Absence due to military service or maternity, paternity, or parental leave does not affect the student’s study time. Otherwise, a student has the right to enrol for non-attendance for two semesters in total.
Documents that prove the legal grounds for your absence:
- 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
- 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.
According to the Universities of Applied Sciences Act, a first-year student may register as absent for the academic year for the following reasons only:
- service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
- maternity, paternity, or parental leave
- in case the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury (reduces the permissible semesters of non-attendance).
A student has the right to register as absent due to military service, non-military service or women’s voluntary military service or leave in order to take care of one’s child due to birth or adoption. Such absences can extend a student’s study right and are also not included in the maximum number of semesters as absent.
The document that proves the legal grounds for your absence needs to be delivered to Study Services.
Please use the non-attendance possibility with consideration. If you use it for purposes such as working, and later face a situation where you have to be non-attending for a cogent reason, it might happen that you will exceed the maximum study time and therefore lose your right to study.