Language skill requirements

Excellent skills in English language are required to success in degree programmes conducted in English. In the spring 2024 admission the following proof of English language skills are mandatory for the applicants taking part in International UAS exam.

Language test results

  • IELTS Academic: a minimum total score of 6.0
  • TOEFL Academic (iBT): a minimum total score of 60
  • PTE Academic: a minimum total score of 55
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced: a minimum total score of 169
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency: a minimum total score of 169

Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) English

  • Proficiency level 4 on all the subtests (reading, writing, listening and speaking)

Upper secondary or higher education degree completed in English

  • EU/EEA country
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • the United States

One of the following grade cases in Finnish Matriculation Examination, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate or Reifeprüfung/DIA

  • Finnish Matriculation Examination: English on advanced Level with a minimum grade of M 
  • International Baccalaureate completed in English
  • International Baccalaureate diploma: grade 4 in higher level English. Please note that the predicted grade is not taken into consideration.
  • European Baccalaureate: at least grade 6.00 in L2-level English
  • Reifeprüfung/DIA completed diploma: at least grade 7 in advanced English

Applicants graduating in Finland 2024:

If an applicant graduates in spring 2024 and it is not possible to obtain a required proof of English language skills during the application period, they can still be invited to the International UAS exam. The possible student selection is conditional until the certificates are verified.
The exception applies to those completing the following degrees in Finland:

  • Finnish matriculation examination
  • International Baccalaureate
  • European Baccalaureate
  • Reifeprüfung/DIA
  • Vocational basic qualification conducted in English

N.B. The above information regarding applicants graduating in the spring 2024 has been updated on January 15 2024.

More information regarding English language requirement can be found at the national UAS exam website

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Required knowledge in Finnish language

In addition to English language skills, applicants are required to demonstrate Finnish language skills.

Oulu University of Applied Sciences requires all selected students to have minimum A2 level knowledge in Finnish language. Separate language test is organised in March 2024. All applicants whose Finnish language skills cannot be confirmed beforehand based on the information given in the online application, are invited to take the test. The separate language test is organised online.