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Study completion delays due to exceptional circumstances or force majeure

Last modified on 15-04-2022
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What is a study completion delay due to force majeure? 

The term study completion delay due to force majeure implies that you obtained fewer credits as a result of exceptional personal circumstances occurring during this academic year. 

Examples of personal circumstances include:

  • illness (e.g. surgery, glandular fever, mental health problems);
  • a disability or chronic illness (e.g. deafness, rheumatism, Crohn's disease);
  • special family circumstances (e.g. caring for a parent or the illness or death of a parent);
  • pregnancy;
  • high-level sports or high-level cultural talent;
  • an insufficiently feasible degree programme.

Financial assistance

Are you experiencing study completion delay due to force majeure? You may qualify for financial assistance or an extension of your student grant.

Visit your study adviser 

If you have incurred a study completion delay due to exceptional circumstances, please contact your study adviser as quickly as possible. Your study adviser will help you determine whether you can adjust your schedule, take it easy or temporarily terminate your enrolment. The study adviser can also refer you to other support services and help you apply for financial assistance.

International students with a residence permit

Each academic year, you are required by law to attain at least 50% of the credits of your full time study programme. If you do not attain the 50% threshold, the UvA will verify whether there is a valid reason for you to be exempted from the threshold. If you are not exempted, the UvA has to inform the Immigration and Naturalisation Department (IND) about it, with the withdrawal of your student residence permit as a consequence.

Are you at risk to fail the threshold? Please contact your study adviser to discuss your situation. He or she may refer you to a student counsellor

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