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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Required certificates for Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programmes 2018


After filling in the application form in Studyinfo.fi, any required documents must be submitted to the Admission Services by 7th February 2018 at 15:00 Finnish time. Please read through the following information concerning required certificates and deadlines. Late certificates are not considered.

 

Educational certificate requirements for Bachelor's Degree applicants


If you are applying to a Bachelor’s degree with any of the educational qualifications listed below, you have to submit a photocopy of the final graduation certificate to your highest choice UAS no later than 7th February 2018 at 15:00.

- upper secondary school completed outside Finland + official translation,
- Finnish Matriculation Examination completed in Finland before year 1990, 
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
- Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma
- European Baccalaureate Diploma

Please note, applicants who are graduating from upper secondary school during the application period (spring 2018) are eligible to apply and the final upper secondary certificates will be checked from those admitted as students. Applicants graduating in spring 2018 must submit a copy of their final upper secondary school graduation certificate latest by 10th July 2018 15:00 to Laurea UAS Admission Services.

If you are applying with an upper secondary qualification completed outside Finland, the qualification must provide eligibility for applying to higher education in the country it has been awarded. When applying to Bachelor’s Degree, the upper secondary school certificate awarded after 12 years of education is usually the general 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.

If any of your educational documents are issued in another language than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation in Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator must also be submitted together with the copy of the original document by the given deadline 7th February 2018. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator.


International Baccalaureate Diploma, Reifeprüfung Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma

If you are applying to Bachelor’s degree with a completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma or European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma must also submit a photocopy of the final IB, RP or EB Diploma by 7th February 2018. Applicants who are completing an IB, RP or EB Diploma in spring 2018 must submit the IB/RP/EB Predicted grades or equivalent by 13th April 2018. The admission of an applicant applying with an IB, RP or EB Diploma is conditional until the final diploma has been awarded and also checked by the Laurea Admission Services.

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 to Bachelor degree programmes.


If you are applying to a Bachelor's Degree with an upper secondary qualification that has been completed in Finland
, usually you do not have to send the educational certificate copies during the application period. The upper secondary certificates completed in Finland will be checked for those admitted as students. However, applicants applying to Bachelor's degree programmes with the following Finnish upper secondary qualifications need to send their educational certificate copies by 7th February 2018 to the Admisson Services:

  • If your Finnish Matriculation has been completed before 1990
  • IB, RP or EB Diploma completed in Finland (please see the relevant information on IB/EB/RP diplomas above)

Applicants applying to Bachelor's Degree Programme with Finnish upper secondary school (lukion päättötodistus) or with Finnish vocational upper secondary qualifications must submit their final graduation certificate copies latest by 10th July 2018. Please notice, applicants applying with Finnish Matriculation examination completed from 1990 onwards do not need to send their certificate copies since their degree information can be verified via Finnish Matriculation Examination Register.


The students' admission is conditional until all relevant original certificates have been checked in the beginning of the studies. 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 for checking within 14 days of the beginning day of the studies. 

Educational certificate requirements for Master's Degree applicants

 

If you are applying to Master’s degree with a Bachelor's/Master's degree that has been completed outside Finland, you must deliver photocopies of the following educational documents to Laurea Admission Services by the given deadline 7th February 2018 at 15:00:

- bachelor's or master's degree certificate and
- the transcript of records
- official translations of the above mentioned documents if the documents are not issued in English, Finnish or Swedish.

An official translation in Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator must be submitted if your bachelor’s/master’s degree 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 no later than 7th February 2018 15:00.


Degree completed in Finland

If your Bachelor's/Master's degree has been completed in Finland, you do not have to send the degree certificate copies during the application period. The degree certificates will be checked for those admitted as students. If you are given admission, the photocopies of the Bachelor's/Master's Degree completed in Finland, Transcript of Records and employment certificates must all  be submitted by 10th July 2018 15:00 to the Laurea Admission Services. 

Also note if you have completed a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level qualification (opistoasteen/korkea-asteen tutkinto) prior to your Bachelor’s degree and you also have relevant work experience after such, you should mention it in your application form. In such cases applicants who are graduating from a university degree in spring 2018 can apply for the Master’s programme, as long as they have the required work experience acquired after a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level qualification (opistoasteen/korkea-asteen tutkinto).

 

The students' admission is conditional until all relevant original certificates have been checked in the beginning of the studies. 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 for checking within 14 days of the beginning day of the studies. 

 SAT Scores for Bachelor's Degrees

 

SAT Test results are used for student admission in the following Laurea Bachelor’s Degrees:

- Service Business Management
- Business Information Technology
- Safety, Security and Risk Management.

 In these degree programmes 30 % of the study places will be filled based on SAT Scores.  For the rest of the study places the students will be selected based on the entrance exam results. Read more about Selection criteria.

An applicant applying with SAT Test Scores must have completed both of the following SAT test sections with the following minimum points:
- Evidence-based reading and writing (minimum 500 points)
- Math (minimum 500 points).

Only the new version of the SAT test (completed after March 2016) is accepted. An official SAT Scores Report must be ordered to Laurea straight from the SAT Test organizer. To collect SAT Test Scores, universities of applied sciences use an electronic test score service provided by the SAT Test organizer. To order your SAT Scores Report to Laurea, use the Institutional reporting code: 6965. Those applicants, who have already completed a SAT Test, must request their SAT Test result from the test score service to be delivered to universities of applied sciences. SAT results are considered only if they arrive via the test score service. The SAT Test Scores must arrive to Laurea latest by 13th April 2018.

SAT reports printed or sent by the applicants themselves cannot be accepted.
 

Health Certificates (for Nursing and Social Services only)

 

Applicants applying to the Bachelor’s degree programmes in Social Services or Nursing must have a sufficient good health status 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 your answer is “yes” in the application form to these questions, you will be required to provide a medical certificate of your health issue. The health certificate must be brought with you when you participate in the entrance examination. The recommendation regarding applicant's health concerns only Bachelor’s Degree programmes in Nursing and Social Service. Please read more information in Selection Criteria.

Work certificate requirements (for Master's Degree applicants only) 

 

Applicants applying to the Master’s Degree Programme in Service Innovation and Design must have at least 36 months of work experience after the graduating date of the applicant’s previous Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree.

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 your original employment certificates are issued in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, you must also submit copies of their official translations into Finnish, Swedish or English along with the copy of the original certificate to the relevant admissions offices. The official translation must be made by an official (authorised) translator, indicating the translator’s name, signature and stamp.

Employment certificates will be checked only from those who have been admitted as students for Laurea. If you are given admission, the photocopies of your employment certificates (and translations) must be submitted by 10th July 2018 15:00 to Laurea UAS Admission Services.

The students' admission is conditional until all relevant original certificates have been checked in the beginning of the studies. 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 for checking within 14 days of the beginning day of the studies. 

 

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. However, 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:

•    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​​

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen and you have any of the documents proving exemption from tuition fees listed above, it is highly recommended to send a copy of the document to the Admission Services of your first choice institution of higher education by 7th February 2018.

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 7th of February 2018, 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. Thisshould be done as soon as the notification of admission has been received but latest before confirming the study place. Admission is conditional until the admission services has checked all relevant documents as well as valid identification (passport).

 

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 is an asylum seeker, and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his/her educational qualification completed outside Finland, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to take an entrance examination.

The applicant must have a decision by authorities concerning his/her status (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection). In order to declare his/her status, an asylum seeker who has not yet been granted a decision may verify his/her status by presenting an identity card with his/her photograph granted by the 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/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 document (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection) must be submitted to all of the UAS admission offices the applicant is applying to no later than 7th February 2018 15:00.


 

 

 

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