Arcada is a multi-professional university of applied sciences (UAS) with a campus located in the beautiful surroundings of Arabianranta, Helsinki. Established 1996, Arcada has offered high quality practice-oriented programs at both Bachelor and Master level. In 2017, Arcada was ranked first in the yearly ranking of best universities of applied sciences in Finland.


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A student giving a speech at Arcada University of Applied Sciences


Arcada has only recently moved to the current new campus. Before 2004, the school was divided in three different campuses: two in Helsinki and one in Espoo. Currently, Arcada has well over 2,000 enrolled students and almost 200 members of staff.

Arcada is a truly international environment for students, as the student body consists of over 40 different nationalities. The university of applied sciences participates in a number of different international exchange programs, and is a member of various networks within education and research.



Jan-Magnus Janssonin aukio 1,

00560 Helsinki




Arcada University of Applied Sciences

Arcada offers high quality, practice-oriented higher education at both Bachelor and Master level. They school offers 3 Bachelor’s degree and 6 Master’s degree programs taught in English.

All information on the page is subject to change.


Semester dates and application deadlines

Autumn 2018
Semester dates To be announced
Orientation To be announced
Application deadline To be announced


Spring 2019
Semester dates To be announced
Orientation To be announced
Application deadline To be announced

  • Bachelor's degree programs
    • Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business
    • Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Processing Technology
    • Bachelor of Health Care in Nursing (knowledge of Finnish/Swedish is required)
  • Master's degree programs
    • Master of Engineering in Big Data Analysis
    • Master of Health Care in Global Health Care
    • Master of Business Administration in International Business Management
    • Master of Culture and Arts in Media Management
    • Master of Health Care in Mental Health
    • Master of Engineering in Real Estate Energy
  • Credits

    At Arcada, the duration of your studies and the credits that you get from them depend on which program you have chosen. Listed below, you may find some general information about the total ECTS that you will receive by the time you graduate from a given program.

    Bachelor’s degrees

    • Bachelor of Business Administration International Business
      • 3,5 years = 210 ECTS
    • Bachelor of Engineering Materials Processing Technology
      • 4 years = 240 ECTS
    • Bachelor of Health Care Nursing:
      • 3.5 years = 210 ECTS

    Master’s degrees

    • Master of Engineering Big Data Analytics
      • 1 year = 60 ECTS
    • Master of Health Care Global Health Care
      • 1,5 – 2,5 years = 90 ECTS
    • Master of Business Administration International Business Management
      • 2 – 3 years = 90 ECTS
    • Master of Culture and Arts Media Management
      • 1,5 – 2,5 years = 60 ECTS
    • Master of Health Care, Mental Health
      • 2 – 3 years = 90 ECTS
    • Master of Engineering Real Estate Energy
      • 1,5 – 2,5 = 60 ECTS
  • Tuition fees

    Bachelor’s degrees

    Students who are from a non-EU/EEA country are required to pay a 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 fee of 4,500€ for the 1st and 2nd academic years each (9,000€ for the first two years of study) and then 2,000€ for the years thereafter for all Master’s degrees (60-90 ECTS) taught in English.

“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

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 the experiences of one of Arcada’s international students. The clip is part of a video series that Arcada has on their YouTube channel, called “Interviews with foreign students”. This student, who is originally from California, USA, talks about what made him decide to leave the warm paradise of California to come and study in the winter wonderland that is Finland, 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, student at Arcada University of Applied Sciences


“Getting accepted to Arcada was a dream come true for me and it’s been an amazing experience so far. The atmosphere at 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, Nursing student from Slovakia



Before, the application process for Finnish universities used to be much more complicated and time-consuming. Thus, Edunation decided to come up with a much easier system. In a nutshell, all the applicant has to do is follow these 3 simple steps:

  • Fill the online application form
  • Submit the required documents
  • Apply for a residence permit

The whole application process is fast and flexible. After the applicants receive their acceptance letters and residence permits, they will start their studies at a Finnish university, which offers one of the best educations in the world.

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.

  • Who can apply

    To be eligible for Arcada, you will need to show proof of your educational background, you English language proficiency and nationality.

    Depending on the degree you’re applying for, you might need to also submit additional documents.

    When applying for nursing, you also need to have skills in either Finnish or Swedish language.

    When applying for Social Services or Health Care, you must consider whether your health condition enables your successful practical studies and work placement. You will be required to give relevant information about your health, if the school asks for more information for admission evaluation purposes. This applies also for information about possible earlier revoked study places. For more detailed information about health requirements at Arcada, please click here.


  • Required documents

    Educational background

    In order to be eligible to apply to Arcada, you need to have at least one of the following documents to prove your educational background:

    • Finnish Matriculation examination or/and Finnish upper secondary education, EB, IB or Reifeprüfung examination.
    •  Finnish upper secondary vocational education.
    • A non-Finnish degree or qualification which gives eligibility for higher education in the degree awarding country.

    Furthermore, the applicant is required to have an average or above average GPA (grade point average) according to the grading system used in the applicants home institution.

    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
    • TOEFL iBT
    • PTE Academic
    • Cambridge English: Advanced English (CAE)

    A language test will not be required if English was the language of instruction in your secondary level education institution (high school) or your Bachelor’s degree has been done fully in English. If this is the case, you need to have proof of it in written form, signed by the prior institution.

    If you want to apply for a degree in Nursing, you will also need to have skills in either Finnish or Swedish. The minimum requirement is level B1 on the Common European framework for languages.

    Proof of nationality

    In addition to educational supporting documents, identification documents will also be required. You will have to upload on of the following:

    • Passport ID page or ID card of EU/EEA/Switzerland which states citizenship
    • Passport ID page (all other citizenships)
    • Residence permit card;  Type A, Type P or type P-EU
    • EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland


    In addition to the documents mentioned above, you will also have to submit a Motivation Letter in order to be considered for a study place at Arcada. The Motivation Letter has to be a page long (A4 page format) and describe why you’re interested in studying in Finland, why you chose a particular degree, what are your future goals, etc.

    Note: All documents (educational, language, nationality) need to be translated to either Finnish, Swedish or English, if the original document is in neither of those languages. The translations need to be signed and stamped by the translator.

  • Application instructions

    After choosing the university and the degree that you want to apply for, you will need to fill out an online application form, where you need to submit the following information:

    • Chosen university and degree program
    • Personal data and contact information
    • Eligibility information (prior education, GPA etc.)

    Additionally, you will need to attach the following documents to the online application form:

    • Copy of passport
    • Certified copy of prior education transcript
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • Motivation Letter
    • Any additional required enclosures that the university requested

    If you fulfill the minimal requirements, you will receive an invitation to the online exam. The exam will be fairly simple, however, it will be held in English, so please prepare accordingly.

    Soon thereafter, you will get an acceptance letter to the university you applied for, if the exam was satisfactory. Only then can you start your visa or residence permit application process. Read more about visas and residence permits here.

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

Quick facts

Semester starts:

Application period starts:
November 2017

Tuition fee:
Bachelor: 6,000€ / year
Master: 4,500€ / year

Application fee:






Degree programs

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