Check out some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Pathway to Finland program, along with some answers to help you understand how the program works! If your question is not answered here, please contact us at pathway@edunation.co.

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Studies

  • How much can I expect to progress in English over one semester?

    Our English courses focus on preparing you for university studies by developing your academic communication skillsin listening, speaking, reading and writing. During the pathway, you can expect to improve your English language skills up to the university’s entry-level. Typically, the required English level for bachelor’s degree studies in Finland is equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or IELTS 6.0.

  • How many hours per week should I study?

    We offer pathway studies as full-time and part-time studies. You can choose the option that suits you the best. Online classes are organised on weekdays. Classes typically begin in the afternoon in Finland. Outside of classes, you should reserve enough time for independent studies and group work assignments.

  • How many contact lessons per week?

    The number of contact lessons depends on your chosen study mode (full-time or part-time). For full-time students, the number of contact lessons typically varies between 3 and 6 classes per week.

  • Can I study part-time?

    Yes, you may join our Standard Pathway (30 ECTS) as a part-time student. This means that you will complete your studies over 2 semesters instead of 1 semester.

  • How are the pathway studies conducted?

    Pathway studies take place on our online learning platform, Claned. You can choose to complete the studies fully online in your home country or join our Study Hub in Finland.

    All students are required to have access to the following:

    • A personal computer
    • An internet connection
    • A microphone
    • A webcam

  • Will my Pathway studies be recognized by your partner universities and count toward my university studies?

    Pathway studies can be accredited towards the degree (recognition of prior learning) at the progressing university. The percentage of credits the university will recognize as prior learning ranges from 0 to 100%. Keep in mind that the university will eventually decide how many credits they will recognize as part of your studies once you are enrolled into their degree program.

  • How long does the Pathway program's semester last?

    There are 16 weeks in a semester on the Pathway.

  • How will students be assessed?

    We use a variety of different assessment methods. Course assessment is usually based on coursework, written assignments, participation, presentations, and/or exams. Throughout the program, you will receive support and feedback from your teachers. We also use peer and self-assessment methods to encourage you to take greater responsibility for your learning.

  • What degrees will I be able to apply for after completing this pathway?

    A list of progression options can be found on our Pathway to Finland page. You will be asked to select the degree program during the application process.

  • What does my progression to my chosen Bachelor’s degree depend upon?

    You must complete the studies within the completion time and pass all study courses with good attendance.

  • What will I actually study?

    Your study courses depend on your chosen pathway program and study track. Our study courses are listed on our program page.

  • Can I study Finnish during the pathway?

    Finnish studies are included in our Nursing Study Track.

    Our Finnish courses are available for all students for an additional price of 295 € per course. If you would like to take part in the Finnish language studies, please contact our team at pathway@edunation.co.

Pathway to Master's FAQs

  • What type of residence permit would master's degree students use?

    Your first student residence permit (type A) for master’s studies in Finland can be granted to you for the entire duration of your studies, provided your passport is valid through the whole of that period.

    a) Are we permitted to work part-time? If you are already In Finland and you are in your progression studies in the university, then yes. The residence permit allows you to work for a maximum of 30 hours per week. If your work is related to your degree (for example, practical training or thesis work) then this 30-hour restriction does not apply.

    b) Are we qualified to apply for DDV? You need to be registered as an individual in Finland when you get there.

  • What happens if I fail a course?

    If you fail a study course, you won’t be permitted to progress to your chosen destination university in Finland. It is possible to retake a course during the next available semester. Please note that in this case, your progression to university will be delayed and you may not be able to continue to your chosen destination university.

    If you have failed a study course and would like to sign up for a retake, please contact us at pathway@edunation.co

  • Will I receive the offer letter from the university?

    Once you pass the Pathway Program

  • What are the required documents to prove my work experience?

    You can submit your COE that contains the longevity of your stay in your company, your duties and responsibilities, your superior’s signature and company header.

  • What are the minimum years of bachelor studies required?

    You must at least finish a bachelor’s degree of 3 – 4 years depending on the field.

  • Will I be eligible for scholarships or early-bird discounts?

    Generally, universities’ early-bird scholarships are not available for pathway applicants.

  • Can I bring my family with me?

    The focus could be first on settling down and getting the studies started, and then inviting the family to join. The acquired experience of settling down will help family members in their own arrival process.

  • Are there any age restrictions?

    Yes, you should at least be 18 years old and above

  • What is the Pathway to Masters of Edunation program?

    Edunation’s Pathway to Master’s in Finland is a comprehensive preparatory program designed to facilitate your admission to postgraduate studies in Finland, accelerating your professional growth. The studies will help you strengthen you skills in English and develop both written and spoken fluency. In addition, the program aims at helping you gain knowledge in leadership and entrepreneurial matters, allowing you to both educate yourself and further your career at once.

  • Can the Pathway to master's program serve as a guarantee that I’ll be able to get into the university?

    Pathway to Finland program provides guaranteed progression to degree studies at your pre-selected degree program Some progressions require a specific grade when passing to be able to progress – this means students should pay attention to their cases.

pathway focus interviews and council

  • What is pathway focus interviews?

    Focus interviews are interviews conducted with our students to measure their communication skills and motivational.

  • Will you send us some sample questions so we can prepare?

    The Focus interviews will involve general rather than subject questions. Your communication skills will be evaluated by these questions, which are also intended to make sure that students are prepared mentally and emotionally for their time studying in Finland. To know what will be covered in each session, use the following as a guide. 

  • How long does intensive english last and how much does it cost?

    It costs 250 EUR and is good for 8 weeks.

  • Are the focus interview results going to be sent by edunation?

    Yes, we will provide you with the results of each round of your focus interview. You will be able to identify your areas of strength and growth in this method. Although we will require some time to assess the results, they won’t be sent on the same day as your focus group interview. By receiving the results of the focus interviews, you will also be able to predict whether you will be successful or not in the Pathway Council.

  • Does the intensive english program help me enhance my language skills?

    It’s understandable to have concerns about whether someone can improve their English in a short period through an intensive program. However, it’s important to note that the effectiveness of the program depends on several factors, such as the student’s level of motivation, their prior knowledge of the language, and the quality of the instruction provided. In an intensive English program, students typically receive focused and immersive instruction from an experienced English-speaking teacher. This type of environment can be highly effective for improving language skills, as students have the opportunity to practice their English consistently and receive feedback from an expert. Additionally, it’s important to remember that language learning is a gradual process that requires patience and persistence. While eight weeks may not be enough time for a student to become completely fluent, it can certainly provide a solid foundation for continued learning and improvement. Overall, the Intensive English program could be a valuable opportunity for students to enhance their language skills, and with dedication and effort, they can certainly make progress in a relatively short period.

  • Can i try again for the focus interview if i failed?

    There is no option for retaking the failed focus interview. Instead of focusing on retaking the same interview, students can work on improving their skills, gaining more experience, and preparing better for the next interview. It is important to understand that failing an interview does not necessarily reflect your ability or potential. It’s a chance to learn and get better for your next interview.

  • What will happen if a student fails?

    If the student passed the Academic Communication: Speaking and Listening course but failed the Focus Interview, the student will take the Intensive English course with an extra fee. The student does not have to go through another interview if the student passes the Intensive English course.

    If the student failed the Academic Communication: Speaking and Listening course but passed the Focus Interview, the student will retake the Academic Communication: Speaking and Listening course and pay the retake fee. The student does not have to go through another interview if the student passes the Academic Communication: Speaking and Listening course after retaking.

    If the student failed both the Academic Communication: Speaking and Listening course and the Focus Interview, the student will retake the Academic Communication: Speaking and Listening course and pay the retake fee. The student does not have to go through another interview if the student passes the Academic Communication: Speaking and Listening course after retaking.

  • Why should focus interviews evaluate my communication skills when my application showed my english proficiency?

    Assessing your communication skills through focus interviews provides us with an opportunity to evaluate your ability to communicate effectively in real-life situations. The focus interviews enable us to evaluate your listening, speaking, and comprehension skills in a more nuanced and real-life situation.

    While your English proficiency results provide a good indication of your language ability, it is only one aspect of effective communication. Communication skills involve more than just language proficiency. In addition, the focus interviews also allow us to identify any areas where you may need additional support and guidance to improve your communication skills. This personalized approach helps us to tailor our teaching methods to suit your specific needs, which ultimately leads to better outcomes for you as a student.

    Furthermore, the focus interviews provide an opportunity for you to showcase your communication skills in a different context than the application process. In summary, while your English proficiency results provide a good baseline understanding of your language skills, the focus interviews provide a more in-depth evaluation of your communication abilities and enable us to provide personalized support to help you succeed.

  • Why should my communication skills be assessed in focus interviews?

    Edunation uses Focus interviews to verify that each student will be able to study and live successfully in Finland. This is often regarded as the most essential student toolkit. Communication is one of the most important skills to learn while migrating to Finland because it is required for adapting to a new environment and studying at university. You don’t need to be afraid if you can effectively communicate. This would also enable Edunation to assist students who lack communication skills. Please don’t see this approach negatively. Take advantage of this opportunity to polish and maintain your skills.

  • Why do we need this if the pathway to finland guarantees me admission to their partner university?

    Please remember that to finish the Pathway program successfully, you must successfully pass all of your study courses. If you are performing well in your studies and are confident in your skills, it will reflect in your interviews. Attending Focus interviews and the Pathway council will not hinder your progression to university as they will help you in establishing the proper mindset, skills, and expectations. To prepare for each focus group interview, you will be informed of the exact day and time ahead of time. The key to success in the interview is to be confident in your answers and very effectively communicate the point you are making.

  • Do I need to be nervous or concerned about the focus interviews and the pathway council?

    It is perfectly normal to be nervous during an interview. Instead of allowing fear to overpower you during the interview, utilize it as an opportunity to impress the interviewer. Motivate yourself if you’re worried and feeling down. The finest coach for your own motivation is YOU. Instead of complaining or worrying, plan, practice, and be confident. As with any form of communication conveying information accurately is very important.

  • Can I refuse to participate in the focus interviews without having a valid reason?

    As outlined, it is mandatory for all accepted Pathway to Finland students of the current intake to participate in the focus group interviews. If a student misses one interview but has a valid reason (sickness or another justifiable cause) and can show proof (depending on the nature), they will be called to a special focus group interview; otherwise, if they don’t have a justifiable reason, they will automatically fail the scheduled interview they need to attend. Failure in the focus group interview could hinder a student’s progression to university.

  • Why is edunation doing this?

    The goal of Focus interviews and Council are to improve the quality of students in the Pathway and to strengthen individual student success assistance.

Fees

  • What is included in the program fee?

    The program fee includes lectures, online classes, tutorials, access to an online learning environment, and academic support. In addition, you will receive assistance with immigration and other practical arrangements when moving abroad.

  • How much does a course retake cost?

    If you have failed a study course and would like to complete the course again, you will be charged 50 EUR per study credit. You are allowed to retake a course only once.

  • How much is the program fee?

    The program fee depends on your chosen study method and program duration.

    Full-time studies

    • Online Studies
      • Business Track: 3200 EUR
      • Nursing and Engineering Tracks: 2900 EUR
    • Study Hub
      • Business Track: 4400 EUR
      • Nursing and Engineering Tracks: 4100 EUR

    Part-time studies:

    • 3500 EUR (online)

    After being accepted to the pathway program, you will receive an invoice for the program fee. Please note that all fees are always paid in full.

  • How much are the tuition fees at the pathway progression universities?

    You can check the program-specific tuition fees on our university pages. Please note that the tuition fees are subject to change every year.

  • Is there a admin fee?

    Yes, we charge a admin fee of 100 EUR. The fee includes Edunation’s customer service and support services during and after admission. Please note that the admin fee is not refundable.

  • Can the program fee be paid in installments?

    Unfortunately no. The program fee must always be paid in full.

  • What will happen if I am not able to pay the fees on time?

    If there are late or missing payments, Edunation reserves the right to cancel your study place. If you are having problems with payments, please contact our team immediately.

Eligibility and documentation

  • Do I need to take an IELTS or TOEFL exam before applying to pathway studies?

    We offer alternative ways to prove your English language level, including Duolingo English Test. Before applying, please check out our list of accepted English certificates.

    Please note that the required language level depends on your chosen pathway program and progression university.

  • What documents do I need to submit with my application?

    You will need to submit the following documents:

    There may be some additional requirements depending on your chosen program.

  • How do I know if I am eligible for the pathway program?

    In order to be eligible to apply,  you must be eligible for higher education in your home country. You also need to have sufficient English language skills. Please check out our program page for more information or contact our Pathway Team (pathway@edunation.co).

  • What happens if I don’t pass?

    If you fail a study course, you won’t be permitted to progress to your chosen destination university in Finland. It is possible to retake a course during the next available semester. Please note that in this case, your progression to university will be delayed and you may not be able to continue to your chosen destination university.

    If you have failed a study course and would like to sign up for a retake, please contact us at pathway@edunation.co.

  • Does the program guarantee progression to a degree?

    Pathway to Finland program provides guaranteed progression to degree studies at your pre-selected degree program after you have received a passing grade for all study courses related to the program.

  • How long does it take to complete the Pathway to Finland program?

    The duration of one semester is approximately 3.5 months. We offer programs that last either 1 or 2 semesters.

  • What are the current rates of progression?

    All students will progress to a university after completing the program at the required level.

  • Can I apply to pathway studies if I do not yet know which university I want to choose?

    You need to select your desired destination university and degree program during the application process. Please note that the study places are distributed based on a first-come-first-served basis. If you need help with course selection, please contact our customer service team (pathway@edunation.co).

  • What is the validity period of my pathway certificate?

    Your pathway certificate remains valid for 2 years from the date specified on the document.

  • What’s the minimum age required to apply?

    Our minimum age requirement is 17 years or older for the online pathway. You must be at least 18 years old when applying to the Study Hub in Finland.

  • Is your end of term assessment for my English language level accepted by other non-Edunation partners?

    At the moment, the the program is only recognized by our partner universities.

  • Do I need to retake the IELTS test after completing the program?

    No additional testing is required after completing the program.

  • What does guaranteed progression mean?

    Guaranteed progression means that you will be eligible to start your studies at your pre-selected university after you have passed the pathway courses at the required level.

  • Do you offer support with selecting the degree program?

    Yes, we provide support with the university selection. Our team will help you to choose the university that best fits your interests and goals. Please contact us at pathway@edunation.co or book a free counselling session with one of our experts.

  • What happens if I want to change the university I selected?

    Due to limited study places, we cannot guarantee you a place in another university. If you have already been accepted to the program and would like to request for a change, please fill out our change request form. Please note that there may be additional fees charged.

  • What kind of academic support services do you provide?

    We provide academic support before and during your pathway studies. You may always contact us if you need guidance or extra support. During semesters, we organise weekly virtual office hours where you can talk one-on-one with one of our experts.

  • Can I receive an early-bird discount at my progression university?

    Generally, universities’ early-bird scholarships are not available for pathway applicants.

STUDY HUB IN FINLAND

  • Is there a minimum age requirement?

    Yes, you should be at least 18 years old when applying to the Study Hub in Finland.

  • IF I JOIN THE STUDY HUB IN FINLAND, AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT?

    All students coming from outside of the EU/EEA countries need to apply for a residence permit based on other grounds for the duration of the Study Hub studies. Students need to apply for a student residence permit before entering the country. 

    Before beginning the pathway, it is important to ensure you meet the requirements and have the necessary documents ready. 

    A student must begin the residence application as soon as they receive the pathway final acceptance letter and paid the whole program fee.

  • What are the immigration requirements when joining the study hub in Finland?

    1. A valid passport 
    2. Passport photos 
    3. 350 EUR application fee 
    4. The certificate of acceptance for the Pathway to Finland program 
    5. Document of the paid program fee. (Payment receipt from the bank confirming you have paid the pathway tuition fee) 
    6. Certificate of health insurance 
    7. Clarification of income 
    8. Interview 

    You can find more information regarding the visa requirements on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland: Residence Permit Studies.

  • WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR A CONTINUOUS RESIDENCE PERMIT (TYPE A) TO FINLAND?

    A Continuous Student Residence Permit (type A) is needed when coming to Finland for degree studies. You will apply for the type A Residence Permit during or after pathway studies, so it is important to start preparing your documents already when starting your pathway studies. 

    You can apply for a type A Residence Permit after you have received an offer from your pre-selected destination university and paid the tuition fee for the first academic year. Depending on your chosen destination university, this step takes place during or after the pathway. The offer becomes non-conditional only after you have received a passing grade for all study courses related to the pathway program.

  • CAN I START MY CONTINUOUS RESIDENCE PERMIT (TYPE A) APPLICATION WHEN I'M IN FINLAND?

    You may start the Residence Permit application online as soon as you receive the offer letter from your pre-selected progression university. The application is submitted in the e-service Enter Finland.

    After submitting the application through the e-service, you should visit the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity, have your fingerprints taken and show the originals of the documents that you have attached to your application. The appointment can take place at a Finnish Mission (embassy or consulate) back in your home country or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service in Finland.

    *Please note that you must wait for the residence permit results in the country where you have applied for it. If you have applied at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service in Finland, you should also remain in Finland until you receive the decision. You are allowed to wait for the decision in the country even if your visa expires. Edunation recommends that you will return to your home country after the visa expiry and apply for the Residence Permit there.

  • Can I bring my family to Finland?

    Study Hub in Finland

    If you would like your family to join you in Finland, it is your responsibility to ensure that your family meets the possible entry requirements.

    As a study hub student, your spouse and children are eligible to apply for a residence permit based on family ties. It is essential to know what a family member is in Finland; this information can be found on this website.

    Degree Studies

    Once you have been accepted to a Finnish higher education institution as a degree student, you will be able to apply for a continuous residence permit (type A) and your family members can apply for a residence permit based on family ties. Please check out the instructions of the Finnish Immigration Service.

  • Where is the Study hub located?

    Our Study Hub is located in Helsinki, Finland. Pathway students will enjoy modern campus facilities in Myllypuro, on the campus of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

  • How many hours of on-campus studies will I have?

    Pathway studies are hybrid studies meaning that you will be completing studies on our online learning platform and attending meetings on campus. On campus, you will be attending live sessions with other students and your tutor, approximately three times a week.

  • What expenses should i consider before applying?

    When applying to the Study Hub in Finland, it is important to get familiar with the expenses related to studying abroad. 

    • Program fee (4100 EUR) 
    • Enrollment fee (200 EUR) 
    • Pre-installment fee (2000 EUR)
    • Possible Residence permit costs and income requirements 
    • Insurances 
    • Flights to Finland and back 
    • Accommodation in Finland 
    • Everyday living expenses 

    Estimated funds required depending on the pathway: 

    • Standard Pathway: 1000 EUR (required amount / per month) x 4 months (the standard pathway’s approximate months) =4,000 EUR 
    • 560 EUR (required amount / per month) x 9 months (approximate months) =5,040 EUR  

    These amounts are only an estimate of what is needed. Depending on your lifestyle, the money in your bank account may be higher than these suggested amounts, but it cannot be lower. 

    If you are planning to continue to degree studies in Finland after completing the pathway, it is important to also learn about university tuition fees, student residence permits, and other costs of living. 

  • What is the study hub enrollment fee, and why is it required?

    The Study Hub enrollment fee of 200 EUR is a one-time fee charged by Study Hub to cover administrative costs connected with enrolling students in courses. This charge helps us maintain our systems and support services so that our students have a smooth learning experience. It is a non-refundable fee that must be paid by all new students. Tuition and other associated costs for your studies are not included in the enrollment fee.

  • What are the things I need to consider when choosing the study hub method?

    1. For us to administer the Study Hub, we will need to meet a certain number of students. If we are unable to implement it, you will be able to pursue the Pathway Program online.
    2. If your selected progression intake will start in August, please note that you need to go back to your home country after your pathway studies.
    3. If you prefer to stay and wait for your university intake, it is advisable to select the January progression intake (if it’s available).
    4. The Study Hub students will use a Residence Permit based on other grounds, they will only have a restricted right to work part-time such as:
    5. work in upper or middle management of the    company or in expert positions requiring special skills
    6. work as an athlete, coach or sports referee, when the activity is professional
    7. work in the service of a religious or ideological community
    8. work professionally in the field of culture or art, with the exception of restaurant musicians
    9. work in an international organization or in positions related to official cooperation between states