Arcada University of Applied Sciences is a modern, multi-professional university of applied sciences in Helsinki. The campus 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. 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.

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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Jan-Magnus Janssonin aukio 1
00560 Helsinki
Finland

 

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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

September 2019 intake
Semester dates September – December, January – May
Application period January 9 – March 31, 2019
Degree programs  

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Processing Technology
  • Master of Business Administration in International Business Management
  • Master of Engineering in Big Data Analytics

Tuition fees

Bachelor’s degrees

Students who are from a non-EU/EEA country are required to pay a tuition fee of 6000 € 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:

  • 9000 € 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.

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.

  • 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

    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: 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.

    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

    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.)

    The applicant should order an official SAT score report straight from the test organiser. The score report must reach Arcada by 3 pm on April 10, 2019. 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

    GMAT/GRE

    • International Business Management: GMAT Test with a minimum score of 450
    • 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

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

    Motivation letter

    If you are applying for the degree program in Big Data Analytics, you need to submit a motivation letter. The letter should be 2.5 to 3 pages on the following topics:

    • Vision on future possibilities associated to big data analytics
    • Vision of own role and career as an expert in the transition towards analytics-driven intelligent services
    • Proposal of a programming or service creation challenge you would like to study as part of your master’s thesis

    Other documents

    Employment certificate with a minimum of 3 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 all the information below and follow the steps carefully.

    • Choose the 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
    • 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:
September

 Application period:
Application closed

Tuition fee:
Bachelor: 6000 € / year
Master: 9000 €/11 000 € full prog.

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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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