Discretionary Admission

Each university of applied sciences decides on a discretionary applicant's possibility to apply. At Novia UAS all degree programmes uses discretionary admission in 2020. The specific requirements for discretionary applicants for these programmes are described below.

Anyone applying through discretionary admission is required to submit copies of the certificates that he or she wishes to invoke to the admissions services of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying. The copies must be uploaded in the online application form according to the deadlines for submitting appendices, no later than 29 January 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time.

Discretionary applicants are included in the student selection process in the same way as other applicants . Discretion only concerns an applicant's eligibility to apply, see Section 1.1 in the Recommendation on Selection Criteria.

Requirements for discretionary admission

An applicant can be considered eligible for the entrance examination although he/she does not meet the general admission criteria. Each case is evaluated individually.

Discretion may be considered in the following situations:

  • An applicant outside EU region graduates later than application period closes but 15 July 2020 at the latest.
  • An applicant has minor inadequacies in his/her senior secondary school certificate.
  • An applicant has completed a Bachelor degree and does not hold a senior secondary school certificate (i.e. previous study right also granted through discretionary admission).


'Testimonials', 'Statements of Results', 'Examination Results', 'Transcript of Records' or 'Result Slips' can be considered valid only if they are sent to Novia UAS by official national or regional body.

Notice that separate attachments should be sent to every application preference if you are applying via discretionary application to other Universities of Applied Sciences.