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Part-time study supported by an unemployment benefit

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service
Area nationwide (not the Åland Islands)
Available languages Finnish, Swedish

Studies which do not prevent you from applying for work and working full-time are considered part-time studies. The studies may include, for instance, learning a new skill, completing basic studies at an open educational institution, or completing degree studies which have been previously interrupted. When assessing the part-time nature of your studies, the essential factors are whether your studies lead to a degree, as well as the amount of work required.

As of the 31st of December 2018, part-time studies may fulfil the activity requirement of the activation model, as long as the studies have been clarified in advance with the TE Office. The studies should also enhance your professional skills or promote your business plans.


Do the following

The TE Office should be notified of all studies. If you are planning to study whilst being a customer of the TE Office, please contact your TE Office well in advance before your studies begin.

As of the 31st of December 2018, part-time studies may fulfil the activity requirement of the activation model. This only involves studies started after the aforementioned date.

Inform the TE Office accordingly, if you want to fulfil the activity requirement with the part-time studies. In other cases, you do not have to inform the TE Office about minor studies resembling a hobby, such as language study at a community college. If necessary, the TE Office investigates your studies and always gives a statement to the payer, i.e. Kela or the unemployment fund.


To whom and on what terms

The following are not regarded as part-time studies:

•studies leading to Bachelor's degrees (polytechnic), Master's degrees (polytechnic) or Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees from a university;

• studies in accordance with the Act on Vocational Education, the objective of which is the completion of a professional basic qualification or a part of it, completion of coaching leading to professional education, or completion of coaching leading to employment or independent life;

•upper secondary school studies, the scope of which is, according to the syllabus, the minimum of 75 courses in total. (upper secondary school studies provided by boarding schools are always regarded as full-time studies)

The aforementioned are regarded as full-time studies on the basis of their content.

Studies other than the above are generally regarded as part-time studies if their scope is

• under 5 study points / 3 study weeks / 4,5 competence points per month of study

• under 25 hours/week, if the scope has not been defined as study points, study weeks or competence points.

The assessment will be made on the basis of your curriculum or personal development plan. The TE Office will assess whether your studies are considered part-time or if they prevent you from accepting work.

Studies may also be considered part-time if you have been working regularly during your studies or are self-employed. In such cases, you have proved by working that your studies are part-time.

You may receive unemployment benefit during your part-time studies if you are otherwise eligible for the benefits.

During your part-time studies, you must be ready to seek for and accept full-time work.

You must be registered as a customer of the TE Office, if you wish to receive unemployment benefit for the duration of the part-time studies.

The service is free of charge.


The service is provided by: 
TE Office