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CENTRAL OSTROBOTHNIA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES


Studying & living in Western Finland! Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences is middle-size, bilingual higher education institution operating in the coastal towns of Kokkola and Pietarsaari, on the west coast of Finland and in the nearby towns of Ylivieska and Haapajärvi, which are situated in the river valleys on the Ostrobothnian plain. Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences is a dynamic University, which offers 19 Degree Programmes. The language of instruction is Finnish in most degree programmes but we also offer six international degree programmes taught in English, namely the Degree Programme in Business Management, the Degree Programme in Chemistry and Technology, Degree Programme Industrial Management, Degree Programme Information Technology, Degree Programme in Nursing and Degree Programme in Tourism.

Contents of the Applicant’s Guide:


Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences in a nutshell • 6 different fields • 19 Bachelor-level degree programmes • 4 Master-level degree programmes • Languages of instruction are Finnish, Swedish and English • Annual intake 650 • Amount of staff 300

Ask for mo m more ore information! Admissions Office Talonpojankatu 2 67100 Kokkola Kokkola, tel. +358 (0)6 8825 2081, hakutoimisto@cou.fi hakutoimisto@

Applicant’s info info, page 16

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Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences offers modern and pleasant facilities for students.

Kokkola and Ylivieska have a lot to offer for studying and free time.

Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences offers altogether 26 degree programmes in the following fields: Technology, Communications and Transport; Tourism, Catering and Domestic services; Social sciences, Business and Administration; Social services, Health and Sports; Humanities and Education and Culture. At COU you can study in FInnish, English and Swedish. Remember to check out our website at www.cou.fi for more information on degree programmes, students’ stories and lots more! See also the applicant’s info on page 16 of this guide.

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Chemistry and Technology, page 4 Kokkola, examples of studies: Applied Chemistry • Process Automation • Physical Chemistry • Analytic Chemistry Information Technology, page 6 Kokkola, examples of studies: C Programming Language • Digital Techniques • Relation Databases & SQL • Object-Oriented Programming Industrial Management, page 8 Ylivieska, examples of studies: Business to busiess marketing • Risk management • Production palling and control •Innovation management Nursing, page 10 Kokkola, examples of studies: Psychiatric • Public Health Nursing • Medical Science

The school logo is displayed on the Unit of Technology and Business in Kokkola.

Business Management, page 12 Kokkola, examples of studies: Doing business in Nordic region • International economics • Team leadership • European Union • Marketing research Tourism, page 14 Pietarsaari, examples of studies: Finnish Tourism • Hospitality Services • Business Communication

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Environmental Engineer • Environmental Chief • Quality Engineer • Environmental Planner • Operating Engineer • Developing Engineer • Process Developer The aim of this degree programme is to give the students a comprehensive knowledge of chemistry and engineering. The student will gain education in environmental issues such as recycling of materials, production of energy, handling of wastewater, cleaning of air, environmental management and process planning. The student will get a holistic view of life cycle thinking and material flows in industrial planning and other fields of society. Besides the specialisation in environmental issues, the graduated engineer also has a strong basic knowledge in chemical engineering. Therefore he or she will find general job placements in industry in marketing, planning, administration or teaching.

One quarter of the studies consist of general basic studies, one half are professional courses in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and the last quarter consists of specialisation studies in environmental issues. Laboratory exercises and research projects take up a large part of the programme. The programme provides the students with the specialisation in Environmental Chemistry and Technology. In the practical periods the student applies the received knowledge in practical tasks. Because students from different nationalities study in the programme, the learning environment is international. This enables us to educate the students to cooperate in spite of different cultural backgrounds and they establish a world wide professional network during the their study.

Chemistry and Technology, Kokkola | Examination: Bachelor of Engineering | Length and duration: 4 years, 240 credits | Entrance examination: Check date at www.cou.fi | Language skills: The applicants’ language skills will be tested | Places: 15 | Further information: Head of Programme Staffan Borg, staffan.borg@cou.fi, tel. +358 44 7250 312 and www.cou.fi | Technology and Business, Talonpojankatu 2, 67100 Kokkola Finland | tel. +358 (0)6 825 3150

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study in Kokkola, unit of technology and business. When I was in my home country, I was studying Environmental science, at that time I became interested in Environmental chemistry and wanted to complete degree in Environmental related program. Then I searched a good university in Nordic countries then I found our university, Central Ostrobothnia UAS and decided to apply for it. In my program, the best thing is the specialization course, for example in Environmental protection and cleaning technologies. We are benefited in so many aspects; we are having different type of extra courses like biotechnology along with compulsory environmental protection subject. Talking about the most positive thing in my city is environment in favor of study. Teachers are very kind and helpful. They do care of each and every student. That’s what I like the most. Chemical engineering along with environmental cleaning and protection courses, I don’t think other degree program has more scope. We can be fitted in any kind of industries. In future I will be a successful Chemical engineer in Finland.

Raghu K.C., Degree Programme in Chemistry and Technology

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SW Desingn Engineer • Date Network Expert • Product Manager • SW Test Engineer • R & D Engineer • Project Manager The Degree Programme in Information Technology offers professional and personal competences in Software Engineering and Media and Communication Technology. Most products and services provided by high-technology companies and organisations are based on software and communications solutions designed by IT-engineers. Information Technology is an important part of our continuously ongoing technical infrastructure development. In their studies students can focus on Software Engineering, which provides the skills needed to develop software products and applications utilising modern programming tools. Close co-operation between the degree programme and surrounding working life gives our students a possibility to specialize in soft-

ware development of communication technologies already during their studies. The Internet, cellular networks, local area networks and other communication technologies have enabled networking among people and organizations. In Media and Communication Technology students learn e.g. the structure and function of data communication network systems. During our courses we use Cisco Networking Academy software which gives the students access to up-to-date network learning material and exercises and to a laboratory environment. The degree programme emphasises on creating a positive attitude towards entrepreneurship, teamwork and international relations and exchange. Specialisation options: • Software Engineering • Media and Communication Technology

Information Technology, Kokkola | Examination: Bachelor of Engineering | Length and duration: 4 years, 240 credits | Entrance examination: Check date at www.cou.fi | Language skills: The applicants’ language skills will be tested | Places: 20 | Further information: Head of Programme Mats Albäck, mats.alback@cou.fi, tel. +358 44 7250 321 and www.cou.fi | Technology and Business, Talonpojankatu 2, 67100 Kokkola Finland | tel. +358 (0)6 825 3150

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Purchasing Manager • Marketing Manager • Sales Manager • Accounting Manager • Production Manager • Supply Chain Manager • Business Controller

Basic studies will provide you with grounds for an international engineering examination. Professional studies familiarise students with the developement of different tasks in an international industrial company. Part of your elective studies will be organised together with our research and development center, using laboratories, projects and international exhinition -projects as a living learning environment.

In Industrial Management Programme we offer several management profiles for our graduates in specialisation lines Supply Chain Management and Global Marketing and Management. We coach highly qualified experts for international companies. Our cooperation partners in industry require good engineering and service team management skills from our graduates for work in the international environment.

Our international Industrial Management -programme prepares you for future taskas in management positions worldwide.

Industrial Management, Ylivieska | Examination: Bachelor of Engineering | Length and duration: 4 years, 240 credits | Entrance examination: Check date at www.cou.fi | Language skills: The applicants’ language skills will be tested | Places: 25 | Further information: Principal Lecturer Ossi Päiväläinen, ossi.paivalainen@cou.fi and www. cou.fi | Ylivieska Unit, Vierimaantie 7, 84100 Ylivieska Finland | tel. +358 (0)8 449 2500

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thought about studying abroad for some time when I faced advertisment about COU. Everything g was so well prepared that I decided to choose it. It’s wide subjected degree creating many opportunities forr future. I still wasn’t very decided about what should I do after studies but I know after Industrial Management nagement I souldn’t have problems with it. As I mentioned it’s wide topic giving experience in many ny ways both in theory as in practic. I might choose many ways of my career after this programme. I live in big city in Poland so in Ylivieska I may calm down, wn, chill out and living in here isn’t stressful. Even tought it’s small town there are many opportunities es for spending time. It opens world through exchanges and practical trainings gs every year. It means both my psychological preparation and creating relationships in every country I visited, so if I would like to come back to some of them it’s not that big challange as to going to unknown. Also as mentioned before my degree programme is giving many opportunities for career so I think I won’t have lack of options for work. I don’t know where I’ll finish after one year so how could d I forecast my existance after 3? My willness is still elastic and that’s why even if I change my mind d about my plans there is big possibility that Industrial Management will cover it. Robert Solczak, Degree Programme in Industrial Managementt

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The Degree Programme is taught in English and will qualify the student as a Registered Nurse (UAS). The programme is 3,5 years long and consists of 210 ECTS credits. The programme is suitable for students who are interested in studying in a multicultural group and with promoting health and caring people throughout the lifespan. Language and communication skills are highlighted during the whole education.

The professional studies will start from the beginning of the studies strengthening the student’s knowledge and skills in different areas of nursing. Language studies and studies in information technology, entrepreneurship and other basic studies will enhance the student’s learning for the profession.

The curriculum is based on nursing science and other sciences relating to nursing as well as evidence-based nursing.

The knowledge and the skills needed in health care change rapidly. This requires an ability to work independently and flexibly and a readiness for multiprofessional and multilateral co-operation both nationally and internationally.

The education includes working experience 75 ECTS credits. This clinical practice is conducted in different nursing environments e.g.: internal medicine, maternity care, paediatric and adolescent units.

The students should be able to communicate in Finnish at the end of their studies. This will enable them to become employed as Registered Nurses (RN) in Finland.

Nursing, Kokkola | Examination: Bachelor of Health Care | Length and duration: 3,5 years, 210 credits | Entrance examination: Check date at www.cou.fi | Language skills: The applicants’ language skills will be tested, IELTS, TOEFL | Places: 10 | Further information: Education Planner Lena Helminen, lena.helminen@cou.fi and www.cou.fi | Health Care and Social Services, Terveystie 1, 67200 Kokkola Finland | tel. +358 (0)6 825 4294

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am from Kenia and I am 21 years old. My field of study is Degree programme in public health nursing. I can’t actually expain how I ended up in here, but its basically because of my career and dream in pursuing public health nursing. After high school, I made up my mind to study public health nursing, as ít makes it possible in my country of origin to study medicine after it. This was because I could not directly study medicine dicine because of the qualifications needed. The practical part of it makes it more interesting because I get the opportunity to personally proof some facts that have only learnt rnt of them theoretically, moreover I personally learn to work with other people(Interact) in different fields who in one way or anotherr work to make nursing process a success. Practically also, I learn to speak Finnish which is most needed means of communication as a nurse in Finland. The society, by this I mean that they(the people-teachers, otherr staff mebers, and many others) accepted us as their students and d even n in our practises, patients normally co-operate with us. Resources, urces, for example the library makes it easier for us to access different nt information for our assignments and professional growth. The environment, the school is situated in a well conducive environment nment suitable for learning and with some basic services. It is a like an ’open ended questionnaire’ by this I mean that I stand a chance of pursuing courses for diversified in the field of medicine dicine and nursing as well. In my programme I can also choose to work as either a registered nurse or a public health nurse as it encomncompasses both. I stand a better chance of also working in different fferent countries. I want to be a medical practitioner after successfully pursuing ng my Bachelor’s degree. Christopher Kipkorir, Degree Programme in Health Care

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Export & Import Manager • Sales Representative • Marketing Manager • Key Accountant • Office Manager The accredited programme in Business Management provides both international and Finnish students with a coherent link between business and technology within the international business community. The overall objective of the programme is to provide students with professional, international, personal and social competences to operate in an international business environment. The focus of the programme is entrepreneurship and international business. Throughout the studies students examine the growth of business enterprises from the business concept to a fully operational company in the international market.

Contents; Setting up a new business – focus on entrepreneurship (basic studies), internationalisation of the business (professional studies), developing new business areas (professional studies) and international work placement in an area of development. International exchange and studying abroad is an important part of the programme. Continuous change in the society has brought about a number of significant changes in the organisation of learning and teaching. The emphasis is on relatively large functional modules as well as on learning strategies through which the students will develop their ability to manage change. The modules are based on the functional areas of a business enterprise.

Business Management, Kokkola | Examination: Bachelor of Business Management | Length and duration: 3,5 years, 210 credits | Entrance examination: Check date at www.cou.fi | Language skills: The applicants’ language skills will be tested | Places: 20 | Further information: Head of Degree Programme Birgitta Niemi, birgitta.niemi@cou.fi, tel. +358 (0) 44 725 0350 and Student Affairs Officer Eija Sipinen, eija.sipinen@cou.fi, tel. +358 (0)6 825 3351 and www.cou.fi | Technology and Business, Talonpojankatu 2, 67200 Kokkola Finland

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ended up in Kokkola Kokko k la because becau of love: There was this beautiful Swedish speaking exchange to my hometown Trondheim in Norway, and I deciFinn who came on exchang ded to move to Kokkola and ma marry her. She’s been my wife for 4 years now. The study programme was quite easy for me : I’ve always been interested in people, intedoing business I get to combine all of these interests. I ended raction and business. So, in doin because my Finnish wasn’t good enough (after only one year up in the BBA programme beca would be very much confused with my Norwegian in Finland), my Swedish grammar gram (mother tongue), and I’ve been sspeaking English for some 20 years… Having studied in Baccalaureate) made the choice even easier. English earlier (International B I think the best thing in my programme p is the people. I’ve had the privilege to meet a lot of nice people, and most of them are internationals – so I’ve learnt a lot about getting a lot of new friends! different cultures, as well as ge For me the most positive thing thin in Kokkola would have to be my family here: They make me feel at home here and did it from the very beginning. opportunities here. As an international in Kokkola I speak I think I’ve got quite good opp both local languages, and have a degree in doing business with internationalization as major subject. I think I’m needed here! And speaking 5 languages is quite an advantage for me. Myhre, Degree Programme in Business Management Marius Myhr

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Sales Representative • Travel Agent • Travelling Manager • Project Manager • Travelling Secretary • Hotel or Restaurant Manager • Travel Agency Manager • Congress Manager or Secretary • Sales and Marketing Secretary • Tourism Entrepreneur • Consultant Come and get diverse know-how in tourism, as well as in business, at the same time as you get acquainted with working life in practice! Our degree programme in English will provide you with the skills to function in sales, planning and developing tasks in tourism companies and organisations, as well as sufficient know-how to become an entrepreneur in tourism. After graduation, you could work in domestic or international organisations with planning, development or management tasks within the service industry or for example in travel agencies, hotels or in the field of passenger traffic. You may include tasks for tourism companies and organisations in your studies; these tasks could be working with fairs, tasks in preparation for seminars, and short written tasks like surveys, registers,

brochures, leaflets and guides. Besides, you can participate in tourism projects and write your thesis on assignment from the tourism trade. Our objective is that you, after graduation, are in command of the English, Finnish and Swedish written and oral communication skills required for the profession. In addition, you have the possibility to reach the level where you manage typical written communication and interaction situations in at least two more languages. The customer service skills and cultural knowledge acquired through the degree programme will support you and your language learning is furthermore deepened through language immersion pedagogics. Our aim is that the department will move to a new Campus area year 2011. If you choose to, it’s possible to combine your studies with courses in institutions of higher education abroad. There are dozens of international partners, among others Escola Universitaria de Turisme in Barcelona in Spain and Shanghai Normal University in China.

Tourism, Pietarsaari | Examination: Bachelor of Hospitality Management | Length and duration: 3,5 years, 210 credits | Entrance examination: Check date at www.cou.fi | Language skills: The applicants’ language skills will be tested | Further information: Head of Programme Sara Åhman, sara.ahman@cou.fi, tel. +358 (0)6 788 8562 and www.cou.fi | Pietarsaari Unit, Paul Hallvarin katu 1, 68600 Pietarsaari Finland | tel. +358 (0)6 788 8555

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choose to study in Pietarsaari because it is a small, beautiful and cozy town quite near to my hometown. I also wanted to study in a bilingual town because I wanted to develop my Swedish as I have Finnish as my mother tongue. I choose to study tourism in English because in my opinion it opens more doors in working life after graduation and I have always loved English as a language. This degree programme gives a variety of options where we can work after graduation. Tourism studies include many interesting tourism and business related courses. We also get a great chance to study different languages. Here in Pietarsaari we study in an inspiring international atmosphere. My classmates are from all over the world and one of the best things is that I have gotten a chance to get familiar with different cultures. I have gotten so many good friends from foreign countries and, of course, from Finland too. After graduation we will have a good international network and I’m sure that will be really useful. We have a good chance to study abroad as exchange students, for example in China, Spain etc. and get great experiences. I haven’t gone anywhere as an exchange student yet but who knows what will happen before my graduation. We are also planning and carrying out many projects and it gives us experience that will be valuable in the future. We are doing lots of teamwork which develops our skills to co-operate with other people. We also organize many events and parties here so that nobody would get bored. After graduation I want to get a job in tourism branch, of course. My dream is to have my own small hotel one day. If that won’t work out it won’t be the end of the world because this degree programme gives so many options for the tourism experts. Emilia Tuura, Degree Programme in Hospitality Management

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HOW TO APPLY TO UNIVERSITIES OF APPLIED SCIENCES Applying to programmes conducted in English at University of Applied Sciences (UAS) takes place through a system of joint application. Prospective students can apply to four different degree programmes at UAS using the same application form.

TIMETABLE FOR JOINT APPLICATION Apply online at www.admissions.fi. It is important to follow all the instructions. Degree programmes starting in autumn 2010 • Application period 11 January – 12 February 2010. Online application closes on 12 February at 4.15 pm Finnish time (+2 hrs GMT). • Copies of relevant certificates and authorised translations of them must arrive by 19 February

ELIGIBILITY General eligibility for the programmes is given by: • completed Finnish upper secondary education or the Finnish matriculation examination (Act on the Organisation of the Matriculation Examination (672/2005) • International Baccalaureate, Reifeprüfung or European Baccalaureate examination • a vocational college diploma or higher vocational diploma (e.g. in engineering) • a vocational qualification of at lest three years duration, completed in vocational upper secondary education and training, referred to in the Vocational

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2010 at the latest • Entrance examinations are held between 1 April and 7 May 2010. • UAS announce the results by 20 July 2010. • Admitted students must confirm their study places by 3 August 2010 at 4.15 pm Finnish time at the latest. Please contact the admissions office of the UAS of your first choice in all matters relating to your application and to changes in your circumstances .

Education and Training Act (630/98), or an earlier corresponding qualification • combined education programmes of at least three years duration, referred to in the Act on Youth-level Education and the Polytechnic Experiment (391/91) • a vocational qualification in adult education of at least three years duration, referred to in the Vocational Adult Education Act (631/98) • a foreign degree or qualification which gives eligibility for higher education in the awarding country Those applicants who are applying with competence based vocational qualification, competence based


further vocational qualification or non-Finnish qualifications must have completed their studies by the end of the application period. If an applicant who is applying with a non-Finnish qualification is a citizen of an EU/EEA-country, he/ she can apply if the qualification is completed during the spring of applying. The admission of such EU/EEA –applicant completing his/her education in the spring of applying is conditional until the polytechnic/UAS has checked the applicant’s final certificates. Only final certificates will be accepted, result slips or statements of results will not be accepted. UAS only accept final certificates awarded by national and regional bodies granting educational certificates. Therefore various other documents such as "Testimonials", "Statements of Results", "Examination Results" or "Result Slips" are not considered as official certificates. Please note, that if you have a scratch card, it is advisable to attach the card to your final certificate. If a UAS uses discretionary admissions, other applicants may also be admitted, if the UAS considers their skills and knowledge sufficient (incl. language skills). COU uses discretionary admission. If the applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and the qualifications obtained cannot be proven through documentary evidence, UAS can consider whether the applicant can be invited to the entrance examination, even if the UAS does not use discretionary admission. The applicant must prove his/her refugee status by decision made by a competent authority and send a copy of the decision to the admissions office by 19 Feb 2010 at the latest.

duration, completed in vocational upper secondary education and training, referred to in the Vocational Education and Training Act (630/98), or a corresponding earlier qualification • combined education programmes of less than three years duration, referred to in the Act on Youth-level Education and the Polytechnic experiment (391/91) • vocational qualifications or further vocational qualifications in adult education of less han three years duration, referred to in the Vocational Adult Education Act (631/98) Eligibility for UAS studies in a corresponding field of study on the basis specified above may be broadened into general eligibility for UAS studies by: 1) completing in addition a) general or vocational studies that extend the postbasic education studies to three years of duration, or b) a further vocational qualification or c) a specialist vocational qualification or 2) gaining at least three years of work experience in a corresponding field, after completing the qualification. The corresponding field of study is defined according to the following fields of vocational education and training: humanities and education; culture; natural sciences; natural resources and the environment; tourism, catering and domestic services; social services, health and sports; technology, communications and transport; social sciences, business and administration. UAS can also take into consideration a vocational qualification or school-level vocational education that does not fall into the fields of education and training specified above as studies in a corresponding field, if its content is close to the study programme specialisation.

Eligibility for applying a corresponding field of study is given by: • a vocational qualification of less than three years

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CERTIFICATE In order to demonstrate eligibility to UAS studies, an applicant applying with a non-Finnish qualification must provide a copy of the original certificate to the admissions office of his or her first-choice UAS by tUAS by 19 Feb 2010, 4.15 pm at the latest. This does not apply to those applicants who are citizens of an EU/EEA-country and who are completing their qualification in the spring of applying. The UAS will then decide on the applicant’s eligibility to all options in

EVALUATION OF LANGUAGE SKILLS Applicant who is not a citizen of EU/EEA-country Applicant who is not a citizen of an EU/EEA –country must provide proof of his/her English language skills by 19 February 2010 4.15 pm at the latest to the admissions office of his/her first preference UAS. In order to prove the applicant’s English language skills, he/she must provide one of the following minimum requirements: • IELTS score academic level 6,0 or • TOEFL score 550 paper-based test/ 79-80 internet -based test or • skills level 4 in English in the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (www.oph.fi => Tutkinnot ja opiskelu => Yleiset kielitutkinnot).

the application. In addition, copy of an official Finnish, Swedish or English translation of the certificate must be provided, if the certificate is not written in one of these languages, the translation must have the translators signature and stamp. The copies must be sent by post, scanned or faxed copies will not be accepted. Also applicants with a Finnish competence based vocational qualification or competence based further vocational qualification must provide a copy of the original certificate to the admissions office of his or her first-choice UAS by the set date.

lish in one of these countries, is also accepted as a demonstration of sufficient English language skills. Higher education degree conducted in English completed in Finland will not be considered as sufficient proof of language skills. The certificate copies must be delivered to the admissions office by 19 February 2010 4.15 pm Finnish time (+2 hrs GMT). All applicants who have demonstrated their eligibility and language skills will be invited to the entrance examinations. Please note, that in some entrance examinations, the applicant must take part in a compulsory language test.

Applicant who is a citizen of EU/EEA-country

Both TOEFL and IELTS test results are valid for two years. The National Certificate of Language Proficiency does not have a set date of validity. TOEFL score results are only accepted directly from the Educational Testing Service.

The applicants’ language skills will be evaluated in the language test included in the entrance examination on a pass/ fail basis. An applicant who has failed the language test is withdrawn from admission.

In addition, upper secondary level school education in English completed in Great Britain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand or Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in Eng-

An applicant, who is not obliged to send proof of his/her language skills, can be the first-choice UAS by 19 Feb 2010, 4.15 pm at the latest. The minimum language skills requirement is

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• IELTS score academic level 6,0 or • TOEFL score 550 paper-based test/ 79-80 internet -based test, or • grade C in the Finnish matriculation examination in advanced level English (IB-examination grade 4 completed in Finland, Reifeprüfung –examination grade 7 completed in Finland or EB-examination grade 6.00-6.95), or • skills level 4 in English in the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (www.oph.fi => Tutkinnot ja opiskelu => Yleiset kielitutkinnot). Both TOEFL and IELTS test results are valid for two years. The National Certificate of Language Proficiency does not have a set date of validity. TOEFL

APPLICATION You can apply to up to four different degree programmes conducted in English at www.admissions.fi. The application service guides and helps you to fill in the application form, and gives information relating to studying and applying. Follow the instructions carefully and submit the application. An application submitted online is directly received by the admissions office of the UAS of your first choice. Print a copy of the application form for yourself for future reference. Copies of relevant certificates and authorised translations of the certificates into English, Finnish or Swedish must arrive at the UAS of your first choice by 19 February 2010 at 4.15 pm Finnish time. Consider your options of preference carefully. You can apply for up to four different degree programmes at 25 UAS in Finland. The order of preference chosen in the application is binding and cannot be altered after the application closes.

score results are only accepted directly from the Educational Testing Service. In addition, upper secondary school education in English completed in Great Britain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand or Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English in one of these countries, is also accepted as a demonstration of sufficient English language skills. Higher education degree conducted in English completed in Finland will not be considered as sufficient proof of language skills. Please note, that in some entrance examinations, the applicant must take part in a compulsory language test.

If you are not accepted on the programme of your first preference, your points will be checked to see if you can be accepted for your second, third or fourth preference. If you are accepted on the degree programme of your first preference, you cannot be selected for your second, third or fourth preference. Once you have been placed on a reserve place, you can be accepted for a higher preference option due to cancellations, if you have decided to be placed on a waiting list for a higher preference option or you have not accepted another study place. Changing the application • The order of preferences can only be changed during the application period. • Changes in address or other relevant personal details can be changed also outside the application period. • All changes in the application or additional information must be sent in writing to the admissions office of the UAS of your first preference. Selection of new students All UAS arrange entrance examinations. All appli

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cants who meet the admission criteria are invited to the examinations.

30 can be awarded for school performance and 70 for the entrance examination.

Admission groups

2. Admission on the basis of the entrance examination: Applicants with eligibility to apply to UAS studies referred to in the Polytechnics Act (351/2003), not mentioned in section 1 above, or whose eligibility to apply is based on non-Finnish qualifications. The admission of those completing an EB in a European school in the spring of the application is based only on the points awarded for the entrance examination. The admission of those EU/EEA-citizens who are completing their qualifications in the spring of applying is based only on the points awarded for the entrance examination. The maximum total of entrance examination points is 100.

50% of the applicants will be admitted on the basis of the entrance examination only, and 50% on the basis of the combined points for previous school performance and the entrance examination. If study places become available later, applicants on the waiting list will be admitted in the order indicated by their admission points. 1. Admission on the basis of the total of points for school performance and the entrance examination: applicants who have completed or are completing the Finnish matriculation examination, IB examination in a Finnish upper secondary school or the Reifeprüfung examination in Finland, or applicants who have completed the European Baccalaureate examination of European schools. Applicants who are completing their Finnish matriculation examination during the application process apply with their latest upper secondary school certificate. Grades for the Matriculation examination are received from the Matriculation Examination register. The maximum total of admission points is 100, out of which at most

Many UAS cooperate ¬in the entrance examinations. This means that an entrance examination completed at one UAS is accepted by another. Please note that some UAS require that you participate in their own entrance examination. The selection is not final until the original non-Finnish certificates have been checked. If the applicant has given false information about his/her qualifications, it will make him/her ineligible for admission.

ONE STUDY PLACE PER TERM You can only accept one study place at a higher education institution in Finland starting in the same academic term (1 August – 30 December or 1 Janu-

CONFIRMING THE STUDY PLACE Admission results for degree programmes starting in autumn 2010 will be sent by mail to the students by 20 July 2010 at the latest. In addition to the letter

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ary - 31 July). This rule applies to all higher education included in joint applications. This rule does not prevent you from accepting another study place during another academic term.

of admittance, the student will receive a confirmation form. It is imperative that the student submits the confirmation form to the higher education institution in which he/she wishes to study by 3 August 2010 at 4.15 pm Finnish time at the latest, otherwise


the student will forfeit the study place. Confirmation of the study place is binding and cannot be altered or rectified. If you have applied to several degree programmes,

RESERVE PLACES A student can be placed on the waiting list for a reserve place if he/she has been admitted to a lower preference study place by 20 July, 2010. The reserve place is for one of the higher preference options that the student has expressed in his/her joint application. Those admitted after the set date cannot be put on the waiting list. A student remains on the waiting list until 17 August, 2010. By this date, the student is either admitted to a reserve place on the waiting list, or to the study place initially offered to him/her. A student may have only one reserve place on thewaiting list. This reserve place cannot be replaced by another on the waiting list.

IF YOU ARE NOT SELECTED If you do not receive a study place in the joint application, you will receive a letter informing you of your points and the possible reserve places for the options to which you have applied. Applicants allocated to reserve places are chosen according to the

please wait until you have received all the admission results. Once you have received all the results, select your study place and return the confirmation form. A student forfeits his/her study place, if the confirmation form arrives at the higher education institution after the set date.

Please note that waiting lists are not available for some degree programmes at universities. Please check the availability from the universities before submitting the study place confirmation form. The applicant sets his/her study options in order of preference when applying to polytechnics and certain university degree programmes. This order of preference cannot be altered after the application period has ended. The applicant cannot choose a reserve place from options of a lower preference than that to which he/she has already been admitted. The higher education institution will inform those admitted on 21 July 2010 or after about the date for submission of the confirmation form. These applicants cannot be placed on the waiting list.

level of their results, should study places become available. Find out about your possibilities by directly contacting the institutes of higher education. You can always apply again next year and it is worth contacting the admissions offices or employment offices in order to plan how to improve your chances for admission.

APPEAL An applicant not satisfied with the results of the student selection process should first contact the UAS he/ she has applied to. If the matter is not resolved, the student may appeal in writing to the executive board of the UAS in question. Such an appeal must be made within 14 days from the time the applicant had the possibility of receiving information on student selection.

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