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The Study Progress Reform - Aarhus BSS

THE STUDY PROGRESS REFORM

How will it affect you?

The new set of rules will be effectuated from September 1, 2016. Below you will find the most important changes to the reform and what to be aware of in the future. Please notice that rules only apply to full-time students except for professional bachelor's.


Maximum duration of studies

As a student at Aarhus BSS it is expected that you are a full-time student.

For bachelor and master students this means 30 ECTS per semester for every semester enrolled.

The maximum period of study for bachelor students at Aarhus BSS is the prescribed period of study plus 12 months. If you fail to complete your degree programme within this time frame, you will be withdrawn. You will be withdrawn irrespective of the number and type of subjects you have failed to pass, even though you have not actually tried to pass the exams in question within the prescribed period of study.

The maximum period of study for master students at Aarhus BSS is the prescribed period of study plus 6 months. If you fail to complete your degree programme within this time frame, you will be withdrawn. You will be withdrawn irrespective of the number and type of subjects you have failed to pass, even though you have not actually tried to pass the exams in question within the prescribed period of study.

Demand for study progress

From September 1, 2016, all students must pass at least 45 ECTS per academic year.

However, students must have had the possibility of attending their exams three times before the rules can be applied. E.g. students must have been offered three exam attempts – not necessarily has attended three times.

If students fail to fulfill the demands for study progress they will be resigned from their study programme. The demand for study progress will be in effect from September 1, 2016, meaning that students are expected to have passed at least 45 ECTS by no later than the ordinary winter exams 2017/2018.

Example:

From September 1, 2016, students must pass at least 45 ECTS per academic year. This means that from September 1 - 30, 2017, students must pass courses for a minimum of 45 ECTS.

However, students must have had the possibility to attend exams three times before they can be resigned from their degree program. This means that students cannot be resigned from their degree program according to the demand for progress until the winter exams 2017/2018 at the earliest. Please notice that if the study committee decides to create exams more often, this deadline can change.

The Master's Thesis

The rules and regulations regarding the Master's thesis will not be changed. Students must comply to the current deadlines for registration for Master's theses, as described at their study portals. There will still be automatic registration for the Master's thesis. Once you have been registered for the master's thesis you cannot deregister. This means that if you do not hand in the thesis before deadline, you will automatically be signed up for 2nd and 3rd attempt.

In accordance with the new rules, all master’s degree students are registered for the Master’s thesis at their fourth semester of their master’s degree programme.  Students who have planned in accordance with the rules  governing  the study progress reform part I, and therefore have legitimate expectations regarding their study plan, meaning that they have not planned to write  their thesis in the fourth semester of their master’s degree programme, must contact Aarhus BSS Study Service (studies.bss@au.dk). This also applies to specific agreements about the duration of the writing period. 

1st-year exams - bachelor degree programs

New demands for 1st-year exams are introduced on all bachelor degree programs from September 1, 2016. The rules will only apply to newly admitted students, who commence their study programs from September 1, 2016. 

The new rules regarding these 1st-year exams will be published before semester start in Summer 2016.

Compulsory registration for courses and exams

From September 1, 2016, there will no longer be a demand for registration for 30 ECTS per semester.

All students will still automatically be registered for compulsory courses in accordance with the academic regulations.

If you are registered for a course, you are also registered for the exam.

 

Please note that if your registration for an elective has been approved you cannot change to another elective (for students at political science there is currently a different set of rules regarding change of electives – contact the student counsellor’s office if you have questions to this).

If you choose to deregister a compulsory course or exam, you must still take this later in your study.

If you deregister an exam in any course, you must still take this later in your study.

Students can deregister from both courses and exams within certain time limits. A deregistration from a course also includes deregistration from the exam. Please note, it is not possible to deregister from the master's thesis once you have startet on this.The deadline for deregistration will be announced as soon as the decision has been made.

Elective courses, exchange and internships

Regarding semesters composed of elective courses; here you may choose freely between the possibilities described in the academic regulations for the degree program in question. It will not be a requirement that you register for 30 ECTS. However, due to demands of study activity and maximum duration of studies it is recommended that students sign up for courses according to the recommended study programme.

However, please note that regarding exchange agreements these may still include requirements about registration for 30 ECTS, as this is part of the exchange agreement.

 

 

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