Frequently asked questions about admissions

1. Do I need to pay tuition to study in Finland?

Universities of applied sciences and universities charge a tuition fee from bachelor’s or master’s level students studying in languages other than Finnish or Swedish since 1 August 2017. EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to the charge.

Diak has set the cost of bachelor’s level programmes at €4,000 and the cost of master’s level programmes at €6,000 per year.

The fee will not be charged from persons who are equated with EU area citizens or their family members. The exemption will also apply to those who have an EU blue card stated in the Aliens Act, a continuous or permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EC residence permit.

EU countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

EEA countries are: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

For more information on the joint application process, please see the Studyinfo portal.

2. Can I apply for a scholarship?

All tuition-paying students who obtained more than 55 credits during the previous academic year may be granted a scholarship. The size of the scholarship is 50% of the annual tuition fee. Students may apply for scholarships for their final semester if they have obtained no fewer than 27 credits during the semester in which they apply. We do not grant scholaships for first-year students.

Scholarships are applied for by using a standard form. The application time is May for the following academic year and December for the final semester, after all study achievements have been credited.

The scholarships committee makes the decisions about scholarships within one month from the end of the application period.

3. What educational qualifications do I need to apply?

4. Can I apply with a degree from a university or a university of applied sciences?

You may not apply with a university degree to our Degree Programme in Social Services. The eligibility criteria are different for our MA programmes. Please see the eligibility criteria.

5. How do I know if I qualify as a first-time applicant?

If you have completed a higher education degree in Finland, or you have accepted an offer to study at a university or a university of applied sciences as a result of a joint application process from spring 2014 or later, you no longer qualify as a first-time applicant.

6. Can I supplement or amend my application?

Applicants can change their study programme choices and orders of preference only during the joint application period. To make these changes, you must log into the Studyinfo service. For more information on making changes, see the Studyinfo portal.

All changes to the application form must be communicated to the appropriate Admissions Office in writing, for instance, by e-mail. The submission of certificates to the Admissions Office or for supplementing the entrance exam is not considered a change in an applicant’s application. Otherwise, changes must be specific and unambiguous. Please indicate your full name and application number in any messages.

7. How do I cancel my application?

If you wish to cancel your application, please contact the admissions office of your first choice programme. Contact information for the Diak Admission Services.

8. Will I be invited to the entrance examination?

All eligible applicants will be invited to an entrance examination by email.

9. Can I take the entrance examination outside of Finland?

We only organise our entrance exams in Helsinki, Finland. It is not possible to take the entrance exam outside of Finland.

10. How do I accept or reject a study place offer?

If you are accepted to a programme of your choice in joint application, Studyinfo will send you a notification that includes instructions for confirming that you accept or reject the offer. To accept/reject the offer, click on the link in the message and follow the instructions.

For additional instructions, see the Studyinfo portal. The official Diak website also has an information page for new students.

If you are accepted to our Master’s programme, you will be informed of the results by email that includes instructions for confirming that you accept or reject the offer.

11. Can I accept two offers?

You can only accept one offer from a higher education institution to begin your studies per term.

You have the right to pursue more than one degree, but the offers to study for these degrees need to be accepted in different semesters. The one study place per term provision does not apply to transfers to new institutions. Read more on the Studyinfo portal.

12. Can I postpone the start of my studies?

You can register as non-attending for your first academic year for the following reasons:

  • service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women’s Voluntary Military Service (194/1995)
  • maternity, paternity or parental leave
  • if you cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.

(Universities of Applied Sciences Act)

13. What can I do if I am dissatisfied with the final results of the application process?

Applicants dissatisfied with Diak’s student selection decision can appeal the decision.

Before making an appeal, please review the eligibility criteria of the degree programme to which you applied.

After reviewing the criteria, you may contact Diak’s Admission Services. Admission Services will clarify why you were not accepted as a student. Admission Services can also give you the contact information of the Study Advisor of the degree programme who will further discuss the matter with you, if needed.

If you wish to take the matter further after you have contacted the Study Guidance Counsellor, you can do so by writing a formal appeal. Address the appeal to Diak’s examination board and send it to:

Admission Services
Diaconia University of Applied Sciences
PB 12
FI-00511 Helsinki

The appeal has to be made in writing and it has to reach Admission Services within two weeks of when the results of the student selection have been announced. The examination board will consider the appeal in their meeting and the applicant will be notified of the decision in writing.

Note that appealing against the admission criteria is not possible. If you do not fulfill the eligibility criteria and admission requirements, you do not have grounds for an appeal.

14. Where can I find statistics on the annual number of applicants?

Click the links below to see statistics for previous years. Please note that the scores of the various application rounds are not fully comparable and that the selection criteria and scoring were revised nationally in autumn 2014 and spring 2016. Applicant statistics are only available in Finnish.

For more statistics on the joint application process, please see the National Board of Education statistics.