According to the current regulation of the University of Turku degree study rights may be considered as active or passive (Turun yliopiston opintojohtosääntö, 5 §).

Each study right is considered as passive separately, i.e. student’s other study rights may be active, even if one study right is passive. Passive study right does not cancel the study right totally. The study right may be reactivated.

A student who has no active study right at the University of Turku can not register with the University as attendng or non-attending student.

Effects of passive register
  • A student who has no active study right at the University of Turku can neither register at the University nor become a member of the Student Union.
  • Thus, the student is unable to receive study grants or take advantage of other student benefits.
  • Student Foundation of Turku (TYS) does not provide housing for students who are in the passive register.
  • Furthermore, the student’s username expires which means s/he is no longer able to use his/her university email address or sign in to Nettiopsu or other electronic services.
  • Students who have registered for the spring semester will have their user accounts valid until 1 October
It is possible to re-active the study right

If you want to re-active your study right submit a personal study plan to the faculty.

  • Specific instructions on how to write and submit the personal study plan are provided by each faculty  below.
  • If the personal study plan is approved, you may continue studying for the next two academic years maximum.

Faculty will make the decision of re-activation

Master's Degree Students a

When the Master's study right is declared as passive?

The passive study right only applies to those degree students who have been accepted to the University of Turku in spring 2005 or earlier.

A degree student’s study right is declared passive if s/he received it at least 10 academic years ago or if s/he has enrolled as a non-attending student or neglected to enrol for the last three academic years.

How to avoid passive study right?

To avoid passive study right:

  • Submit a personal study plan to your faculty with required documents. 
  • The applicaition time is between 1 January - 31 March for study rights turning into passive 31 July
  • Special Instructions on how to write and submit the personal study plan are provided by each faculty on its website.

If the personal study plan is approved, you may continue studying for the next two academic years maximum. The academic year ends on 31 July.

If you do not submit a personal study plan according to your faculty’s instructions on 31 March at latest, your study right will be declared passive from 1 August onwards. After this, you will not receive further reminders.

Specific instruction of Faculties

Faculty of Education
  • Information coming soon
Faculty of Humanities
  • Information coming soon
Faculty of Law

Together with the form to keep passive study right active (which is also the form for re-activating a study right) the student needs to fill in a personal study plan (docx) 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 needs 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.

The student can fill in the Personal Study Plan independently and return it to the Faculty of Law. If the student needs help with filling in the form, he/she can book an appointment with a study advisor by emailing oik-opi@utu.fi.

When the personal study plan and application are approved, the student may continue studying for the next two academic years maximum. The academic year ends on 31 July.

The form to keep passive study right active and personal study plan can be returned to the Faculty of Law either by email oik-opintopaallikko@utu.fi or by mail: Faculty of Law, Head of Student Affairs Katja Arola, 20014 Turun yliopisto.

Faculty of Medicine

Together with the form to keep passive study right active (which is also the form for re-activating a study right) the student needs to fill in a 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 needs 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.

The student can fill in the Personal Study Plan independently and return it to the Faculty of Medicine. If the student needs help with filling in the form, he/she can contact the programme coordinator.

The form to keep passive study right active and personal study plan should be returned to the Faculty of Medicine: Faculty of Medicine, Head of Student and Academic Affairs Henriikka Salminen, 20014 Turun yliopisto.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

A personal study plan including all the study attainments missing from the degree must be enclosed with the application. If you have started your thesis, the statement from the thesis’ supervisor is to be enclosed with the application as well.

A personal study plan

  • A personal study plan should include the study attainments missing from your degree and the schedule how the degree is going to be completed.
  • A personal study plan has to be approved by the department

A 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

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

Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Information coming soon
Turku School of Economics
  • Information coming soon

Doctoral/licentiate candidates and passive register

When the postgraduate study right is declared as passive?

A doctoral candidate should report progress each year according to the instructions of your doctoral programme to avoid passive register.  

More information here: The activeness of a doctoral candidate and passive register instructions for postgraduate students.