What can I apply for exemption from?
If you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to follow the university rules, you can apply for exemption based on so-called special circumstances. You can apply for exemption from most rules.
E.g., you can apply for exemption regarding:
- Extension of the stipulated time frame to complete your programme
- Alternative examination form
- Extension of examination duration
- More than three examination attempts
You can apply for exemption from all rules in your curriculum, on courses.ku.dk etc. that are set by the university alone. Among others, this is stipulated in the so-called university programme order, section 33, subsection 8 (latest official translation dated December 2013). In most cases, you must submit your application to the board of studies for your study programme.
Read more about how to apply for exemption at your faculty on your study information page in the box ‘Planning your studies’ > ‘Rules and exemptions’ (requires login)
You can also apply for exemption from a number of the rules that are set by others than the university. In the so-called acts and ministerial orders, it is stated what rules you can apply for exemption from, and to whom you must send your application.
Whenever you apply for exemption, you must describe and document the conditions preventing you from following the rules. In order for e.g. the board of studies to approve you application, the board of studies must be able to see, that your situation contains so-called special circumstances, when the board of studies compares your situation to that of other students.
All applications are subject to an individual estimate made by the board of studies. This means that for most types of exemptions no comprehensive list of special circumstances can be made. Rather, special circumstances can be defined as an unpredictable situation that applies to an individual and by its extent and occurrence and duration in time prevents the applicant from following a given rule. Special circumstances are usually external and outside the student’s influence.
In the assessment of your application, the board of studies must consider the arguments that you present.
The student ambassador has, among other things, seen applications from students:
- With documented dyslexia or similar, applying for an exemption for extended preparation time for exams due to reduced reading speed, etc.
- With documented mental illness that prevents the student from following his or her studies on an equal footing with his fellow students. These students apply for an exemption from the study activity requirements.
- There has been a death or serious illness in the immediate family affected by the student's strength to study and carry out exams. For example, students are applying for an exemption from the requirement to pass a minimum of 45 ECTS credits per semester, further exam attempts and extension of the maximum duration of study.
We do not have access to a comprehensive overview of when such applications will be held at each faculty. However, many of the students from whom we hear from when the application process has ended will have their applications approved.
Read more about how to apply for an exemption on your study information page > Planning your studies > Rules and exemptions