We have collected some frequently asked questions and their answers on this site. Please acquaint yourself with these questions and answers.
Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
Bachelor’s programme: University of Helsinki offers one Bachelor’s programme in English, Bachelor's programme in Science. In the other undergraduate degree programmes, the language of teaching is Finnish and/or Swedish.
Master’s programmes: At the University of Helsinki, you can choose from over 30 International Master’s Programmes in English.
Doctoral programmes: University of Helsinki has four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes.
You can find all our degree programmes in the degree finder.
In addition, you can join the Helsinki Summer School for an academic summer session
Bachelor of Science programme: For the English-language Bachelor's Programme in Science, the admission is based on the grades of the Finnish matriculation examination, RP- or DIA-examination administered in Finland, or IB- or EB-examination. If you do not have any of the mentioned degrees, your admission is based on SAT subject test results in mathematics 2 and either physics or chemistry. The applicants in the admission group 1 (SAT subject tests) can apply from 1 December 2020 to 15 January 2021. For others, the next application period will be from 17 to 31 March 2021.
Master’s programmes: The application period for the International Master's Programmes is from 1 December 2020 to 15 January 2021 (for studies starting in autumn 2021). Please note that the University of Helsinki only has one intake per academic year. To get an admission reminder and other news, sign up for our Admissions Newsletter.
Doctoral programmes: The application periods for doctoral studies during the academic year 2020-2021 are as follows:
1–15 September 2020
3–17 November 2020 (only some doctoral programmes)
2–16 February 2021 (only some doctoral programmes)
1–15 April 2021 (only some doctoral programmes)
19–30 July 2021 (only graduates of University of Helsinki, only some doctoral programmes)
Please check the website of the doctoral programme you are applying to, as different programmes have different application periods.
For the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Finnish or Swedish, the application period is usually in the spring. Read more on the Hae opiskelijaksi -page (in Finnish) or Sök till Uni -page (in Swedish).
Bachelor's programme in Science: There are two admission groups:
- In admission group 1 the admission is based on the SAT Mathematics Level 2 Subject Test AND the Subject Test in either Physics OR Chemistry. In addition, you must have a degree that gives you eligibility to apply for Bachelor-level studies (such as a high school degree).
- In admission group 2 the admission is based on either the grades of the Finnish matriculation examination, an IB or EB examination, or an RP or DIA examination administered in Finland.
Master’s programmes: You must have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent to be eligible to apply. Your Bachelor's degree does not always have to be exactly in the same field, but you must have completed studies that are relevant for the Master's programme you are applying for. Please see the individual programme's website for more information.
You can apply to a Master’s programme even if you are in the middle of the last year of your undergraduate university studies. Please see question "I have not yet graduated. Can I still apply?" for more information.
Doctoral programmes: When applying for doctoral studies, the main rule of eligibility is that you must hold either a Finnish Master’s degree or a foreign degree that is roughly comparable to a Finnish Master’s degree. A foreign degree is, as a rule, considered comparable when it makes you eligible to apply for doctoral studies in the country where you have completed the degree. Acquaint yourself both with the general rules of eligibility and with the possible additional, doctoral programme-specific rules well before applying.
When applying to degree programmes conducted in English at any level, you must meet the English language requirements. Please see question "How can I prove my English language skills?" for further information on the language requirements.
Bachelor's programme: How to apply to the Bachelor's Programme in Science
Master’s programmes: How to apply to International Master's Programmes
Doctoral programmes: The application process in a nutshell
There are no age restrictions. Anyone fulfilling the eligibility requirements can apply.
Bachelor's programme: You can apply to the Bachelor's programme in Science even if you graduate after the application period. Please see further information regarding applying to the Bachelor's programme in Science here
Master's programmes: You can apply to a Master’s programme even if you are in the middle of the last year of your undergraduate university studies. You should send in the documents that you have available at the moment of applying. Do not wait until you receive your final diploma or degree certificate, if it is not available within the application period. If you get accepted to a Master’s programme, your admission will be conditional and you will receive instructions on how to submit your final degree certificate.
Bachelor's programme: See the required documents when applying to the Bachelor's programme in Science
Master's programmes: See the required documents when applying to Master's programmes
Doctoral programmes: See the required documents when applying to Doctoral programmes
Please note that there are country-specific requirements that must be followed when submitting the documents.
In addition, you must meet the English language requirements. Please see question "How can I prove my English language skills?" for further information on the language requirements.
Please note, that we cannot make any advance assessments on your documents or their eligibility. All documents need to be submitted according to the given instructions, documents cannot be handed in personally to the Admission Services.
It is always the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the application documents reach the University of Helsinki by the given deadline. The University of Helsinki does not process any application documents that have arrived after the deadline.
No, there are no application fees when applying to degree programmes at the University of Helsinki.
Please note that the language requirements may vary according to which degree programme you are applying to.
Bachelor's programme: When applying to the Bachelor's programme in Science, you must prove your English language skills. Please check the instructions for proving your English language skills for the Bachelor's programme.
Master’s programmes: When applying to Master’s programmes in English, you must prove your English language skills. Please check the instructions for proving your English language skills for the Master's programmes.
Doctoral programmes: When applying to a doctoral programme, you must prove your language skills in either English, Finnish or Swedish. Please see the instructions for proving your English language skills.
If you believe that the admission decision is incorrect, you may lodge an appeal. Follow the instructions included in the decision.
Bachelor's programme: The Bachelor’s programme in Science carries tuition fees for students coming from outside the EU/EEA. The yearly fee for the programme is 13 000 euros.
Master's programmes: One academic year in the University of Helsinki’s International Master’s degree programmes costs between 13000 and 18000 euros for students coming from outside the EU or EEA.
The fees are only charged for English-language programmes, not programmes offered in Finnish or Swedish.
Our scholarship programme is for students who are applying to the University of Helsinki. These scholarships are intended for excellent students from outside the EU/EEA who want to do a Master’s programme at the University of Helsinki. When applying to an International Master’s Programme, you can at the same time apply for a scholarship on the same application form. There are no separate scholarship application forms.
Doctoral programmes: There are no tuition fees in doctoral programmes, but taking care of the costs of living is your responsibility. There are many options for finding funding for your doctoral studies. Before applying, you should familiarise yourself with different funding options and make a preliminary plan on how to fund your studies. See more information on funding here.