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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Required certificates for bachelor's degree programmes 2017

After filling in the application form for bachelor's degree programmes, any required certificates must be submitted to the admissions services of the applicant's first choice UAS by 8th February 2017 at 15:00 Finnish time.

If you are applying with any of the qualifications listed below, you have to submit a photocopy of the final certificate to the Laurea Admission Services no later than by 8th February 2017 at 15:00 at the latest:
- upper secondary school completed outside Finland with its official translations,
- Finnish Matriculation Examination completed in Finland before year 1990, 
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
- Reifeprufung (RP) Diploma
- European Baccalaureate Diploma
- a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection
- certificates you use to apply for remission of tuition fees (not mandatory but highly recommended)

Please select the appropriate headings below for more information.

Qualification completed outside Finland

In order to demonstrate eligibility to apply, applicants applying with an upper secondary qualification completed outside Finland  must submit a photocopy of their final upper secondary school graduation certificate to the admissions office of the first-choice university of applied sciences by 8th February 2017 15:00.  Late certificates are not considered. EU/EEA citizens who are graduating from upper secondary school outside Finland during the application period (spring 2017)  must submit their final upper secondary school graduation certificate by 14th July 2017 15:00 .

The qualification must provide eligibility for applying to higher education in the country it has been awarded. Generally the upper secondary school certificate awarded after 12 years of education is the requirement. If you are unsure whether or not your non-Finnish upper secondary school certificate gives eligibility for higher education, please contact Laurea Admissions Services. Universities of Applied Sciences only accept final certificates awarded by national and regional bodies granting educational certificates. Therefore various other temporary documents such as 'Testimonials', 'Statements of Results', 'Examination Results' or 'Result Slips' alone are not considered. A copy of the certificate for upper secondary qualification completed outside Finland must arrive at the UAS of the applicant's highest choice no later than 8th February 2017 15:00.

Official Translations
An official translation in Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator must be submitted  if the original document is not issued in one of these languages. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator. The photocopy of the translation must be submitted to the admissions office of the highest choice university of applied sciences no later than 8th February 2017 15:00.

Refugee status

A person with refugee status or an asylum seeker may apply and be accepted to study in education just as any other eligible citizen of Finland or any other country.

If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation or an asylum seeker and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his or her education qualification completed outside Finland, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to take an entrance examination.

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).

In order to declare his or her status, an asylum seeker who has not yet been granted a decision may verify his or her status by presenting an identity card with his or her photograph granted by Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) and, when required by the degree programme, a fee-based (€20) pending application by Migri that states that the applicant is permitted to legally reside in Finland during the time when his or her case is being processed, i.e. until a lawful decision has been made on the case.

If an applicant is applying to more than one UAS the copy of the relevant decision/document must be submitted to all of the UAS admission offices the applicant is applying to no later than 8th February 2017 15:00.

International Baccalaureate Diploma, Reifeprufung Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma

Applicants with a completed International Baccalaureate Diploma, Reifeprufung Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma  must also submit a photocopy of the final International Baccalaureate Diploma, Reifeprufung Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma by 8th Feb 2017. Applicants who are completing an IB, RP or EB diploma in spring 2017, must submit the IB/RP/EB Predicted grades or equivalent by 20th April 2017. The admission of an applicant applying with an IB, RP, EB diploma is conditional until the final diploma has been awarded/checked by the Admissions Office.

Please note the International Baccalaureate Certificate does not give eligibility to apply. Applicants must have the final IB diploma awarded to them in order to be considered for admission.

Finnish upper secondary qualifications  

 Applicants with the Finnish Matriculation completed before 1990 must submit a photocopy of the Matriculation certificate by 8th Feb 2017. 

 Applicants applying with Finnish upper secondary school and/or Finnish Matriculation (from 1990 onwards)  or vocational upper secondary qualifications completed in Finland submit certificates by 14 July 2017. 

Applicants who are graduating from Finnish upper secondary/Finnish Matriculation or from vocational upper secondary during spring 2017 submit the final graduation certificate by 14th July 2017. The admission of applicants applying with Finnish qualifications is conditional until the original certificates have been checked by the UAS.

Applicants with International Baccalaureate Diploma, Reifeprufung Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma completed in Finland please see information relevant information on said diplomas above.

Language certificates

Certificates concerning English or Finnish language skills are not required for application in 2017.

Health Certificates (Nursing and Social Services)

Applicants applying to the degree programmes in Social Services and Nursing must have good health and functional capacity so that the student is able to participate in the practical tasks and work placement included in the studies. Several social and health care units treat infection-prone patients. Staff working in them must have the required vaccinations. When applying to these programmes you will be asked in the application form if you have health issues that could be an obstacle to studying or if your study place has been previously cancelled due to health issues or placing others in danger. If you answer yes in the application form to these questions, you will be required to provide a medical certificate of your health issue by the given deadline 8th February 2017. The recommendation regarding applicant's health concerns only Nursing and Social Service and is available in Selection Criteria

Passport/Residence permit for remission of tuition fee

There will be a tuition fee applicable to students who are not citizens of countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. It is highly recommended for a non-EU/EEA degree student who will start his/her studies in an English-taught bachelor's or master's degree programme in August 2017​ 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.

Non EU/EEA citizens are exempted from paying tuition fees for the academic year 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.

For more information on residence permit types & tuition fees please see: Tuition fees and contents of a residence permit card​​
The documentary evidence for exemption of the tuition fee for the academic year, must also be presented before enrolling for each academic year.

Disclaimer: 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 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 admission services has checked all relevant documents as well as valid identification (passport).





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