Frequently asked questions about student admissions in Sibelius Academy

Updated 31 October 2019

Q: How do I apply?
A: All applicants must fill in an electronic application form through the Studyinfo application system. In addition, other materials might be required, such as appendices or pre-examination assignments, depending on the degree programme you are applying to. Be sure to check out detailed information on applying from the admissions guides.

Q: Is there a separate admissions process for international applicants?
A: Sibelius Academy welcomes international applicants to our programmes. Domestic and international applicants go through the same admissions process and follow the same guidelines.

Q: Do I have to know Finnish to apply to Sibelius Academy?
A: Only our Music Education programme requires skills in Finnish or Swedish. All other programmes are offered also in English and you do not need to know Finnish to be able to apply. Please note, that all applicants must have command of the language of tuition used in the programme. You must demonstrate your English, Finnish, or Swedish language skills during the application phase.
See also: Do you have to know Finnish in order to study with us?

Q: Is there an age limit for undergraduate and/or graduate education?
A: There is no age limit for applicants. Students who have completed an appropriate education required for the programme in question are eligible.

Q: Are there fees for degree studies or the application?
A: From 1st August 2017 onwards, Uniarts Helsinki charges tuition fees from non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a degree in English. The fee is the same for bachelor- and master-level students. Read more here.

In addition, all students pay the annual mandatory Student Union membership fee (ca 115€) that entitles you to sizeable discounts, which help alleviate some costs of living (such as a part of public transportation and meals at school cafeterias). NOTE! The university does not offer housing or free meals. Students are responsible for managing their costs of living. The university does not offer scholarships for living expenses.

Q: Am I allowed to apply to more than one programme during the same application period?
A: You can apply for up to six programmes during one application period. You can be offered several study places in joint application in spring. Please note that you may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland in education that begins in the same academic term. This rule applies to all higher education.

NOTE! 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.

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 only.

Q: Do I have to participate in the entrance examination in Finland, or is it possible to replace the examination with something else?
A: In general, the entrance examination must be completed in Finland. However, in some programmes video auditions replace entrance examinations, and you do not need to attend the entrance examination at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. The programme-specific admissions criteria will mention the video auditions if they are available.

Q: Does Uniarts Helsinki accept transfer students from other universities?
A: Uniarts Helsinki does not have a separate transfer student application process. Everybody applies for the right to complete a degree by using the Finnish national joint application system Studyinfo. Read more here.

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 statutory reasons. Read more here.