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English Language Proficiency

Evidence of English language proficiency and exemption from a language test

When applying to programmes provided in English, any non-EU/EEA citizen applying with a qualification completed abroad is required to submit a certificate of his or her language proficiency to the admissions office of the first-choice university of applied sciences by 28 September 2016, 3:00 (Finnish time).

In order to provide his or her English language skills, he/she must provide one of the following minimum requirements:

  • IELTS, academic level 6.0
  • TOEFL 550 paper-based test/TOEFL 79–80 Internet-based test
  • Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), level C
  • Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), CEFR level C1
  • Pearson test of English, Academic 51
  • skills level 4 in a National Certificate of Language Proficiency test in all areas of the English language, including reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking and writing (see www.oph.fi > Services > National certificate of language proficiency (YKI))
  • a Finnish Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma (AICE)

  • grade C in the advanced syllabus test in the English language in the Finnish matriculation examination (grade 4 on an IB Diploma, 6.00–6.95 on an EB Diploma or 7 on an RP Diploma).

There is no limit to the period of validity of the Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), the Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), the Cambridge IGSCE Certificate and the National Certificate of Language Proficiency.

The other certificates are valid for two years. A TOEFL test score will only be accepted if it has been directly submitted from the TOEFL Educational Testing Service (ETS). TOEFL code of Centria UAS is 5851.

In addition, an upper secondary level certificate or a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand as well as a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English in an EU/EEA country will also be accepted as evidence of English language proficiency.

Applicants’ language proficiency will be assessed in the language test included in the entrance examination on a scale of pass/fail. An applicant failing the language test will be excluded from admission.

The matriculation examination grades awarded in or after 1990 are directly available from the Matriculation Examination Board, which means that only those who have taken the examination prior to 1990 will have to submit a certificate of language proficiency. Those applying with an upper secondary vocational qualification, who have also completed the matriculation examination, must submit a certificate of language proficiency.

Some degree programmes may require all applicants to take the compulsory language section of the entrance examination without exception.

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