University Pathway Finland

Study Information

The University Pathway Finland online programme consists of courses in mathematics, programming, Finnish language and culture, and English language and academic skills, which prepare students for university studies in Finland. The study program for both routes is the same.
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About the Pathway Studies

Studying in the Pathway programme is part-time, and the courses are evenly distributed over ten months, divided into four teaching periods (7-8 weeks per period). Pathway students typically study an average of 6 ECTS credits during each period.

One ECTS credit is roughly equivalent to 27 hours of work for the student. The actual workload may vary depending on the student's skill level. The estimated ECTS workload encompasses all the tasks required for the student to complete the course, including independent course-related study, online classes, exercises, assignments, and other forms of instruction, as well as exams.

Most Pathway courses are at the Bachelor's level, and you can apply for credit transfer to your degree programme as you progress. However, please be aware that the Preparatory English course does not substitute for the language certificate required for admission.

Our online learning environments are designed to support an interactive learning experience. The courses are delivered with the same enthusiasm and rigour as our on-campus courses, with a strong focus on challenge-based learning and facilitated teamwork.  

Programme Content

Brochure, Course Guide and Schedule 2023–2024

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Progressing to Degree Studies

After successfully completing the Pathway studies, students meeting the threshold conditions will have the opportunity to advance to degree studies at either Tampere University or the University of Oulu within the Science and Technology route. For the Economics route, the progression programme is offered at Aalto University. 

When applying for a degree programme at our partner universities in May 2024, there is an opportunity to apply for a scholarship. Each university makes its own scholarship decisions.

Students who meet the defined conditions will be offered a place in one of the progression programmes. In the Science & Technology route, the offered place may be in another programme than the one the student has prioritised. The placement of the students depends on the students’ prioritisation and study results.

Admission Documents

Please refer to our Admission Documents page for the 2024 admissions criteria, scholarship information and the list of accepted language certificates.

Admission Documents for University Pathway Finland 2023–2024
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Progressing Towards Degree Studies in 2024: The Essential Steps

  1. Apply in a separate admission for Pathway students in May 2024 (in the science & technology route, students need to apply to all progression options to secure a study place)
  2. Pass all the Pathway courses 
  3. Meet the threshold conditions set by the universities (a minimum GPA from specified Pathway courses)
  4. Submit an English language certificate by the end of the separate admission in May 2024 
  5. Submit a certificate demonstrating eligibility for Bachelor's degree studies 

Exploring Degree Programme Options

The Pathway 2023-2024 programme has two routes: Science & Technology and Economics.

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Bachelor's Programme in Computing and Electrical Engineering, Tampere University (external link)

This cross-disciplinary degree programme provides you with a solid grounding in several core fields of engineering and the ability to follow rapid technological developments and apply scientific methods.

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Bachelor's Programme in Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Tampere University (external link)

This cross-disciplinary degree programme provides you with a solid grounding in several core fields of engineering and the ability to follow rapid technological developments and apply scientific methods.

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Economics, Bachelor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) and Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

The Economics programme provides tools and knowledge to understand and explain current phenomena in the world from an economic perspective.

Study options

Bachelor's in Digitalisation, Computing and Electronics (external link)

Digitalisation, Computing and Electronics is a degree programme providing solid skills and an extensive knowledge base in technologies required in the digitalised world.

Students get exposed to a wide range of ICT related teaching and research available at the University of Oulu.

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