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University of the Arts Helsinki's Theatre Academy provides the highest education in the performing arts in Finland. At the Theatre Academy, art, performance, training, and research are in constant interaction.

Student Admissions in 2016

Theatre Academy admits new students every spring. However, with some programmes, the intake is biannual. The next application period is 8 January–27 January 2016. The applications, advance assignments, and required appendices are to be at the Theatre Academy at the latest on 27 January 2016 at 3:00 PM Helsinki time.

*Admissions period is over*


Applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting relevant certificates at the application stage if they wish to pursue all of their studies in English.


Admissions Guides 2016

Please read both the Admissions Guide 2016 and the programme's own guide, which can be found below.


2-Year Master Studies



The following English programmes do not admit new students in 2016:

  • Master's Degree Programme in Choreography
  • Master's Degree Programme in Dance Performance
  • Master's Degree Programme in Live Art and Performance Studies (LAPS)

The above mentioned programmes will most likely admit new students in 2017.


The University of the Arts Helsinki student - Apply for a change of study right inside your own academy or between academies. Application period is 8-27 January 2016. More information here.


More information about applying to doctoral studies can be found  here.

About Entrance Examinations

Entrance exams have usually multiple phases in each programme. In some of the exams, the applicant is informed the night before whether he/ she can continue to the next phase which can be the next day. In addition, there might be eliminations after morning exams. In this case only some of the applicants move on to the afternoon exams. Applicants might also get intermediate assignments, which they are to do at home.


If an applicant is eliminated, there is no need to feel bad. It does not mean that the applicant is not talented. The starting groups are so small that the juries usually have to make very hard decision; it is very difficult to eliminate most of the applicants when all of them are good. Sometimes a jury might interrupt the applicant’s performance. That does not mean that the applicant has failed, it can be that the jury has already seen enough in order to evaluate the applicant’s talents.


Theatre Academy’s entrance exams are quite legendary. Please, do not base your expectations on internet discussions on TeaK, as applicants have subjective views and experiences on the exams. The exams focus on what is essential in the future education.


Each applicant is informed in good time whether they are invited to the entrance examination or not. If an applicant is invited, along with the invitation, he/she will get more information and instructions on the exams.


Studying at the Theatre Academy requires dedication. School days are often long, studies include a lot a physical exercises and all teaching emphasises also a knowledge of theatre and arts.


Entrance examination elimination system is different in each programme and also the length of the exams varies. An applicant, who has applied to two different programmes, can take part in both exams. However, taking part in both exams might be difficult with certain programmes as the exams overlap. In these cases, it is up to the applicant to decide which exam he/she will take. Applicants cannot change the entrance examination times assigned to them.


The number of new students admitted varies from year to year. However, there has not been any big changes in the amounts in recent years.

Contact Information

Theatre Academy's Admission Services

Tel. +358 50 349 6672



Theatre Academy
Admission Services
P.O. Box 29

(Visiting address and courier address:Theatre Academy, Haapaniemenkatu 6, 00530 Helsinki, Finland)
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