Open Path Application

Introduction

Studies completed at any Finnish Open University of applied sciences/Open University entitles an applicant to become a degree student at Metropolia UAS without having to take part in the normal student selection process (i.e. joint application system). It is not possible to apply on the basis of foreign higher education studies. Please note that it is neither possible to apply based on earlier completed or incomplete higher education studies which have been earned as a degree student at any Finnish UAS or University. 

When applying for the Bachelor’s degree via the Open Path, an applicant must have completed the minimum of 60 credit points (ECTS) of higher education studies at any Open UAS/Open University in Finland which can be recognized as part of the degree programme for which he/she is applying. Different degree programmes have their own defined selection criteria.

When applying for the Master’s degree an applicant must have completed the minimum of 15 credits of Open UAS/Open University studies in Finland for a degree comprising 60 credits and the minimum of 30 credits for a degree comprising 90 credits. Different degree programmes have their own defined selection criteria.

Open Path applicants do not need to meet the eligibility requirements specified in the Act of Parliament on Universities of Applied Sciences (UASs).

Those who do not fulfil the above mentioned requirements can apply through the national Joint Application System at www.studyinfo.fi (link).

If you already have a valid study right in a Finnish university of applied sciences (UAS) you can also apply for transfer (link).

General Admission Criteria

1. Bachelor’s degree

When applying for the Bachelor’s degree via the Open Path, an applicant must have completed the minimum of 60 credit points (ECTS) of higher education studies at any Open UAS/Open University in Finland which can be recognized as part of the degree programme for which he/she is applying.

Master’s degree

When applying for the Master’s degree an applicant must have completed the minimum of 15 credits of Open UAS/Open University studies in Finland for a degree comprising 60 credits and the minimum of 30 credits for a degree comprising 90 credits. Eligibility to apply requires an appropriate higher education degree. In addition, an applicant must have at least three years of work experience in a relevant field accumulated as from the date of award of the final higher education degree certificate. The work experience must be obtained by 31 December if the applicant is applying in autumn and by 31 July if applying in spring. A relevant field is considered to include both the field being applied to and the field of the previous higher education degree. Universities of applied sciences also accept work experience obtained after completion of a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma (in any field of education) but prior to taking the higher education degree. At least three years of work experience obtained in a relevant field is also required in such cases.

2. The studies must be completed by 31 July if the applicant is applying in spring or by 31 December if applying in autumn.

3. The applicant passes any interviews/entrance examinations and/or has demonstrated a sufficient level of success in his/her studies.

4. The unit's resources and Metropolia's educational offering enable the admission of the student into the degree programme.

5. If the number of applicants exceeds the unit's resources, the applicants will be given preference according to the following criteria:

  • possible interview and/or entrance examination
  • success in studies and sufficient proficiency in the teaching language
  • the number of credit points completed by the end of the application period.

6. In addition to the above-mentioned criteria, the following degree programme specific criteria are considered:

  • There are certain health requirements for Health Care and Social Services studies. Applicants are asked on the application form about any health conditions that may prevent them from participating in the studies. In addition, an earlier decision on revoking the right to study may prevent an applicant from being selected. Applicants are asked on the application form whether their right to study has been revoked in the past due to their health or them having jeopardised other people's safety. (Act 953/2011.)

Education Offering

The Open Path is available only in some of Metropolia's Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes. The degree programmes will be published in Opintopolku (link) by the beginning of the application period at the latest.

Application

Applicants applying via the Open Path to become degree students at Metropolia must submit an electronic application form through the Studyinfo.fi service during the following application periods:

  • 1–15 May at 3.00 p.m. (for studies beginning in the autumn)
  • 1–15 November at 3.00 p.m. (for studies beginning in the spring)

The application period closes on the last application date at 3.00 p.m. (+2 hrs GMT). When applying to Metropolia, an applicant can submit only one Open Path application and apply only to one degree programme per application period.

The required attachments must be delivered online by the end of the application period via the link at https://applicationattachments.metropolia.fi:

  • an official up-to-date transcript of records
  • a possible free-form report of studies to be completed after the application period by 31 July/31 December
  • Master's degree: copies of at least three (3) years of work experience
  • Master's degree: a copy of an appropriate higher education degree

Photos of the required documents taken with a mobile phone or camera are acceptable. 

Possible delays or problems in getting the required certificates in time do not take away your responsibility of delivering all the required documents so that they are received by the deadline. Late applications or documents will not be considered.

Required documents

The required attachments must be delivered online by the end of the application period via the link at https://applicationattachments.metropolia.fi:

  • an official up-to-date transcript of records
  • a possible free-form report of studies to be completed after the application period by 31 July/31 December
  • Master's degree: copies of at least three (3) years of work experience
  • Master's degree: a copy of an appropriate higher education degree

Photos of the required documents taken with a mobile phone or camera are acceptable. 

Possible delays or problems in getting the required certificates in time do not take away your responsibility of delivering all the required documents so that they are received by the deadline. Late applications or documents will not be considered.

Student Selection

The student selection decision is made by the degree programme.

Admission Services will inform applicants of the selection results via e-mail by:

  • 15 December for studies starting in the spring term
  • 30 June for studies starting in the autumn term

Acceptance of study place and attendance registration for the academic year must take place in accordance with valid legislation.

The study place must be accepted by:

  • 31 July at 3 pm (+2 hrs GMT) for studies starting in the autumn term
  • 31 December at 3 pm (+2 hrs GMT) for studies starting in the spring term

If the new study place is not accepted by the given deadline, the study place will be withdrawn.

In addition, a final transcript of records must be delivered when the study place is accepted, at the latest. The student selection is conditional until the applicant has delivered the final transcript of records to the Admission Services. 

A student may appeal a decision concerning student selections to Metropolia's Legal Protection Committee in writing within 14 days of the publication of the selection results. For more information please contact the Admission Services.

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