Interruption, withdrawal, or loss of student status

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What is an interruption?

Students enrolled in first- or second-cycle degree programmes may interrupt their studies for a period of no less than one academic year for reasons (outlined below) preventing regular attendance.

You may not interrupt your studies during the first year of a limited access degree programme.

What does interruption involve?

  • During the period of interruption you will not be allowed to carry out any career steps (for example, submit your study plan, take exams, change degree programme, change from the old to the new university system).
  • Moreover, ECTs acquired during attendance of the new study programme will not be recognised following the period of interruption.
  • The period of interruption will not be taken into account when assessing merit for the purpose of granting financial aid (scholarships, tuition fee reductions, etc.).
  • The period of interruption will not be considered by assessments leading to loss of student status.
  • However, the period of interruption will be taken into account when attributing speed bonuses for the final grade of Bachelor's degree programmes.

Acceptable reasons and fees for interruption of studies

Acceptable reasons for interruption of studies are listed below:

  1. military or civilian service, for the academic year in which service is mainly carried out;
  2. enrolment in other university programmes. You do not need to interrupt your studies if enrolling in institutes of music (conservatories) or in other non-university courses;
  3. birth of a child or adoption, this applies exclusively to the academic year corresponding to the year of birth or adoption. In this case interruption may be requested by either the father or mother of the child;
  4. serious prolonged illness, subject to provision of certification;
  5. general reasons, subject to provision of appropriate documentation/certification.

You will be required to pay a flat fee of 100.00 euros per academic year of interruption. In case of interruption for general reasons you will be required to pay 300.00 euros per academic year.

Deadlines and procedures

Depending upon the reasons for interruption you should submit your request as follows:

  • for the reasons listed in points 1,2 and 3, you must apply before the period of interruption;
  • for the reasons listed in point 4, you may apply either before or after the period of interruption;
  • for the reasons listed in point 5, you may apply when you resume your studies.

Should you be forced to interrupt your studies during the course of the academic year due to illness you may be entitled to reimbursement of all or part of your tuition fees (subject to the provision of appropriate certification and at the discretion of the office concerned).

In order for your application to be finalised you need to submit the following to the Student Administration Unit (Bachelor's and Master's degrees):

  • interruption request;
  • medical certificate in the event of serious prolonged illness;
  • self-certification to document your interruption request for general reasons;
  • 16.00 euro revenue stamp;
  • receipt for payments owed for each year of interruption;
  • receipt for payment of first instalment of fees for enrolment in the academic year in which you wish to resume your studies.

Payments must be made by bank transfer.
We advise you contact the Student Administration Unit (Bachelor's and Master's degrees) beforehand to find out the exact amount of fees owed ( carriere.studenti@unive.it).

The procedure can also be carried out by sending all the requested documentation and a photocopy of your ID by registered mail with return receipt to the following address: Università Ca' Foscari – Settore Carriere Studenti L e LM, Ca' Foscari, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice.

What is withdrawal?

Withdrawal is the official statement of your intention to give up your university studies.

Withdrawal is irrevocable and involves the cancellation of your university career. However, should you decide to enrol in a new degree programme you may be able to get your prior exams recognised and acquire credits following an assessment by the teaching board responsible aimed at confirming the relevance of knowledge acquired during your previous career.

Withdrawal period

You may withdraw from your studies at any time. Bear in mind that:

  • if you enrolled in AY 2017/2018, paying the first instalment of your tuition fees, and you:

    • submit your withdrawal request by 1 March 2018, you will not be required to pay the second instalment but nor will you be entitled to reimbursement of the first instalment;
    • submit your withdrawal request after 1 March 2018, you will be required to pay the second instalment (either the maximum amount or calculated according to your merit/income status if you are entitled to a reduction), but you will nevertheless lose the right to an eventual reimbursement.

  • if you enrolled in AY 2016/2017, paying the first instalment of your tuition fees, and you:

    • submit your withdrawal request by 1 March 2017, you will not be required to pay the second instalment but nor will you be entitled to reimbursement of the first instalment;
    • submit your withdrawal request after 1 March 2017, you will be required to pay the second instalment (either the maximum amount or calculated according to your merit/income status if you are entitled to a reduction), but you will nevertheless lose the right to an eventual reimbursement.

Procedure

You must have settled all tuition fees up to the last academic year in which you enrolled and submit the following to the Student Administration Unit (Bachelor's and Master's degrees):

The procedure can be carried out by sending all the requested documentation and a photocopy of your ID by registered mail with return receipt to the following address: Università Ca' Foscari – Settore Carriere Studenti L e LM, Ca' Foscari, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice. You can also send the documentation by e-mail to  carriere.studenti@unive.it 

If you were an eligible/successful applicant for a scholarship in the last academic year.

N.B.

Remember that if you have paid the first instalment of your university tuition fees and fail to pay the second instalment, this does not mean you have withdrawn from your studies: you must formalise your withdrawal by carrying out the steps described above.

After matriculation, you will not be entitled to reimbursement of the first instalment of your tuition fees.

If you were eligible or a recipient of a regional scholarship and you decide to withdraw from your studies, you should contact the Financial Aid Unit: you will lose the right to financial aid and will be required to pay any outstanding tuition fees. You will also be required to pay back any scholarship money that you may have received.

What is loss of student status?

Loss of student status means that any learning activities carried out during the course of your career (exams, traineeships, aptitude tests) will be cancelled.

When?

  • Students enrolled full time in a Bachelor's degree programme will lose their student status if they do not obtain their degree within 6 academic years.
  • Students enrolled full-time in a Master's degree programme will lose their student status if they do not obtain their degree within 5 academic years.
  • The length of time is doubled for part-time students:

    • 12 years for first-cycle degree programmes:
    • 10 years for second-cycle degree programmes.

If students have studied as both full- and part-time students, the length of time is calculated in proportion to these periods.

Periods of interruption of studies are not taken into account for the purpose of loss of student status.

Both periods of study will be calculated for the purpose of loss of student status in the case of intra-university transfers (students who have changed to another degree programme offered by Ca’ Foscari).

In the case of inter-university transfers (students who have come to Ca’ Foscari from another university) calculations for loss of student status start from the time of their enrolment at Ca' Foscari.

Who does this apply to?

Due to the new rules in force, loss of student status applies to those matriculating at Università Ca' Foscari from a.y. 2014/2015 onwards, including those matriculating after withdrawal or prior loss of student status and those matriculating after having obtained a university qualification, regardless of the year of admission.

Loss of student status will not be applied to students who have passed all exams except their final graduation exam or to students who enrolled up to a.y. 2013/2014.

What can you do

Loss of student status only ends your old university career; students who have been affected by loss of student status can later matriculate to a Bachelor's and Master's degree programme as either a full-time or part-time status, and request the recognition of any credits that you may have previously obtained.