Information for new students
New students, welcome to Laurea and congratulations on your study place!
You have been admitted to study at Laurea UAS in a Bachelor or Master Degree programme. On this page we have gathered some information which will help you get oriented to your studies.
In summer of 2017, the decision of admission will be notified to admitted students via e-mail. After you have received the notification of admission by e-mail, you must also confirm the study place offered. Remember to check your junk e-mail too since the invitation may end up there by mistake.
If you are from Finland, you can see your own admissions situation and confirm the study place offered and register for the academic year by logging in to My Studyinfo service. Please note that this service requires a Finnish online banking codes, Finnish mobile certificate or an identity card provided by Finnish police provided with a chip and a reader. A letter stating the results of admission will be sent by e-mail to every applicant in the end of June.
If you are an international student, you will receive the possible admission notification via an e-mail link.
Applicants who are admitted to their FIRST choice option will receive the admission decision first. All other results of admission will be published when results are ready latest by 30th June 2017.
The instructions for confirming your study place can be accessed below.
Transfer application: Applicants selected for admission in the transfer application will be notified of instructions via e-mail.
Separate application based on Open UAS studies: Applicants selected for admission in the separate application will be notified of instructions via e-mail. Applicants selected for admission must have at least 60 credits of completed Open UAS studies in their transcript of records.
All admitted students must complete the following steps before studies begin
1. Confirm your study place offer by 14th July 2017, 15:00 Finnish time (GMT/UTC +2 hours) / within 14 days of acceptance from reserve place at Studyinfo.fi > My Studyinfo -service
2. (if applicable) Pay the Tuition fee, sign and submit the Laurea Student Agreement
3. Register as present or absent. Enroll as present or absent for the academic year by 14th July 2017, 15:00 Finnish time / within 14 days of acceptance from reserve place at Studyinfo.fi > My Studyinfo -service. See more details from below
4. Prepare for certificate checking
5. Get familiar with Laurea and your degree programme
Read more about steps 1-5 below
Confirm your study place
The study place confirmation can be made online either via Studyinfo.fi > Log in > Authentication Service or via the e-mail link sent to you from studyinfo.fi. The My Studyinfo -service requires a Finnish online banking codes, Finnish mobile
certificate or an identity card provided by Finnish police provided with
a chip and a reader.
The confirmation must be made before July 14th 2017 15:00 at the latest / within 14 days of acceptance from the reserve list. If you are not able to confirm your study place in the above mentioned ways, please print, fill in, sign and submit the confirmation form to the Laurea Admissions Office by the given deadline. If you are confirming your study place with the printed confirmation form please make sure that the form arrives to the Laurea Admissions Office by the given deadline. If you do not confirm the given study place by the given deadline, you will forfeit the offered study place.
If you are liable to pay tuition fee, your study place offer is CONDITIONAL until you have paid the tuition fee.
If you are admitted from the degree programmes reserve list, you have 14 days to confirm your study place. Admission from the reserve list is possible until 14th August 2017 15:00.
Confirmation of study place is binding and it cannot be altered or cancelled. Please note that if the Admissions Office does not receive your study place confirmation by the given deadline, you will forfeit your right to enroll in the degree programme.
Tuition fees and sign and submit the Laurea Student agreement
This segment is meant for those non EU/EEA students who are liable to pay the tuition fee. If you are liable to pay the tuition fee, you will have received a conditional offer of study place as well as an e-mail containing the instructions on how to pay the tuition fee, the tuition fee invoice and the Laurea student agreement. Kindly go through the instructions and follow them to complete the tuition fee payment. Applicants who are liable to pay tuition fees, must pay the tuition fee and submit a signed Laurea Student agreement and a copy of the receipt of tuition fee payment. Please send the receipt of tuition fee payment to Laurea Admissions by e-mail. Your signed Student Agreement must be sent by post to the Laurea Admissions Office address:
In the event that you receive an unwarranted tuition fee invoice and you have a document exempting you from tuition fees, please send the document proving exemption from tuition fees to the Laurea Admissions office immediately. Read more about the tuition fees, available grants and exemptions here:
The liability to pay tuition fees is checked each year before enrolling for each academic year. The tuition fee is valid for one academic year. The document proving exemption from tuition fees must be valid at least 1st August. Please note that if your situation changes during your studies e.g. you no longer have a document proving exemption from tuition fee for the next academic year (for example your residence permit A changes to B) , you will be liable to pay the tuition fee from the next academic year. Keep in mind the given deadlines for tuition fee payments. The first academic year tuition fee must be paid by 14th July 2017 / within 14 days of acceptance from reserve place.
The tuition fee of the following academic years must be paid before enrollment for each academic year. Tuition fee liable students who do not pay the tuition fee by the given deadline cannot enroll for the academic year. Failure to enrol for the academic year results in loss of study entitlement.
For tuition fee liable applicants, the study place offer to Laurea is CONDITIONAL until the Laurea Admissions has received your tuition fee payment and received your signed Laurea Student Agreement.
Student admission is conditional until Laurea has checked the admitted students' (copies and original) education certificates and (for Masters programmes) also employment certificates. Laurea may withdraw the admission if the student does not submit the certificates for inspection or if the student have given any false information in the application process.
Enroll as present or absent
In addition to the confirmation of study place, you must also enroll as present or absent (please see the grounds for enrolling as absent) for the academic year.
If you are liable to pay tuition fees, please note that enrolling/registering for the academic year is possible only after Laurea has received your tuition fee payment. If you do not pay the tuition fee, you will not be able to enroll for the academic year. Failure to enroll for the academic year results in loss of study entitlement.
If you are not liable to pay the tuition fee, you can complete the enrolment/registration for the academic year via My Study info -service. If you enroll as absent for the first academic year you must send the required documents for the legal grounds of your absence by 14th July 2017 15:00 (Finnish time). If you have received your study place from the reserve list, you must send the documents within 14 days after the selection has been published. If you enroll as absent for the first academic year but do not send sufficient clarification regarding the grounds of your absence by the given deadline, you will lose your right to study.
Grounds for enrolling/registering as absent for the academic year 2017-2018
Students who bindingly accept the study place offered must also enroll as present or absent for each academic year. According to the Universities Act/Polytechnics Art, a first-year student may enroll as absent for the academic year for the following reasons only:
1) Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
Example of document required:
2) Maternity, paternity or parental leave;
Example of document required:
-Kela's certificate regarding maternity, paternity or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy.
-Corresponding certificates from the authorities of other countries regarding statutory parental leave.
3) The student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.
Example of document required:
-Sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from beginning their studies on 1st August 2017.
-Obstacles caused by the practical arrangements required by the illness or injury: an adequate clarification e.g. a certificate from the student housing foundation that the student is on the waiting list for an apartment required by his or her injury. The student's own notification is not an adequate clarification.
Documents must be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English. The documents that prove the legal grounds for your absence must be submitted by post or brought to the Laurea Admissions Services Office by the same deadline which is given for confirming the study place offered and for registering for the academic year.
Documents sent by post must also arrive to the Admissions Services by the given deadline. If the legal grounds for absence concerns only one academic term (for example service under Conscription Act or maternity leave begins in January), you may either enroll as absent for the entire academic year or you may change your enrollment from present to absent for the spring academic term during the enrollment period for the spring term.
All documents must be delivered to the address
Laurea University of Applied Sciences
You can also submit the documents via the certificate submission e-service (link)
Apply for residence permit (non EU/EEA citizens only)
The residence permit application concerns only non-EU/EEA citizens. Apply for your residence permit as early as possible. All residence permit applications are handled as urgent. The Finnish Immigration Service has compiled a notice for new students (pdf) which contains instructions for applying for a residence permit. The information contained in the notice has been opened below for your convenience:
Are you a citizen of EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland?
- If your answer is ‘NO’ and you plan to study in Finland for more than three months:
you will need a residence permit.
- If your answer is ‘YES’, you do not need a residence permit. For information on EU
citizens’ registrations please go to: www.migri.fi/eu_registration
This letter is for all those students who need a residence permit.
What to do now?
Submit an application for a residence permit online at https://enterfinland.fi/eServices.
- Apply for your residence permit abroad, not in Finland.
- Visit a Finnish embassy/consulate in person for identification and
o Contact the embassy or consulate in advance to arrange a visit. All Finnish embassies and consulates are listed at www.formin.fi.
o If there is no Finnish diplomatic mission in your country, contact a Finnish mission in another country to confirm your visit.
o Your application will not be processed before you’ve visited a Finnish embassy.
Important to remember
Start preparing your application immediately after receiving your acceptance letter. The entire process may take several weeks. The application process is longer if you submit an incomplete application, so be sure to follow the instructions on the next page of this letter. Check out more information at www.migri.fi/studying_in_finland.
All residence permit applications based on studying are processed as urgent. To follow the progress of your application, log on to your electronic account. You can also find updates on application queues at www.migri.fi. Remember that telephone or e-mail inquiries will not make the process faster.
If your application is approved, you will get a biometric residence permit card. The card is manufactured in Finland and delivered to the Finnish embassy. It’s not possible to expedite the delivery of the card or collect the card from Finland. All students must wait for the residence permit card before coming to Finland. Airline tickets should not be acquired in advance since the decision might not be ready before your flight to Finland.
HOW TO PREPARE A PERFECT APPLICATION?
Open an electronic account at https://enterfinland.fi/eServices. Log on to your account and fill in the application form for studies. Make sure to fill in your name as it is in your passport, your contact details and the date you plan to arrive in Finland.
Next, collect these mandatory appendices and crosscheck them from this list. If your documents are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, have them translated into one of these languages by an authorized translator. Take the originals of your documents with you to the embassy.
o Acceptance letter from a Finnish educational institution
- If your acceptance letter was sent to you by e-mail, include the forwarding e-mail from the school in Finland.
o Health insurance
-If your studies in Finland last two years or more: your insurance must cover medical expenses up to at least 30,000 €.
o After arriving in Finland, apply for a home municipality at your local registry office to be eligible for public health care.
-If your studies last less than two years: your insurance must cover both sickness and accident related medical expenses up to at least 100,000 €.
- Acquire an insurance document which indicates the following information:
o Who is insured
o What the insurance covers and what are the amounts of benefit
o For how long and where the insurance is valid
- Make sure the deductible is no more than 300 €.
- Don’t terminate your insurance! Otherwise you will be responsible for the costs yourself.
- Make sure your insurance is valid for at least one year from the date you plan to arrive in Finland and has no restrictions to the number of days within the period.
o Sufficient funds
- You must have 6,720 € for one year (=560 €/month) as a bank deposit or as a scholarship or grant.
- A bank statement from your own bank account: Make sure the statement indicates you as the account owner. A shared account or a written guarantee of sponsorship from a private person is not accepted.
- A certificate of a scholarship granted by an organization, government or an educational institution. The certificate must indicate the recipient, amount and duration of the scholarship. A bank statement is not necessary if the scholarship fully covers the
o Tuition fees
- If you pay your tuition fee before arriving in Finland, please attach documentation of the paid fee.
- If you pay the tuition fee only after arriving in Finland, please attach documentation of necessary means for paying the tuition fee. You cannot use means reserved for your support to pay the tuition fee.
- If you have been exempted from paying tuition fees or received a scholarship, you have to present a certificate from the educational institution of this.
o A passport and a passport photo: Make sure your passport is valid for at least one year from the date you plan to arrive in Finland.
Prepare for certificate checking
Admitted students who have not yet delivered a copy of their certificates during the application period to Laurea UAS Admissions Office, must deliver a photocopy of the final certificates of education to the Admissions Office by 14th July 2017 at 15:00 (Finnish time). If you have been admitted through the reserve list you must send the certificates copies within 14 days after receiving the decision of admission. Master's degree students: Kindly note that you must send work certificates in addition to your Bachelor or other higher education certificate. Masters degree students must have at least 36 months of work experience aqcuired after graduation from the degree.
It is not necessary to submit a photocopy of a Matriculation Examination (ylioppilastutkinto) completed in
Finland after 1990 OR a Bachelor degree completed in
Laurea UAS. They will be verified from the Matriculation register or the Laurea student register.
In addition, applicants must submit the original certifcates for checking on the first day of studies. Please bring your identification card and original certificates of your upper secondary education with you for registration on the first day of studies. Your admission is conditional until the original certificates have been checked. Please note that admission will be withdrawn if you fail to submit your original certificates within 14 days of commencement of your studies or if it is discovered that you gave false information when applying.
If you have applied with your Matriculation Examination (ylioppilastutkinto) completed in Finland after 1990 OR if you have received a study place in a Master's programme and you have applied with a Bachelor degree completed in Laurea UAS, you do not need to bring the original certificates on the first day.
You can submit all required certificate copies via the certificate submission e-service (link)
If you prefer not to use the certificate submission e-service, please submit your required education/work certificates by regular post or bring them in person to the Laurea Admissions Services address below. The postal address is the same as the visiting address.
Send copies of your certificates to:
Laurea Admissions Office
Student admission is conditional until Laurea has checked the admitted students' (copies and original) school and employment certificates. Laurea may withdraw the admission if you do not deliver the certificates for inspection or if you have given false information in the application process.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact your campuses Student Affairs Office with questions related to your studies or the Admissions Office for matters concerning your application and study place confirmation.
Get familiar with Laurea and your degree programme
Click on your degree programme found in the links below and read more about the starting date of your studies and practical information related to beginning your studies at Laurea.