Short-term study during unemployment becomes easier at the beginning of 2019


A new law allows unemployed job-seekers to study for six months, as long as the studies promote employment and the applicant is over 25 years old.

There will also be changes to how the activity model requirements can be met. In the future, the activity requirement can also be met by completing part-time and short-term studies.

The changes to the Unemployment Security Act will take effect on 31.12.2018 and apply only to studies started after this date.  

In the future, you may receive unemployment benefit to support your studies for six months, if

  • you are over 25 years old
  • your studies provide you with vocational skills or support your self-employment
  • at least a year has passed from when your studies were discontinued, if you are returning to your prior studies

This means that the law can not be applied to studies that have a clear recreational focus or duration of more than six months.

Also in the future, all studies must be notified in advance to and assessed by the TE Office. Please contact the TE Office before starting your studies. Do not use E-Services to notify the TE Office about short-term studies. Contact the TE Office before starting your studies by leaving a contact request or by calling our telephone service on 0295 025 500.

How to use the services

During short-term study you still have the obligation to seek for and accept full-time work, as well as to participate in services that promote employment. Studying will not increase the payment rate of the unemployment benefit.

You can find more information on short-term study on the page “Short-term study supported by unemployment benefit”.

Short-term study supported by unemployment benefit

Activation model and study

The requirements of the activation model will continue to be monitored by the payer of the unemployment benefit, that is by Kela or by your unemployment fund.

Labour market training and independent study supported by unemployment benefit continue to fulfil the requirements of the activation model.  What has changed is that now also part-time and short-term studies fulfil the activity requirement

  • if you take pre-agreed short-term studies with the duration of five days or more within an activation model review period.
  • if you take part-time studies with the duration of five days or more during an activation model review period.

The activity monitoring period consists of 65 days of received unemployment benefit.

Click the image below and you will see the different ways of studying during unemployment. (in Finnish)

More information 

Government proposal to amend the Unemployment Security Act (Finlex, Government proposal, in Finnish)

Studying during unemployment becomes easier at the turn of the year (TYJ, news, in Finnish)

Activation model FAQ