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 granting alumni who have graduated after 1 August 2020 a continued right to study, which gives them the opportunity to complement their studies free of charge at Uniarts Helsinki’s Open University. The right to study will be valid during the academic term in which the student graduates and for the following two years.

The continued right to study can be granted to students who have completed a third-cycle (i.e. doctoral or licentiate) degree, a second-cycle (i.e. master’s) degree or the kind of first-cycle (i.e. bachelor’s) degree that does not grant the right to complete a second-cycle degree.

The right to study applies to Open University studies at Uniarts Helsinki and the course selection that the academies have decided to include in the selection for students with a continued right to study. The course selection of the Open University can be found 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. 

The continued right to study gives the right to complete individual study units, not the right to complete a degree.   

Activate your continued right to study

Uniarts Helsinki alumni can activate their continued right to study by following these instructions:

  • Those who graduate between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021: When you register for Open University studies, you can simultaneously activate your continued right to study. The right to study will be valid for two years.  The validity of the right to study will begin on 1 August 2021.
  • Those who graduate on or after 1 August 2021: You will be granted the right to study immediately upon graduation. You will activate your continued right to study with a certificate request form. Your right to study will be valid during the academic term in which you graduate and for the following two years. During your graduation semester your continued right to study allows you to complete your study units that are in progress at the time of graduation. Note! If you graduate in August 2021, you can activate your continued right to study when you register for Open University studies.

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

Apply for Open University studies 

You can check the Open University’s registration periods and application instructions on the Open University pages on Uniarts Helsinki’s external website. You can browse the autumn 2021 course selection in the Open University course calendar

Open University students are selected for 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

Applying for studies at the Sibelius Academy

A graduate from the Sibelius Academy can also apply for Sibelius Academy teaching that is not available at the Open University. 

The applications are processed on a case-by-case basis. The basis for a continued right to study can be the completion of a study unit or a study module, which has already been started, after graduation, or the completion of a study unit that is organised in a group and that is not often available, which is why it has not been possible to complete it for the 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. 

More information: ranja.purma@uniarts.fi

Link to the application