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This page contains information on the points systems of certificate-based admissions to universities’ degree programmes taught in English. In certificate-based admissions, the new students are selected based on the grades they received in the Finnish matriculation examination, in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, in the European Baccalaureate diploma, in the Reifeprüfung examination completed in Finland or in the Deutsches Internationales Abitur examination completed in Finland.

Please note that this website does not contain a complete list of all the degree programmes taught in English as only the programmes using certificate-based admissions are listed. You will find all the degree programmes taught in English listed on Studyinfo.fi

You can find information on the point systems of certificate-based admissions to universities' degree programmes taught in Finnish and in Swedish on their respective websites.

For more information on points systems of universities' certificate-based admissions, please contact universities' admissions services.

Contents

Points system in certificate-based admissions

Business studies

Quotas and threshold criteria for business studies

Degree programme

University

Share of students admitted based on certificates

Threshold criteria

International BusinessAalto University52 %

Mathematics (advanced or basic syllabus) passed acceptably.

Points system in certificate-based admissions

Applicants can score points for up to five subjects, which are:

  • mother tongue
  • mathematics (advanced or basic syllabus)
  • the language for which the applicant receives the highest points
  • and out of the remaining subjects, two subjects for which the applicant receives the highest points

The maximum score is 154.

SubjectGrade
Subjects that count towards all applicants’ scoresLEMCBA
mother tongue33,027,522,016,511,05,5
Mathematics (advanced or basic syllabus)LEMCBA
mathematics, advanced syllabus36,130,024,018,012,06,0
mathematics, basic syllabus28,323,618,914,19,44,7

The language for which the applicant receives the highest points

LEMCBA
language, advanced28,323,618,914,19,44,7
language, intermediate syllabus25,120,916,812,68,44,2
language, basic syllabus22,618,915,111,37,53,8
Two subjects for which the applicant receives the highest pointsLEMCBA
biology22,418,614,911,27,53,7
philosophy20,016,713,310,06,73,3
physics26,522,017,613,28,84,4
history24,520,416,312,28,24,1
chemistry22,418,614,911,27,53,7
language, advanced syllabus28,323,618,914,19,44,7
language, intermediate syllabus25,120,916,812,68,44,2
language, basic syllabus22,618,915,111,37,53,8
geography20,016,713,310,06,73,3
psychology22,418,614,911,27,53,7
health education17,314,411,58,75,82,9
religion or culture, worldview and ethics24,520,416,312,28,24,1
social studies20,016,713,310,06,73,3
Other natural science and humanities subjects in EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas22,418,614,911,27,53,7

Economics

Quotas and threshold criteria for economics

Degree programme

University

Share of students admitted based on certificates

Threshold criteria

Economics

Aalto University

78 %

At least grade M in advanced syllabus in mathematics OR

at least grade E in basic syllabus in mathematics.

Points system in certificate-based admissions

Applicants can score points for up to four subjects, which are:

  • mother tongue
  • mathematics (advanced or basic syllabus)
  • the language for which the applicant receives the highest points
  • and out of the remaining subjects, the subject for which the applicant receives the highest points

The maximum score is 125.7.

SubjectGrade
Subjects that count towards all applicants’ scoresLEMCBA
mother tongue33,027,522,016,511,05,5
Mathematics (advanced or basic syllabus)LEMCBA
mathematics, advanced syllabus36,130,024,018,012,06,0
mathematics, basic syllabus28,323,618,914,19,44,7

The language for which the applicant receives the highest points

LEMCBA
language, advanced28,323,618,914,19,44,7
language, intermediate syllabus25,120,916,812,68,44,2
language, basic syllabus22,618,915,111,37,53,8
One subject for which the applicant scores the highest pointsLEMCBA
biology22,418,614,911,27,53,7
philosophy20,016,713,310,06,73,3
physics26,522,017,613,28,84,4
history24,520,416,312,28,24,1
chemistry22,418,614,911,27,53,7
language, advanced syllabus28,323,618,914,19,44,7
language, intermediate syllabus25,120,916,812,68,44,2
language, basic syllabus22,618,915,111,37,53,8
geography20,016,713,310,06,73,3
psychology22,418,614,911,27,53,7
health education17,314,411,58,75,82,9
religion or culture, worldview and ethics24,520,416,312,28,24,1
social studies20,016,713,310,06,73,3
Other natural science and humanities subjects in EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas22,418,614,911,27,53,7

Natural sciences

Quotas and threshold criteria for natural sciences

Degree programme

University

Share of students admitted based on certificates

Threshold criteria

Bachelor's Programme in Science

University of Helsinki

60 %

At least grade M in advanced syllabus in mathematics OR

grade L in basic syllabus in mathematics.

Points system in certificate-based admissions

Applicants can score points for up to four subjects, which are:

  • mother tongue
  • mathematics (advanced or basic syllabus)
  • and out of the remaining subjects, the two subjects for which the applicant scores the highest points.

The maximum score is 132,7.

Subject

Grade

Subjects that count towards all applicants’ scores

L

E

M

C

B

A

mother tongue

33.0

27.5

22.0

16.5

11.0

5.5

Mathematics (advanced or basic syllabus)

L

E

M

C

B

A

mathematics, advanced syllabus

39.7

33.1

26.4

19.8

13.2

6.6

mathematics, basic syllabus

28.3

23.6

18.9

14.1

9.4

4.7

Two subjects for which the applicant scores the highest points

L

E

M

C

B

A

biology

26.8

22.4

17.9

13.4

8.9

4.5

chemistry

26.8

22.4

17.9

13.4

8.9

4.5

geography

22.0

18.3

14.7

11.0

7.3

3.7

health education

13.9

11.5

9.2

6.9

4.6

2.3

history

19.6

16.3

13.1

9.8

6.5

3.3

language, advanced syllabus

28.3

23.6

18.9

14.1

9.4

4.7

language, intermediate syllabus

25.1

20.9

16.8

12.6

8.4

4.2

language, basic syllabus

22.6

18.9

15.1

11.3

7.5

3.8

philosophy

16.0

13.3

10.7

8.0

5.3

2.7

physics

31.7

26.5

21.2

15.9

10.6

5.3

psychology

24.6

20.5

16.4

12.3

8.2

4.1

religion or culture, worldview and ethics

19.6

16.3

13.1

9.8

6.5

3.3

social studies

16.0

13.3

10.7

8.0

5.3

2.7

Other natural science and humanities subjects in EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas

16.0

13.3

10.7

8.0

5.3

2.7

Social sciences

Quotas and threshold criteria for social sciences

Degree programme

University

Share of students admitted based on certificates

Threshold criteria

Social Sciences (Bachelor's degree)

University of Eastern Finland

60 %

No threshold criteria.

Administrative Sciences, Sustainable Urban Development

Tampere University

51 %

At least grade C in mother tongue.

Social Sciences, Sustainable Urban DevelopmentTampere University51 %At least grade C in mother tongue.

Points system in certificate-based admissions

Applicants can score points for up to five subjects, which are:

  • mother tongue
  • philosophy OR history OR psychology OR social studies (please note that there are exceptions for EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas)
  • and three highest scores from the following:

    • maximum of one humanities or science subject
    • maximum of one language
    • mathematics (advanced or basic syllabus) 

Instead of the subjects included in the group ”philosophy or history or psychology or social studies”, in EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas the applicants score points for the following subjects:

  • In EB diploma, philosophy, history, psychology or economics
  • In IB diploma, philosophy, history, psychology, global politics or economics
  • In RP diploma, history
  • In DIA diploma, philosophy, history or economics.

The maximum score is 157.9.

Subject

Grade

Subjects that count towards all applicants’ scores

L

E

M

C

B

A

mother tongue

33.0

27.5

22.0

16.5

11.0

5.5

philosophy or history or psychology or social studies

34.0

28.3

22.7

17.0

11.3

5.7

Natural sciences and humanities (no more than one)

L

E

M

C

B

A

biology

22.4

18.6

14.9

11.2

7.5

3.7

philosophy

20.0

16.7

13.3

10.0

6.7

3.3

physics

26.5

22.0

17.6

13.2

8.8

4.4

history

24.5

20.4

16.3

12.2

8.2

4.1

chemistry

22.4

18.6

14.9

11.2

7.5

3.7

geography

20.0

16.7

13.3

10.0

6.7

3.3

psychology

22.4

18.6

14.9

11.2

7.5

3.7

health education

17.3

14.4

11.5

8.7

5.8

2.9

religion or culture, worldview and ethics

24.5

20.4

16.3

12.2

8.2

4.1

social studies

20.0

16.7

13.3

10.0

6.7

3.3

Other natural science and humanities subjects in EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas

22.4

18.6

14.9

11.2

7.5

3.7

Languages (no more than one)

L

E

M

C

B

A

language, advanced syllabus

28.3

23.6

18.9

14.1

9.4

4.7

language, intermediate syllabus

25.1

20.9

16.8

12.6

8.4

4.2

language, basic syllabus

22.6

18.9

15.1

11.3

7.5

3.8

Mathematics (advanced or basic syllabus)

L

E

M

C

B

A

mathematics, advanced syllabus

36.1

30.0

24.0

18.0

12.0

6.0

mathematics, basic syllabus

28.3

23.6

18.9

14.1

9.4

4.7

Technology and Engineering

Quotas and threshold criteria for technology and engineering

Degree programme

University

Share of students admitted based on certificates

Threshold criteria

Chemical Engineering

Aalto University

40 %

At least grade E in advanced syllabus in mathematics.

Computational EngineeringAalto University40 %At least grade E in advanced syllabus in mathematics.
Data ScienceAalto University40 %At least grade E in advanced syllabus in mathematics.
Digital Systems and DesignAalto University40 %At least grade E in advanced syllabus in mathematics.
Quantum TechnologyAalto University40 %

Grade L in advanced syllabus in mathematics OR

at least grade E in physics and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably.

Energy TechnologyLUT University25 %

At least grade C in physics and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in chemistry and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in advanced syllabus in mathematics.

Electrical EngineeringLUT University25 %

At least grade C in physics and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in chemistry and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in advanced syllabus in mathematics.

Mechanical EngineeringLUT University25 %

At least grade C in physics and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in chemistry and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in advanced syllabus in mathematics.

Software and Systems EngineeringLUT University25 %

At least grade C in physics and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in chemistry and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in advanced syllabus in mathematics.

Technology and Engineering ScienceLUT University25 %

At least grade C in physics and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in chemistry and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in advanced syllabus in mathematics.

Industrial Engineering and Management

LUT University25 %

At least grade C in physics and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in chemistry and advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably OR

at least grade C in advanced syllabus in mathematics.

Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of Oulu50 %

At least grade M in advanced syllabus in mathematics OR

at least grade C in physics OR

at least grade C in chemistry.

Electronics and Communications EngineeringUniversity of Oulu50 %

At least grade M in advanced syllabus in mathematics OR

at least grade C in physics OR

at least grade C in chemistry.

Information Processing ScienceUniversity of Oulu50 %

At least grade M in advanced syllabus in mathematics OR

at least grade C in physics OR

at least grade C in chemistry.

Computing and Electrical Engineering, Science and Engineering

Tampere University

30 %

At least grade E in advanced syllabus in mathematics OR

advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably and at least grade E in physics OR

advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably and at least grade L in chemistry.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Science and EngineeringTampere University30 %

At least grade E in advanced syllabus in mathematics OR

advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably and at least grade E in physics OR

advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably and at least grade L in chemistry.

Technology, Sustainable Urban DevelopmentTampere University70 %

At least grade M in advanced syllabus in mathematics OR

advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably and at least grade M in physics OR

advanced syllabus in mathematics passed acceptably and at least grade M in chemistry.

Points system in certificate-based admissions

Applicants can score points for up to three subjects, which are:

  • mother tongue
  • mathematics, advanced syllabus
  • physics or chemistry

The maximum score is 105.

SubjectGrade

Subjects that count towards all applicants' scores

L

E

M

C

B

A

mother tongue

33

27,5

22

16,5

11

5,5

mathematics, advanced syllabus

39,7

33,1

26,4

19,8

13,2

6,6

physics or chemisty

32,3

26,9

21,5

16,2

10,8

5,4


Instructions for interpreting the tables

Instructions for interpreting the points tables

  • In certificate-based admissions, the number of matriculation examination subjects for which the applicants score points vary by degree programme. A maximum of six matriculation examination subjects can be taken into account.
  • The degree programmes can specify one or several threshold criteria. Only applicants who meet the threshold criteria can be admitted through certificate-based admissions.
  • In all degree programmes, applicants score points for mother tongue.
    • As mother tongue is accepted Finnish as mother tongue, Swedish as mother tongue, Sámi as mother tongue, Finnish as a second language and Swedish as a second language.

    • Some degree programmes have specific requirements concerning the mother tongue syllabus. These exceptions are included in the information on the degree programmes in question.

    • If the applicant has taken the test in two native-level languages, one of them is taken into account as an advanced syllabus in a language.

  • The degree programmes have specified the subjects for which applicants score points in addition to mother tongue.
  • An applicant may only score points once for each subject. In mathematics, an applicant may score points either for the advanced syllabus or the basic syllabus, unless stated otherwise in the information on the degree programmes.
  • If an applicant has taken the test in syllabuses of the same level in several languages (advanced, intermediate, basic) and the points system specified by the degree programme allows this, the applicant may score points for several languages.
    • Example: In certificate-based admissions to the degree programme, five subjects are taken into account, consisting of mother tongue and any other four subjects. The applicant has taken the matriculation examination tests in Finnish as mother tongue, advanced syllabus in Swedish, advanced syllabus in English, basic syllabus in French and biology. In certificate-based admissions to the degree programme in question, the applicant scores points for all subjects in which they have taken the test.
  • An applicant who has not taken all the subjects specified by the degree programme may be admitted through certificate-based admissions if they score enough points for the remaining subjects.
  • Applicants score points for tests in natural sciences and humanities taken in 2006 and later in the Finnish matriculation examinations. No points are awarded for tests in natural sciences and humanities taken before 2006.
  • The points scored in certificate-based admissions are calculated based on the degree programme’s admission criteria, using the combination of subjects for which the applicant scores the highest points.
  • If the applicant has completed not only an EB, IB, RP or DIA diploma but also the Finnish matriculation examination or individual matriculation examination tests, their points are calculated based on the combination for which they score the highest points.

Threshold criteria

Threshold criteria means passing a certain matriculation examination test or achieving a certain grade in it. The applicant can only participate in certificate-based admissions to a degree programme if they meet the threshold criteria. The degree programme may have set one or several threshold criteria for certificate-based admissions. The threshold criteria are set out in connection with each degree programme.

Threshold criteria, example 1

If the threshold criteria for a degree programme is achieving grade M in chemistry, the applicant has to achieve at least grade M in the matriculation examination test. If the applicant has not taken the test in chemistry or their grade in this test is A, B or C, they cannot be admitted through certificate-based admissions to the degree programme in question.

Threshold criteria, example 2

If mother tongue has been specified in the threshold criteria, it means the test in Finnish as mother tongue, Swedish as mother tongue, Sámi as mother tongue, Finnish as a second language or Swedish as a second language. If Finnish as mother tongue, Swedish as mother tongue or Sámi as mother tongue has been specified in the threshold criteria, this only refers to the test in mother tongue syllabus of the language in question, and an applicant who has taken the test in Finnish as a second language or Swedish as a second language does not meet the requirement.

Right to study

If the applicant has been granted a right to study in a degree programme in higher education institutions’ joint application system, as a rule they have a right to complete both a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree. In some exceptional cases, the right to study is only granted for completing a Bachelor's degree (including Kindergarten teacher education). If the degree programme only grants a right to study for a Bachelor's degree, this is mentioned in connection with the information on the degree programme in question.

Language proficiency requirement

The applicant must prove their English proficiency at the application stage. The methods for proving language proficiency are explained on each university’s website. In some cases, the information on the matriculation examination is sufficient to prove English proficiency. If the applicant has to produce a separate certificate as proof of their language proficiency, a request to attach this certificate will come up in the application form.

When applying to degree programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish, proof of Finnish or Swedish proficiency must be provided.

Points for EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas

To be noted in points scored for EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas

In certificate-based admissions, the grades achieved in the European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma and the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma as well as in the Reifeprüfung (RP) diploma and the Deutsches Internationales Abitur (DIA) diploma completed in Finland are converted into corresponding Finnish matriculation examination grades. For these correspondences, see the section on each degree programme.

To be noted in points scored for EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas:

  • Points for subjects in EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas that do not have equivalents in the Finnish matriculation examination are scored as set out in the section Other natural science and humanities subjects in EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas.
  • The threshold criteria of the degree programmes are given as Finnish matriculation examination grades in connection with the criteria for certificate-based admissions. As a rule, grades and points achieved in EB, IB, RP and DIA diplomas are also converted into corresponding Finnish matriculation examination grades when examining the fulfilment of threshold criteria. Some of the degree programmes in languages are an exception to this rule, and in these cases, the threshold criteria are given separately as EB, IB, RP and DIA diploma grades and points in connection with the criteria for certificate-based admissions.

European Baccalaureate (EB)

To assess EB diplomas, two recommendation on correspondence are used: for those who took the diploma in 2021 and later, the new recommendation is followed, and the old recommendation is applied to those who took the diploma in 2020 or earlier.

The grades of Final marks included in the EB diploma correspond to Finnish matriculation examination grades as set out in the following tables.


The correspondence of grades in this table applies to applicants who have taken the diploma in 2020 or earlier.

Final mark grade in EB diplomaCorresponding matriculation examination grade
9,00–10,00laudatur (L)
8,00–8,99eximia cum laude approbatur (E)
7,00–7,99magna cum laude approbatur (M)
6,00–6,99cum laude approbatur (C)
5,50–5,99lubenter approbatur (B)
5,00–5,49approbatur (A)

The correspondence of grades in this table applies to applicants who have taken the diploma in 2021 and later.

Final mark grade in EB diplomaCorresponding matriculation examination grade
9,00–10,00laudatur (L)
8,00–8,99eximia cum laude approbatur (E)
7,00–7,99magna cum laude approbatur (M)
6,00–6,99cum laude approbatur (C)
5,00–5,99lubenter approbatur (B)
4,00–4,99approbatur (A)


In the points system of certificate-based admissions, the subjects in EB diploma correspond to Finnish matriculation examination subjects as follows.

EB diploma subjectCorresponding matriculation examination subject
L1 syllabus in a languagemother tongue
L2 syllabus in a languageadvanced syllabus in a language
L3 syllabus in a language,
Other National Language
intermediate syllabus in a language
L4 syllabus in a language,
L5 syllabus in a language
basic syllabus
advanced syllabus in mathematics (5h)advanced syllabus in mathematics
basic syllabus in mathematics (3h)basic syllabus in mathematics

Points for natural sciences and humanities subjects in EB diploma are scored as shown in the scoring tables of each degree programme.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The grades of tests included in the IB diploma correspond to Finnish matriculation examination grades as set out in the following tables.

Correspondence of grades.

Test grade in IB diploma

Corresponding matriculation examination grade

7

laudatur (L)

6

eximia cum laude approbatur (E)

5

magna cum laude approbatur (M)

4

cum laude approbatur (C)

3

lubenter approbatur (B)

2

approbatur (A)

In the points system of certificate-based admissions, the subjects in IB diploma tests correspond to Finnish matriculation examination subjects as follows.

Correspondence of subjects.

IB diploma subject

Corresponding matriculation examination subject

A syllabus in a language

mother tongue

A syllabus in a language (not the same as mother tongue),
B syllabus in English

advanced syllabus

other B syllabuses in languages

intermediate syllabus

AB syllabus in a language

basic syllabus

Mathematics: Analysis and approaches HL,
Mathematics: Applications and interpretation HL,
Mathematics: Analysis and approaches SL
Further Mathematics,
Mathematics HL,
Mathematics SL,
Mathematical methods

advanced syllabus in mathematics

Mathematics: Applications and interpretation SL,
Mathematical Studies

basic syllabus in mathematics

Points for natural sciences and humanities subjects in an IB diploma are scored as shown in the scoring tables of each degree programme.

Reifeprüfung (RP) and Deutsches Internationales Abitur (DIA) diplomas

The scores for tests included in the RP and DIA diplomas correspond to Finnish matriculation examination grades as set out in the following tables.

Correspondence of grades.

Test score in RP and DIA diplomas

Corresponding matriculation examination grade

13–15

laudatur (L)

10–12

eximia cum laude approbatur (E)

8–9

magna cum laude approbatur (M)

7

cum laude approbatur (C)

5–6

lubenter approbatur (B)

4

approbatur (A)

In the points system of certificate-based admissions, the subjects in RP and DIA diploma tests correspond to Finnish matriculation examination subjects as follows.

Correspondence of subjects.

RP and DIA diploma subject

Corresponding matriculation examination subject

mother tongue, Finnish or German

mother tongue

Finnish or German (not the same as mother tongue), English

advanced syllabus in a language

B1 syllabus in a language

intermediate syllabus in a language

B2 or B3 syllabus in a language

basic syllabus in a language

mathematics

advanced syllabus in mathematics

mathematics in a certificate of correspondence

basic syllabus in mathematics

The points for natural sciences and humanities subjects in RP and DIA diplomas are awarded as set out in the scoring tables of the degree programmes.

If the subjects for which points are scored are not included in the subjects the applicant has taken for the diplomas, the points will be based on a certificate of correspondence issued by Deutche Schule Helsinki.

 




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