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Eligibility

 

Eligibility in 2020 application period

Eligibility to apply for higher education studies can be obtained with:

  • the studies required for graduating from the Finnish upper secondary school or a Matriculation Examination
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree
  • an European Baccalaureate (EB) degree
  • a Reifeprüfung (RP) or Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) degree
  • a Finnish basic vocational degree covering 120 credits or a skills score of 180 or a corresponding earlier Finnish vocational degree covering at least 80 credits
  • a Finnish intermediate or higher vocational training degree
  • a Finnish basic vocational degree, another vocational degree or specialised vocational degree in the form of competence-based qualification, or a corresponding earlier degree, or
  • a foreign degree or qualification which gives eligibility for higher education in the awarding country (e.g. a high school diploma, an upper general certificate of education, a higher secondary school certificate).

The qualification must be completed by the end of the application period. This doesn’t apply to those who are graduating during the spring of the application period.

Applicants with an IB, EB or RP/DIA degree must upload to the application form a copy of the degree certificate by 29 January 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. Those who are graduating during the spring of the application period shall submit Predicted Grades or an equivalent interim certificate by 8 April 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. Copy of the final certificate must be submitted by 15 July 2020 at 3 p.m. Finnish time.

Applicants with a degree completed outside of Finland must upload to the application form copies of original final certificate and transcript of records used as the basis for application by 29 January 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time.

If the applicant is graduating during the spring of the application period, he / she must upload to the application form a copy of the transcript of records or other document by 29 January 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. The transcript of records or other document must state that the applicant will complete the degree in spring 2020. If the applicant will be admitted, he / she must submit copy of the final certificate / final diploma by 15 July 2020. If the applicant cannot submit the final certificate / final diploma, he / she must submit other document by 15 July 2020 proving that he / she has completed the degree. The document must also prove when he / she will receive the final certificate.

If the language of the certificate is other than Finnish, Swedish or English, an official translation must also be submitted. The translation must be signed and stamped by the authorized translator.

The admission is conditional until Savonia UAS has checked the applicant’s original final degree certificate / diploma or other documents (and translations if needed) in September when studies begin. If an applicant fails to submit the required document by the set date he / she will lose the study place in Savonia UAS.

Applicants with a refugee / refugee-like situation

If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his / her qualification, he / she can still apply to Savonia UAS. The applicant must have an official decision attesting to his / her refugee status, e.g. a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection.

In addition to filling in the online application form during the application period at www.studyinfo.fi an applicant with a refugee / refugee-like situation must upload to the application form a copy of the decision by 29 January 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time.

The admission is conditional until Savonia UAS has checked original document in September when studies begin. If an applicant fails to submit the original document by the set date he / she will lose the study place in Savonia UAS.
 

Additional requirements to Nursing applicants

Legislation relating to aptitude

Legislation applies to education leading to a degree in applied sciences in the field of health care and social services, the humanities, physical exercise and maritime navigation. These fields have requirements concerning the safety of minors, patient and customer safety or traffic safety which restrict student admission.

In the field of health care and social services the studies include working with customer groups requiring special protection, in which case ethical requirements and requirements for patient or customer safety are crucial. The health and functional capacity of students shall be such that they are capable of performing assignments and practical training related to their studies.
 

Those applying to the field should bear in mind that:

  • studying and working in a profession of this field requires sufficient physical, mental and social capacity
  • the field of health care and social services is not suitable for individuals convicted of one of the following: offences against children, sexual offences, violent offences, crimes against freedom, or drug offences
  • the field is not suitable for those who have been drug or alcohol abusers during the last two years
  • conditions such as musculoskeletal diseases, chronic skin diseases, allergies and mental health disorders may lead to health issues during studies or later on in working life
  • blood-borne illnesses may restrict practical training and, after graduation, the students’ placement in work assignments
  • many health care and social services operating units care for patients/clients susceptible to infections, and in order to work at these units, students and staff must have up-to-date vaccination cover (e.g. measles, chicken pox, whooping cough). In addition, annual influenza vaccination is required. The required vaccinations are free of charge for students in the field of health care and social services.

Applicants are required to provide information concerning their health status and functional capacity as required to assess admission at the request of the university of applied sciences concerned, as well as information on any possible prior decision on cancellation of their study entitlement.

Students are required to produce an extract from criminal records at the request of the university of applied sciences if working with minors forms an essential part of the tasks assigned to them during their studies or work placement periods that are part of their studies.

Universities of applied sciences are entitled to require a student to produce a certificate of a drugs test if there is any reason to suspect that the student is under the influence of drugs during practical assignments or during a work placement that is part of their studies, or that the student is addicted to drugs.
 

If you have any questions related to applying, please contact the Admission services.

Savonia UAS Admission services
admissions@savonia.fi
 

Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Admission services
P.O. Box 6 (Microkatu 1)
FI-70201 KUOPIO
FINLAND

Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.

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