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Standard Study Period

The standard study period for a master’s degree programme consisting of 60 ECTS credits is 4 semesters (two years), whereas it is 6 semesters (3 years) for a degree programme of 90 credits.

Degree-awarding education

Master’s degree programmes are offered as part-time study, so that they can be completed while working. The scope of studies is determined in ECTS credits, and it varies from 60 to 90 credits, depending on the degree programme. It is also possible to take studies as a full-time student.

Maximum Study Period

If the degree is not completed within the standard study period, the student has the right to continue his/her studies for two more semester (standard study period + 2 semesters = maximum study period). In the Master’s degrees, the maximum study period is 6 semesters for a degree programme of 60 ECTS credits, and 8 semesters for a degree programme of 90 ECTS credits. Students who have exceeded their standard study period should exclusively concentrate on completing the obligatory studies of their degree.

Expiration of maximum study period

If they do not manage to complete their degree within the maximum study period, they will lose their study entitlement. In such a case, only the student services manager can grant an extension.

Make sure in the Elmo Desk

The standard and maximum study periods for students expire either on 31 July or 31 December. Please, check your own standard and maximum study periods in the Elmo Desk My studies widget (login required).

Maximum study period at an end, can I apply for an extension?

Students who have not completed their degree during their maximum study period can apply for a discretionary extension. A study period can be extended for a well-founded reason, primarily once with a maximum of two semesters if the following conditions are met:

  1. A Master’s Degree student has a maximum of 30 left to complete.
  2. Graduation within the extension period is a realistic goal.

No extension is granted, if the student has already completed the studies needed to obtain a degree.

Know how to apply for the extension

The discretionary extension must be applied for within the maximum study period, yet at least two months before the maximum study period expires. Instructions, how to apply for discretionary extension are available here (login required). In accordance with the Government's Decree 1440/2014, a fee of € 50 is payable for the handling of the application.

The application is attached a revised study plan approved by the career tutor / programme coordinator, a transcript of records and a receipt of paid application handling fee.

Study during extension period

The student must commit to his/her studies during the extension period and meet with the person responsible for study counselling regularly. The student cannot enrol as a non-attending student during the extension period.

Additional extension period

If the student is unable to complete his/her studies within the extension period, the student may apply for another extension for the following reasons:

  • he/she has participated in teaching and exams during the previous extension period or has in some other way shown effort to complete the studies. At this stage, the student cannot have more than 15 credits left to complete.
  • the medical condition or an exceptionally difficult life situation of the student or someone in his/her immediate family may constitute acceptable grounds for extending the study period
  • significant positions of trust, successful scientific or artistic activities and top-level sports

The grounds shall be verified with reliable documents. If the student presents a medical certificate, it must state the student’s reduced ability to study.

When will a student lose the study entitlement?

Students who do not enrol for attendance or non-attendance or have not finished their degree within the maximum study period will lose their study entitlement.

Can I have the study entitlement back?

Those who have not enrolled for attendance or non-attendance can apply to the student services manager for a new study entitlement. Forms and instructions are available here (doc) or at the Student Services. In accordance with the Government's Degree 1440/2014, a fee of € 50 is payable for the handling of the application.

The application is attached a revised study plan (docx) approved by the career tutor / programme coordinator, a transcript of records and a receipt of paid application handling fee.

As a rule, study entitlement is restored at the beginning of the following semester, but if the student can present sufficient justification and supporting documents, study entitlement may be restored immediately. However, it must be done before the next date when student statistics are completed, 20 September or 20 January. When granting the entitlement to study, the student’s previous attendance and non-attendance semesters will be taken into account.

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