FAQ on ap­ply­ing for the Bach­el­or’s Pro­gramme in Science
You can find some frequently asked questions about applying for the Bachelor's Programme in Science and their answers on this page.

The application period depends on your previous education. You cannot select a preferred application period, nor can you submit an application during both application periods.

If you have completed, or will complete by 31 August 2023, a Finnish matriculation examination, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a  European Baccalaureate diploma, or a Reifeprüfung/Deutsches Internationales Abitur diploma in Finland, you must submit your application during the application period for admission group 2 between 15-30 March 2023 (note that the application period closes at 15.00 UTC+3).

If you have not completed and will not complete any of the above-mentioned examinations or diplomas during the spring or summer of 2023, you must submit your application during the application period for admission group 1 between 1 December 2022 and 4 January 2023.

In addition, you cannot select the application period of your preference if you have two certificates, for example, a Finnish basic vocational qualification and a Finnish matriculation examination. As holders of the Finnish matriculation examination certificate must apply during the application period for admission group 2, you must submit your application accordingly.

If you are completing an IB programme, or have already completed one, you must apply during the application period for admission group 2. If you are admitted, you must submit an officially certified copy of your final Diploma Programme (DP) results by 31 August 2023 at 15.00 UTC+3

If you are completing an EB programme, or have already completed one, you must apply during the application period for admission group 2. If you are admitted, you must submit an officially certified copy of your diploma indicating your final grades by 31 August 2023 at 15.00 Helsinki time.

If you have completed or will complete an IB or EB programme by 31 August 2023, you must apply during the application period for admission group 2 regardless of the country where your diploma was or will be completed.

You must apply during the application period for admission group 1. As admission points for RP/DIA diplomas can only be awarded for diplomas completed in Finland, only such diplomas will be considered in the application period for admission group 2.

No. You only need to submit an officially certified copy of your diploma if you are admitted to the Bachelor’s programme that you applied for and no official proof of your diploma is available through an electronic register. In such cases, the officially certified copy of the diploma must be submitted by 31 August 2023 at 15.00 UTC+3. The University of Helsinki also offers the opportunity for applicants to come and present their original documents in person. You should bear in mind that, especially in the summer, acquiring an officially certified copy might take time. Please note that there are also country-specific document requirements in place for some diploma-awarding countries and that too may be a slow process. If you wish, you can already submit an official copy of your diploma before the admission results are published.

You can request IBO to submit your programme results electronically to the University of Helsinki. In this case you need not submit an officially certified copy of your diploma. If you are admitted, but do not request IBO to submit your programme results electronically to the University of Helsinki, you must submit an officially certified copy of your diploma (note that country-specific requirements are applied to certain countries). Also note that an upper secondary school cannot officially certify an IB diploma.

It depends on which examination board organised your exams. In the application phase, by 25 January 2023 at 15.00 (UTC+2), you always need to submit unofficial scanned copy of your diploma.

If you have completed either an AICE diploma or an A level qualification organised by Cambridge Assessment, you only need to submit a scanned copy of your diploma or your preliminary estimate (those graduating by 31 August, 2023) at the application phase. If you are admitted, we will verify the information related to your diploma using an electronic service.

If you have completed an A level qualification organised by Edexcel or OxfordAQA or any other board, the examination board in question must also send the official examination results to Admissions Services of the University of Helsinki by 31 August 2023 at 15.00 UTC+3.

At the application stage, you can scan the required documents and submit them to the StudyInfo portal. If you are admitted, you must submit officially certified copies of your enclosures by 31 August 2023 at 15.00 (UTC+3). Please note that there are certain country-specific requirements for the submission of officially certified copies. For detailed information, see: Country-specific requirements.

You cannot replace the SAT Subject Tests or SAT sections tests by any other test. According to the admission criteria of the Bachelor’s Programme in Science, you can be admitted in admission group 1 only if you have completed A) the SAT mathematics level 2 Subject Test AND the Subject Test in either physics OR chemistry OR B) SAT sections Evidence-Based Reading and Writing AND Math.

Unfortunately, you cannot. As the results of the admission procedure for admission group 1 will be published in April 2023, your SAT Subject Tests or SAT section test scores must be at the University of Helsinki by 25 Jan 2023 at 15:00 (UTC+2).

No. All applicants must have completed or must complete an examination or a diploma providing eligibility for higher education by 31 August 2023 if they wish to apply for admission to a programme starting in the autumn of 2023.

You do not need to complete any SAT Subject Tests, as admission in admission group 2 is based on points awarded for certificates.  The SAT Subject Tests are required from applicants in admission group 1, who cannot be awarded points for certificates.

English language proficiency can be demonstrated with a diploma from an upper secondary school only if the diploma was fully completed in the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark or Iceland), Great Britain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. English language proficiency can also be demonstrated with a Finnish matriculation examination, an IB diploma, an EB diploma or an RP/DIA diploma. For detailed information, see the Proving your English language skills page for applicants to the Bachelor’s Programme in Science.

A university degree completed in English can be used for demonstrating English language proficiency only if the degree was completed in one of the EU/EEA countries, or Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom or the US. For detailed information, see the Proving your English language skills page for applicants to the Bachelor’s Programme in Science.

If you cannot demonstrate your language proficiency with a diploma, see the Proving your English language skills page for other means of demonstrating language proficiency.

No. A separate application procedure is in place for the Bachelor’s Programme in Science. This means that a different application form is used, and, besides the Bachelor’s Programme in Science, you can apply to six different programmes through the joint application procedure (and other separate application procedures, if relevant). You can be admitted to the Bachelor’s Programme in Science and another programme through the joint application procedure. However, the provision of one student place is in force In other words, you can only accept one student place from among the ones offered to you.

The application form for the Bachelor’s Programme in Science is available on the Studyinfo.fi portal, on the bottom of the page.