An alternative route when you are pursuing a degree
As a path student, you will study a specific study programme for one academic year, which means that you study the first year of your degree programme according to the curriculum. As a path student, you can study at the same pace as the other degree students in the group. The scope of studies in lower degrees is 50 credits, and in higher degrees 15 credits and they are typically completed within one academic year. Path studies enable graduation just as quickly as by starting directly in degree studies.
You can complete path studies even if you do not yet have the basic education required for university studies.
Be brave and find your path!
To you who:
- are pursuing a degree
- want to take advantage of the gap year
- are ready to study intensely throughout the year
- want to study in the same group throughout the year
- are pursuing to apply through Open UAS
- want to continue your degree studies from the second annual course in a year’s time
Apply for path studies
14.7. – 28.7.2023
Enrolment for the path studies starting in Autumn 2023 opens
14.7.2023 at 8.00 and closes 28.7.2023 at 23.59.
Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Path studies Autumn 2023
1.6. - 30.6.2023
- Multimodal implementation
21.8. - 12.5.2024
- Online studies
3.5. - 20.7.2023
- Online studies
After completing 50 credits of degree-specific studies as part of your path studies, you can apply for the right to be a degree student in a separate application for the Open UAS. In this case, you apply for a student on the basis of the Open UAS studies you have completed. In most programmes, 50 credits can be completed during the first year.
Path studies can however require some competences, if they are necessary for the success of the studies. You are responsible for ensuring that you have the necessary study skills to complete your studies at the UAS and that you are able to progress with the rest of the group. It is particularly important that you have a good command of the language of the programme.
Good written and oral Finnish language skills (at least the intermediate level of the General Language Certificate, level 4, see the descriptions of the skills) are required to complete the studies. For English-language programmes, a good command of English is essential. Students must be able to follow lessons easily and produce essay answers and reports on the subjects studied. No additional instruction is available for language proficiency.
The basic education requirement is an equivalent bachelor’s degree in the field of education in question. If you are planning to apply for a degree programme, please note that you must have at least two years of professional experience in the sector after completing your degree before applying for a degree programme. In Masters’ degree programmes, in order to be eligible to apply for the right to study for a degree, you must have completed 15 credits of open, programme-specific studies. In practice, however, the first year’s studies are usually completed in full.
There are only a few path study places (usually 2-3) per course, so you should register quickly to ensure a place on the course you want.
For spring path studies, teaching starts as follows:
About a week before the beginning of the studies, students who have been allocated a path place will receive an email with information relevant to the start of their studies (including the time and place of the course start, links and instructions to the work schedules and learning environments, and instructions on how to obtain a student ID). You will start your studies with a common orientation session, where you will receive useful information about practical learning.
The cost is €300/year. The fee can be paid in 1-2 instalments. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible. It is absolutely essential to cancel in advance so that a place can be allocated to a possible reserve. You can cancel your registration free of charge before the start of the course by sending an email to email@example.com Cancellations notified at a later date will be charged at half the annual fee. Payment of the tuition fee is a prerequisite for participation in the course and for retaining the right to study.
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