Language requirements

All applicants must have good skills in English and you must prove your English language skills when applying. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognised English language tests listed on this page. When taking the test you must choose University of Eastern Finland as a recipient of your results.

As a general rule, you do not need to prove your English language skills with a language test, if you have graduated from a higher education institution in Great Britain, Ireland, United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand or in an EU/EEA country and your degree has been fully completed in English. The language of instruction of the degree must be proven with the degree certificate, transcript of records or Diploma Supplement. It is very important to the admissions process that applicants verify their language skills as required by the programme. No other means for proving language proficiency than the ones listed in the admission requirements of the specific programme will be accepted. No waivers to the language proficiency requirement are given.You need to find out the programme-specific language requirements from the website of the programme you are interested in or from in the programme descriptions.

Online studies or studies completed on offshore campuses outside the accepted countries cannot be used to indicate language skills, even if the degree-awarding institution is located in one of the accepted countries.

It is always the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the application documents reach the University  by the deadline. We do not process any application documents that have arrived after the deadline.

If your are applying to more than one programme and verifying your language skills with a language test, we need to receive the test result only once. All language test results must be verifiable from the test organiser.

If  you are applying with one degree and indicating your language skills with another, you are required to submit educational documents regarding both degrees. You can only indicate your language skills with an incomplete degree, if you are applying for the studies with the same degree. 

Language tests

It is up to the applicants to take the language test in time. It should be noted that it may take several weeks before the test results are available.

All language test results must arrive at the University by the given deadline, and language test results are accepted only from the test organizer.

The language test certificates are valid for two years from the day they are issued and they have to be valid
during the application period.

If the result of the language test is below the required minimum, the application will not be considered for the

Most of the programmes require that the applicants have passing scores in an internationally recognised language proficiency test.  Please check the language requirements of each of the Master's Degree Programmes.

  • IELTS (Academic)
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test)
  • Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test
  • PTE (Academic)
  • C1 Advanced (former CAE)
  • C2 Proficiency (former CPE)

TOEFL, IELTS and PTE certificates are valid for two years from the day they are issued and they have to be valid during the application period. Please note that language requirements may change from year to year, so please check the specific language requirements of each of the Master's Degree Programmes.

IELTS Academic: We accept test scores only directly from the IELTS  test organizer. When you book your test, you must nominate University of Eastern Finland (UEF) as the receiver of your IELTS test results on your behalf. On the application form you need to give the Test Report Form (TRF) number. This number must be written in whole  as the results cannot be found otherwise. Please upload your test results report also to the application form.

University's addres if needed:

University of Eastern Finland
Student & Learning Services
Yliopistonranta 1, P.O. Box 1627
FI - 70211, Kuopio, Finland

Please note that after you have taken the test, it usually takes about 13 days for the test results to be published.

TOEFL: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is valid for 2 years after the test date. Our institution's code for ordering your official TOEFL Test score from ETS is 9779. There is no department code, this can be left blank.

Test taker copies are not accepted and test scores need to be sent directly by ETS. Applicants can order their score reports through their test taker profile by indicating our instituition's code 9779.

We verify TOEFL test results in the online verification system provided by ETS. We accept also MyBest Scores. Additional information can be found at

It is advisible to book your test date well before the application period has started, as it may take some time after the test date for your test score to be published.

C1 Advanced (formerly known as CAE) and C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CPE):  There are two ways for a candidate to share their results with UEF: You can log into the Candidate Results website and choose to share your results with the University of Eastern Finland (UEF).  Or you can share your Exam Reference Number from the Statement of the Results with the programme coordinator. For more information please check the Cambridge English websites

PTE Academic: Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic is a paperless test, the results of which are typically available within 5 working days following the test session. Once you receive your test score send it to the University of Eastern Finland from your PTE account. Choose Finland as the ‘Country’, ‘University of Eastern Finland’ as the ‘Institution’ and click ‘Search’. Then select the university you want to send your results to and confirm your order. After this, we should have access to your test results within 48 hours. Be advised that online language test results will only be accepted from the test organiser.