Requirements for Bachelor

 What are the requirements for Bachelor studies? 

Eligible applicants for degree studies in a university of applied sciences have completed:

  • the studies required for graduating from the Finnish upper secondary school or a Matriculation Examination;

  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree;

  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma;

  • a Reifeprüfung (RP) or Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) degree;

  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification covering 120 credits or 180 competence points or a corresponding earlier Finnish vocational degree covering at least 80 credits;

  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;

  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification or a further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification;

  • a foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question;

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree.

  • 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).

  • Some degree programmes have specific requirements concerning health and safety.

  • 120 ECTS credits of previous university level studies are required when applying for the following Bachelor degree programmes: Sustainable Coastal Management, Energy Technology, Information Technology

  • Eligibility to apply for the Bachelor degree programme in Maritime Management, Captain, part-time studies is conferred by a Deck Officer degree or another comparable STCW approved Watchkeeping Deck Officer degree (i.e. Navy, Coast Guard).

 Admission as a refugee

If an applicant is a refugee, asylum-seeker or in a refugee-like situation and is unable to upload documentary evidence of his or her qualification, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to sit an entrance examination. The applicant must have an official decision attesting to his or her refugee status (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection). The applicant must upload a copy of such decision in the online application form by the deadline for uploading application attachments. 

 Discretionary admission

Discretionary selection is used in the International UAS Exam selection.

According to Novia selection criteria, the student must be over 18 years of age when beginning the studies. The applicant must turn eighteen no later than 31 August 2023.