Frequently asked questions about Open Path studies.
Yes, it is possible. You don’t need a twelth grade certificate to start your studies as an Open Path student.
The fee for one semester is 200 €, i.e. 400 € for the academic year. Arcada will invoice you twice. One installment is to be paid in September and one installment is to be paid in January.
During the introduction days held in August you will get information on how and when you can enroll to a course.
Before you start your studies you should contact your local TE services office to discuss this issue, since there is a risk that you will lose your unemployment compensation otherwise.
No, since Open Path studies are not regarded as full-time studies. You are also not entitled to discounts on bus or train tickets.
As an Open Path student it is possible to join the student union at Arcada (ASK). You will get additional information about benefits during the introduction days.
If you have completed a course or study programme at a Finnish or foreign university or university college, you may be able to transfer those ECTS credits to a course or study programme after you have been accepted as a degree student. It may also be possible to have your relevant professional experiences accredited. If you have already completed courses that are part of the first-year curriculum you do not have to retake them. You must still complete 60 cr, following an individual study plan that you make with your amanuensis. However, if it is impossible to make a feasible individual study plan you might have to retake some courses.
You may activate your user account yourself before the introduction days. You will receive more information about that before the start of your studies. You will get your flex key at the introduction days if you present a receipt showing that you have paid the key deposit.
You may study at the Open Path for one academic year if you started in 2018 or later.
No, you can’t. International students who need a visa or residence permit to stay in Finland should be aware that participating in Open Studies will not entitle a foreign citizen to get an entry visa or residence permit. For further information, please visit the website of the Finnish Immigration Services.