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Bachelor's programs offered entirely in English.
Master's programs offered entirely in English.

Why should I study here?

The Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, in operation for 16 years now, has historical roots of almost 140 years. One of the institutions behind Diak, the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, started deaconess education as early as 1867. In fact, we can consider education in the social sector in Finland to have begun at that point of time.

What are the admissions criteria?

Students apply using the joint application form on between January 10th and January 25th.  Since a high school diploma is technically needed to apply, students who are in their final year of high school should check with the school to see if they could be considered for discretionary admission (which basically means that the school allows you to apply for provisional consideration).  Applicants from non-anglophone countries need to submit English proficiency test scores, and all applicants need to include a photocopy of their passports. Finnish UAS programs require entrance exams which are held in April of each year.  There are several locations worldwide for the entrance exams, though some programs/schools require that the exam is taken in Finland.  Some programs allow SAT scores to substitute for the entrance exam.  

What is student life like?

The students I met with reported feeling very safe in Helsinki. I experienced the same. It was dark much of the time I was there, and I never felt uncomfortable walking around by myself. The students joked that a drunk person on the street is more likely to sing to you than harass you. The drinking/singing combination is evidenced by the popularity of karaoke as well as sitz parties. Sitz parties sometimes include a seated meal but always include singing—and often even songbooks! Then there are the coveralls... Each school in Finland is assigned a color for coveralls. Students wear them to parties and decorate their coveralls with the patches they get from different events (a bit like a girl scout sash). I have to admit, I don't think it's the best look, but the students are super enthusiastic about this tradition.

Scholarships & Funding

Housing options.

HOAS is the student housing provider in Helsinki. Housing is not guaranteed, but priority is given to international students.  Rent ranges from 241–554 euros per month and is usually around 300 euros a month. 

A few tips from students: 

1. Apply early. As soon as you are accepted,

2. Be sure to check the box on the application saying that you would not have a place to live without housing. 

3. Request housing for a couple of months sooner than you need it (which evidently makes it more likely that you will receive it when you do need it).

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