Skip to main content

Changes in your education?

Have you studied something at a different educational institution and wish to apply for this to be approved and recognised as part of your studies at UiS? Or do you need to apply for a leave of absence, change in individual education plan or extension of your entitlement to study because of sickness or another factor?

Publisert: Endret:
Contact a student advisor

Student advisors are responsible for issues relating to their respective study programmes.

Press here to get an overview of the student advisors at UiS.

Maintenance of personal information

Have you received a new residential address, telephone number or e-mail address?

Please remember to update the information in StudentWeb. You are responsible for ensuring that your personal information is correct at all times.

If you have studied something at a different educational institution, and wish to apply for this to be approved and recognised as part of your studies at UiS, you will have to submit an application.

If you find that you are under too much pressure with your studies and are not sure whether you will manage to continue your studies as planned, there are a number of alternatives. These include applying for a leave of absence, extension of your entitlement to study, or transfer to part-time studies on courses that allow this. You can also contact the study adviser for your study programme for an evaluation of whether it is possible to change your individual education plan and allow you to continue your studies.

If you are not sure whether you have chosen the right programme and want to discuss this with someone, you can contact the Student Advisory Service at UiS. In some cases, it is also possible to apply to change your study programme without reapplying for admission.

Approval/recognition of courses in your individual education plan

Once you have been granted admission to a study programme at the University of Stavanger, you may apply for courses you have taken at other educational establishments to be approved/registered on your individual education plan.

1. Complete the application form Recognition of external courses or part of programmes in Studentweb.

Attach certified copies of diplomas/grade transcripts and course descriptions, including reading lists. Applications that are insufficiently documented will not be processed.

2. Approve your individual education plan on StudentWeb. If your courses have been recognised, the administrative staff will have amended your individual education plan.

3. If your courses have been recognised, it may be a good idea to notify the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) that you will be generating fewer credits than usual. The university automatically sends a notification to the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) about the number of credits you have taken per semester.

Applications for approval/recognition are processed from the end of August onwards. You will receive written notification of the outcome of your application from the department. 

For more information about the approval of courses, see Regulations relating to examinations at the University of Stavanger.

Leave of absence from your studies

Are you pregnant, or is your health affecting your ability to continue your studies as planned? If so, applying for a leave of absence from your studies may be an alternative.

The entitlement to leave of absence for pregnant women is regulated in the Act relating to universities and university colleges section 4–5:

A student who gives birth to a child during her course shall be granted the right to leave from the course during pregnancy and for care of the child. The student shall continue to have the status of student at the institution during the period of leave, and is entitled to resume her studies at a level corresponding to that attained prior to the leave.

The entitlement to leave of absence for other reasons is regulated in the Regulations relating to examinations at UiS. Students may be granted up to one year's leave of absence. If leave is granted, this means that the time assigned for the studies must be extended accordingly. The Dean may stipulate other rules and conditions regarding the granting of leave of absence from studies.

The various faculties have different rules and conditions regarding the granting of leave of absence. Please contact your study programme's student advisor for more information about the conditions of leave of absence.

To apply for leave of absence please use the form "Application regarding leave of absence from studies at UiS"  in our digital service desk and attach the necessary documentation.

You may apply for leave of absence at any time during the year.

You must be an active student in order to apply for leave of absence. If you are a new student and are not able to start your studies during the semester for which you have been admitted, you will have to apply for a place to be reserved for you the following year. This application should be sent to the admissions office at UiS. Read more about reserving a place.

Only students who have been admitted to a study programme may apply for leave of absence. Students who have been admitted to individual courses will not be granted leave of absence.

You should not apply for leave of absence from a period of study abroad, if this is an integrated part of your study programme.

It will not be possible for you to sit exams during the leave of absence. If you wish to sit an exam in one or more courses, you will have to apply to change your individual education plan and if necessary to extend your entitlement to study, and not apply for a leave of absence.

If you have been granted leave of absence, this may result in changes to your individual education plan. You will therefore need to check whether there have been any changes to your individual education plan. After the leave of absence has ended, it is the university's aim to ensure that as far as practically possible, students are able to resume their studies as quickly as possible. However, this means that you will not necessarily be entitled to resume your studies immediately after your leave of absence has ended. Please contact the student advisor for your study programme for more information and about how to register with your updated individual education plan.

Illness

Do you have a functional impairment or are you suffering from an illness that is affecting your studies? If so, you should consider applying for special adjustments or leave of absence.

Many students need special adjustments during their studies – whether this is for short periods or for the entire programme. This is something that you can apply for if you have a functional impairment or health problems that make it difficult for you to sit exams. See more information regarding special examination arrangements.

To apply, find the form "Application for special arrangements during exams" in our digital service desk.

If your functional impairment or health problems result in absence from your studies, you may consider applying for leave of absence. See information above.

Changing your individual education plan or changing to part-time studies

If it is not possible for you to complete your studies in the normal time allowed, an alternative might be for you to apply to change your individual education plan or become a part-time student instead. Some study programmes at UiS are available as part-time studies.

When you are admitted to a study programme at UiS, you are normally allocated one year's extra entitlement to study, in addition to the normal time.  In some cases, students want or need to apply to change their individual education plan. For example, a student may wish to spread a three-year bachelor's degree programme over four years. If you would like to do this, it is important to read the descriptions of your study programme description and course carefully, to ensure that you fulfill the progression requirements of your study programme. Progression requirements or prerequisite knowledge requirements will state that you must have passed the exam in one or more courses before you can be admitted to the next course in the study programme.

Contact the study advisor for your study programme for more information, or find the application form in our digital service desk.

If it is possible to apply for a transfer directly from full-time to part-time study, without reapplying for admission, you will have to contact the student advisor for your study programme for more information.

Extensions to entitlement to study

If it is not possible for you to complete your studies within the allocated time, one alternative may be to apply for an extension to your entitlement to study.

When you are admitted to a study programme at UiS, you are normally allocated one year's extra entitlement to study, in addition to the normal time.  In some cases, students need to apply for an extension to their entitlement to study. In accordance with the Regulations relating to examinations at UiS, the Dean may grant an extension of the entitlement to study for up to one year, in special circumstances or if the study is nearing completion.

You can apply for an extension to your entitlement to study in the digital service desk.

Contact the student advisor for your study programme for more information.

Changing course

Have you been granted admission to a course at an external educational institution and would like to take that course instead? Or do you want to change an elective course within your study programme?

Changing elective courses

You can change elective courses in StudentWeb, but be aware that some study programmes do not have many courses from which to choose. Contact the student advisor for your study programme if you are unsure about which subjects can be approved as elective courses on your study programme. Any course changes must be made by the semester registration deadline of 1 September for the autumn semester, and 1 February for the spring semester.

Adding courses to your individual education plan

For some study programmes, you have to add elective courses to your individual education plan yourself. You can find a list of the elective courses applicable for your individual education plan on StudentWeb, or via the programme description for your study programme.

If you have been granted admission to courses at an external educational institution and want to take a replacement course at UiS instead, it is sometimes possible to add this to your individual education plan. Otherwise, you will have to apply for admission to the course you want via single course admission, before the deadlines of 1 August for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Please note that UiS cannot guarantee that the examination dates for different courses will not clash, if you decide to sit an exam in a subject outside the study programme to which you have been granted admission.

Withdrawing from your studies

Are you unsure about whether you have chosen the right programme, or find that you are under too much pressure with your studies? If so, please contact a student advisor to talk about different alternatives that may help you continue with your studies. If you have decided to withdraw from your studies before completing the full programme, you should also notify the university of this.

Advice

Do you feel under too much pressure with your studies and are not sure whether you will manage to continue your studies as planned? If so, please contact the study adviser for your study programme for an evaluation of whether it will be possible to change your individual education plan and allow you to continue your studies. If you are not sure whether you have chosen the right programme and want to discuss this with someone before you withdraw from your programme, please contact the Student Advisory Service at UiS or the student advisor for your study programme.

Withdrawal registration

We can terminate your entitlement to study if you wish to withdraw from your study programme. This would mean that you would not receive reminders for unpaid semester fees or other fees later in the semester. Please note that if you withdraw from your study programme, you will have to re-apply if you want to re-join that programme.

If you want to withdraw from you studies, please hand in your withdrawal form in the digital service desk.

Grade transcript

If you need documentation for courses that you have already completed, you can order a grade transcript via StudentWeb.

You may also be interested in

UNIS – study in Svalbard

By taking a semester at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), you will encounter an exciting and international acade...

Outbound exchange

Where and when can I go? Here you will find the information you need to go on an exchange during your studies.

Apply for outbound exchange

Students at the University of Stavanger start the application process the semester before they plan to travel on an exch...

Bjergsted: Study Administration

Do you need help? Here you can see who helps with what in the study administration at the Faculty of Performing Arts.

Solve challenges from regional industries and get 10 ECTS

InGenious- Sustainability and innovation driven program

Information for Students at Bjergsted Campus

Welcome to a new academic year! Find all the information you need about the start of studies at Bjergsted Campus.

Bjergsted: Borrow equipment

All students studying at Bjergsted campus can borrow equipment for study-related concerts and projects.

Bjergsted: Rehearsal rooms for students

Students and staff at the Faculty of Performing Arts can book rooms for individual activities at the faculty.

Bjergsted: Schedule and teaching for students

At the Faculty of Performing Arts, the academic year is divided into mainly three different categories: Regular teaching...

Bjergsted: Opening hours and keys

At Campus Bjergsted, you need your own key tag to get around inside the buildings.

Bjergsted: Requirements for attendance at teaching and projects

Requirements for attendance at the Faculty of Performing Arts (UK) are an elaboration of the course descriptions' requir...

Welcome to the library!

We hope that you will use the library and the services that we offer.

Diploma, transcript of records, and credit system

After passing the exam or completing a degree at UiS, you can receive documentation of achieved results.

Innovation Award for Master´s Students 2021

To promote increased innovation in the region, Rogaland County Council has established a prize for master's students in ...

MAKE A REAL IMPACT: Join international teams to solve real-life challenges!

Challenges are back! For the autumn semester we invite UiS students to join ECIU University challenges and micro-modules...

Eight simple pieces of advice: How to study smartly

You can secure your dream job by completing a course of study with good grades. Here you will learn how to work efficien...

The Collaboration Portal – register and find assignment topics

Do you have suggestions for bachelors or master's theses? In the Collaboration Portal, you can register your own suggest...

Formal deadlines

The deadline for withdrawal from exams is usually 14 days before the date of the exam (7 days for postponed exams/resits...

Entitlements and obligations

On this page you'll find information about entitlement to study and ethical guidelines for students at UiS.

Find study programmes and courses

Already a student at UiS? Search for your study programme and courses for the current academic year.

Instructional Support

Instructional Support is part of the Quality System for Education at University of Stavanger (UiS), and includes all sys...

Useful information for inbound exchange and internship students after starting your studies at UiS

You have now registered your IT account and signed up for courses. Here are some useful information about your stay here...

Learning Support Center

The Learning Support Center offers individual guidance to students at UiS who experience academic challenges.

Checklist for processing personal data

Here is a list of some of the things you need to do before you start processing personal data.

I supervise students

When personal data, health data or other special categories of personal data (sensitive personal data) are to be used in...

Processing of personal data in bachelor's and master's theses at UiS

If you as a student are going to write a bachelor's or master's thesis and need to use personal information and / or hea...

Privacy: I am going to stream or record tuition

If you are going to make a recording of a lecture, a course or a seminar which you are lecturing at, you are obliged to ...

Privacy: I am teaching

Teachers are responsible for ensuring that the privacy of those who participate in the teaching is respected. This also ...

Privacy: I am a researcher

If you are going to use personal data in your research, either general or special categories of personal data (sensitive...

Privacy Policy at UiS

Privacy is about ensuring that we all have the opportunity to make decisions about all information which relates to us p...

Privacy

Privacy is about being in control of the information that is available about you on the internet. We have a fundamental ...

Students must have their own laptop

It is a requirement that all students at the University of Stavanger must have their own laptop.

Questions and answers about home exams

Below you will find answers on how to prepare for a digital home exam, what you do if you have technical problems, how t...

Thesis writing at Faculty of Science and Technology

Information concerning thesis writing for bachelor and master students at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Guide for new students

Step by step guide to registration for new students.

Contact a student advisor

Student advisors are responsible for issues relating to their respective study programmes. They can help you with issues...

Academic misconduct

The University of Stavanger reacts strictly against academic misconduct and attempt at academic misconduct. Both general...

Documentation for outbound Erasmus+ students

You must complete these documents within the set deadlines. Completed documents are a requirement to receive an Erasmus+...

COVID-19 pandemic information for inbound exchange students

New information about the COVID-19 pandemic for inbound exchange students will be published here.