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Short-term studies with unemployment benefit

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  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
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You can complete short-term studies while receiving an unemployment benefit, also known as unemployment security.

During short-term studies, you are still obliged to apply for and accept work, and participate in services promoting employment. The studies are not an acceptable reason to refuse a job. An increased unemployment security will not be paid on the basis of studying.

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Do the following

When you are a customer of TE Services, you must notify the TE Office or local government pilot of the following studies.

  • Completing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a university of applied sciences.
  • Completing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a university.
  • Completing a vocational upper secondary qualification or a module from a vocational qualification.
  • Completing a preparatory training for work and independent living.
  • Comprehensive school and upper secondary school studies.
  • Preparatory education for an upper secondary qualification (TUVA education).
  • Studies at an open university and an open university of applied sciences.
  • Postgraduate studies at a university (licensate and doctoral studies).
  • Completing a further or specialist vocational qualification or module.
  • Studies at a folk high school or a physical education training centre.
  • Other full-time studies providing professional skills with a duration of at least four days. Full-time studies refer to studies organised at least six hours a day.

If you are planning to start studying, please contact the TE Office or local government pilot well in advance. Do not report short-term studies by submitting a change report in the E-services of TE Services. Instead, contact the TE Office or local government pilot before starting the studies either by leaving a contact request or calling the general advisory service for private customers.

When necessary, the TE Office or local government pilot will investigate your studies and submit a statement to the payer of the unemployment security, i.e. Kela or the unemployment fund.

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To whom and on what terms

You must meet certain conditions to be eligible for unemployment security when studying.

  • You are registered as a job seeker with TE Services.
  • You are over the age of 25.
  • The total duration of your studies is a maximum of six months.
  • The studies will provide you with professional skills or promote your business plans.

If the total duration of your studies is over six months, they are not considered short-term. In this case, you should find out whether you are entitled to independent studies or part-time studies supported with unemployment security.

If you wish to continue studies that have previously been interrupted, at least one year must have passed since the interruption started. However, the year-long interruption is not required if you have started your studies during an employment relationship.

The right to short-term studies with unemployment security is mainly one-off. The right re-emerges when you meet the minimum employment condition of 26 weeks, and the calculation of the maximum time for earnings-related unemployment security restarts. This is required if your previous short-term studies lasted more than three months. If your previous short-term studies did not last for more than three months, you will have the opportunity to complete new short-term studies immediately after your previous studies have ended.

However, if you have studied short-term studies before 1 January 2023, a prerequisite for new short-term studies is always the fulfilment of the work requirement. This requirement is not affected by the duration of previous short-term studies.

It may be possible to amortise short-term studies provided you contact the TE Office or local government pilot in good time.

Short-term studies use up the maximum length of time for earnings-related unemployment security just like regular studies.

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Pohjois-Karjala TE Office, Pohjois-Savo TE Office, Häme TE Office, Varsinais-Suomi TE Office, Pohjanmaa TE Office, Keski-Suomi TE Office, Kaakkois-Suomi TE Office, Uusimaa TE Office, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Etelä-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Kainuu TE Office, Pirkanmaa TE Office, Etelä-Savo TE Office, Lapland TE Office, Satakunta TE Office

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Text edited by: TE Office
Updated: 9/8/2023