Language and Study Skills

Language Skills

Open UAS students are required to have sufficient language skills.

The language skill levels (A1 the lowest, C2 the highest) are described on the Europass: pages "European language levels" (CEFR):

  • A1 and A2: Basic User
  • B1 and B2: Independent User
  • C1 and C2: Proficient User

UAS students are required to have C1 level language skills in terms of the teaching language (Finnish or English).

Some English degrees require also B1 level Finnish language skills in the path studies, even though teaching is in English. This is mentioned in the path info.

Courses taught in Finnish may use study material in English.

If there are Swedish (second domestic language) or English (foreign language) studies included in the study path, the studies require following starting level:

  • Swedish B1
  • English B2

Use as a self-assessment tool e.g. the Dialang language test (see also Wikipedia), when you assess your own language skills and whether they're enough for the studies in the University of Applied Sciences. The test include sections for following areas of language skills:

  • reading
  • listening
  • writing
  • vocabulary
  • grammar

IELTS vs CEFR (Common European Framework)

The requirements for Metropolia's degree students in the English degree programmes

Study Skills

Open UAS students are required to have the same university level study skills as the Degree Students. Students themselves are responsible for having these skills. These skills include e.g. information searching and writing an essay answer. Usually a secondary level education (high school, vocational school) gives a good base for university level studies.

Usually a good base for Master's level studies in Open UAS consist of a Bachelor's Degree and three years work experience of the field of study (courses marked "Master" in the supply lists).

Other Requirements

Some Open UAS courses may have requirements about previous know-how. If so, there is always a mention about such requirements in connection to the course information. In such case, the students themselves are responsible to meet these requirements.