Move to content

Applying with education completed in Finland

Did your previous studies take place in Finland? Find detailed information on how you can apply to Centria on this page.

The next joint application period for degree programmes conducted in English will be arranged between 3 January and 17 January 2024. For applicants who will be accepted in this application round, the studies are set to begin in August 2024.

In 2024, Centria UAS will be a part of the first Joint application of Higher Education, Spring 2024. The application process takes place at

The application process is free of charge for all applicants. Applicants can be admitted if they submit a valid application, attach required documents, meet eligibility requirements and successfully pass the entrance exam or are selected by certificate-based selection.

Please bear in mind that the instructions below are tailored for the joint application round of January 2024. The instructions are always updated before each application round.

Eligibility criteria

For this specific application round, the following education will give applicants eligibility to apply for Bachelor´s programmes:

If an applicant is applying through discretionary admission, he or she is required to submit copies of certificates that he or she wishes to use, to the Admissions office of Centria UAS by 24 January 2024 at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2). Discretion only concerns an applicant’s eligibility to apply.

Filling the application

Applicants start the application process by filling out an online application form during the application period at The application is publicly accessible to everyone via the internet, and the admission process follows predefined admissions criteria. Therefore, no stakeholders outside the institution can have influence over the selection process itself. When filling the application form, applicants are advised to double-check if the given postal address is up to date and the given email address is functional.

A functional email address is particularly important in order to be able to contact applicants later on with decisions and further guidelines. The email address provided in the application form will be taken as an official channel of communication and will not be changed later in the process. Once the application has successfully been registered, applicants receive an application number. If an application number is received, applicants do not have to contact Centria´s Admissions office to confirm if the application has arrived.

Student selection

Detailed information about selection methods for first joint application round in spring 2024 can be found here. Centria will be using the International UAS Exam and certificate-based selection. NB. Changes may occur.

First joint application 2024

Joint Application period is from 3 to 17 January 2024.

Centria University of Applied Sciences uses the following student selection methods during the first joint application 2024: 

International University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Exam: 75% of study places

Certificate-based selection (Finnish Matriculation Examination, IB, EB, RP/DIA): 25% of study places

International University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Exam

International UAS Exam is a joint digital entrance exam of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), used for selecting students to English-conducted study programmes leading to a Bachelor’s degree.

The entrance examination assesses the applicants’ abilities to study at UAS. The entrance examination does not contain any pre-reading materials or pre-tasks.

Every applicant must submit a document of the English language skills and a valid identification document on the Studyinfo’s application form. Please check the approved documents at

Language requirements during joint application 2024

In order to be invited to the International UAS Exam and to be selected based on the International UAS Exam selection method, the applicants have to prove their English language skills either by an internationally recognized language test or previous studies. Please, check the accepted documents here.

Identification documents during joint application 2024

The applicant needs a valid, acceptable identification document to be able to participate in the International UAS Exam. Please, check the accepted documents here. (Notice: only passport is accepted from the applicants outside EU/EEA).

Please notice: the -website will be updated before the new year for the 2024 application.

More information about admission criteria on the UASinfo website.

NB. Changes may occur.

Certificate-based selection (Finnish Matriculation Examination, IB, EB, RP/DIA)

It’s possible to be selected through certificate-based student selection if you have: 

Admission results

The results for the first Joint application in spring 2024 will be published by 31 May 2024 at the latest. All accepted applicants will be informed about their admission by e-mail. It is essential to apply with a valid email address so the results are will reach the applicants. Results can also be viewed in Oma Opintopolku service. After being admitted, in order to be able to start their studies, applicants still have to accept the study place by logging into and accepting the offered study place. The deadline for accepting the offered study place is 11 July 2024, 3 pm Finnish time. If applicants have problems using the Internet and accessing the, a pdf form can be provided by the Admissions office. By accepting the study place (and paying the tuition fee if required), applicants also register themselves as a present for the first academic year. If applicants wish to register as absent, they have to check the Enrolment section of Centria’s website to see if they are eligible to apply for such status and consult it further with the Admissions office.

In case an applicant believes a mistake has been made in student selection, they may file a claim for adjustment after the publication of the student selection results.

Claims for adjustment have to be filed within 14 days after the publication of results. Appeal based on personal circumstances will not be considered as valid reason for appeal. Student admission decision can be changed only in those cases where it is clearly shown that the UAS has not followed the student admission criteria. Therefore, the claim of adjustment must be well-grounded and it should contain accurate information on where the UAS has not followed the criteria.

Claim for adjustment can be delivered via email to or by post

Admissions Office
Centria University of Applied Sciences
Talonpojankatu 2
67100 Kokkola

Two Centria employees sitting at a table and laughing together

Admissions Services

If you have further questions do not hesitate to contact Centria’s Admissions office. If you are contacting the Admissions office and you already have an application number, please state it in your email to ease the recognition process.