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Application process

The application period for our Degree programmes taught in English took place 8th - 22nd January 2020. The next application period will take place in January 2021. Information about 2021 application will be updated to these pages in autumn 2020. – the national higher education application system in Finland

Students of the Laurea’s degree programmes conducted in English are selected through the Finnish national application system for higher education. The online application form is open during the application period and closes on the last application day at 3 PM. Applicants can apply to a maximum of six degree programmes in Finland using just one application form. The student admissions for Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) follow the selection criteria decided on yearly by the UAS for the joint national application.

To fill in the application, go to > Select the joint application form found on the right hand side of the page (the form is open only during the application period).

Each applicant may have only one active application form per application period. In spring application round 2020 there will be two separate application periods, first application period will take place 8th – 22nd January 2020 for the degree programmes taught in English and the second application period will take place 18th March - 1st April 2020 for the degree programmes taught in Finnish. You can apply in both application periods if you wish to apply for both English and Finnish degree programmes. For each application period, you can fill in only one application form containing a maximum of 6 options. Fill in all your contact information into your application form with great care so that the admissions services can contact you when necessary. Before filling in the application form, please take a moment to read through all the information regarding the application process, required certificates, entrance exams and student selection methods.

Applicants applying in the application period I (8th - 22nd Jan 2020) can be offered more than one study place in degree programmes taught in English. This means that the applicant applying in application period I can choose which degree progamme he/she accepts in case he/she is offered more than one study place.


Application process and deadlines 2020

The application process 2020 in a nutshell:

  1. Familiarise yourself with the degree programmes content and their selection criteria
  2. Fill in the application form during the application period (January 8th -22nd) at the application portal​
  3. Upload any required certificates to your application form(by 29th January 2020)
  4. Participate in the entrance exams (in March - April) and/or submit SAT results when applicable (by 8th April 2020)
  5. Wait for the results of student admission (results published latest by 5th June 2020) 
  6. Accept the offered study place (latest by 17th July 2020) and pay the tuition fee (if applicable)
  7. Begin studies (in end of August 2020)


Fill in the application form

Fill in the application form at during 8th - 22nd January 2020. Logging in to the My Studyinfo service is not required for filling in the application form. You can refer to the instructional video at the bottom of this page. In your application form you can choose a maximum of 6 degree programmes to apply for from Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland.  There is no fee required for filling in the application form in 2020. Please note each applicant can have a maximum of one application form per application period. If have submitted more than one application form in the application period 2020, your newest application form is active and the older application forms will be deleted.

You need to upload to your application form your higher secondary school graduation certificate and its official translation if it is not issued in English, Finnish or Swedish.  Read more about required certificates.
If you want to make changes to your application, you can make the changes by either logging into the My Studyinfo service with Finnish banking codes or you can use the link sent to you in the automatic e-mail message which you have received after submitting your application.
For other changes which are not possible to do via My Studyinfo -service or via the e-mail link, please send them by email to the Admissions Services of your highest choice UAS.


Notification of results

Admission to Laurea degree programmes in English is based (depending on the degree programme) on the result of the entrance examination, SAT Test results or certificated-based selection. You can be offered a study place from more than one application option, but you can accept only one study place in spring 2020. The notification of results is sent latest by June 5th 2020 by e-mail. Applicants from outside the EU area must apply for the residence permit for studies as soon as possible after receiving notification of admission in order to avoid any delays in beginning the studies.

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen and you are required to pay tuition fees, you will also receive the invoice for the tuition fee together with the notification of admission. In the event that you receive an unwarranted tuition fee invoice when admitted, you can still submit the documentary evidence (residence permit/passport) to Laurea Admissions in order to apply for a tuition fee waiver. This should be done as soon as the notification of admission has been received possibly latest before confirming the study place.

Confirm your study place

To keep the study place offered, you must confirm your study place before 17th July 2020 15.00. If you do not confirm your study place by the given date, you will forfeit your right to enrol in the degree programme. Applicants can confirm the offered study place via the My Studyinfo -service (Finnish bank codes required). Applicants without access to Finnish banking codes can make the study place confirmation via a link received by e-mail or with a printable confirmation form.

When you confirm a study place, you will not be considered a first-time applicant in the future application periods. Quotas for first-time applicants apply only to degree programmes taught in Finnish.

After you have confirmed your study place, you have to also register as present or absent for the academic year. If you are a non-EU/EEA student and you are liable to pay tuition fees, you will be registered as present for the academic year after you have paid the tuition fee for the first academic year. For tuition fee paying students the registration for the academic year is valid only after payment of the tuition fee for the said academic year has been made. Failure to pay the tuition fee or register for the academic year results in loss of study entitlement at Laurea.

Reserve list and additional applications

If an admitted student cancels his/her study place, another student can be admitted from the degree programme reserve list in his/her place. The reserve list number is indicated in the Notification of Results letter. Admission from the reserve list is possible until 31st July 2020. Applicants admitted from the reserve list must bear in mind that studies begin already in August.

Laurea may arrange an additional application for degree programmes in summer if the study places offered in the spring application period have not been filled. Any additional application periods will be announced on this page and also at

Begin your studies in 2020

Studies at Laurea begin in August 2020. Information for new students will be published in May-June 2020. To complete the admission process, students submit their original educational certificates for checking on the first day of studies. After the certificates have been checked, the certificates will be returned to the student. Admission will be withdrawn if the student has given false information for their application or fails to submit original certificates for checking within 10 days of beginning of studies.



Filling in the application form


Practicalities for international students

  • Visas and Residence Permits 

    Laurea's entrance exams are arranged in Finland only. Before applying, applicants must check if he/she needs a visa to attend the entrance exams in Finland. Please note that processing of immigration documents (visa/residence permit application) requires several weeks. For more information on the visa requirements contact the nearest Finnish or other EU-member state Embassy representing Finland in visa matters.

    You need a residence permit for Finland if you are not an EU/EEA citizen and you are coming to Finland to study for over 90 days. The residence permit application must be made from the local Finnish diplomatic mission immediately after receiving the notification of admission. The earlier the better in order to avoid delay in beginning studies. The Finnish Immigration Service provides new students with a Notice for Degree students which contains information about the residence permit application process. The notice is provided together with the notification of admission.   

    Health insurance is a mandatory requirement for obtaining a residence permit for studies. Students applying for an extension of to their residence permit must also have valid health insurance. Please see the Finnish Immigration website for examples of recommended insurance companies for students.

    Information regarding residence permit application provided by the Finnish Imigration Service website:

    > Finnish Immigration Service information for students
    Student: how to speed up the processing of your resident permit application
    Checklist for students applying for a residence permit

  • Living in Finland 

    The Laurea degree programmes in English are offered in Laurea Leppävaara in city of Espoo and Laurea Tikkurila in city of Vantaa. Both campuses are easy to reach by local train connections. Laurea Leppävaara is about 7 minutes walking distance from Leppävaara train station and Laurea Tikkurila is located right next to the Tikkurila train station. The travelling duration by local trains from Helsinki to Leppävaara (local trains E, U, L, A) or from Helsinki to Tikkurila (local trains R, Z, K, I) is about 15-20 minutes each. The local train connections make both campuses easy to reach when travelling to/from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport.

    Students need to cover their living costs themselves. Laurea does not have its own student dormitories or other housing for students. Students are responsible for acquiring accommodation for the studies. Student accommodation is available with student housing associations and companies close to most Laurea local units. HOAS, the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region, provides student housing predominantly in the Helsinki metropolitan area. To qualify for housing, the tenant must be a full-time degree student, be entitled to financial aid and their place of study must be located in the Helsinki metropolitan area (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen). 

    More information about  HOAS student housing

    General information about cost of living, accommodation and other practicalities about living in Finland available at > Living in Finland

Tuition fees and grants

Tuition fees are only for non-EU/EEA area students who have been selected to degree programmes taught in English.

Read more about tuition fees and grants for non EU/EEA students

Living in Finland

General information about living and studying in Finland.

Read more about living in Finland