How to Apply
The next application time for all applicants is 7th January - 12th February 2013.
1. Who can apply?
See the Admission Criteria
2. Where can I apply to?
With filling in just one application form, you can apply for up to 4 different degree programmes conducted in English at 25 polytechnics/universities of applied sciences all over Finland.
3. Apply online
The application period begins on 7th January and closes on 12th February 2013. Apply online at www.admissions.fi It is important to follow all the instructions! The application form is open only during the application period. From 7th January to 12th February the service is open 24 hours per day, except for short maintenance periods during the night. Online application closes on 12 February at 4.15 pm Finnish time (+2 hrs GMT). All online applications must be submitted before the closing time.
If you do not have an opportunity to apply online, you can ask for a paper form and instructions from the admissions offices. Please fill in only one application form and send it to the admissions office of your first choice polytechnic / UAS. Paper applications not submitted online must reach the admissions office by 12 February 2013 at 4.15 pm Finnish time.
Copies of relevant certificates and authorised translations of them must arrive at the admissions office of the applicant’s first choice polytechnic/UAS by 22 February 2013 at 4.15 pm Finnish time. Those applying with non-Finnish qualification must have completed the required qualification before the end of the application period. If an applicant who is applying with a non-Finnish qualification is a citizen of an EU/EEA-country, he/she can apply if the qualification is completed during the spring of applying. The admission of such EU/EEA –applicant completing his/her education in the spring of applying is conditional until the polytechnic/UAS has checked the applicant’s final certificates.
Polytechnics/UAS only accept final certificates awarded by national or regional bodies granting educational certificates. Therefore various other documents such as testimonials, statement of results, examination results or result slips are not considered as official certificates.
4. Entrance examinations
Polytechnics/UAS will arrange entrance examinations from 1 April to 3 May 2013. If you are invited to an examination, you will receive an invitation by post. More information about entrance examinations.
You will receive the results of your application by 16 July 2013 at the latest. In case you are admitted, you will also receive confirmation form of your acceptance of the study place. Remember to confirm your study place in time!
6. Accepting a study place
Corfirmation of the study place is binding and cannot be altered or cancelled.
If you have applied to several degree programmes, please wait until you have received all the admission results. Once you have received them all, select your study place and return the corfirmation form. You can accept only one study place at higher aducation institution in Finland starting at the same academic year (1st August – 31st July)
7. Reserve places
If you have not been admitted to any of your study options and are placed on a reserve place, you might be admitted on a later date.
If you have been admitted to a lower-preference study place by 16th July 2013 at the latest, you can be placed on the waiting list for a reserve place at a higher-preference option. The reserve place can be one of the application options the student has given in the joint application. The applicant cannot choose a reserve place from options of a lower preference than that to which he/she has already been admitted.
All new students have to register at the polytechnic/UAS in which they have chosen to study. Registration dates will be informed in the acceptance letter. You can also register as an absent student for maximum of two full academic years. Use this right with discretion, however, since extra absentee time beyond two years will not be allocated.
Please contact the admissions office of the polytechnic/UAS of your first choice in all matters relating to your application and changes in your circumstances. Good luck with your application and studies!