Loss of student status

Student status is lost, and it is no longer possible to continue your university career, if you have not obtained all the learning credits laid down in your study plan within the set time limits.

The terms for loss of student status depend on the degree programme system your programme is registered under, and are indicated in art.19 of the Student Regulation:

If you registered for the first time in the university system from academic year 2008/09 to academic year 2016/17 to programmes running under DM 270/04 or governed by DM 509/99, you lose your student status if you do not obtain all the learning credits laid down in your study plan by:

  • the fourth academic year of registration as not aligned to the exam schedule (or by 31 March 2017 if an extension was given), if you are registered to a first cycle degree programme. You do not lose your student status by that date if, on 31 March of the academic year in which you would lose your status, you have obtained at least 105 ECTS. In this case you have five more academic years for obtaining all the credits laid down in your study plan.
  • fifth or sixth academic year of registration as not aligned to the exam schedule plus one, if you are registered to a single cycle degree programme, lasting either 5 or 6 years. You do not lose your student status by that date if, on 31 March of the academic year in which you would lose your status, you have obtained at least 240 and 300 credits respectively for a programme lasting either 5 or 6 years. In this case you have three more academic years for obtaining all the credits laid down in your study plan.
  • the fourth academic year of registration  as not aligned to the exam schedule (or by 31 March 2017 if an extension was given), if you are registered to a second cycle degree programme. You do not lose your student status by that date if, on 31 March of the academic year in which you would lose your status, you have obtained at least 90 ECTS. In this case you have two more academic years for obtaining all the credits laid down in your study plan.

If you registered for the first time in the university system by academic year 2007/08, you lose your student status if you have not sat any exams for eight consecutive academic years since the year of your last exam or last registration, whichever is the more favourable.

The same methods described above apply also if you are a part time student.

For the purpose of loss of student status, the years in which you were registered as a repeating student and any years of interruption of studies are equivalent to being registered and not aligned to the exam schedule.

If you register for the first time in the university system from academic year 2017/18, loss of student status is governed as described below:

a) if you are registered to a first cycle degree programme, you will lose your student status eight academic years after your first registration.  In any case you will lose your student status if, at the end of the third academic year of the programme (31 March) you have not obtained at least 66 ECTS;

b) if you are registered to a single cycle degree programme, you will lose your student status after 12 or 14 academic years from first registration if the normal duration of the programme is respectively 5 or 6 years. In any case you will lose your student status if, respectively at the end of the fifth or sixth academic year of the programme (31 March) you have not obtained at least 120 or 140 ECTS;

c) if you are registered to a second cycle degree programme, you will lose your student status five academic years after your first registration.  In any case you will lose your student status if, at the end of the second academic year of the programme (31 March) you have not obtained at least 48 ECTS.

You should also remember that:

  • For the purpose of loss of student status, the years of interruption of studies laid down in art.17 of the  Student Regulations are not counted.
  • If you only have to sit the final examination, you will not lose your student status, whatever degree programme system you were registered under.
  • loss of student status occurs directly in the event of any of the above-indicated conditions, without any prior notice being sent to the students concerned.

If you have lost your student status and wish to start a new university career at the University of Bologna, you must register again. You may request that any previous ECTS be assessed by the Degree Programme Board for the purpose of full or partial recognition. If you lost your student status at the University of Bologna and wish to re-register to the same degree programme within the academic year after that in which you lost your student status, you are exempted from sitting the entrance exam if the degree programme has local restricted access. 

For students with civil invalidity of at least 66%, students possessing the benefits laid down in Italian law no. 104/1992 and students with specific learning difficulties (DSA), specific terms for loss of student status may be decided by the competent bodies. The request will be assessed by a special board. Download the application form.

The application form must be submitted to the Student Administration Department no earlier than 1 year prior to the term for loss of student status, so that the appointed Board can assess the application via an interview.