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FAQ on applying for a master's programme at Tampere University

On this page you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions when applying to a Master’s programme at Tampere University. Please see the questions by theme: Degrees offered, Eligibility for Master’s Programmes, Language requirements, Scholarships, Tuition Fee, Other fees and costs, Services, Application documents, Applying in final year of Bachelor’s degree, Admission process, Studies and COVID-19

Degrees offered

What Master’s studies can I study in English at Tampere University?

We offer various master's programmes conducted entirely in English. Please see all options on our Master's Programmes webpage. 

Do you offer degrees completely online?

Unfortunately, we do not offer any master's programmes conducted in English as distance learning or online. The studies in our master's programmes are mostly conducted during daytime on weekdays.

I would like to study in Finnish. Can I apply if I know only a little Finnish?

In order to study in Finnish, you must speak Finnish fluently. Please note that learning sufficient level of Finnish would take at least a few years for a beginner, even when living in Finland and studying the language. Applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in the language of the teaching according to our language requirements when applying.

Eligibility for Master’s Programmes

Can I know in advance if I am eligible for a certain Master’s Programme with my Bachelor’s Degree?

Due to the high number of applicants, the eligibility of applicants cannot be pre-assessed. Please see the general eligibility criteria and the programme-specific information on eligibility on the web page of the programme in question. 

The programme has listed a minimum requirement for GPA as 3.00 for University Degrees, how can I convert my GPA on a different grading scale?

Some of our programmes have set a minimum GPA requirement, but please note that the requirement is only for bachelor’s degrees completed in Finland. These degrees use a 1 to 5 grading scale. There is no fixed minimum requirements for degrees competed outside Finland, though success in previous studies will be taken into account in the academic evaluation as the admission is based on the applicant’s bachelor's degree.

Language requirements

I speak English at home. Why do I need to prove my language proficiency in English?

Our language requirements may feel strict, but all applicants of our master’s programmes must submit evidence of a good command of English for academic purposes. The two ways of indicating English language proficiency, language tests or previous studies, apply to all applicants. Even if English would be your 1st language you will need to fulfill the language requirements as set by the university.

I have completed my previous degree in English. Do I need an additional language test?

It is possible to demonstrate your language skills with a previous degree if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University. Only the studies that fulfil the detailed criteria are accepted. Please see detailed information on the language requirements webpage.

My language test score is below the minimum requirements. Can I still apply?

The language criteria and the minimum test results required are as stated on our Language requirements webpage. If you have scored under the minimum required, you won't be eligible for admission. You can retake the test or see the other possibilities for proving your proficiency.

Do you offer preparatory language studies, so I could improve my English before applying?

Unfortunately we do not offer such studies. To be able to start studies in a Master’s Programme, you will need to prove your English language proficiency at the time of applying. 

Scholarships

How many students receive scholarships?

The number of scholarships varies between programmes and depends on the size of the programme. Scholarships are awarded to a select group of the most merited applicants.

My GPA is top of my class. How likely will I get a scholarship?

Scholarships are awarded on the basis an overall evaluation of the applicant's application and academic merits, and not only on the basis of your GPA.

If I don’t get a scholarship, can I re-apply for a scholarship? / Do you have a waiting list for scholarhips? / I did not get a scholarship. Could you reconsider my case?

We offer 100% tuition fee scholarships only once at the time of applying. There is no waiting list for those, but the early bird offer is available at admission to all fee-paying students. Please see additional information on all scholarships available on Tampere University Scholarships webpage.  

Tuition Fee

Is it possible to pay tuition fees in installments, or do I need to pay the full amount at once?

The tuition fee for the first academic year must be paid in full before you are able to start your studies in Tampere University, please contact Student Affairs Office at studentservices.tau [at] tuni.fi.

What methods of payment are possible?

Payment options include credit cards, MobilePay and Finnish online banking. Payment by bank transfer is also available if the afore mentioned options are not possible. 

Other fees and costs

What is the annual Healthcare fee that I am required to pay?

All degree students in Finland are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) and must pay a health service fee to Kela (Social Insurance Institution of Finland). The healthcare fee entitles you to general health, dental and mental health services. For more information please see Healthcare fee for students in higher education.

What is the annual Stu­dent Union membership fee that I am required to pay?

All University students in Finland are members of their local student union. Tampere University degree students are members of the Student Union (TREY) and therefore obligated to pay the Student Union membership fee. The membership entitles you to various benefits, discounts and services offered directly or indirectly by the Student Union. Please see additional information on TREY websites.  

What are living costs in Tampere like?

All students have to pay for their accommodation and living expenses themselves. The monthly living costs for a student in Tampere for basics such as food, accommodation and transportation are on average 700-950 euro, depending on your personal spending habits. Please see additional information on our Living costs webpage

Does the University provide student housing?

The University does not provide student housing Students an choose to rent from student housing companies or the private market. For more information see our Student housing webpage.

Application documents

What is a certified copy?

Officially certified copies of academic documents can be issued by the awarding institution.

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

We also accept educational documents which can be verified electronically by Tampere University.

For example, the following are not considered certified copies:

  • A regular photocopy of an original stamped document
  • A scanned copy or photo of a stamped document
  • A copy attested by two people
  • A copy certified by a notary public outside Finland

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in two years as I had completed some studies before, what do I need to submit as educational documents?

If your degree contains studies completed at different institutions, for example top-up studies or transfer studies, you must submit officially certified educational documents that cover the whole duration of your studies and meet the minimum of 180 ECTS, 3 years of full time studies.

Additionally, if you have gained direct access to an advanced level in your degree, you must submit educational documentation covering the previous studies based on which you were admitted to the degree programme.

Please note that different country-specific instructions may apply if the studies were completed in different countries.

Can you return my application documents?

No, application documents are archived and it is not possible for us to return them

Applying in final year of Bachelor’s degree

I’m graduating after the application period, can I apply?

Yes, you can apply as long as you graduate by 31 July at the latest. Please see additional information on our eligibility criteria

I’m graduating after the application period, do I need to send any documents via post during the application period?

Yes, applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree must send an officially certified copy of their most recent transcript (and possible translation) during the application period via post, according to the country-specific requirements if applicable and official copies of the final documents of the degree once graduated and if accepted. Please see additional information under the section Instructions for applicants in their final year of Bachelor’s degree on our  Application documents -webpages

Admission process

When is the application time?

The application period for master studies starting in August 2023 starts on 7 December 2022 at 8:00 UTC+2 and ends 11 January 2023 at 15.00 UTC+2.

I missed the deadline as I only found out about the progamme now, can I still apply?

We have no supplementary application times.

I have already sent my educational documents by post, will I receive a confirmation once you have received those?

We will not send a separate message about the arrival of your documents and we will not reply to inquiries about the arrival of documents. We process the documents in the order of the arrival. We will send you an email notification once your documents and application has been processed.

I want to know if you received the documents by post by the deadline?

Please note that if you or your university send your documents close to the deadline you probably will not have enough time to supplement your application if the documents sent to us are not adequate. Therefore we recommend sending all the required enclosures as early as possible. Many applicants send documents close to the application deadline, and so it may take us longer to reach your documents when they have arrived. Therefore, depending on the arrival dates of your documents, you might receive the email notification within days or weeks.

I was not accepted, may I know additional information on why?

Please contact the faculty in question. When the admission results are published, you will receive a message from the faculty representative, please use that email to contact.

Studies

When do the studies begin?

If you are accepted, your studies will start with a Welcome Week on 21 August 2023. Courses will begin the following week. 

If I am accepted, can I postpone my studies and start the studies later?

According to the Universities Act (558/2009) first-year students may register as absent for the following reasons only:

  • Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), the Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or the Act on Women’s Voluntary Military Service (194/1995)
  • Maternity, paternity or parental leave
  • The student is unable to begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury

If you have legal grounds for your absence and you wish to register as absent, please contact the Tampere University Student Affairs Office at.

What is the academic year at Tampere University like?

The academic year at Tampere University is divided into two semesters consisting of two periods each. The academic year starts in late August and ends in late May. Some courses are offered during the summer period.  

I have already completed some Master’s studies previously, can those be taken into account?

The faculty can assess if some of your previous studies completed in a higher education institution can be included in the new degree. The decision is done case by case based on the suitability of the studies to the curriculum of the programme. No pre-assessments can be made as you can apply for accreditation only after you have started your studies. 

COVID-19

Do you offer online degrees as I cannot travel to Finland due to COVID-19 related reasons?

The studies in our master's programmes are primarily conducted during daytime on weekdays on campus as a versatile combination of different methods of learning. Due to the COVID-19 most of the teaching was delivered online in 2020 and 2021, but we have returned to studying on campus more and more as the situation now allows it. 

Covid-19 updates at Tampere University.

More information

If you have additional questions on applying, please contact our Admissions Office by phone or email.