Applying with an incomplete degree from a Finnish university

If a student has completed studies at any Finnish university of applied sciences, but for some reason has not finished the full degree programme, there is a possibility to be reinstated as a student in the same or similar education if he or she applies for a fixed term student right.


According to Centria UAS degree regulation:

A student who has withdrawn or resigned from a UAS or whose study right has expired may apply for a fixed time period reinstatement of his/her study right in the same or equivalent education in which he/she previously had a study right. The purpose of reinstating a fixed time study right is to enable a student who interrupted his/her studies to finish the incomplete studies without applying through the joint application procedure. The applicant continues in the UAS degree program he/she previously began in Finland either in the same or equivalent training program in order to complete the degree. The study right is granted as a one-off and is determined by the scope of the incomplete studies, however with the scope of the incomplete studies not exceeding the equivalent of one year’s studies. No credit requirements are imposed on applicants applying for higher UAS degree programs. An application handling fee of 50 Euros will be charged (A1440/2014 §3).

The study right is applied for on a separate form, to which are attached an academic transcript and the program coordinator’s approved study plan schedule (graduation plan) of the courses required to complete the degree program. Prior learning and knowledge gained elsewhere (AHOT) are recognized in the graduation plan. The student must meet objectives for degrees and qualifications effective at the time of registration (e.g. language proficiency requirements). The rector or a person authorized by the rector decides on fixed term study rights.

During the granted study right period, a student is not eligible to register as non-attending. An additional extension may be granted once if there are serious grounds for the continuation. If a student fails to graduate during the normative duration of studies, he/she must reapply to the UAS for admission through the joint application procedure.


Application process

Student interested in this opportunity, needs to start by completing this application form. Also, he or she needs to contact a person responsible for the degree programme who will be able to draw up a personal study plan for him or her. During the planning process, applicants need to be careful about how much time they are going to nedd to complete the studies since the study time usually cannot be further extended.


Application processing fee

An application processing fee of 50 Euros is charged to all applicants (Government decree 1440/2014). Payment needs to be made to Centria University of Applied Sciences Ltd’s bank account and the payment receipt (e.g. e-bank printout) needs to be attached to the application.

Methods of payment include the following:

  • Bank transfer to Centria University of Applied Sciences’ account (IBAN: FI9480001570416462). In the reference field there need to be an applicant´s last name as well as the name of your study programme.
  • Payment through the payment terminal at the Talonpojankatu 2 campus Information Office. When making the payment, the name of the applicant as well as  the name of your study programme need to be entered.

After making the payment, the payment receipt needs to be attached to the application. The receipt should include applicant´s name and the payment reference number (which shows that the payment has been transferred from the account). The application will not be processed if there is no attached receipt for the processing fee.


More information

If you have further questions do not hesitate to contact Centria´s Admissions office at or via phone at +358 40 808 6604.

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