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Checklist for new students

Congratulations on your study place! On this page we have gathered some important information for new Laurea students.

The decision of admission will be notified by e-mail from On this page we have gathered some information which will help you get oriented to your studies. Please note that the information on this page is primarily for applicants who have got admission in the joint application. If you get admission via transfer or admission based on Open UAS studies or 160 credits you will receive separate instructions by e-mail.

If you are on the reserve list for a programme, you will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for admission.


  • 1. Confirm your study place 

    One study place per term provision

    According to this provision, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland in education that begins in the same academic term (1st August − 31st December). This rule applies to all higher education in Finland. If you accept a higher education study place in Finland in the spring application period, this does not prevent you from applying again in the next application period. So if you've applied to other Universities of Applied Sciences or Universities in Finland and you get offered more than one study place during spring 2021, please understand that you can accept only one study place this spring. Read more about the one study place per term provision.



    To keep your study place, the confirmation must be made by the given deadline. The deadlines are the following:

    Joint application period: 16th July 2021 by 15:00

    160 application: within 7 days of receiving the decision of admission

    Transfer application: 31st July 2021 by 15:00

    Application based on Open UAS studies: to be announced

    Path studies: to be announced


    • If you filled in the application from at and you have a Finnish identity code, you can confirm the study place  online at > Log in > Authentication Service. The service requires Finnish online banking codes, a Finnish mobile certificate or an identity card provided by Finnish police provided with a chip and a reader.
    • If you filled in the application from at and you do not yet have a Finnish identity code, you will receive the admission notification via an e-mail link and you will also be able to confirm the offered study place via that e-mail link.  
    • If you are not able to confirm your study place in the above mentioned ways, please contact Laurea Admissions.
    • Make sure to confirm the given study place by the given deadline or you will lose the offered study place.

    If you are liable to pay the tuition fee, your study place offer is CONDITIONAL until you have paid the tuition fee.

    Applicants who have not applied via (Path Studies or Tailor-made programmes) will receive instructions about confirming the study place offered in a separate email.


  • 2. Pay the degree programme tuition fee (for non-EU/EEA citizens only) 

    This segment is meant only for tuition fee liable students(degree programmes) who are beginning their studies in August 2021. Tuition fees do not concern EU citizens. If you are not a tuition fee paying student, skip to step 3.


    How do I know if I am supposed to pay the tuition fee?

    Only non-EU/EEA citizens who have been given admission to a degree programme, are required to pay the tuition fees, unless they have a valid document exempting from fees. Information about tuition fees and exemptions as well as the Laurea Student Agreement is available on the Laurea Tuition fee page.


    If you are a tuition fee paying student, please read through all the information in the Laurea Student Agreement before payment.

    Tuition fee liable students will receive the following in a separate e-mail after receiving the notification of admission:

    • a conditional offer of study place
    • the instructions on how to pay the tuition fee 
    • Laurea Student Agreement

    In the event that you receive an unwarranted tuition fee payment request and you have a valid document exempting you from tuition fees, please upload the valid residence permit to your application form and send a message about the uploaded document to . After Admissions have checked the document concerned, the request for tuition payment will be cancelled.

    Tuition fees and registration for academic year
    The Laurea tuition fee is valid for one academic year (1st August - 31st July). The liability to pay tuition fees is checked each year before enrolling for each academic year. The document proving exemption from tuition fees must be valid at least 1st August of the given academic year. If your situation changes during your studies so that you no longer have a document proving exemption from tuition fee for the next academic year (for example your Finnish residence permit changes), you will be liable to pay the tuition fee for the next academic year. If your situation changes during studies so that you are exempted from tuition fees, the exemption from tuition fees concerns the next academic year. Keep in mind the given deadlines for tuition fee payments. The tuition fee for the first academic year must be paid by 16th July 2021 / after that within 7 days of acceptance.

    The tuition fee for the following academic years must be paid before enrollment for each academic year. The enrollment period for second and third year studies ends in mid June. Tuition fee liable students who do not pay the tuition fee by the given deadline cannot enroll for the academic year. Failure to enrol for the academic year results in loss of study entitlement. 

    The study place offer for first year students is conditional until the Laurea Admissions has received your tuition fee payment.

    Laurea may withdraw the admission if the student does not pay the tuition fee by the given deadline or if the student has given any false information in the application process.

  • 3. Register as present or absent 

    In addition to the confirmation of study place, you must also register as present or absent for the academic year 2021 -2022. Please see the legal grounds for registering as absent below. You can complete your registration for the academic year by logging into the My Study info -service.

    If your admission is conditional, the condition has to be fulfilled first before you can register for the academic year.

    If you are liable to pay tuition fees, you will be registered as present for academic year after Laurea has received your tuition fee payment.  If you do not pay the tuition fee for the academic year, you will not be registered as present for the academic year. Failure to register for the academic year results in loss of study entitlement.

    If you register as absent for the first academic year you must send the required documents for the legal grounds of your absence. If you register as absent for the first academic year but you do not send sufficient clarification regarding the legal grounds of your absence by the given deadline, your registration will be counted as present.

    Legal grounds for registering as absent for the academic year 2021-2022

    Students who bindingly accept the study place offered must also register as present or absent for each academic year. According to the Universities Act/Polytechnics Act, a first-year student may register as absent for the academic year for the following reasons only: 

    1. Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
      Example of document required:
      • Call-up order

    2. Maternity, paternity or parental leave;
      Example of document required:
      • Kela's certificate regarding maternity, paternity or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy.
      • Corresponding certificates from the authorities of other countries regarding statutory parental leave.

    3. The student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.
      Example of document required:
      • Sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from beginning their studies on 1st January 2021.
      • Obstacles caused by the practical arrangements required by the illness or injury: an adequate clarification e.g. a certificate from the student housing foundation that the student is on the waiting list for an apartment required by his or her injury. The student's own notification is not an adequate clarification.


    Documents proving legal grounds for absence must be submitted in Finnish or Swedish or English. The documents that prove the legal grounds for your absence must be submitted to the Laurea Admissions Services Office by the same deadline which is given for confirming the study place offered and for registering for the academic year.

    Documents sent by post must also arrive to the Admissions Services by the given deadline. If the legal grounds for absence concerns only one academic term (for example service under Conscription Act or maternity leave begins in January), you may either register as absent for the entire academic year or you may change your registration for the spring term.

    You can upload your certificates online (link) or alternatively you can send them to the address: 

    Laurea University of Applied Sciences
    Admissions Services
    Ratatie 22
    01300 Vantaa


  • 4. Apply for residence permit (non EU/EEA citizens only) 

    This segment is only for non-EU/EEA citizens who are travelling to Finland for their studies. If you are already living in Finland, skip to step 5. If you are studying in an online degree, travelling to Finland is not required.

    All information about the residence permit application process for studies is available at Migri's Study in Finland page.

    Application website for Finnish residence permits EnterFinland eServices

    The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) has compiled customer instructions for new students (link).

    If your studies require you to travel to Finland, please start your residence permit application process immediately, as the study residence permit may take months to be issued. Start preparing your  residence permit application immediately after receiving the notification of conditional admission. The application process is longer if you submit an incomplete application. After you have paid the tuition fee, Laurea Admissions will send you an acceptance letter confirming the payment of tuition fee.

    In case you receive a negative decision concerning your residence permit for studies, please contact Laurea admissions services immediately.


  • 5. Check start date of studies 

    The start date of each Degree programme and study schedules are found on the Degree programme specific info pages found on the bottom of this page.

    We recommend you check up on the degree programme pages for New Students for possible updates.

  • 6. Activate your Laurea user account and complete online orientation 

    Start your orientation online in August

    Orientation days at Laurea campuses will take place in late August or early September, but your orientation starts before them with an online orientation course, which you can complete independently.  

    1. First, activate your Laurea user account at the beginning of August. Take note of your login code (number sequence) and password.
    2. After you have activated your Laurea User account, go Canvas online orientation course and login with your new Laurea login and password.

    Bachelor student:Access the online orientation by clicking this link

    Master student: Access the online orientation by clicking this link.

    You are recommended to reserve 1-3 hours for completing the course, but you can pause and continue the course at any time. 

    The online orientation course includes independent study material about studying at Laurea and introduction to the systems and learning environments in use at Laurea. 

    Note! The online orientation course must be completed before the first orientation day on campus


  • 7. Prepare for certificate checking 

    New Bachelor degree students  

    • On the first day of studies please also bring your official identification with you for registration.
    • If you are graduating from upper secondary school or a Bachelor's or Master's degree during spring 2021, please upload to your application form ( a copy of your final upper secondary school graduation certificate / degree certificate. Your admission is conditional until you have graduated.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Laurea Admissions:


    New Masters degree students

    • You must upload to your application form your work experience certificates proving you have the required 24 months of work experience acquired after graduation from your bachelor's or master's degree. Work experience acquired until 31st July will be accepted. Work contracts or letters of appointment other documents issued at the beginning of the employment period are not accepted. A work experience certificate is a statement from your employer that states the exact beginning and end dates of your employment and tasks. If you are currently employed, ask your employer for a work certificate of the ongoing employment. Admission is conditional until the work experience has been proved with work experience certificates.
    • On the first day of your studies, please bring your official identification with you to for registration


    Any required documents have to be uploaded to your application form at Your study place is conditional until Laurea has checked the education and employment certificates which have affected your admission. Laurea may withdraw the admission if you do not provide the certificates or if you have given false information in the application process. Document forgery and misuse may lead to criminal responsibility and belongs to police authority. 

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Laurea Admissions: 

  • 8. Student healthcare and computer requirements for studies 

    Student healthcare - Remember to pay the healthcare fee

    Students attending a university of applied sciences who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service have been required since January 2021 to pay a healthcare fee to Kela for each academic term.

    All students who are registered as attending for the current term and are studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree are entitled to FSHS services.

    In 2021, the higher education health care fee is EUR 35.80 per term.

    You are not billed for the student healthcare fee but must make sure to pay it in OmaKela for each academic term. If you cannot use the e-service for instance because you do not have Finnish online banking credentials, please check the instructions on Kela www-pages.

    The due date for paying the student healthcare fee is determined based on the date on which you register as attending.

    • For the autumn term, the due date is 30 September provided you have registered as attending by then. If you register as attending for the autumn term on or after 1 October, the due date is 31 December.
    • For the spring term, the due date is 31 January provided you have registered as attending by then. If you register as attending for the spring term on or after 1 February, the due date is 31 July.

    Incoming exchange students, students in open university/path studies, tailor-made programmes, customer-specific training programmes are not entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service, and thus they do not have to pay the healthcare fee. 

    About Finnish Student Health Service

    About how to pay student healthcare fee on Kela pages

    Computer requirements

    Studying in Laurea requires a computer. If you do not have one already, we recommend a laptop as it offers flexibility to study regardless of location.

    Below we have described the minimum requirements, which take into account that studies will last 4 years, and the computer should be usable for the full duration.

    Recommended specifications:

    • RAM: 8Gb
    • Hard drive: at least 256Gb of SSD memory
    • Processor
    • Intel i5/i7 processor (7/8/9/10 generation) or
    • AMD Ryzen 5/7 or
    • a processor of equal performance
    • Operating system: Windows10

    When acquiring a computer, you should keep in mind that you may need a webcam and headphones with a microphone (headset).

    A warranty will provide additional security when purchasing a computer. Always ask for the duration of the warranty before buying. In some cases, it is also possible to extend this warranty.

    You can find out more about the current models and availability at computer retail stores.



Degree programme info for new students