How to apply for a continued right to study

Read what a continued right to study means, how to activate it and what studies you can complete.

What is a continued right to study?

Uniarts Helsinki has begun offering alumni the opportunity to apply for a continued right to study that is valid during the academic term when the degree is conferred and for two years after that. Thanks to a continued right to study, alumni have the chance to complement their studies free of charge at the Open University or on selected study units offered by the academy where they graduated from.

The continued right to study can only be granted to students who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree after 1 August 2020. The continued right to study gives the right to complete individual study units, not the right to complete a degree.   

You can browse the course selection of the Open University in the Open University’s course calendar. As for the course selection of the academies, more information will be updated on this page at a later date.   

  

Activate your continued right to study

Follow these instructions if you want to activate your continued right to study: 

Those who have graduated between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021: Apply for the continued right to study by contacting the contact person of your academy (contact information is provided at the bottom of the page).

Those who graduate on or after 1 August 2021: Inform the academy that you want to activate your continued right to study on the diploma application form.

The right to study will be valid during the academic term in which you graduate and for two years after that. Thanks to the continued right to study, you are able to complete the study units that are unfinished at the time of your graduation.

After the right to study has been granted, it is not possible to postpone or suspend its validity. If you renounce your right to study in writing, you cannot apply for it again.

Apply for Open University studies

You can apply for Open University studies during registration periods. Check the Open University’s registration periods and application instructions on the Open University’s website. You can browse the course selection in the course calendar.  

Open University students are selected to attend courses based on course-specific selection criteria. The selection criteria (prior studies, letter of motivation, proficiency test, order of registration) are mentioned in the course descriptions.  

More information: avoin@uniarts.fi

Apply to complete studies offered by the academies

A graduate from Uniarts Helsinki can also apply for teaching of their home academy or for joint studies that are not available at the Open University.

In the 2022 spring term, graduates with a continued right to study from the Academy of Fine Arts or the Theatre Academy can get in touch with the contact person of their academy and ask which studies they can register for. Starting from the 2022 autumn term, information on these studies will be compiled in Uniarts Helsinki’s study guide and on this page. Read more about the Theatre Academy’s courses 2022-2023.

A graduate from the Sibelius Academy can apply for Sibelius Academy studies to complete an unfinished but already started study unit or study module after their graduation.  It is also possible to apply for such study units that require group instruction and that are not often available, and because of this or for some other reason the graduate has not been able to complete the study unit for their degree.The decision can be made proactively before graduation, but the granted right to complete the study unit or the study module requires that the applicant has graduated with a master’s degree. 

You can also browse the selection of joint studies at Uniarts Helsinki. You can send an email to avoin@uniarts.fi if you have questions about registering for joint studies.

All academies process applications on a case-by-case basis. Applications can be submitted via this form.

More information:

Academy of Fine Arts: crista.sinisalo@uniarts.fi
Sibelius Academy: ranja.purma@uniarts.fi
Theatre Academy: hannele.ylonen@uniarts.fi
Joint studies: avoin@uniarts.fi