When you apply for an extension to the duration of studies, the most important thing to do is to make a realistic assessment of your studying opportunities. For instance, your work, state of health and general situation in life are all things that could slow down your studies. You should therefore take such matters into account when drafting a study plan. You must fill in the plan in order to get an extension
Full-time studying is defined as achieving 45 credits in an academic year. If your own pace is slower, you should write an account detailing the reasons for the departure from schedule and attach it to your study plan.
If you appeal to personal reasons as delaying your studies in your application for an extension, these reasons should have a clear connection to the delay. You can only apply for an extension once for the same reason. No extension is granted if your studies have not progressed at all during your first extension or if you have completed studies that had not been included in your study plan.
Please also take into account that some of your studies may expire. Moreover, you should not register for non-attendance on your extension because your study time continues to run in the same way as if you would have registered for attendance.
Our advice is to apply for an extension to the duration of studies only when you really intend to study – not just in case or because it has become a habit!
For more information:
Anne Rautanen, specialist