Information for new students
Congratulations on your study place! Welcome to Laurea University of Applied Sciences!
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. Please note that the information on this page is primarily for applicants who have got admission in the joint application. If you get admission via transfer or if you get admission based on Open UAS studies, you will receive seperate instructions by e-mail.
The decision of admission will be notified by e-mail in May - July. After you have received the notification of admission by e-mail, you must also confirm the study place offered to you in order to keep your study place. Remember to check your junk e-mail too since the notification of admission may end up there by mistake!
If you have a Finnish identity code, you can check your own admissions status 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. The results of the application will be sent by e-mail to every applicant in the end of June.
If you do not yet have a Finnish identity code, you will receive the admission notification via an e-mail link and you will also be able to confirm the offered study place via that 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 28th June 2018. After this it is still possible to get a study place from the reserve list. The reserve list admissions continue until 31st July 2018. If you get admission from the reserve list, you will receive an email notification about it.
Please read through the instructions below for confirming your study place.
Admitted students must complete the following steps 1 - 5 before studies begin
1. Confirm your study place
To keep your study place, the confirmation must be made before July 10th 2018 15:00 at the latest / within 10 days of acceptance from the reserve list.
- If you have a Finnish identity code, you can confirm the study place online at Studyinfo.fi > Log in > Authentication Service . The service requires Finnish online banking codes, a Finnish mobile
certificate or an identity card provided by Finnish police provided with
a chip and a reader.
you do not yet have a Finnish identity code, you will receive the
admission notification via an e-mail link and you will also be able to
confirm the offered study place via that e-mail link.
- If you are not able to confirm your study place in the above mentioned ways, please print, fill in, sign and submit the printable 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 lose the offered study place, so please make sure it arrives on time!
If you are liable to pay the tuition fee, your study place offer is CONDITIONAL until you have paid the tuition fee.
It's possible to get a notification of admission from the reserve list until 31st July 2018. If you are admitted from the reserve list, you have 10 days to confirm your study place. Make sure to confirm the given study
place by the given deadline or you will lose the offered study place.
One study place per term provision
According to this provision, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland in education that begins in the same academic term (1st August − 31st December ). This rule applies to all higher education in Finland. If you accept a higher education study place in Finland this year, this does not prevent you from applying again next year and accepting a new study place then. So if you've applied to other Universities of Applied Sciences or Universities in Finland and you get offered other study places during spring - summer 2018, please understand that you can accept only one study place. You can read more about this provision in studyinfo.
2. Tuition fees and the Laurea Student agreement (non-EU/EEA citizens only)
This segment is meant only for tuition fee paying students who are beginning their studies in August 2018. If you are not a tuition fee paying student, skip to step 3.
How do I know if I am supposed to pay the tuition fee?
Tuition fee paying students will receive the following in a separate e-mail after receiving the notification of admission:
- a conditional offer of study place
- the instructions on how to pay the tuition fee and
- the Laurea student agreement
If your notification of admission arrives on the weekend, please note the above mentioned instructions and agreements will be sent to you the following Monday. Kindly go through the instructions and follow them to complete the tuition fee payment. Tuition fee liable students must confirm the study place, pay the tuition fee and sign and submit the Laurea Student agreement. Your signed Student Agreement must be sent by post to the Laurea Admissions Office address:
"I received a tuition fee payment instructions but I think I am not liable to pay tuition fees? What should I do?"
In the event that you receive an unwarranted tuition fee payment request 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. After Admissions have checked the document concerened, the request for tuition payment will be cancelled.
Tuition fees and registration for academic year
The Laurea tuition fee is valid for one academic year (1st August - 31st July). The liability to pay tuition fees is checked each year before enrolling for each academic year. The document proving exemption from tuition fees must be valid at least 1st August of the given academic year. If your situation changes during your studies so that you no longer have a document proving exemption from tuition fee for the next academic year (for example your Finnish residence permit changes) , you will be liable to pay the tuition fee for the next academic year. If your situation changes during studies so that you are exempted from tuition fees, the exemption from tuition fees concerns the next academic year. Keep in mind the given deadlines for tuition fee payments. The tuition fee for the first academic year must be paid by 10th July 2018 / within 10 days of acceptance from reserve list.
The tuition fee for 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.
The study place offer for first year students is CONDITIONAL until the Laurea Admissions has received your tuition fee payment and received your signed Laurea Student Agreement and until Laurea has checked the admitted students' (copies and original) education certificates and (for Masters programmes only ) 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.
3. Register as present or absent
In addition to the confirmation of study place, you must also register as present or absent for the academic year. Please see the legal grounds for registering as absent below.
If you are liable to pay tuition fees, please note that registering for the academic year is possible only after Laurea has received your tuition fee payment. If you do not pay the tuition fee for the academic year, you will not be able to register for the academic year. Failure to register for the academic year results in loss of study entitlement.
If you are not liable to pay the tuition fee, you can complete the registration for the academic year via My Study info -service (OILI).
If you register as absent for the first academic year you must send the required documents for the legal grounds of your absence. If you register 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.
Legal grounds for registering as absent for the academic year 2018-2019
Students who bindingly accept the study place offered must also register as present or absent for each academic year. According to the Universities Act/Polytechnics Act, a first-year student may register 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:
- Call-up order
- 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 2018.
- 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 proving legal grounds for abscence must be submitted in Finnish or Swedish or English. The documents that prove the legal grounds for your absence must be submitted 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 register as absent for the entire academic year or you may change your registration for the spring term during the registration 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
4. Apply for residence permit (non EU/EEA citizens only)
This segment concerns only non-EU/EEA citizens who are travelling to Finland. If you are already living in Finland, skip to step 5.
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 ‘yes’, you do not need a residence permit. For information on EU citizens’ registrations please go to: http://migri.fi/en/i-am-an-eu-citizen
- If your answer is ‘no’ and you plan to study in Finland for more than three months, you will need a residence permit
This information is for all those students who need a residence permit.
- 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 fingerprinting
- Contact the embassy or consulate in advance to arrange a visit. All Finnish embassies and consulates are listed at www.formin.fi
- If there is no Finnish diplomatic mission in your country, contact a Finnish mission in another country to confirm your visit. Please notice that you need tobe legally in that country.
- Your application will be processed only after you’ve visited a Finnish embassy.
Also the estimated processing time of your application starts from the day you visit the 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 Migri Study in Finland page.
We process all residence permit applications based on studying 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. You cannot come to Finland without the residence permit card.
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. 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.
You find more information about the appendices from the Migri website.
A study place
- Acceptance letter from a Finnish education institution
- If your acceptance letter was sent to you by e-mail, include the forwarding email from the Studyinfo.fi service/ the school in Finland.
- If your studies in Finland last two years or more: your insurance must cover medical expenses up to at least 30,000 €.
- 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 €.
- Your insurance must be valid throughout your entire stay in Finland. Take out insurance for a year if you plan to study in Finland for at least a year.
- Make sure that there are no restrictions to the number of days within the period of validity. Travel insurances are often valid for 90 days per trip -> not acceptable.
- Acquire an insurance document which indicates the following information:
- Your personal details
- Period of validity of insurance
- Geographical area in which your insurance is valid
- Insurance coverage
- Insured amounts
- Amount of deductible, or a mention that there is no deductible
- Do not terminate your insurance! Otherwise you will be responsible for the costs yourself
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 a state, an organisation 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 requirement.
- 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, partially or entirely or received a scholarship, you have to present a certificate from the educational institution of this.
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.
5. Prepare for certificate checking
New Bachelor degree students
- If you have been given admission to a Bachelor's degree programme, submit a photocopy of your high school certificate to the Laurea Admissions office by 10th July 2018 15:00.
- It is not necessary to submit a photocopies of your certificates if
- 1. you have completed a Finnish Matriculation Examination (ylioppilastutkinto) after the year 1990 or later.
- 2. you already submitted your final education certificates to Laurea Admissions during the application period 2018. It's not necessary to resend them again.
- On the first day of studies please bring your official identification and original certificates with you for registration. Your study place is conditional until the original certificates have been checked against the photocopies submitted. Please note that admission will be withdrawn if you fail to submit your original certificates within 10 days of commencement of your studies or if it is discovered that you gave false information when applying.
- It is not necessary to present the original certificates if you have a Matriculation Examination (ylioppilastutkinto) completed in Finland after 1990.
New Masters degree students
- If you have been given admission to a Master's degree programme, you have to submit only a photocopy of your work experience certificates proving you have the required 36 months of work experience acquired after graduation from your bachelor's or master's degree.
- On the first day of studies please bring your official identification and original work and education certificates with you for registration. Your study place is conditional until the original certificates have been checked against the photocopies submitted. Please note that admission will be withdrawn if you fail to submit your original certificates within 10 days of commencement of your studies or if it is discovered that you gave false information when applying.
- It is not necessary to present the original bachelor’s/master’s degree certificates on the first day if you have completed a Bachelor degree in Finland after the year 1995.
You can submit all required certificate copies via the certificate submission e-service
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
Your study place is conditional until Laurea has checked the education 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. Document forgery and misuse may lead to criminal responsibility and belongs to police authority.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Laurea Admissions.
Starting studies in your degree programme
After you have read through the steps 1- 5, next click on your degree programme found in the links below and read more about when your studies begin and other practical information related to beginning your studies at Laurea.