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Please note that all the information on this website concerns degree programmes conducted in English only. Information on degree programmes conducted in Finnish can be found by changing the language of the website to Finnish.

Joint application, spring 2019

What is Joint Application?

Application to Metropolia’s degree programmes takes place online through a system of joint application. The joint application is a national procedure that Finnish higher education institutions use when selecting new degree students.

Joint application means that you can apply with one application up to 6 higher education degree programmes by filling the same application from but you can submit only one joint application per application term (spring / autumn). 

The joint application is submitted online at Studyinfo.fi where you can also find information on different qualifications, learn about studies in educational institutions in Finland and find different study options. Tuition fee will be charged from studies starting in 2017 onward. Universities of applied sciences and universities will start charging a tuition fee from Bachelor’s or Master’s level students studying in languages other than Finnish or Swedish. EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to the charge. For more information please visit Studyinfo.fi.

Please note that it is absolutely unnecessary and not recommended to use fee-charging educational consultants for making an application. Read more about using the educational consultants

If you are accepted, you will be offered a study place highest on your order of preference list and to which you have enough points to be accepted. You will be offered just one study place even if you have enough points to be accepted to other study options too. It is not possible to change the preference option order after the application period has ended.

Degree programmes

Application period I: from 9 January 2019 at 8 am to 23 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time

Bachelor's degree programmes

Master's degree programmes

Please note! Metropolia’s Master of Engineering double-degree programme in Construction and Real Estate Management has its own separate application period and admission procedure carried out by the partner university.

Tuition fee

The above mentioned degree programmes have tuition fees. The fees will concern students who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries and who start their studies in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that. However, students can be exempted from the tuition fee e.g. on the basis of their residence permits. Read more on Studyinfo article "Am I required to pay tuition fees?"

Joint application process

Application period: 9 - 23 January 2019

Application period for Metropolia's English-language degree programmes (Bachelor & Master) begins on 9 January 2019 at 8 am and ends on 23 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland). Please find the more detailed timetable here.

Metropolia's English-language degree programmes are not available in the second joint application period in spring or in autumn 2019.

Application process

  1. Check who can apply to a university of applied sciences (general eligibility requirements):

  2. Choose your degree programmes
    Go to Studyinfo.fi and choose 1-6 higher education degree programmes to which you want to apply. Please note, that you cannot change the study programmes or the order of preference after the application period has ended. 

  3. Check the admission requirements
    Check the admission criteria and application instructions of your chosen degree programmes at Studyinfo.fi

  4. Check the required documents and have them with you when you start to fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi.

  5. Submit your application
    Fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi within the application period from 9 January 2019 at 8 am to 23 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland). Please note that you can submit only one joint application per term (spring term / autumn term). Here you can read more about How to fill in the application form.

  6. Confirm the arrival of your application
    Make sure that you receive the e-mail confirmation the joint application system sends you automatically within 24 hours from submitting the application. If you do not receive the e-mail confirmation please contact the admission services of your highest preference option.

  7. Check your e-mail frequently
    Keep your contact information up-to-date and check your e-mail frequently in case the Admission Services needs to contact you. 

  8. If you want to change your application
    After you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email. This email includes a link for making changes to your study programme choices. This link takes you to a page where you can within the application period

    • add and remove study programmes and
    • change the order of the study programmes

    If you have online banking codes from a bank in Finland, a Finnish mobile certificate or Finnish electronic ID-card, you can log in to the My Studyinfo –service if you wish to view your whole application and make other changes to it. Please note, that you cannot change the order of preference of the study programmes after the application period has expired. 

  9. Get ready for the entrance examination
    If the degree programme has an entrance examination you will receive an invitation to the entrance examination via e-mail approximately one week prior to the entrance examination. More information can be found below in part "Metropolia's entrance examinations", "Entrance examination co-operation" and "National entrance examination in technology field".

  10. Wait for your admission results
    Results of the joint application will published by 28 June 2019 at the latest. More information can be found below in part "Student selections".

  11. Confirm the study place if one is offered to you
    In general, the study place must be confirmed within 10 days of the results of the selections being made public. More information can be found below in part "Confirming the study place".

  12. Get ready for the beginning of your studies
    Check out the information for new students.

Please note! On 15 December 2015 the Finnish Parliament has decided to impose tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that. For more information, please visit: Tuition fees and scholarships.

Joint application timetable

Application to Metropolia's English-language degree programmes (Bachelor & Master) takes place during the spring joint application period 1. Metropolia's English-language degree programmes are not available in the spring joint application period 2 or in autumn joint application period.

 

Studies starting in autumn 2019

Application period

From 9 January 2019 at 8 am to 23 January 2019 
at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland)

Deadline for delivering the required application attachments

deadlines vary depending on the document, please see the link for further information

Deadline for publishing the student selection results

28 June 2019

Deadline for accepting the study place 

8 July 2019 
or within 10 days from the notification of the decision

Deadline for accepting applicants from the waiting list

31 July 2019 
at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland).

Required documents

Application documents must be delivered enclosed to the online application at Studyinfo.fi. A photo taken with a mobile phone or camera is acceptable. 

Documents delivered after the deadline will not be considered. Possible delays or problems in getting the required certificates in time do not take away your responsibility of delivering all the required documents so that they are received by the  by the deadline.

 

Required Document Deadline for Bachelor's Degree applications Deadline for Master's Degree applications
Documents proving applicants' eligibility depends on the qualification, see the link for further information depends on the qualification, see the link for further information
Pre-assignments
(only Master's degree programmes in Health Business Management and Information Technology)
not required 23 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland)
Documents exempting from the tuition fee 30 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland) 30 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland)
SAT Score Reports 
(must be delivered directly from the test organizer to Metropolia with code 6953)
10 April 2019 
(the SAT test should be taken in March 2019 at the latest)
not required

 

Please note:

  • Bachelor's degree applicants should note that it is not possible to apply to Bachelor’s degree programmes by using a higher education degree but the eligibility is given by a lower qualification such as general or vocational upper secondary qualification.
  • The International Baccalaureate certificate does not give eligibility for higher education in Finland. In order to be eligible to apply and applicant must provide a copy an International Baccalaureate diploma awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
  • If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his/her qualification, he/she can deliver decisions to grant asylum or residence permits issued on the basis of a need for protection of refugees or applicants in a refugee-like situation.
  • If the document is not in Finnish, Swedish or English language, an official translation into one of these languages must be provided by the deadline given for the document in question.
  • The study place is conditional until the polytechnic/ UAS has checked your school and other relevant certificates. Metropolia may withdraw the admission, if you have given false information or do not deliver all the required documents by the deadline.

Pre-assignments

The following degree programmes are using pre-assignments:

The pre-assignments must be delivered enclosed to the online application by the end of the application period (= by 23 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time). 

Apply with the SAT

You can apply in joint application to some of Metropolia’s English-language degree programmes with the SAT results ("SAT1") without taking an entrance exam. Only the new SAT (taken after March 2016) is acceptable. SAT Subject Test ("SAT2") will not be considered. Check the test dates and register here https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines.

Please note!

  • Reports printed or sent by the applicant him/herself are not acceptable.
  • The official SAT result report must be delivered directly from the test organizer to Metropolia. The code for Metropolia University of Applied Sciences is 6953. 
  • The official SAT result report must be received by Metropolia by 10 April 2019
    (the SAT test should be taken in March 2019 at the latest).
  • You also need to fill in the national joint application form at https://studyinfo.fi during the application period from 9  January 2019 at 8 pm to 23 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland).

Minimum point scores

In Metropolia, the following degree programmes consider SAT scores in their student selections:

 
Degree programme
 
 
Minimum SAT scores
 
 
Bachelor of Business Administration in European Business Administration
 
 
Evidence-based reading and writing 500 points and math 500 points
 
 
Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Logistics
 
 
Evidence-based reading and writing 500 points and math 500 points
 
 
Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics
 
 
Evidence-based reading and writing 400 points and math 500 points
 
 
Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology
 
 
Evidence-based reading and writing 400 points and math 500 points
 

Metropolia's entrance examinations

Entrance examination invitations will be sent via e-mail approximately one week prior to the entrance examination at the latest. 

Metropolia's entrance examinations will be arranged in Finland only. It is not possible to take the exams abroad. However, instead of (or in addition to) the entrance examination, an applicant can apply to some of Metropolia's English-language degree programmes on the basis of a SAT score.

Degree Programme Exam date Entrance examination invitations
Bachelor's Degree in
Electronics
15 April 2019 All eligible applicants will be invited to the national entrance examination.
Bachelor's Degree in
European Business Administration
8 April 2019 All eligible applicants will be invited to the entrance examination.
Bachelor's Degree in
Information Technology
15 April 2019 All eligible applicants will be invited to the national entrance examination.
Bachelor's Degree in
International Business and Logistics
8 April 2019 All eligible applicants will be invited to the entrance examination.
Bachelor's Degree in
Nursing
8 April 2019                  12 April 2019 All eligible applicants, who have informed in their applications that they have at least level B1 Finnish language skills, will be invited to the entrance examination.
Bachelor's Degree in
Social Services
5 April 2019 All eligible applicants, who have informed in their applications that they have at least level B1 Finnish language skills, will be invited to the entrance examination.
Master's Degree in
Business Informatics
12 April 2019 All eligible applicants will be invited to the entrance examination.
Master's Degree in
Health Business Management
29 March 2019 All eligible applicants, who have delivered pre-assignments by the end of the application period, will be invited to the entrance examination.
Master's Degree in
Industrial Management
9 April 2019 All eligible applicants will be invited to the entrance examination.
Master's Degree in
Information Technology
No entrance examination, only pre-assignment No entrance examination, student selections will be made on the basis of pre-assignments.

Degree programme specific entrance examination instructions and material can be found at Studyinfo.fi.

Entrance examination co-operation

Some degree programmes have their own entrance examination whereas some of them co-operate by using the same entrance examination. Therefore you may receive several entrance examination invitations depending on your application options. 

In case the degree programmes to which you have applied are co-operating in the entrance examinations, you will be invited only to the entrance examination of your highest option in the same co-operating programme. The results of the entrance examination will be used by all the co-operating degree programmes you have applied to.

You must attend to all entrance examinations you are invited to if you want to get a change to get admitted to all of your application options. All parts of the entrance examination must be completed in an acceptable level in order to be admitted. In other words, if you fail in one part of the examination you cannot get admitted regardless of how well you did in the other parts of the examination.

Metropolia's degree programmes take part to the entrance examination co-operation in the following way:

Metropolia's degree programme Entrance examination co-operation Co-operating degree programmes
Bachelor's degree programme in
  • European Business Administration
  • International Business and Logistics
 
Joint exam for Metropolia's Bachelor of Business Administration degree programmes Metropolia UAS
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in European Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Logistics
 
Bachelor's degree programme in
  • Electronics
  • Information Technology
 
National entrance examination for technology field Check the co-operating degree programmes here
Bachelor's degree programme in Nursing Joint entrance examination with Laurea and TAMK Laurea UAS
  • Bachelor of Health Care in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Social Services in Social Services
Metropolia UAS
  • Bachelor of Health Care in Nursing
TAMK UAS
  • Bachelor of Health Care in Nursing
 
Bachelor's degree programme in Social Services No entrance examination co-operation No entrance examination co-operation
Master's degree programmes in Business Informatics Joint exam for Metropolia's Master's degree programmes in Business Informatics Metropolia UAS
  • Master of Business Administration in Business Informatics
  • Master of Engineering in Business Informatics
 
Master's degree programmes in Health Business Management Joint exam for Metropolia's Master's degree programmes in Health Business Management Metropolia UAS
  • Master of Business Administration in Health Business Management
  • Master of Engineering in Health Business Management
  • Master of Social Services and/or Health Care in Health Business Management
 
Master's degree programmes in Industrial Management No entrance examination co-operation No entrance examination co-operation
Master's degree programmes in Information Technology No entrance examination No entrance examination

National entrance examination in technology field

The national English-language entrance examination in Technology will be organised on 15 April 2019.

Previous years' entrance examinations

Please note that the structure of the entrance examination changed in 2016. 

Year 2013 Entrance examination questions Entrance examination solutions
Year 2014 Entrance examination questions Entrance examination solutions
Year 2015 Entrance examination questions Entrance examination solutions
Year 2016 Entrance examination questions Entrance examination solutions
Year 2017 Entrance examination questions Entrance examination solutions
Year 2018 Entrance examination questions Entrance examination solutions

 

List of co-operating degree programmes in spring 2019

Applicants must sit the entrance examination at the unit providing the programme choice highest up in their application preferences participating in admissions cooperation, and the location of the examination may not be changed. List of co-operating degree programmes will be published later.

Special arrangements in entrance examinations

An applicant may submit a separate application to request the right to special arrangements for taking an entrance examination. The same application form is used by all higher education institutions, and it can be found on the website of each institution. Application for Metropolia's special arrangements should be delivered online, via a specific link available at https://elomake.metropolia.fi/lomakkeet/23203/lomake.html

The application should indicate the types of special arrangements being requested and the grounds for the request. The applicant should enclose copies of the certificates to which he or she makes appeal.

Decisions on special arrangements for entrance examinations are specific to each programme choice and a decision is only valid on a specific examination date (not for several years running). If a person later signs up to apply to the same or some other programme, he or she will have to reapply for special arrangements for the relevant entrance examination.

In cases where a possible issue already exists during the application period, requests for special arrangements for entrance examinations must be submitted online no later than on 30 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland).

Applications for special arrangements should be submitted to those universities of applied sciences arranging the entrance examinations that an applicant intends to take.

Please note: Documents verifying dyslexia must have been issued within the last 5 (five) years. In
addition, documents verifying a permanent disability, illness or learning disability must have been
issued within the last 5 (five) years. The period of validity of other documents will be decided case-by-case. In some cases,if the disability or illness is permanent, older statements can be accepted.

If an issue entitling an applicant to special arrangements emerges or is identified between the end of the application period and the entrance examination date, the applicant must submit a request for special arrangements to each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying without delay. A university of applied sciences must make a decision on such request if the applicant is eligible to apply and if he or she is able to attend the entrance examination arranged by the UAS.

Student Selections

Results of the joint application will published by 28 June 2019 at the latest. By this day all applicants will be sent an e-mail notifying the admission result. You can also check your results at My Studyinfo -service. You can get access to the My Studyinfo -service by registering with Finnish internet banking codes, a Finnish electronic ID-card or mobile certificate. Applicants who have none of these cannot access this service.

An applicant who does not have a Finnish social security number (ID) will be sent an e-mail notifying the admission result.

You may receive a different result for different programmes: accepted, on reserve list, failed or cancelled.

If you are accepted, you must confirm the study place place by 8 July 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland) or within 10 days of the results of the selections being made public, otherwise the stud place will be cancelled

The reserve list status will be valid until 31 July 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland), after which no applicants placed on reserve list can be granted admission.

Please note that the study place is conditional until the polytechnic/ UAS has checked your school and other relevant certificates. Metropolia may withdraw the admission, if you have given false information or do not deliver all the required documents by the deadline.

For more detailed information please find the instructions by searching the degree programme at Studyinfo.fi.

Confirming the Study Place

If you have a Finnish ID number and online banking credentials, mobile certificate or an electronic identity card you can confirm a study place and enroll for the academic year by logging in at the My Studyinfo -service. Instructions you find here: Confirming a study place electronically. If you cannot access the My Studyinfo -service please contact the Admission Services in order to get a form for confirming the study place.

How to Confirm a Study Place?

  1. Confirm the study place by the given deadline.
    Applicants admitted by 28 June 2019 must confirm their study places by 8 July 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland) and applicants admitted after 28 June 2019 must confirm their study places within 10 days of the results of the selections being made public.

  2. Pay the tuition fee if applicable
    The fees will concern students who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries and who start their studies in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes. However, students can be exempted from the tuition fee (e.g. on the basis of certain residence permits) or apply for scholarship. Read more.

  3. Enroll as absent or present for the academic year
    Students are obligated enroll every academic year as present for absent. Failure to observe this obligation will result in losing the right to study. New student’s enrollment can be made only after the study place has been accepted bindingly. If you accept a study place conditionally, so that you remain on reserve list for your higher options, you must wait until you get admitted from the reserve list or until the student selections end on 31 July 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (time zone in Finland) before you can enroll. It is not possible to start the studies before the enrollment. Please note! If you are required to pay the tuition fee, enrollment for the academic year is not possible before the tuition fee is paid.

  4. Deliver all the required documents by the given deadline.
    The study place is conditional until the polytechnic/ UAS has checked your school and other relevant certificates. If you have not delivered your certificates during the application period, you must deliver them by 8 July 2019 or within 10 days of the results of the selections being made public. Metropolia may withdraw the admission, if you have given false information or do not deliver all the required documents by the deadline.

For more information please visit Studyinfo.fi.

Starting the Studies

All information on when, where and how to start the studies is available in page Information for New Student. Instructions will not be sent directly to new students.

Study certificates, student discount documents, user ID and password etc. can be given to you on the first day of your studies (orientation days) at the earliest. Until then you can use your acceptance letter in order to verify your study place e.g. when applying for student housing, visa or residence permit.

Please note, finding suitable accommodation in Helsinki area can be challenging. Therefore, apply accommodation right away after receiving the acceptance letter. You can either apply accommodation from HOAS or from the private market.

It is imperative that you attend the orientation days at the beginning of the studies. Starting your studies late can seriously affect the progress of your studies. If you are not able to do so please contact the degree programme. Contact details will be published at page Information for New Student.

FAQ

Are there any tuition fees?

Yes. On 15 December 2015 the Finnish Parliament has decided to impose tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that. Metropolia UAS has decided that the level of annual tuition fees vary from 10 000-12 000 euros for Bachelor level studies and 11 000-13 000 euros for Master level studies per academic year. For more information please visit Tuition fees and scholarships.

When will I get my entrance examination invitation?

Entrance examination invitations will be sent via e-mail one week prior to the entrance examination at the latest. 

What are the entrance exams like?

Entrance examinations vary depending on the degree programme. Please find the degree programme specific instructions by searching the degree programme at Studyinfo.fi.

Where the entrance examinations will take place?

Metropolia's entrance examinations will be held in Finland only. It is not possible to take the entrance examination abroad. However, instead of (or in addition to) the entrance examination, an applicant can apply to some of Metropolia's English-language degree programmes on the basis of a SAT score. An entrance examination is generally held on the campus where the degree programme is located (where the studies are implemented). More detailed information can be found at Studyinfo.fi.

Can I take the entrance examination abroad?

No. However, instead of (or in addition to) the entrance examination, an applicant can apply to some of Metropolia's English-language degree programmes on the basis of a SAT score.

Can I get an exemption from the entrance examination?

No. You must attend to all entrance examinations you are invited to if you want to get a change to get admitted to all of your application options.

Can I change the preference option order on my application?

The order of preference you have given you your application is binding and you cannot change it after the application period has ended.

When will I get my results?

Results of the joint application will published at My Studyinfo by 28 June 2019. If you receive a study place in higher education, you will be notified by email provided that you have included your email address in your application. On the same day all those applicants who do not have a Finnish personal identity code will be sent a letter notifying the admission result of all the programmes you applied for (please note that the postal delivery will take a while).

What does it mean that I can only get one study place?

You will be offered a study place highest on your order of preference list and to which you have enough points to be accepted, even though you would have enough points to be accepted to other study options too. For example, if you get admitted to your 2nd option, all your lower options are automatically cancelled and you can either accept your 2nd option study place bindingly so that also your 1st option is cancelled or conditionally so that you remain on waiting list for your 1st option.

Can I postpone the beginning of my studies?

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

I cannot attend the orientation days / start my studies in time, what should I do?

It is imperative that you attend the orientation days at the beginning of the studies. Starting your studies late can seriously affect the progress of your studies. If you are not able to do so please contact the degree programme. 

How can I get a Visa and/or residence permit?

Please follow the guidelines on how to apply for a residence permit/visa on the pages of the Finnish Immigration Services.

My Visa / residence permit application was rejected, what can I do?

Unfortunately Metropolia has no influence over the immigration decisions.