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Degree studies

Apply for degree studies in Metropolia

Metropolia offers degree studies in Finnish and in English. You can study for a bachelor or a master degree in a university of applied sciences. Read more on the application process and discover our degree programmes.

Check also other tips on applying and studying in Finland on our website.

Get prepared for higher education studies

Metropolia provides a higher education preparatory programme for immigrants in different fields of study. The tuition is in Finnish. The courses help you develop required skills for higher education studies and at the same time you learn Finnish necessary for studying in the field in question. Read more on the preparatory programme for immigrants (in Finnish).

Do you need preparing of certain skills before applying for higher education studies? Check the following courses for min. B1 Finnish speakers in the Metropolia Open UAS in the spring 2022:

Developing your competence through individual studies and modules

Supplement your competence and study in open UAS

In Metropolia Open UAS you have a variety of courses available to you in Finnish and in English.

Courses in the open UAS charge a fee. However, due to the covid-19 pandemic, unemployed jobseekers are able to study for free in Metropolia Open UAS until 31 December 2021. Starting from 1 January 2022 all open UAS courses in Metropolia will again charge a fee from everybody.

Open UAS path studies open also the opportunity to apply to study for a degree in Metropolia.

Read more on your opportunities in Metropolia Open UAS. Note that in the Metropolia Open UAS study seach engine you can search for courses specifically designed for immigrants by choosing on the left-hand side selection panel: Other information > Show all > SIMHE - studies for immigrants.

Check also other tips on studying in open higher education in Finland on our website.

Update your expertise with module studies

Metropolia provides various module studies in different fields of study to update your expertise.

For instance in ICT you have a wide variety of courses available in e.g.:

Are you an unemployed jobseeker living in the Helsinki region? Check also the Career Boost programmes.

Learn Finnish language

Study Finnish and improve your employment prospects!

Courses in Metropolia Open UAS charge a fee. However, until 31 December 2021 unemployed jobseekers can study for free due to the covid-19 pandemic. Note that starting from 1 January 2022 courses will charge a few again from all.

Read more on enrolment, cancellation policy and studying in Metropolia Open UAS.

Are you looking for inspiration and tips on learning Finnish? Read a blog post by our Finnish language teacher.

Finnish courses available in Metropolia Open UAS in the spring 2022

Basic level (A1-A2)

AAC901 Finnish 2 (A1.3-A2.1)

  • Timing of studies: 17 Jan 2022 - 06 April 2022
  • Deadline for enrolments: 9 Jan 2022, note: limited number of seats
  • Extent: 5 ECTS credits
  • Read more and enrol for Finnish 2

AAC900 YKI basic level exercises in Finnish 2 (A2.1)

AAC897 YKI basic and intermediate level exercises in Finnish 1 (A2.2)

Intermediate level (B1-B2)

        AAC899 Finnish 4 (A2.2-B1.1)

        • Timing of studies: 01 Mar 2022 - 17 May 2022
        • Deadline for enrolments: 16 Feb 2022, note: limited number of seats
        • Extent: 5 ECTS credits
        • Read more and enrol for Finnish 4

        AAC898 Finnish for Professionals 1 (B1.2)

        AAC796 Engineering and Finnish as a Second Language 2 (B1)

        AAC794 Engineering and Finnish as a Second Language 3 (B2)

        AAC547 Health Care and Social Services and Finnish as a Second Language 2 (B1)

        AAC546 Health Care and Social Services and Finnish as a Second Language 3 (B2)

        AAC803 Higher Education Studies and Finnish as a Second Language 2 (B1)

        AAC804 Higher Education Studies and Finnish as a Second Language 3 (B2)

        How to enrol? Click on the course you wish to enrol for and select "Add to basket". Note that places are limited. You can also enrol for the queue - often cancellations occur closer to the start of the course.

        Are you studying for a degree in Metropolia? Enrol through OMA student tools.

        Check also other tips on learning Finnish on our website.

        Career Boost programmes for international professionals in the Helsinki region

        Career Boost programmes are tailored for international currently unemployed professionals who wish to

        • develop and supplement their professional competence
        • find employment in their own professional field in Finland.

        The programmes are available in the fields of automation business, business accounting, ICT, nursing and real estate and construction. Check the programme specific content, selection criteria and mode of delivery.

        The programmes are developed by Metropolia SIMHE services in collaboration with the employment services of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa-Kerava.

        Who are the programs for?

        Each programme has their own selection criteria. General criteria for the programmes are the following:

        • You are an unemployed jobseeker; in the nursing programme also employed individuals are eligible
        • Your native language is other than Finnish, Swedish or Sami
        • You live in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa or Kerava; in the nursing programme also residents of other municipalities are eligible
        • You have completed a higher education degree abroad related to automation business, business accounting, ICT, nursing or real estate and construction
        • You speak Finnish at minimum B1 level or if you are from the ICT field, you speak English: evaluate your language competence on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
        • You wish to find employment in the Finnish job market in your field of expertise

        See the exceptions in the programme for nurses.

        What are the programmes about?

        In the Career Boost programme you will develop your professional compentece and your career in Finland. You will also get support and references for job search.

        The programme gives you access to the following services:

        • recognition of competence by an expert in your field
        • courses developing your competence and matching with your needs and background
        • support in learning professional Finnish
        • collaboration and networking with Finnish employers
        • career guidance
        • an online portal supporting job search

        The length of the programme is 1-12 months. The exact start and end date are determined based on what previous competence you have and which courses match with your needs.

        Participation in the programme is free of charge for you.

        Upon completing the programme you will receive a certificate and a reference document on your competence from an expert to support your job search in Finland.

        How to apply to the programme?

        1. Check first that you belong to the target group of the programme.
        2. Sign up online for a SIMHE guidance discussion.
        3. A SIMHE Career Coach will map your study and professional background, your career plans and your suitability to the programme in a personal guidance discussion.
        4. An expert from your field will assess your professional competence, previous studies and work experience with you and compare these to the typical requirements in your field in Finland. Based on the discussion the expert will confirm which courses match your background and drafts an Individual Study Plan (IPS) for you.
        5. Have the IPS accepted by the employment services of your municipality of residence before starting the studies. The employment services will also check the conditions for unemployment benefits in your case.

        Welcome to the Career Boost programme!

        See the exceptions in the programme for nurses.

        Content, mode of delivery and selection criteria

        Career Boost for automation business professionals

        Career Boost for automation business is targeted to professionals in electrical and automation technology who wish to develop and update their skills or specialise from programming to automation business. You will learn to programme industrial applications and devices (e.g. embedded measurement and control systems, control devices, data collection and management, different industrial IoT applications). You will also develop your competence in data management and analytics by exploring data management in different databases, data-based problem-solving and applications of machine learning and AI. The studies also give you the opportunity to develop your skills in operating in project environments and in managing projects.

        By completing the programme you will improve your employment prospects in jobs such as e.g. automation engineer/specialist, industrial engineer/manager, system specialist or maintenance specialist in Finland. You will also develop your field-specific language skills in Finnish and build your networks with the local businesses and industry.

        Mode of delivery, structure and timing: 

        • Language of tuition: Finnish, but material also in English
        • Start of studies: January 2022
        • Duration: max. 12 months
        • Extent: max. 60 ECTS credits
        • Mode of delivery: online studies and contact teaching partly in groups, partly independently
        • Location of contact teaching: Myyrmäki campus (Leiritie 1, Vantaa)
        • Group size: max. 30
        • Apply to the programme: book an appointment for a SIMHE guidance discussion

        Courses from which the most suitable ones for you will be selected:

        • Industrial programming technology and an IoT project (max. 10 ECTS), programming (max. 10 ECTS), control system engineering and mathematics (max. 10 ECTS), innovation project and safety at work (max. 10 ECTS)
        • Professional Finnish (max. 15 ECTS)
        • Work-based learning (max. 10 ECTS)
        • In addition you will develop your career skills and network with local employers

        Programme-specific selection criteria:

        • A higher education degree from abroad related to automation business, e.g. technician or engineer, or when applicable also professional competence developed through work experience
        • Language requirement: min. B1 level in Finnish, in addition good English skills
        • Good mathematical skills
        • In addition the above eligibility criteria for all the programmes

        Career Boost for business accounting professionals

        Career Boost for business accounting is targeted to professionals who wish to update their knowledge of financial and management accounting and understand better the work environment and expectations of this field in Finland.

        By completing the programme, you will learn to produce bookkeeping and financial statements according to Finnish legislation and taxation practices. You will also learn about salary administration and how salary entries are done. You will be able to produce and analyse financial data to support decision-making, e.g. budgets, reports, indicators, analyses and calculations of costs and profitability. The programme also prepares you to use business intelligence and analytics tools for developing business solutions of quality and impact. In addition, integrated Finnish language studies will help you improve your substance related Finnish language skills to the next level.

        By completing the programme you will improve your employment prospects in management accounting and analytics, e.g. as a controller, consultant of profitability accounting, financial manager or analyst. You can also find employment in financial accounting in duties such as salary administration, bookkeeping or management of accounts ledger.

        Mode of delivery, structure and timing: 

        • Language of tuition: Finnish
        • Start of studies: January 2022
        • Duration: max. 12 months
        • Extent: max. 60 ECTS credits
        • Mode of delivery: combined face-to-face and online studies, partly in groups, partly independently
        • Group size: max. 30
        • Apply to the programme: book an appointment for a SIMHE guidance discussion

        Courses from which the most suitable ones for you will be selected:

        • Business accounting (max. 15 ECTS), management accounting (max. 10 ECTS), business analytics and tools (max. 10 ECTS)

        • Professional Finnish (max. 15 ECTS) 

        • Work-based learning (max. 5 ECTS)

        • Study and career planning (max. 5 ECTS)

        • In addition you will develop your career skills and network with local employers

        Programme-specific selection criteria:

        • A higher education degree in business or similar from abroad
        • Good IT skills (Microsoft software)
        • Language requirement: min. B1 level in Finnish
        • Work experience and independent learning of business administration is an asset
        • Ability to take initiative and learn independently, reflection and meta cognitive skills and interest in the thematic area of business administration
        • In addition the above eligibility criteria for all the programmes 

        Career Boost for ICT professionals

        Career Boost programme in ICT is targeted to professionals who wish to develop or update their competence or specialise in a new area in ICT. We will design an individual study plan for you based on your needs, background and career goals to make sure you develop the competences required and expected by the ICT industry in Finland, thus improving your employment prospects in Finland.

        The programme offers a wide range of courses covering SW development, cloud computing (including networks, cyber security and servers and applications) and artificial intelligence and machine learning. In addition to these, some IT fundamental courses are offered in case there is a need to refresh memory on certain topics.

        The offered courses give you a broad view on latest developments in the ICT field and develop competences for various advanced specialist tasks, such as a Front-end SW developer, Web developer, Full-stack SW developer, Solution Architect, IT Specialist, System Specialist, System Administrator, Quality Engineer or Test Engineer.

        Mode of delivery, structure and timing:

        • Language of tuition: English
        • Timing of studies: non-stop
        • Length: max. 12 months
        • Extent: max. 60 ECTS credits
        • Mode of delivery: online studies independently
        • Number of seats: max. 100 yearly
        • Apply to the programme: book an appointment for a SIMHE guidance discussion

        Courses from which the most suitable ones for you will be selected:

        • Basic update of ICT skills (max. 10 ECTS), programming (max. 50 ECTS), cloud computing (max. 50 ECTS), AI and machine learning (max. 20 ECTS)
        • If needed, professional Finnish (max. 10 ECTS)
        • Work-based learning (max. 5 ECTS)
        • In addition you will develop your career skills and network with local employers

        Programme-specific selection criteria:

        • An applicable higher education degree in ICT from abroad
        • Language requirement: sufficient English skills
        • In addition the above eligibility criteria for all the programmes 

        Career Boost for nurses

        The Career Boost programme in nursing is designed to help you obtain the right to practise the nursing profession in Finland. You get to explore the health care work in Finland and to develop your professional Finnish skills.

        The content and the length of the programme will be determined by the requirements set to you by Valvira. The competences covered in the programme include e.g. clinical, surgical and perioperative nursing and nursing in the contexts of internal diseases, mental care and substance abuse. Also, you will develop special competences required in work with children, the youth, families and the elderly. Furthermore, you will learn about different service environments and nursing in cases of special needs.

        The programme will prepare your clinical skills for working as a nurse with children, the youth, adults, the elderly and families as well as in somatic and psychiatric care. 

        Note that in addition to the programme, in order to obtain the right to practise the profession you will also need to be able to demonstrate sufficient Finnish language competence:

        Mode of delivery, structure and timing:

        • Language of tuition: Finnish
        • Timing of studies: start once a month during the academic semesters, studies proceed flexibly according to the individual study plan
        • Length: varies depending on the education background (e.g. degree from EU/EEA or non-EU/EEA countries) and the Valvira requirements
        • Extent: 25-40 ECTS credits depending on the Valvira requirements
        • Mode of delivery: multiform learning mostly online including simulations; work placements take place in different units in the health care sector
        • Location of contact teaching: Myllypuro campus (Myllypurontie 1, Helsinki)
        • Number of seats: max. 40 yearly
        • Apply to the programme: book an appointment for a SIMHE guidance discussion

        Courses are selected on the basis of the Valvira requirements, including usually approximately 30 ECTS of the following:

        • Three simulations, clinical practices (min. 8 ECTS), final exam (1 ECTS)
        • Service system and legislation in health care and social services, medication, clinical care
        • Guidance and professional Finnish (max. 8 ECTS)
        • In addition you will develop your career skills and network with local employers

        Programme-specific selection criteria:

        • A bachelor-level higher education degree in nursing which is based on nursing science (NB: not medicine)
        • Language requirement: min. B1 level Finnish demonstrated with an YKI3 result at the start of the programme or the preparedness to reach YKI3 level - note also the requirements to obtain the right to practise profession
        • In addition the above eligibility criteria for all the programmes
        • As an exception the Career Boost programme for nurses also accepts individuals outside the target group of unemployed jobseekers and residents of the Helsinki region, for instance professionals who currently are employed in jobs that do not match with their degree or who live outside the Helsinki region. Kindly note, however, that the programme includes some contact teaching in Helsinki. Furthermore, collaboration for clinical practices is limited to municipalities and other employers in the Helsinki region. If you wish to find a clinical practice required by Valvira outside the region, you are responsible for independently securing one. While searching for such a placement, note that Metropolia does not pay guidance fees to employers. If you live outside the Helsinki region and/or work in duties not matching your degree and you wish to participate in the Career Boost programme for nurses, contact simhe [at] metropolia.fi.

        Career Boost for real estate and construction professionals

        Career Boost in real estate and construction is tailored for professionals who wish to develop and update their professional competence and improve the understanding of the Finnish real estate and construction environment.

        By completing the programme, you will develop your competence in Finnish construction regulations, design principles and practices in construction projects. You will also learn how to use data modelling in construction projects as well as the most common software. An integral part of the programme is also to develop your industry-specific Finnish language skills.

        The programme prepares you for a variety of expert-level jobs in the real estate and construction industry, in the areas of design, construction and real estate services.

        Mode of delivery, structure and timing:

        • Language of tuition: Finnish
        • Start of studies: January 2022
        • Duration: max. 12 months
        • Extent: max. 60 ECTS credits
        • Mode of delivery: online studies partly independently, partly in groups, some on-campus days
        • Location of contact teaching: Myllypuro campus (Myllypurontie 1, Helsinki)
        • Group size: max. 30
        • Apply to the programme: book an appointment for a SIMHE guidance discussion

        Courses from which the most suitable ones for you will be selected:

        • Foundations of house construction, construction ICT, legislation and regulations in real estate and construction, labour legislation, digital skills (max. 25 ECTS)
        • Professional Finnish (max. 15 ECTS)
        • Work-based learning (max. 5 ECTS)
        • Elective studies based on your needs (max. 15 ECTS)
        • In addition you will develop your career skills and network with local employers

        Programme-specific selection criteria:

        • A higher education degree from abroad related to real estate and construction (e.g. construction engineer, master of science in engineering, building engineer, construction architect)
        • Language requirement: min. B1 level Finnish
        • In addition the above eligibility criteria for all the programmes

        Explore our other services

        SIMHE services

        What are SIMHE services about and what opportunities do international professionals and future talents have with us? SIMHE helps you find your study and career path in Finland.

        Personal guidance discussion

        In a one-to-one discussion with a SIMHE Career Coach you will identify the suitable study and career path for you and start mapping your competence, based on your individual needs.

        Guidance Generalia lectures

        The Guidance Generalia are lectures and info sessions open to all immigrants. The topics are selected to help you navigate your study options and develop your career prospects in Finland.

        Recognition of competence

        How can you get started with recognising your key competences? Metropolia also provides recognition of competence by a professional in selected fields of study and for limited target groups.

        Higher education preparatory programme for immigrants

        Do you wish to study for a degree in Finnish in a university of applied sciences? Metropolia provides studies to prepare you for this. The courses are taught in Finnish.

        Tips for information search

        A lot of information is available to support you in finding your path in Finland. We have collected some tips and links for you on where to get started with your search on professional qualifications, studies, employment, entrepreneurship and learning Finnish.