Students pursuing non-degree studies may complete only those studies for which the right was granted. They are not enrolled at the University of Helsinki as degree students and do not have the right to complete a degree at the University.
Being granted the right to complete a specific course (or module) as non-degree studies does not guarantee that this course (or module) will be taught before the right expires. If the course cannot be completed by attending teaching, it can typically be completed as a book examination or an essay. The teaching schedule for the 2021 autumn semester will be published by the end of June and the schedule for the spring semester will be published by the end of November.
The right to study is free of charge if it applies to studies which the applicant needs to qualify as a subject teacher and if the applicant has completed studies in education for teachers by the closing date for applications or holds the right to complete such studies at a Finnish university on the closing date for applications.
Otherwise, a fee will be collected. According to the rector’s decision, a fee of €15 per credit will be collected for non-degree studies.
Applicants who are granted the right to pursue non-degree studies must inform the Faculty by 23 June 2021 of their acceptance of this right. If they fail to inform the Faculty, their study right will be revoked. Applicants who fail to inform the Faculty of their acceptance or applicants who inform the Faculty that they do not wish to pursue the studies applied for can be replaced by applicants from the reserve list. Acceptance from the reserve list will end at the latest 1 July 2021. Applicants accepted from the reserve list must inform the Faculty of their acceptance of this right by 15 July.
If the study right is free of charge and unconditional, it will take effect on 1 August 2021.
If the study right is subject to a fee, it will take effect once proof of payment is submitted, but no earlier than 1 August 2021. Proof of payment must be presented no later than 31 August 2021.
If the study right is conditional, it will take effect once the conditions indicated in the decision are met, but no earlier than 1 August 2021. Applicants must prove that they meet the conditions by 31 August 2021. The conditions may include meeting the required prerequisite knowledge and skills (test) or proving the completion of previous studies (e.g., completion of the basic studies module).
The right to study will expire once the student has completed the studies for which the right was granted, but no later than 31 July 2023.
Once the right to complete non-degree studies expires, the student can apply to the dean for permission to complete one course through an additional completion attempt if the student has previously tried to complete the course once but failed and cannot try to complete the course again before the expiry of his or her right to complete non-degree studies. The student must apply for such permission by 31 October 2023.