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How and when to apply


The application period for all programmes is 3 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019. There is one intake per year and the studies start the following August.

ADMISSION TIMETABLE AND IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2018 INTAKE (the 2019 intake information will be updated soon)
Who can apply?

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.

If you are graduating after the application deadline, you may apply on the condition that the required application documents are submitted and arrive at the University of Turku by 10 July 2018 at 15:00 (local time in Finland). Check the programme page for details.

Proof of English language skills

You must also prove your English language skills when applying. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognised English language tests listed on this page. When taking the test you must choose University of Turku as a recipient of your results. You must also attach a scanned copy of the test result to your application for verification purposes.

A test is not required if you hold a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) or an equivalent degree in an English-language programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or in an EU/EEA country. The language of instruction of the degree must be proven with the degree certificate, transcript of records or Diploma Supplement.

In addition individual programmes may accept other proof as well. Information on these other options and specific language requirements is available in the programme’s application requirements.

NB! Sign up for the language test well in advance!


Generally recognised international English language tests


TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based test (PBT) or minimum overall score of 92 and no individual score below 20 on the internet-based test (IBT). University of Turku code 9701.

IELTS – International English Language Testing Service test (Academic) with an overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score below 6.0.

CPE – Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with pass grade A, B or C.

CAE – Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English with pass grade A, B or C.

PTE – Academic test with a mimimum overall score of 62 and no individual score below 54.

The language test results must be valid. Please note that the language test is valid until the expiry date given by the thest organiser.

How to apply?

Follow these steps in order to successfully submit your application:

Step 1: Application period

Check the application period and apply on time! Application period for the studies starting in Autumn 2018 is 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018.

Step 2: Check the requirements

Read carefully the general instructions and the programme specific admission requirements. At the application stage we require only scanned enclosures attached to the application form. Please note also that you will be required to present your original degree certificate and transcript according to the country specific requirements upon arrival in Finland. See step 8 for details.

Step 3: Language test

If you need to take a language test book and take one well in advance.

Step 4: Scan your documents

Collect the required documents. Information concerning the documents is available on the programme specific admission application requirements and also on your online application.

The University of Turku requires you to submit all application documents in electronic format.

  • We accept scanned copies of the original degree certificates and transcripts as well as the translations when they are required.
  • We do not accept scans of photocopies unless they have been certified by the awarding institution.
  • Make sure you scan the original documents with care, always scan in color and remember to scan all the pages. If your scan is e.g. blurred, discolored or the file is corrupted it will not be accepted. The use of PDF format is encouraged, as this ensures the files can be opened in all operating systems.
  • The University of Turku also accepts electronic transcripts submitted through a few recognized sources. Please see Electronic Transcripts for details.
Step 5: Apply online

Start your application on the national portal You can also search for suitable programmes and read their admission requirements on the portal.

Step 6: Scholarships

The University of Turku offers scholarships for students who are subject to the tuition fee. To apply for a scholarship, simply indicate “yes” in the appropriate questions on your application form for the programme.

Step 7: Check and submit application

Fill in the required information with care, submit all of the required documents in electronic format and then submit the online application.

Please note! Your application along with all of the relevant attachments must be submitted to the electronic system by the application deadline. Also the language test results must reach the University of Turku by the deadline. Therefore do not leave your application to the last application day!

Step 8: Verification of original documents

We will require all admitted applicants to submit their original degree certificates for verification upon arrival in Finland.

In order for you to have e.g. the necessary attestation or legalisation done in time, we ask you to check the country specific requirements concerning the verification of original educational documents. If the country your degree was given in is not on the list, we require you to bring us the original documents for verification. Please prepare to submit your certificates to the university at the latest in August 2018.

The documents can also be submitted electronically through a few recognized sources. To see whether the service possibly used by your institution is accepted please check Electronic Transcripts for details.

Document requirements

The University of Turku requires you to submit all application documents in electronic format as attachments to your application. Paper copies are not required during the application period. You are required to submit the following documents:

  • The original degree certificate (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European universities) of the degree certificate.
  • The original transcript of study records (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European universities) of the transcript of records.
  • Certificate of knowledge of English.

All translations must be made either by an authorized translator or by the degree awarding institution. Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. Translations done by the applicant him- or herself are not accepted.

Degree Certificate
A degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree. The student has graduated. The degree certificate should include the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of issue, and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued and which title/degree the person has been awarded.

Temporary (Provisional) Degree Certificate
A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has been awarded or conferred an academic degree. The temporary degree certificate is issued as a replacement for the actual degree certificate e.g. in case the actual degree certificate cannot be given to the student immediately after the studies have been completed due to technical or administrative reasons. The temporary degree certificate must include:

  • the name of the institution awarding the degree
  • the date of award/conferral of the degree
  • the name of the person to whom the temporary degree certificate has been issued
  • which academic title/degree the person has been awarded.

It is important to note that a document stating only that the student has completed all the courses is not sufficient as a temporary degree certificate.

Transcript of records
The official transcript of records should include the following information:

  • full titles of the units that the student has completed for the degree
  • completion times of study units (or at the very least the overall study time at the institution)
  • grades obtained
  • credits awarded
  • information on the grading scale used at the institution at the time of study
  • If you have not yet graduated: The transcript of records must include the name of the degree that will be awarded to you when you graduate (Bachelor of, Master of, etc.)

The transcript must cover the full length of studies. If the degree includes course units that the student has completed at another institution and the transferred credits are not indicated in detail on the transcript of records, a separate transcript of records regarding the transferred credits should be submitted. Please also note possible Country specific requirements.

What will happen next?

The Admission Services of the University of Turku will pre-process your application after you’ve submitted your application and documents. Your language skills and educational documents will be verified.

After the pre-processing all applications will be sent to the programme for academic assessment. The Programmes will carry out the student selections and publish the results at the latest 28 March 2018.