How to Apply for Bachelor’s Degree Studies

Who Can Apply - Am I Eligible?
Language Reguirements
Entrance Examinations
Apply Now! – The Application Process Application period March 5th - April 3rd, 2012
Required Enclosures to the Application

Who Can Apply - Am I Eligible?

Educational Background

The Finnish matriculation examination (in Finnish “ylioppilastutkinto”) provides general eligibility for university education. The same eligibility is also provided by the International Baccalaureate (IB), European Baccalaureate (EB) and Reifeprüfung examinations. Applicants who have received their schooling in another country may be admitted if their qualification gives eligibility for corresponding university studies in that country. Finland has ratified the European Convention on the Equivalence of Diplomas Leading to Admission to Universities and its Protocol, and signed the Nordic Convention on Admission to Universities.

Language Reguirements

The language of instruction at the University of Lapland is mainly Finnish; therefore applicants must possess a good working knowledge of Finnish in order to be able to follow lectures and courses at the bachelor’s level.  A list of approved language proficiency tests and other methods of demonstrating language proficiency for applying to bachelor’s level studies are listed at the Demonstrating Language Proficiency webpage. Applicants should be aware that the university may have only limited resources to assist international students in their studies if they do not speak Finnish well enough.

Entrance Examinations

Applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria will be invited to participate in an entrance examinationThe entrance exam will be held at the University of Lapland on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 from 10:00 to 14:00 (GMT +2). The examinations are mainly in Finnish, but for the following major subject(s) it is possible to complete the examination also in the English language.

Political Sciences: International applicants wishing to study this major subject are able to take the entrance examination in English.
For the examination the following book is required reading:

Brian Fay: Contemporary Philosophy of Social Science. Blackwell 1996 (or later). 

To verify his or her right to take the entrance examination, applicants will be requested to present a letter of invitation issued by the University of Lapland. All entrance examinations are held in Rovaniemi, at the University of Lapland campus.

For those applicants travelling from outside Finland, please check Visa and Residence Permit requirements. Students [coming from abroad] who fail the entrance examination(s) of the subject(s) they applied to study for, cannot enrol at the university, and can only stay in Finland while their visa or residence permit is valid.

For those who wish to get more information concerning available bachelor’s degree studies and the application process in Finnish, the printed publication "Valintaopas" can be ordered from the student services office (opinto[at]ulapland.fi) or by going to http://www.ulapland.fi/Suomeksi/Opiskelu/Hae_opiskelijaksi_yliopistoon/Tilaa_valintaopas.iw3.

Apply Now! – The Application Process

Application Period and Online Registration

International applicants who meet the general requirements may apply for bachelor’s degree studies at the University of Lapland, and to as many degree programmes as they want. However, if one applies to more than one degree programme / major, then the applicant must submit a full application (with all the required enclosures) to each of them. Only those applications which are fully documented will be considered for further processing. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application period to apply for bachelor’s level studies for the academic year 2012-2013 begins on March 5th, 2012 and ends on April 3rd, 2012 at 16:15 local time (GMT +2).

The on-line application form can be accessed at
http://www.yliopistohaku.fi, and will only be made available during the application period. Please note that the application form is available only in Finnish.

After submitting your on-line application, make note of the YSHJ identification number (hakulomaketunnus), as you will need to mark this on all documents (enclosures) that are to be included with the application.

Paper Applications

If you are unable to submit your application via the on-line service, then it is possible also to order a paper-copy by calling the National Board of Education’s / National Applicants Service at +358 (0)9 191 23528 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm (GMT+2). This telephone service is only available during the application period.

All application forms must be duly completed and signed.

Please note that you should submit your application well in advance before the application period closes, especially if you need to make travel and visa arrangements to attend the entrance examination(s) held in Rovaniemi.

If you have questions concerning the studies, admission requirements, or application process, then please contact admission[at]ulapland.fi 

Required Enclosures to the Application

After completing the online or paper application form, the following documents must be submitted to the university:

  1. Documentation of previous education (diplomas, certificates, transcripts, grade reports, etc.) from high school / upper secondary school, vocational school, or university.
  2. A language certificate in the Finnish language. Please see the  Demonstrating Language Proficiency  webpage for further details.
  3. A copy of ones passport ID page

Applicants bear the responsibility of submitting an application and all required supporting documents. Incomplete applications, where any of the above documents are missing, will not be considered.

Important details about the enclosures

Documents can only be submitted in Finnish, Swedish, or English, and all copies must be officially certified by a representative of the granting institution or by a notary public!

Documents written in any other language than Finnish, Swedish or English should be accompanied by translations into one of these three languages. All translations of the required documents must be done by official translators or by an authorised official of the institution that has issued the original document. The translations must bear the stamp and signature of the translator. Please note that you must also send an officially certified copy of the translated document in its original language.

The authenticity of all documents submitted to the University of Lapland will be examined. The admission of any student who has submitted falsified documents will automatically be revoked.

Please note that you have to mark your name and your YSHJ application form identification number (hakulomaketunnus) to all of the required enclosures.

All the required documents must be mailed via regular (air) mail or send through an international courier service (Fed-Ex, UPS, TNT, DHL, or similar) to the University of Lapland. E-mailed or faxed documents will not be accepted.

Required enclosures should be sent within a week after the application period has closed, and are to be sent to the following address:

Student Services
P.O. Box 122
FI-96101 Rovaniemi

Note: The application form and enclosures will not be returned to the applicant after processing.


Please note that information presented on these web pages is subject to changes. The International Office and the Faculties of the University of Lapland reserve the right to interpret and change the conditions of admission of international students.