04.07.2018

How to apply?

Instructions for applying to the international Master's degree programmes of JYU during the application round 2018-2019.

1. Application process

Timetable of application process

Application round opens 15 November 2018
Deadline for applications (and documents) 10 January 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2)
Deadline for supplementing applications
by sending missing documents
31 January 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2) (*NB 
Possible Skype/personal interviews February/March 2019
Applicants are informed of results by 2 April 2019
Participation to be confirmed by 23 April 2019
Tuition fee payment deadline (if required) 31 May 2019
Graduation deadline for conditionally admitted students  15 July 2019
Studies begin at the University of Jyväskylä  August/September 2019

 

*) NB: The University must receive all attachments by the supplementation deadline. Attachments that arrive at the University after this deadline are not processed or considered. The supplementation deadline applies only to those applicants who have submitted their online application form by the application deadline 10 January 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2).

Application process step by step

1. Start preparing for applying well in advance: See the programme-specific admission criteria of the programme(s) you are interested in, and book a language test at your earliest convenience, if needed. Familiarise yourself with the requirements for officially certifying copies of educational documents, and start acquiring the needed documents as early as possible.

2. Submit the online application form and attach the required enclosures to it.

3. If you are required to send some of your documents on paper, send these as early as possible.

4. Make sure that you submit everything that is needed by our deadlines

5. Check your email regularly until the end of the supplementation deadline. If you receive a request to send further information (for example if some attachment is missing or incorrectly certified), please send us the missing information without delay.

6. After the applications have been processed, a selected group of applicants will be invited to an interview. The interviews will be held in February/March in person or via Skype.

7. Decisions on student admission will be made based on the applicant’s application and interview (if applicable). Applicants will be informed on the results of the application round via email.

Application form

All applicants must submit the online application form and required enclosures by the given deadlines. The online application form will be available in the Studyinfo.fi portal only during the application period. Even if you are applying to more than one international Master’s programme at the University of Jyväskylä, please fill in only one form. On the form, you are asked to choose the programme(s) you are applying to. With the same form, you can also apply for the scholarship which covers the tuition fee, in case you would be liable to pay the tuition fee if admitted.

Please note that it is not possible to save a draft of the application form. If you close the form without submitting it, the information you have entered on the form will be lost. After submitting the form, you will receive a link via email, through which you can make changes to the form until the end of the application period.

Required attachments

In order for us to be able to process your application, you will have to submit to us all the documents mentioned in the programme-specific admission criteria and on the application form (for example documents on your educational background, language test report if applicable, CV and motivation letter). Your application is not complete and cannot be processed until all required attachments have been received. We must receive all attachments, also paper copies, by the supplementation deadline at the latest, i.e. it is not enough if you send the attachments by the deadline.

  • Educational documents

    You are required to submit the following educational documents for the degree that you use as a basis for eligibility to a Master’s programme:

    • degree certificate
    • transcript of records

    If you wish to prove your language proficiency with a different degree, you are also required to submit the degree certificate of the degree in question. If the degree certificate does not include information on the language of tuition, you will also have to submit an official transcript of records or other official statement mentioning the language of tuition including stamp and signature from the awarding institution.

    All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Please see Requirements for officially certified documents and copies below for further information.

    If the degree you use as basis for eligibility to a Master’s programme consists of studies completed at multiple institutions, for example a Higher National Diploma (HND) and a one-year Bachelor’s degree, you must submit educational documents (transcript of records and degree certificate) that cover all your studies, following the possible country-specific requirements.

    Degree Certificate

    A degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree and has graduated. The degree certificate should include:

    • the name of the institution awarding the degree,
    • the date of issue,
    • the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued, and
    • the academic title/degree (e.g. Bachelor of Science) the person has been awarded.

    An applicant, who has received a conditional selection decision from JYU on the grounds of an uncompleted degree, must submit a copy of the degree certificate to JYU Admission Services after the degree is completed.

    An applicant, who verifies his/her eligibility with one degree and language skills with another, is required to submit officially certified copies of degree certificates regarding both degrees.

    Please do not attach the original degree certificate in your application. University of Jyväskylä does not return any documents.

    Temporary (Provisional) Degree Certificate

    A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has been awarded or conferred an academic degree. The temporary degree certificate is issued as a replacement for the actual degree certificate e.g. in case the actual degree certificate cannot be given to the student immediately after the studies have been completed due to technical or administrative reasons. The temporary degree certificate must include:

    • the name of the institution awarding the degree
    • the date of award/conferral of the degree
    • the name of the person to whom the temporary degree certificate has been issued
    • the academic title/degree (e.g. Bachelor of Science) the person has been awarded

    It is important to note that a document stating only that the student has completed all the courses is not sufficient as a temporary degree certificate.

    Transcript of Records

    The official transcript of records should include the following information:

    • full titles of the units that the student has completed for the degree
    • completion times of study units (or at the very least the overall study time at the institution)
    • grades obtained
    • credits awarded
    • information on the grading scale used at the institution at the time of study

    The transcript must cover the full length of studies. If the degree includes course units that the student has completed at another institution and the transferred credits are not indicated in detail on the transcript of records, a separate transcript of records regarding the transferred credits should be submitted. Please also note possible country-specific requirements. If the degree that verifies eligibility is uncompleted at the end of the application period, official transcript of records of studies completed by the time of application must be attached to the application. The transcript of records must include the name of the degree that will be awarded to you when you graduate (e.g. Bachelor of Science).

    An applicant who has received a conditional selection decision on the grounds of an uncompleted degree, must deliver the full transcript of records to JYU Admission Services when the degree is completed. 

    If your official transcript of records does not include all the required information, please see Transcript of Records – required information for more information.

    JYU also accepts electronic transcript from certain recognised sources. For more information, please see Electronic transcripts

  • Requirements for officially certified documents and copies

    University of Jyväskylä does not accept regular photocopies of educational documents. All educational documents must either be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised (see below). In addition, officially certified copies issued by a Finnish Notary Public at the Local Register Office (Maistraatti) are accepted. Please note that officially certified copies issued by notaries public in other countries are not accepted without legalisation.

    For some countries, there are country-specific document requirements that must be followed first and foremost before any other requirements for document attestation.

    Official certification by the awarding institution

    Officially certified copies of academic documents can be issued by the awarding institution. If you request officially certified copied from the awarding institution, make sure that the copies submitted to the University of Jyväskylä meet the following criteria:

    • taken directly from your original educational documents
    • include every page of your educational documents
    • bear the original stamp of the awarding institution on each page of the document (e.g. a generic stamp stating only “Certified true copy” will not be accepted)
    • bear the original signature of the certifying officer

    Please note that regular copies of certified copies will not be accepted.

    Legalisation of documents

    If you cannot obtain officially certified copies of your academic documents from the awarding institution, you may submit legalised copies of your academic documents.

    Legalisation takes place by two different means depending on whether the relevant country is a signatory to the Hague Convention of 1961. Documents supplied by countries that have ratified the Hague Convention are legalised by the issuance of an Apostille Certificate. Documents issued by other countries are legalised in two steps: first by the foreign ministry of the issuing country, then by a competent Finnish Embassy or Finnish Consulate of that country.

    Apostille. The Apostille Certificate (stamp or paper certificate) is necessary if the document has been issued by the authorities of a country that has ratified the Hague Convention of 1961. Please see a list of the member states of the convention and information about the authorities issuing Apostille Certificates in the these countries here.

    Legalisation. If the country issuing a document is not a signatory of the Hague Convention, a document is legalised by the foreign ministry of the issuing country, after which a competent Finnish Embassy or Finnish Consulate of that country legalises the document, certifying the competence of that foreign ministry official to issue such legalisation.

    Official Translations

    If your educational documents are issued in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations of them to one of these languages are required. Officially certified copies of the original documents must also be submitted. 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. Translations done by the applicant him- or herself are not accepted

  • How to submit your documents

    Attach the required documents to your electronic application in PDF format. After the application has been submitted, it is possible to add electronic attachments to the application form until the end of the supplementation deadline.

    In addition, you are required to send all officially certified or legalised educational documents and all official translations attached to your electronic application to the University of Jyväskylä also as paper copies by postal mail. Enclose a brief covering note that includes your full name and the name of the programme (s) you are applying to. We require paper copies of these documents, because the authenticity of stamps, signatures and safety features of documents can only be verified from a paper copy.

    If the country-specific document requirements require that the documents must be sent to the University of Jyväskylä by the awarding institution, the documents can be delivered by postal mail only (i.e. it is not required to attach them to the online application in electronic form) and without a covering note.

    If you have completed or are completing your degree in an institution that submits official transcripts of records only electronically (e-transcripts), please contact admissions@jyu.fi.

    Please note that the University of Jyväskylä does not return any documents.

    Our mailing address is:

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


    If there is a chance that your documents will not reach us by mail by the supplementation deadline, we recommend you use an international courier service. It is always the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the application documents reach the University of Jyväskylä by the deadline.

    Applicants who have submitted their application before the application deadline will be requested, when necessary, to supplement their application.

2. Eligibility

This chapter explains the general requirements for eligibility to international Master’s programmes at the University of Jyväskylä. For more specific requirements, please see the programme-specific admission criteria. Eligibility consists of three parts: the eligibility of your previous degree, proving your proficiency in the English language, and submitting a full application.

Previous degree

In order to be eligible to international Master’s programmes at the University of Jyväskylä, applicants must hold (or must complete by our deadline) a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a recognised institution of higher education. The field of the degree must be relevant to the field of the programme you are applying to.

The general rule is that if your degree gives eligibility to Master’s degree studies in the country in which the degree is completed, it will also give eligibility to our Master’s programmes. The University of Jyväskylä may require a student admitted to a Master’s programme to complete supplementary studies if necessary, in order to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for the study programme.

However, if the degree that the applicant has completed is considerably less extensive than a Finnish Bachelor’s degree, it is possible that the University cannot offer supplementary studies to the needed extent, and in this case, the applicant cannot be admitted. In other words, a minimum of 180 ECTS credits is required for a Finnish Bachelor’s degree, which equals to 3 years of full-time studies. If an applicant holds a Bachelor’s degree, which gives eligibility to Master’s studies in the country where it was completed, but which requires only 2 years of full-time studies, the University will examine the contents of the degree carefully. If we find that the extent of supplementary studies needed would be considerable (e.g. equal to one year of full-time studies), it is probable that supplementary studies of such extent cannot be offered, and therefore the applicant cannot be admitted.

You may also choose a degree higher than a Bachelor’s (e.g. a Master’s degree) for proving your eligibility to the programme. Please note however, that if you hold a Master’s degree which gives eligibility to doctoral studies in Finland, it is recommended to apply for doctoral studies.  

Language proficiency

In order to be eligible to our Master’s programmes, each applicant, even native speakers of English, must prove their proficiency in the English language in one of the ways stated in the programme-specific admission criteria. Please note, that no other means for proving language proficiency than the ones mentioned in the admission criteria of the programme in question are accepted. If an applicant’s result in a language test is below the required minimum, the application will be considered ineligible and will not be processed further.

Submitting a full application

If an applicant fails to submit a full application, he or she will not be considered eligible. Full application means that the applicant has submitted the online application form by the application deadline and that all the required attachments to the application have reached the University by the supplementation deadline at the latest. Attachments received after the supplementation deadline will not be considered in the admission process. In addition, we have strict requirements for officially certified copies of educational documents and official translations. Copies of educational documents and translations that do not meet our requirements will not be considered in the admission process, and consequently the application will be considered ineligible.     

Therefore, it is very important to send all the required attachments in good time before the deadline, and to make sure that educational documents and official translations fulfill our requirements to the letter.  When we detect a deficiency in the documents, we will inform the applicant about this. If the documents have been sent in good time, the applicant has better chances of submitting a new document, which fulfills our requirements, within our deadline.   

3. Proving your language proficiency

Each applicant, even native speakers of English, must prove their proficiency in the English language in one of the ways stated in the programme-specific admission criteria. No other means for proving language proficiency than the ones mentioned in the admission criteria of the programme in question will be accepted. 

In all the international Master’s programmes of the University of Jyväskylä, you can prove your language proficiency with a language test (list of accepted tests below) or an officially certified certificate, taking into account the country-specific requirements for document certification, of previous education (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, high school or upper secondary school) completed fully in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. In addition, some programmes accept an officially certified certificate of previous education completed in English in one of the Nordic countries or EU/EEA countries as proof of English proficiency.

The third way of proving your English proficiency, which is accepted only in part of the programmes, is submitting with your application a form proving that you have completed 6 ECTS credits of studies in academic English in a Finnish institution of higher education. This form is not required from applicants who have completed these studies at the University of Jyväskylä.    

Please check the accepted ways of proving your language proficiency from the admission criteria of the programme(s) you are applying to.

Language tests

The University of Jyväskylä accepts the following language tests: TOEFL, IELTS Academic, CPE, CAE, PTE Academic, and the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI). Please see the required minimum scores for each test in the admission criteria of the programme in question.

As there are often some delays in the language proficiency processing, please ensure that you register for the language test well in advance of the application deadline so that the test can be completed and the result received in time to meet the deadline. It usually takes approximately a month for the test results to arrive at the institution. Documents received after our deadline will not be considered in the admission process.

  • Language test locations

    TOEFL
    In Finland arranged in Helsinki.

    IELTS Academic 
    In Finland arranged in Helsinki by FinnBrit.

    Cambridge English tests
    CAE (in Finland arranged in Jyväskylä at JAMK), and CPE (in Finland arranged in Helsinki) akin hakukohteissa valintakoe on yhteinen useamman yliopiston kesken ja voit ilmoittaa hakulomakkeella, millä paikkakunnalla osallistut kokeeseen. Ilmoitus on sitova eikä paikkakuntaa voi pääsääntöisesti muuttaa hakuajan päätyttyä. Valintakoetta ei voi suorittaa ulkomailla kuten suurlähetystössä tms.

    PTE Academic
    In Finland arranged in Helsinki.

    National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI)
    It is recommended to take the intermediate level test.

    

4. Admission criteria

The admission criteria are partly programme-specific, and consist of requirements for educational background, success in previous studies, proficiency in the English language, motivation letter, CV, and possible work experience and interview. Please see the admission criteria of the programme(s) you are interested in on the website of the programme in question.

 5. Conditional admission

Applicants, whose degree used for proving eligibility has not yet been completed during the application period, can apply for conditional admission in case they will graduate by our deadline. During the application round 2018-2019, this means that the degree and study attainments must be completed and related certificates (degree certificate and/or final official transcript of records) must be received by JYU by email at the latest on 15 July 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2). If the documents are in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation is also required.

Please note that it is not sufficient if the applicant has completed everything required for the degree, it is also required that he or she graduates by the above deadline. If a conditionally admitted applicant fails to reach this deadline, the admission will be cancelled.

Conditionally admitted applicants will first receive a Letter of Conditional Admission. After they have graduated and submitted the needed documentation to JYU by the deadline, they will receive the final Letter of Admission.

A conditionally admitted applicant can accept the study place but cannot enrol nor pay the tuition fee as long as the admission is conditional. Therefore, the deadline for the tuition fee payment does not concern conditionally admitted students. A conditionally admitted applicant may apply for a residence permit, but the residence permit application will be processed only after the admission is no more conditional.  

 6. Decisions on admission

The faculty offering the programme in question makes the decision on the admission of applicants to the programme. An admission score is calculated for each eligible applicant based on the grid, which can be found in the admission criteria of the programme. The highest-scoring applicants are admitted in accordance with the number of study seats available in the programme in question.

All applicants will be informed on the results of the application round via email by the given deadline. Admitted applicants will receive an electronic Letter of Admission by email. The University of Jyväskylä does not issue paper copies of the Letters of Admission, unless an applicant needs one for a purpose for which the electronic copy cannot be used. Residence permits can be applied for with the electronic copy.

 7. Accepting the study place and enrolment

Admitted applicants must accept the offered study place/seat in the Studyinfo portal by the given deadline. Instructions for this will be sent with the Letter of Admission. Please note that it is not possible to accept the study place after the given deadline, nor is it possible to cancel the acceptance after accepting the study place in Studyinfo. This is because of the one study place per term provision of Finnish higher education (see below for details), which ensures that a person can accept only one study place for studies that start during the same term (in this case Autumn term 2019) in Finnish higher education institutions.

One study place per term provision

According to this provision, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term. This rule applies to all higher education, including:

  • Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences
  • Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities
  • Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities

The provision will not be applied to study seats awarded by educational institutions outside of Finland.

Enrolment to the University

After accepting the study place, students are asked to enrol to the University and pay the registration fee (approximately 130 Euros per academic year). Students who are liable to pay the tuition fee are asked to make the tuition fee payment for the first academic year before enrolling. Further instructions on tuition fees and enrolment will be sent to students with the Letter of Admission.