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On this page you can read about the limited study time and find information on how to apply for an extension of study time.

Your study time for a master's degree at Hanken is limited: you are expected to complete your studies within a certain time. If you have been admitted to a master's degree programme at Hanken before 2005 your study time is not limited, and the following does not concern you.

The estimated time to complete your studies and to graduate is two years. You also have an additional two years to complete your degree. This means that your time to study for your master's degree is restricted to a total of four years (this means that you are allowed to be registered as present for 8 terms).

Those admitted to Hanken between 2005-2014: you are allowed to be registered as absent during four terms.

Those admitted to Hanken 2015 and later: you are allowed to be registered as absent during two terms, but a first-year student may register as absent for the first academic year for the following reasons only:

  • military service (including Non-Military Service or Women's Voluntary Military Service);
  • maternity, paternity or parental leave;
  • if you cannot begin your studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.

All master's students admitted to Hanken 2005 or later: you are allowed to be absent because of military service, maternity leave or parental leave without it affecting the time you have to complete your studies. Please notice that child care leave does not allow absense without affecting the time to complete your studies.

Carefully plan your study time and when to register as present or absent! When you register as present you are required to study full-time, so register as absent if you know that you will for example be on parental leave or working full-time.

You will lose your right to study at Hanken if you do not graduate within the set time. If you have acceptable reasons for a slower study pace, you can apply for an extension of study time. If you have used all your study time and lost your study right but wish to completed your studies, you need to apply for a renewed study right and pay an application fee.

Extending your study time at Hanken

You can apply for an extension of study time to be able to complete your studies if you have acceptable reasons for the delay in your studies and will be able to complete your studies within a reasonable time. Acceptable reasons are for example health reasons, family responsibilities, societal commitments and systematic training for top-level sports.

If you are unsure, you can check the expiration date of your study time in WebOodi. If your study time is expiring by the end of spring term (31 July) you shall apply for an extension in May, and if your study time is expiring by the end of autumn term (31 December) you shall apply for an extension in November. The electronic application form is open 1 May - 31 May and 1 November - 30 November (log in with your Hanken user ID and password).

You can be granted an extension of study time only if you submit a goal-oriented and realistic plan for completing your studies. An extension is always granted for a limited period of time and for complete terms, a minimum of one and a maximum of fours terms per application. If the studies you have yet to complete require more time you can apply for an additional extension later on, provided that you complete the studies that you have included in the study plan for the previous application for an extension of study time.

To apply for an extension you need to:

  1. List the studies you have yet to complete by comparing your transcript of records with the study plan for your major subject and other degree requirements.
  2. Make a detailed plan about when (term, teaching period, exam date) you can complete the remaining studies.
  3. Be prepared to study actively if you are granted an extension.
  4. If you apply for an additional extension (i.e. you have already previously been granted an extension): ask your master's thesis supervisor to fill in the form: file type iconStatement from thesis supervisor. In the form, the thesis supervisor gives a statement on the current status of your thesis and estimates when you will be able to complete your thesis. Upload the statement as an attachment to the electronic application service. NB! The application cannot be handled without your thesis supervisor's statement, so please contact him/her well in advance before the application deadline!
  5. Save a medical certificate as a PDF document on your computer if you invoke medical reasons in your application so that you can attach the document to your application.
  6. Submit your electronic application with possible attachments in May (31 May at the latest) if your study time expires 31 July or in November (30 November at the latest) if your study time expires 31 December. 

In case you have missed the application deadline, please contact studycounsellor-hki@hanken.fi or studycounsellor-vaasa@hanken.fi.

Applying for a renewed study right

In case your study time, and therefore right to study, has already expired you can apply for a renewed study right but you need to pay an application fee (35 €). You apply by filling in a separate form which you can get by contacting studycounsellor-hki@hanken.fi. Submit the form and the receipt of the paid application fee to the Student Helpdesk in Helsinki or the Office of Study Affairs in Vaasa.