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Bachelor’s Admissions

English-taught Bachelor’s are mainly offered by the universities of applied sciences (UAS), however there are a few university Bachelor’s available in English too.

The individual universities/UAS's have their own scholarship programmes for non-EU applicants subject to tuition fees; you usually apply for the scholarhip at the same time when you apply for admission.

Here is a quick overview on how you can apply to English-taught Bachelor’s level studies:

1. Find your degree programme

Start by choosing the Bachelor’s you wish to apply to. You can browse the options either by using the application page search function, or by visiting the universities’ own websites.

If you are a non-EU student, also check the scholarship options offered by the university/UAS, as you are likely to be subject to tuition fees.

2. Check the entry requirements and deadlines

Once you have chosen where you want to apply to, you can start finding out about the entry requirements and application deadlines. Since these may vary from one programme to another, check these details for each Bachelor’s separately. Also remember to check with the university/UAS you plan to apply to about the English language proficiency requirements, as these are degree programme specific too. You can learn about entry requirements, eligibility criteria and application periods by

The main joint application period for Bachelor’s programmes is in January annually, for studies commencing in autumn. Some Bachelor's may also have a January study start option. For these, you usually apply in September.

Some degree programmes may also offer additional applications outside the main application period. You can check for possible open application options by using the Search function at the application page.

3. Apply online

You start your online application process at That is where you can also find detailed application instructions. There is no application fee charged in the national application system.

If you are a non-EU student applying to a degree programme with tuition fees, also check at this stage how you can apply for a scholarship.

If you need to ask about your application, contact the Admissions Services of the university/UAS you are applying to for advice.

4. Entrance exam

If you are an eligible applicant, you may be required to partake in an entrance exam. These are usually held in Finland, but some options also exist for taking the exam abroad. Some Bachelor's degree programmes may offer you the alternative of applying with an SAT test score instead of a separate entrance exam. The Admissions Services of the university/UAS you are applying to can advise you in matters related to the entrance exams, or SAT test score requirements if applicable.

5. Wait to receive notification of acceptance and confirm your decision

After the application period and the possible entrance exams are over, the university/UAS you have applied to processes your application and makes the final admission decisions. Results are usually announced by end of June at the latest.

If you are accepted as a student, you will get an official letter of admission from the university/UAS. Note that you will need to confirm your placement - follow the institution’s advice on this.

Important: if you have applied to more than one programmes, before confirming any study place offer please make sure you understand the "one study place per term" provision, as confirming a study place is a binding decision that automatically cancels your other applications for the same term.

And hey, congratulations!

6. Welcome to Finland!

As soon as you have received the official letter of admission, you should start arranging the formalities. Non-EU/EEA citizens usually need a student residence permit. Remember to draft a realistic plan for financing your studies! Your hosting university/UAS can advise you on student accommodation options and other student services.