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Update 25.3.2020: Transition period extended to 18.12.2020
Due to the coronavirus situation the university decided on 17.3.2020 to extend the transition period for first- and second-cycle degrees and doctoral degrees. The new deadline for graduating in accordance with the old degree requirements is 18 December 2020. The programmes whose transition period would have finished 31.12.2020 have been extended until 31.7.2021. The instructions on this page have been updated to be in line with the new schedule.
The University has also decided to extend the validity of certain studies until the end of autumn semester of 2020. The extension applies to studies which which would otherwise expire during the spring and autumn terms 2020, as prescribed by faculty-specific regulations. The decision concerns studies completed in accordance with the old degree requirements and studies completed in accordance with the new degree requirements for those students who are close to graduating. The extension will be taken into account in compiling students’ modules and degrees.
See further information: The effect of coronavirus on your studies
These instructions are intended for students who are studying according to old degree requirements. You can find more information about the transition period, the new degree programmes and transferring to them also on Flamma. Pay no mind to the degree programme selection above, it only concerns students in the new degree programmes.
The University of Helsinki moved to a new system of degree programmes on 1 August 2017. However, students can continue to study and graduate in accordance with the old degree requirements during a transition period that ends on 18 December 2020. NB! In some degree programmes, the transition period may be shorter or longer. Please see your faculty’s instructions for more information.
After the transition period ends, all students whose degree has not been finished will be automatically transferred to the new degree programmes to complete their degree. Thus, if you have not graduated by then, you will be transferred to a new degree programme. Please note, however, that the end of the transition period does not affect the duration or validity of your study right.
There have been significant changes in the content and structures of degrees in the new degree programmes. The rules concerning the expiry of studies are more restrictive in the new degree programmes. For more information on the differences between old and new degree programmes can be found in the New degree programmes and the transition period section of this page.
If you wish to complete your degree according to the old degree requirements, carefully read the instructions below as well as your faculty’s instructions.
If you have had a longer break in your studies, your right to study must be reinstated, or you must apply for an extension of your right to study in order to complete your degree. You can find more information about the procedure best suited to you in the section Continuing to study. To continue your studies, you must draw up a study plan, indicating which studies are still missing from your degree and which current courses based on the new degree system correspond to the studies you have not yet completed. For more information, see the section Continuing to study.
After your right to study is reinstated, you can also transfer to a new degree programme to complete your degree. However, in such a case, you must take into account the new rules concerning the expiry of studies; more information is available in the section Expiry of studies. For information on transferring to a new degree programme, see the section Transferring to a new degree programme.
If you do not intend to complete your degree, you can forfeit your right to do so. For the form and instructions for waiving your right to study, please click from the forfeiture of the right to pursue degree page.