Applying for an Extension to the Study Right and the Grounds for Granting It Applying for an Extension to the Study Right and the Grounds for Granting It

If you cannot complete your degree within the time-frame set in the Universities Act and your study right is about to expire, you may apply for the extension of your study right. See the timetable here.

According to the vice-rector's decision (201/452/2017), LUT students may be granted an extended study right for no more than one academic year at a time. Applications for extensions are submitted to the degree programme's study counsellor, and the decision is made by the responsible person of the student's degree programme. The following shared principles regarding the handling of applications for an extended study right and the granting of extensions are applied in all LUT degree programmes:

An extended study right may be granted if the student has a realistic possibility to complete his or her studies within a reasonable time-frame. The amount of studies completed, earlier extensions granted and the progress of the studies during earlier extension periods are a factor in whether or not an extended study right can be granted.

The following circumstances will be taken into account in granting an extended study right and in discussing the prerequisites for the studies:
1) The student's illness or difficult situation in life; (*
2) Positions of trust and activity in social forums during studies;
3) Systematic training for elite sports;
4) Preparation for a top artistic performance.

If you meet any of the criteria above, they should be mentioned in the application for an extended study right with related documents attached.(* If the student's illness or difficult situtation in life repeatedly effects on studies, the study right can be extented by submitting a medical certificate in which a doctor confirms that student's situation has changed and he or she is able to continue the  studies.

Part-time work during studies does not entitle students to delay and extend their studies. Also, if the student has a realistic possibility to complete his or her studies during earlier extension period, the study right will not be extended.


Grounds for applying for and granting an extended study right

When first applying for an extension, students must fulfill both of the following requirements:

  • Present in their application a realistic plan for completing their studies; the planned rate of progress for the studies should be 45 ECTS credits/academic year, on an average.

        AND

  • Have completed approximately half of the total number of credits for the target degree (Bachelor's+Master's degrees altogether 300 ECTS credits, Bachelor's degree 180 ECTS credits and the Master's degree alone 120 ECTS credits).

A maximum extension of one academic year may be granted based on the first application.

If the student has completed less than half of the total number of credits for the target degree and does not meet the accepted personal criteria above for slower progress in studies, no extended study right will be granted.

Application


Grounds for applying for and granting an extended study right more than once

If a student applies for an extension a second time, a maximum of one academic year may be granted. The requirements for the second extended study right are the following:

  • At least 45 ECTS credits of studies are completed according to plan during the first extension and the studies required during the first extension period are completed

        OR

  • The student's final thesis has progressed significantly.

As for subsequent applications, no more than one semester at a time may be accorded to the student. In such cases, the extended study right requires that:

  • The student has completed at least 23 ECTS credits according to plan in one semester during the previous extension and the studies required during the previous extension period are completed.

        OR

  • The student's final thesis has progressed significantly.

If the studies have not progressed as specified above or the studies required during the previous extension period are not completed, and the student does not meet the accepted personal criteria above for slower progress in studies, no extended study right will be granted.

Application

If an extended study right is not granted
If no extension is accorded, the student has the option of completing his or her studies in LUT by applying for the Open University or in case the course is not available in the Open University by applying for  the separate study right for a certain course.

If the reason for denying the extension is the fact that the final thesis has not progressed, the student may apply for the reinstatement of the study right from the rector when the student can provide clear evidence that the thesis has progressed significantly (e.g. an acceptable thesis manuscript submitted to the examiner).

If you receive a negative decision regarding our application for an extended study right, please contact the study counsellor for further instructions.

Reinstatement of the study right and re-enrolment

Appeals
Students dissatisfied with the decision regarding their application may lodge an appeal with the rector. A written appeal stating grounds must be submitted to the registry of Lappeenranta University of Technology within 14 days of the date on which the student received the decision.

Students dissatisfied with the rector's final decision may bring the matter before the Administrative Court of Eastern Finland.

Study time during an extended study right
When you are studying on an extended study right, the extension will go on even though you enrol as non-attending student (and even though you have been absent due to military service or parental leave). The military service or parental leave does not automatically make the extension longer, but those reasons should be mentioned in the next application for an extended study right, so that they can be taken into account.