Eligibility

The general application eligibility requirements for bachelor’s degree programmes offered by universities of applied sciences are described in the Recommendation for Admissions Criteria for Universities of Applied Sciences 2017 (1 General Section: Bachelor’s Degree Programmes). There is also a separate section for degree programmes provided in English (section 7.2 Degree programmes in English, full-time and part-time studies). Please review these sections carefully.

You can apply to a bachelor’s degree programme if you have completed one of the following

  • 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 upper secondary vocational qualification with a scope of 120 credits or an equivalent previous vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credits
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level degree
  • a Finnish upper secondary, further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or an equivalent previous qualification
  • foreign education allows the applicant to apply for higher education in the country in question

Note that you cannot apply with a university or university of applied sciences degree.

The qualification used in the application procedure must be completed in time to allow a copy of the certificate to arrive at the relevant university of applied sciences no later than July 14, 2017 before 3.00 pm Finnish time. This also applies to any qualifications completed by EU/EEA citizens and to international matriculation examinations (IB, EB, RP).

Those EU/EEA citizens applying with a non-Finnish qualification certificate must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for the application by February 8, 2017 before 3.00 pm Finnish time. Applicant with an international matriculation examination (IB, EB, RP) who completes an IB diploma during the application period has to send their final grades by Friday, 14 July 2017 3.00 pm Finnish time.

Recommendation for Admission Criteria (PDF). Admission will be based solely on the results of the entrance examination. This applies to all applicants, including those applying with a Finnish qualification.

Diak does not use discretionary admission.

Required documents

Note that all certificate copies and language certificate copies must be submitted by post or by visiting the admissions office. If you wish to visit the admissions office, note that you must be ready to submit copies; we do not copy applicant documents. For a more detailed schedule, see the schedule appendix of the Recommendation for Admission Criteria (PDF).

Finnish qualifications

Those applying with a Finnish qualification certificate do not need to submit copies of their certificates, as these will only be verified for those admitted as students. (If you are admitted as a student, you will need to submit a copy of your final certificate by July 14, 2017 before 3.00 pm Finnish time.)

However, if you have taken the Finnish Matriculation Examination (ylioppilastutkinto) prior to year 1990, you need to submit a copy of your matriculation examination certificate to the admissions office of your first-choice university of applied sciences by February 8, 2017 before 3.00 pm Finnish time.

International matriculation examinations (International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, Reifeprüfung)

Those applying with an international matriculation examination diploma (an International Baccalaureate diploma, European Baccalaureate diploma or Reifeprüfung diploma), completed in Finland or another country, must submit a copy of their diploma by February 8, 2017 before 3.00 pm Finnish time to the admissions office of their first-choice university of applied sciences, which will then decide on each applicant’s eligibility to apply to all chosen university of applied sciences programmes. Those graduating during the application period must submit a copy of their diploma by July 14, 2017 before 3.00 pm Finnish time.

Qualifications completed outside Finland, EU/EEA citizens

Those EU/EEA citizens applying with a non-Finnish qualification certificate must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for the application by February 8, 2017 before 3.00 pm Finnish time to the admissions office of their first-choice university of applied sciences, which will then decide on each applicant’s eligibility to apply to all chosen university of applied sciences programmes. However, this does not apply to EU/EEA citizens graduating during the application period (spring 2017), who will need to submit certificate copies by July 14, 2017 before 3.00 pm Finnish time. Only copies of final qualification certificates can be accepted; no provisional or temporary certificates or statements of results will be accepted. Certificate copies arriving late will not be accepted.

Qualifications completed outside Finland, non EU/EEA citizens

Those non EU/EEA citizens applying with a non-Finnish qualification must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for the application by February 8, 2017 before 3.00 pm Finnish time to the admissions office of their first-choice university of applied sciences, which will then decide on each applicant’s eligibility to apply to all chosen university of applied sciences programmes. The qualification has to be completed by January 25, 2017.

Official translations of certificates

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 February 8, 2017 before 3.00 pm Finnish time to the admissions office of the applicant’s first-choice university of applied sciences.

Refugees

If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his or her qualification, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to take an entrance examination. 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 the relevant decision to the admissions office of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying by February 8, 2017 before 3.00 pm Finnish time.

Note that Diak will check the original certificates from all accepted applicants at the beginning of studies. Admission is conditional until the original certificates have been checked and compared to the information the applicant has given when applying. Failure to present original documents may lead to cancellation of admission.