Admissions FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions regarding...
Application
Educational Certificates & Attachments
Language Requirements
Tuition Fee
Entrance Examinations
Practical Matters

APPLICATION

How do I apply?
In order to apply to Novia UAS you need to fill out the application form online at www.studyinfo.fi in the joint application before the end of the application period. Late applications will not be considered. If you cannot make the application online please contact our Admissions Services for more information.

When can I apply for Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes?
You can apply to Novia UAS during one of the joint application periods in Finland. Submit your application online at www.studyinfo.fi during the first application period 10 January - 25 January 2017 (or second application period 15 March - 5 April 2017, in general only degree programmes in Swedish or Finnish). If all of the study places are not filled in the joint application an additional application may be arranged later in July-August 2017.

What is the difference between the joint application and an additional application?
In the joint application you can apply to up to six different degree programmes in Finland with the same online application. An additional application, it means that a University of Applied Science (UAS) is arranging an application independently of other UAS's in Finland if all study places are not filled in the joint application.

Which application attachments do I need to submit to the Admissions Services?
The attachments you need to submit vary depending on which level of study you are applying to, you can find a description of the necessary application attachments under each programme at www.studyinfo.fi . Check which application attachments you need for applying to Novia’s degree programmes here. All your application attachments must be submitted to the admissions services of your first UAS application preference. If you are applying through discretionary admission you should send your attachments to all your application options. Remember to write your applicant code on all your attachments before you send them. The postal address to Novia is: Novia University of Applied Sciences, Admissions Services, PB 6, 65201 Vaasa, Finland. Please do not send your original school certificates, just send photocopies of them.

Is it advisable to use a fee-charging agency to help with my application process?
No, it is not recommended to use a fee-charging agency to submit your application for you. As an applicant you should always submit your own online application. You should always use your own postal and e-mail address to ensure that you receive all the necessary information directly from the admissions services. Please read more here. If you need help with your application please contact our Admissions Services.

Do I have to pay an application fee?
No, there is no application fee in 2017.

Do I have to pay a tuition fee 2017?
Tuition fees will be introduced at Novia UAS 2017 for non-EU/EEA students. Read more about who needs to pay tuition fees here. 

Who can apply?
Anyone who meets the criteria for eligibility can apply. All applicants are evaluated based on the admission criteria. The applicant's eligibility will be assessed based on their application and submitted application attachments. Late attachments will not be considered.

I have arrived in Finland as a refugee. Can I apply to Novia UAS?
Yes, you can apply to our degree programmes also as a refugee. Please find further information here.

Am I eligible?
Please follow the instructions and submit the required application attachments within the given deadlines. Your eligibility will be assessed based on the application and application attachments (i.e. educational qualifications) you submit in the joint application. A final decision on eligibility will be given only after you have submitted an application in the joint application, no pre-decisions will be given. The decision on eligibility is given from the 13 March 2017 at the earliest in the first joint application, and from the 12 May 2017 in the second joint application.

How are applicants admitted?
Applicants are admitted based on their success in the entrance examinations. If study places become available later, applicants on the waiting list will be admitted in the order indicated by their admission points. No applicants are admitted without having passed the entrance examination. If you have a failed result in the entrance examination, you cannot be admitted as a student and you will not be on a waiting list.

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EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES & ATTACHMENTS

How will I know which educational certificates I need to submit photocopies of?
You can find a summary of the required application attachments for each of Novia’s degree programmes here.

Which attachments should I apply with for Bachelor’s level studies?
You should always apply with your upper secondary school certificate (usually completed between the ages of 15-18). You should not apply with certificates from any higher level of education (Associate, Bachelor, Master or other University level). In addition you may need an English language test. Some programmes have specific requirements, check which application attachments are required here.

Which attachments should I apply with for Master’s level studies?
You should apply with your Bachelor degree certificate. You should always send a photocopy of your transcript of records from your Bachelor level studies as well, so that we can verify that your completed studies are in a related field. When applying for Master’s level studies at UAS’s in Finland 3 years (36 months) of full-time work experience in a related field is required after the completion of your Bachelor degree. Therefore you should also send copies of your work certificates proving your work experience issued by your employer.

I will graduate during the spring. Can I apply for Bachelor studies during the joint application?
Applicants completing their qualification in Finland during the spring 2017 can apply. You must have completed your education by the end of the application period 25 January 2017 if you are not an EU/EEA citizen and are applying with a non-Finnish qualification. If you are an EU/EEA citizen and are graduating during the spring of 2017 you can apply, if so your qualification must be completed by 14 July 2017. This also applies to any qualifications completed by EU/EEA citizens as well as to international matriculation examinations (IB, EB, Reifeprüfung). A copy of your qualification must arrive no later than 14 July 2017 at 3 pm to the relevant UAS.

My application attachment is not issued in English, Swedish or Finnish. What should I do?
In addition to copies of the attachments in the original language, each applicant must submit copies of the application attachments translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorized) translator to the admissions services, if the original document is in none of these languages. An official translation includes the name, signature and stamp of the official translator. A list of authorized translators in Finland can be found here.

I already have a degree from my home country. Do I need to study at Novia UAS?
If you already have a degree from your home country you can apply for recognition of your degree at the National Board of Education. Some professions are regulated in Finland. Health care professions are regulated by Valvira, you can apply for recognition of health care professions here . Maritime professions are regulated in Finland by Trafi, you can apply for recognition of your maritime profession here . Valvira or Trafi can give you a license to practice your profession in Finland or they can recommend that you study some more. All of our graduates can get licenses to practice their professions, if their profession is regulated in Finland. If you need to study some more to obtain the right to practice your profession you are welcome to apply to Novia UAS. Novia will accredit your previous knowledge and studies, and you can continue from your level of competence.

I have completed some courses in the field I am applying to. Can Novia accredit courses?
Yes. If you have studied courses within the field you are applying to you can get them accredited by the Head of the Degree Programme after you are admitted to the programme, if the course(s) correspond to the curriculum. There may be some testing involved before credits can be approved. The accreditation is usually done during the first week of studies, all students will then get an individual study plan based on their competence level. The Admissions Service does not accredit courses. The application process is the same regardless of your previous knowledge.

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LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Do I need an English language certificate to be eligible for Bachelor level studies?
No. Your English language skills will be tested during the entrance examination.

Do I need an English language test to be eligible for Master’s studies?
No. Your English language skills will be tested during the entrance examination.

What are the English language test requirements?
Excellent skills in English are required for success in degree programmes provided in English. The applicants’ language proficiency is assessed in the entrance examination. For a more detailed description of the examination, see the programme specific page.

Do I need to prove my knowledge in the Finnish/Swedish language in the entrance examination to English Degree programmes?
No. Your language skills in Finnish/Swedish will not be tested in the entrance examinations at Novia UAS, except for the Degree programme in Nursing.

 

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TUITION FEE

Who is required to pay the tuition fee?
You can read about whom is required to pay the tuition fee here.

When will the collection of tuition fees begin?
Tuition fees will be collected starting autumn 2017 (1 August 2017). 

How much is the tuition fee?
Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students at Novia UAS 2017 will range between 6000- 9000 € for Bachelor degrees and between 8000 – 11 000 € for Master degrees per academic year. The exact tuition fee per education is available here. There will also be a scholarship system in place for students required to pay the tuition fee. More information about the fees and the scholarship system will be available later. 

Will all the Finnish UAS' and universities collect tuition fees?
Yes, the collection of tuition fees is compulsory for all Finnish UAS/Universities starting in the autumn 2017.

When is the deadline for paying the tuition fee?
More information will be updated shortly.

What are the payment methods for the tuition fee?
More information will be updated shortly.

Which countries belong to the EU/EEA?
The European Union (EU) includes: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Nederlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. The European Economic Area (EEA) includes the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Switzerland is linked to the EU by bilateral agreements.

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ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS

Are the entrance examinations arranged abroad?
Yes, some entrance examinations are also arranged abroad in 2017. Two degree programmes Maritime Management, Captain and Sustainable Coastal Management will arrange entrance examinations in 12 countires outside Finland in cooperation with FINNIPS. Entrance examinations for all of Novia's degree programmes are arranged in Finland.

Can I take the entrance examination at a Finnish Embassy?
No, Novia UAS does not arrange entrance examinations at Embassies.

Is my result in Novia's entrance examination valid at another UAS in Finland?
Only our Master’s degree programme Leadership and Service Design accepts the entrance examination scores from Turku UAS' degree programme in Leadership and Service Design.

Is the entrance examination free of charge?
Yes, it is free to participate in the entrance examinations in Finland. There may be a small fee in connection to taking an examination abroad. The applicant is responsible for all travel arrangements/costs as well as visa arrangements/costs in connection to the entrance examination.

Can I take the entrance examination without an invitation?
No. You must apply in the joint application in order to be considered. If you are considered eligible in the application you will receive a personal invitation by e-mail to the entrance examination.

How will I know if I am invited to the entrance examination?
All eligible applicants will receive an invitation by e-mail to the entrance examinations. Some degree programmes have a mandatory pre-task which must be approved in order to be invited to the entrance examination. The invitation letter will tell you the time and location of the entrance exam. The invitation letter will also state which materials you need to bring with you to the examination venue.

Can special arrangements be made at the entrance examination?
If you are in need of special arrangements during the entrance examinations please see our information about accessibility. The application for special arrangements should be submitted no later than 8 February 2017 in the first spring application and no later than 20 April 2017 in the second spring application.

When will I know if I was successful in the entrance examination and if I will be admitted?
The admission results will be published no later than 30 June 2017.

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PRACTICAL MATTERS

Is it free to study at Novia?
Tuition fees will be introduced in 2017 for non-EU/EEA students. Read more about tuition fees here. You may also have to purchase some study materials and books. More information about the fees will be available later. Please read more about financial issues here.

How do I get a student visa/residence permit?
When you have been admitted as a student you can apply for a student visa/residence permit at the Finnish Immigration Service. The requirements are that a student has sufficient funds to support themselves for an entire year (6720 EUR) and a health insurance to cover any health costs during your stay in Finland. Read more about the immigration process here.

Does your University of Applied Sciences offer scholarships?
Yes, there will be a scholarship system in place for students required to pay the tuition fee 2017. More information about the fees and the scholarship system will be available later. Please read more about financial issues here.

I have heard that tuition fees will be introduced in Finland. Is this true?
Yes, the Finnish government proposes to introduce a minimum annual tuition fee of 1500 Euros for non-EU/EEA students, starting from August 2017 at the latest. For the proposal to gain the force of law, it is yet to be approved by the Parliament of Finland. As yet, the exact timetable for this is not known. The Finnish Ministry of Education official press release can be found here. Further information will be published here when available.

What is student life like in Finland at Novia?
On Novia's webpages we have some information about issues regarding student life, such as accommodation, working, immigration etc. Please take part of the information here. If you still have further questions please stay in touch with the Admissions Services.

I was accepted as a student to Novia. What should I do to register?
If you were admitted as a student to Novia and want to accept your study place, you should accept your study place online in the Mystudyinfo service or submit the confirmation of acceptance form to the admissions services no later than 14 July 2017 at 3 pm. Information for new students regarding the study start will be available during the summer 2017 here. Please contact the Admissions Services if you have any questions.

Can I postpone the beginning of my studies?
You can register as non-attending (absent) for the first academic year only for the following reasons: 1) if you are unable to begin your studies due to illness or disability, 2) maternity leave, paternity leave or parental leave, or 3) completion of military service, civilian service or voluntary military service for women in Finland. Please find further information here (section "Registration for Attendance or Non-Attendance").

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