Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business, separate application


Application period 15.3.2017 at 08:00 – 5.4.2017 at 15:00

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Eligibility to apply for Bachelor’s degree programmes in UAS depends on having completed at least one of the following:

  • 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 awarding country

Discretionary admission

You can apply with discretionary admission if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen and apply with a non-Finnish qualification and you will graduate in spring/summer 2017 and receive your graduation certificate by 14 July 2017.

Student admission will be conducted solely on the basis of the entrance examination. Admission is conditional until Karelia UAS has checked your final certificates.

Required documents

If you are applying with a non-Finnish qualification certificate you must submit a copy of your certificate to Karelia UAS' Admission Services  by 7 April 2017 by 3:00 pm Finnish time. In addition to copies of qualification certificates, you must submit by the same deadline a copy of your qualification certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator, if the original document is in none of these languages. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator.

If you are in a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and unable to submit documentary evidence of your qualification, a 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). You must submit a copy of such decision to Karelia UAS' Admission Services by 7 April 2017 by 3:00 pm Finnish time.

Discretionary admission applicants, submit the following documents to Karelia UAS Admissions office (admissions(at) by 7 April 2017 by 3:00 pm Finnish time:

  • a original transcript of records in English or a transcript translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator, if the original document is in none of these languages.
  • a certificate from school in English explaining the graduation schedule

Certificates arriving late will not be considered.

Entrance exam

Karelia UAS's own entrance exam on 19 April 2017 at 9-16, Karelia UAS, Karjalankatu 3, 80200 Joensuu, Finland. N.B. No exam will be organised outside Finland.

The result is valid only for the Karelia UAS separate application.

The examination assesses study and teamwork skills, verbal and written expression skills as well as mathematical/logical reasoning skills.

The entrance examination consists of the following sections (min./max. scores): an essay (3/10 points), multiple-choice questions (2/6 points), a section measuring mathematical/logical thinking (2/8 points) and a group discussion (3/16 points).

The essay and the group discussion are combined in the entrance examination as an integrated section measuring English language proficiency. The Essay is the test for written English and the Group Discussion is testing the applicant’s oral skills.The section testing English language proficiency is assessed with a pass/fail grade.

The pre-reading material

All eligible applicants will be invited to sit a UAS entrance examination. If you are invited to an examination, you will receive an invitation email containing detailed information at the earliest on 7 April 2017.

The entrance examination result is valid for the duration of the application period in question.


30 May 2017 at the latest the results of the admission are announced. The results of the admission are announced 30 May 2017 at the latest on My and by email from Studyinfo. Karelia UAS does not publish names of the new student on Karelia's web pages.

14 July 2017 by 3:00 p.m. Finnish time admitted students must confirm the study place.
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Students on a waiting list will be accepted as study places are released until 14 August 2017. 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.

Acceptance of a study place can be binding or conditional. If you are granted admission from reserve list, follow the deadlines shown on My service. You can only accept one study place per term. Applicants who accept a study place will not be considered as first-time applicants in future admissions to higher education. For more instructions see

Tuition fees for non-EU/ETA area degree students

After you have accepted the study place, you need to register as a student for the academic year 2017-2018. Read more

Send to the Admission Services by the same deadline of acceptance and registration also 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. If you applied with the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the matriculation examination, you need not ot sumbit any school certificates.
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The studies start on 21 August 2017 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.  

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