Registration Duty


According to the Universities Act (558/2009), all university students must register as attending or non-attending each academic year.

The registration duty applies to all degree students on bachelor, master and doctoral level.

Students who attend lectures and exercises, complete exams or write theses should register as attending. Also students who complete minor subject studies or exchange studies outside the university must register as attending at their home university.

Students who register as non-attending cannot take part in the courses organised by the university and they cannot be members of the Student Union. You may register as non-attending e.g. because of a maternity leave. If you wish to continue your studies, you may change your registration into attending at any point during the academic year.

As of 2017, the University of Vaasa charges tuition fees according to the Finnish Parliament Decision. The fees apply to new students who start their studies in Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that. According to the Universities Act, all the university students who have been admitted to programmes leading to a lower or higher university degree shall belong to the Student Union.  The costs incurring from activities geared to implementing the purpose and remit of the student union shall be defrayed e.g. from membership fees, which are controlled by the university.

Those who have not registered by the deadline will be removed from the student register. In addition to the student union membership fee, a late registration fee of 35 euros is collected from students who register after the deadline. The study right may be activated again if students submit a written application to the university. The decisions are made by the schools.

Please see section Registration for the Academic Year for more details about the payment.