How to Apply for Master’s Degree Studies?

University of Lapland collaborates with the University Admissions Finland (UAF) for the services for the Master's degree application system and the pre-processing of application documents. UAF is a centralized application and processing service that provides service for eleven Finnish universities.

The application process:

1. Which programme to apply for?

 2. Check the eligibility and admission criteria

3. Fill in the Application

4. Collect the required enclosures

5. Send the required enclosures to the University Admissions Finland mailing address


1. Which programme to apply for?

Search the University of Lapland’s website for available Master's Degree Programmes.

Programmes open for 2017 admissions:


2.  Check the eligibility and admission criteria

For applying you need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

A) Educational Background: Bachelor level degree in a relevant field of study
An applicant may apply to master's degree studies if she/he has completed a first degree (normally a bachelor’s degree) in a relevant field of study from an institution of higher education, entitling her/him to apply for master’s degree studies in her/his home country.

Applicants who are graduating after the application deadline of January 29th, 2016 can apply for admissions before having received the degree certificate. Applicants are supposed to state the expected date of graduation in the application form and submit a proof of graduation by July 31st, 2016 to the University of Lapland.

B) Language Requirements: Good command of English language
A good command of the English language is required to study at the University of Lapland and applicants must demonstrate proficiency when applying. To see the complete list of approved methods and tests for demonstrating language proficiency and the scores required, go to the Demonstrating Language Proficiency section and check the Programme-specific requirements on the programme page (links provided in the right side bar).

Eligibility and admission criteria for the Master's degree programmes are informed on the pages of the programme you are applying for (the links above).


3. Fill in the Application

You can apply to the University of Lapland Master's degree studies once a year. The online application form will be open and accessible in the first fay of the application period, 1st December 2016.

Applicants will begin the application process on the national Studyinfo portal ( where they can search for suitable programmes and fill in the online application form.

Once you have filled in all the required information, check that all the information you have given is correct and save the Application Form. After this you cannot make any changes to your application.

The application is filled in and submitted online; applicants are not required to send a printed copy of the application with their documents.

Please pay attention to sending the online-form: First you'll need to save the application, after that press "Finish Application" and "Submit Application". Also, you can save your application in a PDF-form. We advice you to do so.


4. Collect the required enclosures

Collect all the required enclosures which are listed on the first page of the Application Form. Make sure to write your Application Form number to all of the enclosed documents, as well as in the lower left corner of the envelope. Your Application Number is printed on the top right hand corner of the Application Form you have printed out.

All educational documents must be officially certified and translated. However, note that there are country-specific document requirements in place for some degree-awarding countries. Documents from these countries must be attested or submitted in a certain way. These Country-specific requirements must be followed first and foremost, before any regular requirements for attesting documents. There are no exceptions to these rules.


5. Send the required enclosures to the University Admissions Finland mailing address

University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki

If you use a courier service, please also mark down the University Admissions Finland’s phone number +358 29 41 235 28.

Make sure that the required enclosures reach University Admissions Finland by the application deadline. Applications that have arrived late will not be processed. Enclosures send by email or fax are not accepted.

Please note that University Admissions Finland and University of Lapland do not return any documents.



Online application form and technical matters:

Please visit UAF webpage and check their Frequently Asked Questions. If you can't find an answer to your question, please contact UAF by email at Always use your Application Form number, name, date of birth and the programme you are applying to when contacting UAF.

Please remember that you will be notified personally about the student selection results by the University of Lapland.

Admission requirements, study related issues or other academic issues:

If your question concerns the admission requirements, study related issues or other academic issues, please read carefully the following webpages: 1) pages of the degree programme you are applying for (links at the top of this page), 2) application documents, 3) country-specific document requirements, 4) language requirements, 5) application timeline and student selection and 6) Frequently Asked Questions.

If you cannot find an answer to your question, please contact the University of Lapland Admissions (located in Rovaniemi, Finland) by email at


What happens after the documents have been submitted to the University Admissions Finland?

University Admissions Finland processes all documents according to the same processing procedures. Documents are processed in two steps, both of which your application documents must pass:

a. We will verify your language skills and check that they meet the requirements set by the university.
b. We will check that all of your required educational documents have arrived and then we will verify your credentials.

Please note that due to the great amount of arriving mail, UAF cannot confirm the arrival of individual documents. All mail will be processed in order of arrival and once your documents have been processed, you will receive an e-mail notification from UAF.

After the processing is completed, UAF will forward your application documents to the
University of Lapland for academic assessment. The University of Lapland will carry out the student selections and inform the applicants of their admission results. UAF does not take part in the student selection process and therefore cannot give you any information on the selection results.




Restrictions on Student Admission

In order to promote patient and client safety as well as the safety of minors, restrictions will be applied to student admission starting from the beginning of 2012. Such restrictions will pertain to the following fields: medicine, dentistry, logopedics, psychology, pharmacy, social work and teacher education. Admission to the above fields requires that the applicants’ state of health and ability to function allow them to complete practical tasks and training related to studies. Limitations related to health or the ability to function are not an impediment to admission if their effects can be eliminated through reasonable measures such as special arrangements. In any case, the purpose is not to unnecessarily hinder the access of disabled persons or persons suffering from physical or mental limitations to education. Restrictions on student admission will be applied only in cases where it is evident that the applicant cannot participate in education due to his or her state of health or ability to function.

Check for field-specific restrictions, if any, set by each university. Further information is also available from the admission services and academic affairs offices of universities.
As a prior cancellation of the right to study may be an impediment to admission, applicants must inform the university of such decisions already at the application stage.

Drug Tests During Studies and an Extract from the Criminal Records

In certain limited cases, students may be obligated to present a drug test certificate. This primarily concerns situations where testing is necessary to ascertain a student’s ability to function, provided that certain additional conditions specified in detail by law are met.
Students admitted to the University in 2012 or later may be requested to provide an extract from the criminal records for the assessment of their ability to study. Such an extract may be requested only from students whose studies include practical training or other activities involving work with minors. The extract will be requested before the beginning of the practical training or other activity. To ensure the safety of minors, it is necessary to ascertain that the student about to begin practical training has no criminal record of certain serious crimes (sex offence, murder, aggravated assault and battery, aggravated burglary and robbery and narcotics offence).


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.

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Application Period:
Application period for studies starting in September 2017:

1 December 2016 - 31 January 2017 (15:00 GMT +2)

The Master's Degree Programmes open for
2017 Admissions:

Arctic Art and Design

Media Education