Language Requirements

Language Requirements for Admission 2016

English language proficiency is always tested with all applicants. The following gives you the detailed rules concerning the language requirements.

The authenticity of the test results will be automatically checked with the test organiser. In cases of a test result is found to be a forgery, the application will be automatically rejected.

Approved methods of demonstrating language proficiency (English) in the following programmes:

Biomedical Engineering: Biomechanics and Imaging
Biomedical Engineering: Signal and Image Processing
Computer Science and Engineering
Ecology and Population Genetics
Economic Geology
Environmental Engineering
Financial and Management Accounting
International Business Management
Product Management
Software, Systems and Services Development in the Global Environment
Wireless Communications Engineering




Document needed

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in English Copy of transcript of records of Bachelor's or Master’s degree in original language indicating that degree is conducted in English language. If original document is not issued in English, Finnish or Swedish, translation to one of the languages is also required.

20 ECTS credits of studies conducted in English language at a Finnish University or a University of Applied Sciences

Copy of transcript of records from a Finnish university or a university of applied sciences in Finnish, Swedish or English.
(with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English, TWE)

Original test score report from the testing organisation
(with a minimum of 20 in Writing section)

Original test score report from the testing organisation
(with a minimum of 5.5 per each section)
Academic Module only!

Original test score report from the testing organisation OR copy of the test score report
Pearson Test of English, PTE 
(with a minimum of 52 in Writing section)
PTE Academic only!

Online language test results from the testing organisation

Pass level A, B or C

Copy of the Cambridge ESOL's Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
Pass level A, B or C

Copy of the Cambridge ESOL's Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
National Certificate of Language Proficiency 
Skill level 5 in the following subtests;  reading, writing, listening and speaking

National Certificate of English Language Proficiency by Finnish National Board of Education


Programmes that accept interview as the only method for demonstrating language proficiency:

Education and Globalisation
Learning, Education and Technology
Protein Science and Biotechnology

Documentation on language proficiency is not needed in the application.



Submitting the language test scores – instructions for applicants

All language test results must arrive at University Admissions Finland by 29 January 2016. It is always the applicant’s responsibility to make testing arrangements for her/himself and to make sure the test results are delivered on time. Be advised that it may take several weeks before the test results are published, and thus we recommend you to book your test well in advance.

Please note, that the language test result must be valid throughout the application period!

When filling out the IELTS Application Form to take the test, please address the test results to University Admissions Finland (UAF).

When completing the TOEFL Registration Form, please fill in University Admissions Finland's Institution Code 3138 in the Score Report Recipient field.

For CAE and CPE, please address the test results to University Admissions Finland. An applicant's copy of the test score is acceptable, as your results will be verified from the test organiser. Include your Candidate's ID (3 letters and 6 numbers) and secret code (4 numbers), if applicable (available for tests taken after 2005). If you do not have these codes, you can request them from the testing organisation. If the codes are unavailable, you should ask for the Statement of Results from Cambridge ESOL to be sent directly to University Admissions Finland. Test scores sent as email attachments will not be accepted. Please note that only tests taken after 2005 will be accepted.

Test results for PTE Academic are typically available within 5 working days following the test session. Once you receive your test score, send it to University Admissions Finland from your PTE account. Choose Finland as the ‘Country’, ‘University Admissions Finland’ as the ‘Institution’ and click on ‘Search’. Then select the university you wish to send your results to and confirm your order. After this, UAF should have access to your test results within 48 hours. Be advised that online language test results will only be accepted from the test organiser.

Last updated: 5/7/2016