Applying for higher education degree studies in Finland is done online at Studyinfo.fi. That is also where you can 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.
Applications for bachelor’s and master’s programmes are submitted at Studyinfo.fi between late November and mid January.
The joint application to higher education is organised 8th - 22nd Jan 2020, for autumn 2020 study start.
Some degree programmes may also have additional application periods outside the main application window. For example, some degree programmes may use so-called separate application, or some may offer a January study start option to which applications would usually be open in September. More information on application periods is available at Studyinfo.fi.
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. When applying to a Finnish HEI, you will 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 HEIs 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. You can then start applying for your student residence permit.
Remember to follow the guidelines given by your institution to confirm your study place.