Bachelor’s degrees in universities
A Finnish university Bachelor’s degree consists of 180 ECTS credits, and takes approximately 3 years to accomplish at a full-time study pace. As a rule, students admitted to universities automatically get study rights for both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degree.
There is only a small selection of English-language Bachelor’s degree programmes available at Finnish universities. Most of the Bachelor’s degree programmes are offered in Finnish or Swedish. Be sure to check language skill requirements and proof of language proficiency before you apply.
Bachelor’s degree programmes usually include
- basic and intermediate studies in major and minor subjects
- language and communication studies
- other studies
- work practice and
- a final thesis (Bachelor’s thesis).
The universities are responsible for planning the content and structure of the degrees. Furthermore, the student may plan their own study contents rather independently, as long as they include the compulsory studies and follow the overall structural guidelines.
The universities’ student services and the faculties’ own international co-ordinators offer guidance for foreign students.
In order to have eligibility to apply to a Bachelor’s degree programme at a university you need to have completed one of the following criteria:
- 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
- a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification or a further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification
- those foreign qualifications which provide eligibility for university entrance in the country in which they are awarded.
Student selection is based either on grades or an entrance exam, or both. Be sure to check specific admission criteria from the study programme descriptions.