How to apply

Applying for degrees studies in Finland is done online at

There are two main application periods a year for studies commencing in autumn:

  • Applications for bachelor’s programmes are made in January
  • Applications for university master's programmes are made between late November/early December and mid/late January.

Some degree programmes may also have additional application periods outside the main application window. For example, some individual degree programmes may offer a January study start option, to which applications would usually be open in September. More information on application periods is available at

For more 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. 

If you are an eligible applicant, you may 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. Remember to check any possible English proficiency test exemption rules with the institution you are applying to.

Admission results

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 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 your institution to confirm your study place.