Applying for the Bachelor Degrees conducted in English

Admission Criteria

Recommendation for admissions criteria for Universities of Applied Sciences 2018.

Eligibility for Bachelor’s degree programmes

Provisions on eligibility for universities of applied sciences are contained in the Polytechnics Act (932/2014).
You can apply to a Bachelor’s degree programme if you have completed:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the matriculation examination;
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma;
  • a German Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification with a scope of 120 credit units or 180 credit points, or a comparable previous Finnish vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units;
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification or a further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification; or
  • foreign qualification that provides eligibility for comparable higher education studies in the country in question.

How are applicants admitted?

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).

Eligibility for Master’s degree programmes at universities of applied sciences

Eligibility to apply to a UAS Master’s degree programme is conferred by an appropriate UAS Bachelor’s degree or another appropriate higher education degree and at least three years of subsequent work experience in a relevant field. A relevant field is considered to include both the field being applied to and the field of the previous higher education degree.

Work experience requirements (Master Degree Programmes only)

In order to be eligible, applicants must have three years of work experience accumulated as from the date of award of the final degree certificate and obtained no later than 31 July 2018 for the spring application period and no later than 31 December 2018 for the autumn application period.

Universities of applied sciences also accept work experience obtained after completion of a post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma in Finland (in any field of education) but prior to taking the higher education degree. In such cases, too, at least three years of work experience obtained in a relevant field is required.

Entrepreneurship will be accepted as work experience if an applicant can produce a certificate attesting that he or she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme (YEL = statutory pension scheme for entrepreneurs; MYEL = statutory pension scheme for farmers, forest estate owners, fishers and reindeer herders and their family members). Enterprising activities abroad should be substantiated with comparable official documents.

Selection Method 1: Entrance Examination;

  • Project Management (0-100 points). Applicant must get at least 20 points from the exam. Applicants language skills are measured in the entrance examination.

Grade of the thesis, previous school performance and field specific work experience can be taken into consideration in the entrance examination.

Invitations are sent by email to all eligible applicants (applicants with UAS bachelor of engineering degree/ equivalent degree completed outside Finland and at least three years of work experience after graduation). 

Entrance exam for Project Management is only arranged in Finland, Vaasa on 22nd May 2018. Application period for Project Management is (II application period).

Required Documents

Applicants with a Finnish qualification certificate need not submit copies of their certificates, as only the certificates of those admitted as students will be checked. However, this does not apply to applicants who have taken the Finnish matriculation examination prior to 1990, as they will need to submit copies of their certificates to the admissions offices of the relevant universities of applied sciences by the deadline specified in advance.

In order to prove their eligibility, applicants with a non-Finnish qualification certificate must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for application by the deadline specified in advance to the admissions office of the university of applied sciences marked as the first choice on their application form, which will then decide on each applicant’s eligibility for all UAS programmes they have selected. 

A provisional certificate issued by the educational institution on the graduation of the applicant will be accepted as a certificate that demonstrates the applicant's eligibility to apply if the applicant's official diploma cannot be delivered in advance within the stated deadline due to an action taken by the authorities or any equivalent reason.

Those applying with an IB, EB or RP Diploma will need to submit certificate copies by a deadline specified in advance.

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

  • a copy of the (foreign) degree certificate or a provisional certificate issued by the educational institution on the graduation of the applicant, together with an official translation, must be submitted to the admissions office
  • Applicants  applying with IB, EB or RP Diploma (* those graduating during the application period should submit a predicted grades or equivalent by 13 April 2018).
  • Applicants applying with Finnish matriculation examination certificate completed  prior to 1990.

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

Translation of Documents

In addition, each applicant must submit a copy of his or her qualification certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator if the original document is in none of these languages. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator. The translations must be submitted by the deadline specified in advance to the admissions offices of the relevant universities of applied sciences. Only final qualification certificates can be accepted; no provisional or temporary certificates will be accepted.

If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation (subsidiary protection) and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his or her degree, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to sit an entrance examination or take any advance assignment submitted by the specified deadline into account. The applicant must have an official decision attesting to his or her refugee status (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection). The applicant must submit a copy of such decision to the admissions office of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying by the deadline

Asylum seeker who is yet to receive decision on his/her refugee status can present photo identity card provided by the Finnish Immigration Service at the entrance examination venue. In addition certificate of processing (vireilläolotodistus) should be provided if requested by the UAS. Certificate is issued by the Finnish Immigration Service and costs 20 euros.

Evidence of language proficiency as part of admissions

Excellent skills in English are required for success in degree programmes provided in English. The applicants’ language proficiency is assessed in the entrance examination. For a more detailed description of the examination, see the admissions criteria for specific fields. When applying to a degree programme provided in English, the applicants need not submit evidence of language proficiency.

Selection between applicants with equal admission scores

In cases of equal admission scores, UAS applicants will be ranked on the following grounds:

1. points awarded for the entrance examination;

2. points awarded for school performance; (applicants with Finnish Matriculation Examination)

3. points awarded for work experience;

4. the preferred programme ranking on the application form.

The grounds applied to cases of equal admission scores vary by programme choice, depending on the selection methods used for the programme in question. If these criteria fail to produce a difference between tied applicants, a university of applied sciences may choose to admit all or none of the equally ranked applicants, or the applicants may be automatically ranked by lots drawn by a computer system.


An applicant not satisfied with the results of the student selection process should first contact the UAS Admission Services he/she has applied to. If the matter is not resolved, the student may appeal against the decision in writing to the executive board of the UAS in question. Such an appeal must be made within 14 days from the publication of the admission results.

  • Personal circumstances such as health condition (sickness/injury), difficult life situation, inability to attend entrance examination or misunderstanding are not considered to be a valid reasons for a successful appeal.
  • Late attachments will not be considered. Required documents and their delivery dates are mentioned in the admission criteria.
  • Appeal can only be successful if the applicant can clearly point out that the admission criteria has not been followed at Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. Therefore appeal should be well-grounded.