Skip to content

Information about Path Studies

  • Open for everybody without any previous education or age requirements
  • Mainly first year degree studies
  • 60 credit entity
  • Study fee is 400 euros
  • Full time studies (one credit requires 27 hour of work)
  • Path studies are mainly together with degree students in the same groups
  • Path studies can be daytime, blended learning or online studies
  • Path studies are not eligible for Kelas financial aid for students (study grant)

May 3rd to May 9th

Path studies in the Social Services programme in English

We are looking for 14 students to start their studies as path students in the Social Services degree programme at our campus in Lohja. The application period is in May and the studies begin in August.

Read more and apply!

Study skills

Make sure that you have required study skills (e.g. language skills, academic writing skills, teamwork skills) for managing the studies in university of applies sciences and proceeding in studies together with the student group.  

The required language skills in degree programme in Nursing are basic Finnish skills in level B1 and English skills in level B2.  You can evaluate your language skills with Dialang language test.

Study fee

The fee for path studies is the Open UAS year payment (400€). The fee should be paid when accepting the study place.

The fee will not be returned at any parts after you have accepted the study place. Only if you get a study place in degree programme in Laurea, you will get the refund. Degree or path studies in another UAS doesn't entitle for a refund because you can be a open UAS student in Laurea at the same time.

If you are planning to study with unemployment benefit, find out the possibilities before accepting the study place. TE services negative decision for the benefit doesn't entitle for a refund of the fee for path studies. NOTICE! Required certifications for the TE services are filled only when the path studies has begun. 

Benefits and services

You are assigned a personal teacher tutor and you will receive the same guidance and counselling as degree students.

Students studying at an open university of applied sciences are treated equally to degree students.

Prior higher education studies can be included in the degree after you have become a degree student. In path studies the work placement for Health Care and Social Services is replaced with other studies, because you can't do work placement in open UAS studies.

As a path student, you are not eligible for Kelas financial aid for students (study grant). For other forms of financial aid, please contact your local TE services.


The enrolment for bachelor’s degree path studies at the Open University of Applied Sciences is twice a year. In August is the enrolment for studies beginning in autumn semester and in December is the enrolment for studies beginning in spring semester.

Before enrolling familiarize study schedules, ways to study and campus of the path studies.

Separate application process based on Open UAS studies

A person who has earned 60 credits in an open university of applied sciences may apply to become a degree student through a separate application process. Studies completed in any university of applied sciences are eligible, but they must be open UAS studies and part of the degree programme that the person is applying for (e.g. Bachelor's Degree in Health Care).

For more information, see S‚Äčeparate applications for full-time degree programmes page.