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.
Transcript of records
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.
Officially Certified (Attested) Copies
All educational documents must be officially certified (attested) by the Notary Public or the awarding institution (please also note country-specific requirements). This means that every page of each document must bear an original stamp/seal and signature of the certifying officer, e.g. regular copies of certified copies will not be accepted.
Please make sure that the officially certified copies submitted to University Admissions Finland:
- are taken directly from your original educational documents
- include every page of your educational documents
- bear the original stamp of the awarding institution or Notary Public on each page of the document (e.g. a stamp stating only “Certified true copy” will not be accepted)
- bear the original signature of the certifying officer
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.