CBU FOR admission requirements at the University of Eastern Finland

Basic admission requirements

Basic admission requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in forest sciences or related sciences
  • Good command of English language.

The on-line application form must be filled in and the required enclosures need to be attached  (in pdf format) with the on-line application.  At the application state we require only scanned enclosures attached (uploaded) to the application form. Paper copies are not required during the application period. Please see further instructions and how to submit your application documents HERE. The recommendation letters can be attached with the online application form OR they can be sent by email directly to the programme coordinator, Ms. Marjoriitta Möttönen (marjoriitta.mottonen(at)uef.fi) by the referee. The required enclosures are:

a. The original degree certificate (in the original language) and an English, Finnish or Swedish translation of the degree certificate, see admission requirements below

b. The original transcript of records (in the original language) and an English, Finnish or Swedish translation of the transcript of records, see admission requirements below

c. English language certificate, see admission requirements below

d. Two recommendation letters, use the template provided below:

Reference form for CBU FOR (doc, pdf)

e. A copy of passport (not required from Finnish applicants)

f. Curriculum vitae

g. Possible document giving you an exemption from paying tuition fee

In addition, as a part of the admission requirements, in the application form you will be requested to write a motivation letter (max. 1000 characters) and include information about your work experience (max. 500 characters) and international experience (max. 500 characters).

Admission requirements

1. Degree requirements

All applicants should have a Bachelor's Degree in forest sciences corresponding to at least 3 years' of full-time academic studies (equivalent of 180 ECTS credit units in the Finnish university system) obtained at an internationally recognised and accredited university or higher education institution. Applicants with a degree in the related field or with a BSc Degree issued by the University of Applied Sciences can also be eligible but they may have to take complementary studies in forest sciences of max. 60 ECTS credits if they are admitted. These studies will not be included in the Master's Degree, but are an addition to it.

Temporary (provisional) degree certificate

A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree. The student has graduated. The temporary degree certificate is issued as a replacement for the actual degree certificate e.g. in case the actual degree certificate cannot be given to the student immediately after the studies have been completed due to technical or administrative reasons. The temporary degree certificate should include the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of issue, and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued and which title/degree the person has been awarded. A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is accepted if it was awarded no more than five years earlier. The five-year validity period begins from the date on which the degree was conferred and must not expire prior to the application deadline. In other words, a temporary degree certificate is not accepted if it was awarded more than five years ago. In such cases, the applicant must present his or her final degree certificate.

Statement issued by the university

In case, the applicant has not yet received a BSc Degree certificate by the admission deadline, a statement issued by the applicant's university is also accepted as a replacement of the actual degree certificate. This statement should include the name of the institution which is going to award the degree, the expected date of issue (graduation), and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate will be awarded. The final deadline to submit the actual degree certificate to the programme coordinator at the University of Eastern Finland is 7 August 2020 (for students admitted in 2020) and 6 August 2021 (students who will be admitted in 2021).

Requirements for the educational documents and their translations

2. Language requirements

Applicants for the CBU FOR are required to have sufficient English language proficiency. Applicants' language skills will be deemed sufficient if their Finnish Bachelor's degree includes compulsory studies in English or if they have:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree (or higher) conducted in English language EU or ETA country or in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States.
  • Secondary education conducted in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States.

Furthermore, the following standardised language tests passed with the minimum grade or score specified below will be considered proof of sufficient English skills:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 92 on the internet-based test (iBT)
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): overall score 6.5
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English): 62
  • C1 Advanced (former CAE): overall score of 176
  • C2 Proficiency (former CPE): overall score of 180

In addition, a certificate or proof of adequate language skills agreed with the CBU FOR programme coordinator is accepted.

Requirements and instructions for language tests