According to a decree issued recently by the Finnish Government, the first joint application round held in spring will only cover tuition given in foreign languages, programmes at the University of the Arts Helsinki, and the Theatre Work programme at the University of Tampere. The purpose of this change is to enable higher education institutes to inform applicants outside Finland of their admissions results earlier than before.
The first round of the joint application system will not use an order of preference, in other words, applicants will not have to indicate their preferred study programmes.
The second round of joint applications will cover tuition given in Finnish and Swedish. This second spring round of the joint application system, as well as the autumn round, will take into account the applicant’s chosen study options in their order of preference.
Some applicants will apply on the both spring rounds, for example if they apply for programmes with tuition given in Finnish or in Swedish, and for programmes with tuition given in a foreign language. The joint application system timetable ensures that the applicants who are successful on both rounds can decide which study place they wish to accept.
Only one round of the joint application system will continue to be held in the autumn. The joint application procedure under the new decree will be held for the first time in the spring of 2020. The Ministry of Education and Culture will confirm the timetable in March 2019.