Proving the language skills

The applicants are required to have knowledge in Finnish or English language to be able to participate in the teaching and communicate with the university’s members of the staff. In practice, knowledge in the English language is required always when working in an international science community. Those applying for a right to study must prove their knowledge of English or Finnish as described below.

NB! All language test results must be sent directly by the test organizer to University of Turku by the application deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make testing arrangements for her/himself in time. If you are planning to apply for a Doctoral Programme that has language skills requirements, you should sign up for the language test well in advance! It may take several weeks before the test results are published.

The language test is valid until the expiry date given by the test organizer. If there is no expiry date, the test is valid for maximum four (4) years.

A copy of the language test result must be attached to the electronic application form.

Acceptable language tests and the minimum scores are:

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS Academic) with an overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score below 6.0 (IELTS test / Locate a test site)

  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based test or minimum score of 92 and no individual score below 20 on the internet-based test. The TOEFL reporting code (institution code) for the University of Turku is 9701 (TOEFL test / Locate a test site)
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic (PTE A) with a minimum overall score of 62 and no individual score below 54 (PTE A test / Locate a test site) 
  • Test for the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in English (YKI) set by the Finnish National Board on Education with a minimum score of 5 for each subtest (YKI test)

Language skills are considered sufficient and no language tests are required, if the applicant

  • has completed a higher education degree and studies required for the degree

    1. in a university or polytechnic in Finland,

    2. in a university or polytechnic in EU/ETA countries in English. The language of the degree must appear from the degree certificate, diploma supplement, transcript of study records or other official document awarded by the university in question,

    3. in a university located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand in English.

  • has completed a comprehensive or secondary education in Finnish

  • has completed an upper secondary education in the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland or New Zealand in English. In this case, a degree certificate of the upper secondary education must be enclosed to the application.



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