Frequently asked questions 2017
Laurea Admissions Services are here to help with any questions regarding application. A compilation of the most frequently asked questions and their answers are found below.
How do I apply?
The application process in a nutshell:
1) fill in the application form during the application period (January 10th -25th) at the centralised application portal studyinfo.fi.
2) Submit required certificates (by 8th February 2017)
3) Participate in the entrance exams (in April)
4) Wait for the results of student admission (results published in June)
5) Accept the offered study place (latest by 14th July 2017)
6) Begin studies (studies begin in last week of August)
Is there an application fee required?
There is no application fee required, an applicant can fill in an application for free at studyinfo.fi.
Do students need to pay fees for studies?
Students who are non EU/EEA nationals will be charged tuition fees from autumn 2017. The fee that has been set for Laurea bachelor degree programmes in English is EUR 8000 per academic year. The fee for Laurea masters degree programmes in English is EUR 10 000 per academic year. Please see the Tuition Fees page for information about exemptions.
Does Laurea offer scholarships?
Mostly, students are required to finance their own studies and living expenses are a student’s own responsibility as well. However, accepted students will be informed of available scholarships, grants and conditions prior to an application round. It is advisable to keep track of any latest news or updates posted on our website.
Is there any provision to pay my tuition fees in instalments as opposed to the lump sum?
The tuition fee must be paid in full by the deadline given.
When is the deadline for paying the tuition fees once admitted?
Applicants who are required to pay the tuition fee must pay the fee by the given deadline together with the study place confirmation. If an applicant is admitted by 30th June 2017, the tuition fee must be paid by 14th July 2017. If an applicant is admitted from the waiting list after 30th June, the tuition fee must be paid within two weeks from announcement of results.
What is the key criterion in terms of eligibility?
A completed upper secondary school certificate which gives eligibility to comparable higher education in the country the certificate has been awarded in.
Do I need an English language proficiency certificate like TOEFL or the IELTS to apply for the degree programmes taught in English?
There is no English language proficiency certificate required from you when applying in 2017. However, it is generally recommended that one has a good command of English since the language skills will be tested in the entrance exam. Applicants who do not pass the English skills assessment in the entrance exam cannot be considered for admission.
Will I be exempted from taking part in the English language test since my country’s official language is English?
The English language test is embedded in the entrance exam and all applicants are tested, so there are no exceptions. This ensures that the student’s studies go on as planned and it is also a matter of quality assurance in trying to maintain the standards of our institution. The test is, therefore, part and parcel of the selection process since it forms part of the selection criteria.
I am not an EU/EEA citizen and I am graduating from high school during the application period. Does Laurea use discretionary admission and am I allowed to submit my transcript whilst waiting for the final high school graduation certificate?
No, Laurea does not use discretionary admission and temporary certificates/transcripts are not accepted. The Admissions Office will only accept final certificates (results slips, temporary certificates are not considered).
Kindly note:- this does not apply to applicants who are EU/EEA citizens who are graduating from high school during the application period. Applications are only accepted if they are complete with required certificate attachments.
When is the deadline for receiving attachments to support my application?
Certificates are expected to arrive on the stated deadline for submission and not after that, which is the 8th of February 2017 before 15:00 Finnish time. Documents arriving after the deadline are not considered.
Does Laurea help in finding suitable accommodation?
No, Laurea is not responsible for finding accommodation for degree seeking students. Hoas - Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region is the contact for housing in the capital area. Please refer to the HOAS website for information.
Where can I take the entrance exams? Do I have to take the entrance exam if I already possess a university level degree?
Yes, you need to take the relevant degree programme entrance exam in the field you are applying to. The exams are run annually in Finland in April and outside Finland in the countries listed www.laurea.fi > Studies and Applying > Entrance exams
Does your institution help in applying for visas or permits?
Laurea does not assist in visa and permit applications. Those matters are handled by the immigration officials. Visa and permit applications are a student’s own responsibility. Admitted students are therefore encouraged to apply on time from their local consular or embassies in due time.
Who are the closest persons to help me when I arrive for my studies?
The tutor students, tutor teachers, the student affairs’ office, Heads of student affairs
When do I have to arrive for my studies? Can I arrive late?
First year studies begin annually in the last week of August with the orientation week which is mandatory for all new students.
A formal notification on the expected date of arrival for the new students is included in the letter of acceptance. It is very important that new students arrive on the first day of studies as indicated in the letter of acceptance. Credits cannot be granted to students who arrive after the given deadline.
Does an invitation to an entrance exam equate to being admitted?
No, an invitation to an entrance exam is not the same as being admitted. It simply means that one has met the eligibility criteria based on the submitted documents and they therefore must take part in the next stage of the selection process which is the entrance exam. Applicants must pass the degree programme's entrance examination in order to be considered for admission.
Is there a quota for some applicants of a certain origin, nationality or ethnicity?
No, Laurea does not do any quotas for any prospective students and selection is solely based on who is most successful in the application round's entrance examination.
Do I need to submit a Finnish language skills certificate when applying for the Nursing Programme and the Social Services Programme?
Even though the Nursing and the Social Services Programmes have a mandatory basic Finnish language requirement, Finnish skills certificates are not required for application. Applicants must have at least level B1 skills when applying and the applicant's level of Finnish skills will be tested in the entrance exam.
What is the difference between universities of applied sciences and universities?
The Finnish higher education system is based on a dual model, which allows for both universities (yliopisto in Finnish) and universities of applied sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu in Finnish) to exist. The aim of universities of applied sciences is to provide advanced work-oriented teaching and applied research and development that especially supports small and medium-sized enterprises and the service sector (i.e. professional or vocational higher education).
On the other hand, universities promote academic research and related high-level education.
The explanation above has been adapted from studyinfinland.fi. For more information on the Finnish education system, please see: Education system in Finland