Suspension, resumption, withdrawal or loss of student status

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What is a suspension?

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

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

What does suspension involve?

  • During the period of suspension 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 suspension;
  • the period of suspension will not be taken into account when assessing merit for the purpose of granting financial aid (scholarships, tuition fee reductions, etc.);
  • the period of suspension will not be considered by assessments leading to loss of student status;
  • however, the period of suspension will be taken into account when attributing speed bonuses for the final grade of Bachelor's degree programmes.

Acceptable reasons and fees for suspension of studies

Acceptable reasons for suspension 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. assistance to non self-sufficient relatives for physical or mental health reasons. Relatives (up to the 2nd degree), children and siblings up to their age, and the student's spouse are considered relatives to the affects of this standard. The non-self-sufficient condition of the relative must be adequately proven and documented.

A suspension made for reasons 3, 4 and 5 is free, while an suspension made for reasons 1 and 2 requires the payment of a fee of 300,00 Euro for each year interrupted.

In the event that you have already paid university tuition for the academic year in which you request the suspesion, no refund will be made, with the exception of the cases referred to in point 4 for which a case by case assessment will be carried out, also in relation to the period of the academic year for which suspension is requested.

Useful period and method of application

The suspension application shall be submitted:

  • for the reasons laid down in points 1, 2, 3 and 5 before the suspension period;
  • for the reasons laid down in point 4, before and after the suspension period.

In order to complete the application, you shall fill in an ad-hoc form and attach:

  • a medical certificate in case of severe and extended infirmity;
  • a photocopy of a valid identity document.

You will then be contacted by the student administration unit  to proceed with the punctual payment of the amounts due (including a 16,00 Euro stamp) directly from your personal area.

The interruption will be effective after payment of the amounts due.

However, we suggest that you start a request for assistance by choosing from the scroll-down menu "Student career and Degree/Suspension, Resumption, Withdrawal and Forfeiture" to know the exact amount of due fees.

What is resumption?

Students enrolled in the Bachelor’s and Master’s courses, who have not renewed their enrollment for at least one academic year for reasons other than those foreseen for the interruption, can resume their studies after the interruption period by submitting an appropriate application.

What it involves

  • 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);
  • 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.

Amounts

The resumption of studies forsees the following amounts:

  • fixed contribution up to a maximum of 3 years: 300,00 Euro per year;
  • flat-rate contribution for a period exceeding 3 years: 1.000,00 Euros.

Useful period and method of application

The request for resumption of studies shall be presented at the beginning of the academic year for which you intend to renew  enrolment.

In order to complete the application, you shall fill in an ad-hoc form and attach a photocopy of a valid identity document.

You will then be contacted by the student career division to proceed to the timely payment of the dues (including a 16.00-Euro revenue stamp) directly from your Reserved Area

The resumption of studies will be effective after the payment of the amounts due.

However, we suggest that you start a request for assistance by choosing from the scroll-down menu "Student career and Degree/Suspension, Resumption, Withdrawal and Forfeiture" to know the exact amount of due fees.

What is withdrawal?

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

It is irrevocable and causes the annulment of the university career you carried out, with the exception of, in case of future registration to another degree program, to request  previously acquired credit recognition through a specific evaluation procedure by the Academic body in charge.

Withdrawal period

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

  • if you enrolled in AY 2019/2020 paying the first installment of the tuition fees and:

    • you submit the application to withdraw from your studies by December 16th 2019  you do not have to deposit the second installment.  Under no circumstances  will  you obtain a refund of the first;
    • you submit the application to withdraw from your studies by March 1th 2020  you do not have to deposit the third installment.  Under no circumstances  will  you obtain a refund of the first and second;
    • you submit the application to withdraw from your studies after March 1th 2020, you must deposit the third installment ( in its entirety or calculated on the basis of the of merit/income in case you can benefit from any reductions), anyway, the right to a refund of the first or second installment will lapse if due.

  • if you enrolled in AY 2018/2019, paying the first instalment of your tuition fees, and you:

    • you submit the application to withdraw from your studies after 28 February 2018, you will be required to pay the second and third installment (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 have just registered  to and open-access program and you submit your withdrawal within  five working days following the deposit of the first installment of the university taxes, you have  the right to a refund of the sum you deposited.

Method of application 

All due fees until the last academic year you have enrolled shall be settled and you shall complete an ad-hoc form and attach:

  • a receipt for the online payment of the 16.00-Euro revenue stamp.
  • a photocopy of a valid identity document.

This may also be accomplished by going to the counter of the L and LM Student Career Division for degree courses and master’s degree courses, bringing a 16.00-Euro revenue stamp and a withdrawal form, available in your Reserved Area under services> forms>withdrawal.

N.B.

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

Once registered, you will have no right to receive a  refund of the first installment of the 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.

If  you are a scholarship recipient  you will have to remit the sums that have been granted to you.

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 who are enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master’s Degree Programme will lose their student status if they not obtained University credits by taking up educational activities (exams for course credits, aptitude tests and internships) for 4 consecutive academic years. 

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.

Last update: 23/12/2019