Students can register for absences in the Oili service.
According to the Universities of Applied Sciences Act, a first-year student may only register as absent for the academic year if they are:
1) Serving in accordance with the Conscription Act (1438/2007), the Civil Service Act (1446/2007) or the law on the voluntary military service of women (194/1995);
2) On pregnancy or parental leave; or
3) Unable to start their studies due to being ill or injured/illness or injury.
4) In the first academic year, a student may also register as non-attending if he or she is unable to commence his or her studies due to an official regulation relating to the COVID-19 epidemic or some other serious grounds relating to the epidemic. (516/2020) Subsection 4 as added by virtue of Act 516/2020 is temporarily in force from 1 July 2020 to 31 July 2022.
A student starting their studies must register for attendance/non-attendance when accepting the study place.
After accepting a study place, students may only register as non-attending without the non-attendance period consuming the normative duration of the studies if they, during their first academic year,
1) complete service in accordance with the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or the Act on Women’s Voluntary Military Service (194/1995)
Document: Conscription card (Finnish only), which proves that the student’s military service will take place during the academic year.
2) are on pregnancy or parental leave
Documents: Kela certificate of pregnancy or parental allowance period or, if it is too early for the certificate, a medical certificate of the pregnancy. Paternal leave can be proved with a Kela certificate of paternal leave or, if the baby has not been born yet, a medical certificate of the partner’s pregnancy. Equivalent certificates from the authorities of other countries regarding statutory parental leave are also accepted.
3) are unable to start their studies due to an illness or disability
Documents: Sickness allowance decision or, if such a decision has not been issued, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must indicate the nature of the illness or disability and that it prevents the student from starting their studies. A sufficient account regarding the obstacles caused by the practical arrangements required by the illness or disability, such as a student housing foundation certificate that the student is in queue for a special flat required by their disability. The student’s own statement is not sufficient. The account must also indicate how the matter will be arranged. A disability is a permanent state; invoking a disability alone is not sufficient. The student must invoke another temporary reason related to the disability.
Continuing students must register as attending or non-attending every academic year according to the procedure specified by the university of applied sciences (932/2014, Section 29). Students register for one academic year at a time. However, if the right to study will end in December, the student in question can only register for the autumn semester. A separate notification is provided of the registration method.
Without special grounds as specified in the applicable legislation, a continuing student may not register as non-attending for more than two semesters during the entire duration of the studies without the non-attendance period consuming the normative duration of the studies. A non-attending student cannot attend classes or exams organised by the UAS, complete practical training as a part of studies or receive guidance in a thesis project.
The registration information can be changed during an academic year on special grounds (please note the limitations regarding the first year of studies) by contacting the student services. The special grounds can be significant changes in the student’s life, such as severe illness of the student or their family member, pregnancy or parental leave, military or non-military service. If necessary, the application must include a written certificate of the matter from the relevant authority.