personal study plan (=HOPS), confirmed by a signature from the academic advisor of the student's major subject.
 
For more detailed information about the normative duration of studies, and applying for extensions, please contact the Academic and Student Services.
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