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Welcome to study for a degree at Metropolia!

Congratulations! You have been admitted to Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and we are delighted to have you as a new member of our vibrant community of more than 16 000 students!

You have made an excellent choice - Metropolia offers you unique multidisciplinary opportunities throughout your studies with its strong connections to working life and active role in innovations built around socially significant phenomena.

We are happy to have you with us and help you with any questions you might have. Welcome to Metropolia!

The below information applies to students who have been accepted to study for a full degree at Metropolia. Make sure to complete all the steps in order to secure your study place.

Confirming the study place

To maintain your right to enroll in Metropolia, you must complete the following steps by 17 July 2020 at 3 pm (time zone in Finland) or within 7 days of the results of the selections being made public:

Accept your chosen study place

Accept your chosen study place by 17 July 2020 at 3 pm (time zone in Finland) or within 7 days of the results of the selections being made public. Please note that you will lose your offered study place if you do not accept it by the deadline. If you do not wish to accept an offer of admission, please inform the higher education institution of this as soon as possible so that your place can be offered to the next applicant on the waiting list.

The study place can be accepted online via the link mentioned in the e-mail sent to you from noreply [at] opintopolku.fi with title “the study place can be confirmed in Studyinfo”. If you have a Finnish social security number and Finnish online banking credentials, mobile certificate or an electronic IDcard, you can confirm the offered study place in the My Studyinfo -service.

NB! You may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland that begins in the same academic term (1.8.-31.12. or 1.1.-31.7.) Further information: https://studyinfo.fi/wp2/en/higher-education/how-to-apply-for-bachelors-and-masters/one-study-place-per-term-provision/.

You need to accept the study place by the given deadline (by 17 July 2020 at 3 pm time zone in Finland) or you will lose your place. Accepting a study place is a binding choice, and you cannot cancel or change your choice later. When you accept a study place bindingly, all your other study programmes will automatically be cancelled.

More information on accepting the study place

Pay the tuition fee if applicable

If you are required to pay the tuition fee, an invoice will be sent via email within a few days of the admission notification. The tuition fee will concern all students who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries and who start their studies in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes. Students can be exempted from the tuition fee (e.g. on the basis of certain residence permits). More information on Metropolia's tuition fees and scholarships

Enroll for the academic year as present or absent

All new students must enroll for the academic year as present or absent by 17 July 2020 at 3 pm (time zone in Finland) or within 7 days of the results of the selections being made public. If you are required to pay a tuition fee, the enrollment can be made only after the tuition fee has been paid.

According to the Universities Act/Polytechnics Act, a first-year student may register as absent for the academic year for the following reasons only:

  • service under the Finnish Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
  • maternity, paternity or parental leave;
  • the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.

Should the legal grounds for your absence apply only to the second academic term, you may register as absent for the entire academic year if you wish. You may also change the status of your registration for the spring term from ‘attending’ to ‘absent’ during the spring term registration period. 

If you register as absent you are required to deliver documents that prove the legal grounds for your absence must be sent on this e-form by the deadline for accepting the study place. If you fail to deliver sufficient clarification regarding the grounds for your absence within the deadline specified by the university, you will be registered as present. Acceptable documents are:

  • a call-up order (service under the Finnish Conscription Act, Non-Military Service Act or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service)
  • Kela's certificate regarding maternity, paternity or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy or corresponding certificates from the authorities of other countries regarding statutory parental leave
  • sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate (the medical certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from beginning their studies on 1 August 2020)
  • an adequate clarification, e.g. a certificate from the student housing foundation that the student is on the waiting list for an apartment required by his or her injury (student's own notification is not an adequate clarification).

Metropolia recommends that the student only enrolls as absent when totally necessary. When the student enrolls as absent, she/he needs to take into consideration the possible changes in the course selection and their effect on the personal study plan. The curricula are planned on a yearly basis, and same courses might be offered again or only years later. Students should carefully consider before enrolling as absent and be in contact with the representative of the Degree Programme in question. In case the student has enrolled as absent, she/he may not:

  • attend classes
  • complete courses or category of study
  • register for courses
  • graduate
  • receive student financial aid
  • get subsidised student meals

For more information please contact Metropolia's Student and Admission Services.

Sign the Student Agreement if applicable

If you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country and you are starting your studies in one of Metropolia's English-taught Bachelor's or Master's degree programmes, you must sign the Student Agreement sent you via e-mail and deliver it to Metropolia’s Student and Admission Services by 17 July 2020 at 3 pm (time zone in Finland) or within 7 days of the results of the selections being made public. The 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.

For more information please contact Metropolia's Student and Admission Services.

Deliver copies of the certificates giving eligibility for the degree programme in question if applicable

Deliver copies of the certificates giving eligibility for the degree programme in question by 17 July 2020 at 3 pm (time zone in Finland) or within 7 days of the results of the selections being made public, unless you already have attached them previously to the application. It is not necessary to deliver copies of the qualifications, which have already been downloaded to the application in question.

Certificates are delivered by returning to the application and downloading the documents as an appendix. You can enter the application via the same link you used for accepting the study place at Studyinfo or by using the My Studyinfo service. Admission is conditional until Metropolia’s Student and Admission Services have checked all the relevant certificates.

Please note that it is not necessary to submit a certificate for the information displayed on the Finnish national Koski service (check your data at the Koski service). 

For more information please contact Metropolia's Student and Admission Services.

Practical arrangements before beginning of the studies

Apply for a residence permit immediately after you have confirmed the study place

Non-EU/EEA students need a student residence permit. You can begin the student residence permit application online at Enterfinland.fi. Remember that you must personally visit a Finnish embassy or consulate as part of this process. Start your residence permit process as soon as possible, carefully following the immigration authorities' instructions and regulations, so that you can receive your permit in good time before your studies begin! You can find detailed information and advice on the residence permit requirements and procedures on the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website

NB! Missions of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign affairs have interrupted the receiving and processing of residence permit applications on 19 March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). 

While abroad, you can still submit your application through the Finnish Immigration Service’s Enter Finland online service. Your application will be accepted for processing once the exceptional arrangements are no longer in effect and you have identified yourself. 

Please follow the Finnish Immigration Service’s Corona page for further updates. 

Please follow Studyinfo’s COVID-19 information page for further updates. 

Step-by-step guide for starting your immigration process during COVID-19 outbreak: 

  1. Prepare for the application by checking you have all the necessary attachments and information before you begin.  
  2. Create your user account in Enter Finland online service 
  3. Fill in the application form for student residence permit carefully and accurately. Also attach all the required documents. This will help the Immigration service when they will process your application later. 
  4. Please follow the bulletins issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on the ministry’s web page. Book a time for identification immediately when the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has announced that the exceptional arrangements are no longer in effect. You can find a list of Finland’s embassies and other missions online. 
  5. Pay and submit your application 
  6. Visit the selected authority to identify yourself 
  7. Follow the processing of your application 

Due to prolonged residence permit application process, some higher education institutions may offer distance education if you cannot start your studies on time while you wait for your residence permit. You can find out if this is possible by contacting the higher educational institution, you were accepted to directly.  

Apply for a Finnish personal identity code if you do not have one

All Metropolia's students who do not have a Finnish personal identity code, have to apply for it before their arrival or register at the local registry office after their arrival to Finland to apply for one. 

Students who have to apply for residence permit (i.e. non-EU/non-EEA citizens) before their arrival to Finland should ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System when they apply for their first residence permit. This way they will receive a Finnish personal identity code at the same time as they are issued with the permit. More information on this for residence permit applicants

Other students have to apply for the personal identity code from the local registry office of the city where you are living in. More information on registration to the Finnish Population Information System

Please note that it can take approximately 4 weeks to get the code. After you have received the personal identification code, remember to inform it to the Student and Admission Services.

Arrange your accommodation

Metropolia does not have housing services to offer. Thus, it is the student's responsibility to find an accommodation for the period of their studies. There is a lot of competition in affordable housing, so it is important to start searching for a room many months prior to arrival. More information on accommodation

Check your health insurance

All foreign students (who are not EU citizens or citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland) who come to Finland for the purposes of studying are required to have a health insurance, if the studies endure longer than three months. More information on insurances

Check if you are entitled to have student financial aid

Student financial aid is for Finnish citizens. Foreign citizens are entitled to student financial aid if they live in Finland on a permanent basis for the purpose other than studying and they have registered as permanent residents in the Finnish population register system. More information on student financial aid

Find out when and where your studies start

Degree programme specific instructions will be available below from 17 April 2020 onwards.

Plan your arrival

Tuudo mobile app

Tuudo is a mobile app with which you can use various Metropolia web services easily on your smart phone. With Tuudo you can get VR, HSL, Matkahuolto and Kela student discounts immediately. The benefits are free for all Metropolia students.

In Tuudo you can check Metropolia, Admission Services, and student union METKA announcements, your schedule, study attainments, and cafeteria menus.

Get Tuudo on your phone from the app store for free and start using it!