According to the Universities Act/Polytechnics Act, a first-year student may register as absent for the academic year for the following reasons only:
- service under the Finnish Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
- maternity, paternity or parental leave;
- the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.
Should the legal grounds for your absence apply only to the second academic term (e.g. military service or maternity leave beginning in August), you may register as absent for the entire academic year if you wish. You may also change the status of your registration for the spring term from ‘attending’ to ‘absent’ during the spring term registration period. You may also change the status of your registration for the spring term from ‘attending’ to ‘absent’ during the spring term registration period.
Documents that prove the legal grounds for your absence must be sent via email or post, or presented to the Admission Services by the deadline for accepting the study place.
Service under the Finnish Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995):
Required document: a call-up order
Maternity, paternity or parental leave:
- Kela's certificate regarding maternity, paternity or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy
- Corresponding certificates from the authorities of other countries regarding statutory parental leave
- Personal illness or injury:
- Sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from beginning their studies on 1 August 2017.
- Obstacles caused by the practical arrangements required by the illness or injury: an adequate clarification, e.g. a certificate from the student housing foundation that the student is on the waiting list for an apartment required by his or her injury. Student's own notification is not an adequate clarification.
If you register as absent in your first academic year, but fail to deliver sufficient clarification regarding the grounds for your absence within the deadline specified by the university, you will lose your right to study. If you wish to begin your studies at a later time, you must apply for readmission from the university. Readmission does not require participation in the student admissions procedure.
Admission Services contact details
Street address: Bulevardi 31, 00180 Helsinki
Postal address: PO BOX 4000, 00079 Metropolia, Finland
Telephone: +358 9 7424 5100 (service on weekdays from 10 am to 1 pm)
Students registering as absent should take into consideration the annual changes in the courses offered at Metropolia and the effect they may have on their personal study plan. The training may be discontinued entirely during the period of absence or be arranged again only after several years. Metropolia will not separately arrange any studies that have changed or been discontinued during a student's absence. Students are advised to carefully consider any period of absence and to discuss the matter first with a representative of the degree programme.