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The Study Progress Reform - professional bachelor's degrees, Aarhus BSS

Study progress reform
What does it mean for you?

 

Study progress reform - professional bachelor's degree, Aarhus BSS

The senior management team has decided on a model for the study progress reform II at Aarhus University. The rules apply to Bachelor's of Engineering at Aarhus BSS from 1 September 2017. The study progress reform continually incites that you, as a student, must study full-time and complete your degree programme within the prescribed standard duration.

The model contains rules that apply to all students at Aarhus University, and rules that apply only to students at Aarhus BSS. Note that below mentioned rules only apply to full-time students at professional bachelor's degree programmes (GMM). 

You can continuously keep yourself up-to-date on this page, under news at your study portal, in newsletters and in e-mails from the Studies Administration.

You can read about the general set of rules for AU here.

Maximum duration of study

As a student at Aarhus BSS you are expected to study full-time.

For bachelor and master students this means attending 30 ECTS per semester.

Due to the new study progress reform, maximum duration of study apply to all students. You must therefore pay attention to the rules when you, in the future, register and deregister for courses.

The new rules for maximum duration of your study imply the following:

For professional bachelor’s degree students enrolled from September 2017

For all new students who commence their degree programme on 1 September 2017, the maximum duration of study will be the prescribed standard duration of their degree programme plus 1 year.

If you fail to complete your degree programme within this time frame, you will be withdrawn. You will be withdrawn despite of the number and type of subjects you have failed to pass, and even though you have not actually tried to pass the exams within the prescribed period of study.

Transitional scheme for students enrolled before September 2017

If you commenced studies prior to 1 September 2017, a transitional scheme has been established to enable you to complete the remaining part of your degree programme based on a full-time study period. This means that you will be able to complete your degree programme within the rules and regulations, and within your maximum duration of study.

This is how we calculate your completion date

Your latest completion date is calculated on the basis of your remaining prescribed period of study as of 15 September 2017. Your remaining time of study is calculated in ECTS credits, which are rounded up to whole semesters in the calculation, before converted into the number of remaining semesters. The remaining semesters makes up your remaining prescribed period of study-

If you do not pass your remaining ECTS credits in the prescribed period of study, you have one year to complete your degree programme. One year corresponds to two semesters, including the examination period and possible reexamination. 

Professional bachelor’s degree programmes prescribed for 210 ECTS:

Earned ECTS

Number of semesters remaining

Individual maximum study time

Date for maximum duration of study

0-30

7

7+2=9 semesters

1 March 2022

31-60

6

6+2=8 semesters

1 Sep. 2021

61-90

5

5+2=7 semesters

1 March 2021

91-120

4

4+2=6 semesters

1 Sep. 2020

221-150

3

3+2=5 semesters

1 March 2020

151-180

2

2+2=4 semesters

1 Sep. 2019

181-210 1 1+2=3 semesters 1 March 2019

You can see the date for your maximum duration of study at the student self-service pages under 'Studies'.

Please note that if you do not complete your degree programme within your maximum duration of study, you will be withdrawn from the degree programme. You must therefore make sure that you plan your studies correctly, in order to be able to finish your degree programme within the time frame.

Options for guidance

If you have any questions regarding your maximum duration of study, if you need help planning your study, or if you need to apply for exemption from the latest completion date, you can contact your local student guidance service. Find contact information at your study portal. Please note that it is only possible to get exemption from the latest completion date if special circumstances exist. You can read more about dispensation and special circumstances at your study portal.

Demand for study progress

From 1 September 2017, all students at professional bachelor's degree programmes must pass at least 45 ECTS per academic year. Since the first-year exam is equivalent to 45 ECTS, the requirement that students must earn 45 ECTS credits per academic year does not apply for the first year of the degree programme.

As a general rule, all courses of the study must be organised in a way that allows the student to participate three times in exam activities in enrolled courses. If you choose to change your course of study - for example by deregistering or replacing courses - this means that you may waive the right to three examination attempts in the course. 

If you do not meet the requirement of earning 45 ECTS credits per academic year, you will be withdrawn from your study. The requirement of earning 45 ECTS credits per academic year will apply to all students on professional bachelor's degree programmes from 1 September 2017.

1-st year exam

At all professional bachelor's degree programmes, a first-year exam will be introduced. The first-year exam is equivalent to 45 optional ECTS from the first year (60 ECTS) on your degree programme. The first-year exam must be passed before the end of the first academic year.

This means that even if you have unused examination attempts, you will lose the right to these if the time limit has expired. You cannot get a prolonged time limit for passing the exam because of unused examination attempts.

If there is any risk that you will be unable to fulfil the passing requirements due to for example long-term illness or other special circumstances, it is possible to apply for exemption of the time limit.

Registration for courses and examination

You are automatically registered for compulsory courses in accordance with the academic regulations. If you are registered for a course, you are also registered for the exam.

The deadlines for registration are the following:

November 1-7 for spring semester courses
May 1-7 for autumn semester courses

You can only register and deregister for courses within this period. Deregistration from courses is only possible within the registration period, in which the registration has been made - after the registration period all registrations for courses are binding.

If you are registered for a course, you are automatically registered for the exam in that course.

Students must register for second and third examination attempt.

If you failed an exam and want to inquire about the possibility to attend the course again, you should contact the secretary of your study. Please remember to write your student number.

Always remember your maximum duration of study when you choose to register and deregister for courses and exams.

Exchange

Once you receive a pre-approval for exchange-courses abroad, please make sure to have enough ECTS pre-approved to fulfil the demand for study progress.

Also pay attention to your maximum duration of studies when planning to go abroad.

However, please note that exchange agreements can still contain a requirement for registration for 30 ECTS, if this is included in the exchange agreement.

Read about exchange here.

Parental leave

Most students apply for exemption when going on parental leave. You can apply for exemption for your maximum period of study and for the active enrolment requirements.

Further information on exemptions and parental leave.

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