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27.3.2024 / About Oamk

Pathway studies is your bridge to Finnish higher education (Updated 11.4.2024)

The UAS Pathway Studies to Finland program, provided by the selected Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Finland, offers applicants a convenient way to gain admission to degree programs in Finland. In the UAS Pathway program, you study the first year online from your home country.

The UAS Pathway Studies are ideal for those interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information and communication technology (ICT), International Business (IB), Business Information Technology (BIT), or Game Development (BBA or B.ENG).

The UASs participating in the program have a selected number of study places available for those who have completed the UAS Pathway program with defined criteria: Students who have completed at least 30 ECTS with an average grade of ≥3,0 (grading scale 1-5) by December 2024 is eligible to apply to a degree program in February 2024 and continue in degree studies in Finland in August 2025. No extra entrance exams are required.

The UAS Pathway program is currently accepting applications from April 1 to August 9, 2024. Selection results will be communicated on a weekly basis to the applicants. Eligible students will be accepted based on their registration order, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The application period for the UAS Pathway program is open from April 1st until May 19th, 2024. Selection results will be published by May 31st, 2024. Students must confirm their study place by June 14th, 2024.

International students must meet specific admission requirements to qualify for pathway studies in Finland. Read more about it at (eligibility)

Studies will start on September 1st and continue until the end of May 2025.

The tuition fee for the Pathway program is 6000€ (including VAT).

More information at the UAS Pathway website:

* When applying for UAS Pathway programs, you must hold such school-leaving certificates that would make you eligible to apply for higher education in your home country. 

If English is not your first language, you have the following options: 

  1. Prove your proficiency in English skills by an internationally recognized language test or previous studies. 
  1. If you are not able to provide the language test certificate, you have the opportunity to participate in an online interview. We kindly ask and recommend taking the free IELTSselftest before the interview:  

Benefits of pathway studies for international students

The UAS Pathway studies offer numerous benefits for international students pursuing higher education in Finland. One of the main advantages is the flexibility it provides. By allowing students to complete the first year of their degree online from their home country, pathway studies eliminate the need for immediate relocation. This is particularly beneficial for students with personal or financial constraints that prevent them from moving to Finland immediately.

The UAS Pathway studies offer the opportunity to gradually adapt to the Finnish education system and culture. By studying online for the first year, students can familiarize themselves with Finnish higher education’s academic expectations, teaching methods, pedagogy, and cultural norms. This helps ease the transition to full-time on-campus studies in Finland.

Furthermore, UAS Pathway studies enable students to build a strong foundation in their chosen field of study and professional field. The curriculum is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary for success in the degree program.

UAS Pathway studies

The online courses offered in the UAS Pathway program cover the essential subjects and topics related to the chosen field of study. Students can access online learning materials, lectures, and assignments, allowing them to study independently while receiving guidance and support.

The UAS Pathway studies include online courses, interactive sessions, and virtual classrooms, where students can engage with their experienced Finnish teachers. These sessions provide opportunities for discussions, collaborative projects, and networking, fostering a sense of community among the students.

UAS Pathway studies vs. direct entry to Finnish universities

When considering pathway studies, one question is whether pursuing direct entry to Finnish universities is better. While direct entry may be suitable for some students, UAS Pathway studies offer several advantages that make them attractive.

The UAS Pathway studies provide a gradual transition into the Finnish education system. By completing the UAS Pathway program online, students can adapt to the academic expectations and teaching methods at their own pace. This can help ease the potential challenges and adjustment period that often come with studying in a foreign country.

The UAS Pathway studies offer a structured curriculum that provides a solid foundation for the chosen field and profession. The courses are designed to prepare students for their future studies and provide the necessary knowledge and skills. This ensures students are well-prepared and equipped to succeed in their degree programs.

The UAS Pathway studies also offer flexibility and convenience. Students can manage their schedules and study online from their home country. This can be particularly beneficial for students with personal or financial constraints preventing them from immediately relocating to Finland.

While direct entry may be suitable for some students who are well-prepared and ready to immerse themselves fully in the Finnish education system, pathway studies provide a viable alternative for those who prefer a more gradual and supported approach.

Pathway studies have proven to be successful for numerous international students who have pursued higher education in Finland.

Why Pathway studies are a smart choice for international students in Finland

The UAS Pathway studies in Finland offer international students a convenient and supported pathway to higher education. By completing the first year online from their home country, students can gradually adapt to the Finnish education system and build a strong foundation in their chosen field of study. The UAS Pathway studies provide flexibility, convenience, and the opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge before continuing on-campus studies in Finland.

Whether you are interested in Information and Communication Technology, International Business, Business Information Technology, or Game Development, the UAS Pathway studies can be a smart choice for international students looking to pursue higher education in Finland.

If you are considering higher education in Finland, explore the available UAS pathway study options and choose the program that aligns with your interests, goals, and aspirations.

Pathway studies can be your bridge to Finnish higher education and open doors to exciting opportunities and a prosperous future in which you can enjoy life in the happiest country in the world!

Updated 11.4.2024. Added information about application period and language requirements.