How to submit application documents

The application will be processed in the faculty’s student selection procedure only if:

  • The applicant submits an application in the manner requested by the University of Helsinki
  • The applicant submits the application enclosures in the manner requested by the University of Helsinki
  • The applicant’s previous education gives eligibility for a programme leading to a Master’s degree
  • The applicant’s language proficiency satisfies the requirements set by the University of Helsinki

If your application does not satisfy all of the requirements above, it will be automatically rejected.

The application period opens in December 1 2015 and closes on January 27, 2016 at 15:00/3 p.m. (GMT +2).

The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. After filling out the form, print it along with other application documents.

Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree Programmes have their own application deadlines and application procedures. Check the websites below for detailed information on how to apply:

The essential documents are:

  • Application form
  • Certificate of language skills
  • Degree certificate
  • Transcript of records

Information on acceptable ways of indicating language skills and on standard language tests in English can be found on the pages below:

The University of Helsinki does not arrange preparation courses or offer a preparatory year prior to the beginning of actual degree studies.

A degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree: the student has graduated. The degree certificate should include the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of issue, the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued, and which title or degree the person has been awarded.

A temporary (or provisional) degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree. Also in this case, the student has graduated. The temporary degree certificate is issued as a replacement for the actual degree certificate, for example, if the final degree certificate cannot be given to the student immediately  due to technical or administrative reasons. The temporary degree certificate should include the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of issue, the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued and which title or degree the person has been awarded. A temporary degree certificate is not accepted if it was awarded more than five years ago. In such cases, the applicant must present his or her final degree certificate. In the Faculty of Arts, a temporary degree certificate is valid only during the application period: the applicant must present his or her final degree certificate when accepting the study place.

The anticipated date of graduation should be indicated on the University Admissions Finland application form (Educational background section), if  you are graduating after the application period . If you are accepted for studies, your acceptance is conditional until you present the final degree certificate. The degree certificate should be sent to the faculty by the deadline given in the letter of acceptance, usually by mid-July.

A transcript of records is a document issued by the same institution that has issued the degree certificate or the temporary degree certificate. The transcript of records should include the course units that you have completed for the degree, their completion time and the grades and credits awarded. It should also include information on the grading scale used at the institution at the time of study. If the degree includes course units that you gave completed in another institution and the transferred credits are not indicated in detail in the transcript of records, a separate transcript of records regarding the transferred credits should be delivered.

All documents should be submitted in English, Finnish, or Swedish. The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry accepts translations into English only. The translations of educational documents (or their copies) must satisfy one of the conditions listed below:

  • The translations are issued by the awarding institution.
  • The translations are officially certified copies of the translations issued by the awarding institution.
  • The translations are translated by an authorized translator.
  • The translations are officially certified copies of the translations made by an authorized translator.

Each page of an authorized translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Authorized translations must be exact translations of the original documents. Translations done by the applicant are not accepted.

All authorized copies of translations must bear the authentic stamp of the institution that issued the document or a notary public. See also the Country-specific requirements section.

Applicants, whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries, need to pay special attention to the documentation. In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must be always followed first and foremost, prior to any regular requirements for attesting documents.

Follow the country-specific requirements, if your degree has been awarded in one of the countries listed on the Country-specific requirements page.

You can send the required enclosures by mail or use an international courier service. The mailing address is:

University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki
Finland

Alternatively, you can leave the documents in a mailbox that is located at Unioninkatu 40 C, on the corner of Unioninkatu and Yrjö-Koskisen katu. You can access the mailbox at all times, but do note that if you are cutting it close to the deadline, you need to leave your application documents in the mailbox by 15.00 (GMT+2). All application enclosures left in the mailbox after 15.00 (GMT+2) will be considered to have arrived the following business day.

University Admissions Finland does not accept documents submitted by email or fax.

Step-by-step application instructions as well as other guidance for applicants is available on the Studyinfo.fi website. The online application can also be accessed there during the application period.

Through the application process, all applications and the documents attached to them become the property of the University of Helsinki. The application documents will not be returned to the applicant. Only in exceptional cases, when the applicant again applies to the University of Helsinki, may application documents be transferred from a faculty to another student selection unit.

Documents attached to applications that do not meet the minimum requirements will not be sent to the faculties. The Admissions Services will not return these documents to the applicant or transfer them anywhere.

If the faculty agrees to your request and transfers your documents from previous year, for example, to University Admissions Finland (UAF), it is mandatory for you to create a new application form and send it to UAF, as the application form is revised every year. If the programme requires a different set of documents or if you have any new documents that you would like to submit, they should be attached with the new application form.

The country-specific requirements are revised every year. It is your responsibility to make sure that your application documents from the previous application round have been authorized in the manner required by the University of Helsinki.