University education

The Government Decree on University Degrees and Specialisation Studies (794/2004 with amendments) defines the objectives, extent and overall structure of degrees and specialisation studies. The universities decide on the detailed contents and structure of the degrees they award. They also decide on their curricula and forms of instruction.

Higher education studies are measured in credits (opintopiste / studiepoƤng). Study courses are quantified according to the work load required. One year of full-time studies on average is equivalent to 1600 hours of student work and is defined as 60 credits. The credit system used complies with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

Upon graduation all graduates receive a diploma and a final transcript of studies. Since 2005, all higher education institutions have also issued a Diploma Supplement which describes the qualification obtained in English.


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