University of Oulu, 2016

Language Requirements

– here are the detailed rules of language requirements

Language Requirements for Admission 2019

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):

  Document needed
Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree in English in a university or university of applied sciences in Finland or another EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States, excluding online degrees. Copy of the transcript of records of Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree conducted in English language. If original document is not issued in English, Finnish or Swedish, translation to one of the languages is also required.
Finnish matriculation examination: English with a minimum grade of M Copy of  Finnish matriculation examination certificate
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, clearly stating the courses completed in English.
580 (with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English, TWE)
Original test score report from the testing organization
92 (with a minimum of 20 in Writing section)
Original test score report from the testing organization
TOEFL rPDT (Revised Paper-delivered Test) with a minimum score of 20 in the reading section, a minimum score of 20 in the listening section, a minimum score of 22 in the writing section Original test score report from the testing organization
6.5 (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 organization
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


Submitting the language test scores – instructions for applicants

All language test results must arrive at University of Oulu by the application deadline. 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 the University of Oulu.

When completing the TOEFL Registration Form, please fill in University of Oulu's Institution Code 0229 in the Score Report Recipient field.

For CAE and CPE, please address the test results to University of Oulu. 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 the University of Oulu. 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 of Oulu from your PTE account. After this, university 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: 9.8.2018