Country-specific requirements of application documents

Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation before submitting their application. In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. Note that the country awarding the degree may be a different one from the country where the studies are taken. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to any regular requirements for certifying (attesting) documents.

Australia

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Australia, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of record.

Azerbaijan

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Azerbaijan, you must submit a copy of the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript. The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Copies of the apostille-verified original documents must then be officially certified by a notary public. The copies submitted must carry the notary public’s original stamp on each page and the signature of the certifying officer.

If you have not yet graduated, you must submit a copy of your official transcript of records. The transcript of records must be either officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised.

Bangladesh

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Bangladesh, you must submit the education documentation awarded by your university. Degree certificates and transcripts must always be awarded by the main university or a college that has a degree-awarding status. Educational documents granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted.

Please note that the copies of the degree certificate and transcript of records must be officially certified (attested) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, more specifically by the Consular and Welfare Wing. Each page of the transcript of records and the degree certificate must carry the original stamp and signature of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh.

Further information can be found on the Ministry’s website (www.mofa.gov.bd).

Belarus

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Belarus, you must submit a copy of the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript. The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus. Copies of the apostille-verified original documents must then be officially certified by a notary public. The copies submitted must carry the notary public’s original stamp on each page and the signature of the certifying officer. Alternatively, the notary public can also use a unifying element, meaning that the pages are attached together in a way that certifies them all; in this case only one page must carry the notary public’s original stamp and the signature of the certifying officer. If you have not yet graduated, you must submit a copy of your official transcript of records. The transcript of records must be either officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised.

Cameroon

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Cameroon, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Canada

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Canada, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

You are not required to submit a copy of your degree certificate if your transcript of records includes the following information: name of the institution that awarded the degree, the date of issue, the name of the person to whom the degree was awarded and what title/degree it was.

China

Due to changes in CDGDC policies and services we have updated our instructions concerning educational documents from Chinese universities.

You must submit an officially certified copy of your degree certificate, transcript of records and their official translations into English to Tampere University by post.

In addition, you must submit

1) your degree certificate to the CDGDC (China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center, 教育部学位与研究生教育发展中心) for verification. The verification report of your degree certificate must come to Tampere University directly from the CDGDC. Request CDGDC to submit the report to Tampere University Admissions Office at: admissions.tau@tuni.fi

You can find further information on the CDGDC website (www.cdgdc.edu.cn).

Please note that you do not need to submit a copy of your graduation certificate to Tampere University.

2) your transcript of records to CHESICC (China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center) for verification. The verification report of your transcript of records in English must come to Tampere University directly from CHESICC. Request CHESICC to submit the report to Tampere University Admissions Office at: admissions.tau@tuni.fi

You can find further information on the CHESICC website (www.chsi.com.cn).

If you have not yet graduated, you must submit an officially certified copy of your latest transcript of records by post. In addition, you must submit a CHESICC verification report of your transcript of records in English (please see point 2 above).

Please take into account the processing times at the CDGDC and CHESICC and submit your documents for verification well in advance.

Eritrea

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Eritrea, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Ethiopia

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Ethiopia, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Finland

If you have completed or are completing your degree at one of the Finnish universities or universities of applied sciences,your degree was completed on 1 January 2003 or later, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents. Tampere University will verify your degree electronically using a national database. You must upload unofficial copies of your transcript of records  for your application form at Studyinfo.fi. 

If your degree was completed before 1 January 2003, or you do not have a Finnish personal identification code, you must submit your educational documents following the regular instructions on how to submit documents.

Please note that all educational documents awarded by the National Defence University (Maanpuolustuskorkeakoulu), Novia University of Applied Sciences (Yrkeshögskolan Novia) and Åland University of Applied Sciences (Högskolan på Åland) must be submitted following the regular instructions on how to submit documents.

Ghana

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Ghana, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

India

If you have completed or are completing your degree in India, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official documents.

If your university or college in India is unable to send the transcript of records to Tampere University, please request that the officially certified documents be placed in an officially sealed envelope with the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. Have the envelope returned to you to forward to Tampere University . The official transcript of records must in this case be attested by the Controller of Examinations or the Registrar’s Office, and the envelope must be sealed with the attesting office’s stamp across the back flap.

Transcript of records must be awarded either by the main university or a college (autonomous or affiliated). It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with a transcript of records.

Degree certificates must always be awarded by the main university. Degree certificates granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted. The copy of the degree certificate must be officially certified and can be submitted by the applicant.

Indonesia

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Indonesia, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Iran

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Iran, copies of the educational documents must be legalized by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Embassy in Tehran. Official translations of educational documents must be certified by the Ministry of Justice. Copies of copies will not be accepted. All the copies must have the original stamp given by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Embassy in Tehran.

Ireland

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Ireland, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Japan

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Japan, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University in an envelope that has been sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document can be sent to Tampere University by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

Kazakhstan

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Kazakhstan, you must submit a copy the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript. The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Copies of the apostille-verified original documents must then be officially certified by a notary public. The copies submitted must carry the notary public’s original stamp on each page and the signature of the certifying officer.

If you have not yet graduated, you must submit a copy of your official transcript of records. The transcript of records must be either officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised.

Kenya

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Kenya, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Kyrgyzstan

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Kyrgyzstan, you must submit an officially certified copy of the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript.

Malaysia

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Malaysia, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Nepal

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Nepal, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official documents.

If your university in Nepal is unable to send the transcript, mark sheet or result card to Tampere University , please request that the attested documents be placed in an officially sealed envelope with the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. Have the envelope returned to you to forward to Tampere University. The official transcript, mark sheet or result card must in this case be attested by the Controller of Examinations or the Registrar’s Office, and the envelope must be sealed with the attesting office’s stamp across the back flap.

Transcripts, mark sheets and result cards must always be awarded by the main university or a college with degree-awarding status, and documents granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted. It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records (or mark sheet or result card).

Degree certificates must always be awarded by the main university or a college with degree-awarding status. Degree certificates granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted. The copy of the degree certificate must be officially certified and can be submitted by the applicant.

New Zealand

If you have completed or are completing your degree in New Zealand, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Nigeria

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Nigeria, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Pakistan

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Pakistan, you must submit the education documentation awarded by your university. Degree certificates and transcript of records must always be awarded by the main university or a college with degree-awarding status. Educational documents granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted.

The degree certificate and transcript of records must be certified (attested) by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Each page of the transcript of records and the degree certificate must be stamped and signed by the HEC. All copies submitted to Tampere University must carry an original stamp by the HEC. Copies certified before September 20, 2009 are not accepted, as the copies must be verifiable from HEC’s online service.

Further information can be found on the HEC website (www.hec.gov.pk).

Russia

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Russia, you must submit a copy of the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript of records (приложение к диплому). The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the authorised body of education of the Russian Federation in your region (Федеральная служба по надзору в сфере образования и науки (Рособрнадзор)). Copies of the apostille-verified original documents must then be officially certified by a notary public. Please note that the copy of the official government-granted degree certificate must include copies of both sides of the first page. The copies submitted must carry the notary public’s original stamp on each page and the signature of the certifying officer. Alternatively, the notary public can also use a unifying element, meaning that the pages are attached together in a way that certifies them all; in this case only one page must carry the notary public’s original stamp and the signature of the certifying officer.

If you have not yet graduated, you must submit a copy of your official transcript of records. The transcript of records must be either officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised.

South Africa

If you have completed or are completing your degree in South Africa, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

South Korea

If you have completed or are completing your degree in South Korea, an official transcript must be submitted to Tampere University in an envelope that has been sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document can be sent to Tampere University by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

Sudan

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Sudan, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Taiwan

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Taiwan, an official transcript must be submitted to Tampere University in an envelope that has been sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document can be sent to Tampere University by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

Tajikistan

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Tajikistan, you must submit an officially certified copy of the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript.

Tanzania

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Tanzania, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Turkmenistan

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Turkmenistan, you must submit an officially certified copy of the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript.

Uganda

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Uganda, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

Ukraine

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Ukraine, you must submit a copy of the official degree certificate and transcript. The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Information and Image Centre (Інформаційно-іміджевий центр) of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (Міністерство освіти і науки України). Copies of the apostille-verified original documents must then be officially certified by a notary public. The copies submitted must carry the notary public’s original stamp on each page and the signature of the certifying officer. Alternatively, the notary public can also use a unifying element, meaning that the pages are attached together in a way that certifies them all; in this case only one page must carry the notary public’s original stamp and the signature of the certifying officer.

If you have not yet graduated, you must submit a copy of your official transcript of records. The transcript of records must be either officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised.

United Kingdom

If you have completed or are completing your degree in the United Kingdom, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

USA

If you have completed or are completing your degree in the USA, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Tampere University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

The transcript of records must come to Tampere University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Tampere University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records.

You are not required to submit a copy of your degree certificate if your transcript of records includes the following information: name of the institution that awarded the degree, the date of issue, the name of the person to whom the degree was awarded and what title/degree it was.

Uzbekistan

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Uzbekistan, you must submit an officially certified copy of the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript.

Vietnam

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Vietnam, copies of the educational documents must be legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vietnam and the Finnish Embassy in Hanoi.