How to apply in joint application
When to apply?
The application period for study programmes offered in English is 8 January 2020 at 8 am EET to 22 January 2020 at 3 pm EET. This application period also includes University of the Arts study programmes. Check all available study programmes offered in English in Joint application to higher education, spring 2020.
The application period for degree programmes offered in Finnish and Swedish is 18 March to 1 April 2020. You can read more about applying to degree programmes offered in Finnish and Swedish on Opintopolku.fi (in Finnish) and Studieinfo.fi (in Swedish).
The study programmes included in the 2020 spring joint applications to higher education begin in autumn 2020.
The application period for the joint application to higher education in autumn is 2 to 16 September 2020. Note that there are only a few study options available in English. The study programmes included in the autumn joint application begin in January 2021.
Before you apply
Check all available study programmes offered in English in Joint application to higher education, spring 2020. The programme overview includes detailed information on the different study programmes.
Check the admission criteria
Check the eligibility and admissions criteria for each study programme you intend to apply to from the study programme descriptions. Please note that the selection criteria may vary depending on the study programme even if the programmes are offered by the same university or UAS. Also check the language requirements for each study programme.
Tuition fees and scholarships
The higher education institutions in Finland collect tuition fees from students outside the EU/EEA area. If you are uncertain of what the fees are, check the study programme description under “Tuition fees” or get more information from the university or UAS you are applying to. You can also use the “Am I required to pay tuition fees?” checklist.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are also eligible to apply for scholarships. Each higher education institution has its own scholarship programme. Check the available scholarship options with the university or UAS you’re applying to.
Apply and submit attachments
When the application period is open, you can access the application form from the Studyinfo front page and from each study programme. You do not need to register or log in in order to apply. Fill in the application and submit it during the application period. If you have not submitted your application by the end of the application period, it is not possible to apply. Submit the required documents on time. Note that you can only submit one application form in the same joint application.
Participate in tests and entrance exams
Check the study programme descriptions of each study programme you wish to apply to for more information on tests and entrance examinations. You can also read the page Student selection process. Remember to sign up on time if you need to take a language test. You will need the test certificate/test result certificate in order to add it as an attachment to the application before the deadline.
Remember to apply for a visa from the embassy in time, if you get an invitation to the entrance exam in Finland.
Confirm the study place
You will receive a notification with the application results from the higher education institution. It also includes instructions on confirming the study place and registration as well as important dates. You can accept only one study place per term. Confirm the study place by following the guidelines and register as a student at the university or UAS.
Begin your journey to Finland
If you receive a study place and are not a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, apply for a residence permit from The Finnish Immigration Service.