23.08.2018

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about applying to the University of Jyväskylä as a degree student.

Application process

I have not yet graduated from my Bachelor’s programme. Can I still apply to a Master’s programme?

Yes you can, in case you will graduate and receive a (temporary) degree certificate by our deadline of conditional admission. If you will not graduate and receive a (temporary) degree certificate by this deadline, then please apply during the following application round.

If your application is successful, you will be given conditional admission. Conditionally admitted applicants must submit their degree certificate and final transcript of records to the University by the given deadline (usually in July) in order to be fully admitted. If an applicant misses this deadline, his/her admission will be cancelled. If the final degree certificate cannot be issued to the student by our deadline, we also accept temporary/provisional degree certificates, which must include the following information: name of the institution awarding the degree, date or award/conferral of the degree, name of the person to whom the temporary degree certificate has been issued, the academic title/degree this person has been awarded.

I wish to apply to a Bachelor’s programme in English, but I can’t find information on this from your website.

The University of Jyväskylä offers Bachelor’s programmes only in Finnish. Please see Studyinfo.fi for information on Bachelor’s programmes taught in English in Finland.

Applicants to the Bachelor’s programmes at JYU are required to have excellent Finnish language skills. Applicants must prove their proficiency in the Finnish language during the application process.

Information on the application process to Bachelor's programmes at JYU is available in Finnish only.

Submitting the application

How do I submit my application?

The application form itself is to be submitted online in the Studyinfo portal. You are asked to submit all enclosures that can be sent electronically with your online application. Officially certified copies of educational documents and official translations must be sent to the University also as hard copies, so that we can check the authenticity of the stamps and signatures.  Please see our requirements for supporting documents.

Hard copies are to be sent to the following address:

Admission Services
P.O.Box 35 (T)
FIN-40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Please make sure that you reserve enough time for the enclosures to arrive at the University on time. If you are in doubt of having enough time, please use a courier service (such as DHL, TNT or Fedex) to speed up the process.

If you use a courier service, please write down the phone number of the JYU Admission Services +358 40 805 3018 on the courier shipping slip.

Can I save a draft of my application before submitting it?

A draft of the online application form can’t be saved in the Studyinfo portal. After filling in the application and uploading required enclosures, you must submit the form, or otherwise the information on the form will not be saved.

Can I make changes to my application after I have sent it?

After submitting the form, you can change your answers in the Studyinfo portal until the end of the application period. In addition, you can upload attachments until the end of the supplementation deadline.

Is there a different deadline for submitting the online application and submitting supporting documents?

Yes there is. You must submit the online application form by the application deadline. In order to ensure the timely processing of your application, we strongly recommend that you also send all your supporting documentation by the application deadline. However, in case you haven’t submitted all the supporting documents by the application deadline, you can submit missing enclosures by the supplementation deadline. If you have not submitted an online application at all by the application deadline, you cannot do so after the application deadline, even if the supplementation deadline has not passed yet.  Please see the timetable of application round.

NB: It is not enough that you send the documents by the deadline. All enclosures must reach the University before the supplementation deadline. Documents received after the supplementation deadline will not be considered in the admission process (except for educational documents of applicants who haven’t finished their Bachelor’s degree during the application process).

How can I get assistance with my application process or the Studyinfo portal?

Please contact the Admission Services of JYU: e-mail admissions@jyu.fi
telephone+358 40 805 3018.

During the application round, we receive hundreds of questions, so please make sure that you have read the instructions on applying first. 

Required attachments

Should I send originals or copies of my degree certificate, transcript of records and work certificates?

Please do not send any original documents as they cannot be returned to you after the application process. The copies of your educational documents must be officially certified according to our requirements and sent to us as hard copies, unless the country-specific requirements state otherwise. Please see additional information here. If you are admitted, you will be asked to show the original documents upon beginning your studies.

What if my attachments are not in English?

All supporting documents must be submitted either in English, Finnish, or Swedish. If any of your supporting documents is not in one of these languages, then an officially certified translation must be sent, along with the document, which the translation is based on. Documents that are not translated according to our requirements will not be considered in the admission process.How to apply? — University of Jyväskylä An official translation must be one of the following:

• issued by the awarding institution
• an officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institutio
• translated by an official translator
• an officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator

Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents.


What if the copies of my educational documents are not officially certified according to the University’s requirements?

Please note that we do not accept educational documents that are not officially certified according to our requirements. For example, if an applicant sends us a normal photocopy of his/her degree certificate, it will not be considered in the admission process and therefore the applicant will be considered ineligible. We will inform the applicants of any lacks in their documents, however, no extra time is given to the applicant to submit a correctly certified copy. All documents must reach us by the supplementation deadline (the only exception being educational documents of conditionally admitted students). Please see our documents requirements here.

Is it possible to check if the University has received my documents?

The University receives hundreds of applications and enclosures, so unfortunately it is not possible to comment on the arrival of each document. Mail is processed in the order of arrival. Once your documents have been processed, you will receive an e-mail notification and, if necessary, a request to supplement your application. Please be patient as this might take several weeks after your documents have been received.

Language Proficiency

Which language tests do you accept?

We accept TOEFL ibt, TOEFL pbt, IELTS Academic, PTE Academic, CPE, CAE and YKI (Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency) language test results. No other language tests or certificates are accepted.

When should I take the language test?

We strongly recommend that those who need to take a language test make arrangements for the test as early as possible. The number of test dates and seats per test date are usually quite limited.

What happens if my language test score will not arrive until after the supplementation deadline?

If any required document, including the language test result, arrives at the University after the supplementation deadline, the application will not be considered.

If I completed my previous studies in English, do I still need to take the language test?

This depends on the country in which you completed your studies and also on the programme-specific admission criteria. So please check the admission criteria of the programme(s) you are applying to. Each applicant, even native speakers of English, must prove their proficiency in English in one of the ways described in the programme-specific admission criteria.  

I have lived in an English speaking country for a number of years and have good English language skills. Do I still need to take the language test?

If you don't hold a degree which exempts form the language test requirement, then you have to take a language test. Please see programme-specific admission criteria for additional information. Each applicant, even native speakers of English, must prove their proficiency in English in one of the ways described in the programme-specific admission criteria.  

Studying in a Master’s programme

Can I study part-time?

Master's programmes require full-time study and presence on the lectures.

Do you offer programmes as distance learning?

All our programmes include contact teaching and require the presence of students on our campus.

Can I defer the beginning of my studies?

According to the law, after being accepted into the programme a student can postpone the beginning of his/her studies due to the following reasons only:

  • he/she is completing compulsory military service (1438/2007) or non-military service (1446/2007), or women’s voluntary military service (194/1995)
  • he/she is on maternity, paternity or parental leave
  •  he/she is incapable of starting his/her studies due to an illness or an injury

Can I get previous studies, internships, work experience or other competences accepted as part of my degree?

Getting previous studies accepted as part of your degree is possible in some cases. This applies however only, when they have not been included in your previous degrees and when it can be shown that the study contents are in line with the courses that you seek to get accredited by these studies. Please ask for further information from your faculty.

Tuition fees

  • Am I required to pay tuition fees in the Master’s programmes taught in English?

    If I have citizenship in a European Union (EU) country, European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland?
    You are not required to pay tuition fees. Please note that you are required to provide proof of your status as a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland. EEA countries include the following non-EU countries: Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland.

    If I have a fixed-term temporary residence permit (Type B) in Finland?
    You are required to pay tuition fees.

    If I have a Finnish residence permit of the type A, P, P-EU or EU Blue card?
    You are not required to pay tuition fees for the period that the permit is valid.

    If I have a residence permit in an EU/EEA country other than Finland?
    This does not affect your residence permit status in Finland. In this case, you will most likely need to apply for a residence permit based on studies in Finland (Type B), and you will be liable to pay for tuition in Finland.

    If I am a close family member of a citizen of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland who is residing in Finland?
    If your close family member has citizenship in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, s/he has right of residence in Finland. This means that s/he is allowed to be in Finland for longer than 3 months without needing a residence permit. You can be considered a family member if you are a spouse, registered partner or common-law spouse; a child under 21 years of age who is financially dependent on their parent(s); or a parent who is financially dependent on their child who lives in Finland. As a family member, you can obtain a residence card to a family member of an EU citizen. Holders of such a card are exempted from paying tuition fees.

    If I am a close family member of a citizen of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland who is NOT residing in Finland?
    This does not affect your residence permit status in Finland. In this case, you will most likely need to apply for a residence permit based on studies in Finland (Type B), and you will be liable to pay for tuition in Finland.

    If I am a close family member of a person who has a Finnish residence permit of the type A, P, P-EU or EU Blue card?
    You can be considered a family member if you are a spouse, registered partner or common-law spouse; a child under 21 years of age who is financially dependent on their parent(s); or a parent who is financially dependent on their child who lives in Finland. As a family member of a person who holds one of the permits mentioned above, you can obtain a residence card to a family member which are exempts you from paying tuition fees for the period that the permit is valid.

    If I am an asylum seeker?
    You are required to pay tuition fees while you are an asylum seeker. If you get a fixed-term continuous residence permit (type A) to Finland, you will be exempted from paying tuition fees starting from the semester following the change of status.

How much is the tuition fee?

The University of Jyväskylä charges tuition fees of EUR 8,000–12,000 per academic year. You will find the programme-specific tuition fees here.

Who decides if I must pay for tuition?

The University of Jyväskylä will decide whether you are required to pay fees or not based on your nationality and on the possible Finnish Immigration Service’s residence permit decision, which is checked from the copy of your residence permit card attached to your application documents. If you have applied for a residence permit but have not received the decision by the date when the tuition fee is due, you will have to pay the fee. If you receive a residence permit that allows you to be exempt from tuition fees (A, P or P-EU), you will not be required to pay tuition fees starting from the semester following the one during which you present the new residence permit at the Admission Services of the University. 

When do I need to pay the tuition fee?

The tuition fee of an academic year is to be paid in one installment. The deadline for the payment is 31 May (except for conditionally admitted students who graduate after this date). Registration for attendance at the University is possible only after paying the tuition fee.

How do I pay the tuition fee?

After you have accepted your study place, we will send you a link to your personal online payment form via email. The only accepted payment options are credit card, PayPal, or electronic bank transfer from a bank based in Finland. Please note that the payment must be made with no charges to the beneficiary. This means that you are responsible for paying the transaction costs that your bank may charge.

How does studying more than 120 credits in two years affect tuition fees?

You can complete more than 120 ECTS credits as long as the extra credits can be included in your degree (your Faculty will advise you on choosing suitable studies for your degree). The number of credits does not affect tuition fees, since tuition fees are linked to the time you use to complete your degree.

What if I do not receive my degree in two years?

You need to pay the tuition fee for each academic year/semester during which you study. The maximum time that can be used for completing a Master’s degree is 4 years.

I have paid the tuition fee but I want to quit my studies. Do I get a refund?

If you decide not to complete your degree, you will not get a refund from the semesters during which you have been registered for attendance.

Scholarships

What kind of scholarship options does JYU have?

We offer a University-level scholarship programme JYU for students who are liable to pay tuition fees. In addition, some faculties offer small field-based additional scholarships for students. Cost-of-living grants are available at the University of Jyväskylä only in the IMDP in Nuclear and Particle Physics. Please see additional information here.

Can I apply for the JYU tuition fee scholarship?

You are eligible for the JYU scholarship if you are

  • eligible to apply to one of our international Master’s programmes
  • liable to pay tuition fees (see above)

How do I apply for a scholarship? You apply for the scholarship when applying for a study place in any of the international Master’s degree programmes offered by JYU. In the application form, there is a section covering the information needed for the scholarship application.  

Who gets a scholarship? What are the selection criteria?

Scholarships are granted based on academic merit demonstrated during the application process. A maximum of 50% of admitted students eligible for a scholarship may be granted the scholarship. The exact number of available scholarships is dependent on the annual student intake. The scholarships are personal and cannot be transferred to other students.

Each international master’s degree programme shortlists the scholarship recipients based on the admission criteria. The final decision on the scholarship recipients is made by the Rector of JYU. You will be notified of the decision in the official Letter of Acceptance. 

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and it is awarded for two academic years. However, receiving the scholarship for the second academic year depends on your study progress and success during the first academic year: in order to receive the scholarship for the second year, you must complete at least 55 ECTS credits of degree studies during the first year. If you complete your degree in less than two years, the right to the scholarship expires upon the completion of your degree. Even if your studies are delayed, the scholarship is not granted for longer than two academic years.