Arcada is a modern, multi-professional university of applied sciences (UAS) with a campus located in the beautiful surroundings of Arabianranta, Helsinki, on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Arcada offers high-quality practice-oriented programs at both bachelor’s and master’s level. In 2017, Arcada was ranked first in the yearly ranking of best universities of applied sciences in Finland.


International students studying at Arcada University 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 UAS 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.

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 and is a great way to meet new students and professors from diverse backgrounds.


Cafeteria of Arcada University of Applied Sciences in Finland


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.

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.



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Arcada University of Applied Sciences

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


Semester dates and application period

2018 – 2019
Semester dates August – December, January – May
Orientation August 23 – 24, 2018
Application period January 5 – May 7, 2018

  • Bachelor's degree programs
  • Master's degree programs
  • Credits

    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
  • Tuition fees

    Bachelor’s degrees

    Students who are from a non-EU/EEA country are required to pay a tuition fee of 6,000€ per academic year for bachelor’s degrees 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:

    • 9,000 € for a master’s degree of 60 ECTS
    • 11,000 € for a master’s degree of 90 ECTS
  • Scholarship

    Bachelor’s degrees

    Arcada offer scholarships for enrolled bachelor’s students. The scholarship covers a maximum of 50% of the tuition fee. Paying students can be awarded with a scholarship from the second year, depending on their study achievements. To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant needs to complete a minimum of 55 ECTS credits during the academic year.

    Master’s degrees

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

“Getting accepted to Arcada was a dream come true for me and it’s been an amazing experience so far. The atmosphere at the school is very chill, and the teachers are always up for open dialogue with the students. If I run into some sort of problems, I know where to seek help. Arcada has very well-structured student services and a close cooperation with the student union, which organizes a lot of great events throughout the year. Another thing that I love about Arcada is that it supports a multicultural environment, where the international students have a good chance to integrate into the academic society.”

– Veronika, a student from Slovakia

While all parts of Finland are unique in their own way, experiencing the student life in Helsinki is bound to be something extraordinary, especially for international students. People come to Helsinki from all over the world, including but not limited to China, Australia, Russia, Somalia, Germany, Vietnam, and the U.S.

Below, you’ll find a video of one of Arcada’s international students. Paul, who is originally from California, USA, talks about why he decided to leave sunny California and start studying in Finland – the winter wonderland, and why he believes this was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

“If I had to summarize Finland in one word it would be ‘opportunity’; The things that [Finland] as a culture has done to enable anyone in their society to be socially mobile, to educate themselves, to improve their situation if they want to… “

– Paul Nix, a student at Arcada University of Applied Sciences

” I enjoyed studying at Arcada, and I actually can’t think of any other university where I would have rather studied at. I would, and have recommended Arcada to my family and friends.”

– Anders, student from Finland

The application process is fast and simple. Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis which means that if you meet the admission requirements, you can get your acceptance in 3 weeks.

Please note that the application process through Edunation is different than the one found on Arcada’s website, thus we ask you to carefully follow the instructions on our page.

  • Required documents

    Make you 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:

    • For bachelor’s degree: a copy of the final/official secondary school certificate or vocational qualification which gives eligibility for higher education studies in your own country
    • For master’s degree: a copy of bachelor’s degree certificate from a related field

    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 for all degrees at Arcada. You will need to take at least one of these tests of English:

    • IELTS: 6.0
    • TOEFL iBT: 79
    • Pearson test of English Academic: 51
    • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): C
    • Cambridge English: Advanced English (CAE): C1

    The language certificate must be valid during the application period. The Pearson test of English, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are valid for two years. There are no limitations on the period of validity of the other certificates. A TOEFL test score will only be accepted if it has been directly submitted from the TOEFL Educational Testing Service (ETS). Edunation’s TOEFL code is C046.

    A language test is not required if secondary level education has been completed in a native English speaking country (UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand) or your bachelor’s or master’s degree has been completed in English in an EU/EEA country. If this is the case, you need to have proof of it in written form, signed by the prior institution.

    SAT or GMAT/GRE Test score

    For bachelor’s degree: SAT Test with a 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 Materials Processing Technology.)

    For master’s degree:

    • International Business: GMAT Test with a minimum scores of 450
    • Big Data Analytics and Real Estate Energy: GRE Test with a minimum score of 150 in Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning and a minimum of 4 in Analytical Writing

    Other documents

    • For master’s degree: Employment certificate with a minimum of 3 years work experience
    • For master’s degree in Real Estate Energy: a motivation letter which has to be a page long (A4 page format) and describe why you are interested in studying in Finland, why you chose a particular degree, what your future goals are, etc.)

    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 the translator.

  • Application instructions

    Read all the information below and follow the steps carefully.

    • Choose a university a degree program you would like to apply for at Arcada University of Applied Sciences
    • Fill out the online application form found on Edunation’s website
    • Attach the required documents
    • Pay the 100€ Edunation application fee
    • Apply for a residence permit, once you have received your acceptance letter and paid the first year’s tuition fee

    If you fulfill the admission requirements, you will receive an acceptance from the university within 3 weeks from submitting your application. Only then can you start your residence permit application process.

    You will also be notified by email if you do not get accepted.

Quick facts

Semester starts:

Application deadline:
Application closed

Tuition fee:
Bachelor: 6,000€ / year
Master: 9,000€/11,000€ full prog.

Application fee:






Degree programs

Reasons to choose Arcada University of Applied Sciences

Strong focus on graduate employability.

Ranked the top university of applied sciences in Finland for the second year in a row.

Excellent international connections and opportunities for exchange studies.

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