Restrictions on admission
If you are currently or have previously been a degree student of the University of Helsinki, please read the information on this page before applying for a new right to complete a degree.
Restrictions on the right to complete a degree

Admission to the bachelor’s and master’s programmes offered by the University of Helsinki is restricted as outlined below. The restrictions also pertain to those applying through a transfer application procedure. Please contact the University’s admissions advisors if you have any questions.

This restriction only applies to applicants to bachelor’s programmes.

If you are applying for a new right to complete a degree that leads to the same bachelor’s degree title as your previous right (e.g. Bachelor of Arts), you must graduate by 31 July (i.e., before the new right becomes valid on 1 August) or must waive your previous right. You need not waive your previous right before you have received information about whether you are admitted to another degree programme. If you accept a new right to complete a degree, you simultaneously waive your previous right.  

Examples

Example 1

You hold the right to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Bachelor’s Programme in History. You are applying to the Bachelor’s Programme in Languages to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree. You can be admitted to the programme, but you must graduate or waive your previous right to study.  

Example 2

You hold the right to complete a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in the Bachelor’s Programme in Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts. You are applying to the Bachelor’s Programme in Politics, Media and Communication at the Faculty of Social Sciences to complete a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree. You can be admitted to the programme, but you must graduate or waive your previous right to study.

Example 3

You hold the right to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree in the Study Track in Early Childhood Teacher Education within the Bachelor’s Programme in Education. You are applying for a new right to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Education) and a Master of Arts (Education) degree in the Study Track in Class Teacher Education within the Bachelor’s Programme in Education. You can be admitted to the Study Track in Class Teacher Education within the Bachelor’s Programme in Education, but you must graduate or waive your previous right to complete a degree in the Study Track in Early Childhood Education. 

Please note, however, that if you waive your previous right to complete a degree in the Study Track in Early Childhood Education without graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree, you can no longer receive the qualifications required of early childhood education teachers, unless you apply and are readmitted to the Study Track in Early Childhood Education within the Bachelor’s Programme in Education. The minimum qualification requirement for early childhood education teachers is a university-level Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree, including studies in early childhood education, i.e., a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree completed in the Study Track in Early Childhood Education.

This applies to applicants to both bachelor’s and master’s programmes.

If you apply for a new right to complete a degree in the same degree programme (e.g., a programme that offers several target degrees) in which you are already studying, you must graduate by the deadline specified or waive your previous right.

The deadlines specified for graduating:

  • If you are applying for a new right to complete a degree that leads to a bachelor’s degree, you must graduate by 31 July.
  • If you are applying for a new right to complete a degree that leads to a master’s degree, you must graduate by 31 August 2021. (The deadline for graduating, when applying in 2022, will be set in the autumn of 2021).

You need not waive your previous right before you have received information about whether you are offered a new right to complete a degree.  If you accept a new right to complete a degree, you simultaneously waive your previous right in the same degree programme.

Examples

Example 1

You hold the right to complete a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) degree in the Bachelor’s Programme in Environmental and Food Economics. You are applying to the Bachelor’s Programme in Environmental and Food Economics to complete a Bachelor of Food Sciences degree. You can be admitted to the programme, but you must graduate or waive your previous right to study.

Example 2

You have previously been granted the right to complete a degree in the Bachelor’s Programme in Biology and you apply again to the same programme. You cannot be admitted to the programme as a new student because you can continue your studies based on your previous right to complete a degree. Your application will not be considered. If you believe that your existing right to complete a degree may correspond to the relevant option available for application, please contact Admission Services.

Example 3

You hold the right to complete a Master of Social Sciences degree in the Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning. You are applying to the Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning through a master’s application procedure to complete a Master of Arts degree. You can be admitted to the programme, but you must graduate or waive your previous right to study.

Example 4

You have previously been granted the right to complete a degree in the Master’s Programme in Mathematics and Statistics and you apply again to the same programme. You cannot be admitted to the programme as a new student because you can continue your studies based on your previous right to complete a degree. Your application will not be considered.

Example 5

You hold the right to complete a master’s degree in forest economics, granted prior to 1 August 2017. You are applying through a master’s application procedure to the equivalent Master’s Programme in Forest Sciences. You cannot be admitted to the programme as a new student because you can continue your studies based on your previous right to complete a degree. Your application will not be considered. If you believe that your existing right to complete a degree may correspond to the relevant option available for application, please contact Admission Services.

Medical students (degree programmes in medicine and dentistry) can hold only one right at a time to complete a second-cycle degree (Licentiate of Medicine or Licentiate of Dentistry) at the University of Helsinki.

Example

You hold the right to complete a Licentiate of Dentistry degree. You are applying for the right to complete a Licentiate of Medicine degree. You can be admitted to the programme, but you must graduate by 31 July (i.e., before the new right becomes valid on 1 August) or must waive your previous right.

The above restrictions also apply to those participating in a transfer application procedure.

Please note that the restrictions also apply to you if you are applying through both a transfer application procedure and a joint application procedure during the same spring even if you hold no previous right to complete a degree at the University of Helsinki.

Further information is available on the Finnish- and Swedish-language websites.

Reinstatement of the right to study

A right to study that can be reinstated is considered a valid right to complete a degree. If necessary, you can apply to your faculty for the reinstatement of your right to study. If your right to complete a degree is about to expire, you cannot have it extended by applying again for the same right. Instead, you must separately apply to your faculty for an extension.