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Higher education for immigrants

Three men stand in the laboratory. Photo: Olli Häkämies

You can apply for a university of applied sciences after you have completed a vocational qualification or the syllabus of a general upper secondary school and/or a matriculation examination. You can apply for a university after you have completed a vocational qualification or the syllabus of a general upper secondary school and a matriculation examination.

You can also apply for a university of applied sciences or a university if you have foreign education that in your own countries provides eligibility for corresponding higher education studies. The links below provide information about general eligibility requirements for a university of applied sciences or a university.

You can also apply for higher education provided in English. See more at Studyinfo.

Always check the precise requirements for application eligibility in the description of the education. Universities make decisions on the admission of students. A university of applied sciences or a university can also admit an applicant who it otherwise deems to have sufficient knowledge and capabilities for the studies.

Remember to also check whether you have to pay a tuition fee for your higher education.

Higher education graduates and persons interested in studies

Previous studies and degrees or qualification of highly educated immigrants arriving in Finland should be identified and recognised as quickly as possible. For this purpose, a programme called Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland (SIMHE) has been established to assist immigrants. The purpose of the SIMHE work and supportive measures is to

  • make the identification and recognition of your earlier studies more fluent
  • provide you with information about higher education, and
  • to support your adaptation in Finnish society.

The SIMHE counselling benefits individuals with an immigrant background who have already studied in higher education and who are interested in starting to study at a university or a university of applied sciences.

During an individual counselling discussion, your educational background, wishes and possibilities for supplementing your studies are charted. This counselling is faster and easier if you bring your original degree certificates with you.

Further information about the SIMHE services is available on the website of the Finnish National Agency for Education (in Finnish).

Higher education institutions providing SIMHE services

At the moment, SIMHE services are provided by six universities or universities of applied sciences in Finland:

  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Turku
  • University of Jyväskylä
  • Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
  • Karelia University of Applied Sciences, and
  • Oulu University of Applied Sciences.

The higher education institutions make decisions on the recognition of competence acquired previously. For fields subject to authorisation, such as the social welfare and health care sector, decisions are made by competent authorities.

For whom are SIMHE services intended?

Services on the recognition of competence are directed at immigrants with a residence permit in Finland.

The primary languages used during counselling are Finnish and English; the need for an interpreter is evaluated during registration for counselling.

See the column on the right for contact details of universities and universities of applied sciences responsible for SIMHE services.

Contact details of SIMHE universities or universities of applied sciences