How to apply?

HELBUS admissions are based on essay questions and interviews gauging your motivation, strengths, and future career aspirations. We look for applicants who can provide balanced and well-thought arguments in their essay questions and demonstrate the level of communication required in higher education studies.

How to apply?

Applying is easy. Simply fill in the application form found in the blue box and upload scanned copies of your upper secondary schooling and other required documents (see below). You can save your application and return to complete it at any time. Remember to hit “submit” when you have completed everything.

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When to apply?

You can apply throughout the year. The available start dates and application deadlines depend on your background, as more time will be needed to apply for a residence permit.

What documents do you need to apply?

The minimum entry requirements are similar in different applicant groups but the documentation varies. For your application to be complete, please check here that you have provided the following documentation:

  Finnish citizens EU/EEA citizens Non-EU citizens
Online application form completed and submitted
Photo uploaded in your application
Upper secondary schooling leaving certificate (1) ✔(*) ✔ (*)
Certificate of English language (A1) proficiency (2) (2) (3)
(Transcripts and certificates of any other post-secondary education, if applicable) ✔(**)
Copy of passport
Copy of residence permit

(1) Upper secondary schooling leaving certificate is your high school or matriculation diploma, diploma from your 3-year vocational college programme, or similar document from your home country that states that you have the eligibility to apply for higher education studies. The document must be in Finnish or Swedish, or officially translated into English.

(*) You can apply even before receiving the final results of your matriculation exam. In such cases you may receive a conditional offer that will be made unconditional after you send us your final results.

(2) If you are an applicant from Finland or the EU/EEA, you do not need a formal English language proficiency test for your application, but you should demonstrate sufficient English skills in the application form and your high school diploma. Please note that sufficient English skills are an absolute necessity to be able to understand and contribute to the units effectively.

(3) If you are a non-EU citizen, IELTS 6.0 with no section below 5.5 is required, or similar. Citizens of United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not need an English language proficiency test.

** Mandatory condition for residence permits

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