Interrupting your studies

Your academic career can either end with your graduation or undergo pauses and interruptions.

You are required to fill in the correct form and to print and sign it before handing it in at the Student Office’s help desk.

  Suspending your studies

If you are enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master's degree programme, you can apply for suspending your studies for one or more academic years. In order to do so, you are required to submit the relevant application form for each year of suspension. Remember to check the annual deadlines for submission in the academic calendar.

You can apply for suspension for up to 3 academic years, even though they are not consecutive.
Upon resuming your studies, you are required to pay a fee for each suspended academic year, in accordance with the annual regulations by the University Board of Directors.

If you wish to apply for suspension, you are required to submit your application before the beginning of the academic year. An exception is made for students enrolled in short specialisation degrees; these are planned to start after the deadlines set for applications for suspension and therefore you can submit your application when applying for registering for the short specialisation degree itself.

You can still submit your application for suspension after the deadline is expired, as long as you submit it within the academic year and you are not enrolled in the same academic year for which you are applying for suspension (meaning you have not paid the first or subsequent instalments yet). Nevertheless, when resuming your studies, you are still required to pay a fee for late submission, in accordance with the regulations by the University Board of Directors.

If you are enrolled in a degree programme prior to Italian M.D. no. 509/1999, you are not required to apply for suspension, except for students enrolled in a short specialisation degree.
For each suspended academic year, except for suspension due to maternity leave, you are required to pay the suspension fee only. During suspension, you cannot participate in any activity of the University of Padua or other universities, you cannot benefit from any educational and administrative service nor registering for single course units.

When resuming your studies, if the degree programme you were enrolled in is permanently closed or is about to be closed, please contact the relevant office of your school/department.

Should this be the case, you are required to apply for changing the degree programme/university system and you are subject to access restrictions.

In case of suspension, if you wish to attend a short specialisation degree at the University of Padua, you can use the tuition fees you may have already paid for the suspended academic year for the purpose of the short specialisation degree. When resuming your studies, you are not required to pay the fee due.
You can apply for suspension only if you have paid all fees due up to the time of application.

If you are enrolled in a degree programme prior to Italian M.D. 509/99, you do not need to apply for suspension.

You can submit the relevant form and pay a revenue stamp only from 15 July to 30 September 2019. If, on the other hand, you wish to interrupt your studies and register for a short specialisation degree at the University of Padua, you can submit your application without sticking to the deadlines set. If you have not applied for suspension, you will be asked to pay a fee for each interrupted academic year upon resuming your studies, in accordance with the regulations by the University Board of Directors.

Time frame for submissions: from 15 July to 30 September 2019.

You can either hand in the form at the Student Office’s help desk during the opening hour or send it by mail to the Student Office.

Should this be the case, registered mail is preferable, and the form must be duly dated and signed. In addition, do not forget to annex both a copy of your ID card and the revenue stamp, or a copy of the credit transfer receipt attesting the payment of the revenue stamp. If you are applying for suspension from abroad, you just need to annex a copy of the credit transfer receipt attesting the payment of the revenue stamp.

  Withdrawal from studies

You can submit the withdrawal application form at any time. Remember that withdrawal is irrevocable, unconditional and implies the end of your academic career, which will be cancelled. Withdrawing from studies does not prevent you from enrolling at the University of Padua again in the future. You may also apply for credits recognition to have your previous educational activities recognised (please check: https://www.unipd.it/en/credit-pre-evaluation-form)

Withdrawing from the University of Padua also implies that you are not entitled to university fees reimbursement, but at the same time you are not required to pay the remaining instalments. After withdrawing, you will not be able to carry out any career activities nor benefit from educational and administrative services. Also, you will be given back your upper secondary school certificate or self-certification, if you handed it in when you enrolled.

Use the relevant form to apply for withdrawal.

When submitting your application, also remember to:

  • pay and attach the revenue stamp
    or pay the revenue stamp by credit transfer and annex a copy of the credit transfer receipt.
  • check the form has been duly dated and signed;
  • annex a copy of your ID card.

You can either hand in your application at the Student Office’s help desk during opening hour or send it by mail to the Student Office.

Should this be the case, registered mail is preferable, and the form must be duly dated and signed. In addition, do not forget to annex both a copy of your ID card and the revenue stamp, or a copy of the credit transfer receipt attesting the payment of the revenue stamp. If you are applying for suspension from abroad, you just need to annex a copy of the credit transfer receipt attesting the payment of the revenue stamp. The detailed address to use is specified at the bottom of the page.

  Loss of student status

You automatically lose your student status:

  • if you have not passed any examination within three calendar years from the date when you first enrolled at the University;
  • if you have not gained at least 60 ECTS credits included in your degree programme within five calendar years from the date when you first enrolled at the University or when you last sat and passed an examination.

The above-mentioned time frames are interrupted:

  • if you apply for changing your degree programme; in this case, the date when you enrol in the new degree programme will be considered as the new date of reference;
  • if you apply for suspension, by submitting the relevant form within the set deadlines.