Educational documents

To verify your eligibility, you must submit certain educational documents to the University of Eastern Finland  in electronic format as attachments to your application. Paper copies are not required during the application period.

University of Eastern Finland evaluates the authenticity of your educational certificates. Any malpractice (e.g. counterfeit documents or fraudulent information) will be reported to the authorities.

Detailed descriptions of the educational documents, official translations and officially certified copies can be found below.

Required Educational Documents

You are required to submit the following educational documents for the degree that you use as a basis for eligibility:

  • the scanned copy of the original degree certificate (in the original language) and an English, Finnish or Swedish translation of the degree certificate
  • the scanned copy of the original transcript of records (in the original language) and an English, Finnish or Swedish translation of the transcript of records.

If the degree you use as a basis for eligibility to Master’s degree studies consists of studies completed at multiple institutions, for example a Higher National Diploma (HND) and a one-year Bachelor’s degree, you must submit educational documents (transcript of records and degree certificate) that cover all your studies.

You can apply to programmes even if you have not yet graduated. If you have not graduated before the application period ends,  you are required to submit your latest transcript of records.

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. All translations must be made either by  the degree awarding institution or by an authorized 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.

General information on degree certificates and transcripts can be found below.

Degree Certificate

A 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 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.

Temporary (Provisional) Degree Certificate

A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has been awarded or conferred an academic degree. 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 must include:

  • the name of the institution awarding the degree
  • the date of award/conferral of the degree
  • the name of the person to whom the temporary degree certificate has been issued
  • which academic title/degree the person has been awarded.

It is important to note that a document stating only that the student has completed all the courses is not sufficient as a temporary degree certificate.

Transcript of Records

The official transcript of records should include the following information:

  • full titles of the units that the student has completed for the degree
  • completion times of study units (or at the very least the overall study time at the institution)
  • grades obtained
  • credits awarded
  • information on the grading scale used at the institution at the time of study
  • If you have not yet graduated: The transcript of records must include the name of the degree that will be awarded to you when you graduate (Bachelor of, Master of, etc.)

The transcript must cover the full length of studies. If the degree includes course units that the student has completed at another institution and the transferred credits are not indicated in detail on the transcript of records, a separate transcript of records regarding the transferred credits should be submitted. Please also note possible country-specific requirements.

University of Eastern Finland only accepts official transcripts of records.

If your official transcript of records does not include all the required information, please see Transcript of Records – required information for more information.

In some cases it is also possible to submit an Electronic transcripts for details. For more information please see Electronic Transcripts.