Language requirements of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Language requirements for Master's level studies in English

You can prove your proficiency in English either with internationally recognized language tests or with your previous degree. 

English language tests

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based test (PBT) or minimum overall score of 92 and no individual score below 20 on the internet-based test (IBT). University of Turku code 9701.
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing Service test (Academic) with an overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score below 6.0.
  • CPE – Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with pass grade A, B or C.
  • CAE – Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English with pass grade A, B or C.
  • PTE​ – Academic test with a mimimum overall score of 62 and no individual score below 54.

Please notice, that as an applicant it is your responsibility to make sure that the test results are submitted and arrive at the University of Turku by the application deadline. You should remember to register for the test several weeks before the testing date, since there is great demand for testing sessions during certain times of the year. Test scores arriving after the application deadline are not accepted.

​The test result must be verifiable directly from the test organizer. The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has not set any validity time for the results but many test orginizers only submit the results during two years after the test.

Previous degree as proof of English skills

In addition to language tests the English skills can also be proven with a University degree from certain countries. Degrees completed in English in any other country as the ones mentioned below are not accepted. The degree does not have to be the same with which you are applying to the programme.
  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) or an equivalent degree in an English-language programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or in an EU/EEA country. The language of instruction of the degree must be proven with the degree certificate, transcript of records or Diploma Supplement.
  • A 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.

The contents of formally eligible applicants’ previous degrees do not always correspond to the academic level of the Programme. Therefore admitted students can be advised or required to complete additional, mainly Bachelor’s level studies. Since the language of instruction in Bachelor's level at the University of Turku is Finnish, an applicant needing additional studies can be requested to submit proof for Finnish skills (see below) during the application process. In case such proof is not submitted, the applicant needing additional studies must be rejected.​

Proving skills in Finnish language

Finnish language tests

  • Yleinen kielitutkinto (National Certificate of Language Proficiency​)​ - An average of at least 4,0 (for tests taken after Dec 2011) OR level 4 (on the scale 1-6 for tests taken from Jan 2002 to Nov 2011) OR level 5 (on the scale 1-9 for tests taken before the year 2002). NB! All parts of the test must have been taken.​
  • Valtionhallinnon kielitutkinto (Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate) - Hyvä (good skills)

The application must include a certified copy of the original language certificate.​

Previous studies as proof of Finnish skills

If you have completed one of the degrees or studies below you can prove your language skills by attaching a certified copy of the certificate into your application.

  • Comprehensive school in Finnish.
  • Secondary education in Finnish.
  • Finnish as mother tongue with a passing grade as a part of the Matriculation Examination.
  • Finnish as the second language with the grade magna cum laude approbatur as a part of the Matriculation Examination.
  • Finnish as the A language (i.e. mother tongue) as a part of IB (International Baccalaureate), as the L1 language (i.e. mother tongue) as a part of EB (European Baccalaureate), or Finnish as a part of Reifeprüfung.
  • Finnish with the minimum grade of good in a language test included in university degree studies, or university level language studies that indicate a good oral and written knowledge of Finnish (as the second domestic language).
  • At a university, the minimum of 60 credits/ECTS (= 35 former credit units) or the grade cum laude approbatur in Finnish
  • Polytechnic (ammattikoulu) degree in Finnish.
  • A Bachelor's degree in Finnish.
  • A Master's degree in Finnish.
  • A maturity examination at a university in Finnish.