International UAS exam

Spring 2023

First phase written examination is organised on 8 February 2023.

Second phase group interviews are organised between 6 March 2023 and 17 March 2023.

In some study programmes in Social Services and Health Care also oral Finnish/or Swedish language skills are assessed (B1 level) between 20–22 March 2023.  

The instructions for spring 2023 will be updated.

Spring 2022

NB. The information below concerns the first joint application in spring 2022.

International UAS Exam is a joint digital entrance exam of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), used for selecting students to study programmes leading to a degree and conducted in English. The entrance exam will be used for the first time in the first joint application round in spring 2022. You are participating in the International UAS Exam only once, regardless of the number of your study programme.

The entrance exam consists of two phases organised remotely online:

1. First phase: written examination

The exam is organised on 9 February 2022 at 12:00 noon Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2).

2. Second phase: group interview

Group interviews are organised between 2 March 2022 and 16 March 2022. All eligible applicants who have passed the written exam will be invited to the group interview.

The final student selection is made on the basis of the written exam (60%) and the group interview (40%).

In the entrance examination, the applicants’ readiness for UAS studies are assessed. The entrance exam does not include any advance reading materials or pre-assignments.

The entrance exam is used in the following study fields:

  • Humanities and Education
  • Business Administration, Information and Communication Technology
  • Natural Resources
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Seafaring
  • Social Services, Health Care, Sports and Exercise, Beauty Care
  • Technology

Most of the study programmes use the International UAS Exam. Please check in Table 1 whether your targeted study programmes use the exam. If your targeted study programme does not use the International UAS Exam, please refer to Studyinfo.fi for more information on the programme and admission criteria. In that case, you have to check whether a pre-assignment or a separate entrance exam, to which you are supposed to prepare yourself for, have been determined for the applicants.

First phase: written examination 9 February 2022

The first phase of the entrance exam is a written examination conducted individually on the applicant’s computer remotely online. The exam will be organised on 9 February 2022 at 12:00 noon Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2). Please familiarise yourself carefully with the instructions before taking part in the exam.

First phase written examination: contents, duration and scoring

The entrance examination is conducted in the English language. The contents and duration of the exam are determined on the basis of the study programmes you apply for. You complete at one time all the exam sections that apply to the study programmes you apply for. The entrance exam includes both common exam sections to all applicants and field-specific exam sections. The exam sections for each study field are presented in Chart 1. In order to be invited to the second phase group interview, you have to pass all the exam sections.

A specific completion time has been determined for each exam section. When the section-specific time is up, the section closes. If you don’t finish the section, its latest version will be saved as your answer. You can complete the exam sections in any order but every opened section has to be completed all at once, and you cannot return to the section later. In addition to the section-specific times, there is 15 minutes for transitions between sections in the entrance exam.

Common exam sections to all study programmes:

  • English language (15 minutes): You have to complete this exam section regardless of the programme you apply for. The section assesses your skills in reading and interpreting texts, such as understanding the relation between different parts of the text, mastering vocabulary and linguistic reasoning. The maximum score in this section is 20 and the minimum pass score is 7. (Note: The minimum pass score of the section has been amended 18 February 2022, the final minimum pass score is 4 points). Penalty scores (wrong answers produce minus points) are used in this section. You can also leave a question unanswered.

In addition to common exam sections for all study programmes the entrance exam includes the following field-specific sections:

  • Mathematical skills (20 minutes): This exam section is required for the fields of Technology, Business Administration and ICT, Natural Resources, Tourism and Hospitality, Seafaring, Social Services, Health Care, Sports and Exercise and Beauty Care. The contents of the section are the same for all the above-mentioned fields. In this section, your basic mathematical skills are assessed. The focus is on basic calculations, calculating percentages, first-degree equations, geometry, mathematical-logical reasoning and interpreting tables, graphs and diagrams. In this section, you are allowed to use the function calculator of the examination system. The maximum score in this section is 20 and the minimum pass score is 5. (Note: The minimum pass score of the section has been amended 18 February 2022, the final minimum pass score is 2 points). Penalty scores (wrong answers produce minus points) are used in this section. You can also leave a question unanswered.

    Calculator’s functions:

    • addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems
    • brackets
    • square of two and square root
    • power of ten and general power function
    • trigonometric functions (angle values in degrees)
    • natural logarithm (ln) and base-ten logarithm (log)
    • constant numbers π and e
    • storing the most recent return value in ANS variable
    • storing values of expressions in Min and recalling values in Mout.
    Example: Entering expressions into calculator



  • Advanced mathematical skills (30 minutes): This exam section is required for the field of Technology. The section assesses your abilities in mathematics and physics. Your mathematical skills are assessed by questions related to reducing rational expressions, solving equations, level geometry and trigonometry (e.g. right-angled triangle). The physics section assesses your basic knowledge in physical phenomena and calculation formulas, your ability to calculate and reason on the basis of basic physical knowledge and given models, and your ability to interpret charts, graphs and diagrams. In this section, you are allowed to use the function calculator of the examination system. The maximum score in this section is 20 and the minimum pass score is 2. Penalty scores (wrong answers produce minus points) are used in this section. You can also leave a question unanswered.

    Calculator’s functions:

    • addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems
    • brackets
    • square of two and square root
    • power of ten and general power function
    • trigonometric functions (angle values in degrees)
    • natural logarithm (ln) and base-ten logarithm (log)
    • constant numbers π and e
    • storing the most recent return value in ANS variable
    • storing values of expressions in Min and recalling values in Mout.
    Example: Entering expressions into calculator



  • Ethical skills (10 minutes): This exam section is required for the fields of Social Services, Health Care, Sports and Exercise, Beauty Care, and Humanities and Education. The contents of the section are the same for all the above-mentioned fields. In this section, your skills in recognising the ethical nature of statements are assessed. The maximum score in this section is 20 and the minimum pass score is 8. (Note: The minimum pass score of the section has been amended 18 February 2022, the final minimum pass score is 2 points). Penalty scores (wrong answers produce minus points) are used in this section. You can also leave a question unanswered.
  • Finnish language and/or Swedish language (30 minutes): This section is used in some Social Services and Health Care study programmes, please see Table 1 for details, whether Finnish and/or Swedish language skills at level B1 are assessed in the programme. The section assesses your skills in reading and interpreting texts, such as understanding the main points of the text, mastering vocabulary and linguistic reasoning. The maximum score in this section is 20 and the minimum pass score is 8. The section testing Finnish and/or Swedish language proficiency will be entered in the system with a pass/fail grade. You can also leave a question unanswered.

Chart 1. The first phase written examination sections.

The final student selection is made on the basis of the written exam (60%) and the group interview (40%). Scoring of the first phase written exam is scaled so that in the final student selection the first phase maximum score is 60 points.

Logging in to the first phase written examination

The entrance examination is organised on 9 February 2022 at 12:00 noon Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2). The exam is organised once at that time and cannot be completed at another time.

Logging in to the entrance exam is only possible with a personal login link and a personal PIN code.

There are two ways to find your personal login link:

  • On 7 February 2022 at the latest, you will receive a personal login link to the email address you put in your Studyinfo application. The login link will be sent to all applicants who have applied for a programme using the International UAS exam in Studyinfo. The email will be sent only once so please make sure that the email address you have given in your Studyinfo application is correct. Make sure that you have space in your inbox and, if necessary, also check your trash folder.
  • Your login link is also available in your own application. After you have submitted your joint application form in Studyinfo service, you will receive a confirmation email to the email address you put in your application. The confirmation email has a link to your own application. Remember to save the confirmation email and the login link in it, so that you can log in to your own application. If you have not saved the confirmation link, please contact the Admissions Services of that university of applied sciences you have applied to. Please read further instructions in Studyinfo at ”How to fill in the application form in joint application to higher education”.

    You can access your own application also in My Studyinfo service. Suomi.fi e-identification is used for logging in, so you need Finnish online banking credentials, a Finnish electronic id-card or a mobile certificate. Please note that identification methods for foreigners in Suomi.fi e-identification service are not currently supported.

In addition to the login link, you also need a personal PIN code that you have determined in Studyinfo when filling in the joint application form. Please save the PIN code, as it is not possible to log in to the exam without it. If necessary, you can check your own application for the PIN code you chose.

The entrance exam starts at 12:00 noon Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2). Please log in to the exam on time, at the latest 10 minutes before the exam starts. Your exam time starts running at 12:00 noon regardless of whether or not you have logged in to the exam. Please follow the exam system’s instructions after you have logged in.

Hardware and network requirements for the first phase written examination

The entrance exam is a digital exam, completed by the applicant’s own computer. The exam has been designed to be completed by computer so you should not complete the entrance exam by your phone or tablet. Errorless completion of the entrance exam by phone or tablet cannot be guaranteed.

Please ensure that, on the day of the exam, you have access to a computer that meets the requirements and a reliable internet connection. We recommend the use of a fixed broadband connection. The applicant is responsible for the functionality of the internet connection and the computer, including its power supply. The universities of applied sciences cannot be held responsible for problem situations related to taking the entrance exam, due to applicant’s hardware or software, or the stability of the internet connection.

We recommend that you use a mouse to navigate in the exam system instead of the keyboard.

The recommended minimum screen resolution is 1024 x 768.

We recommend the updated versions of the following browsers:
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
We cannot guarantee that the exam system runs without errors with other browsers. Please enable JavaScript and cookies in your browser. At browserinfo.uasexam.fi you can check your browser version, screen resolution and whether JavaScript and cookies are enabled. Check your browser settings to make sure your browser version is up to date and update if necessary.

Your browser extensions may prevent logging in, so we recommend that you disable or turn them off them before logging in to the exam. Please see further instructions as to how to disable extensions in Firefox, Chrome or Safari browsers. Please also disable possible VPN service before logging in to the exam.

We recommend the following operating systems or their more recent versions:
  • Windows 10
  • macOS 10.14
  • Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS
We cannot guarantee that the exam system runs without errors with other operating systems. Check your computer's settings to make sure your operating system is up to date and update if necessary.

Possible in-exam problem situations in the first phase written examination

When can I log in to the exam, at the earliest?

You can log in to the exam at the earliest 60 minutes before the entrance exam starts. The exam starts on 9 February 2022 at 12:00 noon Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2). If you try to log in too early you will end up at the waiting page which will be automatically refreshed when the logging in time begins. If the page is not automatically refreshed, please refresh the page (Refresh / F5).

What shall I do if I’m late for the exam starting time?

You can log in to the exam even if you’re late. Please note, however, that your exam time starts running at 12:00 noon Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2) regardless of whether you have logged in to the exam or not. If your total exam time has run out, you cannot log in to the exam anymore.

I’m logged in to the exam, but it does not start at 12:00 noon Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2)?

If the exam does not start within a few minutes, please refresh the page (Refresh / F5).

What shall I do if there is a problem with my network connection or my network connection disconnects during the exam?

If there is a problem with the network connection, the exam system may notify: ”Network error. Please check your network connection. The answers you enter may not be saved. ”Saved” notification will appear for a while above the option that you selected, when the system has saved your selected answer.”

Do not close the browser. Restore your internet connection. Refresh the page if needed (Refresh / F5).

If refreshing the page does not help, close the browser and log in again to the exam with your personal login link and by submitting the PIN code you determined. Further instructions for logging in to the exam are available here.

Your exam time keeps running also when you are disconnected. When your connection has been restored, you return to the point in the exam where you were before you lost your connection. Make sure that your answers have been saved and if not, please answer the questions again. If the section-specific exam time has run out during your disconnection, the section has been closed and you return to the exam system front page.

What shall I do if I log out, by accident, from the exam system during the entrance exam?

Log in again to the exam with your personal login link and by submitting the PIN code you determined. Further instructions for logging in to the exam are available here.

Your exam time keeps running also when you are logged out from the exam system. When you have logged in again to the exam system, you return to the point in the exam where you were before you logged out from the exam system. Make sure that your answers have been saved and if not, please answer the questions again. If the section-specific exam time has run out during your logout, the section has been closed and you return to the exam system front page.

The exam system notifies: ”There was an error loading the page. Please reload the page.” What shall I do?

Download the page again and, if needed, log in to the exam again. If the problem keeps repeating, change the browser. Make sure that you use an updated version of your browser.

How do I know that my answer has been saved?

”Saved” notification will appear for a while above the option that you selected, when the system has saved your selected answer. If you use arrow keys to proceed in the exam, make sure that the answer you selected does not change.

What happens to my answers if I do not complete the exam on time?

If you do not complete a section, its latest version will be saved as your answer.

What shall I do if I have not received my personal login link by e-mail before the exam? Where can I find my personal login link in this case?

Your personal login link will be sent by e-mail on 7 February 2022, at the latest, to the e-mail address you have given in your Studyinfo application. Please check the junk mail of your e-mail as well.

You’ll find your personal login link in your own application in Studyinfo (in International UAS Exam application form section). When you submitted your joint application in Studyinfo service, you received a confirmation e-mail in the e-mail address you had given. This confirmation e-mail includes a link to your own application. If you have not saved the confirmation e-mail, please contact the Admissions Services of the UAS you applied to, in due time.

You can log in to your own application in My Studyinfo service if you have access to suomi.fi identification methods (Finnish online banking codes, mobile certificate or an id card with a chip). Please note that foreigner’s identification methods are not supported.

I have forgotten my PIN code, what shall I do?

You need your personal PIN code that you determined while filling in your joint application in Studyinfo to log in to the entrance exam. You can find the PIN code you selected on your own application (in International UAS Exam application form section).

When you submitted your joint application in Studyinfo service, you received a confirmation e-mail in the e-mail address you had given. This confirmation e-mail includes a link to your own application. If you have not saved the confirmation link, please contact the Admissions Services of the UAS you applied to, in due time.

You can log in to your own application in My Studyinfo service if you have access to suomi.fi identification methods (Finnish online banking codes, mobile certificate or an id card with a chip). Please note that foreigner’s identification methods are not supported.

My personal login link does not work, what shall I do?

You can only log in to the entrance exam with your personal login link. Please check that the link you use is correct and try again. If you have copypasted your login link to the address bar of your browser, check that you have copied the entire link.

How do I know how much exam time is left?

You can keep track of the exam time by following the clock at the upper right hand corner of the exam system.

Shall I receive a confirmation e-mail when I have completed the exam?

You will not receive a separate confirmation e-mail of the reception of your exam answers.

Second phase: group interview 2–16 March 2022 

All eligible applicants who have passed the written exam will be invited to the second phase. Group interviews are organised between 2 March 2022 and 16 March 2022. The second phase is common to all study fields and the applicant participates in only one group interview. The applicants are invited to the interview groups by study fields. The applicant will be invited to the interview group of the study programme which is highest on his or her list of preferences where the written exam is passed. The applicants are invited to the group interview approximately one week before the interview. Please carefully read the invitation you receive and follow the instructions.

The group interview includes a group discussion and a section of producing English language in writing. For the group discussion, a discussion topic is given to a small group of applicants to be discussed. In the written part, the applicants individually produce a short, essay-type text (about 500-1000 characters). The duration of the group interview is 60 minutes.

The maximum score of group interview is 40 and the lowest passing score is 8. In the group interview, the focus is on the applicants’ oral English language skills. The applicants’ interaction skills are also assessed in the group interview. The section of producing English language in writing is assessed with the grading pass/fail.

In some Social Services and Health Care study programmes also oral Finnish/or Swedish language skills are assessed (B1 level).

Finnish and/or Swedish oral language skills test 17–18 March 2022

In addition to the group interview, the Finnish and/or Swedish oral language skills test (B1 level) is used as part of the second phase of the International UAS Exam in some Social Services and Health Care study programmes. The Finnish and Swedish language test will take place on 17–18 March 2022. The language test is carried out as a small group interview and lasts about 30 minutes. The language test is assessed with the grading pass/fail. 

An assessment “pass” can be obtained of the test of oral language proficiency in Finnish and/or Swedish by presenting a document to prove these skills. In this case, the applicant is not required to participate in a separate language test. Unless the applicant provides a certificate of their language skills, they will be invited to a language test. In this case, you will receive a separate invitation to the language test at the latest one week before the test. Please read the invitation carefully and follow the instructions.

Language skills can be demonstrated by the following documents:

  • Primary and lower secondary education certificate (Finnish/Swedish mother tongue or Finnish/Swedish as a second language)
  • General upper secondary education certificate (Finnish/Swedish mother tongue or Finnish/Swedish as a second language)
  • Matriculation examination certificate (Finnish/Swedish mother tongue or Finnish/Swedish as second language)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma (Finnish/Swedish: language A or B)
  • European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma (Finnish/Swedish: L1, L2 or L3)
  • Reifeprüfung (RP) / Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) diploma (Finnish as native language or B1-language)
  • National certificates of language proficiency (Finnish/Swedish intermediate or advanced level)
  • Civil service language proficiency certificates (Finnish/Swedish satisfactory, good, or excellent skills).

Hardware and network requirements for the second phase group interview and Finnish and/or Swedish oral language skills test

The second phase group interview is completed by computer so you must not participate in the group interview by phone or tablet. Errorless completion of the group interview by phone or tablet cannot be guaranteed.

Please ensure that you have, at your disposal in the group interview, a computer that meets the requirements, with a camera, microphone, speaker, and keyboard for writing. We recommend the use of a headset. Ensure the power supply to your computer, and make sure you have a quiet environment and appropriate lighting for the group interview, to guarantee clear sound and good image quality. Please check the invitation to the second phase group interview, as to what programme or platform (e.g, Zoom) is used in the group interview and make sure that it works on your computer.

We recommend the updated versions of the following browsers:
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
Please ensure that you have access to a reliable internet connection. We recommend the use of a fixed broadband connection.

The applicant is responsible for the functionality of the computer and other hardware, and the internet connection. The universities of applied sciences cannot be held responsible for problem situations related to participating in the group interview, due to applicant’s hardware or software, or the stability of the internet connection.

Please check more specific instructions for the group interview in the invitation to the second phase group interview you have received.

Identification documents for the second phase group interview and Finnish and/or Swedish oral language skills test

You must submit your identification document on the Studyinfo’s application form (Passport/ID card ID page section) no later than February 15, 2022, at 3 p.m. Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2). If you receive an approved result in the first phase (written examination) but you do not submit a valid identification document by the given date, you will be rejected from the second phase (group interview and Finnish and/or Swedish oral language skills test).

Please note that your identity will be checked during the group interview and Finnish and/or Swedish oral language skills test. The identification document that you show in the second phase must be the same document as the given document on the application form or you will be rejected in the second phase. 

The following documents are accepted as proof of identity:  

  • passport
  • Finnish identity card with a photo, issued by police
  • Finnish driver’s licence
  • KELA card with a photo
  • another EU/ETA country identity card with a photo
  • national identity card with a photo (please note that documents or slips with the national identity number is not the same as the national identity card)  

Individual arrangements for the first and second phase of the exam

Submit your request for individual arrangements, with the necessary attachments, by 26 January 2022 at 3 p.m. Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2) to the Admissions Services of the university of applied sciences using the International UAS Exam that is first on your application form. Check the instructions below whether the request for individual arrangements shall be submitted on paper or in electronic form to the university of applied sciences in question.

If you receive an invitation to the second phase of the International UAS Exam, please submit the decision on the individual arrangements granted to you to the Admissions Services of the university of applied sciences that sent the invitation by 25 February 2022 at 3 p.m. Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2).

Individual arrangements for the first and second phase of the entrance exam

You can request individual arrangements for completing the first and second phase of the International UAS Exam.

What are the grounds for requesting individual arrangements?

If, due to disability, disease, dyslexia or some other specific reason, you need individual arrangements during the entrance exam (e.g. additional time, tasks without pictures for applicants using a screen reader), you have to fill in a written request for individual arrangements. Please attach a medical certificate or other equivalent attestation on the nature of your disability or disease. The applicants’ situations are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

How do I request individual arrangements for the entrance exam?

You can request individual arrangements with a separate application form for individual arrangements. Submit your request to the Admissions Services of the university of applied sciences using the International UAS Exam that is first on your application form. Please attach a copy of the attestation or statement (e.g. medical certificate) that indicates the ground for individual arrangements. If it is written on another language than Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant has to provide, in addition to the original attestation or statement, a translated copy of the document with an authorized translator’s name, signature and stamp.

Submit your request for individual arrangements, with the necessary attachments, by 26 January 2022 at 15:00 (UTC/GMT+2) to the Admissions Services of the university of applied sciences using the International UAS Exam that is first on your application form. If you receive an invitation to the second phase of the International UAS Exam, please submit the decision on individual arrangements granted to you to the Admissions Services of the university of applied sciences that sent the invitation by 25 February 2022 at 15:00 (UTC/GMT+2). 

Some universities of applied sciences use a printable paper form for requesting individual arrangements. This paper form for requesting individual arrangements used in those UAS is downloadable on this website.

The following UAS use an electronic form for requesting individual arrangements: Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Arcada), Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Haaga-Helia), Humak University of Applied Sciences (Humak), Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), LAB University of Applied Sciences (LAB), Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Laurea), Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Metropolia), South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk), Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) and Turku University of Applied Sciences (Turun AMK) . If you request individual arrangements in these universities of applied sciences, please use the electronic form for requesting individual arrangements. Do not use the paper form in these cases.

Please fill in the form carefully. In addition to your request for individual arrangements, please submit your personal and contact details.

The application form for individual arrangements is only used for requesting individual arrangements for the first and second phase of the International UAS Exam. When applying for individual arrangements for any other entrance examination, please follow the instructions of those universities of applied sciences you have applied for.

Attachments to the application form for requesting individual arrangements - attestations and statements

Please attach copies of attestations that support your request (e.g. medical certificate or equivalent statement on the nature of your disease or disability, or certificate on dyslexia or learning difficulty). Those who request support measures, such as additional time, on the grounds of dyslexia have to attach a statement of a trained special needs teacher, an expert psychologist, speech therapist or specialist medical doctor (e.g. child neurologist, neurologist or phoniatrician). The statement shall indicate that you need support measures for taking the exam due to dyslexia. The UAS may accept an equivalent decision made by The Finnish Matriculation Examination Board if it contains the granted support measures.

The validity of statements is assessed on a case-by-case basis depending on the persistence of disability, disease or learning difficulty. For dyslexia, only statements that have been obtained at the age of 16 or later are considered. Do not send original certificates but be prepared to present the originals at the start of your studies should you become accepted to the study programme. Information related to your health shall be kept secret (Section 24, Act on the Openness of Government Activities).

Processing of requests for individual arrangements and announcement of granted individual arrangements

Your request for individual arrangements is processed in that university of applied sciences that uses the International UAS Exam entrance examination and is first on your application form. The UAS will inform you by email on individual arrangements that you have been granted. Individual arrangements that have been granted in advance for the second phase are valid only if you receive an invitation to the second phase.

The announcement on individual arrangements in the entrance examination is exam-specific and valid only in that particular entrance examination.

If, for some reason, individual arrangements cannot be arranged as requested by the applicant, the UAS sends a written notification, with justifications, to the applicant.

Requests for individual arrangements sent after the deadline are processed only in acute, exceptional cases. Individual arrangements cannot be granted if the request is submitted too late, with regard to the timetable of the entrance examination, or individual arrangements are otherwise deemed impossible to arrange.

If the applicant is not satisfied with the arrangements stated in the announcement, they should contact the university of applied sciences without delay so that it can, if necessary, revise its previous decision. When the applicant receives the final joint application selection decision, they can lodge a request for a review on the granted arrangements as part of an appeal against the selection decision.

Publishing the results of International UAS Exam

The results will be published on 3 June 2022 at the latest. You may view your scores in Studyinfo service. You may also be admitted from the waiting list on 2 August 2022 at the latest. Your entrance exam scores will remain valid only for the application round in question.

The questions and the right answers of the entrance exam will not be published.

Valikko