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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Applying to Bachelor's degree programmes 2017 – the national higher education application system in Finland

The next application period for the English bachelor's degree programmes will take place on January 10th - 25th 2017. 

Students of the Laurea Bachelor's degree programmes conducted in English are selected through the Finnish national application system for higher education .  Application to the Laurea English Bachelor's degree programmes takes place once a year in January. The online application form is open during the application period and closes on the last application day at 15:00. Applicants can apply to a maximum of six degree programmes using one application form.  The student admissions for Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) follow the national selection criteria decided on by the UAS for the joint national application.

The application form is received and processed by the Admissions services of the applicant's first choice UAS. Each applicant may have only one active application form per application period. Fill in all your contact information into your application form with great care so that the admissions services can contact you when necessary. Before filling in the application form, please take a moment to read through all the information regarding the application process, required certificates, entrance exams and student selection methods.

The following degree programmes listed below will be open for application on January 10th - 25th 2017 via .

Bachelor's degree programmeBachelor's Degree titleCampus and study places available
Degree Programme in Business Management​Bachelor of Business Administration, tradenomi (AMK)​Leppävaara 30,  daytime studies
​Degree Programme in Restaurant Entrepreneurship ​Bachelor of Hospitality Management, restonomi (AMK)​Leppävaara 30,  daytime studies
Degree Programme in Business Information Technology​Bachelor of Business Administration, tradenomi (AMK)​Leppävaara 30,  daytime studies
​Degree Programme in Security Management​Bachelor of Business Administration, tradenomi (AMK)​Leppävaara 30,  daytime studies
​Degree Programme in Nursing​Bachelor of Health Care, sairaan​hoitaja (AMK)​Tikkurila 30,  daytime studies
​Degree Programme in Social Services​Bachelor of Social Services, sosionomi (AMK)​Tikkurila 30,  daytime studies


For more information on tuition fees, eligibility requirements, the application process in general and practicalities for international students, please see below. Kindly note information is subject to change.

​​Tuition fees 2017 for non EU/EEA students

Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA area​ degree students

Tuition fees for students starting their degree studies 1.8.2017 and onwards.

The tuition fees for non-EU/EEA area students selected for admission for degree programmes through the joint national application is EUR  8000 per academic year for Bachelor's degree programmes.  The fee only covers tuition and does not include anything else. However, studies will remain free of tuition fees for non-EU/ EEA students who have started studies before 1.8.2017.  For the intake of 2016 no tuition fees will be charged.

Special Exceptions to fees (exemption)

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who​

  • have started their studies before 1.8.2017

  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish 

  • are equivalent to an EU citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)​

  • are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse / child) and have a residence card for non-EU family members of EU citizens. Family membership is defined as stipulated in the Aliens Act.

  • are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens **)

    **) continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type​

For more information concerning residence permit types & tuition fees please see: Tuition fees and contents of a residence permit card​​

The payment of tuition fees coincides with the confirmation of the study place. Admitted students are, therefore, advised to keep in mind the deadline given for confirming the study place. The nominal deadline for confirming the study place as well as effecting payment is the 14th of July 2017 or later when applicable (for example when accepted from the waiting list). The tuition fees must be paid in full for the whole academic year and proof of payment (a receipt of the payment) must be submitted to the admissions office together with the study place confirmation form.

Please see the list of EU/EEA countries here!

 ​​Available Grants and Conditions 2017

According to Section 13a of the Polytechnics Act, universities of applied sciences are to charge a yearly tuition fee from students admitted to programmes leading to a bachelor's or master's degree in a language other than Finnish or Swedish. The university itself may decide on the size of this fee and the arrangements for its collection. The same Act also states that the university of applied sciences is to have a grant system in place for supporting students participating in fee-charging degree programmes.​

Laurea University of Applied Sciences yearly tuition fee and grant practices 1st August 2017​

Section 1. Yearly tuition fee and studies 

i. Tuition fees have been set in line with the Board of Laurea University of Applied Sciences’s decision of 10th June 2016.

ii. During the application period, the applicant required to pay tuition fees encloses with their application the required documents and any document releasing them from the tuition fee (residence permit).

iii. Together with the offer of a study place, the accepted applicant is sent a study place acceptance form and a bill for the yearly tuition fee. The yearly tuition fee is paid when the offer is accepted, and the payment must be made by the deadline for accepting the study place. 

The accepted applicant returns the study place acceptance form and attaches a receipt of the fee payment.

iv. If the applicant’s status changes during the application process — but before acceptance of the study place — such that he or she is no longer required to pay the fee, the applicant must make notification of this and provide documentary evidence (residence permit) without delay. The notification must be made no later than the point when the study place is accepted. 

v. When accepting the study place, the student signs an agreement​ with Laurea University of Applied Sciences which lays out responsibilities and obligations.

vi. If the fee-paying student does not receive a visa to study in Finland, the paid tuition fee is reimbursed. 

vii. In the subsequent years of study, the student pays the yearly tuition fee before the year’s studies begin when registering as present for the coming year. The deadline for this is 31st July.

viii. If the applicant’s status changes such that he or she is no longer required to pay the fee, the applicant is to make notification of this change of status, submitting an account of the matter with any necessary enclosed documents (residence permit) to the Student Affairs Office before payment of the yearly tuition fee. Loss of one's residence permit partway through one’s studies does not result in reimbursement of the yearly tuition fee.

ix. When studies are nearing completion, if the student has less than 30 credits remaining, a 50% yearly tuition fee can be charged instead. If in the above case the student does not graduate during the intended semester, a fee is charged for each semester during which the study entitlement is in effect.  

x. A student registering as absent for statutory reasons may request the reimbursement of the yearly tuition fee for the period when he or she will not be able to study during the academic year in question. Applications are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Section 2. Criteria for approval of grants

i. Grants are intended for students paying yearly tuition fee in accordance with section 4 (see below) of the grant fund regulations. 

ii. The grants are provided to students applying for them provided that the student has completed at least 60 credits of studies that count towards their degree programme in the previous academic year ending on 31st July. ​

Section 3. Size of grants 

i. The size of any grant is to be at most equivalent to 10% of the yearly tuition fee

Section 4. Application, processing and approval of grants

i. Grant applications are made using the form provided by Laurea University of Applied Sciences and are sent to the CEO. The Student Affairs Office provides any needed advice on application procedures. 

ii. For each academic year the student may make one grant request, which must be submitted by 15th October. 

iii. The grant is paid by 31st October to the bank account given by the applicant. 

iv. Graduated students may apply within one month of graduating for a grant for the tuition fee from the previous year or academic year. Such grants for graduated students are paid no later than two weeks after the decision on the grant application is made.​

Disclaimer:-The Laurea University of Applied Sciences yearly tuition fee and grant practices 2017 is not in its entirety. The text has been summarised for relevance purposes.

General eligibility requirements 2017

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

- the general Finnish upper secondary school and/or a Finnish Matriculation examination;
- an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
-  a Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma;
- a European Baccalaureate Diploma (EB);  
- an upper secondary vocational qualification completed in Finland (120 credits) or a corresponding earlier qualification completed in Finland of at least 80 credits;  
- a further or specialist vocational qualification (ammattitutkinto, erikoisammattitutkinto) completed in Finland or; 
- an upper secondary school qualification completed outside Finland that provides eligibility to apply for corresponding higher education in the country in question. Generally speaking the graduation certificate awarded after completion of 12 years of upper secondary school. If an applicant is applying with a non-Finnish qualification and is not an EU/EEA citizen, the qualification must be completed by the end of the application period 25th January 2017.

Please note , a university degree or UAS degree do not give eligibility to apply for the Bachelor degree programmes. Applicants must use their upper secondary school leaving certificate for applying to the Bachelor degree programmes.

Please note Laurea does not use discretionary admission.  

 Application process 2017

Fill in the application form
Get to know the degree programmes open for application and their application requirements and selection criteria. The application period starts 10th January 2017. Then fill in the application form at Logging in to the My Studyinfo -service is not required for filling in the application form. In your application form you can choose a maximum of 6 options. Choose your most preferred degree programme as your first option, and then choose your second to sixth options when applicable. The order of preference in the application is binding and cannot be changed after the application period closes 25th January 2017 15:00. There is no  fee required for filling in the application form in 2017. Please note each applicant can have a amaximum of one application form per application round. If an applicant has submitted more than one application form, the latest application form is left active and the older application forms will be deleted.

Submit your required certificates by 8th Feb 2017

If you are applying with an upper secondary qualification completed outside Finland, you must submit a photocopy of your upper secondary school graduation certificate to the admissions office  by 8th Feb 2017 15:00. EU/EEA nationals who are graduating from upper secondary school outside Finland during spring 2017 have to submit the final upper secondary graduation certifcate to the Admissions office by 14th July 2017 15:00. The admission of an EU/EEA citizen who is graduating in spring 2017 is conditional until the final upper secondary school graduation certificate has been checked by the Admission Services.

In application year 2017 English language skills certificates are not required.

At this point any requested documentation (copy of passport or residence permit) waiving you of tuition fees must be submitted also.

Once you have submitted your application form online, you will receive your personal application number. Please write your application number down onto​ all documents sent to the admissions services to enable smoother service. It is highly recommended you also take a print out of your application form for reference. All required certificate attachments have to be at the Admission Services office of the applicant's first choice UAS by 8th February 2017 at 15:00 Finnish time. Certificates must be delivered by post or brought to the Laurea admissions office during office hours. Scanned certificates sent by e-mail are not considered. The applicant's admission is conditional until the UAS has checked the applicant’s educational certificates. An applicant's admission can be withdrawn if the applicant has given false information.   Read more about required certificates.

Changes to application
If you have any changes to make to your application, you can make the changes by either logging into the My Studyinfo -service with Finnish banking codes or you can use the securelink sent to you in the automatic e-mail message you received after submitting your application.

Applicants can make the following changes to the application themselves using the My studyinfo -service(Finnish banking codes required):
- edit your answers to any questions concerning your application options (possible only during the application period)
- update your contact information
Applicants can make the following changes to the application themselves via the e-mail secure link:
-add, remove and rearrange the order of preferences in the application (possible only during the application period)

For other possible changes which are not possible to do via My Studyinfo -service or via the Securelink, please contact your highest choice UAS Admissions Services. Changes can be submitted only in writing via e-mail preferrably. Remember to mention your full name, date of birth and applicant number.  Changes to your application cannot be submitted by a telephone call. 

If you also want to apply for the Degree programmes taught in Finnish (application period is 15 March - 5 April 2017), you can supplement your application during the March - April application period.  Please note, each applicant can have a maximum of 6 application options. If your application form  already contains 6 application options in the January application period, you cannot add or remove any more application options in the March -April application period.  If you have space in your application form, you can add application options available in March-April by using the Securelink / logging in to the My Studyinfo - service.

Order of preference
Carefully consider your order of pregerences in your application form. Once the application period has closed, the order of preference may no longer be changed. After the entrance exams, you will be given admission to the highest preference where your admission points are sufficient.

Entrance exams
Eligible applicants will be invited to the degree programme entrance exams which take place in April. Eligible applicants must participate and pass in the degree programme entrance exams in order to be considered for admission.   Some UAS degree programmes are in entrance exam co-operation together within the same fields of studies, allowing you to apply to several programmes with one entrance exam result. Some of the degree programmes have entrance exams arranged outside Finland also. If you receive an invitation to the entrance exam please note the given exam venue or exam date cannot be changed. 
Read more about entrance exams

Notification of admission and payment of tuition fee
The notification of admission is sent latest by June 30th 2017 by e-mail. At this point an applicant applying from outside the EU area must apply for the residence permit for studies as soon as possible in order to avoid any delays in beginning studies. See practicalities for international students found below. If you are required to pay tuition fees, you will recieve the invoice for the tuition fee together with the notification of admission.

Admission to Laurea degree programmes in English  is based on the results of the exam only.  If your admission points are not sufficient for admission to the programme of your first preference, your points will then be checked for your lower preferences. An applicant can be accepted to one option only. If you are given admission to a higher preference, you cannot be selected for admission to the lower preferences. Therefore please carefully consider your order of preference before submitting your application.

Confirm your study place
If you have been offered admission, you must confirm your study place before 14th July 2017 15:00.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring the confirmation arrives to the admissions services before the given deadline. If the admission services do not receive your confirmation form by the given date, you will forfeit your right to enrol in the degree programme. Applicants can confirm the offered study place via the My Studyinfo -service (Finnish bank codes required)  or in writing with a written study place confirmation form provided with the notification of admission.

When you confirm a study place, you will not be considered a first-time applicant in the future applications. Please note that degree programmes provided in English do not have to use quotas for first-time applicants. For more information see Quotas for first-time applicants (link) 

Tuition fees
Applicants who are required to pay the tuition fee will receive an invoice for the first year tuition fee together with the notification of admission. A student is expected to pay tuition fees before beginning each academic year when enrolling as present for the academic year.

Applicants who have received the invoice with the notification of admission must pay the fee by the given deadline (14th July or later when applicable) together with the study place confirmation. The admission of a student is conditional until he/she has paid the first year tuition fee, confirmed his/her study place, enrolled for the academic year,  signed the Student Agreement and also until Laurea has received the receipt of the tuition fee and checked the applicant’s original upper secondary school certificates.

Laurea University of Applied Sciences will withdraw the admission, if the applicant does not provide the above mentioned school and other relevant documents applicable by the given deadline.

Begin your studies
Studies begin in the end of August according to the date announced in the notification of admission package. To complete the admission process, students submit their original upper secondary education certificates for checking on the first day of studies. After the certificates have been checked, the certificates will be returned to the student.  Admission will be withdrawn if the student has given false information for their application or fails to submit original certificates.  

​ Practicalities for international students

Visas and Residence Permits
Some of the entrance exams are arranged in Finland only. Before applying, applicants must check if he/she needs a visa to attend the entrance exams in Finland.  Please note that processing of immigration documents (visa/residence permit application) requires several weeks.  For more information on the visa requirements contact the nearest Finnish or other EU-member state Embassy representing Finland in visa matters.

Students who have been selected for admission must apply for the residence permit from the local Finnish diplomatic mission immediately after receiving the notification of admission in order to avoid delay in beginning studies. The Finnish Immigration Service provides new students with a Notice for Degree students which contains information about the residence permit application process. The notice is provided together with the notification of admission. 
> Finnish Immigration Service information for students (link)

Health Insurance
Health insurance is a mandatory requirement for obtaining a residence permit for studies. Students applying for an extension of to their residence permit must also have valid health insurance. Finnish higher education institutions (both Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences) have created an insurance package that provides coverage ‎at a reasonable price and as comprehensive as possible for your needs while you are studying in ‎Finland.
> Link to Instructions for obtaining insurance from the Student Insurance Program (SIP)‎ (link)

Study in Finland
The degree programmes in English are offered in Laurea Leppävaara in Espoo and Laurea Tikkurila in Vantaa. Both campuses are easy to reach by local train connections. Students need to cover their living costs themselves.

Laurea does not have its own student dormitories or other housing for students. Students are responsible for acquiring accommodation for the studies. Student accommodation is available with student housing associations and companies close to most Laurea local units. Information about cost of living, accommodation and other practicalities about living in Finland available at > Living in Finland (link)​