Prospective Degree Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to read something for the entrance examination?

Pre-reading material for International Business entrance examination will be updated to our website before entrance examinations. Pre-reading material is not required for Information Technology.

FINNIPS entrance examination materials are not public, hence we cannot give any sample exams to applicants.

Do I need a visa or a residence permit?

Students from EU countries do not need a visa/residence permit to study in Finland. Students from non-EU countries need a residence permit for a stay of more than three months in Finland.

More information can be found on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.

How much does it cost to study in a polytechnic/UAS?

Tuition fees and scholarship schemes will be introduced for non-EU citizens that commence studies in Finland 1.8.2017 onwards. Minimum fee will be 1500 euros but higher education institution can independently decide to charge higher fees as well. 

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who

  • have started their studies before autumn 2017
  • are enrolled in Doctoral/PhD level studies and research
  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish
  • are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse / child)
  • Exchange students
  • are already residing in Finland on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens -> continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type or EU Blue Card

Students are also expected to pay for their living costs, travel costs, study materials etc. Polytechnics’/UAS’ students can pay an annual membership fee to the student organisation SAMOK to get a student card. The student card grants certain benefits and discounts e.g. on travel etc.

More information on tuition fees at VAMK.

How much is the intake for IB and IT programmes? How are applicants admitted?

Intake for all degree programmes is decided on a yearly basis.  In 2018 intake for the DPs in International Business and Information Technology is 40 study places.

Selection Method 1: Entrance Examination (50% of applicants)

  • International Business (0-40 points, all exam parts must be passed for acceptance)
  • Information Technology (0-40 points, all exam parts must be passed for acceptance)

Selection Method 2: SAT-test (50 % of applicants)

  • International Business (minimum score of 400 from Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and 400 from Mathematic).
  • Information Technology (minimum score of 400 from Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and 400 from Mathematic).

How will I know when and where the entrance examination will take place and what will I need to bring with me?

All eligible applicants will receive an invitation letter by email to the entrance examination. The letter will inform you of the date and location of the exam. You will need to bring your passport/ID, writing equipment and in some cases a calculator etc. All the necessary information about examinations will be in the invitation letter.

Vaasa UAS is a member of FINNIPS network. More information please visit address finnips.fi

I have already accepted a study place in a polytechnic/UAS for this academic year. Can I accept another study place in a university or a polytechnic during the same academic year?

You can only accept one new study place during the same academic term (1st August – 31st December). Acceptance of a study place is always binding and it cannot be altered or cancelled. As a rule only one study place is offered in the joint application at the highest possible application preference.

I Will Graduate After the Application Period Ends. Can I Apply During the Application Period in January?

Both applicants with Finnish and foreign qualification who are completing their qualifications during the application period need not submit a copy of their degree certificate until 10 July 2018 at 3p.m.

Original diplomas and original official translations will be checked at the beginning of studies from all admitted applicants. See Admissions Criteria for more information.

Is it advisable to use a fee-charging agency to help with my application process?

The use of fee-charging agencies is not recommended. It is highly recommended that applicant submits online application his/herself. Also, the applicant should always use his/her own postal and e-mail address to ensure that he/she will receive all necessary information directly from the polytechnics/UAS.

My entrance examinations did not go as well as I expected due to personal circumstances. Can I appeal?

Personal circumstances such as illness, death in the family etc. are not considered to be valid reasons for a successful appeal.

What documents do I need to send to admission services after applying?

The required documents must arrive to Admission Services by the specified deadline, 7 February 2018 3p.m. This concerns applicants who:

  • Are applying with completed foreign qualification
  • Are applying with IB, EB or RP Diploma (* those graduating during the application period should submit a predicted grades or equivalent by 13 April 2018).
  • Are applying with Finnish matriculation examination certificate completed  prior to 1990.

Both applicants with Finnish and foreign qualification who are completing their qualifications during the application period need not submit a copy of their degree certificate until 10 July 2018 at 3p.m.

Original diplomas and original official translations will be checked at the beginning of studies from all admitted applicants.

When are the results announced?

Results are published at the end of June - early July.

Where can I find accommodation?

In matters concerning housing in Vaasa, you can contact VOAS, Vaasa Student Housing Foundation.