Required certificates for English Bachelor's Degree programmes 2017
After filling in the application form for Bachelor's degree programmes, the 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. Certificates must arrive by post or brought to the Laurea admissions services office by the deadline. Scanned certificates sent by e-mail are not considered. The admission of an applicant is conditional until the UAS has checked the applicant’s original educational and language certificates. During the application period, applicants submit only photocopies of their required certificates. However all original certificates used in the application will be checked on the first day of studies from all applicants selected for admission. An applicant's admission can be withdrawn if the applicant has given false information or fails to submit original certificates .
The following copies of certificates must be submitted 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 translations,
- 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)
Qualification completed outside Finland
In order to prove 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.
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.
If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation 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. In such cases, 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 decision must be submitted to the admissions office of the highest
choice university of applied sciences no later than 8th February
International Baccalaureate Diploma, Reifeprufung Diploma or European
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 transcript of grades/Predicted grades 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 are not required to submit certificates until 14 July 2017.
Applicants who are graduating from Finnish upper secondary/Finnish Matriculation or from vocational upper secondary during spring 2017 can apply and if admitted they must 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 a completed International Baccalaureate Diploma, Reifeprufung Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma completed in Finland must submit a photocopy of the diploma by 8th Feb 2017. Applicants who are completing an IB, RP or EB diploma in spring 2017, must submit the IB/RP/EB transcript of grades/Predicted grades by 20th April 2017.
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. 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.
Recommendation for applicant's health in the field of Social Services, Health Care and Sports (pdf)
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 if they are in possession of any of the following documents mentioned below.
• Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/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)
For more information on residence permit types & tuition fees please see: Tuition fees and contents of a residence permit card
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).
Language proficiency in degree programmes provided in English
In application year 2017, applicants are not required to submit evidence of English language proficiency.
skills in English are required for success in degree programmes
provided in English. The applicant's English language proficiency is
assessed in all the entrance examinations for Bachelor degree programmes
Finnish language skills requirement for Laurea Nursing and Laurea Social Services
applicants for Laurea Nursing and Laurea Social Services are required
to have Finnish language skills (level B1 or better) . Link to the
Common European Framework of reference for languages where the levels
are described: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/resources/european-language-levels-cefr
are not required to submit Finnish language skills certificates upon
application. The applicant states his/her level of Finnish language
skills in the application form and the Finnish language skills of all
eligible applicants to Laurea Nursing and Social Services will be
evaluated in the entrance examination on a pass/ fail basis. An
applicant who has failed the language part is withdrawn from admission.