Student selection process
Check the specific admission and eligibility criteria and information on tests and entrance exams for each study programme you wish to apply to. You can find the information from the study programme description under the tab “Application process”.
If you have further questions about the student selection process, please contact the admissions services of the higher education institution you wish to apply to. You can find the contact details in the programme description under the tab with the name of the higher education institution.
In most cases you are eligible to apply for bachelor level studies in Finland if you are eligible to apply for higher education in your home country.
Eligibility to apply for bachelor’s degree programmes in universities and UAS depends on having completed at least one of the following:
- the Finnish matriculation examination
- an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
- a European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma
- a Reifeprüfung (RP) diploma or Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) diploma
- vocational qualifications of three years or more in duration
- a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification or a further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification or
- a foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the awarding country
Note that it usually not possible to apply to a bachelor’s degree programme on the basis of a higher education degree unless otherwise stated in the degree programmes admission criteria.
Eligibility to apply for master’s degree programmes in universities of applied sciences (UAS) depends on having completed a bachelor’s level degree or other higher education degree and a minimum of three years of work experience after the completion of the bachelor’s degree. When applying to studies which begin 1 August 2020 onwards, the minimum work experience requirement is two years.
In certain fields of UAS master’s degrees, that is Crafts and Design, Media and Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, and Music, the work experience can be replaced with artistic activities and merits.
Eligibility to apply for master’s degree programmes in universities depends on having completed a bachelor’s degree from a university or UAS.
Always check specific admission criteria directly from the study programme description.
If English is not your first language, you may need to demonstrate your English proficiency level. IELTS and TOEFL are the most commonly accepted options, but many institutions also offer others. Check the English proficiency test requirements and any possible exemption rules with the university you are applying to.
Student selection is usually based either on grades, an entrance exam, or both. Check the specific admission criteria of each programme in the study programme description.
Entrance examinations and tests
In Finland entrance examinations are sometimes used as part of student admissions. Always check the specific admission criteria for each degree programme you are interested in from the study programme description.
Universities of applied sciences (UAS)
Universities of applied sciences use entrance examinations as admission criteria in the student selection to bachelor’s level education. Many UAS cooperate in the entrance examinations. This means that an entrance examination completed at one UAS is accepted by another cooperating programme and you will not need to take the same examination at another institution. The results of the entrance examination will be transferred to all the co-operating degree programmes you have applied to.
Please note that some universities of applied sciences require that you participate in their own entrance examination. You must attend all entrance examinations you are invited to in order to ensure you will be admitted to all your application options. All parts of the entrance examination must be accepted in order to be admitted.
The application process may also include sending in a pre-assignment, instructions to which are given in the study programme description. In this case you need to complete and submit the pre-assignment along with the necessary documents listed in the study programme description in order to be invited to take the entrance examination.
Some UAS arrange entrance examinations abroad and some only in Finland. More information about entrance examinations abroad is available from FINNIPS.
Please note, that the higher education institutions cannot and will not in any case influence the decisions made by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland regarding visas.
Usually students are admitted to universities based on educational background and/or SAT test scores. The universities decide the selection criteria, and they may vary between universities and study programmes.
Always check the specific admission criteria for each degree programme you are interested in from the study programme description.
UAS’s and universities in Finland are more widely using the SAT test as one of the selection methods for bachelor’s level education. Please note that usually there is a minimum points requirement when selecting students with the SAT test. If the SAT test is used as an approved selection method in the study programme, you can find it from the admission criteria in the study programme description.