Language Skills and Other Requirements

Language Skills

Open UAS students are required to have sufficient language skills. It the responsibility of the student to make sure that the language skills are sufficient.

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) of the course, study path or module.

Some English degrees require also B1 level Finnish language skills in the study path studies, even though teaching is in English. This is mentioned in the study 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 adoption of the professional communication skills require the following starting level:

  • Swedish B1
  • English B2

The above-mentioned starting level requirements will come one's way at the latest when applying to the degree studies after completing the study path, so these requirement are to be taken into account already when considering study path studies.

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 are in the required level for the studies in the University of Applied Sciences. The test include sections of 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 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. All information on the needed certificates 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. Usually, a mention of e.g. Marketing, refers to a course in the Metropolia course offering. It is also possible to meet these prerequisites with corresponding prior learning. Students themselves are responsible for having the required competence.