Applying for higher education degree studies in Finland is done online at Studyinfo.fi. You can find the application process explained in detail on that site. At Studyinfo.fi you can also search for the available English-taught degree programme options. There is no application fee, applying is always free.
If you are a non-EU student and subject to tuition fees, you can usually apply for a scholarship from the university at the same time when you are applying for admission. Check the fee and scholarship details with the university you are applying to!
When to apply
The quick answer is: always check with the university you wish to apply to!
Applications for bachelor’s and master’s programmes are usually submitted at Studyinfo.fi between late November and mid January, for studies starting in September. Some degree programmes can however have their application periods outside this main application window. For example, some degree options may offer a January study start option. For these, applications would usually be open in September - or even earlier. It depends on the university!
More information on the application process and application periods is available at Studyinfo.fi and on the universities' own Admissions info pages. It is also a good idea to follow the individual universities' social media channels.
For detailed advice on your application, get in touch with the Admissions Services of the university or university of applied sciences (UAS) you are applying to.
When applying for bachelor’s programmes, you usually need to hold such school-leaving certificates that make you eligible to apply for higher education in your home country. You'll need your upper secondary school certificates, even if you have completed some higher education studies after that.
For master’s level admissions, you need to have completed a university-level bachelor’s degree, or equivalent.
The eligibility requirements may vary from one degree programme to another, so remember to check the details with the university you are interested in. For example, if you are an eligible applicant, you may additionally be required to complete an entrance exam or an interview.
If English is not your first language, you may need to demonstrate your English proficiency level. IELTS and TOEFL are the most commonly accepted options, but many institutions also offer others. Check the English proficiency test requirements and any possible exemption rules with the university you are applying to.
After the application period and any entrance exams are over, the universities you’ve applied to will process your application and make a final admission decision. The admissions decision schedule is available in the Studyinfo.fi programme description.
Once you have been accepted as a student, you will receive an official letter of admission from the institution in question. Remember to follow the guidelines given by the university to confirm your study place. Note that you can only accept one study place per term, even if you receive several offers.
Having accepted your study place, you can start applying for your student residence permit. Start your student residence permit application process as soon as possible after your acceptance.