Right to Study

4 § Admission

The admission to VAMK, University of Applied Sciences is through the joint application system or the separate admission following the admission criteria decided by the Rector. The Director of Unit decides on the admission of a student based on the joint application admissions list by the recommendation of the Head of the Study Affairs.

The original certificates and diplomas of all admitted students are checked at the beginning of the semester. The student place is conditional until the grades in the certificate and the work experience have been checked. The UAS can revoke the admission if the applicant has not submitted the certificates by the deadline the UAS has stated or if the applicant has submitted false information about his/her grades or work experience. The revocation of the admission is decided by the Rector.  The admissions office is responsible for the checking of the certificates and for the information and instruction thereof.  

The student can apply for rectification concerning the admittance to be the VAMK Board of Examiners no later than 14 days after the publication of the results.

The admission for Open UAS takes as a rule place according to the order of registration to the study periods.

A student who has completed studies through Open UAS may be taken as a degree student through a separate student admission. The prerequisite for receiving the right of study for a Polytechnic Degree is that the student has completed 60 credits of programme specific studies at the Open UAS. Studies completed at all open universities of applied sciences are accepted. If the student has completed a 180 credit Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification (180 credits, and has completed 30 credits of studies assigned by VAMK, s/he can be selected when applying to Polytechnic degree programme in the corresponding the upper secondary qualifications. The Rector decides on more detailed selection criteria.   

Receiving the right of study for a higher Polytechnic Degree is that the applicant has completed a minimum of 15 credits at Open UAS (the scope of the degree 90 credits) or a minimum of 10 credits (the scope of degree 60 credits) of programme specific studies. The average grade of completed studies has to be at least three (3). In addition, an applicable higher education degree is required for a higher Polytechnic Degree and a minimum of three years of work experience in the relevant field after taking the degree. The Rector decides on the more detailed selection criteria.   

The decision on taking a student based on the completion of studies at Open UAS is taken by the Head of the School on the recommendation of the Head of the Study Affairs. The student can apply for rectification concerning the admittance to be the VAMK Board of Examiners, no later than 14 days after the publication of the results.

The additional clause concerning the student admission in the field of Health Care and Social Services, see 15§.

5 § Transfer students

By transfer student is meant a student who is admitted to take studies leading to an academic degree and whose right of study is transferred from one institute of higher education to another or within the institute to another degree programme so that degree title related to the degree remains or changes.  VAMK can take transfer students by following the selection criteria laid down by the Rector. The Director of Unit will decide on the approval of the transfer application following the proposal of the Head of the Department.

The student can be admitted to VAMK to a Degree Programme leading to a degree through a separate selection on the conditions as follows:

  1. The applicant is an enrolled student at a Finnish institute of higher education.
  2. The transfer student has sufficient proficiency to complete the studies required for the degree within the outstanding study time.
  3. The right of study of the student to take the degree is defined based on the degree received in the transfer. The time to take the degree includes also the attendance or non-attendance the student has already used to take studies entitled by the right of study and to which the transfer is based on.
  4. A prerequisite for the transfer is that a significant part of the studies taken can be included in the degree to be taken in accordance with the new right of study.
  5. When the student accepts the right of study at VAMK, s/he loses the right of study to which the transfer is based on.
  6. The transfer students start their studies always in the beginning of the term.

The transfer within VAMK from one Degree Programme to another can be accepted, provided the transfer takes place in the same field of study or into a field that is closely related. Closer instructions on admittance of a transfer student are available in the selection criteria.

The student can apply for rectification concerning the admittance to be the VAMK Board of Examiners, no later than 14 days after the results have been published.

The additional clause concerning the student admission in the field of Health Care and Social Services, see 15§.

 

6 § Right to study, right to study time limit and enrolment

In defining the right to study, the provisions of the Act on Polytechnic Education 932/2014 and the Decree on Polytechnic Studies 1129/2914 are complied with in addition to instructions from the Ministry of Education.

An accepted applicant who has confirmed to take the study place must enrol as decreed by VAMK, whereby the student is registered as a student at VAMK.

In accordance with the Polytechnic Degree, VAMK collects tuition fees. Students who are required to pay the tuition fee must do so before enrolling for attendance. If a student who has received a student place does not pay the tuition fee by the given deadline and does not enroll for non-attendance, s/he has neglected the enrollment and will lose the right to study. VAMK has a scholarship fund with separate rules.

The student in degree education must per academic year enrol in attendance or non-attendance according to the stipulations and time announced by VAMK. The enrolment is made for the complete academic year, if the student has left right to study. The enrolment per academic year can be changed at the turn of the semester during the enrolment time. The student who has exceeded the maximum time of the right of study cannot enrol non-attending. Neglect of enrolment responsibility leads to forfeiting the right of study.

The student who has neglected the enrolment responsibility can apply for the restitution of the right to study. The restitution of the right to study must be applied while the quantitative study right is in force. The application for the restitution is submitted to the Study Affairs Office and a processing charge of 50€ will be collected from the student (A1440/2014).The time passed after the neglect of enrolment spends the student’s non-attendance periods, provided that the student has any left. The restitution of the right to study is made, if the student has a realistic opportunity to complete the studies in the time remaining.  The right is returned from the beginning of the next term. The Director of Unit decides about the restitution of the right to study. The decision has to be made within one month after the student has paid the processing charge.

The student who has resigned from VAMK (the right to study has concluded or the student has filed resignation) must by main rule reapply to the Degree Programme through the customary application procedure. VAMK can on the student’s application restore the right to study without the customary application procedure if the amount of lacking studies is 30 credits at maximum.

The studies are arranged in such a way that a full time student can complete the studies in the time corresponding to their scope. According to the Decree (932/2014), the full time student is defined as a student involved in youth education or in day-time instruction.

The targeted duration of studies refers to the scope of the studies to be completed in years. The targeted duration of studies in years is in the scope of studies divided by 60 as defined in the curriculum of the Degree Programme (OPS) or in the Individual Study Plan (HOPS). The students must complete their studies within a period that exceeds the extent of the programme by no more than a year, at the latest. The duration of non-attendance is excluded from the maximum length of studies (932/2014).

The duration of study in case of specialisation education is determined according to the implementation time of the education and the right of study can be extended for one semester. The student in specialisation education cannot enrol for non-attendance.

After the student has expended the targeted duration of studies, the right to study of the student terminates. When the student has received notice of the termination of the study right time, the student can for special reason, based on application, be granted the maximum of one year of discretionary extension to the study right time to complete the studies. For exceptionally weighty reasons, the previously extended study right time can be further extended, provided that the studies have progressed during the extension, the amount of remaining studies is reasonable, or the termination of right to study would be unreasonable for the student due to the student’s life situation.

An application for discretionary extension of study right time must be received while the student still has study time remaining. The application for the restitution is submitted to the Study Affairs Office and a processing charge of 50€ will be collected from the student (A1440/2014). A detailed and feasible study plan is a precondition for the discretionary extension to can be granted. In particular, the student application must account for the amount of lacking studies, status of thesis and work placement, study plan on the completion of the missing studies, reason for delay in studies and date by which the student is committed to complete the studies. The Director of Unit takes the decision over extension of study right time. The decision has to be made within one month after the student has paid the processing charge.

The additional clause concerning the revocation and restitution of the right of study in the field of Health Care and Social Services, see 15§.

The student can apply for rectification concerning the restitution of the right of study to be the VAMK Board of Examiners, no later than 14 days after the student has had a possibility to learn about the decision.