Joint application for higher education

You will find find information about the admission process for joint application for higher education in spring 2019 (application periods on 9 - 23 January 2019 and 20 March and 3 April 2019).
Karelia UAS offers Degree Programme in International Business conducted in English. The programme leads to Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

The intake is 40 students. The students are selected based on entrance exam points. 

Admission process

1 - Eligibility

You can apply in the joint application to higher education if you have completed:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the matriculation examination;
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma; a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma; Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification with a scope of 120 credit units or 180 credit points, or a comparable previous Finnish vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units;
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification or a further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification; or
  • foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question. Applicants completing their qualifications during the spring/summer 2019 are also eligible (see deadlines here).

A higher education degree does not confer eligibility.

Read more about eligibility criteria

If you are in a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and unable to submit documentary evidence of your qualification, Karelia UAS may invite you to sit an entrance examination. You must have an official decision attesting to your refugee status (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection). Read more about the required certificates

2 - Am I required to pay tuition fees?

At Karelia UAS the tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is 5 500 euros for a study year. The tuition fee for the completed 3.5-year’s bachelor’s degree is 19 250 euros. There are some exemptions from tuition fees, for instance to students with long-term EU residence permit in Finland. Read more

3 - Applying

During the application period fill in the application form online at See instructions on applying. Do not use Internet Explorer browser when filling in the application form.

Application to Karelia UAS on is free of charge. In order to be accepted as a student, you do not necessarily need to use agents but you can also apply independently by using the online information available on our websites.

To make up your mind about which degree programmes to apply to you can check here which degree programmes in Finnish universities of applied sciences accept each other’s exam results.

After submitting the application you will receive a confirmation email from Studyinfo that the application form has been received. In the email you find information about the required certificates. The applicants need not submit evidence of language proficiency. See deadlines for submitting certificates

Check your email regularly, also the junk mail folder!

4 - Entrance examination

There are two national entrance examination days in Finland for Karelia UAS' Degree Programmes in International Business.

Application period 1 (9 - 23 January 2019): National entrance examination in Joensuu, Finland on Wednesday 10 April 2019. Karelia UAS participates in the Finnips network which organizes entrance examinations in several countries (exam countries and cities) in March 2019. Applicants, who have applied during the first application period on 9 - 23 January 2019 can participate in Finnips networks' entrance examinations. Please note, Karelia UAS does not organize entrance examinations in Nepal.

Application period 2 (20 March - 3 April 2019): National entrance examination in Joensuu, Finland on Thursday 11 April 2019. No entrance examinations outside Finland.

Read more about the extrance exam

5 - Results

The results of the admission are announced in May 2019 at the latest on My and by email from Studyinfo. You will be offered a study place highest on your order of preference list and to which you have enough points to be accepted. Students on a waiting list will be accepted as study places are released until 31 July 2019. Study place is released for example when an accepted student gets accepted to a study programme higher on his/hers order of preference list or the student decides not to accept the offered study place. Read more 


6 - Accepting the study place

Accept the study place by 8 July 2019 by 3:00 p.m. Finnish time electronically at My If you are granted admission from reserve list, follow the deadlines shown on My service. You can only accept one study place per term.

Acceptance of a study place can be binding or conditional. You cannot change the confirmation you have made afterwards. You can confirm the study place either electronically with the link that is sent to your email from or in the My Studyinfo -service.  Applicants who accept a study place will not be considered as first-time applicants in future admissions to higher education.

For more instructions see

7 - Registration and submitting certificates

After you have accepted the study place, you need to register as a student for the academic year 2019-2020. The deadline is the same as for the acceptance of the study place. Read more

Send to the Admission Services by the same deadline of acceptance the copies of your school certificates. The copies will not be returned. If you fail to hand in the copies by the given deadline your study place will be revoked. See deadlines for submitting certificates

Students moving to Finland from another country: please study carefully the Student health care information and return the required documents to Admissions Services by 31 July 2019.

8 - New Student's Guide

On this Guide, you find important information about starting the studies, housing, academic year, schedules etc.

9 - Starting you studies

The studies start on 2 September 2019 with an orientation to studies, get-together events to meet students and staff, an individual interview with a counsellor and with a tutoring teacher.

Original school certificates used as a basis for applying will be verified during the two first weeks of studies in August. Therefore, you need take your original certificates with you at your first day at university. Students enrolling absent, need to verify their original certificates at the beginning their studies. The student admission is conditional until the copies of the certificates and the original certificates have been verified.