Open Path Application

General Admission Criteria

Open path to degree studies

Those who have completed higher education studies a Finnish Open UAS/University ("open studies") can apply to Metropolia’s degree programmes on the basis of these open studies without taking part to the national joint application procedure. Studies completed abroad or as a degree student will not be considered.

Degree programmes

Metropolia's degree programmes available via the Open Path application process can be found at Studyinfo.fi.

Eligibility

Applicants’ eligibility will be checked at the Admission Services. Only eligible applicants can be admitted and the admission is conditional until all the relevant certificates have been checked. Metropolia may withdraw the admission, if the applicant has given false information or does not deliver all the required documents by the deadline.

Bachelor's degree programmes

In order to be eligible to apply via the open path to Metropolia’s Bachelor’s degree programmes an applicant must have completed at least  60 credit points (ECTS) of higher education studies at any Open UAS/Open University in Finland which can be recognized as part of the degree programme for which he/she is applying. The required open studies must be completed and show on official transcript of records by 31 July (when applying in spring) or by 31 December (when applying in autumn).

Master's degree programmes

In order to be eligible to apply via the open path to Metropolia’s Master’s degree programmes an applicant must have:

  • completed at least 15 credits (for a degree comprising 60 credits) or 30 credits (for a degree comprising 90 credits) of Open UAS/Open University studies in Finland which can be recognized as part of the degree programme for which he/she is applying, and
    • The required open studies must be completed and show on official transcript of records by 31 July (when applying in spring) or by 31 December (when applying in autumn).
  • an appropriate higher education degree, and
    • The required higher education degree must be completed by 31 July (when applying in spring) or by 31 December (when applying in autumn).
  • at least three year of work experience in the relevant field after the date of issue of the higher education degree required for eligibility (or after the date of issue of a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma in any field of education).
    • Work experience must be verified with an employment certificate provided by the employer. An employment certificate must indicate details such as the exact start and end dates of employment, the employer’s contact information, work duties, as well as working hours for part-time work. If the employment continues, the applicant should request a temporary employment certificate from the employer.
    • As a relevant field is regarded both the field being applied to and the field of the previous higher education degree.
    • The required three years (36 months) or relevant work experience must be gained by 31 July (when applying in spring) or by 31 December (when applying in autumn).
    • Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained with the same employer.
    • When converting part-time work (work under 35 hours per week) into its full-time equivalent, 150 hours or 20 working days lasting at least 7 hours per day correspond to one month of work.
    • The amount of work experience awarded for simultaneous employment relationships may not exceed the amount awarded for full-time employment.
    • Military or non-military national service, women’s voluntary military service or child-care leave will not be counted towards work experience.
    • Entrepreneurship will be accepted as work experience if an applicant can produce a certificate attesting that he or she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme (YEL = statutory pension scheme for entrepreneurs; MYEL = statutory pension scheme for farmers, forest estate owners, fishers and reindeer herders and their family members). Enterprising activities abroad should be substantiated with comparable official documents.
    • Instead of work experience, artistic activities of equivalent duration, verifiable by evidence such as a portfolio, may be required in the fields of Crafts and Design, Media and Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, and Music (Act 932/2014).

Applicants' eligibility will be checked by Metropolia's Admission Services. Only an eligible applicant can be admitted and the admission is conditional until all the relevant certificates have been checked. Metropolia may withdraw the admission, if the applicant has given false information, does not complete all the studies/credits required for admission or does not deliver all the required documents by the deadline.

Application

Applications are submitted online at Studyinfo.fi within the following application periods:

  • 1 - 15 May at 3 pm (for studies starting in August/September)
  • 1 - 15 November at 3 pm (for studies starting in January)

An applicant can submit only one per Open Path application period.

Required documents (must be delivered enclosed to the application form by the end of the application period):

Application to Bachelor's degree programme

Compulsory attachments:

  • An official up-to-date transcript of records concerning the open UAS/University studies completed in Finland
  • When applying to the Finnish-language "rakennusmestari (AMK)" degree programme: curriculum vitae (CV)

Required documents concerning the tuition fee:

Optional attachments:

  • When applying to the Finnish-language “tradenomi AMK, monimuotototeutus” degree programme: possible work certificates to be considered in student selections
  • When applying to the Finnish-language "rakennusmestari (AMK)" degree programme: copy/picture of a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma called "rakennusarkkitehdin ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto"
 
Application to Master's degree programme

Compulsory attachments:

  • An official up-to-date transcript of records concerning the open UAS/University studies completed in Finland
  • Copy/picture of the previous higher education degree certificates and its appendix (and official translations if the document are not in Finnish, Swedish or English language)
  • Copies/pictures of the official work certificates (and official translations if the document are not in Finnish, Swedish or English language)

Required documents concerning the tuition fee:

Optional attachments:

  • Copy/picture of the Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma ("opistoasteen, tai ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto")
 

Student selection

All applicants are treated equally, and uniform admission criteria pertaining to each degree programme are applied to all of them.

An open path application may be accepted upon application provided that:

  • Admission Services have found the applicant eligible to apply via the Open Path, and
  • there is a study place available in the degree programme's entering group where the applicant could be placed on the basis of his/her previous studies, and
  • a personal study plan can be prepared so as to accommodate the completion of the studies within the normative study time, and
  • the applicant has has sufficient language skills in the language of instruction (please note that Finnish language skills as required when applying to Metropolia's degree programmes in Nursing and/or Social Services), and
  • the applicant attends an interview and/or possible examinations arranged by the degree programme, if this is required.

Applicants may be given preference on the basis of a possible interview, entrance examination and/or prior success in studies.

In addition to the above mentioned, degree programmes may have their own, degree programme specific requirements or admission criteria. The degree programme specific admission criteria are available at Studyinfo.

Student selection decisions will be sent via e-mail by:

  • 31 July (when applying in spring)
  • 31 December (when applying in autumn)

The admission is conditional until all the relevant certificates have been checked. Metropolia may withdraw the admission, if the applicant has given false information, does not complete all the studies/credits required for admission or does not deliver all the required documents by the deadline.

A student may appeal a decision concerning student selections to Metropolia's Legal Protection Committee in writing within 10 days of the publication of the selection results (Polytechnic Law 932/2014 § 57). For more information please contact the Admission Services.

Confirming the study place

Acceptance of study place and attendance registration for the academic year must take place in accordance with valid legislation. A student may accept only one study place in a degree programme leading to a higher education degree during per academic term.

In order to confirm the study place the applicant must accept the study place, enroll for the academic year, pay the tuition fee if applicable and deliver the required documents to the Admission Services by:

  • 31 July at 3 pm (for studies starting in August/September)
  • 31 December at 3 pm (for studies starting in January)

If the study place is not accepted by the given deadline it will be withdrawn. Applicants who have accepted a study place in a degree programme in a university of applied sciences or university in Finland that started in autumn 2014 or after will not be considered as first-time applicants.

New student must enroll as present for the first academic year when accepting the study place unless he/she has legal grounds for absence (Polytechnic Law 932/2014, 29 §).

Studies used as the basis of an application must be completed and show on the official transcript of records delivered by the deadline set for confirming the study place. Partially completed studies can be considered only if the evaluation and number of completed credits show on the official transcript of records. If some of the completed credits are missing from the transcript for reasons unrelated to the applicant, the applicant can ask for a free form study certificate from the higher education institution in question regarding the credits completed by deadline set for confirming the study place (the date or completion and number of completed credits), which will be entered in the student administration database afterwards.

The admission is conditional until all the relevant certificates have been checked. Metropolia may withdraw the admission, if the applicant has given false information, does not complete all the studies/credits required for admission or does not deliver all the required documents by the deadline.

Study time for those admitted via the Open path application process will be defined according the extent of the degree (30 cr = 1 term, 60 cr = 1 year).

More information

Information on the application and admission formalities:
Admission Services
tel. +358 9 7424 5100 (phone service from Monday to Friday between 10 am - 1 pm)
email: admissions(at)metropolia.fi

Information on the degree programmes and student selections:
Please contact the representatives of the degree programmes