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Selection criteria

Each university of applied sciences determines the selection methods to be used for each degree programme.

Applicants must first apply for the Laurea degree programmes at during the application period 2nd - 16th September 2020 and demonstrate their eligibility to apply with required certificates.

Number of study places and student selection methods used (autumn 2020):

​Degree Programme ​Available study places 
in total
​Number of students selected based on SAT Scores ​Number of students selected based on entrance exam ​Number of students selected based on certificate-based selection
​Nursing ​25 ​0 ​25 0


Selection between applicants with equal admission points 2020

In circumstances when applicants have a tie in admission points, the student selection will be automatically drawn by a computer system.

Selection criteria (autumn 2020)

  • General eligibility requirements 

    Eligibility to apply for Bachelor's degree

    Applicants can apply for the bachelor's degree programmes in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences at with one of the following qualifications:

    • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the Finnish Matriculation examination;
    • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
    • a Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma or Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) degree;
    • a European Baccalaureate Diploma (EB);  
    • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification with a scope of 120 credit units or 180 credit points, or a comparable previous Finnish vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units;  
    • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;
    • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification or a further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification; or
    • a foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question. Generally speaking the graduation certificate awarded after completion of 12 years of upper secondary school.

    In principle, the degree requirements indicated in the recommendation on selection criteria always refer to a Finnish degree, unless otherwise stated.

    A degree in higher education cannot be used to back up the application unless otherwise stated in the selection criteria for the university targeted in the application. Certain universities of applied sciences targeted may require a specific degree or other certificates.

    Laurea does not use discretionary admission.

    Applicants applying with an upper secondary school degree completed outside of Finland or an IB/EB/RP/DIA degree must upload a copy of the degree certificate by the deadline 23rd September 2020 or submit it to the admission services of the university of applied sciences which is first priority on their list of the universities of applied sciences as indicated in the application form. Read more about required certificates.   



  • Finnish language skill requirements and Health recommendations for Nursing 

    Finnish language skills required
    If you are applying for Laurea Nursing, you are required to have Finnish language skills (level B1 or better). Descriptions of the language levels: Common European Framework of reference for languages

    Applicants do not need to provide any certificates concerning Finnish language skills. Eligible applicants who have stated in the application form that they have the required Finnish language skills will be invited to the entrance examination. The applicant's Finnish language skills will be tested in the entrance exam of Laurea Nursing.

    Health recommendations

    If you are applying to study in Laurea Nursing you must have a sufficient good health status and functional capacity so that you are capable of completing practical assignments and work placement periods as part of the studies. All applicants to Nursing will be asked about their health status in the application form. If necessary, you will be asked to provide documentation concerning health issues or previously cancelled study entitlement. Read more about the Health requirements in Required certificates.


Appeal Process

If the decision on student admission has not been made according to the Laurea selection criteria 2020, applicants have the possibility to make a written appeal to the Management team within 14 days of receiving the decision.

Before starting the appeal process the applicant should first contact the Laurea Admission Services for more detailed information on the grounds of the decision: tel. +358 9 8868 7293  or e-mail

If, after contacting the Laurea Admissions Services and hearing the grounds for the decision, the applicant still thinks that the decision has not been made according to the Laurea selection criteria 2020, he/she may submit a written appeal against the decision. The appeal must be well-grounded and it should contain accurate information on where Laurea has not followed the Laurea selection criteria 2020.

In your appeal please give your name, address and contact information and explain in what way the decision has not been made according to the Laurea selection criteria 2020. The appeal must be submitted in writing within 14 days of receiving the decision to the address:

Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Management team
Ratatie 22
01300 Vantaa

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