Bachelor’s and master’s admissions

Applying for higher education degree studies in Finland is done online at You can find the application process explained in detail on that site. At 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!

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 between late November and mid January, for studies starting in autumn (late August / September). 

  • The joint application period to studies starting in autumn 2021 will be open 7th-20th Jan 2021.

Some degree programmes starting in autumn can however have their application periods open before or after the joint application (this is called "separate application").

Individual degree programmes may also offer a January study start option. To these, applications would usually be open in September.

So, it is important you check the application period with the university you are interested in - along with the other admission details.

More information on the application process and application periods is available at 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. For UAS master’s, there is an additional requirement of at least 2 years of work experience in the field after completing one's bachelor's degree.

The exact 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, SAT test, 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.

Admission results

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 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.