If you plan to take parental leave while enrolled in your degree programme, you have two options. You can apply for leave of absence or you can apply for exemption. The two options differ both regarding your study planning and financially.,
Exemption for parental leave
You can apply for exemption from your board of studies. This means that you can continue to:
In the below boxes you can find information about what to do in connection with exemption for parental leave.
Leave of absence
If you apply for leave of absence due to childbirth, please note, you cannot take classes, take exams or receive SU during a leave of absence. Find more information here at your study portal under Counselling / Leave of absence. An application for leave of absence is processed via AU’s admission office.
You can apply for parental leave while enrolled in a degree programme. If you wish to do so, you must send in an application for extension of the maximum period of study to your board of studies. The extension must correspond to the number of semesters in which you plan to take parental leave.
When applying for parental leave, please note:
We encourage you to talk to a student counsellor, if you need help to plan your degree programme and your parental leave.
If you are in the process of writing your Master's thesis, there are other rules. For more information on this, go to the below box.
You can apply for an exemption to put your thesis period on hold during your parental leave.
When you apply for parental leave during your thesis period, please note the following rules:
Here at your study portal, under Student counselling /Exemption, you can find information on how to submit your application for exemption for parental leave.
Remember to include:
When you apply for dispensation for parental leave, remember to include one of the following kinds of documentation:
As a mother (or primary parent):
As a father (or co-parent):
You must apply for parental payments. If you have questions to this, please go to the educational grant and loan scheme’s webpage or contact their office at AU.