Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Social Services

The general application eligibility requirements for bachelor’s degree programmes offered by universities of applied sciences are described in the Recommendation for Admissions Criteria for Universities of Applied Sciences 2018 (1 General Section: Bachelor’s Degree Programmes).

There is also a separate section for degree programmes provided in English (section 7.2 Student selection for full and part-time implementations in English). Please review these sections carefully.

You can apply to a bachelor’s degree programme if you have completed one of the following:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the matriculation examination
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma
  • a Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification with a scope of 120 credit units or 180 credit points, or a comparable previous Finnish vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification or a further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous education
  • a foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question.

Note that you cannot apply with a university or university of applied sciences degree.

Admission will be based solely on the results of the entrance examination. This applies to all applicants, including those applying with a Finnish qualification.

Diak does not use discretionary admission.

Required documents

Certificate copies can be submitted by post, email or visiting the admission services.

If you wish to visit the admission services, note that you must be ready to submit copies; we do not copy applicant documents. For a more detailed schedule, see the schedule appendix of the Recommendation for Admissions Criteria.

Certificate copies arriving late will not be accepted.

Finnish qualifications

If you are applying with a Finnish qualification certificate, you do not need to submit copies of your certificates when applying, as these will only be verified for those admitted as students.

If you are admitted as a student, you will need to submit a copy of your final certificate (or a provisional certificate issued by the educational institute on the graduation) by 10 July 2018 before 3:00pm Finnish time.

However, if you have taken the Finnish Matriculation Examination (ylioppilastutkinto) prior to year 1990, you need to submit a copy of your matriculation examination certificate to the admission services of your first-choice university of applied sciences by 7 February 2018 before 3:00pm Finnish time.

Applicants with other than Finnish qualifications

Please read this section carefully if you have one of the following:

  • international matriculation examinations (International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, Reifeprüfung)
  • qualifications outside of Finland.

If you are applying with an international matriculation examination diploma completed in Finland or another country, you submit a copy of your diploma by 7 February 2018 before 3:00pm Finnish time to the admission services of your first-choice university of applied sciences.

If you are an IB, EB or RP candidate and are graduating during the application period, you must submit a Predicted Grades or equivalent by 13 April 2018 before 3:00pm Finnish time. You also have to submit a copy of your diploma (or Transcript of Grades, if you are completing an IB diploma) by 13 July 2018 before 3:00pm Finnish time.

If you have completed some other qualification outside Finland, you must submit a copy of your degree certificate or a provisional certificate issued by the educational institution on your graduation by 7 February 2018 before 3:00 pm Finnish time. 

Official translations of certificates

Each applicant must submit a copy of their qualification certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator, if the original document is in none of these languages. Translations must be signed and stamped by the translator.

The translations must be submitted by 7 February 2018 before 3:00pm Finnish time to the admission services of the applicant’s first-choice university of applied sciences, or by 10 July 2018 before 3:00pm Finnish time for those graduating during the application period.

Applicants with refugee status

A person with refugee status* or an asylum seeker may apply and be accepted to study in education just as any other eligible citizen of Finland or any other country.

If the applicant is a refugee, has status comparable to a refugee** or is an asylum seeker, and cannot thus verify their previous degree with relevant documentation, the higher education institution may invite the applicant to take an entrance exam or, if necessary, submit the application for academic assessment.

The higher education institution of the degree programme will use the report requested from the applicant as basis for making the decision on whether the documentation on the previous degree is sufficient.

The applicant must have a decision by the authorities concerning their status (decision on asylum or residence permit on the basis of protection).

The applicant must submit a copy of the relevant decision by 7 February 2018 before 3:00pm Finnish time to the admission services of all the applied higher education institutions.

In order to declare their status, an asylum seeker who has not yet been granted a decision may verify their status by presenting an identity card with a photograph granted by Migri.

In addition, when required by the degree programme, they must present a fee-based (€20) pending application by Migri that states that the applicant is permitted to legally reside in Finland during the time when their case is being processed, i.e. until a lawful decision has been made on the case.

*a person with refugee status i.e. asylum = Residence outside of one’s country of origin or country of former habitual residence owing to a justified fear of being persecuted in the country concerned. The reason for persecution must be the person’s origin, religion, nationality, membership in a certain social group, or political opinions. It is also assumed that because of the person’s fear, they are unwilling to turn to the country concerned for protection.

** a person whose status is comparable to a refugee is a person provided with subsidiary protection = the person faces a risk of being subjected to the death penalty, execution, torture or other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in their home country or country of former habitual residence. A permit may also be issued if the person is unable to return to their home country or country of former habitual residence without being exposed to serious and individual threat as a result of an armed conflict in the country concerned.

Document forgery and misuse may lead to criminal responsibility and belongs to police authority.

Language certificates

Applicants do not need to submit evidence of English language proficiency.

Applicants’ English language proficiency will be tested in the entrance examination. Note that other universities of applied sciences may also require a proof of Finnish skills when applying.

Original qualification certificates

Diak will check the original certificates from all accepted applicants at the beginning of studies.

Admission is conditional until the original certificates have been checked and compared to the information the applicant has given when applying.

Failure to present original documents may lead to cancellation of admission.