Information for rejected applicants

If you consider an admission decision to be erroneous, you may lodge an appeal for rectification.
Content of the appeal

The appeal must be submitted in writing, indicating the following:

  • Appealed decision
  • Section to be rectified in the decision
  • Manner of rectification
  • Grounds for the appeal
  • Your contact details (name, address, email address, telephone number)

All supporting documents must be submitted together with the appeal.

Please draft an individual appeal for each application option whose admission results you consider erroneous.

Submitting appeals and related deadlines

Appeals can be submitted to the University of Helsinki Admissions Services after the student admission results have been published. The exact deadline for appealing is stated separately for each application period. Appeals received after the deadline will not be processed.

You can submit your appeal to University of Helsinki Admissions Services in any of the following ways:

  1. Email

You may submit your appeal by email to the following address:

Please write Appeal in the subject field, followed by the application option that your appeal concerns (for example, Appeal: April round, Doctoral Programme in Economics). Submit your appeal preferably from the email address you entered in the application form used to apply to the University of Helsinki.

2. Encrypted email

If your appeal contains confidential information, you may submit your appeal as an encrypted email.

In most cases, it is not necessary to include confidential information, such as your national identification number or information about your health or life situation, in your appeal as they are not included in the admissions criteria that are considered in the admission process. If you wish to include confidential information in your appeal, we recommend that you submit your appeal by encrypted email.

To submit an encrypted email to the Admission Services, please follow the instructions on this website: Send­ing an en­cryp­ted email mes­sage to Ad­mis­sion Ser­vices

3. By regular mail or personal delivery to the Admission Services mailbox

If e-mailing your appeal is not possible, appeals can also be submitted by regular mail or by delivering them personally to the Admission Services mailbox. Please follow the instructions under "Where to submit documents" on this page.

Please note that appeals submitted by regular mail must arrive to the Admission Services by the deadline announced in your admission results letter. All deadlines are receipt deadlines, not postmark deadlines.

Please submit your appeal to Admissions Services in only one of the three methods stated above. It is not necessary to submit your appeal in multiple different ways. Please note that appeals must be submitted specifically to Admissions Services, and not to any other unit of the University of Helsinki (such as the Registry, faculties or Student Services).

Decisions on appeals

University of Helsinki Admissions Services reviews all appeals in an expedited process. The approximate processing time for appeals is one to two months. After your appeal has been processed, we will notify you of the decision by email or regular mail. If your appeal is rejected or not considered, instructions for appealing the decision through the administrative court will be given with the notification.