Postponement of studies

You can only postpone the commencement of your studies if you have a legal ground for your absence.

The following legal grounds for your absence are accepted:

  1. Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995)
  2. Maternity, paternity or parental leave
  3. Being incapacitated by personal illness or injury

No other reasons for deferment of admissions are accepted. 

Please note that we strongly recommend that you begin your studies in August 2020, since we cannot guarantee that the programme structure is the same in the future.

How do I postpone my studies?

In order to postpone the commencement of your studies with a year, you need to

  1. Confirm your admission offer and submit the eletronic confirmation form before the deadline (to be announced in March 2020). On the confirmation form, mark that you will be absent during the academic year 2020-2021.
  2. Send an official certificate of the legal reason (listed below) to the Hanken Admission Office before 31 August 2020.

Should the legal grounds for your absence only apply to the second academic term (e.g. military service or maternity leave beginning in January), you may register as absent for the entire academic year if you so wish. You may also change the status of your registration for the spring term from ‘attending’ to ‘absent’ during the spring term registration period.

Certificates required for proving the legal grounds for absence:

1) Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995):

  • Document required: Call-up order

2) Maternity, paternity or parental leave:

  • Document required: 
    • 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 another country regarding statutory parental leave

3) Being incapacitated by personal illness or injury:

  • Document required: 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 in the autumn

Deadline for delivering the documents attesting your legal reason for registering as absent: 15 July 2020, but it is recommended that you deliver the documents as soon as possible to

The documents must be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

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Students who have postponed the start of their studies

A student who postpones his or her studies in 2020 will receive a letter during the summer of 2021 with information about how to register as present for the incoming academic year.