This page will be updated for 2019 by the end of September.

Language requirements

All applicants must have good skills in English. As a general rule, you do not need to prove your English language skills with a language test, if you have graduated from a higher education institution in Great Britain, Ireland, United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand and your degree has been fully completed in English. However, language skills requirements are always programme-specific, so please check the programmes' websites for more detailed information.

Online studies or studies completed on offshore campuses outside the accepted countries cannot be used to indicate language skills, even if the degree-awarding institution is located in one of the accepted countries.

It is very important to the admissions process that applicants verify their language skills as required by the programme. You need to find out the programme-specific language requirements from the website of the programme you are interested in or from

It is always the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the application documents reach the University  by the deadline. We do not process any application documents that have arrived after the deadline.

If your are applying to more than one programme and verifying your language skills with a language test, we need to receive the test result only once. All language test results must be verifiable from the test organiser.

If  you are applying with one degree and indicating your language skills with another, you are required to submit educational documents regarding both degrees. You can only indicate your language skills with an incomplete degree, if you are applying for the studies with the same degree.  All educational documents must be officially certified (attested). Please also note country-specific requirements

Language tests

It is up to the applicants to take the language test in time. It should be noted that it may take several weeks before the test results are available.

All language test results must arrive at the University by the application deadline.

Most of the programmes require that the applicants have passing scores in an internationally recognised language proficiency test.  Please check the language requirements of each of the Master's Degree Programmes.

  • IELTS (Academic)
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) 
  • TOEFL pBT (paper-based test) 
  • PTE

TOEFL, IELTS and PTE certificates are valid for two years from the day they are issued and they have to be valid throughout the entire application period. Please note that language requirements may change from year to year, so please check the specific language requirements of each of the Master's Degree Programmes.

IELTS: When requesting the IELTS test centre to forward your language test results to UEF, please write down University of Eastern Finland as the receiver of the test result.  We accept electronic test scores only when they are made available to UEF online by the test organiser. Please note that trf links sent by e-mail will not be accepted.

Paper copies of IELTS score slips are accepted from both the test organiser and the applicant. They do not need to be attested as UEF will always verify the test results with the test organiser. Please note that score slips sent to UEF as e-mail attachments will not be accepted. Also note that after you have taken the test, it usually takes about 13 days for the test results to be published.

TOEFL: When filling out the TOEFL Registration Form, please fill in University of Eastern Finland's Institution Code 9779  in the Score Report Recipient field. The testing centre must send the score slip directly to the University or make its electronic equivalent available to UEF. Please note that test results sent by the applicant will not be accepted. Be advised that after you have been informed of the test score, it takes approximately three weeks for the test result to reach University of  Eastern Finland (UEF).

CAE and CPE: Send your test result to the University of Eastern Finland. Your results will be verified from the test organiser. Include your Candidate’s ID  (3 letters and 6 numbers) and secret code (4 numbers). These codes can be found on your Confirmation of Entry and Timetable document. If you do not have these codes, please contact Cambridge ESOL. Please note that tests taken before 2005 are not accepted.

PTE: , Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic is a paperless test, the results of which are typically available within 5 working days following the test session. Once you receive your test score send it to University of Eastern Finland from your PTE account. Choose Finland as the ‘Country’, ‘University of Eastern Finland’ as the ‘Institution’ and click ‘Search’. Then select the university you want to send your results to and confirm your order. After this, we should have access to your test results within 48 hours. Be advised that online language test results will only be accepted from the test organiser.

Applicants might be exempt from submitting the official language proficiency test if the degree has been conducted in English language in a certain country or countries. Please check the requirements of the programme you are interested in.