Language requirements for Bachelor's Degree Programmes

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills.

Language skills can be indicated by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests listed on this page. When taking the test the applicant should  choose University of Turku as a recipient of your results where possible. The applicant must also attach a scanned copy of the test result to the application for verification purposes.

The test result must be available by the end of the application period and it must be available for online verification at the latest 14 days after the end of the application period.

Accepted international English language tests

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made.

Some test organisers give an expiration date on the tests, the University of Turku does not set any expiration dates, but the language test results must be verifiable from the online verification service of the organiser.

  • The TOEFL test cannot be verified after two years.
  • If the test scores can no longer be verified, the test is not valid and the applicant is advised to retake the test.


TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum overall score of 80 and the writing test score 16 or more on the internet-based test (IBT).

IELTS – International English Language Testing Service test (Academic) with an overall band score of 6.0. and the writing test score 5.5. or more. 

C2 Proficiency (previously CPE) – Cambridge English Qualifications with pass grade A, B or C.

C1 Advanced (previously CAE) – Cambridge English Qualifications with pass grade A, B or C.

PTE – Academic test with a minimum overall score of 54 and the writing test score 46 or more.

YKI – Finnish certificate for language proficiency in English with a minimum score of 3 in the intermediate level test

When is a language test not required?

Applicants are exempt from doing an English language test if they hold one of the following.

  • Secondary education in English in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United States.
  • Finnish matriculation examination in English language, minimum grade of magna cum laude approbatur (or a corresponding minimum English language grade of 5 from the International Baccalaureate degree, grade 7.00 from the European Baccalaureate degree or grade 8 from the Reifeprüfung degree).

No other degrees or statements of language proficiency will be accepted.

The language of instruction of secondary education must be proven with the degree certificate, diploma or transcript. Please note that all teaching and assessment must be entirely in English.

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