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Who can apply?

Bachelor’s level studies in universities of applied sciences (UAS)

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 UAS depends on having completed at least one of the following:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the matriculation examination;
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma;
  • Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification with a scope of 120 credit units or 180 credit points, or a comparable previous Finnish vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units;
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;
  • a Finnish  vocational  upper  secondary  qualification  or  a  further  or  specialist  vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification; or
  • foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the awarding country

Student selection is usually based either on grades, an entrance exam, or both. Check the admission criteria of each programme in the programme info page.

Read more about admission criteria for Bachelor´s degree. Note that these admissions criteria are only recommendations for UAS so it is possible that UAS may not follow it directly.

Bachelor’s level studies in universities

In most cases you are eligible to apply to Bachelor level studies in Finland if you are eligible to apply for higher education in your home country.

Eligibility to apply to a Bachelor’s degree programmes at a university depends on having completed at least one of the following:

  • the Finnish matriculation examination taken at the end of the general upper secondary school
  • vocational qualifications of three years or more in duration
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • European Baccalaureate
  • Reifeprüfung
  • 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 which provides equivalent eligibility for higher education in the awarding country.

Student selection is usually based either on grades, an entrance exam, or both. Check specific admission criteria from the study programme descriptions.

Also check language skill requirements from the university before you apply.

Can I postpone the beginning of my studies?

You can register as non-attending for the academic year only for the following reasons:

  • If you are unable to begin your studies due to illness or disability, and will be non-attending for one semester or the whole academic year
  • Maternity leave, paternity leave or parental leave
  • Completion of military service, civilian service or voluntary military service for women in Finland