Language requirements for Master'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 7 days after the end of the application period.

Please note that the language requirements of the University of Turku are changing for the next application period (January 2025). The new requirements will be published on our website by September 2024, along with the updated programme specific entry requirements, so make sure to come back later to read them.

Accepted international English language tests

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. Only the tests listed below will be accepted. 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.
  • The PTE 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 iBT – Test of English as a Foreign Language with 

  • a minimum overall score of 90 and the writing test score 20 or more on the TOEFL iBT test. 
  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition is accepted.
  • University of Turku code 9701.
  • Combined test scores from different test dates are not accepted (e.g. TOEFL MyBest scores is not accepted).
  • More information about the TOEFL test
  • Locate a test site

IELTS – International English Language Testing Service test (Academic). 

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 62 and the writing test score 54 or more

YKI – Finnish certificate for language proficiency in English with a minimum score of 4 in all four skill components in the intermediate level test. OR the advanced level test (levels 5 and 6) with at least three skill components completed succesfully.


When a language test is not required?

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

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) or an equivalent degree in an English-language programme in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or in an EU/EEA country. Degrees completed in other countries regardless of the language of the tuition are not accepted as proof of language skills.*
  • Bachelor's (or higher) degree from a university or university of applied sciences in Finland, if the applicant has demonstrated language skills in the English language according to the requirements concerning foreign language studies in Bachelor's and applied university degrees in Finland ( Valtioneuvoston asetus 1039/2013).
  • Secondary education in English in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United States. Degrees completed in other countries regardless of the language of the tuition are not accepted as proof of language skills.
  • 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 DIA/Reifeprüfung degree completed in Deutsche Schule Helsinki).

*At least half of the degree must be completed in English and the language of instruction of the degree must be clearly indicated in the degree certificate or transcript of record or diploma supplement or an official statement from the university issuing the degree. If the language of instruction is not clearly stated, the applicant must provide proof of language skills in one of the other ways accepted by the university.

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.

If the degree you use to prove your language skills is different from the one used as a basis for eligibility for the programme, the degree must be earned by the time of application.

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