20.06.2018

How to verify your language skills

Language skill requirements are described in the general admission criteria. Please note that depending on the doctoral school and study option, the language skill requirements may be stricter than mentioned in the general admission criteria. Therefore, please read carefully the faculty-specific application guidelines as well.

Appropriate language skills required for the doctoral studies are evaluated during the admission process. Applicants who are planning to write their dissertations in Finnish must demonstrate their Finnish language proficiency and applicants who are planning to write their dissertations in English must demonstrate their English language proficiency.

If you have completed a higher education degree that provides eligibility to apply for the studies or a higher education degree in Finland, you are not required to demonstrate your proficiency in Finnish or English with a certificate in language proficiency. You will demonstrate your language proficiency with your degree.

If you have completed a higher education degree that provides eligibility to apply for the studies or a higher education degree in English in an EU/EEA country, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you are not required to demonstrate your proficiency in English with a certificate in language proficiency. You will demonstrate your language proficiency with your degree. The language of examination must have been English and the thesis must have been written in English. The language of examination must be detailed in the degree certificate or its attachment, the transcript of records or other official document issued by the higher education institution.

Online studies or studies completed on offshore campuses outside the accepted countries cannot be used to indicate language skills, even if the degree-awarding institution is located in one of the accepted countries.

If you are demonstrating your language proficiency with the same degree that verifies your eligibility and the degree is uncompleted at the end time of the application period, your language proficiency will be verified before admission.

You can verify your eligibility with one degree and demonstrate your language proficiency with another higher education degree of the same or higher level. In that case, you are required to submit educational documents regarding both degrees. The degree that demonstrates language proficiency is indicated in the Other eligibility for doctoral training field of the application form. In this case, you cannot demonstrate your language proficiency with an incomplete degree, i.e. you must have graduated from the degree used as proof of your language skills.

Other applicants who are planning to write their dissertations in English must demonstrate their English language proficiency with a certificate in the proficiency of English.

Other applicants whose mother tongue is not Finnish and who are planning to write the dissertation in Finnish must demonstrate their Finnish language proficiency with a certificate in the proficiency of Finnish.