Applying for a decision

To apply for a decision, you need to submit a completed and signed application form, accompanied by the necessary appendices, to the Finnish National Agency for Education. The documents which need to be enclosed are listed in the application instructions.

The Finnish National Agency for Education sends you an email notification of the receipt of your application within one month of the date on which your application arrived. If necessary, you are asked to supplement your application. The average processing time of an application is 3 – 4 months from the date on which all the documents required for issuing a decision are submitted. Once the application is processed, the documents are kept in the Finnish National Agency for Education archive.

If necessary, the Finnish National Agency for Education will verify the validity of the information provided.

The decision is issued in Finnish or Swedish. The decision will be sent by post to you or your contact person in Finland. The invoice will be sent separately to the same address.

You may appeal against the decision to an Administrative Court in Finland. The appeal instructions are appended to the decision.

Fees

The fees collected are as follows:

  • Decision on the recognition of the level of a higher education degree €234
  • Decision on the recognition foreign higher education studies as comparable to a certain Finnish degree or study module € 353*. The fee is increased by €122 for any additional eligibility; however, the maximum surcharge is €244.
  • Decision on the recognition of professional qualifications €353*. The fee is increased by €122 for any additional eligibility; however, the maximum surcharge is €244.
  • Decision on sufficient studies to provide instruction in a foreign language, instruction based on Steiner pedagogy, or pre-primary education based on Montessori pedagogy €353*
  • Processing fee for a cancelled application €62
  • Final decision on the recognition of professional qualifications or final decision on the recognition of higher education studies €55

*The fee includes a decision on the recognition of the level of a higher education degree, where applicable.