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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 application process for degree programmes in English in a nutshell

    1. Fill in the online application form ( during the application period
    2. Submit required certificates by the deadline given in the application form.
    3. Participate in the entrance exams
    4. Wait for the results of student admission
    5. Accept the offered study place by the deadline given.
    6. Begin studies
  • Is there an application fee required? 

    There is no application fee required, an applicant can fill in an application for free at​.

  • Do students need to pay tuition fees for studies? 

    Students who are non EU/EEA/Swiss 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? 

    The size of the scholarship is 15% of the tuition fee. Read more about Laurea scholarships and tuition fees.

  • 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 7 days 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? 

    English language skills will be evaluated as part of the entrance exam. ​Applicants do not need to provide any English language proficiency certificates when applying. Students applying for admission to the English degree programmes should have spoken and written language proficiency in English that is at least at an upper-intermediate level. This corresponds to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or an IELTS score of at least 6.0, or a TOEFL iBT score of at least 70. 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 25th January 2023 15:00 Finnish time.

  • 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? 

    All of the entrance exams in 2023 are online. 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 (spring application period) and in January (autumn application period) with the orientation 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 for the autumn semester cannot be granted to students who have not started studies by 20th September.

  • 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? 

    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.

    If you have a document that proves the required level of Finnish skills, you can upload it to your application form by 25th Jan 2023.

  • 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. Universities of applied sciences  provide higher professional education, and issue degrees at bachelor’s and master’s level. Universities promote academic research and issue degrees up to PhD level. 

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