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Joint Application

Next application period to our English conducted degree programmes will be in January 2017. The application instructions and requirements will be published on this website during autumn 2016.

The joint application period for our English conducted Bachelor`s degree programmes and Master´s degree programme in International Business Management was on 8 - 27 January 2016. The joint application period for our English conducted Master's degree programmes in Leadership and Service Design and Marine Technology was on 16 March - 6 April 2016.

General information about eligibility, language skills requirements and deadlines for submitting appendices is available on this website. Further information about applying is available on the website of online joint application system at www.studyinfo.fi.

Please check also the FAQ page for further information.

Online joint application system

Applications are submitted through the online joint application system at www.studyinfo.fi.

Joint application means that you can apply with one application up to 6 study programmes. In case of admission you will be offered only one study place, which will be the highest one on your preference list to which you can be accepted. It is not possible to change the preference order after the application period has ended. You apply with the same application although you apply in both application periods.

Eligibility to apply to Bachelor's degree programmes

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You can apply to a Bachelor’s degree programme if you have completed:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the matriculation examination;
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma;
  • a German Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma;
  • a Finnish upper secondary vocational qualification with a scope of 120 credit units or an equivalent previous vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units;
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;
  • a Finnish upper secondary, further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or an equivalent previous qualification; or
  • foreign education that provides eligibility to apply for equivalent higher education in the country in question.

The qualification used in the application procedure must be completed such that the copy of the certificate will arrive at the relevant university of applied sciences following publication of admission results by 3 pm on 15 July 2016. However, the qualification must be completed by the end of the application period, if the applicant is not an EU/EEA citizen and is applying with a non-Finnish qualification (excluding EB, IB and RP Diplomas). Please read also the section "Deadlines for required documents" because there are exceptions to the deadline if you apply with a non-Finnish qualification certificate.

Language skills requirements

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When applying to programmes provided in English, any non-EU/EEA citizen applying with a qualification completed outside Finland is required to submit a certificate of his or her English language proficiency to the admissions office of the first-choice university of applied sciences by 3 pm on 10 February 2016.

Language proficiency may be demonstrated with the following minimum certificate requirements:

  • Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), level C; or
  • Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), CEFR level C1; or
  • Pearson test of English, Academic 51; or
  • IELTS, academic level 6.0; or
  • TOEFL 550 paper-based test/TOEFL 79 Internet-based test; or
  • skills level 4 in a National Certificate of Language Proficiency test in all areas of the English language, including reading comprehension, listening comprehension, 5 speaking and writing (see www.oph.fi/english > Services > National certificate of language proficiency (YKI)); or
  • Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma (AICE) taken in Finland;
  • Finnish matriculation examination: grade C in the advanced syllabus test in the English language;
  • IB Diploma: grade 4 in the advanced syllabus test in the English language;
  • EB Diploma: grade 6.00–6.95 in the advanced syllabus test in the English language;
  • RP Diploma: grade 7 in the advanced syllabus test in the English language; or
  • an upper secondary level certificate or a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand as well as a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English in an EU/EEA country.

The language certificate must be valid during the application period. The Pearson test of English, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are valid for two years. There are no limitations on the period of validity of the other certificates. A TOEFL test score will only be accepted if it has been directly submitted from the TOEFL Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Applicants’ language proficiency will be assessed also in the language test included in the entrance examination on a scale of pass/fail. An applicant failing the language test will be excluded from admission. TUAS degree programmes require all applicants to take the compulsory language section of the entrance examination without exception.

Applicants who have completed the Finnish matriculation examination prior to 1990 must submit a certificate of English language proficiency to the admissions office of the first-choice university of applied sciences by 3 pm on 10 February 2016.

Deadlines for required documents

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Copies of relevant certificates must be submitted to the Admissions Office by the deadlines specified below. If you are applying with a Finnish qualification certificate, the copies of the certificates don't need to be submitted as these will only be verified for those admitted as students. However, those who have taken the Finnish matriculation examination prior to 1990, must submit copies of their certificates to the admissions offices of the relevant universities of applied sciences by 3 pm on 10 February 2016.

Required Document

Deadline for Bachelor's degree programme applications:

  • International Business
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Nursing

Deadline for Master’s degree programme applications:

  • International Business Management

Deadline for Master's degree programme applications:

  • Leadership and Service Design
  • Marine Technology
An acceptable English language qualification 10 February 2016 at 3 pm not required not required
Foreign qualifications (does not apply to EU/EEA citizens graduating in spring 2016) 10 February 2016 at 3 pm 10 February 2016 at 3 pm 20 April 2016 at 3 pm
Official translations of the certificates, which are not written in Finnish, English or Swedish. 10 February 2016 at 3 pm 10 February 2016 at 3 pm 20 April 2016 at 3 pm
European Baccalaureate / International Baccalaureate / Reiferprüfung Diplomas (does not apply to applicants graduating in spring 2016)  10 February 2016 at 3 pm not required not required
Finnish Matriculation Examinations (“ylioppilastutkinto”) completed before 1990 10 February 2016 at 3 pm not required not required

Applying with a non-Finnish qualification certificate and the applicant is not an EU/EEA citizen

The qualification must be completed by the end of the application period. Only final qualification certificates can be accepted; no provisional or temporary certificates will be accepted. A copy of the final certificate used as the basis for application must be submitted by 3 pm on 10 February 2016 to the admissions office of the applicant's first-choice university of applied sciences, which will then decide on the applicant’s eligibility to apply to all chosen UAS programmes. In addition, the applicant must submit a copy of his or her qualification certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator, if the original document is in none of these languages. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator. The translations must be submitted by 3 pm on 10 February 2016 to the admissions office.

When applying to programmes provided in English, any non-EU/EEA citizen applying with a qualification completed outside Finland is required to submit a certificate of his or her language proficiency to the admissions office of the first-choice university of applied sciences by 3 pm on 10 February 2016. Please find more information about the language certificates in section "Language skills requirements".

Applying with a non-Finnish qualification certificate and the applicant is an EU/EEA citizen

A copy of the final certificate used as the basis for application must be submitted by 3 pm on 10 February 2016 to the admissions office of the applicant's first-choice university of applied sciences, which will then decide on the applicant’s eligibility to apply to all chosen UAS programmes. In addition, the applicant must submit a copy of his or her qualification certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator, if the original document is in none of these languages. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator. The translations must be submitted by 3 pm on 10 February 2016 to the admissions office.

Those EU/EEA citizens applying with a non-Finnish qualification certificate and graduating during the application period need to submit the copies of certificates and their official translations by 3 pm on 15 July 2016 to the admissions office of the first-choice university of applied sciences.

Applying with an IB, EB or RP Diploma

Copies of diplomas and their official translations need to be submitted by 3 pm on 10 February 2016 to the admissions office. Those graduating during the application period for IB, EB or RP Diploma need to submit the copies of diplomas and their official translations by 3 pm on 2 September 2016 to the admissions office.

Eligibility to apply to Master´s degree programmes

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Eligibility to apply to a UAS Master’s degree programme is conferred by an appropriate UAS Bachelor’s degree or another appropriate higher education degree and at least three years of subsequent work experience in a relevant field. A relevant field is considered to include both the field being applied to and the field of the previous higher education degree.

The general requirements and deadlines for submitting the copies of certificates are available on this website. Further information about the degree programme specific requirements are available at www.studyinfo.fi.

Basic educational requirements

Each university of applied sciences determines the basic educational requirements separately for each programme choice. The degree used in the application procedure must be completed such that the copy of the final degree certificate will arrive at the admissions office of the relevant university of applied sciences by 3 pm on 15 July 2016. However, a degree taken outside Finland must be complete by the end of the application period if the applicant is not an EU/EEA citizen.

Work experience requirements

Eligibility to apply requires three years of work experience accumulated as from the date of award of the final degree certificate and obtained no later than 31 July 2016 for the spring application periods I and II. Universities of applied sciences also accept work experience obtained after completion of a post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma (in any field of education) but prior to taking the higher education degree. At least three years of work experience obtained in a relevant field is also required in such cases.

Further information on counting work experience is available at FAQ page.

Submitting degree and employment certificates

Degree and employment certificates and any possible other certificates will be checked for those admitted as students. Admission is conditional until the university of applied sciences has checked school and employment certificates. The university of applied sciences may cancel admission if an applicant fails to submit certificates by the specified deadline, or if an applicant has provided false information on his or her application form.

Anyone applying with a non-Finnish degree certificate must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for application by 3 pm on 10 February 2016 (application period I) or by 3 pm on 20 April 2016 (application period II) to the admissions office of the first-choice university of applied sciences. In addition, if a certificate was issued in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant must attach a copy of the certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator.

Work experience must be verified with an employment certificate provided by the employer. An employment certificate must indicate details such as the exact start and end dates of employment, the employer’s contact information, work duties, as well as working hours for part-time work. If the employment is still ongoing, the applicant should request a temporary employment certificate from the employer. If an original employment certificate is in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant must submit a copy of the certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator, indicating the translator’s name, signature and stamp, along with the copy of the original certificate to the relevant admissions offices.

Application fee

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Applicants to Finnish higher education institutions who are applying based on a qualification completed outside the EU/EEA -area will be required to pay an application fee of 100 €.

The application fee is valid for one application period, and it covers all the applications that you make for study programmes that begin in the same semester. The fee is non-refundable.

Further information on the application fee is available at www.studyinfo.fi.

Tuition fees will be introduced to those who arrive in Finland to study from outside the EU/EEA area and start their studies on 1 August 2017 or later.Those who start their studies in 2016 or have started earlier will not be charged for their studies. Further information on the news page.