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Master’s Admissions

English-taught Master’s are offered by both universities and UAS’s (universities of applied sciences). The UAS Master’s include a work experience requirement, as they are targeted for those already in the working life.

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 Master’s level studies:

1. Find your degree programme

Start by choosing the Master’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. 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

Most university Master's have their application periods open between late November/early December to mid/late January. UAS Master's may have their admissions later, in March. But since the application periods may vary from one programme to another, always check these details for each Master’s separately.

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

Some Master’s programmes may require you to partake in an entrance exam. Check the entry requirements of the Master’s you’re interested in – if there will be an exam, the Admissions Services of the university/UAS can advise you further about it.

5. Wait to receive notification of acceptance

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 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.