Fin­nish Uni­ver­si­ties of Applied Sciences will orga­ni­se their ent­rance exa­mi­na­tions online

Fin­nish Uni­ver­si­ties of Applied Sciences will orga­ni­se their ent­rance exa­mi­na­tions online

The uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences have, in view of the pan­de­mic situa­tion, deci­ded that the second joint AMK ent­rance exa­mi­na­tions this spring will be orga­ni­sed onli­ne. The­re were 92 000 applicants to the uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences by the end of the applica­tion period on 1 April. 75 000 of tho­se sought admis­sion in the joint applica­tion examinations.

The deci­sion to orga­ni­se the exa­mi­na­tions onli­ne was taken in order to pro­tect the health of applicants, staff and their fami­lies. The­re are no pro­jec­tions for the progress of the Coro­na pan­de­mic and we are the­re­fo­re unable to pre­dict a safe futu­re date for the ent­rance exam.

The ent­rance exa­mi­na­tions will be orga­ni­sed some­ti­me in ear­ly June, at a date to be announced later.

The uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences have coo­pe­ra­ted in deve­lo­ping the stu­dent selec­tion process for seve­ral years and also have the know-how to orga­ni­se the exa­mi­na­tions online.

They feel it is impor­tant that, in addi­tion to selec­tion based on school per­for­mance, the­re are other ways for applicants to be selec­ted for degree programmes.

About half the inta­ke of the uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences will be fil­led based on the applicants’ school per­for­mance. School per­for­mance will deter­mi­ne between 20 and 80 per cent of selec­tions, depen­ding on the uni­ver­si­ty. Expan­ding the selec­tion by school per­for­mance would not have gua­ran­teed the equal treat­ment of applicants. 

The­re were 33 000 people among the applicants, who­se cer­ti­fica­tes could not be gra­ded the way the mat­ricu­la­tion cer­ti­fica­tes and AMK voca­tio­nal cer­ti­fica­tes (after 1.8.2015) are gra­ded. This group inclu­des people with older voca­tio­nal qua­li­fica­tions, Bachelor’s degrees, post-secon­da­ry qua­li­fica­tions, specia­list voca­tio­nal qua­li­fica­tions, foreign degrees and a comple­ted gene­ral upper secon­da­ry school syl­la­bus wit­hout a mat­ricu­la­tion certificate.

Chan­ging the form of exa­mi­na­tion will not chan­ge the date of the aca­de­mic sche­du­le and the­re­fo­re will not impact a student’s right to financial aid.


Stu­dent admis­sions at uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences: ques­tions and answers

1 How have the uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences deci­ded to car­ry out stu­dent admis­sions in the spring of 2020?

Uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences will car­ry out stu­dent admis­sions as pre­vious­ly announced: by selec­tion based on school cer­ti­fica­te and ent­rance exams.

The ent­rance exa­mi­na­tion for the second joint applica­tion sys­tem for uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences will be arran­ged as a remo­te exam due to the cur­rent emer­gency con­di­tions. The rea­son for this deci­sion is to avoid endan­ge­ring the health of applicants and staff and their fami­ly members.

2 What does the exam requi­re of the applicant?

The applicant must have a wor­king com­pu­ter with Inter­net con­nec­tion. The exam softwa­re sup­ports up-to-date ver­sions of the fol­lowing browsers:

  • Chro­me
  • Edge
  • Fire­fox
  • Inter­net Explo­rer 11
  • Safa­ri

Other modern brow­sers may work, as well.

You must have JavaSc­ript and coo­kies enabled in your browser.

The softwa­re has been tho­rough­ly tes­ted with the fol­lowing ope­ra­ting systems:

  • Win­dows 10
  • macOS 10.14
  • Ubun­tu Linux 18.04 LTS

Befo­re the ent­rance exa­mi­na­tion, check the infor­ma­tion on the web­si­te (in Fin­nish or Swedish).

3 Why was the ent­rance exa­mi­na­tion not postponed?

It is impos­sible to pre­dict when the epi­de­mic will end, and the situa­tion may vary in dif­fe­rent parts of the count­ry. The­re­fo­re, it is impos­sible to also pre­dict what would be a safe time for arran­ging the post­po­ned ent­rance examination.

Post­po­ning the exam would have affec­ted the sche­du­le of stu­dent admis­sions and thus the begin­ning of the autumn term. This would have made it har­der for new stu­dents to move to their place of stu­dy and find apart­ments and pos­sibly affec­ted their stu­dent financial aid in ear­ly autumn.

4 Why are uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences not car­rying out stu­dent selec­tion based on school certificate

Uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences con­si­der it impor­tant that applicants have also other rou­tes to the degree pro­gram­me besi­des selec­tion based on school certificate.

Uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences select approxi­ma­te­ly half of the stu­dents by selec­tion based on school cer­ti­fica­te. Depen­ding on the stu­dy pro­gram­me, 20–80 % of the avai­lable stu­dent places will be fil­led by selec­tion based on school certificate

The num­ber of applicants who­se cer­ti­fica­tes can­not be sco­red in the same way as cer­ti­fica­tes for mat­ricu­la­tion exa­mi­na­tion or voca­tio­nal upper secon­da­ry qua­li­fica­tions comple­ted after 1 August 2015 is 33,000. This group inclu­des per­sons with an older voca­tio­nal upper secon­da­ry qua­li­fica­tion, a secon­da­ry level qua­li­fica­tion, a furt­her voca­tio­nal qua­li­fica­tion, a specia­list voca­tio­nal qua­li­fica­tion, a degree comple­ted abroad or a comple­ted upper secon­da­ry school syl­la­bus wit­hout a mat­ricu­la­tion examination.

Exten­ding the selec­tion based on school cer­ti­fica­te would not have ensu­red equal treat­ment of applicants. 

5 Why was the deci­sion to chan­ge ent­rance exams made only now? Why was the remo­te onli­ne exam not announced befo­re the end of the joint applica­tion process?

Infor­ma­tion avai­lable on coro­na­vi­rus and the epi­de­mic is cons­tant­ly inc­rea­sing and changing.

Uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences have been coo­pe­ra­ting on the mat­ter with uni­ver­si­ties, the Mini­stry of Educa­tion and Cul­tu­re and the Fin­nish Natio­nal Agency for Educa­tion. During the pre­pa­ra­tion process, the Fin­nish Ins­ti­tu­te for Health and Wel­fa­re has been pro­vi­ding infor­ma­tion on the epi­de­mic. The deci­sion on exam arran­ge­ments has been made as soon as it has been pos­sible to do so. 

6 Is the solu­tion now equal and legal for all applicants?

The deci­sion to car­ry out ent­rance exams remo­te­ly gives all applicants the oppor­tu­ni­ty to try to get a stu­dent place. Issues of equa­li­ty and lega­li­ty are exa­mi­ned very care­ful­ly at all sta­ges of the deci­sion making process.

7 What should an applicant do now?

The chan­ges do not requi­re any action from the applicants at this stage.

By 30 April, applicants will be infor­med of the date of the ent­rance exa­mi­na­tion and the pre­requi­si­tes for par­tici­pa­ting in it.

The chan­ges are com­mu­nica­ted on Stu­dyin­fo, the web­si­te and the web­si­te of the uni­ver­si­ties of applied sciences. In addi­tion, applicants are asked to fol­low the email address given in Studyinfo.