Frequently asked questions

What does the term blended learning mean?

Blended learning provides students with an opportunity to use their own work environment as a learning environment and to integrate, where possible, the tasks they perform in their jobs and the further development of these tasks into their studies.

The blended learning model includes one week of classroom instruction every 3 to 4 weeks. During a classroom instruction week, students are usually on campus from Monday to Friday. Each semester includes 4 to 6 weeks of classroom instruction. Classroom instructions lasts for a total of 40 hours per month. Students pursue their studies independently and in groups, taking advantage of peer-to-peer learning and working in networks.

Remote (distance) learning weeks consist of online lectures (after 4 pm) and guidance over the internet. During remote learning weeks, students work on projects independently and in teams.

Practical training opportunities require full-time studying on weekdays. Health programmes include practical training each semester, whereas the practical training for social service programmes do not begin until the third semester.

Blended learning programmes are available at Diak Helsinki, Oulu, Pieksämäki and Pori.

When can I apply?

See the schedule

How do I apply?

See the instructions and learn more about the Studyinfo portal

What educational qualifications do I need to apply?

See the selection criteria

Can I apply with a degree from a university or a university of applied sciences?

You may not apply with a university degree.  Please see the selection criteria 

Do I qualify as a first-time applicant?

If you have completed a higher education degree in Finland, or you have accepted an offer to study at a university or a university of applied sciences as a result of a joint application process from spring 2014 or later, you no longer qualify as a first-time applicant.

Will I be invited to the entrance examination?

Programmes in English: Applicants will be invited to an entrance examination by e-mail.

Programmes in Finnish: Applicants selected for the Diak entrance examination will receive an invitation by e-mail. Please note that no invitations are sent for the pre-selection tests for social services and health. For more information on the pre-selection tests for social services and health, see

How is the selection score determined?

See the degree programme selection criteria

Can I supplement or amend my application?

Applicants can change their study programme choices and orders of preference only during the joint application period. To make these changes, you must log into the Studyinfo service. For more information on making changes, see the Studyinfo portal.

Once the application period has ended, any changes that affect the eligibility of the applicant must be communicated in writing to the Admissions Office of the applicant’s first choice programme by 26 February 2017 before 3 pm Finnish time (deadline 1: BA programs) or by 30 April 2017 before 3 pm Finnish time (deadline 2: MA programs).

Any changes that may affect the final selection must be communicated in writing to the Admissions Office of the applicant’s first choice program by 25 May 2017 before 3 pm Finnish time.

All changes to the application form must be communicated to the appropriate Admissions Office in writing, for instance, by e-mail. The submission of certificates to the Admissions Office or for supplementing the entrance exam is not considered a change in an applicant’s application. Otherwise, changes must be specific and unambiguous. Please indicate your full name and application number in any messages.

How do I cancel my application?

If you wish to cancel your application, please contact the admissions office of your first choice programme. Contact information for the Diak Admissions Office.

How do I accept an offer?

If you are accepted to a programme of your choice in joint application, Studyinfo will send you a notification that includes instructions for confirming that you accept the offer. For additional instructions, see the Studyinfo portal. The official Diak website also has an information page for new students.

If you are accepted to our Master’s programme, you will be informed of the results by email that includes instructions for confirming that you accept the offer.

How do I reject an offer?

If you are accepted to a programme of your choice in joint application, Studyinfo will send you a notification that includes instructions for confirming that you accept the offer. To accept/reject the offer, click on the link in the message and follow the instructions. For additional instructions, please see the Studyinfo portal.

If you are accepted to our Master’s programme, you will be informed of the results by email that includes instructions for rejecting the offer.

Where can I find statistics on the annual number of applicants?

Click the links below to see statistics for previous years. Please note that the scores awarded to the various application rounds are not fully comparable and that the selection criteria and scoring were renewed nationwide in autumn 2014 and spring 2016. Applicant statistics are only available in Finnish.

For more statistics on the joint application process, please see the National Board of Education statistics.

Can I accept two offers?

According to the one study place per term provision, you can only accept one offer from a higher education institution to being your studies per term. You have the right to pursue more than one degree, but the offers to study for these degrees need to be accepted in different semesters. The one study place per term provision does not apply to transfers to new institutions. Read more on the Studyinfo portal.

What do I do if I am dissatisfied with the final results of the application process?

Applicants dissatisfied with Diak’s student selection decision can appeal the decision.

Before making an appeal, please review the admission criteria of the degree programme to which you applied (Degree Programme in Social Services / Bachelor of Social Services, admissions criteria).

After reviewing the criteria, you may contact Diak’s Admission Services,, +358 400 725 384. Admission Services will clarify why you were not accepted as a student. Admission Services can also give you the contact information of the Study Advisor of the degree programme who will further discuss the matter with you, if needed.

If you wish to take the matter further after you have contacted the Study Advisor, you can do so by writing a formal appeal. Address the appeal to Diak’s Board of Examiners and send it to:

Admission Services
Diaconia University of Applied Sciences
Kyläsaarenkuja 2
FI-00580 Helsinki

The appeal has to be made in writing and it has to reach Admission Services within two weeks of when the results of the student selection have been announced. The Board of Examiners will consider the appeal in their meeting and the applicant will be notified of the decision in writing.

Note that appealing against the admission criteria is not possible. If you do not fulfill the eligibility criteria and admission requirements, you do not have grounds for an appeal.

I would like to postpone the beginning of my studies. What do I need to do?

According to the Universities Act/Polytechnics Act, a first-year student may only register as absent for the first academic year on the following grounds (the documents to prove the legal grounds for the absence are in parenthesis):

  • Completion of military service, civilian service or voluntary military service for women in Finland (document: call-up order)
  • Maternity leave, paternity leave or parental leave (documents: maternity, paternity or parental allowance period certificate from Kela, or, if you have not yet received one, a medical certificate on the pregnancy)
  • If you are unable to begin your studies due to an illness or disability (document: sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from beginning their studies on 1 August 2018)

If a student admitted to the Degree Programme in Social Services in 2018 is registering as absent for her or his first academic year on one of the grounds mentioned above, she or he needs to submit a document proving the legal grounds of the absence to the Study Office by 10 July 2018.

Do I need to pay tuition?

Universities of applied sciences and universities will start charging a tuition fee from bachelor’s or master’s level students studying in languages other than Finnish or Swedish. EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to the charge.

The tuition fee will be charged for studies starting in August 1, 2017.

Diaconia University of Applied Sciences has decided that bachelor’s level programmes will cost 4,000€ and master’s level programmes 6,000€ per year. A scholarship scheme is also under development.

The fee will not be charged from persons who are equated with EU area citizens or their family members. The exemption will also apply to those who have an EU blue card stated in the Aliens Act, continuous or permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EC residence permit.

EU countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

EEA countries are: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

For more information on the joint application process, please see the Studyinfo portal.

Can I study at Diak if I am not religious? What role does Christianity play at Diak?

Applicants do not need to be members of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church, and may be members of other religious communities. Diak is a multicultural and multifaith academic and employment community. Our pedagogical approach is based on Christian values and a love for one’s neighbour. For example, our instruction methods emphasize human interactions.

Diak offers both religious and secular degree programmes. The secular programmes do not include a religious component.

The religious programmes provide training that is suitable for service in both church and society in general. The training provided by the secular programmes is not suitable for service in diocesan positions.

Please note that to be appointed to a diocesan position in Finland, you need to be a member of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church in addition to having completed the appropriate higher education. Applicants for degrees that lead to diocesan qualifications are assessed during the entrance exam process for their ability to serve in the Church.

All English-language bachelor’s and master’s programmes offered at Diak fall into the secular category.