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Application period

The application period for studies starting in the autumn term 2021 will begin on 1 May 2021 at 8 am and end on 15 May 2021 at 3 pm (local time in Finland).

Degree Programmes

Degree programmes and study places available studies starting in the autumn term 2021 have been published at Studyinfo.fi.

Admission Criteria 2021

According to the Polytechnic Law (932/2014, 28 §) transfer student is a student who has been admitted to studies leading to a higher education degree and who transfers the study right from a higher education institution to another or within a higher education institution from a degree programme to another so that the degree title changes. Students transferring within a higher education institution from a degree programme to another so that the degree title remains the same are not considered as “transfer students” but have their own separate admission procedure. It is not possible to transfer from abroad.

Students applying for a transfer should note that their maximum study period or the period for which they are entitled to receive student financial aid will not be extended due to the transfer. The maximum study period is calculated from the date on which the student accepted the study place in the previous higher education institution.

General Admission Criteria and Application Instructions

The following selection criteria apply to studies starting in the academic year 2021-2022.

Who can apply?

The right to study cannot be transferred during the same academic term (autumn term from 1 August to 31 December or spring term from 1 January to 31 July) in which the student accepted the study place in question. A student may transfer at the beginning of the term following the approved transfer decision at the earliest.

Applicants’ eligibility will be checked at the Admission Services. Only eligible applicants can be admitted and the admission is conditional until all the relevant certificates have been checked. Metropolia may withdraw the admission, if the applicant has given false information or does not deliver all the required documents by the deadline.

Bachelor's degree programmes

In order to be eligible to apply for transfer to Metropolia’s Bachelor’s degree programmes an applicant must have:

  • a valid study right in a Bachelor’s degree programme at any higher education institution (university or university of applied sciences) in Finland, and
  • normative study time left in accordance with the extent of the degree programme to which he/she is applying transfer (e.g. when the extent of the degree programme is 240 cr the normative study time is 4 years). The study time elapsed at the previous study place, as well as the terms of absence, will be reduced when calculating the study time for the transfer study place.

In addition, degree programs may, if necessary, also define other eligibility requirements. Please check the more detailed degree program-specific admission criteria below.  

Master's degree programmes

In order to be eligible to apply for transfer to Metropolia’s Master’s degree programmes an applicant must have:

  • a valid study right in a Master’s degree programme at any higher education institution (university of university of applied sciences) in Finland, and
  • study time left in accordance with the extent of the degree programme to which he/she is applying transfer (the study time vary depending on the degree programme, please check the study time at Studyinfo), and
  • an appropriate higher education degree or former Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma ("opisto- / ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto"), and
    • Appropriate degrees as in Joint Application 2021
    • The required degree must be completed by 31 July 2021 (when applying in spring) or by 31 December 2021 (when applying in autumn).
  • at least two (2) years of work experience in the relevant field after the date of issue of the degree required for eligibility (or after the date of issue of a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma in any field of education).
    • Work experience must be verified with an employment certificate provided by the employer. An employment certificate must indicate details such as the exact start and end dates of employment, the employer’s contact information, work duties, as well as working hours for part-time work. If the employment continues, the applicant should request a temporary employment certificate from the employer.
    • As a relevant field is regarded both the field being applied to and the field of the degree required for eligibility.
    • The required two years (24 months) or relevant work experience must be gained by 31 July 2021 (when applying in spring 2021) or by 31 December 2021 (when applying in autumn 2021).
    • Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained with the same employer. When converting part-time work (work under 35 hours per week) into its full-time equivalent, 150 hours or 20 working days lasting at least 7 hours per day correspond to one month of work.
    • The amount of work experience awarded for simultaneous employment relationships may not exceed the amount awarded for full-time employment.
    • Military or non-military national service, women’s voluntary military service or child-care leave will not be counted towards work experience.
    • Entrepreneurship will be accepted as work experience if an applicant can produce a certificate attesting that he or she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme (YEL = statutory pension scheme for entrepreneurs; MYEL = statutory pension scheme for farmers, forest estate owners, fishers and reindeer herders and their family members). Enterprising activities abroad should be substantiated with comparable official documents.
    • Instead of work experience, artistic activities of equivalent duration, verifiable by evidence such as a portfolio, may be required in the fields of Crafts and Design, Media and Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, and Music (Act 932/2014).

In addition, degree programs may, if necessary, also define other eligibility requirements. Please check the more detailed degree program-specific admission criteria below.  

How can I apply?

Applications are submitted online at Studyinfo.fi within the following application periods:

  • 1 - 15 May 2021 at 3 pm EET (studies starting in August/September 2021)
  • 1 - 15 November 2021 at 3 pm EET (studies starting in January 2022)

An applicant applying for transfer to or within Metropolia can submit only one application and apply to only one degree programme per application period

Required documents

Required documents must be delivered enclosed to the application form. Certificates whose details appear on the Finnish national Koski service do not need to be submitted. Check your data at the Koski service

Application to Bachelor's degree programme

  • An official up-to-date study certificate containing information on the study right and full attendance history in the current study place (including current term)
  • An official up-to-date transcript of records from the current study place
  • Curriculum Vitae (not required by all degree programmes)
  • Motivation letter (not required by all degree programmes)
  • Required documents concerning the tuition fee (such as passport and/or residence permit)

In addition to the above, degree programs may require other supplements as needed.

Application to Master's degree programme

  • An official up-to-date study certificate containing information on the study right and full attendance history in the current study place (including current term).
  • An official up-to-date transcript of records from the current study place.
  • Copy/picture of the previous higher education degree certificates and its appendix (and official translations if the document are not in Finnish, Swedish or English language).
  • Copies/pictures of the official work certificates (and official translations if the document are not in Finnish, Swedish or English language).
  • Curriculum Vitae (not required by all degree programmes)
  • Motivation letter (not required by all degree programmes)
  • Required documents concerning the tuition fee (such as passport and/or residence permit)

In addition to the above, degree programs may require other supplements as needed.

How are student selections made?

All applicants are treated equally, and uniform admission criteria pertaining to each degree programme are applied to all of them.

A transfer may be accepted upon application provided that:

  • Admission Services have found the applicant eligible to apply for transfer, and
  • there is a study place available in the degree programme, and
  • a personal study plan can be prepared so as to accommodate the completion of the studies within the normative study time, and
  • the applicant has sufficient language skills in the language of instruction, and
  • the applicant attends an interview and/or possible examinations arranged by the degree programme, if this is required.

Applicants may be ranked on the basis of a possible interview, selection test and / or previous academic success.

In addition, degree programs may, if necessary, also define other student selection requirements. Please check the more detailed degree program-specific admission criteria below.

    Student selection decisions are made on the basis of the information available at the time of decision-making. The admission is conditional until all the relevant certificates have been checked. Metropolia may withdraw the admission, if the applicant has given false information, does not complete all the studies/credits required for admission or does not deliver all the required documents by the deadline.

    Appeals

    A person who has applied to become a student of Metropolia may present a written appeal to the Legal Protection Board of Metropolia within fourteen (14) days as of the publication date of the admissions results. For more information please contact the Admission Services (contact details of the Admission Services) and read the appeal instructions.

    When will I get the student selection decision?

    Student selection decisions will be sent via e-mail by:

    • 30 June 2021 (when applying in spring)
    • 15 December 2021 (when applying in autumn)

    How to confirm my study place?

    Instructions for confirming the study place are sent to you via e-mail as an appendix to the student selection decision. Confirmation of the study place requires the following measures by the deadline for accepting the study place:

    Accept your chosen study place

    Pay the tuition fee or deliver a document exempting from the tuition fee (concerns only those who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries and who start their studies in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes)

    • Register for the academic year as present of absent
    • Submit a certificate of the reason for absence (concerns only those who have registered as absent)
    • Submit the health report (concerns only those who have informed e.g. a health issue on their application)
    • Submit the Student Agreement (concerns only those who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries and who start their studies in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes)

    The deadlines for accepting the study places are:

    Right to study starting in the autumn semester 2021: 31 July 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Right to study starting in the spring semester 2021: 31 December 2021 at 3:00 pm

    The applicant will receive more detailed instructions for accepting the study place by e-mail. If the study place is not accepted by the given deadline, it will be canceled.

    The acceptance of study place is binding and cannot be changed later. 

    Tuition fee

    The tuition fee concern students who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries and who study in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes. If you are required to pay the tuition fee, an invoice will be sent via email shortly after the admission notification. The tuition fee is charged for the entire academic term, regardless of the starting date of the studies. The person obliged to pay the tuition fee should therefore apply at the beginning of the application period, so that if he/she is accepted, he/she would be able to start the studies at the beginning of the academic term.

    Instead of paying the tuition fee, a student can provide a document exempting from the tuition fee (the document exempting from the tuition fee must be valid on the first day of the academic term when the student begins his/her studies). The tuition fee must be paid (or the document exempting from the tuition fee must be provided) by the deadline for accepting the study place except if the due date of the invoice is later.  

    Read more information on the tuition fees and scholarships on Metropolia's web site.

    Registration for the academic year

    Registration for the academic year is obligatory for all degree students. When registering for the first time (in connection with the student selection) the registration takes place electronically via a separate registration link visible at Studyinfo.fi in connection with the acceptance of the study place.

    Those obliged to pay the tuition fee can register for the academic year only after the tuition fee has been paid and the registration has been opened by the Student and Admission Service (more detailed instructions in the section tuition fee below). If a student does not register by the deadline for accepting the study place, he/she will be automatically registered as present for the academic year in question.

    Health requirements

    Those applying to study within Health Care and Social Services must have sufficient health and functional capacity to be capable of completing practical assignments and work placement periods as part of the studies. If the applicant has informed a health issue or equivalent in his/her application, the student selection is conditional until applicants health and functional capacity has been evaluated. For this purpose, applicant will be asked to submit a specific health report if he/she has informed a health issue or equivalent in his/her application.

    Furthermore, those admitted to the degree programme in Biomedical Laboratory Science must have adequate vision to work on a microscope and normal colour vision. Those admitted to the programme are required to submit a certificate provided by an ophthalmologist, optician or optometrist at the beginning of their studies. The student selection is conditional until applicants' vision has been checked.

    Read more about the health requirements on Metropolia's web site.

    Student agreement

    Those who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries and who haven been admitted in one of Metropolia's English-taught Bachelor's or Master's degree programmes,  must sign Metropolia's Student Agreement (pdf) and send it to admissions [at] metropolia.fi by the deadline for accepting the study place. The Student Agreement concerns Metropolia University of Applied Sciences tuition fees and scholarships and specifies the rights and obligations of all parties, and the terms under which the student may receive a scholarship for his/her studies at the programme.

    Where can I get information about starting my studies?

    Instructions related to the commencement of studies will be sent to those who have been accepted as students as an appendix to the student selection decision to the e-mail address provided on the application form. In addition, Metropolia's website contains general information on, for example, housing, study support and other matters related to studying. It is important to have a photo ID when you start your studies. Bring your bank ID or mobile certificate to retrieve your username and password.

    Degree Programme Specific Admission Criteria

    The following selection criteria apply to studies starting in the autumn term of 2021.

    In addition to the general admission criteria, degree programmes may, if necessary, also define other student selection requirements. The following degree programmes have additional selection requirements.

    If the degree programme to which you are applying a transfer does not appear on the list, the degree programme does not have any additional selection requirements or is not included in the transfer application in the spring 2021.

    Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business and Logistics, full-time studies

    In addition to the general admission criteria above, student selection requires that:

    • the applicant has completed the studies according to the Metropolia curriculum in relation to the study time available after the transfer by the end of the application period (or will complete by the starting date of studies), and
    • the grade point average of the studies used as a basis for student selection is at least 3.0 (credits must be less than 10 years old), and
    • the applicant uploads a preliminary assignment to the application, and
    • the preliminary assignment is evaluated as pass (evaluation scale pass/fail), and
    • the applicant passes the exam (evaluation scale pass/fail).

    Applicants with an approved evaluation of the pre-assignment are invited to the entrance examination.

    Preliminary assignment

    The pre-assignment is to write the following proposal:

    • name, scope and description of the each course proposed to be accredited (i.e. accreditation of prior learning), and 
    • as per each course proposed to be accredited, indicate which course in Metropolia curriculum for the degree programme and academic year in question, would be replaced with the course in question. 

    Please note! The student's proposal is not binding on the degree program. 

    The pre-assignment must be submitted during the application period as an attachment to the electronic application form at studyinfo.fi. The preliminary task is submitted as a single attachment.

    Bachelor of Engineering, Information Technology, full-time studies

    In addition to requirements mentioned in the general admission criteria, the student selection requires that:

    • the applicant has completed by the end of the application period at least 120 ECTS credits that can be credited to the degree program in question in accordance with Metropolia's curriculum (the required credits must be completed in English), and
    • the grade point average of the studies used as a basis for student selection is at least 4.1

    Bachelor of Health Care, Nursing, full-time studies

    In addition to requirements mentioned in the general admission criteria, the student selection requires that:

    • the applicant has at least level C1 English language skills (Europass: European language levels - Self Assessment Grid) and level B1 Finnish language skills  (if the language proficiency cannot be verified on the basis of the information provided in the application, the language proficiency will be assessed in an entrance examination), and
    • the applicant uploads the preliminary assignment to the application
    • the preliminary assignment must be evaluated as pass (evaluation scale pass/fail), and
    • the applicant passes a possible entrance examination, which is arranged if necessary (evaluation scale pass/fail)

    The entrance examination will be arranged in a situation in which

    • the applicant's language skills do not appear at a sufficient level in the application and an interview / entrance examination is needed for assessing the applicant’s language profiency, or
    • the degree program needs more information on the applicant’s previous studies in order to be able to assess the studies in accordance to the degree program’s curriculum, or
    • to rank the applicants

    The entrance examination is evaluated as pass/fail.

    Preliminary assignment

    Ennakkotehtävä on kaksiosainen ja vastaukset kirjoitetaan suomeksi tai englanniksi tekstinkäsittelyohjelmalla sisältäen kansilehden, josta löytyy nimesi sekä tutkinto, johon haet.

    1. Tutustu Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulun hakemasi tutkinnon opetussuunnitelmaan mm. opintojaksokuvaukset, osaamistavoitteet sekä lukukausikohtainen opintojen eteneminen https://opinto-opas.metropolia.fi/fi/88095/fi/70320 tai https://opintoopas.metropolia.fi/en/88094/en/70308  ja vertaa niitä aikaisemmin suorittamiisi opintoihin. Tämän jälkeen tee taulukko siitä, mitä Metropolian opetussuunnitelman opintojaksoja olet aikaisemmin suorittanut eli mikä on Metropolian opintojaksoa vastaava suoritus nykyisessä ammattikorkeakoulussa.
    2. Tee suunnitelma siitä, miten opintosi tulevat etenemään Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulussa
       

    The pre-assignment must be submitted during the application period as an attachment to the electronic application form at studyinfo.fi. The preliminary task is submitted as a single attachment.

    Bachelor of Social Services, Social Services, full-time studies

    In addition to requirements mentioned in the general admission criteria, the student selection requires that:

    • the applicant has at least level C1 English language skills (Europass: European language levels - Self Assessment Grid)  and level B1 Finnish language skills (if the language proficiency cannot be verified on the basis of the information provided in the application, the language proficiency will be assessed in an entrance examination), and
    • the applicant passes a possible entrance examination, which is arranged if necessary (evaluation scale pass/fail)

    The entrance examination will be arranged in a situation in which

    • the applicant's language skills do not appear at a sufficient level in the application and an interview / entrance examination is needed for assessing the applicant’s language profiency, or
    • the degree program needs more information on the applicant’s previous studies in order to be able to assess the studies in accordance to the degree program’s curriculum, or
    • to rank the applicants

    The entrance examination is evaluated as pass/fail.

    Master of Business Administration, Business Informatics

    Appropriate degrees:

    • Finnish Bachelor of Business Administration degree (tradenomi AMK).
    • Some other appropriate Finnish higher education degree with a minimum scope of 210 credit points (ECTS) containing/combined with 40 credit points (ECTS) of higher education studies in business field.
    • Appropriate foreign higher education degree equivalent to Finnish higher education degree with a minimum scope of 210 credit points (ECTS) containing/combined with 40 credit points (ECTS) of higher education studies in business field.
    • Finnish higher education degree of less than with a scope 210 credit points (ECTS), (containing/combined with 40 credit points (ECTS) of higher education studies in business field) supplemented by suitable ones university studies to the extent of 210 credit points (ECTS) (Studies that can be accredited to the degree programme in question, are not considered as supplementary studies.)
    • Finnish higher education degree of less than with a scope 210 credit points (ECTS), (containing/combined with 40 credit points (ECTS) of higher education studies in business field) supplemented by former Finnish post-secondary higher vocational level degree.
    • Finnish post-secondary higher vocational level degrees in the relevant field (= opisto-/ ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto) with a minimum scope of 140 credits (= 210 credit points ECTS) / 3,5 years
    • ECTS refers to the European credit transfer and accumulation system.
    • The scope of the Finnish post-secondary higher vocational degree refers to general upper secondary school based degrees, including an internship period. The scope of the primary school-based degrees must be larger.
    • The required qualification (including any supplementary higher education studies) must be completed so that an official certificate (the final diploma/certificate or an interim certificate on graduation issued by the educational institution + other required certificates) can be submitted by the deadline for confirming the study place.

    Work experience requirement: described in section 'General Admission Criteria'.

    In addition to requirements mentioned in the general admission criteria, the student selection requires that:

    • the applicant has completed by the end of the application period at least 30 ECTS credits that can be credited to the degree program in question in accordance with Metropolia's curriculum, and
    • the grade point average of the studies used as a basis for student selection is at least 3,0, and
    • the applicant has at least level C1 English language skills (Europass: European language levels - Self Assessment Grid)  and level B1 Finnish language skills (if the language proficiency cannot be verified on the basis of the information provided in the application, the language proficiency will be assessed in an entrance examination), and
    • the applicant attaches a CV to the application by the end of the application period, and
    • the applicant passes the entrance examination (evaluation scale pass/fail)

    All eligible applicants, who meet the student selection criteria, are invited to the entrance examination.

    Master of Engineering, Business Informatics

    Appropriate degrees:

    • Finnish Bachelor of Engineering degree (insinööri AMK).
    • Some other appropriate Finnish higher education degree with a minimum scope of 240 credit points (ECTS).
    • Appropriate foreign higher education degree equivalent to the above-mentioned Finnish higher education degrees in terms of level, extent and content.
    • Finnish higher education degree in the field of technology of less than with a scope 240 credit points (ECTS), supplemented by suitable ones university studies to the extent of 240 credit points (ECTS) Studies that can be accredited to the degree programme in question, are not considered as supplementary studies.
    • Finnish higher education degree in the field of technology of less than with a scope 240 credit points (ECTS), supplemented by former Finnish post-secondary higher vocational level degree in the field of technology.
    • Former Finnish post-secondary higher vocational level degrees in the field of technology (= opisto-/ ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto) with a minimum scope of 160 credits (= 240 credit points ECTS) / 4 years
    • ECTS refers to the European credit transfer and accumulation system.
    • The scope of the Finnish post-secondary higher vocational degree refers to general upper secondary school based degrees, including an internship period. The scope of the primary school-based degrees must be larger.
    • The required qualification (including any supplementary higher education studies) must be completed so that an official certificate (the final diploma/certificate or an interim certificate on graduation issued by the educational institution + other required certificates) can be submitted by the deadline for confirming the study place.

    Work experience requirement: described in section 'General Admission Criteria'.

    In addition to requirements mentioned in the general admission criteria, the student selection requires that:

    • the applicant has completed by the end of the application period at least 15 ECTS credits that can be credited to the degree program in question in accordance with Metropolia's curriculum, and
    • the grade point average of the studies used as a basis for student selection is at least 3,0, and
    • the applicant has at least level C1 English language skills (Europass: European language levels - Self Assessment Grid)  and level B1 Finnish language skills (if the language proficiency cannot be verified on the basis of the information provided in the application, the language proficiency will be assessed in an entrance examination), and
    • the applicant uploads a CV to the application by the end of the application period, and
    • the applicant passes the entrance examination (evaluation scale pass/fail)

    All eligible applicants, who meet the student selection criteria, are invited to the entrance examination.

    More information

    More information on the application process

    For more information on the application process please contact Metropolia's Student and Admission Services.

    More information concerning the entrance examination and studies

    In questions regarding the content of the entrance examination or studies, please contact the representative of the degree programme in question. Degree programme representatives and their contact details can be found on Metropolia's web site in connection with the degree programme descriptions: