Transfer Student Selection

A transfer student is considered to be a student who has a valid right to study at another Finnish higher education institution or at Oamk

  • whose study right is transferred from one higher education institution to another
  • inside the higher education institution from one study field to another
  • inside the higher education institution from one degree programme to another within the same field of study so that the degree title related to the objective degree changes.

When transfer students accept a new study right, they simultaneously lose the study right on which the transfer is based. (Act 257/2015).

What does the same field of study mean?

Transfer student selection is based on the degree titles defined in The Government Decree on Polytechnics (1129/2014):

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Degree Programme in International Business)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Degree Programme in Information Technology)
  • Master of Culture and Arts (Degree Programme in Education Entrepreneurship)
  • Master of Engineering (Degree Programme in Printed Intelligence, Degree Programme in Water and Environmental Management)
  • Master of Health Care (Degree Programme in Clinical Optometry)

When transferring from university to university of applied sciences the nearest possible field is applied, if there is one. 

Admission Criteria

The admission criteria for transfer student selection at Oulu University of Applied Sciences according to the decision 17.3.2017 § 15 are as follows:

  • The applicant has a valid right to study in a Finnish higher education institution.
  • The applicant’s prior studies and the courses offered by the University of Applied Sciences enable graduation within the optimal time.
  • The applicant has enrolled as present at a higher education institution for at least one year.
  • The applicant has accumulated on average at least 55 ECTS credits per academic year.
  • The applicant passes possible interview/entrance examination required for the degree.
  • The resources of the educational department allow the admission of a new student to the degree programme.

Applicants who have accumulated less than 55 ECTS credits per academic year can be taken into consideration for special reasons if the resources of the educational department allow the admission of a new student to the degree programme. In the field of Health and Social Care the applicants are asked about health factors that might hinder the studies. The applicant must fulfill all above mentioned criteria and deliver related documents by the given deadline.

Application Procedure

Transfer students are selected twice a year. The application period for studies starting in the autumn is from 1st to 15th May (or the next working day). Application period for studies starting in the spring is from 1st November to 15th November (or the next working day). The application period ends in the last application day at 3 p.m. The right to study can be applied from the beginning of the next semester.

Applicants must fill in the online application (Studyinfo-service) which can be found on this website during the application period. The application must be accompanied by an up-to-date transcript of records stamped and signed by the higher education institution, separate certificates of the study attainments that are not recorded in the study register, a study certificate stating the number of terms the applicant has enrolled as present and absent and a possible separate account of the reasons for applying for a transfer. The student selection will be made based on the confirmed documents available in the end of the application period.

The application period in spring 2022 is from 2nd May to 16th May. The application period ends in the last application day at 3 p.m. when the application together with the appendices must be uploaded to the online database. Additional application period will not be arranged.

Study programs available during the spring 2022 application period

Bachelor of Engineering, Information Technology 
Bachelor of Business and Administration, International Business

Required attachments

Required attachments must be attached to the online application:

  1. An up-to-date transcript of records (in English and Finnish) 
    The application must be accompanied by an up-to-date transcript of records stamped and signed by the higher education institution. Electronically signed documents are also accepted. If you are applying for transfer within Oulu UAS, you don't have to attach these documents. 
  2.  A certificate of records completed but not yet registered in the transcript of records
    Attach possible separate certificates signed by teacher etc. of (partially) completed courses that are not recorded in the study register. Credits completed by the end of the application period will be considered. There is no need to submit a certificate for unfinished courses.
  3. A study certificate stating the number of terms the applicant has enrolled as present and absent and a proof of reasons for absence
    The study certificate must be stamped and signed by the higher education institution. Electronically signed documents are also accepted. If you are applying for transfer within Oulu UAS, you don't have to attach a study certificate.  

Transfer Student Selection and Appeal

After the decision concerning separate right to study has been made, Admission Services will inform the applicants of the decision. The applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection at the latest by 30th June (application period in spring) or by 15th December (application period in autumn). The study place must be confirmed by the given date informed in the notification of the decision. If the applicant does not confirm the study place by the given date, he/she will lose the study place.

Applicants not satisfied with the results of the student selection process should in the first instance contact the Admission Services (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

If the matter is not resolved thus, the applicant may send a written appeal to the Admission Services within 14 days after the results of the student selection have been published. The appeal must be directed to the Rector of Oulu University of Applied Sciences and primarily sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively the appeal can be sent by post to the following address:

Oulu University of Applied Sciences
Admissions Services
P.O. BOX 405
FI-90101 OULU, FINLAND

N.B. The appeal must be signed by the applicant. Oulu University of Applied Sciences takes no responsibility for delays caused by the postal delivery services. 

Transfer from one degree programme to another inside Oulu UAS without changing the degree title

If a student applying for transfer within Oulu UAS so that the degree title remains unchanged, the process is referred to as changing the degree programme instead of transfer. The application and selection proceedings of the transfer student selection are applied also to these applicants.

Tuition fee

The rules of the Oamk tuition fee and scholarship system apply to a student who is admitted to Oamk in the transfer student selection. More information on the Oamk’s tuition fees can be found on the Bachelor's and Master's pages of the joint application.