In the degree programmes that are in Finnish or Swedish, you will complete your courses mainly using the language of instruction. Degree programmes in Finnish and Swedish may, however, include components with instruction in English or the official language of Finland that is not your native language. Nevertheless, you have the right to complete courses in these components in Finnish, Swedish or possibly English. If your studies are in the field of languages, the language of instruction and the language of learning may be a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English.
If you are studying in an English-language degree programme, your instruction will be in English and you will complete the courses in English. In this case, you are required to complete at least 75% of the studies included in the degree in the English language. Your thesis must also be written in English.
In Swedish-language degree programmes, students must complete at least 75% of the studies included in the degree, including the thesis, in Swedish.
If you are studying in a multilingual degree programme, you can complete your courses in Finnish, Swedish or English, depending on what the language of your degree is. If you are taking an English-language degree, you are required to complete at least 75% of the studies included in the degree in the English language. Your thesis must also be written in English.
If you are working towards a bilingual degree (meaning that the languages of your degree are Finnish and Swedish), you have to take at least one third of your total degree components in each degree language (Finnish and Swedish). In addition, the language of instruction and the language in which you complete each course must generally be the same. For a bilingual degree, you are also required to pass a C1 level language test (CEFR proficiency scale) in the language that is not the primary language of your degree. If you have already taken a language test as part of a bilingual bachelor’s degree, you are not required to take the language test again.
For more information on the languages of degree diplomas, please refer to the page Copies and translations of degree diplomas.
Changing the language of the degree
If you are studying in a multilingual degree programme in either Finnish or Swedish, you can change the language of the degree into English. You can apply for the change during the first semester of your Master’s studies, once you have graduated with your Bachelor’s degree.
Proficiency in English must be demonstrated in the same way as when applying for the study place. Proficiency in English can be demonstrated, for example, by completing foreign language studies in English included in a degree completed in a Finnish university in Finland. You can find other ways to demonstrate your English language proficiency in this guide (pdf).
Please check your degree programme's instructions on how to change the language of the degree.