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How to apply

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How to apply?

The academic year in Finland can be divided into two terms:

  • Autumn term (the start of the academic year; from late August/early September to mid-December approximately)
  • Spring term (from early January to the end of May).

Most degree programmes only offer admission to the autumn term intake, but there may be individual exceptions for example in some UAS Bachelor's programmes.

The application routes and application periods depend on the level you are applying to.

Bachelor's Admissions

Master's Admissions

Doctoral Admissions

In this section you can find some general guidelines for applying to the Finnish higher education system, including issues such as:

You might also wish to carefully read through the "Your steps to Finland" checklist.

NB: it is not advisable to use the services of any educational consultancies or agencies when submitting your application. Please see section 'Use of educational agencies' for some reasons why!

Where to find detailed information

Finnish higher education institutions offer a wide variety of interesting degree level programmes available completely in English. You can browse through the available options in the ‘study programmes database’ section.

If you already know the institution and programme you wish to apply to, you can of course go directly to the website of the university or polytechnic (UAS) for further information. You can find the institutions' Admissions pages listed in the ‘Where to study’ section of this site.

  • after getting acquainted with the basics presented on these pages, please study carefully the detailed application instructions on the admission sites.
  • you can always contact the admission offices of the institutions for advice.

Please note that www.studyinfinland.fi is not an admissions page! This site only provides the general guidelines on issues related to studying in Finland. For detailed information concerning your eligibility, the admission procedure or the application requirements, please contact the Admissions Office of the institution you are applying to.

"Study in Finland" (CIMO) does not make any eligibility decisions on behalf of the Finnish higher education institutions, nor do we handle any study applications.

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