Open Path studies are an excellent opportunity if you're aiming at becoming a full degree student on bachelor-level. Through the Open Path you have the chance to try studying within you preferred field. Once you have completed the Open Path studies you can become a full degree student without having to pass the entrance examination.
You apply to a bachelor-level degree programme that you are interested in. Open Path students follow the curriculum stipulated for the degree programme. You study alongside the degree students and participate in the regular education provided by Arcada. Please note that the Open Path is full-time and also entails studying on campus.
Students who start studying on the Open Path in 2021 shall complete all first-year courses (60 cr) by 31 July 2021 in order to gain degree student status. Nursing student may not do any practical training on the Open Path, which means they may apply for degree student status after completing 55 cr. When you have passed all courses you shall submit an application form on Studyinfo.fi. All the credits completed as an Open Path student will be automatically accredited after you have become a degree student.
Open Path Studies: Application, fees, benefits and becoming a degree student
Arcada reserves the right to make changes to the information below.
Studies at the Open Path are open for anyone, regardless of their educational background. However, you shall have such knowledge of English that enables you to study efficiently. We recommend that your skills are on level B2 or higher. If you are interested in Mechanical and Sustainable Engineering, please note that a good knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry is required if you want to successfully complete your studies.
Finnish/Swedish language skills required by applicant to Nursing
If you apply to Nursing you must prove that you have sufficient skills in either Finnish or Swedish before we can offer you a place at the Open Path. The minimum requirement is level B1.2 on the Common European framework for languages. You may prove your language skills by uploading to your application a copy of a diploma/certificate that proves that you have one of the following:
- Comprehensive education (grades 1–9) or upper secondary education (grades 10–12) in Finland, and is usually thus Finnish or Swedish (but also Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, and Faroe is accepted)
- Student has completed education according to law on comprehensive education (grades 1–9) or law on upper secondary education (grades 10–12) or equivalent, and has passing grade in Finnish or Swedish as mother tongue on the leaving certificate.
- Finnish Matriculation examination in Swedish/Finnish or in Finnish or Swedish as the second language in the Finnish matriculation examination if the student passes the examination with grade Approbatur (A) or higher.
- Finnish Matriculation examination, advanced course (A-level) in Swedish/Finnish with grade Eximia Cum Laude Approbatur (E ) or higher.
- Finnish Matriculation examination in Swedish/Finnish, intermediate course with grade Laudatur (L)
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Education
- A-level Swedish or Finnish (literature/language and literature/literature and performance) with grade 2 or higher
- B-level Swedish or Finnish with grade 5 or higher
- A1 level Swedish orFinnish with grade 2; A2 level Swedish or Finnish with grade 5 or higher in International Baccalaureate degree completed before 2013.
- European Baccalaureate Education
- Pass grade in Swedish/Finnish as L1 language (grade 4 or higher in EB Education completed before 2021
- Grade 5 or higher in Swedish or Finnish as L1 language in EB education completed from 2021 onwards
- Grade 7 or higher in Swedish Finnish as L2 language
- National certificate of language proficiency (yleinen kielitutkinto) in Finnish or Swedish.
- You need to have at least level 3 in all four skill components: speaking, writing, listening comprehension, and reading comprehension
- Public administration language examination (valtiohallinnon kielitutkinto) in Finnish or Swedish.
- You need to have at least satisfactory oral and written skills.
Arcada also arranges a separate separate language test at Arcada on 12 August 2021, 10-12 am, for applicants who cannot prove their language skills in any of the ways listed above. Bring an official ID and a pencil to the test.
The Open Path is full-time. You study alongside the degree students and shall complete all first-year courses (60 cr) defined by the curriculum. Nursing students are not allowed do any practical training at the Open Path, which means only 55 cr is required of them.
If you have previously completed courses that are included in the curriculum for the first academic year you shall ask your amanuensis for an individual study plan. You do not have to retake such courses, but you will be required to complete other courses instead in order to achieve the number of credits required for admission. If it is impossible to design a feasible individual study plan you may be required to retake some courses.
Before applying to the Nursing Open Path, please note that there will be health requirements when applying to degree studies.
You must consider whether your health status will enable successful practical studies and work placements.
Those applying to this field must take into consideration that:
- both studying and working in the profession requires good mental health;
- the field is not suitable for users of illegal narcotics or those who misuse alcohol or pharmaceuticals;
- musculoskeletal diseases, chronic dermatological diseases, and allergies can become a health issue during studies or later in professional life;
When applying for degree student status you will be required to give relevant information about your health if Arcada asks for more information for admission evaluation purposes. This also applies to information about possible earlier revoked study places. Arcada can request that you provide your criminal record extract before a work placement begins if tasks include working with children.
If you have started studying at Arcada’s Open Path in 2018-2020, you may not register for the Open Path of the same programme. However, you may register for the Open Path of another programme. Nursing and the Swedish programmes in Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Midwifery and Emergency Care are treated as being the same programme in this context.
You may not study at the Open Path if you have degree student status at Arcada. If you are a degree student, please contact us immediately after submitting your registration to the Open Path. Do not terminate your degree studies before we have confirmed that you will get at place at the Open Path.
Registration for the Open Path opens at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, 3 August 2021 and closes at 3 p.m. on Monday, 9 August 2021. The registration form is available here during the application period.
You may register for only one programme. There is a limited number of places in each programme:
- Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering, 5 places
- Nursing (cooperation with Diak), 5 places
Information on the Swedish programmes offered on the Open Path is available on the Swedish website.
If more people register for a programme than there are places, the places are filled by drawing lots. We will contact those who are offered a place at the Open Path by email. You must confirm whether you accept the place offered to you or not. If someone does not accept the offered place, we will offer it to the next person on the list (in the order determined by the draw).
Please note that you may study at the Open Path during one academic year only. If you do not meet the criteria for becoming a degree student at the end of the year, you may not continue on the Open Path in the same programme, or register again another year. However, you may register for the Open Path of another programme. Nursing and the Swedish programmes in Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Midwifery and Emergency Care are treated as being the same programme in this context. We recommend that you thoroughly consider your possibilities to study full-time before you decide to register for the Open Path.
As an Open Path student you pay a fee of 400€ per academic year. The fee is paid in two installments, 200€/term. The tuition fee includes registration, tuition and examinations. In some courses, other course-specific costs for materials, supplies and excursions may be charged.
Please read Arcada's payment terms.
Please note that you will have to pay the tuition fee for the autumn term if you accept the place on the Open Path even if you never start your studies.
If you do not want to pay the tuition fee for the spring semester, you must notify us by 15 January 2022 that you do not intend to continue your studies at the Open Path.
If you wish to discontinue your studies on the Open Path, please send the following message to email@example.com:
"I (your name) discontinue my studies on the Open Path."
NB! This is the only acceptable way to notify us.
Please note that after completing the Open Path you may have to pay the tuition fee for degree students if you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country. Information on the tuition fees for degree studies is available here and information on who is required to pay is available on Studyinfo.fi.
Open Path studies are not officially classified as full-time studies, which means that Open Path students are not entitled to the social benefits of a full-time student, such as student financial aid from Kela or the health care services offered by the Finnish Student Health Service. Students on Arcada’s Open Path may, however, use the services of the study psychologist and the study counsellor at Arcada.
International students who need a visa or residence permit to stay in Finland should be aware that participating in Open Studies will not necessarily entitle a foreign citizen to get an entry visa or residence permit. For further information, please visit the website of the Finnish Immigration Services.
Do you commence your studies at Arcada's Open Path in 2021?
You may apply for degree student status after successfully completing the courses that according to the curriculum shall be taken during the first academic year (or the courses that are included in your individual study plan that your amanuensis has approved) and their grades have been registered. Nursing students must also pass the same aptitude and language tests required of regular applicants. More information on the tests will be published later. All applicants that meet these criteria will be offered a study place.
Please note that all admission criteria must be met by 31 July 2022. If you do not meet these criteria you may not continue at the same programme's Open Path and you cannot be admitted based on your open studies. Please note that you do not have the right to take part in possible re-examinations that are arranged after 31 July 2022.
Have you started studying at Arcada's Open Path in 2020?
You may apply for degree student status when you have passed your curriculum's first-year courses (60 cr) (or all courses listed in your individual study plan if your amanuensis has made one for you) and all credits have been registered in the student register. If you do not pass all first-year courses by 31 July 2021, you cannot continue on the Open Path of that particular degree programme and you cannot be admitted to degree studies based on your open studies.
The application form is available on Studyinfo.fi during the application period (17 May - 9 August 2021). You find the form by writing "Arcada" in the search field, selecting "Application period ongoing" (to the left), selecting your degree programme and clicking "Fill in application" (to the right).
Depending on where you come from and what kind of residence permit you have, you may be subject to tuition fees. Please read more about tuition fees in our study guide.
Admission and accepting your study place
Admissions to the programmes is decided on by the Rector.
You need to accept the study place and register for the academic year in My Studyinfo. Please note that you can accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree per term.
Registration as degree student
You will be registered as a degree student starting from 1 August 2022 with a new student number. All courses registered as completed at the Open UAS will be transferred automatically to your new degree student number. Username and password remain the same.
If you have also completed ECTS credits at another university, you need to apply for these studies to be transferred toward your Arcada degree.
Please note that you may register as absent for your first year as a degree student only if you have legal grounds.
Degree students are entitled to benefits, for example student financial aid and discounts on student lunches and public transport. Some restrictions may apply. All degree students may use the service of the Finnish Student Health Service, and all degree students must pay the twice-yearly healthcare fee.
Have you taken Open courses at another UAS/university?
You may not apply for degree student status at Arcada based on open studies at another UAS/university. You may apply in our regular application in winter. If you are admitted to Arcada you may apply for accreditation of your previous studies