How to Apply

Application Steps (Joint Application to Finnish Higher Education)

1. Who can apply?

See the Admission Criteria

2. Where can I apply to?

With filling in just one application form, you can apply for up to 6 different degree programmes conducted in English at Universities of Applied Sciences/ Universities all over Finland.

3. Apply online

The joint application period begins on 4 January and closes on 18 January 2023. Apply online at It is important to follow all the instructions! The application form is open only during the application period. From 4 January to 18 January the service is open 24 hours per day, except for short maintenance periods during the night. Online application closes on 18 January at 3.00 pm Finnish time (+2 hrs GMT). All online applications must be submitted before the closing time.

Applicants with a Finnish qualification certificate need not submit copies of their certificates, as only the certificates of those admitted as students will be checked. However, this does not apply to applicants who have taken the Finnish matriculation examination prior to 1990, as they will need to submit copies of their certificates to the admissions offices of the relevant universities of applied sciences by the deadline specified in advance.

In order to prove their eligibility, applicants with a non-Finnish qualification certificate must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for application by the deadline. The certificates must be uploaded directly into the application form.

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.

Those applying with an IB, EB or RP Diploma will need to submit certificate copies by a deadline specified in advance.

The required documents must be uploaded into the application form by the specified deadline (mentioned in the application form),

4. Entrance examinations  (International UAS Exam for bachelor degrees)

UAS will arrange entrance examinations. Please check instructions on admission practicalities and procedures regarding the International UAS Exam at

5. Results

You will receive the results of your application by 2nd of June 2023 at the latest. Remember to confirm your study place in time, latest by 14 July 2023 3pm Finnish local time!

6. Accepting a study place

Confirmation of the study place is binding and cannot be altered or cancelled. You will lose the study place if you do not accept it by the given deadline.  There is no priority of application targets in first (1.) joint application period for higher education in spring, yet notice that one study place per term provision applies.  

Study place can be confirmed online through secure-link provided to your email address (non-EU/EEA students without Finnish Internet banking codes).

You can accept only one study place at higher education institution in Finland starting at the same academic year (1st August – 31st July)

7. Reserve places

If you have not been admitted to any of your study options and are placed on a reserve place, you might be admitted on a later date.

You can only be placed on the waiting list for a reserve place at a higher-preference option. The reserve place can be one of the application options the student has given in the joint application. The applicant cannot choose a reserve place from options of a lower preference than that to which he/she has already been admitted.

Notice that UAS can also independently decide not to use any waiting list positions. In this case there is no option for an applicant to get admission from the waiting list if the number of admitted applicants is fixed.

8. Enrolment

All students are to enrol for attendance or non-attendance. Only the students who have enrolled for attendance have the right of study

According to the 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);
  2. Maternity, paternity or parental leave;
  3. The student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.

Applicants (non-EU/EEA) who  are liable to pay tuition fee, cannot enroll until fee is paid in full. If the fee is not paid by the given deadline, study right can be revoked.

Please contact the Admission Services of the UAS of your first choice in all matters relating to your application and changes in your circumstances. Good luck with your application and studies!

9. Commencement of Studies

Studies commence usually at the end of August/ early September. Remember to apply residence permit in time:

Students from EU countries do not need a visa/residence permit to study in Finland. Students from non-EU countries need a residence permit for a stay of more than three months in Finland.

More information can be found on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service