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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  and demonstrate their eligibility to apply with required certificates.

Excellent skills in English are required for success in all the Laurea’s degree programmes provided in English. The applicants do not need to submit evidence of language proficiency. The applicants’ language proficiency will be assessed in a compulsory language test included in the entrance examination on a scale of pass/fail. An applicant failing the language test will be excluded from admission. 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.

Selection criteria (spring 2022)

  • Eligibility requirements for Bachelor's degree 

    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 upper secondary 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.
    • a Bachelor's or Master's degree

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

    Certain universities of applied sciences targeted may require a specific degree or other certificates.

    Laurea does not use discretionary admission.

    Applicants must submit proof of their education according to the deadlines given, see Required certificates page for details.

  • SAT selection 

    Selection method: SAT Test

    The following Bachelor's degree programmes also selects students based on SAT scores as an alternative to entrance exams:
    - Service Business Management
    - Business Information Technology
    - Business Information Technology, Cyber Security
    - Safety, Security and Risk Management

    An applicant applying with SAT Test Scores must also fill in the application form at during 5th - 19th January 2022.

    Applicants who have filled in the application at and demonstrated their eligibility to apply can be accepted based on the SAT Test result. In order to be considered for admission based on the SAT results, an applicant must have completed all the following SAT Test sections with the following minimum points:

    1) Evidence-based reading and writing (minimum 500 points)

    • Reading Test
    • Writing and Language Test

    2) Math (minimum 500 points)

    The lowest accepted SAT Test result total is 1000 points. Students are selected in order of best points.

    Only the new version of SAT Test (completed after March 2016) is accepted. Please note that SAT Subject Tests are not accepted. The results of the SAT Test must be delivered to Laurea by 4th April 2022. SAT scores are considered only if delivered via the SAT score report service. To order your SAT score report delivered directly to Laurea University of Applied Sciences, please use the Institutional code: 6965.


    Check the International SAT test dates and register on the College Board website.


    Selection between applicants with equal admission points 2022

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

  • Finnish language skill requirements and Health recommendations for Nursing and Social Services 

    Finnish language skills required
    If you are applying for Laurea Nursing or Laurea Social Services, 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 to Laurea Nursing and Social Services do not need to provide any certificates concerning Finnish language skills. The applicant's Finnish language skills will be tested in the entrance exam.

    Health recommendations

    If you are applying to study in Laurea Nursing or Laurea Social Services 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 and Social Services 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.

  • Eligibility requirements for Master's degree 

    Degree programme in Service Innovation and Design and
    Degree programme in Leading Transformational Change

    Applicants to these Master's programmes must have either a

    • Bachelor's or Master's degree completed at a university or a university of applied sciences and at least two years (24 months) of subsequent work experience in a relevant field or
    • a former Finnish higher vocational qualification (opistotaso/ammatillinen korkea-asteen tutkinto) and at least two years (24 months) of subsequent work experience in a relevant field.

    A relevant field is considered to include both the field being applied to and the field of the previous higher education degree. The required work experience (at least 24 months) must be acquired after the date of graduation. Work experience acquired acquired after the degree/qualification graduation date until 31st July 2022 will be considered.

    For information about deadlines for certificates, please see required certificates page.

    Degree programme in Global Health and Crisis Management

    Applicants to this Master's programme must have completed one of the degrees mentioned below:

    Sosiaali- ja terveysalan ammattikorkeakoulututkinto

    • Bachelor of Health Care, fysioterapeutti (AMK)
    • Bachelor of Health Care, sairaanhoitaja (AMK)
    • Bachelor of Social Services, sosionomi (AMK)
    • Bachelor of Health Care, terveydenhoitaja (AMK)

    Laurea may, at its discretion, also consider other suitable degrees in the field of Health care and Social Services completed at University or University of Applied Sciences or a Finnish former higher vocational level qualification (opistoasteen/ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto).

    In addition, all applicants must have a minimum of two years (24 months) of relevant work experience acquired after graduation date of the degree/qualification. Work experience must either be related to the degree you are applying for or related to the degree you have graduated from. Work experience acquired until 31st July 2022 will be considered. Fluent spoken and written English are required.

    For information about deadlines for certificates, please see required certificates page.

  • Work experience requirements for Master's Degree 

    To apply for a UAS Master’s degree programme you need at least two years (24 months) of work experience that must either be related to the degree you are applying for or related to the degree you have graduated from. The two years (24 months) of work experience must be acquired after the graduation date of the eligible degree/qualification you are applying with.

    Work experience will be checked from applicants selected for admissions. Work experience acquired until 31st July 2022 will be considered. Your work experience must be proven with work experience certificates which must be uploaded to your application form by 15th July 2022 15:00.


    Applicants must provide proof of all the work experience they have mentioned in their application. Employment contracts alone are not considered. All work experience must be proven with valid work experience certificates issued by the employer. The certificate must clearly show the start and end date of your employment and work tasks and must be signed and stamped by employer. If your employment is on-going, please provide a temporary statement from your employer of the on-going employment. 

    Work experience which cannot be proven with work experience certificates will not be considered. Admission to Master’s programmes is conditional until all work experience certificates have been checked by the admissions services.

    Entrepreneurship in Finland will be accepted as work experience if an applicant can produce a certificate attesting that he or she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme (YEL = statutory pension scheme for entrepreneurs; MYEL = statutory pension scheme for farmers, forest estate owners, fishers and reindeer herders and their family members). Entrepreneurship abroad will be substantiated with equivalent official documents.

    Work experience must be indicated in full months. Applicants should convert part-time work (work under 35 hours per week) into full-time equivalents such that 150 hours OR 20 working days lasting at least 7 hours per day correspond to one (1) month of full-time work. Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained working for the same employer. The amount of work experience points awarded for parallel employment relationships may only equate to the amount awarded for full-time employment.

    A work practice placement/internship that is part of the degree you are applying with will not be considered as work experience. Also, military or non-military national service, women’s voluntary military service or child-care leave will not be counted towards work experience.

Appeal Process

If the decision on student admission has not been made according to the Laurea selection criteria, applicants have the possibility to make a written appeal to the Board of Directors 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, 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.

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. The appeal must be submitted in writing within 14 days of receiving the decision to the address:

Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Board of Directors
Ratatie 22
01300 Vantaa

Appeals containing personal information should be sent via secure mail which can be accessed at

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