Bachelor’s and master’s admissions

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Applying for higher education degree studies in Finland is done online at

At the application portal you can find for example:

If you need advice on your application, get in touch with the Admissions Services of the university you are applying to. You can find their contact details at, or on the universities' own admissions info pages

There is no application fee, applying is always free.

How to apply

How and when you apply depends on the degree programme. Start by searching for the study programmes you'd wish to apply to in the database. After choosing your programmes, it is easy for you to check the application period, the available scholarship options and other admission-related details with those particular universities.

Joint application

The joint application to studies starting in autumn (September) is arranged annually in January (8–22 Jan in 2025). All degree programmes available via the joint application share the same application period. Joint application also means that you can apply to up to six degree programmes with one single application.

A small number of degree programmes may also offer a January study start option. To these, the joint application period is usually open in September (28 Aug11 Sept in 2024). Note however that the September joint application has a limited selection of programmes on offer compared to the January joint application.

Separate applications

Some degree programmes may have their application periods open outside the joint application period. You can read more about separate applications at In separate applications, the application period can vary a lot depending on the programme.

In many cases, the separate applications periods fall between the period from late November/early December to late January, for studies starting in autumn, but some universities/UAS's may also offer application options through rolling admissions over a period of several months. Check the exact application period with the university/UAS of your choice. 


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 already have completed some higher education studies. 

For master’s level admissions, you need to have completed a university-level bachelor’s degree, or equivalent. For UAS master’s, there is an additional requirement of at least two years of work experience in the field after completing your bachelor's degree.

The exact requirements may vary from one degree programme to another. For example, if you are an eligible applicant, you may additionally be required to complete an entrance exam, an SAT test, or an interview. 

If English is not your first language, the university may require you to officially demonstrate your English proficiency level. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE and Cambridge C1 Advanced or Cambridge C2 Proficiency are the most commonly accepted tests, but other alternatives may also be available. The university you are applying to can advise you on their English proficiency test requirements and any possible exemption rules.

Admission results

After the application period and possible entrance exams are over, the universities you’ve applied to will process your application and make a final admission decision. Information on the admission decision schedules is available in the programme description, and on the universities' own admissions pages. 

Once you have been accepted as a student, you will receive an official letter of admission from the institution in question. 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.