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The Separate Application 2020 was carried out as a continuous application


Arcada is introducing a separate application that is carried out as a continuous application for studies beginning in 2020. This means that the application is open during a longer period than normal, and that each applicant follows an individual timetable. An applicant who has completed all the required steps of the application process can be admitted any time during the application period. As places are filled continuously, it also means that application to degree programmes may close earlier than the announced application period if all study places are filled.

Please note that Arcada uses the Separate Application system for the degree programmes in English and is therefore not a part of the Joint Application system in Finland. As it is a separate application, an application to Arcada does not count towards the maximum of 6 study programmes allowed in the Joint Application system. The application is made through where you start by typing in 'Arcada' in the search field. Please read more about the application process.


SAT test or online entrance exam as an application method

Arcada uses the SAT test and proof of English language skills OR online entrance exams with proof of English language skills as application methods for the degree programmes in International Business and Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering.

Read more on the SAT scores required by Arcada.


Language requirements in 2020

Arcada also requires that all applicants prove their skills in English. The English language skills can be shown by passing an English test in the entrance exam (Nursing only)  or by submitting a valid certificate of English language proficiency for the International Business and Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering programmes.

Those who take part in an entrance exam to the degree programme in Nursing will be tested in English as a separate or integrated part of the entrance exam. Those applying to this programme do not have to submit any proof of skills in English at the time of application. Applicants to the degree programme in Nursing must, however, also have skills in either Finnish or Swedish.

Read more about Arcada's language requirements for International Business and Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering and the language requirements for Nursing.


Tuition fees and scholarships

All Finnish institutions of higher education charge tuition fees for degrees taught in English. The fees apply to applicants from countries outside the European Union/EEA-area (with a few exceptions). The tuition fee is either 5 000 € or 8 500 € depending on the degree programme.

Arcada also offers scholarships to fee-paying bachelor students. The scholarship covers a maximum of 50 percent of the tuition fee and is based on the student's academic achievements from their first year of study at Arcada. The student can be granted a scholarship starting from their second year onwards.

Read more about tuition fees and scholarships.


Do you wish to know more?

Still have questions about the application process? Find out if you can apply; which documents to submit; how to fill out your application; how students are selected; what it costs; what happens after admission and information for international applicants. You can also read more about our different degree programmes.  If you cannot find the answers to your questions here or in the application and admission FAQ, please contact our Admissions Services directly:

Phone: +358 (0)294 282 699
E-mail: admissions(at)


Open Path studies

Can you for some reason not apply to regular bachelor degree studies at Arcada but would still like to study for a degree? Then Open Path Studies offer an excellent alternative for you! You can study alongside the degree students and participate in the regular education provided by Arcada. Depending on the year you started, when you have completed 40 or 60 ECTS studies as an Open Path student, you can apply for admission to continue your studies within the same degree programme as a degree student.

Read more about Open Studies at Arcada.