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Applying with an incomplete degree from a Finnish university


If you have studied in Centria UAS or in another university in Finland but you have not yet finished your degree, you can re-apply for the same or related degree programme to finish your degree.

The applicant must complete an interview or an entrance exam in case either or both of them are required. Accepting as a student is also reliable whether there are additional places in the degree programme.


Who can apply and how are students selected

  • The applicant has studied either in Centria UAS or in another university in Finland but has not completed the degree.
  • The applicant doesn’t have valid study right. The study right has been lost due to not having completed the degree programme in the normative study time or due to some other reason.
  • The applicant’s original study right has been completely used at the time of applying with an incomplete degree.
  • The incomplete degree has maximum number of missing study credits (ECTS):
    • Bachelor’s degree: Max. 120 ECTS missing from the degree
    • Master’s degree: No limitation of study credits

The open university studies or studies made in another university can be taken considered as part of the degree if they can be included in the studies of the degree programme.

There are health requirements in the degree programmes of humanities, social work, health care and music pedagogy. There are certain questions about applicant’s health condition in the application form that might prevent student from studying.  A previous decision of cancelling the study right might also prevent the studies. The application form questions about study right cancellation are asked to ensure a safe learning environment for all. (L932/2014)


Content and length of study right

  1. The new study right is for the same or similar degree programme to which the student previous had the right to study.
  2. The length of the study right is maximum of 2 years (4 semesters)
  3. The study time usually starts at the beginning of next semester (January 1st or August 1st). The study right can also start in the middle of semester depending on the time the applicant accepts the study place. Please notice, that the month when you start your studies is included in the maximum time of semesters. For example, if the student starts studying in October, the autumn period is already considered as one semester. We suggest you consider closely, what is the best time to start your studies for yourself.
  4. The student can’t enroll as absent.
  5. It is not possible to apply for extension to the duration of studies.



  1. The applying takes place at Studyinfo (separate admissions procedure).
  2. Application periods:
    • Spring term 2021: application period ends 10.6.2021
    • Autumn term 2021: application period 1.10. - 30.11.2021
  1. Fill in the application form and remember to include the following attachments:
    • Study records of previous studies
    • School certificate which includes the information of previous study time and the amount of previous terms in which you were registered as absent and as present.
  1. You can find the application form for each degree programme at Studyinfo.fi service with following keywords “Applying with an incomplete degree Centria”.
  2. If you need any further information, please contact our Admission Services, tel. +358 40 808 6604 or admissions@centria.fi.
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