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Applying with education completed outside Finland with SAT scores (guaranteed admission)

The next application period for degree programmes conducted in English (all except Nursing), for applicants who in their past completed the SAT tests (new version taken after March 2016), will be arranged between 1 December 2021 and 28 February 2022. All eligible students who deliver the SAT scores (with a minimum of 400 points from evidence-based reading and writing and a minimum of 400 points from Mathematics) via CollegeBoard by the deadline will be accepted. Read detailed information about this in the "Admission criteria & guaranteed admission" section below.

The application period will end on 28 February 2022 at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2). This application period will be only for applicants applying with a qualification completed outside Finland. For applicants accepted in this application round, the studies are set to begin in August 2022.




In the this SAT application round, Centria UAS offeres 7 different Bachelor´s degree programmes (all except Nursing). The offered programmes and more information about them can be found here


This application is not part of the Joint application of Higher Education. For this reason, it is only possible to apply via the Centria / Direct application with SAT results to Bachelor´s degrees / Spring 2022. The application process takes place at Studyinfo.fi when the application period starts. The application process is free of charge for all applicants. Applicants can be admitted if they meet eligibility requirements, submit a valid application, attach required documents and successfully deliver the SAT scores by the deadline to Centria UAS.


Eligibility criteria

For this specific direct application round, the following education gave applicants eligibility to apply for Bachelor´s programmes:

  • International Baccalaureate completed outside Finland
  • Reifeprüfung or Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) degree completed outside Finland
  • European baccalaureate completed outside Finland
  • Foreign education that gives eligibility to apply to higher education in the country in question
  • Bachelor´s degree and Master´s degree 


Centria University of Applied Sciences used discretionary admission in the direct application in 2021, which means that the applicant can be considered eligible even if he/she would not meet the general admission criteria. Discretion may come in question in the following situation:

  • The applicant’s (who are not a citizen of a EU/EEA-country) final certificate will not be available by the end of the application period, and therefore a photocopy of it cannot be sent by a set date. The applicant can further proceed in the application process if he or she can provide an official temporary certificate or statement of results which is given by the organization awarding degrees (for example in Nigeria or Ghana an official statement of results sent to Centria directly from WAEC or NECO or in Kenya statement of results sent directly from the KNEC).
  • If the applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and formerly obtained qualifications cannot be proven through documentary evidence, Centria can excuse the applicant and he or she can proceed in the application process. In this case, an applicant must prove the refugee status by a decision made by a competent authority and send a copy of the decision (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted by a need for protection) to the Admissions office by a set date.


Filling the application


Applicants start the application process by filling an online application form during the application period at Studyinfo.fi. There is no need for using education agents since the application is publicly available to everyone via Internet as well as the admission process follows predefined admissions criteria which an agent cannot influence. When filling the application form, applicants are advised to double check if the given postal address is up to date and the given email address is functional. A functional email address is particularly important in order to be able to be contacted later on with decisions and further guidelines. The email address provided in the application form will be taken as the official channel of communication and will not be changed later in the process. Once the application has successfully been registered, including an official copy of secondary education certificate, applicants receive an application number. If an application number is received, applicants do not have to contact Centria´s Admissions office to confirm that the application has arrived.


One applicant can apply only for ONE programme. Only one application from an applicant will be taken into consideration.


The deadline for filling in the application and submitting it is 28 February 2022, 3pm Finnish time. After submitting the application, applicants can still make changes to application until the end of the application period. After that it is still possible to attach documents to the application, but no other changes are possible. The deadline for submitting attachments is 11 March 2022, 3pm Finnish time.


Apply using direct links below: 

Degree programme

 (Note that it will be possible to fill in and submit the applications only between the application dates)


Admission criteria & guaranteed admission 

Applicants can apply for all Bachelor programmes except of the Nursing programme with the SAT results. Only results from the new SAT test (taken after March 2016) are acceptable.
  • Centria UAS requires applicants to score a minimum of 400 points from evidence-based reading and writing and a minimum of 400 points from Mathematics. Essay results are not required.
  • Score reports should be ordered electronically by applicants directly from the test center and need to be delivered to Centria UAS preferably by the end of the application period (28 February 2022), but by 11 March 2022 the latest.
  • Reports printed or sent by the applicant him/herself are not acceptable.
  • Centria´s designated SAT code is 7819.


GUARANTEED ADMISSION - All eligible students who will deliver the SAT scores (a minimum 400 points from evidence-based reading and writing and a minimum of 400 points from Mathematics) via CollegeBoard by the deadline will be accepted.

One applicant can apply only for ONE programme. Only one application from an applicant will be taken into consideration.


Language tests

Language tests are not required during the application process.


Admission results

Admission results for applicants will be announced by 31 March 2022 the latest. However, students will be accepted one by one, immediately after their results are delivered to Centria UAS and after their eligibility is checked. For this reason, for fast acceptance, we advice our applicants to apply and order the results to be sent to Centria UAS as soon as possible! 


All accepted applicants will be informed about their admission by e-mail. It is essential to apply with a valid email address so the results are will reach the applicants. After being admitted, in order to be able to start their studies, applicants still have to accept the study place by logging into Studyinfo.fi and accept the offered study place. The deadline for accepting the offered study place is 15 July 2022, 3pm Finnish time. If applicants have problems using the Internet and accessing the Studyinfo.fi, a pdf form can be provided by the Admissions office. By accepting the study place, applicants also register themselves as present for the first academic year. If applicants wish to register as absent, they have to check the Enrolment section of Centria´s website to see if they are eligible to apply for such status and consult it further with the Admissions office.


Tuition fee payment

Tuition fee concerns only citizens of non-EU/EEA countries. Applicants can find information about the tuition fee payment sum, payment details and payment deadlines in the acceptance letter.

Newly accepted students have a right to get an early bird discount, which means a discount of 1500€ of the first year's tuition fee under the condition that the reduced tuition fee is paid within two weeks after receiving an acceptance letter. Detailed instructions considering the early bird discount will be sent with the acceptance letter.

More information on the tuition fees and who is obligated to pay them, the scholarships and other discounts can be found here.


Residence permit

Once a tuition fee is paid, we advise students to immediately start the residence permit process. It is possible to do so at the nearest Finnish consulate or embassy after getting the notice of acceptance letter. The precondition for obtaining a residence permit is a letter of acceptance from the university, a tuition fee payment confirmation, a valid health insurance coverage with a reliable and solvent company or institution, as well as a prove of sufficient funds in order to be able to self-support a student life in Finland. Further information can be found on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.


More information

If you have further questions do not hesitate to contact Centria´s Admissions office at admissions@centria.fi or via phone at +358 40 808 6604. If you are contacting the Admissions office and you already have an application number, please state it in your email to ease the recognition process.

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