Page updated 15.7.2019

The ABCs of Path Studies

Are Path Studies suitable for me?

Were you left without a study place? Did joint application go by? Path studies are a route to degree studies. These consist of first year studies of a certain degree programme. Based on credits and success in studies you can apply via Open UAS separate application to degree studies and continue your studies seamlessly till graduation. As a path student you belong to the student community and can take part to student life.

There are few points to consider before you apply:

  • How do I plan to fund my studies?
  • How am I going to combine work and full-time studies?
  •  Are my study skills sufficient for studying in level of university of applied sciences?

Requirements of former education

Bachelor Studies: Open to everyone; any former education is not required. In some cases there might be a recommendation of mastering a certain know-how beforehand e.g. Finnish language or basic abilities in mathematics.

Master School Studies: Bachelor’s Degree must have been completed from the field applied to. Work experience of the field is not required until applying to degree studies via separate application or joint application.

If you apply to Path studies conducted in Finnish and your native language or language of schooling is not Finnish, copy of YKI-language test (skill level atleast 3) must be submitted along with the application form.

Forms of Studying

Path studies can be conducted as full-time, part-time or online forms. Information of certain studies’ form can be found in Studyinfo. The meanings of different forms are described underneath:

Full-time: Full-time studies are organized in the daytime (at 8–16 o’clock) on working days. Contact teaching takes place approximately 2-3 days a week depending on the study programme. Participation in contact teaching is required. Studies consist of timetabled project and group work and independent studying. Approximately 40 hours per week should be reserved for studying.

Part-time/multiform: Studies are mostly organized in the evenings 1-2 days per week. Studies consist of timetabled project and group work and independent studying. Approximately 40 hours per week should be reserved for studying.

Online: Studies are conducted completely online. Studying is a combination of independent work, supervised studying and group work which are partly timetabled. Approximately 40 hours per week should be reserved for studying.

Practical training and Online Studies in CampusOnline

Path Students can complete practical training in every study programme.

Path students can participate in online courses in CampusOnline free of charge. CampusOnline offers hundreds of study modules from different university of applied sciences. These courses can be included in the separate applications’ amount of credits with certain conditions.

Tuition fees, Scholarships and Student Benefits

The tuition fee for TUAS Open University of Applied Sciences is EUR 200 per semester. The duration of path studies is two semesters and therefore Path studies cost EUR 400 per academic year. The invoice is paid in two installments.

TUAS does not offer scholarships or any other financial aid to path students. A student at Open UAS is also not entitled to state-sponsored student financial aid, student health services or student discounts in busses or trains. Please note that degree programme tuition fees may be applicable when you enrol as a degree student via separate application.

Path students are entitled for a green student card which grants most of the student discounts of the student union TUO.

Path students are allowed to a meal discount card which is accepted in the following restaurants: all Unica and Sodexo student restaurants in Turku, Amica (Sepänkatu campus) and Fazer (Salo IoT campus).

Path students can apply for student housing from Turun ylioppilaskyläsäätiö TYS. In the beginning of the semester in August-September path students are not able to get a student appartment. More information about student housing in Turku:

Starting from the autumn semester 2019 path students can buy a right to use sports services of CampusSport. More information:

Accounts of Path Studies Required by the TE Office

The TE Office may require an account of, for instance, the full-time nature of your studies or ask you to deliver a certificate of your study time and/or study attainments. You will access all necessary documents by contacting the Open UAS office. We will scan and send you the documents to your email address. Questions regarding studying on unemployment benefit must be addressed to the TE Office. Turku University of Applied Sciences is obliged by law to respond to the requests for information by authorities, such as to request by a TE Office official to have information on your studies.

Dropping out of Path Studies and Cancellation of a Study Place

By accepting the study place student pledges to pay the tuition fee. Cancellation is free of charge if the study place is rejected by the deadline given in Studyinfo. If the study place is cancelled after accepting it, you are obligated to pay the tuition fee for the first semester. Study place must be cancelled by the official cancellation form by the end of the on-going semester to avoid the tuition fee for the next semester. Notice of cancellation made to a teacher, study guidance counsellor, student office etc. is not accepted.

Application for continuation of Path Studies

Path students can apply for a continuance for path studies after first academic year under specific circumstances (such as falling short of achieving 55 or 30 ECTS by the end of the academic year). The Head of Education and Research will determine the status of your application (accept/reject). Request the application form by contacting avoinamk[at]

Separate Application – Where to continue after Path Studies?

Separate application provides path students an opportunity to apply to degree programmes. Student selection is based on success (credits and weighted average) in the path studies. There are not any entrance examinations or interviews. In order to apply in the separate application Path studies must be completed specifically in Turku University of Applied Sciences to be included in separate application. Application period takes place twice a year (November and May). Application to Master School degree programmes is continuing. If accepted to degree studies, you are entitled to student financial aid and other student benefits.

Please note that your student number will change when/if you apply to and enrol as a degree student via separate application. Your user ID, password and email address will remain the same. After enrolling as a degree student you can apply for and may receive a reimbursement or cancellation of your study fee(s).

More information on separate application:

Questions concerning separate application should be directed to Open UAS: avoinamk[at]