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Recommendation on admission criteria for universities of applied sciences 2021

EligibilityStudent selection for daytime and diversified studies in Finnish and SwedishStudent selection for daytime and diversified studies instructed in EnglishStudent selection in the cultural sectorSchedule, spring 2021

These recommendations have been approved by the The Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Arene. If you have any questions concerning the recommendations, please contact the admissions services of the university of applied sciences that you are applying to.

Eligibility

Provisions on eligibility for studies in universities of applied sciences are laid down in the Universities of Applied Sciences Act (932/2014).

To be eligible for degree studies in a university of applied sciences, the applicant must have completed:

  • the studies required for graduating from the Finnish upper secondary school or a Matriculation Examination
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma;
  • a Reifeprüfung (RP) or Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) degree
  • a Finnish basic vocational degree covering 120 credits or a skills score of 180 or a corresponding earlier Finnish vocational degree covering at least 80 credits
  • 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
  • a foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question.
  • bachelor’s degree or master’s degree

Admitted students’ eligibility for application will be verified. As an exception to this, to be acknowledged in certificate-based selection, the student must hold a degree applicable to the selection method in question.

 

Student selection for daytime and diversified studies in Finnish and Swedish

 Selection methods

The university of applied sciences determines which of the selection methods below are used for the university of applied sciences targeted and provides starting points for each selection method. Depending on their prior training, applicants are included in the selection methods used in universities of applied sciences selected in their applications.

Universities of applied sciences will indicate in the application guidelines and specify by each university of applied sciences targeted whether the number of applicants on standby is restricted.

If there is no difference between those with an identical score based on the criteria indicated in the selection methods, the university of applied sciences may select all applicants with an identical score or may not select any of the applicants with an identical score, or the system may select applicants by drawing lots.

The university of applied sciences may cancel the applicant’s study place if the applicant fails to submit the required degree certificates within the time limit indicated by the university of applied sciences or if the applicant has provided incorrect personal information.

University of applied sciences entrance examination

Universities of applied sciences select students through the joint digital UAS entrance examination. The UAS entrance examination is organised twice a year, as part of the second joint application round in the spring and of the joint application round in the autumn. More detailed information concerning the entrance examination are published and updated on the ammattikorkeakouluun.fi website annually prior to the beginning of the application period.

Certificate-based selection

Universities of applied sciences may admit students by means of a certificate-based selection based on Matriculation Examination and vocational upper secondary qualification (completed after 1 August 2015). Certificates are reviewed prior to the selection. All universities of applied sciences comply with the scoring models and principles of the certificate-based selection. In certificate-based selection, the university of applied sciences may independently determine the lowest score limit or the threshold criteria. The scoring models of certificate-based selection are maintained and updated on the ammattikorkeakouluun.fi website. More detailed information concerning certificate-based selection are published and updated on the ammattikorkeakouluun.fi website annually prior to the beginning of the application period.

Suitability tests

In addition to the UAS entrance examination and certificate-based selection, a suitability test will be organised in the following fields of education for the following degrees.

Structural architect training

The suitability test for structural architect training will be organised on 4 May 2021. The suitability test for structural architects training may be taken at any university of applied sciences providing structural architect training (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Savonia University of Applied Sciences and Tampere University of Applied Sciences). The joint application form is used for signing up for the suitability test. The following selection methods are used for the final student selection:

  1. Matriculation Examination (198 points) + suitability test (120 points) = 318 points
  2. Vocational basic degree (150 points) + suitability test (120 points) = 270 points
  3. UAS entrance examination (80 points) + suitability test 120 points = 200 points

To be selected, a minimum of 60 points must be achieved in the suitability test for structural architect training.

Maritime navigation

A separate suitability test will be arranged for maritime navigation on 6 May 2021 for sea captain training. All eligible applicants for the Sea captain orientation option will participate in the suitability test without a separate invitation where sea captain training is their first preference. Universities of applied sciences shall provide the necessary information in the application guidelines for participation in the suitability test.

Applicants shall participate in the suitability test regardless of the selection method (certificate selection/UAS entrance examination). The applicant shall participate in the suitability test for maritime navigation at the university of applied sciences maritime navigation unit indicated in connection with the maritime navigation training which is their first preference. The suitability test shall be considered either approved or rejected. The applicant must pass the suitability test in order to be admitted. The suitability test is a prerequisite for admission.

Work experience in the construction sector

In addition to the certificate-based selection and the UAS entrance examination, work experience in the construction sector is taken into account for student selection in construction site management training. The following selection methods are used for the final student selection:

  1. Matriculation Examination (198 points) + work experience in the construction sector (60 points) = 258 points
  2. Vocational basic degree (150 points) + work experience in the construction sector (60 points) = 210 points
  3. UAS entrance examination (80 points) + work experience in the construction sector (60 points) = 140 points

The calculation of work experience points takes into account only the construction experience acquired at or after the age of 18, which has accumulated by the end of the application period. One month of work experience results in one point. A maximum of 60 points may be awarded for work experience.

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. Military or non-military national service, women’s voluntary military service or child-care leave will not be counted towards construction sector work experience.

Entrepreneurship will be accepted as work experience if an applicant can produce a certificate attesting that he or she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme. Foreign entrepreneurship shall be proven by producing equivalent official documents.

In order to receive points, applicants should enter the total amount of construction work experience in full months on the application form. When converting part-time work into its full-time equivalent, 150 hours or 20 working days lasting at least 7 hours per day correspond to one month of work. Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained with the same employer. The amount of work experience points awarded for simultaneous employment relationships may not exceed the amount awarded for full-time employment.

Applicants must be able to substantiate the amount of their construction work experience by providing employment certificates. If an 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, bearing the translator’s name, signature and stamp, along with the copy of the original certificate to the relevant admissions offices.

The employment certificates of those admitted for training will be verified. The accumulation of work experience is acknowledged until the end of the application period. The employment certificates must be appended to the application by 7 April 2021.

Student selection for daytime and diversified studies instructed in English

The university of applied sciences determines which of the selection methods below are used for the university of applied sciences targeted and provides starting points for each selection method. Depending on their prior training, applicants are included in the selection methods used in universities of applied sciences selected in their applications.

Universities of applied sciences will indicate in the application guidelines and specify by each university of applied sciences targeted whether the number of applicants on standby is restricted.

If there is no difference between those with an identical score based on the criteria indicated in the selection methods, the university of applied sciences may select all applicants with an identical score or may not select any of the applicants with an identical score, or the system may select applicants by drawing lots.

The university of applied sciences may cancel the applicant’s study place if the applicant fails to submit the required degree certificates within the time limit indicated by the university of applied sciences or if the applicant has provided incorrect personal information.

The following selection methods compliant with the recommendation on selection criteria may be used in the first joint application process in the spring:

  1. SAT test
  2. Certificate-based selection (Finnish Matriculation Examination, International Baccalaureate degree and vocational basic degree completed after 1 August 2015)
  3. Entrance examinations involving selection cooperation in Finland, specific to field of study
  4. Entrance examinations involving selection cooperation abroad, specific to field of study (FINNIPS network)
  5. Online examinations

More detailed information on the selection methods is provided in the following sections.

SAT test

SECTIONS:

  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    1. Reading Test
    2. Writing and Language Test
  2. Math
  3. Essay
  4. SAT-Subject test

In their application instructions, universities of applied sciences define the SAT sections they will use as an admission criteria in the programme choice in question, and the lowest point limit the applicant must reach in order to be qualified for selection process. Only the new version of SAT test (completed after March 2016) is accepted. The SAT test selection only takes into account the sections performed during a single session.

An official SAT score report must be ordered directly from the test organiser. To collect SAT test scores, universities of applied sciences can also use an electronic service from which the score data is available. Those, who have already completed an SAT test, must request a test result from the test organiser to be delivered to universities of applied sciences. Applicants must submit SAT test results to all universities of applied sciences that use said selection procedure and to which they are applying within the provided timetable. Reports printed or submitted by the applicants themselves cannot be taken into account.

Certificate-based selection

Universities of applied sciences may admit students by means of a certificate-based selection based on Matriculation Examination and vocational upper secondary qualification (completed after 1 August 2015). All universities of applied sciences comply with the scoring models and principles of the certificate-based selection. In certificate-based selection, the university of applied sciences may independently determine the lowest score limit or the threshold criteria. The scoring models of certificate-based selection are maintained and updated on the ammattikorkeakouluun.fi website. More detailed information concerning certificate-based selection are published and updated on the ammattikorkeakouluun.fi website annually prior to the beginning of the application period.

Entrance examinations involving selection cooperation specific to field of study

The entrance examinations organised in the foreign-language training programmes for universities of applied sciences involve:

  1. Entrance examinations involving selection cooperation in Finland, specific to field of study
  2. Entrance examinations involving selection cooperation abroad, specific to field of study (FINNIPS network)
  3. Online examinations

The entrance examinations organised in Finland, abroad and online form separate selection queues.

Invitations to the entrance examinations will be sent to the email address indicated in the application. Universities of applied sciences engage in cooperation where targeted universities of applied sciences using entrance examinations included in the same group of examinations specific to a certain field accept entrance examinations completed at another university of applied sciences.

Entrance examinations involving selection cooperation specific to field of study in Finland

Tourism, catering and domestic services

The national tourism, catering and domestic services entrance examination will be organised on 7 April 2021. All applicants will be invited to sit the entrance examination.

The entrance examination consists of three sections: a group discussion, an essay based on advance material and a mathematical/logical part. The entrance examination emphasises suitability for training in the field, motivation, English skills and mathematical and logical competences. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must pass each section of the examination.

Entrance examination scoring:

  • Group discussion: 60 points, min. 22 points
  • mathematical/logical part: 40 points, min. 14 points
  • Essay: 40 points min. 14 points
  • Selection test total score: max 140 points min 50 points

Universities of applied sciences engaging in admissions cooperation will accept an entrance examination taken at another university of applied sciences.

Technology sector

A national entrance examination in the field of technology will be organised on 8 April 2021. All applicants will be invited to sit the entrance examination.

The entrance examination consists of three sections:

  • Mathematical/scientific section
  • SWOT
  • English language test

The maximum score of the entrance examination is 70 points. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must score at least 20 points.

Universities of applied sciences engaging in admissions cooperation will accept an entrance examination taken at another university of applied sciences.

Business administration sector

Spring 2021

The entrance examination in Finland will be organised on 9 April 2021.

The entrance examination consists of the following parts:

  • Spoken Part (min 10 points, max 30 points)
  • Essay based on material given in the exam (min 10 points, max 30 points)
  • Multiple choice based on material given in the exam (min 4 points, max 10 points)
  • Logical thinking and mathematics (min 8 points, max 30 points)

Total: min 32 points, max 100 points

The applicant must pass each test section with minimum points in order to qualify in the selection process, the total minimum being 32 points. There is no pre-reading material for the examination. All material will be given during the examination. The essay will test written English language skills. The aim of the Spoken Part is to measure the candidates’ motivation, suitability and career orientation towards international business studies and oral English language skills required in the degree programme. A separate English language test will not be arranged. The logical thinking and mathematics part consists of multiple choice questions about percentage, proportionality and probability calculations, logical thinking and equation solving problems. No calculators can be used in the examination.

Autumn 2021

The entrance examination in Finland will be on 5 October 2021.

The entrance examination consists of the following parts:

  • Spoken Part (min 10 points, max 30 points)
  • Essay based on material given in the exam (min 10 points, max 30 points)
  • Multiple choice based on material given in the exam (min 4 points, max 10 points)
  • Logical thinking and mathematics (min 8 points, max 30 points)

Total: min 32 points, max 100 points

The applicant must pass each test section with minimum points in order to qualify in the selection process, the total minimum being 32 points. There is no pre-reading material for the examination. All material will be given during the examination. The essay will test written English language skills. The aim of the Spoken Part is to measure the candidates’ motivation, suitability and career orientation towards international business studies and oral English language skills required in the degree programme. A separate English language test will not be arranged. The logical thinking and mathematics part consists of multiple choice questions about percentage, proportionality and probability calculations, logical thinking and equation solving problems. No calculators can be used in the examination.

Entrance examinations involving selection cooperation abroad, specific to field of study (FINNIPS network)

In this connection, entrance examinations abroad refer to foreign examinations organised by the FINNIPS network. The entrance examination sites located abroad and the dates of entrance examinations for universities of applied sciences within the FINNIPS network will be determined in the FINNIPS network steering group meeting in August 2020. The FINNIPS network’s examinations abroad will most likely be organised in February–March 2021. Information on the examination countries and timetables will be delivered to the universities of applied sciences in the network, and they will be published on the FINNIPS website at www.finnips.fi in the autumn.

All applicants will be invited to the entrance examinations organised abroad. Invitations to the entrance examinations will be sent to the email address indicated in the application. Universities of applied sciences engage in cooperation where targeted universities of applied sciences using entrance examinations included in the same group of examinations specific to a certain field accept entrance examinations completed at another university of applied sciences. The applicant shall select one of the locations abroad proposed in the application. An examination organised abroad cannot be completed in Finland. Lists of universities of applied sciences involved in cooperation for entrance examinations will be published at www.finnips.fi.

Tourism

  • Written part 1: Essay based on the pre-reading materials (min. 7/ max. 20 points).
  • Written part 2: Math-Logic (min. 7/ max. 20 points).
  • Oral part: Group discussion (min. 11/ max. 30 points).
  • The applicants must pass all parts of the examination in order to be selected for admission.

Technology

  • Part 1: Mathematics, logical deduction, Physics, Chemistry and learning prerequisites (minimum 10 out of 40 points is required). Of Physics and Chemistry, you can choose which questions to answer.
  • Part 2: English language test for all applicants (pass/ fail).
  • The applicants must pass both parts in order to be selected for admission

Business

There will be a pre-reading material for the examination and it will be available on the websites of all universities of applied sciences that belong to the FINNIPS network at the start of the application period in 2021. The examination assesses study and teamwork skills, verbal and written expression skills as well as mathematical/logical reasoning skills.

The structure of the exam:

  • Written part 1: Essay (min. 3/ max. 10 points)
  • Written part 2: Multiple-choice questions (min. 2/ max. 6 points)
  • Written part 3: Mathematics and Logic (min. 2/ max. 8 points)
  • Spoken part: Group discussion after the written exam (min.3/ max. 16 points).

The applicants must pass all parts of the examination in order to be selected for admission.

Applicants must score at least 10 points in the entrance examination (max. 40 points).

The essay and the group discussion are combined in the entrance examination as an integrated section measuring English language proficiency. Applicants must receive at minimum 3 points for each language section. The section testing English language proficiency will be entered in the system with a pass/fail grade.

Nursing

  • Part A: Basic math test, where minimum points are 10 and maximum points are 20. If the result is less than 10 points, the other parts of the exam will not be evaluated. The points of the math test are not included in the total points of entrance examination.
  • Part B: Written part. This part contains 2 essays. The first essay is testing the applicant’s motivation. In the second essay there is written material (text) included. The applicant is allowed to utilize this material in her/ his essay. Minimum points are 20 and maximum points are 40.
  • Part C: Group discussion is held to evaluate the applicant’s group discussion and spoken English skills. The minimum points are 10 and the maximum 30.
  • All parts of the examination are compulsory for all applicants. If an applicant fails to reach the minimum points in some of the sections, the exam is failed. The applicant’s language skills are evaluated based on both the written and the verbal part of the exam.

Online examinations

Technology sector

Online entrance examination

The exam will now contain two phases: 1) online exam and 2) online interview.

1) The online exam (mathematics, physics/chemistry + motivation)

  • Points awarded: max 70 p; minimum requirement 20 p

Best applicants will be invited to an online interview based on the points of the online exam.

2) The online interview

  • Points awarded: max 30p; minimum requirement 10p

For the exam you will need a computer, and an internet connection.

Business administration sector

Online entrance examination

The online entrance examination will be held on 2 February 2021.

The online entrance examination consists of the following parts:

  • Pre-task (min 4 points, max 10 points)
  • Written part: a timed written online exam:
    • essay based on material given in the exam (min 10 points, max 30 points)
    • logical thinking and mathematics (min 8 points, max 30 points)
  • Online interview (min 10 points, max 30 points)

Total min 32 points, max 100 points.

Only applicants with 22 points or more from the Pre-task and Written part may be invited to online interviews which are held between 15-19 February. Each UAS will interview maximum of 100 best candidates based on the points from the Pre-task and Written part.

For the exam you will need a computer, and an internet connection.

Student selection in the cultural sector

 Student selection

The entrance examinations for the cultural sector are specific to each university of applied sciences. The applicants shall familiarise themselves with the application instructions and timetables specific to each university of applied sciences.

Any advance material relating to an entrance examination as well as any qualification and employment certificates should be submitted to the university of applied sciences that requested them in the manner specified by the UAS.

In the Culture field, total scores for student selection are calculated on the basis of an entrance examination. The selection is also influenced by the division of students into specialisation areas, options or instrument groups; the student numbers of these groups are based on an assessment of workplace needs.

The applicant must obtain at least half (50%) of the maximum score for the entrance examination. Each section of the examination must be passed. For details of the contents and scoring of entrance examinations, see information on the degree programmes on studyinfo.fi.

SELECTION METHOD 1: ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Entrance examination, 100 points

All applicants are invited to the entrance examination, or applicants are invited to the entrance examination based on screening evidence provided in advance. The entrance examination may also be organised online. Screening evidence involves tasks to be completed independently and to be submitted to the educational institution before the entrance examination. The motivation of the applicant, the applicant’s previous training in the field, work experience, recreational activities and suitability for the fields will be assessed based on these tasks. The screening evidence shall be considered either approved or rejected. No points will be awarded for any materials requested in advance as part of the entrance examination.

For programmes provided in the Culture field as part-time studies, work experience or artistic activities may be taken into account as advance evidence or as part of an entrance examination. Work experience shall be proven by producing work certificates, and evidence of artistic activities will be provided by producing for instance a portfolio, or by other means requested by the university of applied sciences. The university of applied sciences shall assess the suitability of the artistic activities based on the evidence provided.

Schedule, spring 2021

7–20 January 2021, the 1st joint application period, spring

Wed. 27 January Deadline for attachments -> Who are required to provide attachments: Everyone whose basic education information is not available electronically: Matriculation Examination completed before 1990, applicants applying with an upper secondary school certificate only, EB, IB, RP/DIA applicants, vocational degrees completed before 2017, degrees completed abroad. In addition, Master’s degree applicants whose degree information cannot be obtained electronically. Moreover, all Master’s degree applicants shall provide their employment certificates.

Thu. 28 January (week 4) Universities of applied sciences using the February online entrance examination will send the invitation to the entrance examination to all applicants. Attachments and eligibility will not be reviewed prior to sending the invitations, and applicants will not be screened. Entrance examination dates shall be indicated on Studyinfo and UAS websites well in advance.

Thu. 28 January (week 4) Certificate-based selection calculations for Matriculation Examination, verification and transfers to placing.

Fri. 29 January (week 4) Publication of the certificate-based selection for Matriculation Examinations. Certificate-based selection calculations for vocational basic degrees, verification and transfers to placing.

Mon. 1 February (Week 5) Publication of the certificate-based selection for vocational basic degrees.

Weeks 2–10 Eligibility reviews performed by the UAS of the applicant’s first preference.

Week 5 The first part of two-part online tests may be organised in week 5. If the entrance examination is held prior to the Matriculation Examinations, the applicants may not be required to study advance material.

Week 6 Review, point entry, calculations and screening of the online examination’s first part.

Wed. 10 February (Week 6) Prescribed time for the delivery of the SAT results.

Fri. 12 February (week 6) or Mon. 15 February (week 7) Invitation to the second part of the online examination.

(week 7) Second part of the February online examination. (If the February examination consists of one part only, it may be organised in week 7).

As of Mon. 15 February (week 7) publication of the SAT selection method queue.

Weeks 8–10 Spring break weeks. Review of entrance examinations and score entry to Studyinfo in weeks 8–10. The universities of applied sciences carry out the work over the course of the weeks not included in the spring break.

Fri. 12 March (week 10) Eligibility reviews have been performed, and the scores of the February online examination have been entered.

Mon. 15 March (week 11) Eligibility calculations of the February online examination, actual selection calculations and calculation checks. Transfers to placing.

Tue. 16 March (week 11) Verification and publication of the placement of the February online test. Eligibility calculations and examination invitation calculations of the April entrance examination.

Wed. 17 March (week 11) Invitations to the April entrance examination are sent to eligible applicants.

Week 11–14 (16 March – 7 April 2021) Matriculation Examination.

Week 14 April entrance examinations (Note: Wed 7 April Sámi language test).

4 June The selection results shall be reported to applicants by

3 pm on 16 July. The applicant must accept the study place by

3 pm on 2 August. Admittance from reserve places ends.

2–25 August Any additional applications pertaining to the joint application may be organised between

 

17 March – 31 March 2021, the 2nd joint application period, spring (weeks 11–13)

Wed. 7 April (week 14) Deadline for attachments -> Who are required to provide attachments: Everyone whose basic education information is not available online: Matriculation Examination completed before 1990, applicants applying with an upper secondary school certificate only, EB, IB, RP/DIA applicants, vocational degrees completed before 2017, degrees completed abroad (+ in April, predicted grades from EB/IB/RP/DIA matriculation examination candidates for the certificate-based selection of May). In addition, Master’s degree applicants whose degree information cannot be obtained electronically. Moreover, all Master’s degree applicants shall provide their employment certificates.

Weeks 12–18 Eligibility reviews performed by the UAS of the applicant’s first preference. The eligibility of all applicants shall be reviewed, except for those whose information can be obtained electronically. For the purposes of the certificate-based selection, basic training and grade information shall be verified from the following applicants: Matriculation Examination completed before 1990, IB/EB/RP/DIA and vocational basic degrees from the period 1 August 2015 – 31 December 2016. In addition, the eligibility of those applying with an upper secondary school certificate, a vocational degree completed prior to 1 August 2015 or a foreign degree only shall be verified. Erroneously reported basic education information shall not be corrected for groups other than those participating in certificate-based selection.

Wed. 5 May (week 18) Applications have been reviewed.

Thu. 6 May (week 18) Eligibility calculations and verification of calculations.

Fri. 7 May (week 18) Examination invitation calculations and sending invitations to entrance examinations to UAS degree programmes for which the UAS entrance examination is not used.

Week 20 Certificate-based selection for Matriculation Examination and vocational basic degrees, selection calculations, verification, transfer to placing and publication. Certificate-based selection for Matriculation Examination first and after the Matriculation Examination Board’s results have been obtained, certificate-based selection for vocational basic degrees. (With regard to certificate-based selections, the results shall be reported to applicants by 31 May 2021.)

31 May – 4 June 2021 UAS entrance examination.

Week 23 Entrance examination scores to Studyinfo, calculations.

6 July (week 27) With the exception of certificate-based selections, the selection proposals must be transferred to placing at the latest on

9 July (week 27) The selection results shall be reported to applicants at the latest on

3 pm on 16 July. The applicant must accept the study place by

3 pm on 2 August. Admittance from reserve places ends.

2 –25 August Any additional applications pertaining to the joint application may be organised between