Selection of students

Preliminary info for the 2018 intake!

Students will be selected on the basis of the application documents - there is no entrance examination in international degree programmes at the University of Tampere.

All applications will be preprocessed by UAF. Before UAF sends the applications to UTA for the selection process they will

  • check if your application has arrived within the given deadline
  • verify your language skills and check that you are eligible to apply for the programme
  • check that all of your required educational documents have arrived and then verify your credentials.

UAF will send you notification by e-mail when they have processed your application documents.

At UTA the decisions on acceptance of students are made by the faculty organising the Master's degree programme. The number of accepted students is decided yearly by the Faculty Council, based on the resources available in the faculty in question.

Student selection is based on the assessment of the combination of your

  • success in your previous studies,
  • your motivation to study in the programme they have applied to, and
  • your language skills.

Previous work experience and other merits may also be taken into account in the selection of students. Programmes may also use phone, Skype or video interviews in the selection process. For more information on the procedures, please see the admission criteria for each programme.

The competition is high as the number of eligible applications annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. Applicants who do not meet the general eligibility and programme-specific admission criteria will not be selected.

Please be assured that all applicants will be treated equally on the basis of their qualifications and abilities in relation to the programme of study applied for.

Publication of admissions results

Names of successful applicants who have given permission to announce their names online can be viewed on the Admission results page. This is the only official website on which the admission results are published online.

In the 2018 admission, admission results are published by 29 March 2018. All applicants will be informed of the result either by e-mail or by post. If you are selected into a programme, you will need to confirm the acceptance of the study place by the date given in the letter of acceptance.

Rectification procedure

If you consider that a clear mistake has been made in the admission procedure, you may ask the Faculty Council to reconsider the decision. A written request addressed to the Faculty Council of the Faculty in question must reach the University Registry within 14 days from the official publication of the results. The request must be sent to the following address: University Registry (Kirjaamo), FI-33014 University of Tampere, Finland.

The Faculty Council will decide whether there are grounds to change the admission decision. You will be notified of the result after the Council meeting.

Acceptance of a study place

If you accept the offered study place you must return the confirmation form or confirm the study place electronically in by the deadline stated in the letter of acceptance. In addition, you must register at UTA during the registration period stated in the letter of acceptance.

New students who do not send the confirmation form and register by the deadline will lose their right to study. To regain it, they will have to apply in the next admission round.

The University of Tampere reserves the right to cancel the start of the programme if there are not enough eligible candidates or if not enough admitted students accept the study place in the programme.

NB! The admission results of some other application periods in Finland, such as the joint application period (Korkeakoulujen yhteishaku) are published only after the deadline for accepting a study place in the University of Tampere international admissions has expired. Therefore, if you have been accepted to an international Master’s degree programme at the University of Tampere but are also waiting for results from other admissions in Finland, you will have to decide whether you accept your place or discard it in favour of waiting for other results.

One study place regulation

According to the Universities Act (558/2009, section 38) and University of Tampere’s Regulations on Degrees (section 12), a student may accept only one study place in a degree programme leading to a degree during the same semester.

What this means is that if you have been admitted to more than one degree programme in Finnish universities starting in the autumn semester 2018, you can only accept one of the offered places. However, accepting another study place in studies beginning in a different semester is possible.

In the University of Tampere international admissions you will only be offered one study place per admission round. You can apply to more than one Master's degree programme, but you will be asked to put them in order of preference in the application form. If you could be selected into several programmes, you will be offered a study place in the Master's degree programme that is highest in your order of preference.

Postponing the start of studying

Dates for the 2018 intake to be confirmed!

This is an unofficial translation. In the event of any discrepancies between the Finnish and English versions, the original Finnish version shall prevail.

An admitted new student must have a lawful reason for enrolling as absent in the first year of study (voluntary military service or conscription; maternity, paternity or parental leave; or an injury or illness which prevents the student from starting his/her studies).

Postponing the start of studying until the following academic year because of a reason decreed by the University does not affect the time by which the student should accept the study place offered to him/her. Please make sure you notify the University about accepting your study place by the given deadline even if you apply to enrol as absent in the first year.

The right to be absent and enrolling as absent in the first year

According to Section 39 of the Universities Act (558/2009) as amended on 23 March 2015 (256/2015), a first-year student can enrol as absent in the first year for the following reasons only:

  • the student is doing national service as stipulated by the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or the Act on Voluntary Military Service for Women (194/1995),
  • the student is on maternity, paternity or parental leave; or
  • the student has an injury or an illness which prevents the student from starting his/her studies.

A new student may enrol as absent at the University of Tampere but he/she must verify the legal reason for doing so. Original documents attesting to the lawfulness of the absence (please see the list of documents below) should be posted to the University or presented at the Registrar’s Office (please see the opening times of the Registrar’s Office).

New international degree students should contact their Master programme international coordinator before submitting the documents to the University.

If you already have another right to study and have now gotten a new right to study in another degree programme, you can enrol as absent in the academic year 2017 – 2018 only if you have a lawful reason to do so.

If you have a lawful reason to be absent in the spring term only (e.g. your national service or maternity leave will start in January 2018), you may enrol as absent for the whole academic year. In such a case, you may change your enrolment as present in the spring term to enrolment as absent in the spring term if you do it by 13 January 2018 (date to be confirmed).

If you enrol as absent in the first year but do not submit the necessary documentation, you will lose your right to study. If you lose your right to study and would like to start your studies at a later point, you must apply for the restoration of the right to study. Restoring the right to study does not necessitate new participation in the admissions process.

The documents attesting to the lawful reason of being absent are the following:

  • If the student is doing national service in Finland as stipulated by the Conscription Act (1438/2007), the Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or the Act on Voluntary Military Service for Women (194/1995) or their national service abroad: The document to be submitted:
    • your call-up order
  • If the student is on maternity, paternity or parental leave: The document to be submitted:
    • In Finland: Kela’s certificate on the period of receiving the maternity, paternity or parental allowance or, if the student does not have this certificate yet, a medical certificate on the pregnancy
    • In other countries: an official document attesting to the student’s statutory right to take maternity, paternity or parental leave
  • If the student is unable to start his/her studies because of an illness or an injury: The document to be submitted:
    • the decision on the sickness benefit or, if there is no such decision, a medical certificate (the medical certificate must detail the illness or injury the student has and that the illness or injury prevents the student from starting his/her studies on 1 August 2017) or a certificate on the obstacles caused by the practical arrangements the student needs because of an illness or injury (such as a document by the student housing association attesting to the fact that the student has been placed in queue for accommodation with disability access. The student’s own testimony is not sufficient.)
The original documents must be submitted in Finnish or English. N.B. In case you must have your document(s) translated, only an authorised translation is accepted.