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Application process

The application form closes on the last application day at 15:00. The application instructions for 2020 will be updated in autumn 2019. – 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 national 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 (forms are open only during the application period).

The application form is received and processed by the Admission Services of the applicant's first choice UAS. Each applicant may have only one active application form per application round. The spring application round 2019 contained two application periods, first application period took place 9th - 23rd January 2019 mainly for the degree programmes taught in English and the second application period took place 20th March -3rd April 2019 mainly for the degree programmes taught in Finnish. You can apply to both English and Finnish degree programmes, just make sure you leave space in your application form during first application period. You can fill in only one application containing 6 options total in spring 2019. 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.


Degree programmes open for application 2019

The Laurea bachelor's and master's degree programmes listed below were open for application January 9th-23rd 2019 via Programmes which have additional application periods will be announced on this page. The information for application year 2020 will be published in autumn 2019.

Degree programme Degree title Campus/available study places
Service Business management Bachelor of Business Administration, tradenomi (AMK) Leppävaara/25
Restaurant Entrepreneurship Bachelor of Hospitality Management, restonomi (AMK) Leppävaara/25
Business Information Technology
Bachelor of Business Administration, tradenomi (AMK) Leppävaara/25
Safety, Security and Risk Management Bachelor of Business Administration, tradenomi (AMK) Leppävaara/25
Nursing Bachelor of Health Care, sairaan​hoitaja (AMK) Tikkurila/25
Social Services Bachelor of Social Services, sosionomi (AMK) Tikkurila/25
Leading Transformational Change Master of Business Administration, tradenomi (ylempi AMK) Tikkurila/25
Global Health and Crisis Management Master of Health Care / Fysioterapeutti (ylempi AMK), Sairaanhoitaja (ylempi AMK), Terveydenhoitaja (ylempi AMK), Sosionomi (ylempi AMK) Tikkurila/20
Service Innovation and Design Master of Business Administration / Tradenomi (ylempi AMK) Leppävaara 25

Information on the application process, selection criteria, tuition fees and practicalities for international students 2019, please see below. 


Application process and deadlines 2019

Additional application period in July 2019

An additional application period for the Bachelor's degree programme in Service Business Management and Bachelor's degree programme in Restaurant Entrepreneurship took place 1st – 15th July 2019. The application form closes on the last application day at 15:00.

To apply,

  • fill in the additional application form during 1st - 15th July
  • upload your high school graduation certificate to your application
  • participate in the entrance exam
    • Restaurant Entrepreneurship exam Tuesday 13th August 2019
    • Service Business Management exam Wednesday 14th August 2019

All applicants who have filled in the additional application form for this degree programme can participate in the entrance exam which will take place at Laurea Leppävaara campus at the address Vanha maantie 9, Espoo.

Applicants should arrive at the exam venue at 8:00 am on the exam day and applicants must bring their official identification (passport/official ID card) with them. The exam will include a written part and group discussion. The exam does not have preliminary material. Reserve the whole day for the exam. The student admission of this additional application period will be based on the result of the entrance exam. Admission is conditional until the applicant's eligibility to apply has been checked from his/her upper secondary educational certificates. More information about eligibility is available at

Applicants will be notified about the results of student selection (additional application period) by e-mail during week 34. Studies will begin 26th August 2019.


If you already applied in the January 2019 application period, here's the application process 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 9th -23rd) at the centralised application portal​
  3. Submit required certificates (by 30th January 2019)
  4. Participate in the entrance exams (in March - April) and/or submit SAT results when applicable (by 10th April 2019)
  5. Wait for the results of student admission (results published in May -June) 
  6. Accept the offered study place (latest by 8th July 2019)
  7. Begin studies (in August)


  • Fill in the application form 9th - 23rd January 2019 

    Fill in the application form at Logging in to the My Studyinfo service is not required for filling in the application form. 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. Carefully consider your order of preferences in your application form. You will be given admission to the highest preference where your admission points are sufficient. Choose your most preferred degree programme as your first option, and then choose your second to sixth options when applicable. The order of preference in the application is binding and cannot be changed after the application period closes 23rd January 2019 at 15.00. There is no fee required for filling in the application form in 2019. Please note each applicant can have a maximum of one application form per application round. If an applicant has submitted more than one application form, the newest application form is left active and the older application forms will be deleted. 

    Once you have submitted your application form online, you will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail with your personal application number, the degree programmes you have applied for and requests for any required certificates. Please write your application number down on to all documents sent to the admissions services to enable smoother service. It is highly recommended you also take a print out of your application form for reference. All required certificate attachments have to be at the UAS Admission Services  by 30th February 2019 at 15.00 Finnish time. Read more about required certificates.

  • Changes to application 

    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.

    Applicants can make the following changes to the application themselves using the My studyinfo service (Finnish banking codes required):
    - Edit your answers to any questions concerning your application options (possible only during the application period). 
    - Update your contact information.

    Applicants can make the following changes to the application themselves via the e-mail link:
    - add, remove and rearrange the order of preferences in the application (possible only during the application period).

    For other changes which are not possible to do via My Studyinfo -service or via the e-mail link, please contact your highest choice UAS Admissions Services. Changes can be submitted only in writing via e-mail preferably. Remember to mention your full name, date of birth and applicant number.  Changes to your application cannot be submitted by a telephone call. 

    If you also want to apply for the degree programmes taught in Finnish (application period is 20 March - 3 April 2019), you can supplement your application during the March-April application period. Please note, each applicant can have a maximum of 6 application options. If your application form already contains 6 application options in the January application period, you cannot add or remove any more application options in the March-April application period. If you have space in your application form, you can add application options available in March by using the e-mail link / logging in to the My Studyinfo - service. 

  • Entrance exams and SAT Test results 

    Eligible applicants will be invited to the degree programme entrance exams which take place in March-April. Eligible applicants must participate and pass in the degree programme entrance exams in order to be considered for admission. Some UAS degree programmes are in entrance exam co-operation together within the same fields of studies, allowing you to apply to several programmes with one entrance exam result. Some of the degree programmes have entrance exams arranged outside Finland also. 
    Read more about entrance exams.

    Some of the Laurea’s bachelor degree programmes also grant admission based on the SAT Test results. SAT Test results must arrive to Laurea UAS Admission Services latest by 10th April 2019. Read more about SAT Test requirements

  • Notification of results 

    The notification of results is sent latest by June 28th 2019 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. See information concerning practicalities for international students found below.

    If you are required to pay tuition fees, you will also receive the invoice for the tuition fee together with the notification of admission. However, in the event that one receives an unwarranted tuition fee invoice when admitted, the applicant can still submit the documentary evidence (residence permit/passport) 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.

    Admission to Laurea degree programmes in English is based on the result of the entrance examination and also SAT Test results in certain degree programmes. An applicant can be accepted to one option only – the highest option possible based on the admission points. If your admission points are not sufficient for admission to the programme of your first preference, your points will then be checked for your lower preferences. If you are given admission to a higher preference, you cannot be selected for admission to the lower preferences. Therefore please carefully consider your order of preference before submitting your application.

  • Confirm your study place 

    To keep the study place offered, you must confirm your study place before 8th July 2019 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. Please note that degree programmes in English do not have quotas for first-time applicants.

    After you have confirmed your study place, you have to also register as present or absent for the academic year. If you are liable to pay a tuition fee, your registration for the academic year can be made only 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 after payment of the tuition fee for the said academic year has been made. Failure to register for the academic year results in loss of study entitlement at Laurea.

  • Reserve list 

    If an admitted student cancels his/her study place, another student can be admitted from the degree programme reserve list. The reserve list number is indicated in the Notification of Results letter. Admission from the reserve list is possible until 31st July 2019. Applicants admitted from the reserve list must bear in mind that studies begin already in August. 

  • Begin your studies 

    Studies begin in August 2019. Information for new students will be published in May-June 2019. 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 14 days of beginning of studies.

Laurea may arrange an additional application for degree programmes in summer after the spring  application period. The degree programmes in additional application will be published on this page and also at


Filling in the application form


Practicalities for international students

  • Visas and Residence Permits 

    Some of the 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 when you come to Finland to study for over 90 days and if you are not an EU-citizen or citizen of Island, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Such students who have been selected for admission must apply for the residence permit from the local Finnish diplomatic mission immediately after receiving the notification of admission 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.    

    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

  • Health Insurance 

    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.

  • Living in Finland 

    The Laurea degree programmes in English are offered in Laurea Leppävaara in Espoo and Laurea Tikkurila in 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

Non-EU/EEA area students who have been selected through the Finnish joint application for admission to degree programmes taught in English will be charged tuition fees.

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