Apply to Sibelius Academy
Instructions on applying to Sibelius Academy's 5.5- and 2.5-year programmes: admissions schedule, required certificates and pre-examination assignments, and information on the entrance examinations
Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts (Uniarts) Helsinki selects new students only once a year in the spring. The online application is filled in and submitted via the national Finnish application system Studyinfo (Opintopolku in Finnish). Prior to applying, make sure you have all the necessary documents and have acquainted yourself with the general admissions requirements as well as the programme-specific admissions requirements so that you know your rights and obligations in the application process.
N.B.! If you are applying to Sibelius Academy's Junior Academy or the doctoral programme, this process is not meant for you. If you are already a student of Uniarts Helsinki and are applying for a change of study right, read more on our intranet Artsi.
Sibelius Academy’s admissions brochure for the year 2019 has been published! In the brochure you'll find information on programs, applying and studying at the Sibelius Academy and in Finland. In addition, the brochure contains international students’ interviews. Read the brochure here.
Restrictions on student admission starting from the beginning of 2012. Read more here (document is in 3 languages).
Ask and apply! The Sibelius Academy's admissions chat
Are you interested in studying at Sibelius Academy but don't exactly know how to get started? Not to worry, now is your chance to get answers! Admissions chat is for international students, who are interested in a Bachelor's or a Master's level degree at the Sibelius Academy.
Join our live stream at Facebook on November 22 at 6 PM, (GMT+2) to submit your questions. The chat will present student and staff representatives from various Sibelius Academy departments and the participants will be announced at a later stage. Link to the live chat will be availbale here later.
The next application period for studies starting in the autumn of 2019 is open between 9 and 23 January 2019 (the application period ends at 3 pm Finnish time on the last day).
Sibelius Academy admits new students through the Joint Application procedure as well as through the Separate Application procedure. Most of the applicants apply through the Joint Application procedure and take part in the entrance examinations in April/May. The Separate Application procedure is carried out in an earlier schedule and it contains e.g. all programmes that use video auditioning instead of entrance examinations held in Helsinki. Sibelius Academy's Opera prgramme is also a part of the Separate Application procedure and the entrance examination for this programme will be held in March 2019. In the programme-specific admissions requirements, the programmes that are a part of the Separate Application procedure are clearly marked.
► Deliver a certificate of your prior education in the Studyinfo system no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time). For more information on delivering your certificates, please see the section "Deliver your certificates".
► Deliver a certificate of your language skills in the Studyinfo system no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time). N.B.! For the programmes that are a part of the Separate Application procedure, the deadline for language certificates is, however, not until 31 May 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time)! For more information on delivering your certificates, please see the section "Deliver your certificates".
► Deliver a copy of your passport in the Studyinfo system no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time). For more information on delivering your certificates, please see the section "Deliver your certificates".
► Deliver your pre-examination assignments via the Embark system no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time). For more information on delivering your pre-examination assignments, please see the section "Deliver your pre-examination assignments".
► In some programmes that are a part of the Separate Application procedure, video auditions replace the entrance examinations, and you do not need to attend the entrance examination at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In this case, deliver your audition video via the Embark system no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time).
The eligibility decision is made 15 February 2019 (Separate Application procedure) / 27 February 2019 (Joint Application procedure).
Entrance examinations are arranged in April-May (except Opera programme). Preliminary examination dates can be found in the programme-specific admissions requirements.
Admissions results are published 28 March 2019 (Separate Application procedure) / 6 June 2019 (Joint Application procedure).
Feedback on the entrance examinations is available between 28 March and 11 April 2019 (Separate Application procedure) / 6 and 20 June 2019 (Joint Application procedure).
You must accept the offered study place no later than 26 April 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (Separate Application procedure) / 8 July 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time (Joint Application procedure).
More detailed admissions requirements can be found in the programme-specific admissions requirements.
Choose your study programme
Acquaint yourself with the different study options at the Sibelius Academy.
Make sure you are eligible to the programme you plan on applying to. More information on eligibility requirements can be found in Sibelius Academy's general admissions requirements.
You can apply to one or several programmes at the Sibelius Academy. Please state your order of preference on the application form. You cannot change the chosen programmes or their internal order of preference after the end of the application period.
You can apply either for the 5.5-year programme leading both to a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees, or for the 2.5-year programme leading only to a Master’s degree. N.B.! During one application period, you can only apply for either the 2.5-year or the 5.5-year programme of a single main subject, or main instrument. If you still have applied for both the 2.5-year and the 5.5-year programme, your application to the 2.5-year programme will be taken into account if you are eligible. If you are not eligible for the 2.5-year programme, your application to the 5.5-year programme will be taken into account.
If you have completed a higher education degree at the Sibelius Academy, you cannot apply to the same main subject (or the same main instrument in the case of Classical Music Performance) again. An applicant who has completed a Master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy with Classical Music Performance / Piano as main subject cannot apply for the 2.5-year programme in Piano Chamber Music and Lied.
Fill in and submit the application form
Applications are filled in at https://studyinfo.fi/. The application period starts 9 January 2019 and ends 23 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time), at which time online applications must be saved in the Studyinfo system. Late applications will not be accepted. Submittal of pre-examination assignments or other enclosures is not considered initiation of application proceedings if you do not submit the application form by the deadline.
Before filling in your application form, remember to check the admissions requirements for the degree programme you plan on applying to (such as audition programme and pre-examination assignments), from the programme-specific admissions guides.
All Sibelius Academy's programmes can be found under University of the Arts Helsinki in Opintopolku.
In your application, fill in all the educations you have completed, also those you complete after the application period but before 8 July 2019. If you graduate after the application period has ended, choose the alternative best applies to your forthcoming degree and mark 2019 as the year of completion or give an estimated graduation date if asked.
Once you have submitted your application form, you will receive a message of confirmation from the address email@example.com.
N.B.! If your contact information changes after the application period has ended, please inform the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office about your new contact details!
Special arrangements in the entrance examination
If you require special arrangements at the entrance examination because of a sensory or physical disability or other corresponding reason, you must submit an application for special arrangements to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office within the application period via e-mail.
To clarify for the need of special arrangements and the nature of the disability or other condition, you must submit a medical certificate by a specialist or other corresponding expert as an appendix to your application for special arrangements. For more information, please see the general admissions requirements.
Deliver your certificates
All certificates must arrive at the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time). Submit your certificates with your application form via the Studyinfo portal (as a .PDF file). N.B.! For the programmes that are a part of the Separate Application procedure, the deadline for language certificates is, however, not until 31 May 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time)!
All applicants are required to deliver:
- A certificate of your prior education. Certificates for an unfinished education or degree qualification need not be submitted in the initial application stage. You must submit a copy of your certificate after you graduate, but no later than 8 July 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time). If you have completed your education outside of Finland, Sibelius Academy might ask for a clarification of the educational system in the country in question and the level of completed education in this system.
- A certificate demonstrating your command of the language of instruction used in the programme you're applying to. If you demonstrate sufficient language skills through previously completed studies, the degree certificate or its supporting document must clearly state the language in which said studies were completed.
- If you apply to study in English, we need a possible document (f. ex. a passport copy) which shows that you are entitled to exemption from tuition fee. Without this document, you will be considered as required to pay a tuition fee.
The certificates must state your current name and the degree programme / main subject / main instrument they relate to. If the certificates are not in Finnish, Swedish, or English, you must submit a translation of the certificate by an authorised translator in one of these languages.
If you are a are refugee or in a refugee-like situation and are unable to submit documentary evidence of your qualification, you may still be deemed eligible to apply. You must have an official statement of refugee status from the authorities (a decision on refuge or residence permit on the basis of protection). You must submit a copy of the aforementioned decision to the admissions office no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time.
Deliver your pre-exam assignments and/or video audition via the Embark system
Only a part of Sibelius Academy's programmes require pre-examination assignments. If the programme you're planning to apply to requires pre-examination assignments, it will be stated in the programme-specific admissions guides.
Pre-examination assignments are delivered via the electronic Embark-system no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time). The assignments must state your name and the main subject or instrument you are applying to. Other enclosures than those mentioned in the admissions requirements are not to be submitted to the Sibelius Academy. N.B.! Pre-examination assignments cannot be submitted via e-mail or with the application form in the Studyinfo portal!
N.B.! Please reserve ample time for uploading your pre-examination assignments! If you fail to provide a pre-examination assignment or other required attachments (for example, a CV) or if you have not provided it in the required format, you will not get an invitation to the entrance examinations.
>> Instructions on how to submit materials online via the Embark system
(the document is is three languages, the English version starts from page 5)
Deliver your video audition
In some programmes that are a part of the Separate Application procedure, video auditions replace the entrance examinations, and the applicant does not need to attend the entrance examination at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. For more information about video auditioning, please see the programme-specific admissions guides.
The audition videos and other enclosures included in the programme-specific entrance requirements must be submitted via the Embark system so that they arrive no later than 30 January 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time). N.B.! Video auditions cannot be submitted via e-mail or with the application form in the Studyinfo portal!
Your eligibility will be checked after the application period ends. If you're deemed eligible, you will get an invitation via e-mail no later than 2-3 weeks before the entrance examinations. We kindly ask you to confirm receipt of the invitation to the entrance examination. If you do not receive an invitation 3 weeks before the entrance examination date, please check your spam folder first and then contact the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office. In some programmes only a part of the applicants will be invited to take part in the actual entrance examination, based on their pre-examination assignments. The ones who are not invited will be informed via e-mail ca. one month before the entrance examination date.
Entrance examinations will be held mainly in April-May (not including Opera porgramme). You must attend the entrance examination in person and you are responsible for any travel expenses that accompany the entrance examination. If you do not participate in the entrance examinations, you cannot be admitted to study. Each applicant is given a set time for the entrance examination. The timeslot cannot be changed. You must notify Sibelius Academy Admissions Office if you will not be able to attend the entrance examination. N.B.! In some programmes that are a part of the Separate Application procedure, video auditions replace the entrance examinations, and the applicants do not need to attend the entrance examination at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
At all the examinations, you must present official proof of identity (either a passport or a EU identity card). A driving license issued by the Finnish police authority is also considered a valid proof of identity.
If the entrance examination has several parts, you will be advised of when and where your results will be posted no later than at the entrance examination.
Entrance examination dates and places
The examination dates will be published in the programme-specific admissions requirements as soon as they have been decided, no later than in January 2019. Please note that the dates are preliminary. N.B.! General examinations in Music Theory and Solfége are held only once a week, so the audition may be on another day!
The examinations will take place on all of Sibelius Academy's premises:
Helsinki Music Centre / M-building: Töölönlahdenkatu 16, 00100 Helsinki
N-building: Nervanderinkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki
T-building (Wegelius Hall, Ackté Hall, T-auditorium, classrooms T-): Töölönkatu 28, 00260 Helsinki
Old examination tasks
Arts Management: entrance examination (written section)
Jazz: theory exam
Composition and Music Theory: theory and analysis assignment for composition / music theory as a main subject exam
The guide to general musicianship skills is a guide for students who plan to apply for classical instrumental or vocal studies, or church music studies at the Sibelius Academy.
Announcement of results and accepting your study place
We will publish the results of the entrance examinations on 28 March 2019 (Separate Application procedure) and 6 June 2019 (Joint Application procedure) on the Uniarts Helsinki website including names of those applicants who have given permission to publish their names online. The decisions will be available on Sibelius Academy’s premises in Helsinki (Nervanderinkatu 13) and Kuopio.
You will be notified via e-mail on the day of the results if you have been awarded a study place or if you have been put on the wait list. Other applicants will not be notified of the admissions results via e-mail.
You can request rectification from Uniarts Helsinki if you feel that a mistake has occurred in our decision-making. The rectification procedure is not intended for requests for feedback or additional information about admissions.
Accept your study place
You need to accept your study place by 26 April 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time) (Separate Application procedure) or 8 July 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time) (Joint Application procedure) at the latest.
You can accept your study place electronically in the Studyinfo system or by submitting the confirmation form attached to your letter of acceptance to Sibelius Academy Admissions Office via e-mail. The confirmation of acceptance is binding. For more information, please see our general admissions requirements.
The academic year starts and new students are required to assemble mid-August. If the Sibelius Academy decides to offer a remedial course in theory subjects before mid-August, the course participants will be informed about the detailed schedule for the course in the letter of acceptance.
Under certain circumstances you can apply for the right to be absent for the first year of studies. The right to absence must be applied for in writing at Uniarts Helsinki by 8 July 2019 at 3 pm (Finnish time). For more information, please see our general admissions requirements.
If you have any questions, you can send them to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office.
+358 40 7104 211
Sibelius Academy Admissions Office, P.O. Box 32, FI-00097 UNIARTS, Finland
Visiting address and address for the courier mail:
Nervanderinkatu 13, 00100 HELSINKI, Finland
Opening hours, spring 2019
Sibelius Academy Admissions Office is open 21-23 January 2019 between 9-15 (Finnish time) and 29-30 January 2019 between 12-15 (Finnish time). Other than this, the Admissions Office is open only by appointment.