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Leave of absence from study programmes

All programme students may apply for leave of absence. You can apply for either general leave without attaching documentation or leave on the basis of documented needs. 

Who can appy?

  • All programme students may apply for leave of absence. Single course students cannot apply for leave.
  • If you need leave already in your first semester, you should usually apply for a postponed start of studies instead of leave of absence.
  • If you are going on parental leave, you should apply for leave on the basis of documented needs, since there are separate rules for students on parental leave.
  • If you need help planning your studies, you can turn to the contact point which is listed on the program page.

General leave without attaching documentation

You can apply for up to two semesters of general leave from the study programme without giving a reason and without attaching documentation. You can apply for two semesters of continuous leave or one semester at a time.

You can be granted leave for one semester only if the structure of the programme makes it possible. If this is not possible, you must apply for leave for two semesters.

In some cases you can only apply for leave on the basis of documented needs:

  • Clinical Nutrition, Dentistry and Medicine - in the middle of courses over several semesters.
  • Master's programmes at the Faculty of Humanities - the fourth semester or later.
  • Master's programmes at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Leave on the basis of documented needs

If you have special needs for leave, you can apply for leave on the basis of documented needs:

  • Parental leave
  • Conscription
  • Illness (yourself or someone in your care)
  • Full-time-position as a student or democratically elected representative
  • Other weighty reasons beyond your own control

You document the application with a confirmation of expected date of delivery / birth certificate, conscription card, medical certificate, confirmation of a full-time position or other equivalent documentation.

If the need for leave on the basis of documented needs arises after the application deadline, you can apply after the deadline. In these cases, you can also get leave for the rest of the semester.

Application deadline

Dental Hygiene, Dentistry and Medicine

  • 1 November for the spring semester.
  • 1 May for the autumn semester.

Medicine, Dentistry and Dental Hygiene have a limited number of places in each year group. Read more about prioritization when you return from leave:

At medicine, students can apply for leave due to illness until 1 November for the autumn semester and until 1 May for the spring semester.

The professional programme in psychology

Application deadlines for the semesters 1-6:

  • 1 February for the spring semester.
  • 1 September for the autumn semester.

Application deadlines for the semesters 7-12:

  • 15 September for the spring semester.
  • 15 March for the autumn semester.

Study programmes at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • 31 December for the spring semester.
  • 30 June for the autumn semester.

All other study programmes

  • 1 February for the spring semester.
  • 1 September for the autumn semester.

Application form

If you are applying for leave from several study programmes, you should send one application for each programme.

How the application is processed

The application and any documentation is sent to the faculty in a secure way through an encrypted web form.

You usually receive an answer from the faculty within one month. If it takes longer to process the application, you will receive a preliminary answer as to why it takes longer.

You have the right to appeal the faculty's decisions on leave of absence. The Central Appeals Committee at UiO is the appeal body in this type of case.

You should be aware that during your absence there may be changes in the study programme that have an impact on your further course of study.

Questions?

Contact the faculty's information centre.

 

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Published Oct. 1, 2020 12:09 PM - Last modified Oct. 21, 2020 7:31 PM