When applying for Pathway Studies, it is essential to provide a certificate demonstrating your current level of English proficiency. The required level varies depending on your chosen pathway program and progression university:

Pathway to Bachelors:

  • IELTS 5.0 or equivalent if you choose to progress to Kajaani UAS and Karelia UAS.
  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent if you choose to progress to Metropolia UAS, Satakunta UAS.
  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent: LAB UAS. Please note that LAB UAS does not accept the Duolingo certificate.
  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent: Seinäjoki UAS. Please note that SeAMK does not accept the Duolingo certificate.

Don’t meet the required English level? No need to worry! You can also enroll in Edunation’s English Express program. After taking the diagnostic test, if your equivalent scores match:

  • IELTS level 5.0: You can join the SAMK Engineering courses.
  • IELTS level 4.5: Applicable for KAMK and Karelia UAS only. These scores can then be used as substitutes for the English Language Requirements, exclusively for those universities and courses.
    For more information about Edunation’s English Express, please visit this link.


Pathway to Masters:

  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent: You may apply to Kajaani UAS
  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent: You may apply to Metropolia UAS.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (pathway@edunation.co).


The English certificates must be valid when submitting the application.

IELTS 4.5 5.00 5.5 6.0
TOEFL IBT 24-40 41-58 59-69 70-86
Duolingo English Test 65-75 80-90 95-100 105-115

In addition, we accept PTE Academic and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).

You will not need to submit an English certificate if you are a national of or have pursued your previous studies in English in one of the following majority native English speaking countries*:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

In addition, students from the Philippines who have completed their prior education in English can be accepted based on an online interview (this does not concern students progressing to LAB UAS and SeAMK).

*The above-mentioned countries are classified as majority native English speaking countries by the UK government.

The tests and certificates must be valid when submitting the application. Your scores must meet our minimum requirements.

  • SAT Test Certificate
  • International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP): You can prove your language skills with the IB diploma program if it has been completed in English


Read more in our FAQ or contact us at pathway@edunation.co