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Required certificates

Remember to upload any required certificates to your application form.

When filling in the application form in, any required documents must be uploaded directly to the application form or submitted to the Admission Services by 23rd September 2020 at 3 PM Finnish time. Please read through the following information concerning required certificates and deadlines.

Required certificates for autumn 2020 application

  • Upper secondary school certificate requirements 

    Have you completed any of the educational qualifications listed below? If yes, you have to upload the final graduation certificate or a statement of the upcoming graduation from the educational institution to your application form no later than 23rd September 2020 at 15.00.

    • upper secondary school completed outside Finland + official translation,
    • Finnish Matriculation Examination completed in Finland before year 1990,  
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
    • Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma/Deutsches Internationales Abitur (DIA)
    • European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma

    Upper secondary school qualification completed outside Finland

    A qualification completed outside Finland must provide eligibility for applying to higher education in the country it has been awarded. When applying to Bachelor’s Degree, the upper secondary school certificate awarded after 12 years of education is usually the general requirement. If you are unsure whether or not your upper secondary school certificate gives eligibility for higher education, please contact Laurea Admissions Services. Applicants must always submit their final certificate when applying. However, a provisional certificate issued by the educational institution on the graduation of the applicant will be accepted as a certificate that demonstrates the applicant's eligibility to apply if the applicant's official diploma cannot be delivered in advance within the stated deadline due to an action taken by the authorities or any equivalent reason. So in practice, if you are graduating from upper secondary in autumn 2020, you have to submit a freeform statement from your school confirming your expected graduation in 2020 and the statement has to be uploaded to your application form by 23rd September 2020.

    If you are admitted your original certificates will be checked within 10 days of the beginning of studies. Admission is conditional until all the required original certificates have been checked. Your admission to Laurea may be withdrawn, if you have given false information.

    If any of your educational documents are issued in another language than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation in Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator must also be submitted together with the copy of the original document. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator.

    International Baccalaureate Diploma, Reifeprüfung Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma

    If you are applying to Bachelor’s degree with a completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma or European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma must also upload a the final IB, RP or EB Diploma by 23rd September 2020. If you are completing your IB, RP or EB Diploma in autumn 2020 you must send to Laurea Admissions the IB/RP/EB Predicted grades or equivalent by 28th December 2020. The admission of an applicant applying with an IB, RP or EB Diploma is conditional until the final IB/RP/EB diploma has been awarded and also checked by the Laurea Admission Services (latest by 28th December 2020).

    Please note the International Baccalaureate Certificate does not give eligibility to apply. IB students must have the final IB Diploma awarded to them in order to be considered for admission to Laurea Bachelor degree programmes. The IB transcript of grades indicating the IB diploma has been awarded is accepted. Original certificates will also be checked within 10 days of the beginning of studies. Admission is conditional until all the required original certificates have been checked.

    If you have completed your upper secondary qualification in Finland, usually you do not need to upload any certificates during the application period, the certificates will be checked for those admitted as students. However, applicants with the following Finnish qualifications need to upload their educational certificate by 23rd September 2020:
    •    Finnish Matriculation completed before 1990.
    •    IB, RP or EB Diploma completed in Finland (please see the relevant information on IB/EB/RP diplomas above)

    Applicants applying with either a Finnish upper secondary school completed without matriculation grades or with a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification must submit a copy of their final graduation certificate latest by 28th December 2020. Applicants who have completed the Finnish Matriculation examination in year 1990 and onwards do not need to send their certificate copies since their matriculation examination information can be verified via Finnish Matriculation Examination Register.

    The students' admission is conditional until all relevant original certificates have been checked in the beginning of the studies. Admission may be cancelled if the student has given false information in the application form or if the student does not submit the original certificates for checking within 10 days of the beginning day of the studies.

    Refugee status

    A person with refugee status or an asylum seeker may apply and be accepted to study in education just as any other eligible citizen of Finland or any other country.

    If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation or is an asylum seeker, and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his/her educational qualification completed outside Finland, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to take an entrance examination.

    The applicant must have a decision by authorities concerning his/her status (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection). In order to declare his/her status, an asylum seeker who has not yet been granted a decision may verify his/her status by presenting an identity card with his/her photograph granted by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) and, when required by the degree programme, a fee-based (€20) pending application by Migri that states that the applicant is permitted to legally reside in Finland during the time when his/her case is being processed, i.e. until a lawful decision has been made on the case.

    The decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection must be uploaded to the application form no later than 23rd September 2020 15.00.

  • Health Certificates (for Nursing only) 

    If you are applying to study to Laurea Nursing please be aware that in the social welfare and health care sector, the studies include working with customer groups requiring special protection, in which case ethical requirements and requirements for patient or customer safety are crucial. The health and functional capacity of students shall be such that they are capable of performing assignments and practical training related to their studies.

    Studying and working in these professions requires sufficient physical, mental and social capacity.

    Obstacles to student admission may include, for instance, the following:
    •    Severe rash and/or allergy to e.g. medicinal products and detergents
    •    Sensory disability affecting functional ability
    •    Mental health disorder
    •    Substance abuse/drug abuse or misuse during the last two years
    •    Limited social capacity which makes it difficult to work with people
    •    Long-term illness or physical injury limiting participation in studies and practical training

    Applicants to Degree programme in Nursing will be asked in the application form whether or not they have any health issues that could prevent studies and if their study entitlement has been cancelled.

    • If the applicant answers 'Yes' to either of these questions, the university of applied sciences will request a detailed health information (medical certificate) and/or an account of the reason for previously cancelled study entitlement. These docments will be requested in order to assess whether the student will be able to manage the studies and which support measures will reasonably be required.


    The admission of such applicants is conditional until the University of Applied Sciences has assessed the afore mentioned documents provided by the applicant.

    An issue related to health or functional ability is not an obstacle to student admission if the obstacle can be removed by reasonable means. The severity and the management of the obstacle will be taken into account when assessing the applicant's suitability to be admitted as a student in the degree programme concerned.

    Students involved in traineeships in social welfare and health care operating units shall be vaccinated against measles and chicken pox or have acquired immunity to them from natural infection, and those treating infants shall be vaccinated against whooping cough. In addition, annual influenza vaccination is required. (Section 48 of the Communicable Diseases Act 1227/2016). The required vaccinations are free of charge for students in the social welfare and health care sector.

    The social welfare and health care sector is not suitable for individuals convicted of one of the following: offences against children, sexual offences, violent offences, crimes against freedom, or drug offences.

    An extract from the judicial record shall be submitted for completing assignments or practical training included in the studies which require working with minors.

    Blood-borne illnesses may restrict practical training and, after graduation, the students’ placement in work assignments.

    SORA legislation applies to education leading to a degree in applied sciences in the field of social welfare and medical care, the humanities, physical exercise and maritime navigation. These fields have requirements concerning the safety of minors, patient and customer safety or traffic safety which restrict student admission. In this case, it is required that the health and functional capacity of approved applicants is such that they are able to take part in the practical assignments or training related to the studies.
    A restriction related to health or functional ability does not prevent students from being admitted if the effects of the restriction can be reasonably eliminated, for example by making special arrangements. The purpose is not to impose unnecessary obstacles to the access to training for people with disabilities or people with other physical or mental restrictions. Restrictions apply only in situations where it is clear that the applicant cannot participate in the training because of their health or functional capacity. The severity of the obstacle and the situation related to its treatment are taken into account when assessing the applicant's suitability as a student in the degree programme concerned.

    At the request of the university of applied sciences, students shall present an extract from the judicial record if, for their studies or practical training related to the studies, they are given assignments which essentially require working with minors. A university of applied sciences may oblige a student to present a certificate on a drug test if there is a reason to suspect that the student is performing practical assignments related to the studies under the influence of drugs or that the student has a drug addiction.

  • Passport/Residence permit for remission of tuition fee 

    There will be a tuition fee applicable to students who are not citizens of countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. However, non EU/EEA citizens are exempted from paying tuition fees for the academic year if they are in possession of any of the following documents:

    • Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of Switzerland 
    • EU Blue Card residence permit in Finland
    • Continuous residence permit in Finland, A-type permit
    • Permanent residence permit in Finland, P-type permit
    • EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence in Finland (type P-EU)
    • Residence card in Finland for non-EU family members of EU citizens. Family membership is defined as stipulated in the Aliens Act.                

    Information about residence permits in Finland available at the Finnish Immigration website.

    If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen and you have any of the documents proving exemption from tuition fees listed above, you must upload the document to your application form by 23rd September 2020.

    The documentary evidence for exemption of the tuition fee for the academic year must also be presented before enrolling for each academic year.

    Disclaimer: Even though it is highly recommended that applicants send in all documentary evidence that prove eligibility for a tuition fee waiver to the admissions office by the 23rd September 2020, it is not a mandatory requirement. In the event that one receives an unwarranted tuition fee invoice when admitted, the applicant can still submit the required attachments to apply for a tuition fee waiver. This should be done as soon as the notification of admission has been received but latest before confirming the study place. Admission is conditional until the admission services has checked all relevant documents as well as valid identification (passport).