Frequently asked questions 2018
Laurea Admission 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 for degree programmes in English in a nutshell:
1) fill in the application form during the application period (January 9th -24th) at the centralised application portal studyinfo.fi.
2) Submit required certificates (by 7th February 2018)
3) Participate in the entrance exams (in March - April)
4) Wait for the results of student admission (results published in May -June)
5) Accept the offered study place (latest by 10th July 2018)
6) Begin studies (in 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 onwards. The tuition fees are EUR 8000 per academic year for bachelor's degree programmes taught in English and 10 000 euros per academic year for Master’s Degree programmes taught in English. Please see the Tuition Fees page for information about fees and exemptions.
Does Laurea offer scholarships?
Students are mostly required to finance their own studies and living expenses are a student’s own responsibility as well. Grants are intended only for students paying yearly tuition fee and they are provided to those students who have completed at least 60 credits of studies that count towards their degree programme in the previous academic year. Read more about available Grants and Conditions.
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 28th June 2018, the tuition fee must be paid by 10th July 2018. If an applicant is admitted from the waiting list after 28th June, the tuition fee must be paid within two weeks from announcement of results.
What is the key criterion in terms of eligibility?
For a Bachelor's Degree, a completed upper secondary school certificate which gives eligibility to comparable higher education in the country the certificate has been awarded in. For a Master's Degree, a previous Bachelor's/Master's Degree and at least 36 months of work experience acquired after the graduation date of the previous Bachelor's /Master's Degree. Please read more about the eligiblity requirements and selection criteria.
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 2018. 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.
Does Laurea use discretionary admission?
No, Laurea does not use discretionary admission. Only those applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be invited to the entrance examinations or considered for admission based on SAT Scores.
When is the deadline for receiving attachments to support my application?
Educational certificate copies are expected to arrive on the stated deadline for submission and not after that, which is the 7th of February 2018 before 15:00 Finnish time. SAT Test Scores must arrive latest by 13th April 2018 15:00. Documents arriving after the deadline are not considered.
I applied last year. Do I need to submit my certificates for my application again?
all required certificates must be submitted by the given deadline per
application period. An application and submitted certificate attachments
are valid only for the application period in question. Please submit only
photocopies of your certificates when applying.
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. Some of the Laurea Bachelor's degree programme entrance exams are also arranged outside Finland in March in the countries listed at
Admission to some of the Laurea's Bachelor's Degrees in English is also granted based on SAT Test Scores. Please read more about Student Selection Criteria.
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 encouraged to apply for a residence permit from their local consular or embassy immediately after receiving notification of admission.
Who are the closest persons to help me when I arrive for my studies?
The tutor students, tutor teachers, the Student Affairs Office and Head of Student Affairs.
When do I have to arrive for my studies? Can I arrive late?
First year studies begin annually in 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 acceptance e-mail. It is very important that new students arrive on the first day of studies as indicated in the acceptance email. 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.
However, admission to some of the Laurea's Bachelor's Degrees in English is also granted based on the SAT Test Scores. Please read more about Student Selection Criteria.
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 or/and in some Bachelor's Degree programmes admission is also granted based on the SAT Test Scores. Please read more about Student Selection Criteria.
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