Documents proving the legal grounds for absence

According to the Universities Act/Polytechnics Act, a first-year degree student may register as absent for the academic year for the following reasons only. Documents that prove the legal grounds for your 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):

- Call-up order

2) maternity, paternity or parental leave:

- Students residing in Finland: 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

- Students residing in other countries: Corresponding certificates from the authorities of the country in question regarding statutory parental leave

3) the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by 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.

- 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. The student's own notification is not an adequate clarification.

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

Documents proving the legal grounds for your absence should be sent via post to the Student and Learning Services (Student and Learning Services, P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland).