Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Entrance Examinations Abroad for Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences


Please check before hand, whether the polytechnic/UAS arranges entrance examinations outside Finland. It is also important to find out, whether the polytechnics/UAS arranges entrance examinations for the degree programme you are applying to abroad.

The decision on whether or not entrance examinations are arranged outside Finland rests always on the polytechnic/UAS in question. Neither the Finnish National Board of Education nor the Embassies of Finland can or will influence on the decision of the polytechnic/UAS.

The polytechnics/UAS that have examinations abroad do not arrange them in every country. Please check from the polytechnic/UAS admissions office whether entrance examinations are arranged in your country or not. Alternatively look below the comprehensive list or click here for further details:
  • Arcada UAS (DP in International Business and DP in Plastics Technology): Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam

  • Central Ostrobothnia UAS: Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana

  • HAMK UAS: Estonia, Germany, Poland, Russia, Turkey, China, Vietnam, Canada, Brazil

  • JAMK UAS: Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Degree Programmes in Logistics Engineering and Nursing also in Ghana.

  • Kajaani UAS: Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana and Russia (St. Petersburg)

  • Kemi-Tornio UAS: Russia (Murmansk), Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.

  • Lahti UAS: Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam

  • Laurea UAS (DP in Tourism, DP in Business Management, DP in Business Information Technology): Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam

  • Mikkeli UAS: Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia (St. Petersburg)

  • Novia UAS (only DP in Integrated Coastal Zone Management): Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and Ghana.

  • Oulu UAS: Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Degree programmes in Business Information Technology and Information Technology also in Ghana.

  • PIRAMK UAS (only DP in Tourism): Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam

  • RAMK UAS: In European countries, Russia and USA, Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam

  • Saimaa UAS : Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia (St. Petersburg)

  • Satakunta UAS (only in the field of business): Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and Ghana

  • Savonia UAS: Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam

  • Seinäjoki UAS: Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Ghana . Degree Programme in Nursing also in Kosovo. Possibly also in some other Eastern European countries.

  • Turku UAS (DP in International Business and DP in Information Technology): Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana, Kenya and Namibia

  • Vaasa UAS: (DP in International Business and DP in Information Technology): Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and Ghana.


Scholarships for Postgraduate, MBA, and PhD Studies in the USA


MBAs are a very big investment. An MBA from a big school can easily cost $100,000 in fees and living expenses, even without the opportunity cost of no salary for 2 years.

There are a number of ways you can pay for the MBA, the main ones being grants and scholarships, loans and employer sponsorship.

There are a number of grants and scholarships available in the US, and a good source of information on these is the admission departments of the business schools themselves. Most scholarships have a lengthy application process so be sure to start looking at your funding options well in advance of being accepted. This is especially true if you are looking at studying outside of your home country.

The main loans available for MBA students are the Federal Stafford Loan, William D Ford Federal Direct loans and Federal Perkins loans.

Though few and far between, there are some universities in the US that provide financial aid and student scholarships to international students. However, you should keep the following points in mind:
  • The grant is limited and the pool of candidates is enormous.

  • It is often more readily available to Graduate rather than Undergraduate students,

  • Competition for international student scholarships and aid is fierce

  • Schools are very choosy about picking the right candidates

  • Good grades are extremely crucial in securing an international scholarship.


Note: To avoid disappointment, you may like to consider schools that have scholarships and the course of your choice.

Scholarships Available

Following are the organizations that provide international student scholarships and financial aid:

The Fulbright Grant: Fulbright grants are available for international students in graduate school. The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program (http://www.iie.org/Template.cfm?section=Fulbright) provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars, Professionals, Teachers and Administrators

Rotary International: This organization provides limited international student scholarships.

AAUW: This organization provides fellowships for international women graduate students.

American Councils for International Education: The councils provide international student grants and fellowships to international students from the former Soviet republics.

Presidential Award: This is for non-resident and International graduate students who have met graduate school requirements.

International Presidential Scholarship and International University Scholarship: This award covers tuition reimbursement to qualified undergraduate domestic and international students.


Sources & Related Links:
  • International Student Loans: This site offers loans to international students, so long as the international student loan is co-signed by an American citizen.

  • Cornell University Graduate School Fellowship Notebook: This University contains a list of funding and international student scholarships available to graduate international students.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuition-free International Project Management Course in Finland


Entry requirements: You are eligible to apply if you have completed Bachelor’s or equivalent qualification studies in Finland or at least 3 years of studies at higher education level in any field and you have a good command of English.

Relevant working experience and good computer skills (use of Ms Office tools) will be an asset and will be considered in application selection procedure.

Application deadline: 30 March, 2009

Application procedure: Application must be posted via regular mail along with the required documentation.

The basis for the students’ selection is the application form duly completed and signed and enclosed documentation required in application form. Application will be considered only if the applicant meets the entry requirements.

The following criteria will be evaluated: education, justification for studies in IPM, relevant working experience, proof of English language skills, computer skills.

For further information on the program and the application form, please Click Here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Scholarships for Postgraduate, MBA, and PhD Studies in the UK

There is almost no financial aid for an MBA in the UK. Some universities may give students with good or exceptional backgrounds, a part tuition fee waiver but there exist several scholarships or part tuition waiver for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programme. Please read below among various scholarship opportunities available for international students in UK.

Scholarships managed by British Council

1. British Chevening Scholarship: This is the UK government’s flagship scholarship scheme. Their principal goal is to present a chance for self-motivated students and professionals who wish to study in the UK in research or postgraduate courses. Their aims is to push students and professionals to study in the UK so that once they are back to their home country, they would contribute to future work.

The scheme offers two kinds of programmes:
  • Long term (open) scholarships: This is open for courses at any UK institution and are planned for candidates who have already applied for one-year postgraduate study at the institution of their choice.

  • Short term (professional) scholarships: Designed for working professionals who would like to pursue short-term training to expand their knowledge and skills. Applicants under this scheme need not apply directly to UK institutions; they only need to make a Chevening application.


      Please click here for further information on the scholarships.

2. Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships: A yearly plan made accessible to all Commonwealth countries by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. The scheme offers scholarships over a range of subjects including medicine, engineering and technology, pure and applied science, agriculture, humanities and social sciences. Please click here for further information on the scholarships.

3. Charles Wallace India Trust Awards: The Charles Wallace India Trust provides awards for postgraduate studies, research and fellowships in the UK. The awards deem primarily on the arts and humanities and the organization provides up to 50 grants annually for Indians.

Each year, awards are offered in six areas namely; visual and performing arts, architectural and materials conservation, museum studies and curatorship, English Studies, humanities, and journalism

4. The De Souza Trust, Goa – Scholarship: Aims to provide opportunities to study or train in the UK, to young men and women of Goan origin (or those who have been living and working in Goa for the past ten years), who have demonstrated academic excellence and extra-curricular achievements. Please click here for further information on the scholarships.

5. Scottish International Scholarships: Scholarships are offered to foreign nationals who wish to study a Master’s programme of not more than 12 months based in a Scottish higher education institution. Priority for the following subject areas: science and technology, creative industries (including arts, design and culture). Please click here for further information on the scholarships.

Other Scholarships

1. Ford Foundation Visiting Fellowship: It is particularly planned to support candidates from social groups that have been marginalized and need systematic way in to higher education. Please click here for further information.

2. The Rhodes Scholarships: Up to six fully covered scholarships offered at Oxford, for pure and applied sciences, law or medicine. Please click here for further information.

3. The Skoll Scholarship Programme: Five fully-funded annual MBA scholarships within the Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK. Please click here for further information.

4. The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards: Awards for outstanding graduate students from India, China, Hong Kong, Russia and the developing world to pursue PhDs in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, social sciences and technology. Please click here for further information.

5. Oxford and Cambridge Society of India: Scholarships awarded for study at the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge. Please click here for further information.

6. Felix Scholarships: Offers up to six scholarships each for Indian graduates at University of Oxford, University of Reading, and School of Oriental and African Studies every year. Please click on the universities for further information.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Scholarships for Postgraduate, MBA, and PhD Studies in Australia


Financial aid for studies in Australia is very difficult. You will have to arrange your own funds and if your parents have that kind of money - go ahead. Some universities may give students with good or exceptional backgrounds, a part tuition fee waiver. There are not very many scholarship options available most especially for MBA in the Australia. Almost all students who go for an MBA in Australia fund the related expenses on their own. A Majority of international students in Australia are full-fee paying students. There is strong contest for the international student scholarships in Australia.

International students can apply for scholarships presented by the education institutions and many other organizations. Scholarships cover a number of educational sectors with vocational and technical education, student exchanges, undergraduate and postgraduate study and research.

Australian Government scholarships are not accessible for international students undertaking English language training in Australia but there are several English language training scholarships offered by Australian institutions:

1. Australian Scholarships: Australian Scholarships is a scheme of the Australian Government that brings as one and expands present scholarship programmes in the Asia-Pacific region managed by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). Australian Scholarships also introduces a new AusAID managed programme - Australian Leadership Awards.

Please click here for further information.

2. Endeavour Programme: The Endeavour Programme brings together under one roof the entire division of Education, Employment and Workplace Relation’s (DEEWR) international education scholarships. The Endeavour Programme showcases the distinction of Australia’s education, science and training sectors by bringing exceptional students, researchers and professionals to Australia to take on short or long term study, research and professional development in an extensive array of disciplines. It also encourages Australians to do the same when outside their own country.

Please click here for further information.

3. Australian Leadership Awards: The Australian Leadership Awards (ALAs) focus on developing cream of the crop who can power social and economic policy reform and development outcomes in both their own countries and in the Asia-Pacific region. ALAs extend support for scholarships for post-graduate studies in Australia and short-term fellowship opportunities in specialized research, study or professional attachments through participating Australian organizations.

Please click here for further information.

4. Australian Development Scholarships: Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) aspire to add to the continuing expansion needs of Australia’s partner countries to endorse good control, fiscal augmentation and individual development. ADS award people with the needed skills and comprehension to impel transform and influence the growth outcomes of their own country, during obtaining tertiary qualifications at participating Australian institutions.

Please click here for further information.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

ITU Youth Education Scheme (YES) Scholarships


YES Sponsorship

The YES programme is funded through sponsoring and voluntary contributions. For the academic year 2009-2010, YES co-ordinators are currently in the process of call for Sponsorship. The information related to the application period for the YES contest 2009-2010 as well as the related “Application Form” will be available in their website on February 2009.

YES Objective

The “Youth Education Scheme (YES)” is a positive and assertive stance by the ITU-D “Children and Youth” Special Initiative, in support of needy and deserving young people, from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and developing countries who wish to complete their tertiary education in the information and communication technologies (ICTs) and related fields. The objective is to enable young people to contribute to the development of their communities, country and region using their achieved ICT knowledge and skills.

Applicants Eligibility Conditions

The goal of the selection procedure is to identify talented young people who are unable to complete their studies in ICTs and related fields without financial support. In this regard, the candidate must fulfill the following requirements:
  • Coming from a Least Developed or a developing country

  • Be between 20 and 30 years of age

  • Provide a very good school curriculum

  • Provide two letters of recommendation (preferably from teachers from the most recent school)

  • Provide an essay indicating their motivation to complete their studies.

  • Priority will be given to applicants who wish to continue their studies in their own country or in a neighbouring country, or region.


Scholarship Conditions
  • Youth Education Scheme scholarship programme cover only the tuition fees (registration and studies), up to a maximum of ten thousand United States dollars (10,000 US$)1

  • Tuition fees will be paid by the ITU directly to the relevant university.


YES Sponsorship

The YES programme is funded through sponsoring and voluntary contributions. The Spanish and Norwegian Administrations as well as Alcatel-Lucent (France) are sponsors of the YES this year. For the Spanish voluntary contribution, priority will be given to Spanish speaking students respecting the eligibility conditions noted above.


1 Where the studies are undertaken at a Spanish university that is equipped to provide students with board and lodging and agrees to do so for a beneficiary of the YES programme, assistance up to a maximum amount of five thousand United States dollars (US$ 5 000) will be granted to that university to cover the corresponding costs. Such assistance will be paid direct to the university.


Please click here for further Information.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

World’s Top 25 Universities in 2008


The top ten features only UK and US universities. Six US and four UK universities top the list. And top 100 shows 37 US universities and 17 UK universities.

“Harvard University remains as the top university, with Yale moving ahead of Cambridge for the second spot. Oxford drops to fourth, while Princeton drops out of the top ten, replaced by the only new entrant in top ten, Columbia University.”

Now in its fifth year, the research is conducted and compiled by QS Quacquarelli Symonds. The 2008 edition reflects the increasing profile of technology-based universities with many of the world’s top universities this area such as Caltech, MIT, ETH Zurich and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology improving their positions.

As demand by international employers for more technology-literate graduates has grown the importance of these universities has risen in the rankings.

Although, it is generally agreed that students should not use the rankings as their only criteria for choosing universities – the ranking system has become increasingly important.”

Please read below the names of the world’s top 25 universities in 2008:

  1. Harvard University, USA

  2. Yale University, USA

  3. University of Cambridge, UK

  4. University of Oxford, UK

  5. California Institute of Technology, USA

  6. Imperial College London, UK

  7. University College London, UK

  8. University of Chicago, USA

  9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

  10. Columbia University, USA

  11. University of Pennsylvania, USA

  12. Princeton University, USA

  13. Duke University, USA

  14. Johns Hopkins University, USA

  15. Cornell University, USA

  16. Australian National University, Australia

  17. Stanford University, USA

  18. University of Michigan, USA

  19. University of Tokyo, Japan

  20. McGill University, Canada

  21. Carnegie Mellon University, USA

  22. King’s College London, UK

  23. University of Edinburgh, UK

  24. ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  25. Kyoto University, Japan


Please click here for further information.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Entrance Examination Model Questions for Bachelor Degree Program in Finland


All eligible applicants will be invited to the entrance examination.

In the examination, the applicants' logical and mathematical thinking and the knowledge of English will be tested.

The written part (excluding the mathematics-logical part) in the entrance examination will be based on the below mentioned themes and links:
Entrance examination for Degree Programme in Business Management/ International Business:

The questions and essay in the written part will be based on three different pre-reading materials which can be found through the following links:

A set of articles called:

A set of two articles:

A publication by SITRA:

2008 Entrance Examination Model for Business Management/International Business

Theme 1: Current topics in Global Business (Finance and Development IMF September 2007)
Helping Global Economy Stay in Shape, link 3: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2007/09/cottarel.htm

Theme 2: Copyrights in Global Business

Theme 3: Finland in Global Business

If the applicant fails any single part of the entrance examination, or if the overall points received in the examination are lower than 30, the applicant cannot be accepted to the programme.

If applying with a non-Finnish certificate the original certificates or diplomas and originals of any additional documentation used for the application must be presented for inspection in connection to the entrance examination.

The exact date, place and other important information will be announced in the invitation letter if you will be invited.

Applicant who is a citizen of an EU/EEA-country: Polytechnics/UAS evaluate applicants' language skills in a language test included in the entrance examination. An applicant who fails the language test is withdrawn from admission. An applicant can be exempted from the language test, if he or she has provided a certificate of his/her language skills to his/her first-choice polytechnic/UAS. You will find the minimum language skills requirement at Joint Admission website.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Timetable for Joint Application into Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences

Degree programmes starting in autumn 2009

1. Application period 12 January - 13 February 2009. Online application closes at 4.15pm Finnish time (GMT + 2 hrs). Paper application forms must arrive by 20 February at 4.15pm Finnish time at the latest to the Polytechnic/UAS of the applicant's first choice.
2. Entrance examinations are held between 1 April and 8May 2009.
3. Polytechnics/UAS announce the results by 21 July 2009.
4. Admitted students must confirm their study places by 1 August 2008 at 4.15pm Finnish time at the latest.

Entrance Examinations Abroad for Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences

Please check before hand, whether the Polytechnic/UAS arranges entrance examinations outside Finland. It is also important to find out, whether the polytechnics/UAS arranges entrance examinations for the degree programme you are applying to abroad.

The decision on whether or not entrance examinations are arranged outside Finland rests always on the polytechnic/UAS in question. Neither the Finnish National Board of Education nor the Embassies of Finland can or will influence on the decision of the Polytechnic/UAS.

The Polytechnics/UAS that have examinations abroad do not arrange them in every country. Please check from the Polytechnic/UAS admissions office whether entrance examinations are arranged in your country or not. Alternatively, check our previous post on the “Lists of Countries for 2009 Finnish Entrance Examination & the Universities”.

An eligible applicant will receive just one invitation letter from his/her first option of preference. The applicant cannot be invited to the entrance examination by his/her second choice option, i.e. if your first choice option does not arrange examinations abroad; you cannot be invited to the examination by the second option even if your second option arranges examinations abroad.

Please click here for the list of Polytechnics/UAS that arrange examinations.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lists of Countries for 2009 Finnish Entrance Examination & the Universities


Please read below the checklist of the entrance examination centres. This table showcases the countries where the universities will conduct the entrance examination.

This list should serve as a guide to prospective applicants because the examination conducted by any institution is valid within the co-operating institutions.










Countries
University of Applied Sciences (UAS)

Ghana
Jyvaskyla, Central Ostrobothnia, Kemi-Tornio, Vaasa
Other African countries (Ethopia, Kenya & Tanzania)
Central Ostrobothnia, Kemi-Tornio,
Asia
Arcada, HAMK, Jyvaskyla (JAMK), Lahti, Central Ostrobothnia, Vaasa
Europe
HAMK,
Finland
Arcada, Diaconia, Haaga-helia, HAMK, Metropolia, Jyvaskyla (JAMK), Lahti, Mikkelin, North Karelia, Piramk, Satakunta, Savonia, Seinajoki, Saimma, Turku, KYAMK, Laurea, Central Ostrobothnia, Kaajani, Kemi-Tornio, Novia, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Vaasa, TAMK, Tampere

Finnish Embassy Abroad
Helsinki-Metropolia,
Nigeria
NIL

Scholarships for Studies in University of Tartu, Estonia


University of Tartu (UT) in Estonia offers scholarships for motivated international students enrolled to various study programs at UT in 2009/2010

There are full tuition scholarships offered in Master degree programme
  • MA in Semiotics

  • MSc in Software Engineering

  • MSc in Applied Measurements Science (Metrology)


The scholarships will cover full tuition for 2 years of the Master’s program and additional stipends will also be granted in the course of studies to students with the best academic results.

UT encourages international postgraduate students from all disciplines to apply for doctoral programmes taught at the University of Tartu. There is no tuition fee in PhD studies and additional stipends Euro 380/month is available.

UT International Summer University offers partial and full tuition scholarships to international students who can choose from a wide selection of courses either in social sciences, tourism or languages.

Please click here for further information.

Co-operating Degree Programmes in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences

List of Polytechnics/UAS degree programmes that accept the results of each others' entrance examination in the mentioned field of study

Applicant who has applied to 1 - 4 degree programmes that are included in the same field of study and accept each other's results will be invited only to one entrance examination, the result will be accepted in all the co-operating degree programmes that the applicant has applied to. Please note, that only the highest option within the same examination group can invite you to the entrance examination.


If a Polytechnic/UAS degree programme is not included in the list, it does not accept entrance examination results from any other polytechnic/UAS, and the applicant has to attend the entrance examination of that polytechnic/UAS.


Social Sciences, Business and Administration

  • Arcada: DP in International Business

  • Central Ostrobothnia UAS: DP in Business Management

  • Haaga-Helia UAS: DP in International Business

  • HAMK UAS: DP in International Business

  • Helsinki Metropolia UAS: DP in International Business and Logistics

  • JAMK UAS: DP in International Business

  • Kajaani UAS: DP in Internationa Business

  • Kemi-Tornio UAS: DP in Business Management

  • Kymenlaakson amk UAS: DP in International Business

  • Lahti UAS: DP in International Business

  • Laurea UAS: DP in International Business

  • Mikkeli UAS: DP in International Business

  • North Karelia UAS: DP in International Business

  • Oulu UAS: DP in International Business

  • Saimaa UAS: DP in International Business

  • Satakunta UAS: DP in Innovative Business Services
                           DP in International Business and Marketing Logistics

  • Savonia UAS: DP in International Business

  • Seinäjoki UAS: DP in International Business

  • TAMK UAS: DP in International Business

  • Turku UAS: DP in International Business

  • Vaasa UAS: DP in International Business


Technology, Communication and Transport
  • Arcada: DP in Plastics Technology

  • Central Ostrobothnia UAS: DP in Chemistry and Technology
                                           DP in Industrial Management
                                           DP in Information Technology

  • HAMK UAS: DP in Automation Engineering
                       DP in Construction Engineering
                       DP in Industrial Management
                       DP in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology
                       DP in Supply Chain Management

  • JAMK UAS: DP in Logistics Engineering

  • Mikkeli UAS: DP in Environmental Engineering
                       DP in Information Technology

  • Oulu UAS: DP in Information Technology

  • Rovaniemi UAS: DP in Information Technology

  • Savonia UAS: DP in Industrial Management
                        DP in Information Technology

  • Saimaa UAS: DP in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology
                       DP in Paper Technology

  • Vaasa UAS: DP in Information Technology

 
Social Services, Health and Sports
  • Central Ostrobothnia UAS: DP in Nursing

  • JAMK UAS: DP in Nursing

  • Kemi-Tornio UAS: DP in Nursing

  • Seinäjoki UAS: DP in Nursing

 
Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services
  • Central Ostrobothnia UAS: DP in Tourism

  • HAAGA-HELIA UAS: DP in Tourism

  • JAMK UAS: DP in Facility Management

  • Kajaani UAS: DP in Tourism

  • Laurea UAS: DP in Tourism

  • PIRAMK UAS: DP in Tourism

  • Rovaniemi UAS: DP in Tourism

  • Saimaa UAS: DP in Tourism

  • Vaasa UAS: DP in Tourism

 
Natural Sciences
  • HAAGA-HELIA UAS: DP in Business Information Technology

  • Kemi-Tornio UAS: DP in Business Information Technology

  • Lahti UAS: DP in Business Information Technology

  • Laurea UAS: DP in Business Information Technology

  • Oulu UAS: DP in Business Information Technology

Monday, January 12, 2009

Application Process in 2009 for Bachelor Degree Studies in Finland


Please read below the summary of the process once more if you are applying for Bachelor Degree Programme in Finland:


Application Period: 12 January 2009 - 13 February 2009
Important Update: IELTS or TOEFL is Compulsory for all students from this year, 2009. [TOEFL score 550pbt /213crt /79-80ibt; IELTS academic score 5.5].


1. Make available your high school/secondary school certificate and travelling passport. You need passport to apply to UAS. So, you ought to have made it by the end of December 2008 to apply in January 2009 for August 2009 Session.


2. Search colleges and program of your interest from college sites. The list of entire universities available in Finland is available on my previous posts: http://infostridesblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/lists-of-finnish-universities-that.html



The website of CIMO contains another very simple and handy tool to search for colleges and program of your interest: Please click here to search for it.


3. Finalize on your choice of universities and program, then sorts the final list.


4. It is essential that by now you should have done your IELTS or TOEFL because it is compulsory for all students. So, you should have completed the IELTS or TOEFL test by the end of December or still attempt it this January.


If you have already taken IELTS or TOEFL test, make sure that it is valid till the September of 2009. The valid date of the test is just two years; so if you had taken tests after September 2007, they are still valid to apply for 2009 August session. If you had taken tests before September 2007, your Tests will be expired by the time the studies start; so you need to take the test again. While searching for colleges, check the test score to confirm that your scores are enough for apply for.


5. There is joint application system for Bachelor level. You can click here to apply for maximum of four Universities of Applied Sciences at a time with a single document.


6. The process of applying may differ college by college. In general, you will apply online. Then, they will send you a confirmation of your filled form, which you filled during applying online. So, you print it, sign it and post it to college by mail along with the photocopies of your high school/secondary school certificate and passport photo page. Some college may also want you to send some additional documents as well. You need to visit college website to confirm what additional documents they required.


7. You should send your documents with printed application confirmation sheet to the first school of choice by regular post or courier post.


8. Wait for response from the chosen Polytechnic/Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) during March. If you are selected on first phase, they will mail you to appear for Entrance Test/Examination. If you are not getting any invitations to appear for Entrance test, it means you are not selected.


9. If you are invited to appear for Entrance Test/Examination, please check out for updates on www.infostrides.net about model questions for entrance test.

10. Appear for the Test/Examination. Do your best. Exams are bit easier. They ask you average level questions. It won't be hard for you if you work little bit before entrance exam.

11. Wait for Response for Admission. You might hear the good news of admission acceptance during end of May, June and July.



12. Congratulations!!! If you pass the examination…Ticket to Finland.


NB: We strongly recommend you NEVER to go to consultants. What they can do for you is just to post your documents for you, which you can do yourself with very minimum cost. So there is no point for paying those more just to send the application. Some consultant may also tell you that they have very close contact or agreement with the university or polytechnic for your admission process. But, they are not true. They are just making you fool. They can not do anything during admission process.