Right to study
If admitted, you are granted the right to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in the Bachelor’s Programme in Science. After completing the bachelor’s programme, you can continue to pursue studies for a Master of Science degree in one or several master’s programmes based on previously specified criteria and principles without having to apply for a new right to complete a degree.
If you are, or have been, a degree student at the University of Helsinki, please check any special provisions that may apply to you.
Minimum admission requirements
You can be admitted only if:
- You are eligible to apply
- You demonstrate, where necessary, your eligibility to apply within a set deadline
- You submit an application within a set deadline
- In the case of admission group 1, you pass the required SAT Subject Tests if you have not completed a Finnish matriculation examination, and IB or EB examination, or an RP or DIA examination administered in Finland
If you fail to meet the above minimum admission requirements, you will not be admitted.
More information on eligibility and how to demonstrate it can be found in the eligibility requirements on this page as well as the section on the submission of attachments.
If you meet the minimum admission requirements, you can be admitted through two alternative routes.
1) Admission group 1 – admission based on the scores of SAT Subject Tests
If you are eligible for higher education but have not completed 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. If you have completed one of the above examinations, you must apply in admission group 2.
The application period for admission group 1 is from 3 December 2018 to 11 January 2019. Fill in the application in Studyinfo.
In admission group 1, applicants are ranked based on the total score for two SAT Subject Tests. All those in admission group 1 must complete the SAT Mathematics Level 2 Subject Test AND the Subject Test in either Physics OR Chemistry.
The criterion for admission based on SAT Subject Tests is that the applicant has completed the tests with the following minimum results:
- Mathematics Level 2 – minimum score of 700 (scale of 200 to 800) AND
- Physics – minimum score of 680 (scale of 200 to 800) OR
- Chemistry – minimum score of 680 (scale of 200 to 800)
If you have completed SAT Subject Tests in both Chemistry and Physics, the one with the higher score will be considered. If you have completed the same test several times, the one with the highest score will be considered.
In addition, those admitted must achieve the minimum score separately determined by the Faculty’s admissions board after the application deadline. The minimum score will be announced in conjunction with the results. If several applicants at the threshold of admission have the same score, they will all be admitted.
The required SAT Subject Tests must be completed by 31 December 2018 in order for them to be considered in the spring 2019 admissions. The tests cannot have been completed more than two years prior to the application deadline.
About the SAT Subject Tests
SAT Subject Tests are one-hour-long examinations that measure how well you know a particular subject area and your ability to apply that knowledge. The content of these tests reflects the level of typical high school courses in these subjects. The tests are organised by Collegeboard.
There are several different SAT Subject Tests, but the University of Helsinki requires you to take two different tests:
- Mathematics 2 AND
- Chemistry OR Physics
You can take 1–3 SAT Subject Tests on the same day, which means that you can take both of the required tests on the same day. Please note that the registration deadline for the tests is about a month before the actual test date and they can fill up even earlier than that, so be sure to register early.
Below you can find links to further information about SAT Subject Tests:
- General information on SAT Subject Tests
- Additional subject-specific information on SAT Subject Tests
- SAT Subject Test dates in the United States and outside the United States
- SAT Subject Test venues
- Registration for SAT Subject Tests and information on registration for tests held in Finland (information in Finnish on the website of the League of Finnish-American Societies)
- Instructions for ordering the results of SAT Subject Tests
Information on the submission of SAT Subject Test results to the University of Helsinki is provided on this page in the section on the submission of attachments.
2) Admission group 2 – admission based on a matriculation examination or equivalent
The admission of those who have completed a Finnish matriculation examination, an IB or EB examination, or an RP or DIA examination administered in Finland is based on the examination results. Applicants are ranked according to the admission scores given for the examination grades. If you have not completed one of the above degrees, you must apply in admission group 1.
The application period for admission group 2 is from 20 March to 3 April 2019.
Read more about the requirements for admission group 2 under “Bachelor’s Programme in Science, admission group 2”
Number of students to be admitted
Up to 50 new students can be admitted to the Bachelor’s Programme in Science.
- Up to 20 applicants can be admitted in admission group 1 based on SAT Subject Tests.
- Up to 30 applicants can be admitted in admission group 2 based on the scores of a Finnish matriculation examination or equivalent examination. Up to 24 places of the total intake will be reserved for first-time applicants.
If the number of applicants to achieve the minimum score for admission is insufficient in admission group 1, the leftover places can be reallocated to applicants in admission group 2.
If the number of first-time applicants to achieve the minimum score for admission is insufficient for the places allocated to first-time applicants in admission group 2, other applicants can be admitted to the places allocated to first-timers. The places not allocated to first-time applicants are filled in accordance with the admission criteria by ranking the first-time applicants and other applicants.
Applicants in admission group 1 will be informed of the admission results in the My Studyinfo service by 12 April 2019.
You can explore applicant statistics online.
Applicants to a Finnish university must have completed the studies that provide eligibility for higher education. See information on the degrees that provide eligibility for higher education. The relevant degree must be completed by 12 July 2019. For further instructions, see the section “Required attachments”.
You must also demonstrate that you are proficient in English in the manner specified in Rector’s Decisions HY/371/00.00.06.00/2018 and HY/485/00.00.06.00/2018. For further instructions, see the section “Required attachments”.
If you have refugee status or are in a refugee-like situation, and you do not have the official documents to prove your eligibility to apply for higher education, you can still apply to University of Helsinki.
Additional information: Applicant with refugee status
Applications must be accompanied by the following documents submitted as instructed below:
- Copy of the degree certificate/diploma
- Certificate of language proficiency
- Official score report of your SAT Subject Test (admission group 1 only)
- Authorised translations (if necessary)
- A photocopy of your passport OR national identity card OR your Finnish residence permit card
1) For further information and instructions on how to submit the required attachments, please carefully read the University’s instructions on submitting application documents to the Bachelor’s Programme in Science. NB! At the application stage, you can submit unofficial copies as attachments. If you are admitted, your admission decision will be conditional. In that case, you must submit certified copies of the required attachments by 12 July 2019, 15.00 local Finnish time. You will receive instructions with your letter of admission for submitting the official documents.
2) You must demonstrate your language proficiency in English. For further information on the demonstration of language proficiency, please see the University’s instructions for the demonstration of language proficiency.
3) If the degree serving as grounds of your application is still incomplete, you need not submit a degree certificate/diploma with the application documents. However, you must submit at the application stage your official transcript of studies or another certificate granted by your educational institution indicating the degree you are pursuing, as well as its scope and estimated completion date. The transcript or certificate must also feature the official stamp of the educational institution, and the signature, name in block letters and job title of its representative. If you are admitted, the admission decision will be conditional, and you will receive instructions with your letter of admission for submitting the official degree certificate/diploma. NB! The degree must, however, be completed by 12 July 2019.
4) In certain countries, the holders of academic degrees must observe country-specific regulations on the submission of documents. Please see the University’s instructions on country-specific requirements.
5) The University of Helsinki must receive the results of 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.
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