Language Skills and Other Requirements

Language Skills

There are no official language requirement to degree programmes EXCEPT to Social Services and Nursing Degree Programmes, which require also B1 level Finnish language skills as there is also teaching in Finnish language. One should also note that English study materials can be used in Finnish Degree Programmes.

University of Applied Sciences studies require sufficient language skills and students are independently responsible of having such skills.

You can use the Dialang language test as a self-assessment tool to evaluate if your skills are sufficient to University of Applied Sciences level. The test includes the below sections of different fields of language skills. Note! Some paths including an interview require the Dialang test results to the interview. There is always a mention of this in the path information.

  • reading
  • listening
  • writing
  • vocabulary
  • grammar

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

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 skills and preparedness to write an essay answer. Usually a secondary level education (high school, vocational school) gives a good base for university level studies.

Master's Degrees

All Master's degree Open Study Paths (15 cr or 30 cr depending on the extent of the degree) require a Bachelor's Degree and three years work experience in the field of study acquired after the degree. These are checked of all students. All necessary information is mentioned in connection to the path information.

In terms of Master's degree level individual courses, the above-mentioned requirements are not obligatory but recommendable.

Other Requirements

Some Open UAS courses may have requirements about previous know-how. If so, there is always a mention about these prerequisites in connection to the course information. It is also possible to meet these prerequisites with corresponding prior learning. Students themselves are responsible for having the required competence. This is not checked by school.