Frequently asked questions about student admissions in Sibelius Academy

Updated 2 March 2021

General questions concerning applying

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 about the tuition fees

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 about the transfer study practices

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 about registration as absent during the first study year

Q: Where can I find more information on the COVID-19 pandemic in Finland?

A: Please see the pages of the Finnish government.

Q: Where can I get more information about studying in the Sibelius Academy?

A: Please see a) the programme-specific information pages and b) the study guide for course descriptions.

Q: May I submit entrance examination assignments by submitting a document containing a link to Dropbox, Google Drive or any similar cloud service?

A: No. We only accept the submission methods listed in our instructions. Any services in which files can be edited after the deadline are not accepted.

Church Music

Q: While recording the first stage organ works, can another person assist in turning pages and changing registrations? 

A: Yes. 


Orchestral Conducting

Q: Can the language used in the conducting demonstration of the first stage be a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish?

A: Yes. You may add subtitles to the video, if possible.


2.5-year master’s programme

Q: When applying for vocal studies in Jazz, can the required freely selected solo transcription be from any kind of instrument and sung in a different key than the original?

A: Applicants to jazz music can choose the required solo transcription from any instrument. Applicants to vocal studies can sing the transcription from a different key than the original.

Music Technology

Q: The contents of the portfolio are described in the admissions criteria as follows: “The portfolio must include a sound recording, a video recording, and/or other hypermedia or multimedia document.” How should this be interpreted?

A: The portfolio may consist of one or multiple types of media mentioned in the admissions criteria. All different combinations of these are permitted.

Q: The application form requires one to specify the instrument and the music style of the instrument audition. Can the instrument audition be given with two separate instruments, as long as the length of the audition does not exceed the 10 minute time limit?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a specific music style emphasized in the studies, i.e. does the music style (classical or popular music) of the instrument audition impact the application process?

A: No. All music styles are welcome.


Q: Can applicants use pre-recorded accompaniment in the second stage video recordings?

A: Using pre-recorded accompaniment is acceptable under the current circumstances.


Q: Can the applicant play more than one piece per instrument in the first stage of the entrance exam, as long as the duration per instrument is approximately 5 minutes as instructed?

A: Yes.


Q: In the first stage of the entrance exam applicants are required to play “a fast and a slow movement from a Viennese classical sonata”. Can these movements be recorded in separate takes?

A: Yes, you can record the fast and slow movements of your Viennese classical sonata in separate takes.

Wind instruments

Brass instruments

Q: The admissions guide states that the assignment “A brief introduction (3–5 min) to your previous studies, your motivation and your goals as a musician. You must give this introduction in Finnish or English.” is required. Does this introduction have to be recorded in the same take as the compositions? 

A: No. You can record the introduction in a separate take. 

Woodwind instruments

Q: Can the piano accompaniment in the video recordings be played from a track, as long as the video is otherwise made in accordance with the instructions?

A: No. Playing the accompaniment from a track is not permitted.

Sibelius Acad­emy’s Ju­nior Acad­emy

Q: On what basis are new students selected to the Junior Academy?

A:  Junior Academy students are selected by the Entrance Examination Board based on their abilities and motivation to acquire the necessary capabilities needed for higher education in music, demonstrated in the entrance examination auditions and possible other assignments (for example pre-examination assignments).

In accordance with the University of the Arts’ Board’s decision, the student quota of the Junior Academy is approximately 100. Thus the annual admission of new Junior Academy students depends on the amount of places that have become vacant. The amount of students selected for each major subject and main instrument depends on the major subject and main instrument distribution of the current Junior Academy student body.