How do I apply?
Apply online at www.studyinfo.fi .
Which application attachments do I need to upload in my application?
The attachments you need to upload 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 . All your application attachments must be uploaded in the online application form.
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 contact information and e-mail address to ensure that you receive all the necessary information directly from the admissions services. If you need help with your application please contact our Admissions Services.
Do I have to pay tuition fee 2021?
For information about the tuition fee liability, please check the Am I required to pay tuition fees? section at Studyinfo.
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 upload in the online application form. A decision on eligibility will be made once you have applied.
How are applicants admitted?
Applicants are admitted based on their success in the entrance examinations/e-interviews. 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/e-interviews. If you have a failed result in the entrance examination/e-interview, you cannot be admitted as a student and you will not be on a waiting list.
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). Some programmes have specific requirements, check the programme specific page on studyinfo.fi.
Which attachments should I apply with for Master’s level studies?
You should apply with your Bachelor degree certificate. You should always upload 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 2 years (24 months) of full-time work experience in a related field is required after the completion of your Bachelor degree. Therefore you should also upload copies of your work certificates proving your work experience issued by your employer. All Master degree programmes have a mandatory pre-task, please upload it according to the specified deadline.
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 upload copies of the application attachments translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorized) translator to the online application form, if the original document is in none of these languages. An official translation includes the name, signature and stamp of the official translator. The Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters provides a search engine for authorized translators in Finland.
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 at Valvira's website. Maritime professions are regulated in Finland by Traficom, you can apply for recognition of your maritime profession at Traficom's website. Valvira or Traficom 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 in the beginning of the 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.
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?
You need to have good English language skills. Your language skills will be tested in the entrance examination(s). A separate language test is not necessary in the application. In order to be successful in your studies, your English language skills should be at least level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). 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 Finnish/Swedish language in the Degree programmes?
In some degree programmes you need language skills in the domestic languages Swedish/Finnish. For example Nursing students must show their ability to interact with patients in Finnish/Swedish before their first period of work practice which takes place during the second year of study.
Who is required to pay the tuition fee?
You find information about whom is required to pay tuition fees and exempting documents in the Am I required to pay tuition fees? section at Studyinfo.
How much is the tuition fee at Novia UAS?
The tuition fee for each degree programme is available at our website for tuition fees. There is also a scholarship system in place for students required to pay the tuition fee.
When is the deadline for paying the tuition fee?
For new students the payment is due in connection with accepting the study place. To be entitled to the early bird tuition fee for your first study year/first semester, you must pay the tuition fee no later than 31 May.
What are the payment methods for the tuition fee?
You can pay through our payment service Paytrail. The most common credit cards are acceptable as well as bank transfer within Finland.
Where can I pay the tuition fee?
You can pay the tuition fee at www.novia.fi/tuitionfee.
Can I pay the tuition fee in installments?
Yes, you can pay the tuition fee in two installments, one payment for each semester. The amount is half of the annual tuition fee.
Are the entrance examinations arranged abroad?
No, there will not be any entrance examinations arranged abroad in 2021. Instead, entrance examinations will be arranged online for all English degree programmes.
Can I take the entrance examination at a Finnish Embassy?
No, Novia UAS does not arrange entrance examinations at Embassies.
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 outside Finland. 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 e-mail?
No. Only invited applicants can take part in the entrance examination. For most Bachelor degree programmes, all applicants will be invited to the entrance examination. For the Master degree programmes, only eligible applicants with an approved pre-task will be invited to the entrance examination.
How will I know if I am invited to the entrance examination/e-interview?
Applicants invited to the entrance examination, will receive an invitation by e-mail. Some degree programmes have a mandatory pre-task which must be approved in order to be invited to the entrance examination. The invitation e-mail will inform you of the time and location of the entrance examination/e-interview. The invitation e-mail will also state which materials you need to bring with you to the examination venue.
Can individual 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 27 January 2021.
When will I know if I was successful in the entrance examination and if I will be admitted?
The admission results will be published from mid-April.
Is it free to study at Novia?
Non-EU/EEA students are required to pay tuition fees. The tuition fee is set per degree programme per academic year. You may also have to purchase some study materials and books. Read about student discounts, cost of living etc. in our section for Financial issues.
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.
Does your University of Applied Sciences offer scholarships?
Yes, there is a scholarship system in place for students required to pay the tuition fee at Novia UAS.
What is student life like in Finland at Novia?
Please check our section for Student life, where we have collected information about accommodation, working, immigration etc.
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 My Studyinfo service no later than 16 July 2021 at 3 pm. Information for new students regarding the study start 2021 will be published during the spring/summer. 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 check Registration for Attendance or Non-Attendance for more information.
You will find Novia UAS information and restrictions due to the Coronavirus on Novias website: https://www.novia.fi/about-us/corona-info/
- Vaasa Hospital District have given specific information on travels to Vaasa and Jakobstad. Please read their instructions: Travel information for students coming to Vaasa and Jakobstad.
Where can I find Finland’s national corona restrictions?
The Institute for Health and Welfare is responsible for Finland’s restrictions and you will find updated information on their site. On THL:s site you will also find information on when voluntary quarantine is recommended: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/travel-and-the-coronavirus-pandemic
- The time in voluntary quarantine can be shortened with 2 negative corona test results; however, when you come from overseas you can visit Novias campus first 10 days after your arrival to Finland.
- Åbo/Turkus information for people in quarantine is found on The City of Turkus site.
What should I do when arriving to Finland?
Please use a face mask when travelling from your flight, and train or bus to your accommodations.
Do I need to get separate accommodation for quarantine?
No, you do not need separate accommodation. You can quarantine in the apartment you have rented for your stay in Finland. You need to bring all personal items with you that you might need for quarantine, for example, bed clothes, hygiene products, medical supplies. You cannot go to a store and get those things before your time in quarantine is over.
How can I order groceries home for my time in quarantine?
Many stores offer home delivery. Unfortunately, many sites only work in Finnish. Here is a list of a few stores that offer home delivery. You can use this PDF on how to order from a K-Market as a guide. The guide is made with example from Vaasa.
K-Citymarket Pietarsaari, K-Supermarket Jeppis (Order through k-ruoka.fi)
K-Market Palosaari (https://www.k-ruoka.fi/kauppa/k-market-palosaari)
- Åbo/Turku: There are many different stores that offer home delivery in Turku. You can for example choose the closes K-ruoka store and order from there (https://www.k-ruoka.fi/kauppa/)
- Raseborg: to be updated!
When can I come to campus?
You can come to campus when you have spent a minimum of ten days at home. If you are in quarantine, you should follow the guidelines for quarantine.
Restrictions on campus
At Novia UAS we use face mask on campus. You will get face masks from Novia for teaching situations. When arriving and leaving campus you should use your own face mask. You will find hand sanitizers around campus, please use them, and remember to keep distance from others. Do not come to campus if you are feeling sick.
What should I do if I start to feel ill and have symptoms of Coronavirus?
Take a coronavirus symptom assessment test online at Omaolo.fi if you have symptoms and feelings suggestive of corona. If necessary, call your local health station.
The cities and Hospital districts have more information on how to act if you suspect infection. Click on the link for the city you are studying in for more information.
- Jakobstad/Pietarsaari: https://www.sochv.jakobstad.fi/emergency/coronavirus-en-us/
- Vaasa: https://www.vaasa.fi/en/living/health-and-wellbeing/about-coronavirus/
- Raseborg/Raasepori: https://koronabotti.hus.fi/en