How to apply?

Application period and accepting the study place

The application period 2016-2017 will start on 15 November 2016 and end on 5 January 2017 at 15:00 (GMT+2). The application form is available only during the application period. Applicants will be notified of the admission results by 15 March 2017. The appeal period ends on 29 March 2017 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2). Admitted applicants must accept the offered study place at the latest on 31 March 2017 by 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2). Applicants who are admitted from the waiting list have 14 days to accept the offered study place. The detailed admission criteria for the degree programme must state if applicants are accepted from a waiting list to the study option. If the applicant is liable to pay a tuition fee, the tuition payment is checked before registration as an attending student.

After you have accepted the study place it is not possible to cancel the acceptance.

One study place per term provision

According to this provision, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term. This rule applies to all higher education.

Higher education degrees included in the provision are:

  • Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences.
  • Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities
  • Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities

The provision applies to higher education regardless of how the studies are provided. For example, if you have accepted a study place from a separate application, you cannot accept a study place from the joint application in the same term.

Only exceptions to the provision are:

  • Transfer student selections
  • the Åland Polytechnic
  • the Police College of Finland

Furthermore, the provision cannot be applied to studies completed at foreign higher education institutions.

Application process

Application rounds for English-medium degree programmes at the University of Jyväskylä are organised through a centralised admission service (University Admissions Finland, UAF) established by Finnish universities. The application process begins on the –portal. First, an applicant fills in the online application form in the portal. Then he/she sends the hard copies of the required documents to the address of UAF (University Admissions Finland, Unioninkatu 40 C, FI-00170 Helsinki, Finland). After that, UAF checks if the applicants have sufficient language proficiency considering the requirements of the degree programme and if the applicants are eligible to apply for master’s degree education. UAF also checks the authenticity of the documents.

Applicants must submit a language certificate and other attachments to the application by the end of the application period. After the end of the application period, applicants have 14 days to supplement their applications.

In case of a conditional admission, previous degrees and study attainments must be completed by 30 June 2017. An applicant who has been conditionally admitted must submit missing certificates at the latest on 17 July 2017 by 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2). A conditionally admitted applicant can accept the study place but cannot register as a student.

General admission criteria for International MDPs

1. Bachelor's degree or a polytechnic degree.

The degree has to be completed by the end of June 2017. Please check also programme specific application requirements.

2. English language proficiency 

Students selected for foreign-language-medium master’s degree programmes are not required to have proficiency in Finnish at the admission stage

A certificate in the proficiency of English is not required if the applicant has completed upper secondary education in English in a Nordic country (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland), the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. A certificate in the proficiency of English is not required if the applicant has completed a higher education degree in English in an EU/EEA country, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The language of examination must have been English and the thesis must have been written in English. The language of examination must be detailed in the degree certificate or its attachment, the transcript of records or other official document issued by the higher education institution.

Other applicants must demonstrate their skills in English with an international language proficiency test or the National Certificate of Language Proficiency, which must be passed at least with intermediate level 4 (in all skill components: speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension). The following levels are the minimum requirements for international language proficiency tests: TOEFL: 580 (paper-based test) / 92 (internet-based test); IELTS: 6.5 (Academic) or CPE and CAE: passing level A, B or C; or PTE (Pearson Test of English): 59 (Academic). The Pearson test of English, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are valid for two years. The certificate must be valid during application.

Faculties may, upon their discretion, decide on tighter language skill requirements and higher point limits if they are necessary for a study option.  Always check the entry and language test requirements to each programme you're applying to. 

Regarding English language proficiency tests:


For foreign-language-medium degree programmes the attachments of applications  must always be officially certified. Copies may be certified (attested) officially by the educational institution that has issued the document, or they may be legalized (more information at In addition, possible country-specific requirements for documents  must be acknowledged in the applications for international master’s degree programmes. The original signature and stamp of the certifier must be on each page of the document. In addition, officially certified copies issued by a Finnish Notary Public are accepted. The proficiency in English required for foreign-language-medium degree programmes must be proven with a degree certificate and/or a transcript of records (degree completed in a country specified in the admission criteria) or with a certificate of an English proficiency test specified in the admission criteria.

Tuition fees

Please see: tuition fees & scholarships

Further information on tuition fees:

Application & selection process: dates and deadlines

Application round opens

15 November 2016

Deadline for applications (and documents)

5 January 2017

Possible Skype/personal interviews

February 2017

Notice of acceptance

15 March 2017

Tuition fee if required has to be paid for the first study year

 March - May

Participation to be confirmed

31 March 2017

Studies begin at the University of Jyväskylä


1 September 2017