Instructions on applying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and Scholarships at the University of Oulu.

Instructions on How to Apply for international Scholarships at the University of Oulu. If you are an international student, you can find instructions on applying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and scholarships at the University of Oulu. Read this article

Who can apply for a Master’s studies?

A successful applicant has obtained their first academic degree, normally a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, from an institution of higher education. As a rule, a Bachelor’s degree is a lower academic degree. This degree should equal three years of full-time studies (180 ECTS).

Who can apply for Bachelor’s studies?

You can apply for a Bachelor’s programme if you have completed one of the following qualifications:

  • a foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the awarding country
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma completed outside of Finland
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma  completed outside of Finland
  • a Reifeprüfung (RP) or a Deutsches Internationales Abitur diploma (DIA)  completed outside of Finland
  • a Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)  completed outside of Finland
  • a Finnish or foreign higher education degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Licentiate, PhD)

Applicants graduating after the application period

Students who are on their last term/semester are eligible to apply.

Suppose the applicant is accepted for the Master`s programme for studies beginning in Autumn 2022. In that case, the applicant has to submit officially certified copies of their Bachelor’s degree certificate and the final transcript of records by July 29, 2022, at 3 pm (EET).

Suppose the applicant is accepted for Bachelor`s programme for studies beginning in Autumn 2022. In that case, the applicant has to submit officially certified copies of their upper secondary education degree certificate by July 15, 2022, at 3 pm (EET).

Applicants must submit an officially certified copy of the latest transcript of records. If you receive the degree certificate and the final transcript of records during the application period, it is recommended that you submit them as well. You should point out the anticipated graduation date on the application and submit the documents you have when applying. Do not wait to receive your final diploma or degree certificate if it is unavailable during the application period.

All applicants always test English language proficiency. The following gives you the detailed rules concerning the language requirements.

All language test results must arrive at the University of Oulu by the deadline. It is always the applicant’s responsibility to make testing arrangements for themselves and ensure the test results are delivered on time. Be advised that it may take several weeks before the test results are published; thus, we recommend you book your test well in advance.

The authenticity of the test results will be automatically checked with the test organiser. The application will be automatically rejected if a test result is found to be a forgery.

Please note that the language test result must be valid throughout the application period! Language Requirements for Master’s degrees Language Requirements for Bachelor’s degrees

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Language requirements

All applicants always test English language proficiency. The following gives you the detailed rules concerning the language requirements.

All language test results must arrive at the University of Oulu by the deadline. It is always the applicant’s responsibility to make testing arrangements for themself and ensure the test results are delivered on time. Be advised that it may take several weeks before the test results are published; thus, we recommend you book your test well in advance.

The authenticity of the test results will be automatically checked with the test organiser. The application will be automatically rejected if a test result is found to be a forgery.

TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

  • 92 (with a minimum of 20 in the Writing section)
  • When completing the TOEFL Registration Form, please fill in the University of Oulu’s Institution Code 0229 in the Score Report Recipient field. The University of Oulu will verify the TOEFL results through the online verification system provided by ETS. Upload a test score report to the electronic application.
  • TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. 

IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator

  • 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 per section)                   
  • Upload a test score report to the electronic application. The University of Oulu will verify the IELTS results through the online verification system.
  • IELTS test report forms are valid for two years. 

Tuition fees and scholarships

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The tuition fees concern degree students who start their studies in English-taught Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes on or later than 1st August 2018 and who are not citizens of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland. The tuition fee is an academic fee and thus covers tuition costs. The tuition fee does not cover the living costs such as accommodation, meals, and transportation. All students are required to finance their living costs by themselves.

The University of Oulu International Scholarship Scheme provides scholarships to academically talented international students studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at the University of Oulu. The scholarships will be granted as a tuition fee waiver, and the tuition fees and scholarships depend on the programme in question. Applicants can apply for the tuition scholarship as part of the admissions process.  

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Eligibility Requirements to Apply for International Scholarship

Applicants are eligible to apply for a University of Oulu Scholarship 2022-2023 if they meet the admissions criteria and are liable to pay the tuition fee. The scholarship application will be processed only if the applicant meets the admissions criteria. The University of Oulu Scholarship can be received only once.

Citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland

Citizens of European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) countries or Switzerland studying in an international Bachelor’s and Master’s Programme at the University of Oulu are not required to pay tuition fees.

Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries

Students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland are liable to pay the tuition fee.

Exceptions to this general rule are students who

  • are equivalent to an EU citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • have a continuous or permanent residence permit card in Finland (type A or P permit)
  • have an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with a long-term residence permit card in Finland (type P-EU permit)
  • are a family member (spouse or child) of an EU/EEA citizen in Finland and who has a residence card for non-EU family members of EU citizens in Finland
  • have an EU blue card in Finland

For more general information concerning tuition fees, please see the Studyinfo site.

UK citizens

From 2022 onward, UK citizens residing in Finland and their family members should hold the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement (Brexit permit) to be exempted from the tuition fee. Finnish Immigration Services must grant the permit. 

Applicants who are UK citizens and do not hold the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement must pay the tuition fee. There are scholarships available.

Application for International Scholarship

There is no separate application system for the International Scholarship. Applications for the International Scholarship are submitted together with the application for the preferred study option in the Studyinfo portal.  

The University of Oulu International Scholarships application period is January 5, 2022 – January 19, 2022 (15.00 GMT +2).

Selection criteria for University of Oulu Scholarship 2022-2023

Admissions and scholarship decisions will be taken at the same time. Those students successful in obtaining an International Scholarship will be notified at the same time as their offer of admission to their International study programme is confirmed. The University of Oulu Scholarship selection criteria is based on previous academic performance and academic potential.