Loss of student status

Article 19 of the Student Regulation of Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna governs the loss of student status. 
If you do not obtain all the credits envisaged in your study plan by the established deadlines, you will lose your student status and will be unable to continue your University studies.

The above deadlines vary, depending on the year of matriculation and the type of degree programme in which you are enrolled. The various situations are described below.

ENROLMENTS FROM THE 2017/2018 ACADEMIC YEAR

If you enrolled with the University system for the first time from the 2017/18 academic year, you will lose your student status in the following circumstances:

  • if you are enrolled in a Degree Programme: student status is lost after 8 academic years have elapsed from your first matriculation. In all cases, student status is lost if, at the end of the third academic year of the programme (31 March), you have not obtained at least 66 University educational credits;
  • if you are enrolled in a Combined Bachelor and Master degree programme: student status is lost after 12 (for programmes with a normal duration of 5 years) or 14 (for programmes with a normal duration of 6 years) academic years have elapsed from your first matriculation. In all cases, student status is lost if, at the end of respectively the fifth or the sixth academic year of the programme (31 March), you have not obtained at least 120 or 140 University educational credits;
  • if you are enrolled in a Second cycle degree programme: student status is lost after 5 academic years have elapsed from your first matriculation. In all cases, student status is lost if, at the end of the second academic year of the programme (31 March), you have not obtained at least 48 University educational credits.

ENROLMENTS BETWEEN THE 2008/09 ACADEMIC YEAR AND THE 2016/17 ACADEMIC YEAR INCLUSIVE

If you enrolled with the University system for the first time between the 2008/09 academic year and the 2016/17 academic year inclusive, in degree programmes envisaged by Min. Decree 270/04 or governed by Min. Decree 509/99, you will lose your student status if you do not obtain all the credits envisaged in your study plan by the deadlines described below.

IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN A FIRST CYCLE DEGREE/BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMME

  • student status is lost if you are enrolled in the third year “fuori corso” (past the envisaged completion date) for the fourth time;
  • student status is not lost if you are enrolled in the third year “fuori corso” for the fourth time and, by 31 March in the loss-of-status academic year, you have obtained at least 105 University educational credits. In this last case, you have an additional five academic years to obtain all the credits envisaged in your study plan.

IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN A SECOND CYCLE/TWO YEAR MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMME

  • student status is lost if you are enrolled in the second year “fuori corso” for the fourth time;
  • student status is not lost if you are enrolled in the second year “fuori corso” for the fourth time and, by 31 March in the loss-of-status academic year, you have obtained at least 90 University educational credits. In this last case, you have an additional two academic years to obtain all the credits envisaged in your study plan.

IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN A SECOND CYCLE/COMBINED BACHELOR AND MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMME (WITH A DURATION OF FIVE YEARS)

  • student status is lost if you are enrolled in the fifth year “fuori corso” for the sixth time;
  • student status is not lost if you are enrolled in the fifth year “fuori corso” for the sixth time and, by 31 March in the loss-of-status academic year, you have obtained at least 240 credits.  In this last case, you have an additional three academic years to obtain all the credits envisaged in your study plan.

IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN A SECOND CYCLE/COMBINED BACHELOR AND MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMME (WITH A DURATION OF SIX YEARS)

  • student status is lost if you are enrolled in the sixth year “fuori corso” for the seventh time;
  • student status is not lost if you are enrolled in the sixth year “fuori corso” for the seventh time and, by 31 March in the loss-of-status academic year, you have obtained at least 300 credits. In this last case, you have an additional three academic years to obtain all the credits envisaged in your study plan.

ENROLMENTS IN OR BEFORE THE 2007/2008 ACADEMIC YEAR

If you enrolled with the University system for the first time in or before the 2007/08 academic year, you will lose your student status if you do not sit any exams or final assessments for eight consecutive academic years from the year of your last exam or last regular enrolment in the degree programme, if more favourable.

If you gave your diploma to the Student administration office, you can request its return by completing the request form [.doc].

COMMON RULES GOVERNING LOSS OF STUDENT STATUS

  • student status is lost immediately the above situations arise, without need for prior communication and/or discussion. You can check your status on Student online (online record book);
  • the academic year ends on 31/3 of the year following that of enrolment. For example, if your student status will be lost in the 2017/18 academic year, the end of the academic year (and therefore the loss-of-status year) is 31/03/2019;
  • if you only need to sit the final examination, your student status is never lost regardless of the regulations governing your degree programme;
  • the payment of tuition fees does not change the deadlines for the loss of student status;
  • the credits/exams needed to interrupt the loss of student status must be properly recorded;
  • if you interrupt your studies, the years of interruption count as years “fuori corso” (past the envisaged completion date);
  • if you suspend your studies, pursuant to and in the manner described in art. 17 of the Student Regulations, the years of suspension are not counted for loss-of-status purposes;
  • repetition years are counted for loss-of-status purposes (equivalent in this case to the number of years enrolled “fuori corso”); 
  • if you are a student with a legal disability status of 66% or more, or are eligible for the benefits provided by Law 104/1992, or have diagnosed specific learning disabilities (SLD), you can request a specific resolution regarding your loss-of-status deadlines, regardless of your year of first matriculation. Complete the application form [.doc] in full, sign it and give it to the Student administration office in the year prior to the expected loss-of-status deadline, at least one month beforehand (February). The request will be assessed by a special Committee and may involve an interview.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOSE YOUR STUDENT STATUS

If you have lost your student status and intend to start a new University career at the University of Bologna, you must enrol again in the first year of a degree programme. You can however ask the Degree Programme Board to consider recognising your previous credits, in whole or in part. If you have lost your student status at the University of Bologna and intend to enrol again for the same degree programme (if still active) by the academic year subsequent to that in which your student status was lost, you will be exonerated from the entrance exam for locally-decided restricted access degree programmes.