The right to study is held by those students who are enrolled for attendance. Only those students who are enrolled at the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) have the right to participate in studies or sit for examinations for credit.
The student must register as present or absent at the beginning of every school year. For a justified reason, the student may change his or her announcement of presence or absence during the school year. Enrolment may only be changed at the start of a semester.
Continuing students may enrol via the internet link, WinhaWille from May 1st to September 11th every year. New students are enrolled automatically when they inform the school of their acceptance of the study place. If the student enrols as "absent", a separate form must also be completed and left with the study programme unit’s student office. Students may change their enrolment status as needed at the beginning of the spring semester, by January 11th. If a student has enrolled during the previous year as “absent”, that student must enrol as “present” or “absent” by the first of August of the next school year.
Neglect of the enrolment responsibility may result in loss of right to study, and application for renewed study rights may not be made until the next semester. Studies may not be resumed until the right to study has been granted.
Students who have enrolled as non-attending students cannot carry on their studies at the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, participate in courses or supervised work placement/clinical practice, or receive supervision for their Bachelor’s thesis. Credits are not recorded when a student is non-attending (although study through the open polytechnic is admissible for registration as transferable credits or approved for the study programme for the record when the student returns to attending status). UAS students who wish to attend open polytechnic studies must pay an external student’s fee.
Students who have enrolled as non-attending students are not entitled to student financial aid. Therefore, non-attending students must cancel their student aid by the 15th day of the month preceding the first month when they will be non-attending in order to avoid recovery claims due to overpayment.
The period for which a student has enrolled as a non-attending student is not included in his or her right of study. A student who has enrolled as a non-attending student for the entire academic year can resume his or her studies at the beginning of the spring term by re-enrolling as an attending student.
Students who have enrolled as non-attending students are not entitled to student benefits.
Students who plan to enrol as non-attending students should take into account that there may be problems when they resume their studies (not all courses are regularly arranged, courses may be discontinued, and some courses are only held every few years).
If a student has enrolled during the previous year as “absent”, that student must enrol as “attending” or “absent” by the first of August of the next school year.
The students who started their studies 1 August 2015 or later:
According to the Polytechnics Act, a first-year student may register as absent for the academic year for the following reasons only:
During the studies a student may enrol as "absent" for other reasons for a total of 2 semesters altogether.
The students who started their studies before 1 August 2015:
A student may enrol as “absent” for up to one year at a time, and for a total of 2 years altogether.
According to the regulations, the length of study to attain a degree as a full-time student is 3.5 years in programmes where the required credit points equal 210, and 4 years in programmes where the required credit points equal 240. The second cycle degree programmes include a study period of 1,5 years where the required credit points equal 90 and one year where the required credit points equal 60. The length of study in all cases may be legally stretched by one year.
Students who do not complete their studies during the established time periods have one year in which to complete those studies. The students are required to draw up a plan of study for the extra year ensuring the completion of the missing studies. The plan must be drawn up and approved by the degree programme manager, at the latest by the beginning of the additional year, if in the autumn by September 11th, and in the spring by January 11th.
A full-time student who has not completed his or her studies within the prescribed time period loses the right to study unless the degree programme manager grants further time for the completion of studies on the grounds of a special reason.
If additional time for right to study is denied, the student may re-apply to the study programme during the general application periods.
A student who has not enrolled as prescribed above loses the right to study. If such a student wishes to start or continue studies at a later date, that student must apply again for the right to study from UAS. The right to study cannot be granted until the beginning of the next academic year. Studies may not be resumed until the right to study has been granted.
A student who has dropped out or otherwise lost the right to study may be accepted to degree programme if the Saimaa UAS still has the right to provide the degree programme in question. When necessary, the student must complete supplementary and competence updating studies in addition to the missing studies.
The degree programme manager decides on recovering the right to study and on the duration of the right to study. The processing fee of 50 euros in accordance with the degree is charged from the decision on returning the right to study.
A student who has not completed his or her studies within the prescribed time period loses the right to study unless the degree programme manager grants further time for the completion of studies on the grounds of a special reason.
Within 14 days of having been informed of the decision concerning the recovering of the right to study, the student in question may submit a written application to the governing board of the university of applied sciences for rectification of the decision.
A student who wants to withdraw from Saimaa University of Applied Sciences must fill in a withdrawal form and deliver it to the Student Affairs Office of his or her unit. Students who have withdrawn lose their right to study at the UAS.