English language skills required of all applicants

All applicants are required to have language skills in English proven either at the time of application or as part of the entrance exam. The language test can be a separate or integrated part of the entrance exam.

Note that an applicant applying to International Business and/or Materials Processing Technology on the basis of SAT MUST submit a language certificate

English language proficiency may be demonstrated with the following certificates and minimum requirements,

  • Cambridge ESOL’s tests B2 First (First Certificate in English)
    -Minimum score 170
    - Include your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret number when sending your results to Arcada
    - valid for two years, valid if the test date is 9 January 2016 onwards
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic 51;
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    Results are accepted only when sent through the online PTE account
    - valid for two years, valid if the test date is 9 January 2016 onwards
     
  • IELTS, academic level 6.0; or
    - valid for two years, valid if the test date is 9 January 2016 onwards
     
  • TOEFL 79 Internet-based test; or
    - Must arrive directly from the Educational Testing Service
    - Arcada's TOEFL code 5724
    -
    valid for two years, valid if the test date is 9 January 2016 onwards
     
  •  Certificate of Language Proficiency, (YKI)
    - skills level 4 in English in all parts  (English communicative oral skills, reading comprehension, and writing)
    - no set date of validity
    - requires skills in Finnish/Swedish
     
  • Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma (AICE) taken in Finland;
  • Finnish matriculation examination: grade C in the advanced syllabus test in the English language;
  • IB Diploma: grade 4 in the advanced syllabus test in the English language;
  • EB Diploma: grade 6.00–6.95 in the advanced syllabus test in the English language;
  • RP Diploma: grade 7 in the advanced syllabus test in the English language; or
     
  • an upper secondary level certificate or a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand as well as a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English in an EU/EEA country.

The language certificate must be valid during the application period. The Pearson test of English, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are valid for two years. There are no limitations on the period of validity of the other certificates. A TOEFL test score will only be accepted if it has been directly submitted from the TOEFL Educational Testing Service (ETS). Arcada's Toefl code is 5724

If you have a valid test score, please submit a copy by 3 pm, 7 February 2019. Note that Arcada accepts language tests taken in February.

Arcada strives to accept electronic copies of language certificates submitted directly from the testing organisation. Please request your score report to be submitted to Arcada when you register for the Cambridge, IELTS, Pearson or TOEFL tests.

An applicants’ language proficiency will be assessed in the language test included in the entrance examination on a scale of pass/fail. An applicant failing the language test will be excluded from admission. The language test can either be an integrated part of the entrance exam or is carried out as a separate part of the exam. You can also choose to submit a language certificate to gain exemption from the language testing conducted as part of the entrance exam.

Applicants who have completed the Finnish matriculation examination prior to 1990 must submit a certificate of language proficiency.

Swedish/Finnish language skills required for a Nursing degree

Applicants to the degree programme in Nursing are required to have skills in either Finnish or Swedish. The minimum requirement is level B1 on the Common European framework for languages. Only applicants who in their application have marked that they have the required language skills are invited to the exam, in which language skills are tested. Applicant does not need to send in any certificates proving his/her Finnish/Swedish language skills.