Frequently asked questions about student admissions
Q: How do I apply?
A: All applicants must fill in an electronic application form through the studyinfo.fi-website. The application form is open from January 10 to January 25th, 2017. In addition, other materials might be required, such as appendices, portfolios, advance or pre-entrance examination assignments, depending on the degree programme you are applying to. Be sure to check out detailed information on applying from the academies’ admissions guides:
Q: Are there fees for degree studies or the application?
A: From 1st August 2017 onwards, the University of the Arts Helsinki will charge tuition fees from non-EU and EEA students studying for a degree in a foreign language. The amount of the annual tuition fee will be 5,000 euros. The fee is the same for Bachelor’s and Master’s students. The University of the Arts Helsinki will introduce a scholarship programme in the form of tuition fee waivers, which aims to promote student recruitment and provide financial support for students who need it. Read more here.
Costs of living
Applicants should note that the university does not offer housing or free meals. Students are responsible for managing their costs of living. A student union membership entitles students to sizeable discounts, which help alleviate some costs of living, such as some part of public transportation and meals at school cafeterias.
Students from non-EU/EEA countries have to apply for residence permits, which are issued based on documents of available funds (appr. €7,000/year). Read more from the Finnish Migration Services' website. Applicants should also note that the University does not offer any scholarships for living expenses.
Q: Will the University of the Arts Helsinki introduce first-time applicant quotas?
A: No first-time applicant quotas will be introduced.
Q: Does the University of the Arts Helsinki accept transfer students from other universities?
A: University of the Arts Helsinki does not have a separate transfer student application process. Everybody applies for the right to complete a degree at the University of the Arts Helsinki by using the universities’ joint application system. In the field of arts in Finland, there are only a few genuine possibilities to transfer within the same field of study or from a suitable related field, which is why applying for a transfer from one university to another is not an available option in the field of arts. University of the Arts Helsinki strongly recommends that students who are already studying at a different university would finish the higher education degree that they have started first, and apply for a master’s degree at the University of the Arts Helsinki only after that. This would be a practical time to change fields or universities with respect to a student’s study path.
Q: Will I receive extra credit based on school grades, matriculation examination results, or art diplomas?
A: Students are admitted based on their success on the entrance examination and possible preliminary assignments.
Q: Is there an age limit for undergraduate and/or graduate education?
A: No. Students who have completed an appropriate general education programme are eligible.
Q: Do I have to participate in the entrance examination in Finland, or is it possible to replace the examination with something else?
A: The entrance examination must be completed in Finland. Sibelius Academy has programmes that are piloting video applications. Sibelius Academy’s guide for applicants has more information on this. Theatre Academy might use video application in some programmes, please see Admission Guide 2017 for more information.
Q: Can I register as absent for the first academic year?
A: According to the Universities Act, a first-year student may register as absent for the academic year for the following reasons only:
- Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
- Maternity, paternity or parental leave;
- The student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.
The absence permit must be applied for in written form from the application services by the date stated in the guide for applicants.
Q: Do I have to know Finnish to apply to the university’s academies?
A: The academies have different language requirements, which are presented in the guides for applicants. Short descriptions follow:
- Academy of Fine Arts: The Academy of Fine Arts requires adequate skills in Finnish, Swedish, or English. Maturity of the teaching is in Finnish or English, however, students can use Swedish orally and in written form during teaching and education assignments unless dictated otherwise in the curriculum or prohibited by the nature of the education. Applicants are to demonstrate their Finnish, Swedish or English language skills in the application phase.
- Sibelius Academy: Music education and 5.5-year church music studies require skills in Finnish or Swedish. Other programmes can be applied for with skills in English. Applicants from countries outside the EU/EFTA must demonstrate language certificates in the application stage. Arts Management programme applicants must all demonstrate English language certificates.
- Theatre Academy: Degree studies at the Theatre Academy require sufficient command of Finnish, Swedish, or English. Applicants must have command of the language of instruction used in the programme. Applicants are to demonstrate their Finnish, Swedish or English language skills in the application phase.
In programmes which have Finnish as teaching language students can use Swedish orally and in written form during teaching and education assignments unless dictated otherwise in the curriculum or prohibited by the nature of the education (the majority of group education is conducted in Finnish, making the language a necessity).