Arcada believes in flexible learning paths that lead to competencies for future working life. This is one of the reasons why Arcada belongs to the top five Finnish UAS’s for employment after graduation.

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Overview

Arcada University of Applied Sciences is a modern, multi-professional university of applied sciences in Helsinki. The campus is located in the beautiful surroundings of Arabianranta on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Arcada offers high-quality practice-oriented programs at both bachelor’s and master’s levels. Arcada is one of the most popular study options for international students to study business administration and technology in Finland. In 2017, Arcada was ranked first in the yearly ranking of best universities of applied sciences in Finland.

Arcada is truly international, with over 40 different nationalities represented among its 2,500 students and 200 employees. In fact, Arcada is the most international university of applied sciences in Finland in relation to its size, with more than 90 partner universities across the globe. Arcada takes part in numerous international research projects and exchange programs and is a member of various networks within education and research.

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Semester starts

August

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Application period

8.12.2020 – 24.2.2021

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Tuition fees

Bachelor’s: 8500 € / year
Master’s: 10 000 – 11 000 € / year

Arcada’s modern campus offers excellent facilities. From quiet corners and collaborative spaces to cafes, a well-equipped gym, and even a sauna. In addition to being the hub for student affairs on campus, the student union house offers a variety of activities, services, and facilities that attract both old and new students. Having all faculties around one campus allows for multi-disciplinary collaborations. It is also a great way to meet new students and professors from diverse backgrounds.

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CAMPUS ADDRESS

Jan-Magnus Janssonin aukio 1
00560 Helsinki
Finland

WEBSITE

Arcada University of Applied Sciences

Finland is a safe and equal society which is also reflected and highly valued within Arcada’s walls as well. In 2011, Arcada passed the Quality Audit by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre, FINEEC. Moreover, the Ministry of Education and Culture closely oversees the quality of teaching in all higher education institutions in Finland, including Arcada University of Applied Sciences.

STUDY PROGRAMS

Arcada offers high quality, practice-oriented higher education at both bachelor’s and master’s levels. The university has two bachelor’s degrees and three master’s degree programs in English.

The duration of the studies and earned credits depend on the program. However, below you’ll find an overview of the total ECTS for the given degree programs.

Bachelor’s degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business
    • 3.5 years = 210 ECTS
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Processing Technology
    • 4 years = 240 ECTS

Master’s degrees

  • Master of Engineering in Big Data Analytics
    • 1 year = 60 ECTS
  • Master of Business Administration in International Business Management
    • 1.5 years = 90 ECTS
  • Master of Engineering in Real Estate Energy
    • 1 year = 60 ECTS

Admission criteria

The application process is fast and simple. Students are pre-screened by Edunation on a first come, first served basis. If you fulfill the eligibility requirements, the university will invite you for an online exam or grants you direct admission, depending on which application method is used in the study program. Online exams are conducted on a continuous basis during the application period.

Our Edunation Pathway Diploma program offers guaranteed access to Arcada’s bachelor programs and you can get accepted within 2 days.

You can apply to our Business or Engineering and Technology program.

The admission requirements are:

  • High school diploma / Higher Secondary Education
  • Transcript of records (if possible)
  • Proof of English language: from IELTS 5.0, TOEFL IBT 35-45, Duolingo 75-80, or equivalent
  • Copy of passport ID page

You can find more information about the English language requirement on our page.

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The students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Make sure you have all the following documents ready when you fill out the application form.

Educational background

Applicants who have completed a qualification outside Finland must submit the following documents to Edunation:

  • Copy of the final/official secondary school certificate or vocational qualification which gives eligibility for higher education studies in your own country
  • Transcript of records with a GPA 50% or above. This is required to be able to apply through Edunation.

Note: Original copies must be shown when arriving in Finland.

Proof of nationality

  • Copy of passport ID page

Language requirements

A proof of English proficiency is required. You will need to take at least one of these tests with the following scores:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • PTE academic: 51
  • Cambridge ESOL’s tests B2 First (First Certificate in English), with min score of 170
  • International Baccalaureate Education completed at an IB-school

A TOEFL test score will only be accepted if it has been directly submitted from the TOEFL Educational Testing Service (ETS). Arcada’s Toefl code is 5724.

Application process

There are two application methods

  1. Online entrance exam + proof of English language proficiency
  2. SAT test score + proof of English language proficiency

Online exam

Online exam is conducted for all applicants that fulfill the admission requirements. Online exams are organized continuously during the application period.

SAT

You can also apply with an SAT Test score with a minimum total score of 1100

  • minimum score of 500 in Reading, Writing and Language Test
  • minimum score of 500 in Math Test (Note: the minimum is 550 if you are applying for the program in Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering.)

If you submit an SAT Test score, you are not required to take the online exam.

The applicant should order an official SAT score report straight from the test organizer. If the applicant has already completed an SAT test, you must request a score to be delivered to Arcada directly. Arcada’s SAT code is 7151.

Note: All documents need to be translated to English, Finnish or Swedish, if the original document is in none of those languages. The translations need to be signed and stamped by the translator.

Make sure you have all the following documents ready when you fill out the application form.

Educational background

Applicants who have completed a qualification outside Finland must submit the following documents to Edunation:

  • Copy of bachelor’s degree certificate from a related field
  • Copy of the transcript of academic records

Note: Original copies must be shown when arriving in Finland.

Proof of nationality

  • Copy of passport ID page

Language requirements

There are no specific English language eligibility requirements for application to Arcada’s master programs.

GMAT/GRE

  • International Business Management: Minimum GMAT score 500 or equivalent GRE score.
  • Big Data Analytics: GRE Test with a minimum score of 150 in Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning and a minimum of 4 in Analytical Writing. It is also possible to apply without GRE Test score if you have completed previous studies (30 ECTS) in Big Data Analytics on a Master level.
  • Media Management: No GMAT or GRE score required.

Arcada’s GRE code is 2523. Please use this code when requesting your score to be sent to Arcada.

Motivational letter and video

  • International Business Management: Motivational letter and video
  • Big Data Analytics: Motivational letter
  • Media Management: Master thesis proposal and motivational video

Other documents

  • Employment certificate(s) with a minimum of 2 years of work experience

Note: All documents need to be translated to English, if the original document is not in English. The translations need to be signed and stamped by an authorized translator.

Tuition Fees & Scholarship

Tuition Fees

Bachelor’s degrees

Students who are from a non-EU/EEA country are required to pay a tuition fee of 8500 € per academic year for bachelor’s degree programs in English. The payment is always done per academic year, in one installment. The first payment needs to be done when the applicant accepts their study place at the university.

Master’s degrees

Students who are from a non-EU/EEA country are required to pay a tuition fee of:

  • 10 000 € for a master’s program of 60 ECTS (two semesters)
  • 11 000 € for a master’s program of 90 ECTS (three semesters)

Early bird offer

Arcada offers an early bird offer to all applicants that are required to pay tuition fees. The early bird offer may be given to a student who bindingly accepts a study place offer within 14 days. The tuition fee of such a student is reduced by 4000 € for the first academic year. Restrictions may apply.

Scholarships

Bachelor’s degrees

Arcada offers scholarships for enrolled bachelor’s students. The scholarship covers a maximum of 50% of the tuition fee. Students can be awarded a scholarship from the second year on, depending on their study achievements. To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant needs to complete a minimum of 60 ECTS credits during the academic year.

Master’s degrees

Unfortunately, no scholarships are offered for master’s level studies.

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