English-taught Master’s are offered by both universities and UAS’s (universities of applied sciences). The UAS Master’s include a work experience requirement, as they are targeted for those already in the working life.
Here is a quick overview on how you can apply to English-taught Master’s level studies:
1. Find your degree programme
Start by choosing the Master’s you wish to apply to. You can browse the options either by using the Studyinfo.fi application page search function, or by visiting the universities’ own websites.
If you are a non-EU student, also check the scholarship options offered in the Master’s programme, as you are likely to be subject to tuition fees.
2. Check the entry requirements and deadlines
Once you have chosen where you want to apply to, you can start finding out about the entry requirements and application deadlines. Most university Master's have their application periods open between early December to mid/late January. UAS Master's may have their admissions later, in March. But since the application periods may vary from one programme to another, always check these details for each Master’s separately.
You can learn about entry requirements, eligibility criteria and application periods by
Some degree programmes may also offer additional applications outside the main application period. You can check for possible open application options by using the Search function at the Studyinfo.fi application page.
3. Apply online
You start your online application process at Studyinfo.fi. That is where you can also find detailed application instructions. If you are a non-EU student applying to a degree programme with tuition fees, also check at this stage how you can apply for a scholarship.
If you need to ask about your application, contact the Admissions Services of the university/UAS you are applying to for advice.
4. Entrance exam
Some Master’s programmes may require you to partake in an entrance exam. Check the entry requirements of the Master’s you’re interested in – if there will be an exam, the Admissions Services of the university/UAS can advise you further about it.
5. Wait to receive notification of acceptance
After the application period and the possible entrance exams are over, the university/UAS you have applied to processes your application and makes the final admission decisions. Results are usually announced by end of June at the latest.
If you are accepted as a student, you will get an official letter of admission from the university/UAS. Note that you will need to confirm your placement – follow the institution’s advice on this. And hey, congratulations!
6. Welcome to Finland!
As soon as you have received official letter of admission, you should start arranging the formalities. Non-EU/EEA citizens usually need a student residence permit. Remember to draft a realistic plan for financing your studies! Your hosting university/UAS can advise you on student accommodation options and other student services.