Illness at exams / postponed exams
In 2020, UiO allows self-notification in case of absence from exams. If you are ill or have another valid reason for not taking an exam, you can send us an online message without attaching documentation.
The opportunity to use self-notification in case of absence from exams applies to all forms of examination, including submissions, oral examinations and master's theses.
If you are ill or have another valid reason for not taking an exam, your absence will be approved. With an approved reason for absence, you do not use an examination attempt, and you can apply for a postponed examination or an extended submission deadline.
What is valid absence?
Valid reasons for absence include the following:
- If you, or a person for whom you are the primary caretaker, are ill.
- Home quarantine or home isolation because of the corona virus.
- Death of a close relative.
- Other weighty reasons outside of your own control.
Other weighty reasons outside of your own control may include for instance military service, trials or political representation. High-level sports or cultural events may also be approved.
In the case of illness during the preparation period, you should consider applying for a leave of absence.
What is a postponed exam?
Postponed exams are arranged for students who are ill or have another valid reason for not attending an ordinary exam.
With home exams or assignments, you may in some cases be granted an extended deadline instead of a postponed exam.
The postponed exam is usually held in the same semester as the regular exam or before the teaching starts the next semester. In courses which are offered each semester, students with an approved reason for absence may be directed to the next ordinary examination.
How do you apply?
Fill out the online form on self-notification in case of absence from examinations:
You can use the same form to apply for a postponed examination or an extended submission deadline.
The faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has its own regulations concerning registration for postponed exams.
- Self-notification in cases of absence from exams: one week after the exam.
- Apply for a postponed exam: one week after the exam.
- Apply for an extended submission deadline: before the exam is completed.
If the deadline expires on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, it will be extended to the next working day. In the case of serious illness, the faculty may give an exemption from the deadline.
You do not need to upload documentation on your absence, regardless of the reason for your absence.
Prerequisites for courses in the Autumn semester 2020
If you lack prerequisites for a course in the fall semester 2020 due to conditions related to the corona virus, the faculty may you grant exemption from the prerequisites. You may be required to complete the prerequisites within a certain period of time in order to progress in your study programme.
Contact the faculty's information centre.