Illness – University of Copenhagen

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Your rights in the event of illness

Remember to report it if you are too ill to sit an exam. Otherwise it will count as an exam attempt. It is always best to report that you are ill as soon as possible. 

There is no guarantee that you will be granted an exemption and allowed a fourth attempt, but you are entitled to apply for one if you have already used all three attempts.

The student ambassador regularly receives enquiries from students who have used up all of their exam attempts because they were ill but failed to report that they were ill at the time.

See your study page for further information

The rules governing illness and exams vary from faculty to faculty. Read more about the procedure and deadlines on your study page.

In the event of prolonged illness

If you are ill for a prolonged period, you may need to apply for sick leave or an exemption in order to:

  • Extend the deadline for the first-year exam
  • Study part-time
  • Sit an exam more than three times
  • Extend your total study time.

Read more about how to apply on your study page or contact your student counselling.

Example of an inquiry to the student ambassador

A student was suffering from stress as she had only one exam attempt left. She had failed the first attempt, then suffered a migraine at the time of the second attempt. On the day of the exam, she went to the doctor, obtained a medical certificate and sent it to the exam office.

Unfortunately, a month later, when the time came to sit the make-up exam, she suffered another migraine. This time, she did not feel up to visiting the doctor and obtaining a medical certificate.

This meant, however, that she had used her second exam attempt. Now she was about to face her third and final attempt in an exam she had previously failed, and without any guarantee that any further attampt would be allowed.