If you have completed or will complete by 15 July 2020 one of the below mentioned degrees providing general eligibility for academic education, you can submit an application in winter/spring 2019/2020. 

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 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
  • exemption decision previously granted by a dean or the chancellor
  • the right to complete an equivalent or higher degree at the University of Helsinki or at another Finnish or international university

Please note, that a Finnish general upper secondary education certificate without a matriculation examination does not provide eligibility for academic education.

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.

There are two application rounds per year for the Bachelor’s Programme in Science. Each application round is for one of the two admission groups. Applicants belong to one of the admission groups based on their previous education.

If you are eligible for higher education but have not completed (nor will complete by 15 July 2020) a Finnish matriculation examination, an IB or EB examination, or an RP or DIA examination administered in Finland, you must apply in admission group 1. Application period for admission group 1 is from 3 December 2019 to 10 January 2020.

If you have completed (or will complete by 15 July 2020) one of the above mentioned examinations, you must apply in admission group 2. Application period for admission group 2 is from 18 March to 1 April 2020.

It is very important to know which admission group you belong to and follow the instructions for your group.  You are not eligible in the wrong admission group and thus cannot be accepted in that group. 

For Bachelor’s Programme in Science, in most cases you will have to submit some enclosures to your application. The required enclosures are:

  • certificate demonstrating your eligibility to university education
  • certificate demonstrating your language skills
  • authorised translations (if necessary)
  • copy of a passport, ID card or residence permit card
  • SAT Subject Test results (Admission group 1 only)

Do I need to submit my degree certificate?

For certain degrees, the University of Helsinki can verify your eligibility from an electronic database. In these cases, you do not need to submit your degree certificate. Read carefully below, whether you need to submit a certificate demonstrating your eligibility or not. However, you may still have to submit other enclosures.

You will NOT have to submit a certificate demonstrating your eligibility, if one or more of the following apply to you:

  • you have completed a Finnish matriculation examination in or after 1990 or if you will complete your matriculation examination in the spring of 2020
  • you have completed a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification, a further vocational qualification or a specialist vocational qualification (as referred to in the Vocational Education and Training Act) in on after 2018, and will graduate by 10 January 2020
  • you have completed an academic degree in or after 1995 at a Finnish university, a Finnish university of applied sciences or the National Defence University
  • you weregranted the right to complete a degree equivalent to or higher than your prospective degree at a Finnish university in or after 1995

You WILL HAVE TO submit a certificate demonstrating your eligibility, if your eligibility is based on any other degree or study right than the ones mentioned above or they have been / will be completed outside of the mentioned timeframe.  Please read additional information further down this page.

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.

Do I need to submit other enclosures?

  1. Please check carefully whether the required language skills are met with your degree certificate. If not, please submit another accepted certificate demonstrating your language skills.
  2. The University must determine whether you are subject to a tuition fee. If you are NOT a Finnish citizen, you need to submit a copy of your passport, ID card or residence permit card as instructed. If you are a Finnish citizen, you do not have to submit a document exempting you from tuition fees.
  3. Please make sure in which admission group you belong. If you belong to admission group 1, you need to take the required SAT Subject Tests and submit the test scores as instructed.

Please check further down this page exactly what certificates you need to submit.

The different admission groups have separate deadlines for the submission of enclosures at application stage. Please check carefully which admission group you belong to and follow the instructions for your group. You must submit all your application enclosures by the deadline specified for the admission group you are applying for.

Those in admission group 1 must submit all the enclosures referred to in the admission criteria by 24 January 2020, 15.00 (UTC+2).

Those in admission group 2 must submit all the enclosures referred to in the admission criteria by 8 April 2020, 15.00 (UTC+3).

If you submit enclosures by mail, please note that a postmark dated before the deadline is NOT sufficient.

Please check the application criteria and this web page for information on the enclosures you must submit.

If your certificate (or other enclosures) comprises more than one page, you must submit copies of all the pages.

Please note that the enclosures will not be returned to the applicants. Please do not send any original or unique documents that cannot be replaced easily.

At the application stage

At the application stage, copies of original certificates are accepted as enclosures, unless otherwise specified (e.g. some language tests and SAT Subject Tests). However, if you submit unofficial copies of the required enclosures with your application and you are admitted into the Bachelor’s Programme in Science, the admission decision will be conditional and you must submit officially certified copies. 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. 

If you want, you can submit officially certified copies of all your certificates already at the application stage.  Read more information about submitting officially certified copies further down at “After you were admitted, if your admittance was conditional”. 

At the application stage, you can submit your unofficial 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 admission group in the message field, and send the message to application-enclosures(at)helsinki.fi. Submit your enclosures preferably from the email address you entered in the application form.

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”.

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 use “BSc programme enclosures” as the message subject, write your name and admission group in the message field, and send the message to application-enclosures(at)helsinki.fi. Submit your enclosures preferably from the email address you entered in the application form.

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”.

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 submitting the documents.

Admissions Services will not send you a separate message confirming that your enclosures have arrived, you will be contacted by email only after your enclosures have been processed.  Please note that the processing of enclosures can take up several days.

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.

 

After you were admitted, if your admittance was conditional

If you have submitted unofficial copies of the required enclosures with your application and you are admitted into 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.   

You must submit an officially certified copy of your certificates by 15 July 2020, 15.00 (UTC + 3). 

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 and submitting official documents electronically.

Further instructions for the conditionally accepted applicants will be published during spring 2020.

International Baccalaureate

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). The certificate does not have to be translated.

You can order a Transcript of Grades from IBO and ask them to send it to the Admissions Services of the University of Helsinki.  If you do not give IBO permission to release your grades to the University of Helsinki, you have to send in the Diploma yourself.   

If you graduate in the spring or summer of 2020, please also read the additional instructions applying to you.

European Baccalaureate

Applicants who have completed an EB examination must submit a copy of their diploma. The certificate does not have to be translated.

If you graduate in the spring or summer of 2020, please also read the additional instructions applying to you.

Reifeprüfung or Deutches Internationales Abitur

Applicants who have completed an RP or DIA examination must submit a copy of the four-page German-language certificate Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife. If the RP or DIA examination has been completed in Finland, a Finnish-language certificate of equivalence must be submitted as well. The certificate does not have to be translated.

If you graduate in the spring or summer of 2020, please also read the additional instructions applying to you: admission group 1, if your degree was completed outside of Finland or admission group 2, if your degree was completed in Finland.

If the ground for your application is a degree completed at a Finnish institution of higher education prior to 1995, you must submit a copy of the degree diploma. Similarly, if you hold a right to complete a degree at a Finnish university and it was granted to you prior to 1995 you must submit a copy of a certificate of attendance or other document stating the right to complete a degree obtained.  For instructions on how to submit enclosures, see information under How to submit enclosures and When to submit enclosures.

For degrees and rights to complete a degree that have been completed in or after 1995 the University of Helsinki’s Admissions Services will obtain information on your studies from the electronic 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.

These instructions apply to you, if you are completing your examination in the spring/summer 2020 and you belong to admission group 1.  Please note that your examination has to be completed by 15 July 2020 for you to be eligible. 

You must submit a transcript of studies (from current school year) or another certificate provided by the school indicating the qualification you are pursuing. The certificate must 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.  The official prediction provided by your school must be submitted by the deadline of 24 January 2020, 15.00 (UTC+2).

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

If you are admitted, your admission will be conditional.  You must submit an officially certified copy of your certificate by 15 July 2020, 15.00 (UTC+3).  Please note that there are also country-specific document requirements in place for some degree-awarding countries.

These instructions apply to you, if you are completing your examination in the spring/summer 2020 and you belong to admission group 2.

Finnish matriculation examination

You need not submit an enclosure demonstrating your eligibility for higher education. Your examination and general upper-secondary studies must be completed by 5 June 2020. If your matriculation examination has not been completed by 5 June 2020, you cannot submit an application based on it in the 2020 application period nor can you earn points for the grades of the matriculation examination.

International Baccalaureate

You must submit the Candidate Predicted Grades provided by the IB school. The prediction must bear the school’s official stamp. The predicted grades must be submitted by the deadline of 8 April 2020 at 15:00 (UTC + 3).

If you are admitted, your admission will be conditional. You must submit an officially certified copy of the final degree diploma by 15 July 2020 at 15:00 (UTC + 3).

You can order a Transcript of Grades from IBO and ask them to send it to the Admissions Services of the University of Helsinki. If you do this, the University of Helsinki will get the final grades electronically from IBO. If you do not give IBO permission to release your grades to the University of Helsinki, you have to send in the officially certified copy of your final grades by yourself.  

European Baccalaureate

You must submit the preliminary points provided by the EB school. The preliminary certificate must bear the school’s official stamp. The preliminary certificate must be submitted by the deadline of 8 April 2020 at 15:00 (UTC + 3).

If you are admitted, your admission will be conditional. You must submit an officially certified copy of the final diploma by 15 July 2020 at 15:00 (UTC + 3).

Reifeprüfung or Deutches Internationales Abitur completed in Finland

You must submit a copy of the grade page of the certificate provided by the school in advance as well as the Finnish-language certificate of equivalence. These must bear the school’s official stamp and they must be submitted by the deadline of 8 April 2020 at 15:00 (UTC + 3).

If you are admitted, your admission will be conditional. You must submit an officially certified copy of the final four-page certificate and the Finnish-language certificate of equivalence by July 15 2020 at 15:00 (UTC + 3).

If your eligibility for higher education is based on education completed outside Finland, you must submit a copy of your diploma. It must feature the school’s official stamp as well as the name, signature and job title of the schools’ representative.  

If you hold a right to complete a degree at a university and use it to prove your eligibility, instead of a diploma you must submit a copy of a certificate of attendance, transcript of grades, or other document stating the obtained right to complete a degree. It must feature the school’s official stamp as well as the name, signature and job title of the schools’ representative. 

Please, note that all documents (except Diplomas for IB, EB, RP or DIA examinations) must be sent together with an authorised translation into Finnish, Swedish or English, if the original document 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.

If you previously have received a decision from the Finnish National Agency for Education about the recognition of the level of your foreign university degree, you may send a copy of this.

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 and submitting official enclosures electronically.

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 specified ways. 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.  However, please note, that if you are completing the Finnish matriculation examination in the spring 2020 and using it to prove your language skills, it is enough that the University of Helsinki receives your exam results electronically by 5 June 2020.      

If you are proving your language proficiency with your 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 2020. If you are a Finnish citizen, you do not have to submit a document exempting you from tuition fees, as we will be able to see it from electronic records.
  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 2020.

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 (at Studyinfo.fi)

 

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 2019 to be considered in the spring 2020 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.