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​​​​​Applying to Master's Programmes in English

Laurea University of Applied Sciences offers two Master’s degree programmes in English.

• Master's programme in Service Innovation and Design 90 ECTS at Laurea Leppävaara, 25 study places
• Master's programme in Global Development and Management in Health Care 90 ECTS at Laurea Tikkurila, 25 study place

The next application period for the Laurea Master's programmes in English will take place January 10th - 25th 2017 via the Finnish national application system
www.studyinfo.fi . The application form closes at 15:00 on the last application day.  

Application period 2017

The application period 2017 for the Master's degree programme in Service Innovation and Design and Master's degree programme in Global Development and Management in Health Care will take place on January 10th - 25th 2017. On this page is described how to apply for the Laurea Master's programmes in 2017. Please read on about the Laurea Master's programme selection criteria, work experience requirements, required certificates for application (non-Finnish and Finnish degrees) and information about entrance exams in 2017.

There is no application  fee required for filling in the application form at www.studyinfo.fi.

Information is subject to change.  

Application process 2017 for Master's programmes

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 www.studyinfo.fi. Applicants can fill in the application form free of charge without log in details (it is not necessary or required to log into the My Studyinfo -service). The master's programmes are not in entrance examination cooperation with other universities of applied sciences. Therefore, applicants are cautioned to send in their supporting documents (relevant attachments) to all of the higher education institutions they are applying to when applying for master's programmes. No​netheless, 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. Please note each applicant can have a maximum 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.
Importantly, applying for master's programmes offered by universities of applied sciences in Finland requires that one has a minimum of 3 years (36 months) relevant work experience acquired after the degr​ee being used in the application (please refer to eligibility requirements). Therefore, applicants are advised to indicate their work experience appropriately​ in the application in the form of months (36 months or more, anything below that is not acceptable).

Submit your required certificates by 8th Feb 2017

Applicants must complete the degree used in the application procedure in time for a copy of the final degree certificate to arrive at the admissions office by the 8th of February 2017, 3pm (Finnish standard time).​

In order to prove their eligibility, anyone applying with a degree completed outside Finland (non-Finnish degree) must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for the application by 8th February 2017 3pm  to Laurea's admissions office.  

If a certificate was issued in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant must submit a copy of the certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator to Laurea's admissions office. The copies must be submitted to the admissions office by the 8th of February, 2017 before 3pm (Finnish standard time​).​

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 Laurea admissions services office 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 higher education degree certificates as well as relevant work experience meeting the minimum requirement of 36 months or more. An applicant's admission can be withdrawn if the applicant has given false information.   Read more about required certificates under the heading Education background completed inside and outside Finland below.

Non-EU/EEA citizens note: At this point any documentation (residence permit) waiving you of tuition fees should be submitted . It is highly recommended that applicants send in all documentary evidence that prove eligibility for a tuition fee waiver to the admissions office by the 8th of February 2017. However, in the event that one receives an unwarranted tuition fee invoice when admitted, the applicant can still submit the required attachments to apply for a tuition fee waiver. This ​should be done as soon as the notification of admission has been received possibly latest before confirming the study place. Admission is conditional until the admissions office has checked all relevant documents as well as valid identification (passport).

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 
The entrance exams for the master's programmes are only arranged in Finland. Eligible applicants will be invited to the degree programme entrance exams which take place in April (please see precise date below under entrance exams for each programme). Eligible applicants must participate and pass in the degree programme entrance exams in order to be considered for admission. 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 below.

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 here​. If you are required to pay tuition fees, you will recieve the invoice for the tuition fee together with the notification of admission. In the event that one receives an unwarranted tuition fee invoice when admitted, the applicant can still submit the required attachments to apply for a tuition fee waiver. This ​should be done as soon as the notification of admission has been received possibly but latest before confirming the study place. Admission is conditional until the admissions office has checked all relevant documents as well as valid identification (passport).
 

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 admissions 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.

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 higher education degree certificates as well as relevant work certificates which meet the minimum requirements.

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

Begin your studies
Studies begin in the beginning of September or according to the date announced in the notification of admission package. To complete the admission process, students submit their original higher education degree certificates and duly stamped or signed work 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 in his/her application or fails to submit original certificates.   ​

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 10 000 per academic year for Master's degree programmes.  The fee only covers tuition and does include anything else. However, studies will remain free of tuition fees for non-EU/ EEA students who have started studies before 1.8.2017.  

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 a citizen of Switzerland

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

  • have a permanent Finnish residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit in Finland **
    (**continuous (A) or permanent (P / P-EU) residence permit type​)

  • have an EU Bluecard residence permit in Finland

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

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

Grants are intended for students paying yearly tuition fee in accordance with the grant fund regulations. 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. ​The size of any grant is to be at most equivalent to 1​0% of the yearly tuition fee​.

 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.

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.  

 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.

Disclaimer:- 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. For the full text on the grant conditions and the criteria for approval of grants, please visit the following page:- Tuition fees and grants 2017​.

Selection Criteria  for Master's Degree Programme 2017

Eligibility to apply to a UAS Master’s degree programme is conferred by an appropriate UAS Bachelor’s degree or another appropriate higher education degree and at least three years 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.

 

Laurea Master's degree programme in Service Innovation and Design 
Applicants must have a suitable Bachelor's or Master's degree completed at a university or a university of applied sciences and at least three years of work experience acquired after the date of graduation. All eligible applicants will be invited to the degree programme entrance exam and admission to the Laurea Master's programmes will be based on the entrance exam results.

Laurea Master's degree programme in Global Development and Management in Health Care 
Applicants must have one of the following degrees completed in Finnish University of Applied Sciences:

Sosiaali- ja terveysalan ammattikorkeakoulututkinto

Bachelor of Health Care, apuvälineteknikko (AMK)
Bachelor of Health Care, ensihoitaja (AMK)
Bachelor of Health Care, fysioterapeutti (AMK)
Bachelor of Health Care, geronomi (AMK)
Bachelor of Health Care, jalkaterapeutti (AMK)
Bachelor of Health Care, kuntoutuksen ohjaaja (AMK)
Bachelor of Social Services and Health Care, kätilö (AMK)
Bachelor of Health Care, naprapaatti (AMK)
Bachelor of Health Care, osteopaatti (AMK)
Bachelor of Health Care, sairaanhoitaja (AMK)
Bachelor of Social Services, sosionomi (AMK)
Bachelor of Health Care, terveydenhoitaja (AMK)
Bachelor of Health Care, toimintaterapeutti (AMK)
Bachelor of Humanities,  yhteisöpedagogi (AMK)

Or a related degree obtained from a​ university or university of applied sciences in a recognised foreign higher educational institution and a minimum of three years relevant work experience acquired after graduation.  Information in English about the Finnish UAS degrees mentioned above is available at www.studyinfo.fi. Applicants must also have at least three years of work experience in the social services and health care field acquired after the date of graduation. All eligible applicants will be invited to the degree programme entrance exam and the admission to the Laurea Master's programmes will be based on the entrance exam results.

 

General educational requirements
Each university of applied sciences determines the educational requirements separately for each programme choice.
The degree used in the application procedure must be completed such that the copy of the final degree certificate will arrive at the admissions office of the relevant university of applied sciences by 14 July 2017. However, a degree taken outside Finland must be complete by the end of the application period if the applicant is not an EU/EEA citizen. In order to prove their eligibility to apply, anyone applying with a non-Finnish degree certificate must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for application by the deadline 8 February 2017 to the admissions office of the first-choice university of applied sciences.

If a certificate was issued in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant must submit a copy of the certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator to the admissions office of the first-choice university of applied sciences. Such copies must be submitted to the admissions office by the deadline specified in advance.

If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his or her degree, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to sit an entrance examination or take any advance assignment submitted by the specified deadline into account. The applicant must have an official decision attesting to his or her refugee status (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection). The applicant must submit a copy of such a decision to the admissions office of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying by the deadline 8 February 2017.

Work experience requirement
Eligibility to apply requires three years of work experience accumulated as from the date of award of the final degree certificate used for applying and work experience must be obtained no later than 31 July 2017 for the spring application period.

If an applicant has completed a Finnish earlier college-level vocational qualification (= opistotason tutkinto, ammatillinen korkea-asteen tutkinto) prior to the Bachelor's degree, work experience acquired after such will also be considered. However,  work experience must add up to at least three years (Act on Changes to the Polytechnics Act 411/2005, Polytechnics Act 351/2003).
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 statements issued by the employer. The statement must clearly show the duration of your employment and work tasks and must be signed and stamped by employer. If you are currently employed, please provide a temporary statement from your employer of the on going employment.  Work experience which cannot be proven with employer's statements will not be considered.


Entrepreneurship 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 will be indicated in full months. Applicants should convert part-time work into full-time equivalents such that 150 hours or 20 working days lasting at least 7 hours per day correspond to one month of 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.

Military or non-military national service, women’s voluntary military service or child-care leave will not be counted towards work experience.

 Work experience must either be related to the degree you are appying for or related to the degree you have graduated from. The three years of work experience must be acquired after graduation date of your Bachelor's/Master's Degree.  Work experience acquired until 31 July 2017 will be considered. Work experience does not have to be acquired from only one employer. Part-time work experience can be counted so that 150 hours of part-time work OR 20 work days (minimum of 7 hours work/day) equals to 1 month of full-time work experience. A work practice placement/internship that is part of the degree you are applying with will not be considered as work experience. Time spent during Military service in the Finnish Defence Forces or Finnish non-Military Service or during child care leave are not considered as work experience.

Educational background completed outside Finland

If you are applying with a Bachelor's/Master's degree that has been completed outside Finland, you must deliver photocopies of the following documents to Laurea Admissions Services by the given deadline 8 February 2017 :
- bachelor's or master's degree certificate
- transcript of records for the degree
- official translations of above documents if document are not issued in English, Finnish or Swedish.
If you have completed an earlier college-level vocational qualification in Finland (opistotason tutkinto, ammatillinen korkea-asteen tutkinto), you must also submit a photocopy of this certificate.

The documents of the completed non-Finnish degree must arrive by post or brought to the Laurea admissions office by the given deadline 8 February 2017.  Please send only photocopies.  Please write on to the documents the name of the Master's programme you are applying for.  If you are an EU/EEA national and you are completing your non-Finnish degree during the application period and you have a college level qualification (opistotason tutkinto) prior to you degree and you have relevant work expereience after such, you may submit the final non-Finnish degree certificate by 14 July 2017. Questions about applying can be sent to the Laurea Admissions Office admissions( a )laurea.fi

Address:
Laurea Admissions Services
Ratatie 22
01300 Vantaa
Finland


tel.  +358 9 8868 7293
fax. +358 9 8868 7298
Office open Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
Telephone service available Mon -Fri 10:00 -14:00
 

Employment certificates will be checked from those admitted as students. Photocopies of employment certificates must be submitted by 14 July 2017. Admission is conditional until the university of applied sciences has checked the degree and employment certificates. The university of applied sciences may cancel admission if an applicant fails to submit certificates by the specified deadline, or if an applicant has provided false information on his or her application form.

Educational background completed in Finland

If you are applying with a Bachelor's/Master's degree that has been completed in Finland, the degree and employment certificates will be checked for those admitted as students. Photocopies of the degree completed in Finland, transcript of records and employment certificates must all be submitted by 14 July 2017 to the Laurea Admissions Services (address below) . Admission is conditional until the university of applied sciences has checked school and employment certificates. The university of applied sciences may cancel admission if an applicant fails to submit certificates by the specified deadline, or if an applicant has provided false information on his or her application form.

Work experience must be verified with an employment certificate provided by the employer. An employment certificate must indicate details such as the exact start and end dates of employment, the employer’s contact information, work duties, as well as working hours for part-time work. If the employment is still ongoing, the applicant should request a temporary employment certificate from the employer.

If an original employment certificate is in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant must submit a copy of the certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator, indicating the translator’s name, signature and stamp, along with the copy of the original certificate to the relevant admissions offices.
The students' admission is conditional until all relevant original certificates have been checked. Admission may be cancelled if the student has given false information in the application form or if the student does not submit the original certificates in beginning of studies. 

 

Address:
Laurea Admissions Services
Ratatie 22
01300 Vantaa
Finland


tel.  +358 9 8868 7293
fax. +358 9 8868 7298
Office open Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
Telephone service available Mon -Fri 10:00 -14:00

Entrance examinations 2017

Admission to the Laurea Master's programmes will be based on the entrance exam results. The student's admission is conditional until all relevant original certificates have been checked. Entrance exams for the Laurea Master's programmes are not arranged outside Finland. 

Those applicants who have fulfilled the eligibility criteria for the Laurea Masters programmes, will recieve an invitation (by e-mail) to participate in the entrance exam for the programme applied for.

Degree programme in Service Innovation and Design
Date: Wednesday 26th April 2017 at Laurea Leppävaara, Espoo, Finland. The examination includes a written exam (3 h) and a group discussion (1 h). The written exam is partly based on prereading material.  Preliminary material will be made available when the application period begins in January 2017. The entrance examination total:100 points. The minimum acceptable score is 20 points. Language proficiency will be assessed in connection with the entrance examination for those applying to Master programmes provided in English.

Degree Programme in Global Development and Management in Health Care
Date: Monday​ 24th April 2017 at Laurea Tikkurila, Vantaa, Finland. The exam consists of a text-related written exam and a group discussion (information subject to change)The entrance examination total:100 points. The minimum acceptable score is 20 points. Language proficiency will be assessed in connection with the entrance examination for those applying to Master programmes provided in English.

 

 

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