A student may register as absent for the first academic year after admission only with a valid reason. Considered valid reasons are:
- military service, non-military service and women's voluntary military service
- maternity, paternity, or parental leave
- illness or disability which prevents student from beginning their studies.
The legislation affects all students who have commenced their studies from 1 August 2015. More detailed information is found on Arcada.fi. External link