How long are the studies that I have completed valid for a degree?
Study modules and individual courses completed no more than ten years ago can be incorporated into a degree. The time limit is calculated by term, so a study module completed in January 2018 would be valid for a degree until the end of the spring term 2028.
The date of completion of a study module is considered to be the date of completion of the last course or examination for the module. Study modules are, for example, basic, intermediate and advanced studies.
The study modules required for degrees are indicated in the curriculum of your degree programme. Please note, however, that other studies required for your degree (such as studies in the second national language of Finland and a foreign language) do not constitute a study module. Consequently, to include these studies in your degree, you must have completed them no more than 10 years ago.
If you are completing intermediate studies that require the completion of certain basic studies, the relevant basic study module will not necessarily expire in 10 years. When you have completed the intermediate studies, the basic study module will expire at the same time as the intermediate studies. If you are completing studies required of special needs teachers (60 cr), the basic studies in special education will expire at the same time as the study module for special needs teachers.
How long are the studies that I have completed valid for a study module?
You can incorporate into a study module courses that were completed no more than 10 years ago, in accordance with the term-specific (not date-specific) rule on expiry. For example, a course completed in January 2018 can be included in a study module until the end of the 2028 spring term.
In certain degree programmes, studies may also expire in less than 10 years. You can find information about this in the curriculum of your degree programme.
If you are completing a non-degree study module at the University, it cannot include courses completed more than 10 years ago.
What happens if my studies expire?
You will not be able to incorporate an expired credit for a degree or a study module. However, the expiration of your studies has no impact on your right to study at the University, and expired credits will not be removed from your list of completed studies.
What can I do if my studies expire?
Expired studies must be completed again to be valid for study modules or degrees. The curriculum of your degree programme indicates whether you can demonstrate the learning required for an expired course or study module by means other than recompleting it.
In medical fields (degree programmes in medicine and dentistry), study modules and other studies completed according to the curriculum before obtaining the title of Bachelor of Medicine will not expire after the degree has been granted. In addition, compulsory language studies do not expire if they were completed no more than 10 years prior to the date of granting the bachelor’s title.
Will an incomplete course expire?
When you begin a course, you must complete it within one year. However, the curriculum of your degree programme indicates whether you can complete a course within a longer period. If this is possible, it usually means that the next opportunity to complete the course would not be offered at an earlier date.
If the course consists of small group meetings and independent written assignments, you must complete all components of the course within one year of completing the first written assignment or attending a small group meeting.
If you do not complete all components of the course within the year, you will have to retake it.
If the course takes longer than a year (for example, the component studies have been scheduled over a period of time that spans more than a year), you will have to complete the course according to the instructions provided. You will find the information for the course on Sisu.