Frequently asked questions about applying to Laurea
Laurea Admission Services are here to help with any questions regarding application. A compilation of the most frequently asked questions and their answers are found below.
How do I apply?
The autumn application process for degree programmes in English in a nutshell
- Fill in the online application form (studyinfo.fi) during the application period (September 2nd - 16th 2020)
- Submit required certificates (by 23rd September 2020)
- Participate in the entrance exams
- Wait for the results of student admission (results published latest by 27th November 2020)
- Accept the offered study place (latest by 4th of December 2020, 3 PM)
- Begin studies (in January) and present your original certificates for checking
Is there an application fee required?
There is no application fee required, an applicant can fill in an application for free at studyinfo.fi.
Do students need to pay tuition fees for studies?
Students who are non EU/EEA nationals will be charged tuition fees. The tuition fees are EUR 8000 per academic year for bachelor's degree programmes taught in English and 10 000 euros per academic year for Master’s Degree programmes taught in English. Please see the tuition fees page for information about fees and exemptions.
Does Laurea offer scholarships?
Students are mostly required to finance their own studies and living expenses are a student's own responsibility as well. Grants are intended only for students paying yearly tuition fee and they are provided to those students who have completed at least 60 credits of studies that count towards their degree programme in the previous academic year. Read more about available grants and conditions.
Can I pay my tuition fee in instalments?
The tuition fee must be paid in full by the given deadline.
When is the deadline for paying the tuition fees once admitted?
Applicants who are required to pay the tuition fee must pay the fee by the given deadline together with the study place confirmation. If an applicant is admitted from the waiting list after all the results of student admission have been published, the tuition fee must be paid within two weeks from announcement of results.
Do I need an English language proficiency certificate like TOEFL or the IELTS to apply for the degree programmes taught in English?
There is no English language proficiency certificate required from you when applying in 2020. However, applicants must have a good command of English since the language skills will be tested in the entrance exam. Applicants who do not pass the English skills assessment in the entrance exam cannot be considered for admission.
Will I be exempted from taking part in the English language test since my country’s official language is English?
The English language test is embedded in the entrance exam and all applicants are tested, so there are no exceptions. This ensures that the student’s studies go on as planned and it is also a matter of quality assurance in trying to maintain the standards of our institution. The test is, therefore, part and parcel of the selection process since it forms part of the selection criteria.
When do I send my school certificates?
Any required educational certificates must be uploaded directly to the application form latest by the stated deadline for submission and not after that, which is the 23rd September 2020 before 15:00 Finnish time. Your application will not be considered if you do not upload the required attachments to your application form by the deadline given.
I applied last year. Do I need to submit my certificates for my application again?
Yes, all required certificates must be uploaded to the application form by the given deadline per application period. An application and submitted certificate attachments are valid only for the application period in question.
Does Laurea help in finding suitable accommodation?
No, Laurea is not responsible for finding accommodation for degree seeking students. Hoas - Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region is the contact for housing in the capital area. Please refer to the HOAS website for information.
Can I do my exam abroad?
No, the Laurea entrance exams are run annually in Finland. Read more about entrance exams.
Does your institution help in applying for visas or permits?
Laurea does not assist in visa and permit applications. Those matters are handled by the immigration officials. Visa and permit applications are a student’s own responsibility. Admitted students are encouraged to apply for a residence permit from their local consular or embassy immediately after receiving notification of admission.
Who are the closest persons to help me when I arrive for my studies?
The tutor students, tutor teachers, the Student Affairs Office and Head of Student Affairs.
When do I have to arrive for my studies? Can I arrive late?
First year studies begin annually in August with the orientation week which is mandatory for all new students.
A formal notification on the expected date of arrival for the new students is included in acceptance e-mail. It is very important that new students arrive on the first day of studies as indicated in the acceptance email. Credits cannot be granted to students who arrive after the given deadline.
Does an invitation to an entrance exam equate to being admitted?
No, an invitation to an entrance exam is not the same as being admitted. It simply means that one has met the eligibility criteria based on the submitted documents and they therefore must take part in the next stage of the selection process which is the entrance exam. Applicants must pass the degree programme's entrance examination in order to be considered for admission.
However, admission to some of the Laurea's Bachelor's Degrees in English is also granted based on the SAT Test Scores. Please read more about student selection criteria.
Is there a quota for some applicants of a certain origin, nationality or ethnicity?
No, Laurea does not do any quotas for any prospective students and selection is solely based on who is most successful in the application round's entrance examination or/and in some Bachelor's Degree programmes admission is also granted based on the SAT Test Scores or Certificate-based selection. Please read more about student selection criteria.
Do I need to submit a Finnish language skills certificate when applying for the Nursing Programme and the Social Services Programme?
No, certificates proving Finnish language skills are not required for application. The Nursing and the Social Services Programmes have a mandatory basic Finnish language requirement (level B1 or higher) and the applicant's level of Finnish skills will be tested in the entrance exam.
What is the difference between universities of applied sciences and universities?
The Finnish higher education system is based on a dual model, which allows for both universities (yliopisto in Finnish) and universities of applied sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu in Finnish) to exist. The aim of universities of applied sciences is to provide advanced work-oriented teaching and applied research and development that especially supports small and medium-sized enterprises and the service sector (i.e. professional or vocational higher education).
On the other hand, universities promote academic research and related high-level education.
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