General Admission Criteria
According to the Polytechnic Law (932/2014, 28 §) transfer student is a student who has been admitted to studies leading to a higher education degree and who transfers the study right from a higher education institution to another or within a higher education institution from a degree programme to another so that the degree title changes. Students transferring within a higher education institution from a degree programme to another so that the degree title remains the same are not considered as “transfer students” but have their own separate admission procedure. It is not possible to transfer from abroad.
Students applying for a transfer to or within Metropolia should note that their maximum study period or the period for which they are entitled to receive student financial aid will not be extended due to the transfer. The maximum study period is calculated from the date on which the student accepted the study place in the previous higher education institution.
Metropolia's degree programmes available via the transfer application process can be found at Studyinfo.fi.
The right to study cannot be transferred during the same academic term (autumn term from 1 August to 31 December or spring term from 1 January to 31 July) in which the student accepted the study place in question. The student may transfer to Metropolia at the beginning of the term following the approved transfer decision at the earliest.
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 for transfer to Metropolia’s Bachelor’s degree programmes an applicant must have:
- a valid study right in a Bachelor’s degree programme of any higher education institution in Finland and
- study time left in accordance with the extent of the degree programme.
Master's degree programmes
In order to be eligible to apply for transfer to Metropolia’s Master’s degree programmes an applicant must have:
- a valid study right in a Master’s degree programme of any higher education institution in Finland and
- study time left in accordance with the extent of the degree programme and
- 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 year (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.
o 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).
Applications are submitted online at Studyinfo.fi within the following application periods:
- 1 - 15 May at 3 pm (studies starting in August/September)
- 1 - 15 November at 3 pm (studies starting in January)
An applicant can submit only one transfer application per transfer 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
|Application to Master's degree programme||
All applicants are treated equally, and uniform admission criteria pertaining to each degree programme are applied to all of them.
A transfer may be accepted upon application provided that:
- Admission Services have found the applicant eligible to apply for transfer, and
- there is a study place available in the degree programme, 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 sufficient language skills in the language of instruction, and
- the applicant attends an interview and/or possible examinations arranged by the degree programme, if this is required.
If necessary, applicants will be placed in a ranking order 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.
Studies used as the basis of an application must be completed and show on the official transcript of records delivered by the end of the application period. 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 the end of the application period (the date or completion and number of completed credits), which will be entered in the student administration database afterwards.
Student selection decisions will be sent via e-mail by:
- 30 June (when applying in spring)
- 15 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 14 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.
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.
According to the Polytechnic Law (932/2014, 32 §) a student will automatically be registered as resigned from his/her previous study place when he/she accepts the transfer. 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.
Students applying for a transfer should note that their maximum study period or the period for which they are entitled to receive student financial aid will not be extended due to the transfer. The maximum study period is calculated from the date on which the student accepted the study place in the previous higher education institution. Transfer student’s study time will be defined according the extent of the degree (30 cr = 1 term, 60 cr = 1 year) and the study time elapsed at the previous study place, as well as the terms of absence, will be reduced when calculating the study time.
Information on the application and admission formalities:
tel. +358 40 712 5100 (phone service from Monday to Friday between 10 am - 1 pm)
Information on the degree programmes and student selections:
Please contact the representatives of the degree programmes