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 level. 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.

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 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.

Relaxing along the studies

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.

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.

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.

Scholarship

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 with 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.

The application process is fast and simple. Students are pre-screened by Edunation on a first come, first served basis. If you fulfil 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.

  • Admission requirements for bachelor's degree

    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:

    • 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 for all degree programs 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: B2 First: 170

    The language certificate must be valid during the application period and are valid for two years. 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). Arcada’s TOEFL code is 5724. Language certificates must be taken at the very latest in February.

    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.

    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.

  • Admission requirements for master's degree

    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:

    • 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: Thesis proposal and motivational video

    Other documents

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

    Applicants may also be interviewed if needed.

     

    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.

  • Application instructions

    Read our general page about how to apply to study in Finland. Specific instructions will be given to you once you apply to our application portal.

Quick facts

Semester starts:
August

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

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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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