University Pathway Finland (Science & Technology)
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Your route to a world-class education
The University Pathway Finland (Science & Technology) programme is offered by Aalto University and Tampere University, Finland's two largest universities in the area of technology. By completing the digital Pathway studies, international students have the chance to progress to study in one of the selected degree programmes at Tampere University. In 2023, there is no progression option at Aalto University.
Aalto University is founded on high-quality research, education, impact, and shared values of responsibility, courage, and collaboration. At Aalto University, we are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative and sustainable future. We offer teaching and learning that is future-led and strongly emphasises collaboration with industries and society. Our highly international university is home to 12,000 students and a staff of 4,500.
Tampere University is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Almost all internationally recognised fields of study are represented at the university. We bring together research and education in technology, health and society. Our collaboration with our partners is built on our strengths, unique combinations of scientific disciplines and applied expertise. Tampere University is a community of 21,000 students and close to 4,000 staff members.
The programme consists of studies in mathematics, the Finnish language and culture, and academic skills that prepare you for university studies in Finland. Apart from the pathway programme, we recommend that students take English classes in their home country to study for the required English-level exam. You can find the complete list of accepted English language certificates here.
- Vectors and matrices (5 ECTS)
- Introductory calculus (5 ECTS)
- Differential and integral calculus (5 ECTS)
- Finland studies (2 ECTS)
Finnish language & culture
- Survival Finnish (3 ECTS)
The detailed information about the courses is listed on our Study information page. Click here to read more about the studies.
Studying in the pathway programme is part-time, and the courses stretch evenly over eight months, divided into four teaching periods (7 weeks per period). Pathway students study 5 ECTS credits in each period.
One ECTS credit equals roughly 27 hours of work for the student. The actual workload can vary depending on the student’s skill level. The estimated ECTS workload includes all the work required for the student to complete the course: independent course-related studying, classes, exercises, assignments, and other forms of instruction, as well as exams.
The below is a description of the application process 2022 (Note. the application period 2022 has closed)
- Complete your online application by clicking the 'Apply now' button. Don’t forget to attach the required documents.
- We will review your application, and if you are eligible for the pathway, we will send you an invitation and instructions to take the online entrance exam.
- After passing the entrance exam, you will get an invitation to a short oral exam. If there are more eligible candidates than places, the selection will be made based on the entrance exam results.
- Confirm your study place and enrol for courses!
To study the Pathway programme:
- You will need to have completed an upper secondary degree, which makes you eligible for higher education (Bachelor-level studies) in the awarding country. If you are still studying for the degree, you need to complete it in July 2023 (dates to be confirmed). You must send a copy of your certificate or a letter of attendance with your application.
- You need good English skills to be able to study in the Pathway programme. You will be required to present IELTS 6.0 or the equivalent to progress to degree studies in spring 2023 but a certificate is not required for the pathway studies.
You can find more detailed information about the application process on our website.
Note. Below is a description of the entrance exam 2022. The Pathway application process and entrance exam 2023 have not been decided yet.
The electronic exam tests the mathematics skills you need to be able to study the mathematics courses in the pathway programme. It also serves as a self-evaluation tool for you to assess whether you have the skills to succeed in the programme. The oral exam will test both your mathematics skills and your English language.
You can only take the electronic exam once. Before taking the actual exam, you can practice using a sample exam.
- Electronic exam (2 hours)
- 30-minute oral examination for the top candidates
You must complete the electronic exam yourself and without help from other people. If you pass the exam, an oral examination will complement it. You must have your camera on during the oral exam, and it will be recorded.
- Definition and notations
- Domain and range
- Graphs of functions
- Composite functions
- Absolute value functions
- Inverse functions
- Elementary functions
- Polynomials and rational functions
- Exponential and logarithmic functions
- Trigonometric functions
- Systems of equations and inequalities
- Limits and continuity
The recommended open access study material covering the entrance exam topics is PreCalculus2e in Openstax. The relevant chapters are:
- Chapter 1: Functions
- Chapter 3: Polynomials and rational functions
- Chapter 4: Exponential and logarithmic functions
- Chapter 5: Trigonometric functions
- Chapter 6: Periodic functions
- Chapter 7: Trigonometric identities and equations
- Chapter 8: Further applications of trigonometry
- Chapter 9: Systems of equations and inequalities
- Chapter 12: Introduction to calculus
The universities have made the related academic decisions. After completing the Pathway studies, the students have the chance to progress to degree studies at Tampere University. There is no progression option to Aalto University in 2023.
Students who complete the Pathway courses at the required level and meet the other admissions criteria will get an offer from one of the progression degree programmes, but not necessarily the programme of their first choice.
Our team will provide Pathway students with information and advice on the admissions process.
The progression programmes are:
- Tampere University: Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Engineering / Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Tampere University: Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Engineering / Computing and Electrical Engineering
In admission, the highest ranking students will receive a 100% tuition fee scholarship. Typically about one third of admitted students can receive full scholarships. Students who do not receive a full scholarship will be entitled to an early bird offer which will give them a 50 % reduction on the first year tuition fee. Students will also be eligible to apply for Tampere University scholarships during studies. Detailed information on scholarship options is available on the Tampere University Student’s Guide page on scholarships for fee-paying students. Note! There are no scholarships for the Pathway programme fee.
Once you are accepted to the Bachelor's degree programme, you automatically get the right to continue your studies in selected Master’s programmes.
The programme fee is 4960 € (incl. VAT) and there are no other fees.
There is no application fee.
The programme fee is to be paid in one instalment by credit card or a Finnish online bank. If the fee is not paid by the due date, the application will be considered lapsed. The due date for the 2022-2023 tuition fee is 22.8.2022.
Once the student has confirmed the study place and paid the programme fee, the student cannot cancel the enrolment and there will be no refund.
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