You can apply to the Bachelor’s Programme in Science at the University of Helsinki to complete the bachelor’s and master’s degrees if you have completed one of the following:

  • A Finnish matriculation examination
  • An International Baccalaureate examination (IB)
  • A European Baccalaureate at a European School (EB)
  • A Reifeprüfung examination (RP)
  • A Deutsches Internationales Abitur examination (DIA)
  • As referred to in the Vocational Education and Training Act, a vocational upper secondary qualification, a further vocational qualification or a specialist vocational qualification (At the University of Helsinki, these include previous degrees of a more limited scope that are considered equivalent to current degrees.)
  • A degree completed at a Finnish university, university of applied sciences or the National Defence University
  • Education completed outside Finland that provides eligibility for equivalent higher education in the relevant country
  • A Cambridge Advanced International Certificate (AICE)
  • Eligibility for higher education based on other prior learning

Applicants are also considered eligible if a dean or the chancellor has previously provided them with an exemption decision or they have previously been granted the right to complete an equivalent or higher degree at a University of Helsinki faculty or at another Finnish or international university.

A Finnish general upper secondary education certificate without a matriculation examination does not provide eligibility for academic education.

Those completing a Finnish matriculation examination or another examination providing them with eligibility for higher education in spring 2019 can submit an application in 2019. However, you must complete the degree by 12 July 2019 to be eligible to apply.

If you currently hold the right to complete a degree at the University of Helsinki, you cannot be granted a new right to complete a degree in the same degree programme. Please read all the regulations relating to a new right granted to former or current University of Helsinki students to complete a degree.

If you completed a Finnish matriculation examination in or after 1990 or if you will complete your matriculation examination in spring 2019, you need not submit a copy of the certificate because the University will automatically receive the information from the relevant register.   

If you completed an academic degree in or after 1995 at a Finnish university, university of applied sciences or the National Defence University, or if you were granted the right to complete a degree equivalent to or higher than your prospective degree at a Finnish university in or after 1995, you need not submit a copy of the certificate because the University will receive the relevant information via the electronic Studyinfo records.

However, in both of the above cases, you should make sure whether or not you must also demonstrate your language proficiency separately. 

You must submit a copy of the certificate demonstrating your eligibility for higher education if your application is based on one of the following grounds:

  • A Finnish matriculation examination completed prior to 1990
  • An International Baccalaureate examination (IB)
  • A European Baccalaureate examination completed at a European School (EB)
  • A Reifeprüfung examination (RP)
  • A Deutsches Internationales Abitur examination (DIA)
  • As referred to in the Vocational Education and Training Act, a vocational upper secondary qualification, a further vocational qualification or a specialist vocational qualification (at the University of Helsinki, these include previous degrees of a more limited scope that are considered equivalent to current degrees)
  • An academic degree completed prior to 1995 at a Finnish university, university of applied sciences or the National Defence University
  • An academic degree completed at a university outside Finland
  • A right, granted prior to 1995, to complete an equivalent or higher degree at a Finnish university
  • A right to complete an equivalent or higher degree at a university outside Finland
  • Education completed outside Finland that provides eligibility for equivalent higher education in the relevant country
  • A Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)
  • Eligibility for higher education based on other prior learning

If the chancellor or the Faculty of the University of Helsinki has granted you an exemption to take an entrance examination, please submit a photocopy of the decision to Admissions Services.

If you fail to demonstrate your eligibility for higher education by the deadline or your eligibility cannot be verified from the register of the Finnish Matriculation Examination Board or the electronic Studyinfo records, your application will be rejected.

There are two application rounds for the Bachelor’s Programme in Science, both with separate deadlines for the submission of enclosures. However, the submission procedures are identical. 

Applicants in admission group 1 are to submit their applications during the first round (3 December 2018–11 January 2019). During this round, applications are accepted only from applicants eligible for higher education who have not completed (or will not complete before July 12, 2019) a Finnish matriculation examination, an IB or EB examination, or an RP or DIA examination administered in Finland.

Those in admission group 1 must submit all the enclosures referred to in the admission criteria by 25 January 2019, 15.00 local Helsinki time, if the degree or other way of demonstrating their eligibility for higher education is one of the following:

  • As referred to in the Vocational Education and Training Act, a vocational upper secondary qualification, a further vocational qualification or a specialist vocational qualification (these include previous degrees of a more limited scope that are considered equivalent to current degrees)
  • An academic degree completed at a Finnish university, university of applied sciences or the National Defence University
  • An academic degree completed at a university outside Finland
  • A right to complete an equivalent or higher degree at a Finnish university
  • A right to complete an equivalent or higher degree at a university outside Finland
  • Education completed outside Finland that provides eligibility for equivalent higher education in the relevant country
  • A Cambridge Advanced International Certificate (AICE)
  • Eligibility for higher education based on other prior learning
  • Previous exemption decision provided by dean or the chancellor of the University of Helsinki

Applicants in admission group 2 are to submit their applications during the second round (20 March–3 April 2019). During this round, applications are accepted only from applicants eligible for higher education who have completed (or will complete before July 12, 2019) a Finnish matriculation examination, an IB or EB examination, or an RP or DIA examination administered in Finland. 

Those in admission group 2 must submit all the enclosures referred to in the admission criteria by 10 April 2019, 15.00 local Helsinki time, if the degree demonstrating their eligibility for higher education is one of the following:

  • A Finnish matriculation examination
  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) examination
  • A European Baccalaureate (EB) examination completed at a European School
  • A Reifeprüfung (RP) examination
  • A Deutsches Internationales Abitur (DIA) examination

You must submit all your application enclosures by the deadline specified for the admission group you are applying for. Please note that the deadline depends on the round of applications in which you are participating. For detailed dates, see the section When to submit enclosures, and check the application criteria for information on the enclosures you must submit.  Enclosures must arrive by the deadline at 15.00 local Helsinki time. If you submit enclosures by mail, please note that a postmark dated before the deadline is NOT sufficient.  

If your certificate (or other enclosure) comprises more than one page, you must submit copies of all the pages. Do not send original certificates to the University. Enclosures will not be returned to applicants.

At the application stage, copies of original certificates are accepted as enclosures. If you submit unofficial copies of the required enclosures with your application and you are admitted to the Bachelor’s Programme in Science at the University of Helsinki, the admission decision will be conditional. When accepting the place offered to you, you must submit officially certified copies of the certificates demonstrating your eligibility for higher education and your language proficiency. If you fail to submit officially certified copies of the required documents by the deadline for accepting the place offered to you, you will lose the place. Read more about officially certified copies. Please note that there are also country-specific document requirements in place for some degree-awarding countries. Please see the further instructions on country-specific requirements for Bachelor's Programme in Science.

You can submit your application enclosures to the University of Helsinki's Admissions Services in one of several ways.

  1. The primary method is to submit the required enclosures by attaching them directly to your application form in Studyinfo.   

    Include your name (last name first) and the type of enclosure in the file name, for example, “Smith Jane – degree certificate”, “Smith Jane – language test”.

  2. As an encrypted email message

    If you cannot add your enclosures to your application form at Studyinfo, we recommend that you submit your enclosures as attachments to an encrypted email message. The content of your message will thus be transferred in a secure format, making it less easy for third parties to gain access to it.

    Please observe the instructions on sending encrypted email messages available here: Sending encrypted email messages to Admissions Services.

    Use “BSc programme enclosures” as the message subject, write your name and application round in the message field, and send the message to hakijan-liitepalvelu(at)helsinki.fi. File formats permitted for email include PDF, JPEG, GIF, TIFF and PNG. The maximum file size of enclosures sent by email is a total of 5 MB. Include your name (last name first) and the type of enclosures in the file name, e.g., “Smith Jane – degree certificate”, “Smith Jane – language test”.

    Submit your enclosures preferably from the email address you entered in the application form.

  3. As a regular email message

    If you do not wish to submit your enclosures as an encrypted email message, you may, at your own risk, submit it to Admissions Services as a regular email message. The University of Helsinki takes no responsibility for the data security of enclosures submitted as regular email messages.

    If you wish to submit your enclosures to Admissions Services through regular email, please send the email to hakijan-liitepalvelu(at)helsinki.fi.

    Use “BSc programme enclosures” as the message subject, write your name and application round in the message field, and send the message to hakijan-liitepalvelu(at)helsinki.fi. File formats permitted for email include PDF, JEPG, JPG, GIF and PNG. The maximum file size of enclosures sent by email is a total of 5 MB. Include your name (last name first) and the type of enclosures in the file name, e.g., “Smith Jane – degree certificate” or “Smith Jane – language test”.

    Submit your enclosures preferably from the email address you entered in the application form.

  4. You can also send enclosures by regular mail or personally deliver them to Admissions Services’ mailbox.  For the detailed address for sending or delivering enclosures, see the website on the submission of documents.

Admissions Services will not send you a separate message confirming that your enclosures have arrived.  Enclosures will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and you will not be contacted by email until your enclosures have been processed.  Please note that the processing of enclosures can take up to 10 days in busy periods.

If your enclosures are deficient, you will be asked to supplement your application by the deadline specified. Messages about enclosures will be sent to the email address you provided on the application form.

Certificates for International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, Reifeprüfung and Deutsches Internationales Abitur examinations need not be translated.

Applicants who have completed an IB examination must submit a copy of their actual certificate (Diploma until 2012, and Diploma of the International Baccalaureate as of 2013).

Applicants who have completed an RP or DIA examination must submit a copy of the four-page German-language certificate Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife. A Finnish-language certificate of equivalence is not sufficient.

If you graduate in the spring or summer of 2019, please also read the additional instructions applying to you.

If you hold a right to complete a degree at a Finnish university or have completed a degree at a Finnish institution of higher education, this is sufficient to demonstrate your eligibility for higher education. If the above right was granted to you, or you completed the above degree, in or after 1995, you need not submit copies of your transcript of studies or diploma because the University of Helsinki’s Admissions Services will obtain information on your studies from the electronic Studyinfo records. In exceptional cases where information on your studies cannot be obtained from the above register, you will be contacted and asked to supplement your application.

If a degree completed in Finland prior to 1995 serves as the grounds for you application, you must submit a copy of the degree diploma. For instructions on how to submit enclosures, see information under How to submit enclosures and When to submit enclosures.

If the examination serving as the grounds for your application is not completed until after the application deadline, you must submit an official prediction provided by your school before the deadline (25 January 2019, 15.00 local Helsinki time). However, your examination must be completed by 12 July 2019 for you to be eligible to apply.

If you are completing a vocational upper-secondary qualification or other qualification providing eligibility for higher education, you must submit, before the deadline, a transcript of studies or another certificate provided by the school indicating the qualification you are pursuing. The certificate must also indicate the scope of the qualification and its estimated completion time and feature the school’s official stamp as well as the name, signature and job title of the schools’ representative.

If you are pursuing a qualification outside Finland, please also read the detailed instructions available under Applications based on a qualification completed outside Finland.

Applicants completing a qualification other than a Finnish matriculation examination in the spring or summer of 2019 will receive a conditional admission decision. If you are admitted, you must submit an officially certified copy of your certificate by 12 July 2019, 15.00 local Helsinki time. For instructions on how to submit the official certificate, see the information under How to submit enclosures and When to submit enclosures.

If you intend to complete a Finnish matriculation examination in the spring of 2019, you need not submit an enclosure demonstrating your eligibility for higher education. Your examination and general upper-secondary studies must be completed by 6 June 2019. If your matriculation examination has not been completed by 6 June 2019, you cannot submit an application based on it in the 2019 application period nor can you earn points for the grades of the matriculation examination.

If the examination serving as the grounds for your application is a qualification other than a Finnish matriculation examination (i.e., an RP or DIA examination administered in Finland or an IB or EB examination completed after the application deadline), you must submit an official prediction provided by the school, by the deadline of 10 April 2019, 15.00 local Helsinki time. However, your examination must be completed by 12 July 2019 for you to be eligible to apply.

The preliminary points for EB and IB examinations as well as RP and DIA examinations administered in Finland are based on the predictions provided by schools, if they include information on grades used in scoring applications for the relevant option. Applicants pursuing an International Baccalaureate examination must submit a grade prediction (Candidate Predicted Grades) bearing the school’s stamp. Applicants pursuing a Reifeprüfung or a DIA examination must submit a copy of the grade page of the certificate, available in advance.

Applicants completing a qualification other than a Finnish matriculation examination in the spring or summer of 2019 will receive a conditional admission decision. If you are admitted, you must submit, by 12 July 2019, 15.00 local Helsinki time, an officially certified copy of your certificate or, in the case of an IB examination, the final results (Diploma Programme (DP) Results). For instructions on how to submit the official certificate, see the information under How to submit enclosures and When to submit enclosures.

If your eligibility for higher education is based on education completed outside Finland, you must submit a copy of your diploma together with an authorised translation into Finnish, Swedish or English, provided the diploma is in another language. The authorised translation can be obtained from the educational institution or an authorised translator. For more information on authorised translations, see these detailed instructions.

A copy of a recognition decision by the Finnish National Agency for Education concerning a qualification completed abroad is sufficient to demonstrate eligibility for higher education.

Please also note that there are country-specific document requirements in place for some degree-awarding countries. If you are admitted to the Bachelor's Programme in Science, educational documents from these countries must be attested or submitted in a certain way. These country-specific requirements must be followed first and foremost, before the regular requirements for attesting and submitting documents. Please see the instructions on country-specific requirements for Bachelor's Programme in Science.

The instructions below apply to you if you have been admitted, and you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents.

In addition to officially certified copies / documents submitted according to the country-specific requirements we accept educational documents submitted electronically through certain international services. Please confirm from your educational institution weather it uses one of the accepted services.

When submitting your electronic educational documents through one of these services, please direct the document to University of Helsinki using the email address application-enclosures@helsinki.fi as the contact address. Please refer to the services’ own instructions for more details on how to use each service.

List of accepted services:

If your institution uses a service not listed here, please contact us and we will investigate whether we can accept your documents through this service as well.

Alternatively, if your educational document can be verified using an electronic verification service on the awarding institution’s server, you can send a pdf copy of your document to the email address application-enclosures@helsinki.fi. Please use the format ”Last name, First name, name of the document” when naming the pdf file. Please submit each enclosure as a separate pdf file.

The entire document must be verifiable using the service, i.e. the service must show the exact same content as the document you submitted. If the service verifies only parts of the document, we do not accept the document as officially certified and it cannot be submitted an email attachment.

Please note that an institution’s email address is not accepted as an electronic verification service.

Please also note that we cannot guarantee that we will accept verification services in languages other than English, Finnish or Swedish. We will evaluate services in other languages case by case. In addition, if the electronic document verified by the service is not available in English, Finnish or Swedish, you must submit an official translation of the original document as well. Please note that the official translation must be submitted as an officially certified paper copy.

Kindly note that the University of Helsinki reserves the right to evaluate each electronic document and verification service case by case. If we cannot verify the required information with the electronic verification method provided by your institution, you are required to submit the document as an officially certified paper copy following the instructions above.

The University of Helsinki demands an indication of language skills at an academic level from all applicants. Language skills can be indicated with your previous school or university education or by a standardised language test. Statements by individual language teachers are unacceptable, as they cannot be compared with standardised language tests.

As the language of the degree in the Bachelor’s Programme in Science is English, you must demonstrate your English language skills in one of the ways specified in the relevant rector’s decision. Please see detailed instructions on how to demonstrate language skills in English.

The methods and deadline for submitting documents that demonstrate language proficiency are the same as those for other enclosures demonstrating eligibility for higher education.  See more instructions under How to submit enclosures and When to submit enclosures.

If you are proving your language proficiency with previous education and you are admitted, please note that your documents must also be submitted following any applicable country-specific requirements when accepting the place offered to you.

The University of Helsinki charges a tuition fee from students studying in languages other than Finnish or Swedish and who are non-EU/EEA citizens. Therefore the University must determine whether you are subject to a tuition fee. Until proven otherwise, all applicants will be considered subject to a tuition fee.

You are exempted from paying tuition fees in the following cases:

  1. You are a citizen of the EU/EEA or Switzerland. Please submit a copy of your passport’s ID page or a copy of your ID card. Please note that your passport or ID card must be valid when the term starts on 1 August 2019.
  2. You are not a citizen of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, but you have a residence permit in Finland. Please submit a copy of your residence permit card (type A or P). Please note that your residence permit card must be valid when the term starts on 1 August 2019.

These documents can be submitted as regular copies – officially certified copies are not required.

More information on tuition fees

More information on the documents exempting you from tuition fees

Applicants in admission group 1 must complete the SAT Mathematics Level 2 Subject Test AND the Subject Test in either Physics OR Chemistry. The required SAT Subject Tests must be completed by 31 December 2018 to be considered in the spring 2019 admissions. The tests cannot have been completed more than two years prior to the application deadline.

The University of Helsinki must receive the results of the SAT Subject Tests directly from the test organiser (Collegeboard). You must select the University of Helsinki (code 0483) as the recipient of your results when registering for the test. If you have taken the test at an earlier date, you must request a report of the results to be separately submitted to the University of Helsinki. Instructions for the submission of results are available on the Collegeboard website.