Suspending your studies

How to suspend your university career for a set period of time (first-cycle, single-cycle, and second-cycle degree programmes).

Cases in which you must request a suspension

You cannot be enrolled in two degree programmes at the same time, therefore you must request a suspension of your university career (first-cycle, second-cycle, and single-cycle degree programmes), for the relevant period, if:

  • You enrol in a specialization school, in a PhD programme, in a first- or second-level Professional Master's programme, in a course listed in Ministerial Decree 249/2010 – for the entire duration of the programme.
  • You hold a research fellowship position at a university – for the entire duration of the contract.

Cases in which you may request a suspension

Based on the new Student Regulations you can request a university career suspension (first-cycle, second-cycle, and single-cycle degree programmes), for a given period, if:

  • You intend to enrol in an Italian military training institute (also working under agreements with public universities) – until you complete the programme.
  • You are inducted into mandatory military service in your country of origin – for the entire duration of the service.
  • You intend to sign up for a period of civil service – for the academic year in which it is carried out.
  • You intend to sign up for a period of European Voluntary Service – for the academic year in which it is carried out.
  • You intend to enrol in a degree programme of Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance (AFAM) in Italy, recognised by MIUR, except Music Conservatories – for the entire duration of the programme.
  • You are about to become a parent (both parents can apply for a suspension) – for the academic year in which the baby is born, or following the birth.
  • If you have a serious illness confirmed by a medical certificate, lasting at least 6 months, for the relevant academic year or the following academic years – for the entire duration of the illness, but for a period no greater than the standard duration of the degree programme.
  • A close family member has a serious illness confirmed by a medical certificate, lasting at least 6 months, for whom you have an obligation of care – for a period no greater than the standard duration of the degree programme.
  • The economic and financial condition of your family unit has drastically changed following redundancy, furlough due to company crisis (supported by appropriate documentation) – for a period no greater than the standard duration of the degree programme.
  • You are serving a custodial sentence – for a period no longer than the standard duration of the degree programme.

Other cases of suspension of studies for the purposes of continuing studies abroad are governed by specific agreements between participating universities.

How to suspend your studies

If you are planning on suspending your studies:

During the suspension period

During the suspension period:

  • You are not required to pay university tuition fees.
  • You cannot carry out any degree-related activities (sit exams, change or present a study plan, request recognitions for learning activities, study abroad with the Erasmus programme, graduate).

How to return to study after the suspension period

From 1 October of the academic year in which you intend to return to study, follow this procedure:

  • Go to Studenti Online and, in the suspension file, click on Return to Study; if you applied for the suspension before the online procedure was activated, you will need to contact your Student Administration Office.
  • Send an email to the Student Administration Office of your degree programme to ask for the payment code of any outstanding tuition fees for the academic years prior to the suspension to be uploaded to Studenti Online; you will have to pay them in full for the year in which you resume your studies and carry out degree-related activities. No recognition fee is due.
  • Pay any outstanding tuition fees, as explained on Studenti Online.

Students with non-European Union citizenship residing abroad (non-EU students)

Interrupting your studies may affect the requirements you need to meet to stay in Italy and your position with regard to immigration regulations in Schengen territories. Contact the International Desk to check your situation.