If you are looking for information about open university routes into Finnish-language degree programmes, please see this page.
Becoming a degree-pursuing student is possible through several different admission processes: you may be admitted on the basis of a motivational letter, an entrance exam, or based on your previous diploma. The open university route is an alternative way of applying as a degree student; you are free to apply through any useful routes simultaneously. In Finland, open university routes have been available for several years and we are happy to announce that the first open university routes to English-language degree programmes are now open, with more on the way.
An open university route to a university means that you complete a set of studies as an open university student, after which you may apply to become a degree student. The admission criteria of each programme specify what studies you need to complete and how well to be eligible. There is a fixed number of seats to be filled by applicants; if there are more eligible applicants than there are seats, applicants will be selected on the order of their grades. Please note that English-language programmes also have requirements on your English-language skills. The application period is once per year, in the spring.
Admission criteria and the application timetable are confirmed yearly, and they are made public in the autumn, by October. The criteria can change or be updated so it is recommended to always check the criteria when they are published.
The studies offered via the open university are always parts of university degrees – in other words, the courses you take are the same ones degree students also complete. This means that the route studies you take at our open university will be approved as parts of your degree, which makes your future degree studies a bit lighter and can help you graduate sooner.
In short: you can begin degree studies before being admitted as a degree student.
Studying at an open university with the goal of becoming a degree-pursuing student is a long-term project and it is a good idea to plan your studies ahead – this may be done together with that academic subject’s coordinator or with a guidance counsellor; contact us at email@example.com and we'll be glad to help.
The open university route is worth your while!
- You can start your studies flexibly while still working, for example.
- You get an idea of what studying a specific subject is like.
- You will have a part of your degree already done when you’re admitted as a degree student.
- You can familiarize yourself with UEF and hone your study skills before embarking on full-time studies.
More information about studying at the Open university can be found here: How to study at the Open university.