Open University: Path studies

Did you miss a place to study, or do you want to try bachelor's studies without losing your first-time quota in a joint application? Do you want to continue master’s studies immediately after your bachelor's degree?

Start studying as a path student at the Open University of Applied Sciences!

What are path studies?

Path studies are an alternative route to a degree student. You study first year studies with a degree group at the Open UAS. In some degrees, it is also possible that path students have their own group.

With the studies completed in the open UAS path, you can apply for a Metropolia degree student in the separate application “Application on the Basis of Metropolia’s Open UAS Studies”. If you have been admitted a study right as a degree student, your path studies will be accepted as part of your degree studies and you will continue your studies smoothly with the group. Please note, however, that completing path studies does not automatically guarantee admission as a degree student in a separate application.

The scope, content and implementation of the pathway studies varies depending on the degree programme. In bachelor's degrees, the scope of path studies is generally 30-60 credits and in master’s degrees 15-30 credits.

To whom are path studies suitable?

Path studies are right for you if

  • your goal is a study right in a degree programme
  • you want to take advantage of the intermediate year by studying purposefully
  • you are ready for full-time studies
  • you want to try to study at a University of Applied Sciences or in a certain field without losing your first-time quota in a joint application
  • your work experience doesn't yet meet the requirements for Master's degree studies, but you want to start studying master level courses while you work towards fulfilling the requirements

There are no basic training requirements for bachelor's paths. Master’s paths require a suitable bachelor's degree in the field or a corresponding university degree in the field as a basic education requirement. However, it is good to note that you need general study skills and sufficient language skills in your studies.

Read more about prerequisites on our website Language Skills and Other Requirements

Check out the general study instructions for the Open UAS

Supply of Path studies

The availability of path studies starting in Autumn 2024 is published on our website.

Guidance for planning your studies for successful working life

If you would like to discuss career opportunities or possibilities for developing your skills with a career coach, book a free personal career guidance appointment in our booking system.

The appointment will be held online and takes only 30 minutes of your time — a small but significant investment in your professional future!

Price and payment

The price of path studies is a maximum of 15 € / credit. The price of path studies can be found in the path information in the enrollment system.

Payment can be made either at the time of registration or by invoice in two installments. If a study path or study module includes a separate selection process, the customer is obliged to pay and the fee will be charged once the selection has been confirmed and the customer has accepted the study place. If customer is placed on the waiting list, the customer is obliged to pay after customer has accepted the study place.

Before enrollment, please read the Open UAS terms of payment and cancellation


Enrollment for paths is in the Metropolia open UAS enrollment system. Enrollment is done by clicking "Add to basket". In the enrollment system you will find more detailed information about the course, the implementation methods, enrollment and price information, among other things. You can enroll or accept a place from only one path.

Enrollment for the Master paths is open from June, 3, 2024 at 10.00 am.

Enrollment for the Bachelor paths is open from August, 5, 2024 at 10:00 am until August, 6, 2024 at 23:59 pm.

Please note that enrollment period for some individual paths may start earlier or last longer. Updated information about enrollment period is always found in the enrollment system.

Student selection and pre-tests in Open UAS paths

Students are selected either in the order of enrolment or through a pre-test. If you stay in reserve on a path, you can still get a place 7 days before the start of the path or study module if someone who gets a place cancels his or her registration.

The Open UAS path studies are primarily intended for persons who have not previously studied in path studies at Metropolia. If necessary, students for path studies can be selected deviating from the order of enrollment on this basis.

Pre-tests in Open UAS paths

Some of the paths include a pre-test, in which those applying for path studies may be given priority in accordance with the selection criteria that have been decided. Most of the pre-tests are held during August, 12 to August, 14, 2024. More detailed information on the test can be found in the additional information of path in the enrollment system. The amount of students selected is stated in the path information. Some applicants from waiting list are also invited to the pre-test.

Invitations to pre-tests will be emailed during August, 7 to August, 9, 2024. Information about the selection or rejection will be sent by e-mail to the participants in the selection procedure no later than August, 16, 2024. All accepted path students will receive an email which includes a link to accept the study place. Please also follow your spam. Please note that if you don't accept the study place in 24 hours, it will be offered forward and you will lose your study place. Remember to follow your email carefully during the process.

If you are on the waiting list you can receive a study place to the path if person who has passed the test does not accept a study place or cancels it after accepting.

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact us!

avoinamk [at] (avoinamk[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

tel. 040 712 5100

Please see updated customer service opening times on studentservices website.

You can also book appointment time from student & admission services online reservation portal .

Questions concerning the completion of the course should be addressed to the course teacher. Questions concerning the content of path should be addressed to the contact person indicated in the course information.