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. EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to the charge.

The tuition fee in our Bachelor’s degree programme in Social Services is €4,000 per academic year and in our Master’s degree programmes €6,000 per academic year.

You are exempted from paying tuition fees if you have one of the documents mentioned below:

  • Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland
  • EU Blue Card
  • Continuous residence permit card in Finland, Type A permit
  • EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland
  • Permanent residence permit card in Finland, Type P permit
  • EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU)

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 tuition fees, please visit the Studyinfo portal.

2. Can I apply for a scholarship?

We do not grant scholarships for first-year students.

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.

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.

For further information, please see the Tuition fees and scholarships webpage.

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?

A university or university of applied sciences degree (bachelor’s or master’s degree) does not grant eligibility to our Degree Programme in Social Services. Please see the eligibility criteria.

Applicants to our MA programmes should have a suitable bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 36 months (3 years) of work experience gained after their graduation. Please see the eligibility criteria.

5. How do I know if I qualify as a first-time applicant? Do you have a quota for first-time applicants?

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.

For more information, please visit the Studyinfo portal.

We do not have a quota for first-time applicants to our Degree Programme in Social Services.

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 need to use the link that you received in the confirmation email.

All changes that you are unable to make yourself must be communicated to the appropriate Admissions Services in writing, for instance, by e-mail. The submission of certificates to the Admissions Services is not considered a change in an applicant’s application. Amendment request 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 Admission Services of your first-choice programme.

8. Will I be invited to the entrance examination?

All applicants who have proved their eligibility by the given deadlines will be invited to Diak’s 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. Do I need a visa to travel to Finland?

For visa related questions, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland website.

11. 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.

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.

12. Can I accept two offers?

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

13. 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)

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

Applicants dissatisfied with Diak’s student selection decision have the right to 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 can give you a breakdown of your score and the contact  information of the Study Guidance Counsellor who can 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 (14 days) 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.

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

If you are interested in application statistics for the degree programmes taught in Finnish, please visit the Finnish FAQ section.

These statistics only include our BA and MA programmes taught in English.

  • Spring 2019: lowest accepted scores for accepted applicants from the joint application and separate application processes
  • Spring 2018: lowest accepted scores for accepted applicants from the joint application and separate application processes
  • Spring 2017: lowest accepted scores for accepted applicants from the joint application and separate application processes
  • Spring 2016: lowest accepted scores forccepted applicants from the joint application and separate application processes

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