From Open University to degree student

Students who have completed Open University of Applied Sciences studies can apply for Degree student status on the basis of their studies without participating in the normal student selection. Please note, that the studies must have been completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences.

When applying for Degree studies, the students must have completed

  • at least 55 ECTS credits of Open UAS studies for Bachelor's degree programmes
  • at least 25 ECTS credits of Open UAS studies for Master's degree programmes (scope 90 ECTS)
  • at least 20 ECTS credits of Open UAS studies for Master's degree programmes (scope 60 ECTS)

The students applying for Bachelor's degree programmes do not need to meet the general eligibility criteria defined in the Polytechnics Act.

The students applying for Master's degree programmes must meet the general eligibility criteria defined in the Polytechnics Act.

Non-EU/EEA citizen: When applying for Degree studies, please see the tuition fees:

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria for students applying for degree programmes on the basis of Open UAS studies are as follows:

1. The applicant has completed at least 55 ECTS credits of Open UAS studies that can be credited for the degree programme, for which they are applying. Open UAS studies completed at other Universities of Applied Sciences can also be taken into account.

From the required Open UAS studies (55 cr) the maximum amount of directly credited credits can be 18 credits.
Example: An applicant applies for a Degree Programme and has already prior higher education studies (e.g. Bachelor’s Degree) or other acquired learning. When studying at the Open UAS he/she can apply for accreditation of prior learning. When selecting students with Open UAS studies as a Degree student maximum 18 cr of prior studies can be directly credited from the required 55 cr.

The maximum amount of free choice studies that can be credited is the same amount that is included in the curriculum of the degree programme that the student is applying for. (Takes effect in autumn 2016.)
2. For the Spring application period, the studies must be completed by 31st July (also for the possible additional application period), and for the Autumn application period by 31st December.

3. The applicant passes a possible interview or entrance examination (for example language skills) or has sufficient study success.

4. The resources of the educational department and the courses offered by the University of Applied Sciences enable admitting new students to degree programmes/study options.

5. If there are more applicants than can be selected the applicants are ranked according to the following criteria:

  • A possible interview and/or entrance examination
  • Study success and sufficient language skills for the language of instruction
  • The amount of ECTS credits completed by the end of the application period.


Online application to degree programmes on the basis of Open University studies is available during the application period at

The application period ends on the last day of application at 3 pm, when the online application must be submitted. The attachments (a current transcript of records as well as a personal study plan for studies that are completed after the application period by 31st July/31st December) must be delivered to University of Applied Sciences according to the timetable announced at The applicant can make changes to the application until the end of the application period. The student selection is based on the information that is available by the end of the application period.

Application period in spring 2020
The application period for studies beginning in autumn 2020 is 4th May to 18th May. 

Please see the degree programme specific criteria below (section "Application period in spring 2020").

Student Selection and Right to Appeal

After the students have been selected, the applicants will be informed of the student selection in writing for the Spring application by 30th June, for additional application by 31st August and for Autumn selection by 15th December.

The study place must be confirmed by the date mentioned in the admission letter. The transcript of records must be delivered when accepting the study place at the latest.Student selection is conditional until the applicant’s (who has accepted the study place) transcript of records has been checked and confirmed.

Please note that you must have the required credits by 31st of July or by 31st of December, depending on whether you're applying in the Spring / Autumn period.

According to the Act 257/2015 an applicant may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in education starting during the same term.

A student admitted to education leading to a UAS qualification must confirm his or her acceptance of the study place by the date given in the acceptance letter. If the applicant does not confirm the acceptance of the study place by the deadline, he or she will lose it. The University of Applied Sciences must register the acceptance information without delay.

A person who has applied for admission can submit to a body of the University of Applied Sciences a written rectification request concerning the decision on student admission within 14 days of the publication of the results of student selection. When the results are announced, it must be declared how the applicant can gain information about how the grounds for the selection were applied to him or her, and how he or she can demand a rectification to the outcome of the selection. The admission results may not be changed to the detriment of any other admitted person in consequence of the rectification request. (Act 257/2015). The rectification requests will be processed according to the instructions 8.4.2015 § 84.

Application period in spring 2020

The application period for studies beginning in autumn 2020 is 4th May to 18th May. Degree Programmes in Information Technology, International Business and Education Entrepreneurship are available for application. Please see the degree programme specific criteria below.

Degree Programme in Information Technology: Required Open UAS studies (55 ECTS credits) cannot include practical training.

Degree Programme in International Business: The average of completed studies must be minimum 3. The applicant must have completed Proficiency in Business English (completed in the modul KB00BP22) or course KB00BU92 Proficiency in Business English (minimum grade 3), and/or the applicant is invited for an interview.
Required Open UAS studies (55 ECTS credits) cannot include practical training.

Master's degree Programme in Education Entrepreneurship: Applicants are required to write the advance assignment and take part in an interview. If the applicant has previously passed the entrance examination for this degree programme in Oamk (for example, the entrance examination for path studies), the applicant is not required to submit the advance assignment and take part in the interview. 

The students applying for Master's degree programme must meet the general eligibility criteria defined in the Polytechnics Act. 

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree or higher, or a corresponding foreign degree. Oulu University of Applied Sciences accepts also a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma. Applicants must have also obtained two (2) years of subsequent work experience in a relevant field. As a relevant field is regarded both the field being applied to and the field of the previous higher education degree.

The qualification must have been completed by the July 15 2020. The two years of work experience required for eligibility must have been acquired by the July 31 2020. Universities of applied sciences also accept work experience obtained after completion of a post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma in Finland (in any field of education) but prior to taking the higher education degree. In such cases, too, at least two years of work experience obtained in a relevant field is required.

If the experience is in the arts sector, artistic activities may be accepted instead of work experience if demonstrated within a portfolio (Law 932/2014). Work experience is announced in full months and does not have to be uninterrupted or acquired by the same employer, but points are only given for the number of full-time jobs presented. Military or voluntary military service, civilian service or nursing leave are not counted as work experience.

The instructions for the advance assignment:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Preliminary plan describing a development challenge

The advance assignment is evaluated on a scale of pass / fail. Note: the documents should be submitted in English as an attachment to the application by May 18 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time. If necessary, the document may include links to, for example, videos or home pages. It is the applicant's responsibility that the links function properly.

The cover letter should be minimum 600 words. The purpose of the cover letter is to outline the applicant's motivation and to share his / her interests and goals and the readiness to study in the program. In practice, it explains the reason why the applicant should be accepted as a student. The applicant describes his / her career and plans and how the studies are related to it. The applicant also presents how he / she intends to organize the studies taking into account work and life situation. The applicant also evaluates his / her current skills in relation to the curriculum of the applied education.

The curriculum vitae should be presented in a tight format. It should show, among other things, completed studies, work history and a list of publications if applicable.

The preliminary plan should demonstrate at least one key challenge from the applicant's previous (or current) work place environment which is in need of an innovative education solution.

The interview will be held in May (week 22).

The entrance exam consists of an advance assignment and an interview (100 points total). In order to be admitted, the applicant must receive at least 20 points for the entrance examination and have met all other requirements. The skill of the applicant's English is evaluated on the basis of prior assignments and the interview.

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