Finland Joint Application for University Programs in English Begin 4th to 18th January 2023

Finland Joint application to higher education is a process through which students in Finland can apply for degree programs in English at universities and universities of applied sciences. This process typically begins in the winter or spring before the academic year in which the studies are set to begin.

To apply for a degree program in English through the joint application process, you must meet certain requirements and submit the necessary application materials. These requirements may vary depending on the institution and program you are applying to.

To begin the application process, you must gather all the necessary documents and fill out the online application form. This may include transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and other supporting materials. You will also need to pay an application fee.

It is important to carefully review the application requirements and deadlines for each institution and program you are interested in, as they may differ. It is also a good idea to start the application process as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time to gather all the necessary materials and meet any deadlines.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions about the joint application process for higher education in Finland.

Would you happen to know when to apply?

The application period for study programs offered in English is 4 January 2023 at 8 am UTC+2 to 18 January 2023 at 3 pm UTC+2. This application period also includes University of the Arts study programs.
The application period for degree programs offered in Finnish and Swedish is 15 March 2023 at 8 am UTC+2 to 30 March 2023 at 3 pm UTC+3. Note that Finnish or Swedish proficiency is required to get admitted to these programs.
The study programs included in the 2023 spring joint applications to higher education begin in autumn 2023.
The application period for the joint application to higher education in autumn is 30 August 2023 at 8 am UTC+3 to 13 September 2023 at 3 pm UTC+3. Note that there are only a few study options available in English.
The study programs included in the 2023 autumn joint application begin in January 2024.

Before you apply

Check out the available study programs offered in English. The program overview includes detailed information on the different study programs.

Could you check the admission criteria?

Could you check the Eligibility and Admissions criteria for each study program you intend to apply to from the study program descriptions? The selection criteria may vary depending on the study program, even if the same university or UAS offers the programs. Also, could you check the language requirements for each study program?

General Eligibility Criteria

 Finland Tuition fees and Scholarships

The higher education institutions in Finland collect tuition fees from students outside the EU/EEA area. If you are uncertain of the fees, check the study program description under “Tuition fees” or get more information from the university or UAS you are applying to.
You can apply for scholarships if you are required to pay tuition fees. Each higher education institution has its Scholarship program. Could you check the available Scholarship options with the university or UAS you’re applying to?

Find more information on tuition fees in degree programs in Finland

Apply and submit attachments

When the application period is open, you can access the application form from each study program. You do not need to register or log in to apply. Fill in the application form and submit it during the application period. It is impossible to apply if you have not submitted your application by the end of the application period. Instead, submit the required documents on time. Note that you can only submit one application form in the same joint application.

You can find more information on how to fill in the application form and submit attachments to your application.

Participate in tests and entrance exams

Check the study program Descriptions of each program you wish to apply to for more information on tests and entrance examinations. Remember to sign up on time if you need to take a language test. You will need the test certificate/test result certificate to add it as an attachment to the application before the deadline.
Remember to apply for a visa from the embassy in time if you get an invitation to the entrance exam in Finland, which requires your physical presence.

Admission results

Admission results are published throughout the year after each application period closes. In joint applications, there are, however, dates when the results are published at the latest:
  • Joint application to higher education, spring 2023: 2 June 2023
  • Joint application to Finnish/Swedish-taught degree programs, spring 2023:
    • Certificate-based admissions: 29 May 2023
    • Other admission methods: 7 July 2023
  • Joint application to higher education, autumn 2023: 24 November 2023
For study programs offered in separate applications and Rolling admissions, please take a look at the admission criteria for each study program you are interested in.

More information about admission results

Accept an offer of admission.

You will receive a notification with the admission results from the higher education institution. It also includes instructions on accepting an offer of admission, registering as a student, and important dates. You can accept only one offer of admission per academic term. Accept the offer of admission by following the guidelines and registering as a student at the university or UAS.

Find more information on how to accept an offer of admission

Begin your journey to Finland

If you receive a study place and are not a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, apply for a residence permit from The Finnish Immigration Service.
Non-EU/EEA students need a student residence permit. You can begin the student residence permit application online at Enterfinland. Fi immediately after you have been offered admission. Remember that you must personally visit a Finnish mission abroad as part of this process. While abroad, you can still submit your application through the Finnish Immigration Service’s Enter Finland online service. Your application will be accepted for processing once you have identified yourself. Start your residence permit process as soon as possible, carefully following the Immigration authorities’ instructions and regulations so that you can receive your permit before your studies begin! You can find detailed information and advice on the residence permit requirements and procedures on the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website.

Guide for students regarding student residence permit

Are you applying for a residence permit for your studies? Check out Migri’s new guide for students! You can easily find the information you need when answering the guide questions. The guide also enables you to compile a checklist of the attachments required for your application.


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