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Student selection criteria for degree programmes in 2018

Each university of applied sciences determines the selection methods to be used for each degree programme and allocates the number of places to each selection method. Please find below information about selection criteria and eligibility requirements for Laurea UAS bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes.

Eligibility to apply for Bachelor's degree

Applicants can apply for the bachelor's degree programmes in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences with one of the following qualifications :

- the Finnish general upper secondary school and/or a Finnish Matriculation examination;
- an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
- a Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma;
- a European Baccalaureate Diploma (EB); 
- a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification with a scope of 120 credit units or 180 credit points, or a comparable previous Finnish vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units; 
- a further or specialist vocational qualification (ammattitutkinto, erikoisammattitutkinto) completed in Finland or;
- a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational (opistoasteen/korkea-asteen tutkinto) diploma;
- an upper secondary school qualification completed outside Finland that provides eligibility to apply for corresponding higher education in the country in question. Generally speaking the graduation certificate awarded after completion of 12 years of upper secondary school.

To demonstrate eligibility, applicants applying with an upper secondary completed outside Finland, IB, RP or EB qualifications must submit copies of their final degree certificates by 7th February 2018. A provisional certificate issued by the educational institution on the graduation of the applicant will be accepted as a certificate that demonstrates the applicant's eligibility to apply if the applicant's official diploma cannot be delivered in advance within the stated deadline due to an action taken by the authorities or any equivalent reason.

Applicants who are graduating during spring 2018 from upper secondary school are also eligible to apply to Laurea bachelor’s degree programmes and admission is conditional until the applicant has submitted the copies of qualification certificates to the Admission Office by 10th July 2018.

Read more about required certificates.

To complete the admission process, admitted students submit their original educational certificates for checking on the first day of studies in August 2018.  Admission will be withdrawn if the student has given false information in his/her application or fails to submit the original certificates within 14 days of the beginning day of the studies.

Note that a university degree or UAS degree alone does not give eligibility to apply for the bachelor's degree programmes. Applicants who have already completed a University/UAS degree, must enter the information about their upper secondary school leaving certificate in the application form when applying to the bachelor's degree programmes.

Please note Laurea does not use discretionary admission. 


Eligibility to apply for Master’s degree

When applying for a UAS Master’s degree programme, applicants must have a previous Bachelor's or Master's degree completed at a university or a university of applied sciences and at least three years (36 months) of subsequent work experience in a relevant field. A relevant field is considered to include both the field being applied to and the field of the previous higher education degree. The required work experience (at least 36 months) must be acquired after the date of graduation indicated in the applicant’s bachelor’s/master’s degree certificate.

An applicant applying with a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree completed outside Finland must submit a copy of the final educational certificate used as the basis for application by the deadline of 7th February 2018 15:00 to the Laurea Admissions Office. However, if you are completing your (non-Finnish) Bachelor’s degree during spring 2018 and 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 may submit the final non-Finnish Bachelor's degree certificate by 10th July 2018. Read more about Required certificates.

To complete the admission process, admitted students submit their original educational degree certificates and duly stamped or signed work certificates for checking on the first day of studies in August 2018.  Admission will be withdrawn if the student has given false information in his/her application or fails to submit the original certificates within 14 days of the beginning day of the studies.

Please note, Laurea does not use discretionary admission. 

Selection methods for Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

In Laurea UAS student admission is based on two different selection methods: entrance examination and/or SAT Test results.

Number of study places and student selection methods used:

Degree ProgrammeAvailable study places
in total
​Number of students selected based on SAT Scores​Number of students selected based on entrance exam
Bachelor's Degree Programmes:
​Service Business Management​25​8​17
​Business Information Technology​25​8​17
​Safety, Security and Risk Management​25​8​17
​Restaurant Entrepreneurship​25​-​25
​Social Services​30​-​30
Master's Degree Programmes:
​Service Innovation and Design​25​-​25


Selection method: Entrance examination

All applicants who have demonstrated their eligibility to apply will be invited to the entrance examination. Applicants must pass the exam in order to be considered for admission based on entrance exam. Please see  Entrance exams page for more information.

Selection method: SAT Test

Only applicants who have demonstrated their eligibility to apply can be accepted based on the SAT Test result. In order to be considered for admission based on the SAT results, an applicant must have completed all the following SAT Test sections with the following minimum points:

- Evidence-based reading and writing (minimum 500 points)
- Math (minimum 500 points)

The lowest accepted SAT Test result total is 1000 points. Please note that SAT Subject Tests are not accepted.

Only the new version of SAT Test (completed after March 2016) is accepted. The results of the SAT Test must be delivered to all those universities of applied sciences that use the admission criteria in question by 13th April 2018. SAT scores are considered only if delivered via the SAT score report service. To order your SAT score report delivered directly to Laurea University of Applied Sciences, please use the Institutional code: 6965 .

Read more about Required certificates

Selection between applicants with equal admission points 2018

In circumstances when applicants have a tie in admission points, the student selection will be automatically drawn by a computer system.

Finnish language skill requirements for Nursing and Social Services

All 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 desribed:

Applicants who have demonstrated eligibility to apply and have the required Finnish language skills will be invited to the entrance examination. 

Health recommendations for applicants of Nursing and Social Services

Those applying to study in the field of Health Care and Social Services must have a sufficient good health status and functional capacity so that the student is capable of completing practical assignments and work placement periods as part of the studies. When applying to the field of studies the applicant should bear in mind that:

- studying and working in a profession of this field requires good mental balance;
- the field is not suitable for illegal drug users or for alcohol or legal drug abusers;
- conditions such as musculoskeletal diseases, chronic skin diseases, allergies and mental health disorders may lead to health issues during studies or later on in working life;
- a blood-borne disease may restrict the progress of studies and employment;
- several operational units of social and health care treat patients that are exposed to infections, and staff working in them must have the required vaccinations (for immunization).

Applicants are required to provide information concerning their health status and functional capacity as required to assess admission at the request of the university of applied sciences concerned, as well as information on any possible prior decision on cancellation of their study entitlement.

Before the supervised work placement, the student will be asked by the UAS to provide his/her criminal record, if the work placement essentially includes working with under age children. The UAS can, at its discretion, request the applicant to provide an assessment of his/her general health and also request another UAS to provide the information regarding the applicant’s withdrawal of previous study entitlement.


Work experience requirements for Master's Programme

Eligibility to apply for a UAS Master’s degree programme requires 36 months (three years) of work experience that must either be related to the degree you are applying for or related to the degree you have graduated from. The 36 months (three years) of work experience must be acquired after graduation date of your previous Bachelor's/Master's Degree. Work experience acquired until July 31st 2018 will be considered.

If an applicant has also completed a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma in Finland (opistotason tutkinto, ammatillinen korkea-asteen tutkinto) prior to the Bachelor's degree, work experience acquired after such will also be considered. However, work experience must add up to at least 36 months (three years) (Act on Changes to the Polytechnics Act 411/2005, Polytechnics Act 351/2003).

Applicants must provide proof of all the work experience they have mentioned in their application. Employment contracts alone are not considered. All work experience must be proven with valid work experience statements issued by the employer. The statement must clearly show the duration of your employment and work tasks and must be signed and stamped by employer. If you are currently employed, please provide a temporary statement from your employer of the on-going employment.  Work experience which cannot be proven with employer's statements will not be considered. Admission to Master’s programmes is conditional until all work experience certificates have been checked by the admissions services.

Entrepreneurship in Finland will be accepted as work experience if an applicant can produce a certificate attesting that he or she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme (YEL = statutory pension scheme for entrepreneurs; MYEL = statutory pension scheme for farmers, forest estate owners, fishers and reindeer herders and their family members). Entrepreneurship abroad will be substantiated with equivalent official documents.

Work experience must be indicated in full months. Applicants should convert part-time work (work under 35 hours per week) into full-time equivalents such that 150 hours OR 20 working days lasting at least 7 hours per day correspond to one (1) month of full-time work. Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained working for the same employer. The amount of work experience points awarded for parallel employment relationships may only equate to the amount awarded for full-time employment.

A work practice placement/internship that is part of the degree you are applying with will not be considered as work experience. Also, military or non-military national service, women’s voluntary military service or child-care leave will not be counted towards work experience.

Refugee status 

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 or her degree, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to sit an entrance examination or take any advance assignment submitted by the specified deadline into account. The applicant must have an official decision by the authorities attesting to his or her status (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection). The applicant must submit a copy of such a decision to the admissions office of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying by the deadline 7 February 2018. More about required certificates.

Appeal Process

If the decision on student admission has not been made according to the Laurea selection criteria 2018, applicants have the possibility to make a written appeal to the Management team within 14 days of receiving the decision.

Before starting the appeal process the applicant should first contact the Laurea Admission Services for more detailed information on the grounds of the decision: tel. +358 9 8868 7293 or e-mail admissions(at) . If, after contacting the Laurea Admissions Services and hearing the grounds for the decision, the applicant still thinks that the decision has not been made according to the Laurea selection criteria 2018, he/she may submit a written appeal against the decision. The appeal must be well-grounded and it should contain accurate information on where Laurea has not followed the Laurea selection criteria 2018.

In your appeal please give your name, address and contact information and explain in what way the decision has not been made according to the Laurea selection criteria 2018. The appeal must be submitted in writing within 14 days of receiving the decision to the address:

Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Management team
Ratatie 22
01300 Vantaa





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