Arcada is a diverse university of applied sciences with a campus located in the beautiful surroundings of Arabianranta, Helsinki. Established in 1996, Arcada offers 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


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.

Arcada has 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 and Master level. The school has 2 Bachelor’s degree and 4 Master’s degree programs taught in English.


Semester dates and application period

2018 – 2019
Semester dates September – December, January – May
Orientation To be announced
Application period  – April 30, 2018

  • Bachelor's degree programs
  • Master's degree programs
  • 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 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
      • 2 – 3 years = 90 ECTS
    • Master of Culture and Arts in Media Management
      • 1,5 – 2,5 years = 60 ECTS
    • Master of Engineering in 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 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 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.

  • Scholarship

    Bachelor’s degrees

    For Bachelor applicants, Arcada also offers scholarships. The latter cover a maximum of 50% of the tuition fee. Based on his/her study achievements, the paying student can be granted a scholarship from his/her second year. 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 level studies.

“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, student from Slovakia



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

All you need to do is follow these 3 simple steps:

  • Fill the online application form
  • Attach the required documents
  • Apply for a residence permit once you have received your acceptance letter and paid the tuition fee

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, your English language proficiency and nationality.

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

    Check below for more detailed information about the application procedure and the required documents.

  • Required documents

    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
    • For Master’s degree: Bachelor’s degree certificate

    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

    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).

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

    Others tests

    • For Bachelor’s degree: SAT Test score of minimum 500 in Reading & Writing, minimum 500 in Mathematics Business and minimum 550 in Materials (the total score needs to be 1100)
    • For Master’s degree: GMAT or GRE (minimum scores to be announced later)


    For Master’s degree at least three years of subsequent work experience in a relevant field is required. You’ll be asked to submit

    • Employment certificate (minimum 3 years work experience)

    In addition to the documents mentioned above, you will also have to submit a Motivation Letter in order to apply for a Master’s degree Real Estate Energy. 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 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, English proficiency etc.)

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

    • Copy of passport
    • Foreign qualification for higher education
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • Motivation Letter (for Real Estate Energy)

    After submitting the application, you are asked to pay the 100€ Edunation application fee that will entitle you to our customer service and help with accommodation, plane tickets and other practical matters. We are here to answer all questions you might have about living and studying in Finland.

    If you fulfill the minimum requirements, you will receive an acceptance 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 period starts:
announced later

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

Application fee:






Degree programs

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