The demarcation of study time is applied at the University of Turku for study rights beginning 1 August 2005 onwards (University Act 558/2009, 40§, 41§).

Demarcation of study time means that you have a certain number of years you can use for the completion of your degree.
  • This includes targeted completion times for degrees and some additional years.
  • In addition, registration with university may affect your study time.
  • You can check your study time in Nettiopsu or contact the Student Centre Disco by email (disco[at]utu.fi).
  • Please see more information below.
If it seems that you will not be able to complete your degree on time you should apply for extension of your study time or additional time.
  • The application time is 1 - 31 March if your study time is ending on 31 July
  • The application time is 1 - 31 October if your study time is ending on 31 December.
  • If you apply by the due date, your application can be processed so that there will be no break to your study right.
Targeted completion times for degrees at the University of Turku

Targeted completion times for degrees at the University of Turku

  • Altogether, the targeted completion time for Bachelor's and Master's degree studies is five academic years. The targeted completion time for students of Psychology, however, is five and a half academic years.
  • The targeted completion time for lower (Bachelor's) degree is three academic years.
  • The targeted completion time for higher (Master's) degree is two academic years. The exception to this is the targeted completion time for a Master's degree in Psychology, which is two and a half academic years.
  • The targeted completion time for Licentiate in Medicine is six academic years.
  • The targeted completion time for Licentiate in Dentistry is five and a half academic years for new students starting from 1 August 2011. The time is five years for students who started their studies earlier.
  •  University Act (Yliopistolaki 558/2009, 40§)

The duration of study rights

  • A student accepted for Bachelor's and Master's degree or Licentiate in Medicine or Dentistry has the right to complete the degree two years past the targeted competion time of the degree.
  • Students accepted only for a Bachelor's degree have the right to complete the degree one year past the targeted completion time.
  • Students accepted only for a Master's degree have the right to complete the degree two years past the targeted completion time.
  • University Act (Yliopistolaki 558/2009, 41§)

The starting point of the studies is considered to be the academic year when the study place has been received.

Registration with the University affects your study time

Time counted for the study time

Rules for study rights that begun spring 2015 or before:
Rules for study rights that begun autumn 2015 or later: 

How registration with the University affects your study time

  • If you have neglected registration, the counter will run as if you were registered as attending.
  • Registration status as non-attending is not counted once there has been a decision for extension or additional time. 
  • A temporary suspension of studies is considered equal to non-attendance as stated in 18c § of the Universities Act.
  • If the student's attendance status in the register changes during a semester, the status of the last day of the semester will be decisive.
It is possible to re-activate your study right
If the study right has been inactivated due to demarcation, it is possible to re-activate it.
  • In these cases, extension may not be applied afterwards.
  • It is possible to apply for additional time from the Faculty. Please read the specific instrudtions of applying for additional time!

After the decision of re-activation you can register with the University

Extension of Study Time Based on Legislative Reasons

Legislative reasons for extension of study time

The Universities Act states two reasons for non-attendance that entitle the student for an extension period: compulsory or voluntary military service and maternal, paternal or parental leave.

Infrom the student centre Disco of your legislative reasons when your study time is about to end.

  • Extensions should be informed during your study time, not after your styudy time has ended.
  • Reasons for extension will be taken into account also during additional time issued by the Faculty.

 

Additional Time for Study Right is applied from your Faculty

Important information for all students

Even without the legislative reasons for extension of study time, it is possible to apply for additional time to the study right. Additional time is applied from your faculty.


The most important prerequisite for granting additional time is the aforementioned personal study plan (HOPS).

  • The studies yet to be taken and the estimated date of their completion must be stated in the plan.
  • In addition, the reasonableness of the granting will be judged: additional time is granted if the student is able to complete his/her degree in a reasonable time.

The following matters are taken into account while making the decision:

  • the amount and extent of studies already completed
  • studies yet to be taken in comparison with the targeted completion time of the degree
  • possible additional time granted earlier

The basis for the personal study plan is that the remaining studies continue with a rate of at least 30 ECTS per academic year.

  • If you wish to compile a study plan with a slower rate of study, attach an explanation regarding the underlying reasons
  • Please read also the following chapter of life situation

Life situation

  • If you are appealing to such reason (illness, societal activity, student exchange, internship etc.), you must enclose appropriate documents with the application form.
  • There should be a connection with this reason and the delay of your studies.
  • Working during your studies is not a valid reason.

Additional time may not be granted

  • If you have not started your studies or you do not have a reason for delay (for example a personal reason), the decision can be negative.
  • If you have already been granted additional time, but you have not made a progress with your studies, there usually will be a negative decision for your new application.

Desicion

  • The Faculty will inform you of the decision.
  • Additional time is granted as semesters. Additional time is granted for one semester at minimum and for four semesters at maximum.
  • Even if the completion of the degree would require more than four semesters according to the study plan, additional time is nevertheless granted for four semesters only. The remaining additional time must be applied for separately.
  • Possible legislative reasons for absence (compulsory and voluntary military services, family leaves) are taken into account also during the additional time as long as you notify the Student Centre Disco according to the instructions.
  • Your new study time will be updated in Nettiopsu and you'll receive registration information if necessary.
Faculty of Education

Use the electronic application form for applying additional time. If you don’t have an active utu-ID, use the paper form instead.

NB! Make sure you have all required attachments before the deadline to be able to submit the application in time. For applying you need the transcript of records (pdf-transcript from Nettiopsu), personal study plan (in the electronic personal study plan system or as a separate document), if your thesis is unfinished, also a statement from your thesis supervisor on the situation of your thesis. 

Faculty of Humanities
  • Information coming soon
Faculty of Law

Together with the application for additional time the student needs to fill in personal study plan (docx) including courses and a schedule of how the degree is going to be completed.

If there have been special reasons for the delay of studies, the student should also enclose a clarification of them (e.g. medical certificate).

The basis for the personal study plan is that the remaining studies continue at a pace of at least 30 ECTS per academic year. If the student wishes to compile a study plan with a slower pace of study, he/she will need to attach an explanation regarding the underlying reasons.

In case the student's master's thesis is not complete, the student must attach the thesis instructor's statement to the application. The statement can be an email from the thesis instructor, where the instructor states that the proposed schedule of thesis completion is feasible.

If the completion of the degree would require more than four semesters according to the study plan, additional time is nevertheless granted for a maximum of four semesters only. The remaining additional time must be applied separately.

Please, use the electronic form for study time application.

Medical Certificate can be returned to the Faculty of Law by mail:

Faculty of Law
Head of Student Affairs Katja Arola
20014 Turun yliopisto.

or by email: katja.arola@utu.fi. In this case, please use your own utu-email for sending the attachment.  

 

 

Faculty of Medicine

Together with the application for additional time the student needs to fill in personal study plan including courses and a schedule on how the degree is going to be completed.The basis for the personal study plan is that the remaining studies continue with a pace of at least 30 ECTS per academic year. If the student wishes to compile a study plan with a slower pace of study, he/she will need to attach an explanation regarding the underlying reasons.

If there have been special reasons for the delay of studies, the student should also enclose a clarification of them (e.g. medical certificate).

In case the student's master's thesis is not complete, the student must attach the thesis instructor's statement to the application. The statement can be an email from the thesis instructor, where the instructor states that the proposed schedule of thesis completion is feasible.

The application for additional time and personal study plan should be returned to the Faculty of Medicine: Faculty of Medicine, Head of Student and Academic Affairs Henriikka Salminen, 20014 University of Turku.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

The electronic application form is used for applying additional study time. If you don’t have an active utu-ID, please use the paper form instead.

 Personal study plan

  • The personal study plan is done in the electronic personal study plan system. You can use paper form as well if you are unable to use the system.
  • The personal study plan should include the study attainments missing from your degree and the schedule how the degree is going to be completed.
  • The personal study plan has to be approved and signed by the teacher tutor.
  • The personal study plan has to be attached to the application; the link to the electronic system is not adequate.

Statement from the thesis’ supervisor

 If you have started your thesis, the statement from your supervisor is to be enclosed with the application.

The statement should include:

  • The state of the thesis at the moment
  • Estimated completion time of the thesis

If the thesis is the only study attainment lacking from the degree, but you haven't started it yet, the scheduled plan approved by the supervisor is to be enclosed with the application.

  

The paper form along with the enclosures will be sent by e-mail to opo-ml@utu.fi or by mail  to Faculty of Science and Engineering, Study advisors, 20014 Turun yliopisto. The application can also be returned to the Faculty office for Academic and Student Affairs, Natura 1st floor. If you want to attach the medical certificate to the application, it will be sent the above-mentioned way to the Faculty Office.

Additional information from the Study Advisors at opo-ml@utu.fi.

 

Faculty of Social Sciences

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Turku School of Economics

Use the electronic application form for applying additional time. If you don’t have an active utu-ID, use the paper form instead.

NB! Make sure you have all required attachments before the deadline to be able to submit the application in time. For applying you need the transcript of records (pdf-transcript from Nettiopsu), personal study plan (in the electronic personal study plan system or as a separate document), if your thesis is unfinished, also a statement from your thesis supervisor and a report on the situation of your thesis.

Students at Turku School of Economics must enclose the following documents to the application:

1. Personal study plan

  • The study plan is done in the electronic personal study plan system (see the intranet for user instructions)
  • If your study right has already expired, and you don’t have an active utu-ID, add the personal study plan as a separate file to your application
  • The study plan must include the studies included in the degree as modules (major, minor, language studies, other studies) and also detailed information on the schedule for completing the remaining courses
  • See the degree requirements from the electronic study guide

More information on the personal study plan: tseopintotoimisto@utu.fi.

2. Statement from your thesis supervisor

If your thesis is unfinished, you are required to provide a statement from your thesis supervisor. The statement can be for example an email from the supervisor.

It must include the following information:

  1. situation of your thesis
  2. has the thesis progressed during a possible previous additional time
  3. estimate from the supervisor: is it possible to complete the thesis within the applied period of additional time

3. Report on the situation of your Master’s thesis

  • name of your thesis supervisor/s
  • information on participating in or completing the thesis seminar (group meetings)
  • stage of your thesis and a schedule for completing the thesis (a short research plan, including the schedule)

 

Application forms

Electronic form for study time application

  • Study time application
  • It is possible to use the same form either for extension (legislative reasons) or for additional time.
  • You'll need to have UTU user acoount to be able to use the form.
    • The form is automatically delivered in the language defined by your browser settings. It is possible to change the language in the form.
    • If you do not have a UTU user account, please use the pdf-application.
  • You have to get the required documents ready before filling in the application, because you can't save the application if it is not ready, and you can't send it without required attachments.
  • Attacments:
    • Trancript of records
    • Personal study plan
    • If you are appealing to a specific reason (Iillness, societal activity, student exchange, internship etc.), you must deliver appropriate support documents according the instructions given at the form. These can't be attached electronically to the form.
    • If you apply on basis of the legislative reasons, you need only a document about that reason, not the other above-mentioned attacments.
  • You will get an e-mail after you have send the form successfully.

Students who do not have a UTU user account will use the pdf-forms


Please read instructions carefully before sending the form. Required documents must be enclosed with the form.