Applying to Master's Programmes in English
The next application period for the Laurea Master's programmes in English will take place January 9th - 24th 2018 via the Finnish national application
system www.studyinfo.fi The application form closes at 15:00
on the last application day. In 2018 the following Master's programmes taught in English will
be open for application:
• Master's programme in Service Innovation and Design 90 ECTS at Laurea Leppävaara, 25 study places
Please note this page currently contains the
application instructions for application year 2017. Instructions for
application year 2018 will be updated in October 2017.
Application process 2017 for Master's programmes
The application process in a nutshell
- Familiarise yourself with the degree programmes content and their selection citeria
- Fill in the application
- Submit any required certificates
- Participate in the entrance exams
- Wait for notification of results
- Confirm study place offered and (when applicable) pay the tuition fee
- Begin studies
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 degree being used in the application
(please refer to Selection criteria below). 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).
Fill in the application form
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). 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.
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.
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.
You wil also recieve a confirmation e-mail upon submition of your
application form showing the options you have applied for and what
certificate attachments should be submitted for your application.
Submit your required certificates by 8th Feb 2017
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 you are applying to other UAS Master programmes, please note you have to submit the required certificates to each UAS you are applying for. 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
Changes to application
If you have any changes to make to your application form, you can make the changes by either logging into the My Studyinfo -service with Finnish banking codes or you can use the link 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 without Finnish banking codes can make the following changes to the application themselves via the e-mail 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 e-mail link, 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 from during the March - April application period as long as you leave room in your application. 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 e-mail link / logging in to the My Studyinfo - service.
Participating in the degree programme's entrance exam is complusory in order to be considered for admission. The entrance exams for the master's programmes are only arranged in Finland.
Read more about entrance exams below.
Notification of admission or results
The notification of admission or results is sent latest by June 30th 2017 by e-mail. An applicant applying from outside the EU area must apply for the residence permit for studies as soon as possible after receiving the notification of admission in order to avoid any delays in beginning studies. See practicalities for international students here.
Confirmation of study place
To keep your study place , you must confirm your study place and register as present or absent for the academic year
before 14th July 2017 15:00. Applicants
can confirm the offered study place via the
My Studyinfo -service (Finnish bank codes required) or via the link you received by e-mail. If the admissions services does not receive your confirmation by the given date, you will forfeit your right to enrol in the
Applicants applying with a Finnish university degree must submit a photocopy of the required degree certificates by 14th July 2017.
All applicants must submit a photocopy of the required work experience certificates by 14th July 2017.
If you are required to
pay tuition fees, you will also recieve the invoice for the first year 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 documentary evidence (residence permit/passport) 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
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 tuition fee paying 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.
If an admitted student cancels his/her study place, a student can be admitted from the degree programme waiting list. Your waiting list number is indicated in the notification of results. Admission from the waiting list is possible until 14th August 2017.
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.
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.
Special Exceptions to fees (exemption)
The tuition fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who
have started their studies before 1.8.2017
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
Please see the list of EU/EEA countries here!
EU/EEA citizens are exempted from paying tuition fees if they are in
possession of any of the following documents mentioned below.
• Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of Switzerland
• EU Blue Card residence permit in Finland
• Continuous residence permit in Finland, A-type permit
• Permanent residence permit in Finland, P-type permit
• EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence in Finland (type P-EU)
Residence card in Finland for non-EU family members of EU citizens.
Family membership is defined as stipulated in the Aliens Act.
It is highly
recommended for a non-EU/EEA to send a copy of the document which he/she will use as
basis for exemption from fees to the Admission Services of his/her first
choice institution of higher education by 3 pm on 8 February 2017.
Even though 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, it is not a mandatory
requirement. However, in the event that one receives an unwarranted
tuition fee invoice when admitted, the applicant can still submit
documentary evidence for exemption in order 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 admission services has checked all relevant documents as well
as valid identification (passport).
For more information concerning residence permit types & tuition fees please see: Tuition fees and contents of a residence permit card
Available Grants and conditions
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 10% of the yearly tuition fee.
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.
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
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.
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 Programmes 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 (36 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.
Laurea Master's degree programme in Service Innovation and Design
must have a 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
General educational requirements for Master's programmes
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
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.
If the decision on student admission has not been made according to the Laurea selection criteria 2017, applicants have the possibility to make a written appeal to the Management team 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 admissions(at) laurea.fi . 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 2017, 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 2017.
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 2017. The appeal must be submitted in writing within 14 days of receiving the decision to the address:
Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Required certificates for 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
Laurea Admissions Services
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
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
Required certificates for 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.
Laurea Admissions Services
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. Participation in the entrance exam in compulsory in order to be considered for admission for the master's programmes. Entrance exams for the Laurea master's programmes are not arranged outside Finland. The given date or venue of exams cannot be changed.
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.