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Master’s programme in Baltic Sea Region Studies




All required documents must be received by the University Admissions Finland (UAF) within the deadline. Incomplete applications or applications that arrive late will not be proceeded.

  • Annual quota: 10-14 new students
  • Degree awarded: The degree Filosofian maisteri / Master of Arts is awarded by the Faculty of Humanities


BEFORE APPLYING: please read carefully all the information given here below and make sure that you have all the required documents and also all the information required in the application form, such as the motivation letter and the grading scale used at your institution at the time of your studies. The grading scale must include all the grades and marks appearing on your transcript of records and their relation to each other. You should also provide a link to an official website where this information can be verified. (In many cases this information is already included in the transcript of records.)
NOTE also, that the curriculum consists mainly of contact teaching, and attendance is required.
We also recommend that you acquaint yourself with the Master's programme structure and curriculum
Check also the information given on the UAF website
- General guidance and contact information
- Information by the UAF on required documents
- BSRS specific guidance by e-mail:  baltic @
On the bottom of this page you will find useful links to information on living and studying in Finland.

1. Requirements for admission (1 and 2):

1. Educational background:
A three-year Bachelor, Master or equivalent diploma in a relevant Humanities or Social Sciences subject,  or Human Geography.
The degree has to be completed before XX.
To evaluate what subjects are relevant, please explore the programme profile and contents on  the  website: 
2. Language skills requirements:
  • A very good knowledge of English.
    Additional knowledge of at least one language of the region (Finnish, Swedish, German, Russian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish...) is advantageous.
  • Applicants for Master's degree programme are required to prove their knowledge of English. This applies also to Finnish applicants.
Approved methods of demonstrating the language proficency are listed here. Please check carefully.

2. Application procedure:

The application deadline is 29th of  February 2016, at 15.00 (Finnish time, UTC +2)
The University of Turku uses the services of University Admissions Finland. It is a centralised application and processing service that processes educational certificates, carries out evaluation and verifies language skills. 
Check also the information given here

Application fee
Applicants to Finnish higher education institutions who are applying based on a qualification completed outside the EU/EEA -area will be required to pay an application fee of 100 €.
The collection of the application fee is independent of the home country and nationality of the applicant. The fee will be collected according to the country where the applicant’s previous qualification/degree has been completed as follows:

If you have completed the qualification that you are applying with elsewhere than

·         the EU/EEA -area countries: (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Gibraltar)

  • Switzerland

you are required to pay the fee of 100 € before sending the application.

Further information on the application fee:

and (on required documents)

How to pay the fee

If you have questions regarding the application fee, please contact


The application form can be downloaded from January 4, 2016 onwards on this site . Go to Master's degrees in English and search by the name (Baltic Sea Region Studies). The application form is available on the right bar.

  •  The application form is filled in and submitted online; applicants are not required to send a printed copy of the application with their documents. NOTE however: All other required application documents must reach UAF by the given deadline as printed versions. Enclosures submitted by email are not accepted.
  • Please read carefully the instructions given, don't forget to give all the required information and make sure that you send the required enclosures to the UAF within the given deadline.

  • In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a certain way. Please, check if there are any country-specific requirements  for your degree awarding country and follow the instructions given on the UAF website.


The required documents (1-6, without these the application is not complete):

  1. signed application form submitted online
  2. proof of language skills, NOTE: all the language test results must be sent directly by the testing center to the University Admissions by the end of application deadline.
    AND printed versions of
  3. official and certified copy of the applicant's diploma in original language
    - OR, in the case the diploma is not yet available, a temporary (provisional) degree certificate issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree (the student has graduated), *NOTE, see below
    - OR, if the degree is not completed until the end of application deadline, a statement  that the degree will be completed by the given date (July 30), and a transcript of studies are required,  **NOTE  see further below
  4. official and certified copy of the translation in English of the diploma or the Diploma Supplement
  5. official and certified university transcript in original language and a translation in English
  6. motivation letter (included in the application form, max 3200 characters incl spaces). The motivation letter plays an important role in the admission procedure. A letter of motivation is a short essay, where you introduce yourself and present your reasons for studying in the BSR Master's programme.
    In the motivation letter you are expected to tell:
    who you are and why you are interested in this
    - what are the most important skills and knowledge you have acquired in your previous studies what are the most important skills and knowledge you have acquired in your previous studies
    - how is your educational background relevant and beneficial from the point of view of Baltic Sea Region Studies how is your educational background relevant and beneficial from the point of view of Baltic Sea Region Studies
    - what are your career plans and how are you going to utilize the programme in pursuing them.
* NOTE:  In case of admittance, an official and certified copy of the degree certificate or a temporary (provisional) degree certificate issued by an institution, must be received by the Faculty of Humanities by July 15, 2016 (at 15.00 Finnish time, UTC +3). Address: Faculty of Humanities, FI - 20014 University of Turku, Finland, (Visiting address: Signum, T10 on the campus map).
** NOTE: In case of admittance, a copy of the certificate of those applicants who will graduate after the application deadline must be received by the Faculty of Humanities by July 15, 2016 (at 15.00 Finnish time, UTC +3). Address: Faculty of Humanities, FI - 20014 University of Turku, Finland (Visiting address: Signum, T10 on the campus map).

NB. The documents submitted will not be returned. Please, don't send the original documents. The original documents of admitted students will be checked in the beginning of studies. Giving false information will lead to the cancellation of study place.
All the required enclosures must be sent for preprocessing to this address:

University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki

          3. Selection procedure of new students

Applications are preprocessed by the University Admissions Finland. The UAF will evaluate the eligibility of the applicant and the authenticity of the educational certificates. This may include e.g. contacting your previous educational institution and your language test organiser. Any malpractice will be reported to the universities and proper authorities.

Admission decisions are made by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Turku.

The selection of new students is based on the relevance and success of prior studies, university records, and the statement of purpose (motivation letter). Relevance of prior studies and the applicant's motivation are heavily weighted.

All candidates will be notified by the BSRS programme of the admission decision on May 16th, 2016 at the latest.  Successful applicants will receive a formal letter of acceptance, including detailed further instructions. 

Other information sources

The Finnish Immigration office

 Information on Finland and studying in Finland:

Information on studying at the University of Turku