Documents

Here you can find information on how to submit your documents.

Which documents to submit and when?

During the application period all applicants to our Master's programmes (2-year) must submit:

  • Proof of language skills
  • Copy of degree certificate (Master's programmes)/upper secondary education certificate (Bachelor's Programmes)
  • Copy of transcript of records
  • Translations of degree certificate and transcript of records if they were issued in a language other than Finnish, Swedish, or English
  • Possible programme-specific required attachments

During the application period all applicants to our Bachelor's+Master's programmes (3+2 years) must submit:

  • Proof of language skills
  • Copy of degree certificate
  • Translation of degree certificate if it was issued in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English
  • Possible programme-specific required attachments

After receiving their acceptance letter all newly accepted students must:

  • Check country-specific and general requirements to see how they must verify their educational documents
  • Make sure their language test can be verified by the University of Oulu (if tests are used as a proof of language skills)

Applicants graduating after the application period must

  • Submit their verified language test results in April
  • Verify their transcript of records in April
  • Submit a verified copy of their final certificate in July

Country-specific Documents

Applicants, whose higher secondary qualifications or higher education degrees have been awarded in certain countries, need to pay special attention to the documentation before submitting it. The country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, before any other requirements for attesting documents. 

Please note that if your country is not available on the list, you have to follow the general document requirements.  An English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European universities) is also required if the document is not written in one of aforementioned languages.

If you are required to provide the educational documents directly from the awarding institution, please provide the University of Oulu Registry Office address to your university. Emailed attachments are not accepted.

Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees: Applicants who receive a study offer need to verify the educational documents according to given instructions and send them to University of Oulu by 29 April 2022, at 15:00 / 3pm (EET).  If you are admitted to a Bachelor's Degree at Universtiy of  Oulu please see country-specific informaton under "Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees".

Requirements for Master's Degrees: Applicants who receive a study offer need to verify the educational documents according to given instructions and send them to University of Oulu by 29 April, 2022 at 15:00 / 3pm (EET). If you have been admitted to a Master's Degree at Universtiy of  Oulu please see country-specific informaton under "Requirements for Master's Degrees". 

OFFSHORE CAMPUSES

If your academic qualification was completed at an offshore campus, please follow the country-specific instructions for the country where the main university is located or accredited.

 

Certified copies

All educational documents must either be officially certified (attested) by the awarding institution, or legalised (see below). For some countries, there are country-specific requirements  that must be followed first and foremost before any other requirements for document attestation.

NB! Please note that officially certified copies issued by notaries public in countries other than Finland are not accepted without legalisation.

Legalisation of documents

If you cannot obtain officially certified copies of your academic documents from the awarding institution, you may submit legalised copies of your academic documents.

Legalisation of documents takes place by two different means either by Apostille Certificate or legalisation of documents:

Official translations

If your educational documents are issued in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations of them to one of these languages are required. Officially certified copies of the original documents must also be submitted. An official translation must be one of the following:

  • issued by the awarding institution

  • an officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institution translated by an official translator

  • an officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator

Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. Translations done by the applicant him- or herself are not accepted.

Electronic transcript services

You can also submit educational documents electronically through certain international transcript services. When submitting your electronic educational documents through one of these services, please remember to direct the document to the University of Oulu. Please refer to the services’ own instructions for more details on how to use each service.

Please note that if your educational documents are required in a sealed envelope according to a country-specific requirement, it is acceptable to submit the documents through an electronic transcript service instead.

List of accepted electronic transcript services:

Educational Documents

SAT, GMAT and GRE

Some programmes at the University of Oulu use SAT, GMAT or GRE tests in their student selections. Please read the selection criteria for your own programme carefully and ensure you complete the test on time to provide us with the results before the deadline. 

Where to send your paper documents

If you send us documents by post, please use the following address:

Registry Office
University of Oulu
Pentti Kaiteran katu 1
90014 University of Oulu
FINLAND

Contact number for courier services when sending your documents: +358 294 484 108.

Please note that this number is for courier services only and that there is no admissions guidance available in this number.