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Master ’s Degree Programmes



                  2011
Guide for international applicants;
International Master’s Degree programmes




2011/2012
Application Deadlines

The application deadline for the two-year international Master’s degree programmes or
Master’s level studies taught in English at Åbo Akademi University is 28 February 2011.
The courses start in September 2011.




NB!
Åbo Akademi University also offers regular Master’s level studies and Master’s degree programmes
(many of them taught in Swedish, some in English – the application deadline is 29 April 2011). For
more information about these programmes please consult the guide for regular
Master’s level studies taught in Swedish and in English
available at www.abo.fi/master under “Publications”. Please note that the application deadlines as
well as the application procedures for the regular Master’s level programmes are different than
those for the international programmes presented in this guide.

If you have questions, please contact the admissions office: admission@abo.fi




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                                               1. THIS GUIDE
This guide contains information for international students applying to an international Master’s degree
programme or Master’s level studies taught in English leading to a Master’s degree at Åbo Akademi
University. This guide also introduces the university in general and the Master’s degree programmes in more detail.

This guide does not contain information for non-degree applicants or applicants to Bachelor level
studies or doctoral studies. Students interested in undergraduate studies (leading to a Bachelor’s degree) are
referred to the information available on the internet at www.abo.fi/admission. Students interested in postgraduate or
doctoral studies are referred to the information provided by the departments about postgraduate studies at
www.abo.fi. Students interested in non-degree studies at Åbo Akademi University are referred to the Open
University and Centre for Lifelong Learning (http://www.abo.fi/public/en/oppnauni) and students interested in
exchange studies are referred to the information provided by the International office at www.abo.fi/exchange.

Domestic applicants (e.g. mainly students with a Finnish or Nordic educational background) to undergraduate studies
or Master’s level studies are referred to the application material for domestic applicants available on the internet,
www.abo.fi/sok as well as the guide Åbo Akademi – Magisterguide 2011 also available on www.abo.fi/sok.


Application deadlines
The application deadlines are the same for both domestic and international applicants.

28 February 2011 Domestic and International applicants to the international Master’s degree programmes and
              Master’s level studies taught in English. Please see chapters 3, 4 and 5 in this guide for more
              information.

29 April 2011 Domestic and International applicants to the regular Master’s level studies taught in Swedish or in
              English. Please see the Guide for Regular Master’s Level Studies taught in Swedish and in English for
              more information (available at www.abo.fi/master under “Publications”).

If you are unsure of which group you belong to and what requirements apply to you, please contact the Office of
Academic and Student affairs (studinfo@abo.fi) or the International Office (admission@abo.fi).


Åbo Akademi University
Åbo Akademi University is committed to research and research-based education of the highest quality. The university
offers both undergraduate and postgraduate studies and extensive research opportunities to some 7 000 students on
three campuses: Åbo, Vasa and Jakobstad. Approximately 600 international students from 60 different countries enrol
in our university every year.

Åbo Akademi University (founded in 1918) is the only Swedish-language multidisciplinary university in Finland. It was
founded to provide higher education for the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland. The university’s main language of
instruction and administration is Swedish. Åbo Akademi University comprises 3 divisions and 12 departments, offering
Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral studies:

       Division for Arts, Education and Theology
             o Faculty of Arts
             o Faculty of Education
             o Faculty of Theology
             o Department of Psychology and Logopedics
       Division for Social Sciences
             o School of Business and Economics
             o Department of Social Sciences
             o Department of Law
             o Department of Political Science
       Division for Natural Sciences and Technology
             o Department of Natural Sciences
             o Department of Biosciences
             o Department of Information Technologies
             o Department of Chemical Engineering

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                                                                            2. CONTENTS:
1.        THIS GUIDE ...............................................................................................................................................................   
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      APPLICATION DEADLINES .................................................................................................................................................   
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      ÅBO AKADEMI UNIVERSITY ..............................................................................................................................................   
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2.        CONTENTS: ................................................................................................................................................................   
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3.        INTERNATIONAL MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES     (TAUGHT IN ENGLISH) .......................   
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      MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW ..............................................................                                 5
      MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING .....................................................................................                    6
      MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN ELECTRONIC AND MOBILE COMMERCE ...............................................................                                7
      MASTERʹS DEGREE PROGRAMME IN EMBEDDED COMPUTING .......................................................................................                    8
      MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN BIOMEDICAL IMAGING ..........................................................................................                 9
      MASTER STUDIES IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING .............................................................................................................  0  1
      MASTER STUDIES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE ......................................................................................................................  1 
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4.  REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL MASTER’S DEGREE 
PROGRAMMES AND MASTER’S LEVEL STUDIES .............................................................................................  2 
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      ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS .............................................................................................................................................  2 
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      LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS ...........................................................................................................................................  3 
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      LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION ...............................................................................................................................................  4 
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5.  APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MASTER’S DEGREE 
PROGRAMMES AND MASTER’S LEVEL STUDIES .............................................................................................  5 
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      THE APPLICATION ............................................................................................................................................................  5     1
      THE APPLICATION PERIOD ...............................................................................................................................................  6           1
      THE APPLICATION FORM .................................................................................................................................................  6           1
      DEADLINE  ........................................................................................................................................................................  6 
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      RESULTS ............................................................................................................................................................................  7 
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      NUMERUS CLAUSUS ........................................................................................................................................................  7 
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      CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE ...................................................................................................................................  7                   1
      REQUEST FOR CORRECTION .............................................................................................................................................  7             1
      QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS .........................................................  7                                                       1
6.        INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS .........................................................................................................  8 
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      REGISTRATION .................................................................................................................................................................  8 
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      FEES  ..................................................................................................................................................................................  8 
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      ACADEMIC CALENDAR ....................................................................................................................................................  8               1
      ORIENTATION COURSE ....................................................................................................................................................  8 
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      STUDENT TUTORS .............................................................................................................................................................  8         1
      WELCOME PACKAGE  .......................................................................................................................................................  9 
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      FURTHER READING...........................................................................................................................................................  9           1
7.        CHECKLIST FOR APPLICATION ......................................................................................................................  0 
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8.        ADDRESSES .............................................................................................................................................................  1 
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                   3. INTERNATIONAL MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES
                                 (TAUGHT IN ENGLISH)
Åbo Akademi University offers some 100 different                                                        “Publications”). In addition to these programmes Åbo
subjects for students. At Master’s level the studies are                                                Akademi University also offers International Master’s
mostly offered within the regular Master’s level                                                        Degree Programmes in different fields. In this guide the
studies (please see the Guide for regular Master’s Level                                                International Master’s degree programmes taught in
Studies for more information on the regular master                                                      English are introduced.
level studies, available at www.abo.fi/master under

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Åbo Akademi University offers at the moment the                   Master’s Degree Programme in
following international Master’s degree programmes                International Human Rights Law
where the language of instruction is English:
                                                                  This two-year programme is designed to prepare its
• Master’s Degree Programme in International Human                graduates for challenging human rights careers in
  Rights Law                                                      international and non-governmental organisations and
• Master’s Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering               public administration.
• Master’s Degree Programme in Electronic and Mobile
  Commerce                                                       The programme consists of the following modules:
• Master’s Degree Programme in Embedded Computing                • Compulsory human rights law courses (85 credits),
• Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging                   including a research seminar and a Master’s thesis
                                                                    in international human rights law.
In addition to this, there are two English language              • Compulsory language studies.
tracks on the Master’s level within the degree                   • Optional studies, which may include courses
programmes in                                                       offered by the two universities in Åbo within
      Computer Engineering (major subject Software                 Turku Law School.
         Engineering), and                                       Students who have successfully completed the full-
      Computer Science                                          time study programme will be awarded a Master of
That are also offered to international degree                    Social Sciences degree (Politices magister).
applicants.
                                                                  Study Environment
Below please find a short presentation of each                    The Programme is offered by the Institute for Human
Master’s degree programme. For more detailed                      Rights and the Department of Law at Åbo Akademi
information, please see the web site of the                       University. The Institute for Human Rights is a
programme in question.                                            renowned unit within the Department of Law at Åbo
                                                                  Akademi University.

The application deadline for all the                              Admission Requirements
international programmes presented in                             The programme is open to applicants holding a
this guide is                                                     Bachelor’s degree in law or another Bachelor’s degree
                                                                  with at least 45 ECTS in law or other subjects
 28 February 2011
                                                                  relevant to the legal protection of human rights. The
                                                                  applicants should be familiar with the basics of public
                                                                  international law and/or constitutional law.

                                                                  An applicant whose Bachelor’s degree diploma does
                                                                  not contain an evaluation of the academic merits of
                                                                  his/her Bachelor’s thesis (or another equivalent
                                                                  academic research essay) should supplement his/her
                                                                  application with a letter where the supervisor of the
                                                                  Bachelor’s thesis evaluates the academic merits of the
                                                                  thesis, that is, grades it.

                                                                  No entrance examination. Admission granted on basis
                                                                  of the application. In the statement of purpose
                                                                  (motivation letter) the applicant should pay attention
                                                                  to his/her reasons for applying to this programme.

                                                                  Eligible applicants are assessed on the basis of their
                                                                  academic merits (transcript of records, including the
                                                                  evaluation of the Bachelor’s thesis). Applicants to the
                                                                  Master’s degree programmes taught in English must
                                                                  always prove their knowledge of the English language.
                                                                  For more detailed information on admission
                                                                  requirements, please see chapter 4.
                                                                  Number of students admitted: 15 (on average)

                                                                  More Information about the Programme:
                                                                  www.abo.fi/hrmasters E-mail: hrm-coordinator@abo.fi




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Master’s Degree Programme in Chemical                               Applicants to the Master’s degree programmes taught
Engineering                                                         in English must always prove their knowledge of the
                                                                    English language. For more detailed information on
Finnish industry, research and education have long                  admission requirements, please see chapter 4.
traditions and experience in many areas of chemical
engineering. This Master’s degree programme                         Number of students admitted: 15
provides a unique opportunity to learn chemical
engineering in a personal atmosphere and to take part               More Information about the Programme:
in the future development in this area.                             www.abo.fi/chemeng
                                                                    E-mail: chemeng@abo.fi
The two-year programme consists of 12 months of
courses and six months of thesis work. There is a
three-month summer break between the first and
second academic year.

All eleven laboratories at the Department of Chemical
Engineering participate and offer a broad basis for the
three specialisation topics:

• Process Chemistry
• Process and Systems Engineering
• Pulp and Paper Technology

These topics are relevant for work in the chemical
and process industries as well as in research. Special
attention is currently paid to the development of
sustainable, environmentally friendly processes and
products, including topics such as waste minimization,
bio fuels, energy efficiency and chemicals from nature.

Upon completion of their studies students receive a
Master of Science degree in Technology
(Diplomingenjörsexamen). Graduates have a good
opportunity to continue with post-graduate studies, as
the Department of Chemical Engineering is very active
in post-graduate education through research. For
instance, it coordinates the national Graduate School
in Chemical Engineering.

Study Environment
In the degree programme, theoretical studies, through
lectures with individual or group assignments, are
combined with practical and applied work in
adequately equipped laboratories. The studies are
done under close personal guidance of teachers and
professors. The students study in an international
atmosphere together with domestic students as well
as international exchange students from many
countries.

Admission Requirements
The programme is designed for students with a
Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or a
corresponding degree. Eligible applicants are selected
on the basis of how well the Bachelor’s degree
corresponds to the programme and on the study
merits of the student.

No entrance examination.

Admission granted on the basis of the application.




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Master’s Degree Programme in Electronic                             and Mobile Commerce. Applicants apply to the
and Mobile Commerce                                                 Electronic and Mobile Commerce programme and
                                                                    once they have been admitted and initiated the
This two-year programme is comprehensive and up-                    studies, they can choose to take the NMS study track.
to-date with the latest knowledge in the scientific field
of information systems.                                             Admission Requirements
                                                                    A completed university level Bachelor's degree in
The studies are combined with subject areas in:                     Business Administration or in Economic Sciences with
                                                                    information systems is required for admission. Eligible
                                                                    applicants are selected on the basis of how well the
    Business Economics
                                                                    bachelor's degree corresponds to the programme and
    Management Science
                                                                    on the study merits of the student.
The programme also gives an introduction to the
                                                                    No entrance examination.
information system industry.
                                                                    Admission is granted on the basis of the application.
Students will have the possibility to try out and train
their cooperation skills in virtual teamwork projects
                                                                    Applicants to the Master's degree programmes taught
with students at other universities, from different
                                                                    in English must always prove their knowledge of the
countries and cultures.
                                                                    English language. For more detailed information on
                                                                    admission requirements, please see chapter 4.
Students of the programme will acquire professional
skills in planning, developing, building, implementing
                                                                    Number of students admitted: 15
and maintaining information systems in an organisation
- these are skills in great demand in multinational
                                                                    The programme is primarily open to international
companies worldwide.
                                                                    degree applicants.
The programme leads to a Master of Science in
                                                                    Trivia
Economics and Business Administration degree
                                                                    The Master's thesis is often written in collaboration
(Ekonomie magister). When graduating, the students
                                                                    with companies such as Nokia, Metso, Rautaruukki,
will have both an academic Master's degree and hands-
                                                                    Outokumpu, TeliaSonera or other ICT companies.
on experience of building and launching information
                                                                    This is due to the active and systematic co-operation
systems.
                                                                    researchers in information systems have built and
                                                                    maintained with private sector companies over many
Study Environment
                                                                    years.
The Department of Information Technologies is
located in the Turku Science Park, in the ICT building,
                                                                    More Information about the Programme:
where research groups and academic programmes
                                                                    www.abo.fi/emc
meet, interact and collaborate with ICT companies -
                                                                    E-mail: mobile-commerce@abo.fi
many of which are multinational and well known
(Nokia, Siemens, Ericsson, etc.). The study facilities
are brand-new and equipped with the latest
technology.

The Nordic ICT joint programme
The Nordic Master School in Innovative ICT is one of
the pilot projects awarded by the Nordic Council of
Ministers. It is coordinated by the Turku Centre for
Computer Science (TUCS) and has a consortium of
five partner universities (Åbo Akademi University, the
University of Turku, the Royal Institute of Technology
in Stockholm, Tallinn University of Technology and
the Technical University of Denmark), all of which
provide higher education in ICT.

NMS offers in addition to the education the partners
provide, a joint Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E)
study module, which is given especially for students
participating in NMS iICT.

NMS iICT utilises the existing international master
programmes that the partners already provide and it
is additional cooperation between the partner
universities. At Åbo Akademi University the NMS is
part of the Master’s Degree Programme in Electronic
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Master's Degree Programme in Embedded                               No entrance examination.
Computing                                                           Admission granted on the basis of the application.

                                                                    Applicants to the Master’s degree programmes taught
This two-year programme is designed to prepare its                  in English must always prove their knowledge of the
graduates for the challenging design tasks in the                   English language. For more detailed information on
Embedded Systems Industry.                                          admission requirements, please see chapter 4 .
The programme contains courses given by both Åbo                    Number of students admitted: 10
Akademi University and the University of Turku in the
areas of Embedded Systems. The programme leads to                   Trivia
a Master of Science degree in Technology                            The Centre for Reliable Software Technology
(diplomingenjör). When graduating the students will                 (CREST) is a research centre at the Department of
have both a good understanding of theoretical issues                Information Technologies. Its research is focused on
for starting PhD studies, as well as practical                      the development and analysis of software intensive
competences for a successful career as a designer in                systems and on the use of software based research
industry.                                                           paradigms in systems modelling and development.
                                                                    CREST's key competencies are in formal methods for
Study Environment                                                   software development, construction of embedded
The Department of Information Technologies is                       systems, software processes, high performance and
located in the Turku Science Park, in the ICT building,             energy efficient computing, systems biology, data
where research groups and academic programmes                       mining and CS education.
meet, interact and collaborate with ICT companies -
many of which are multinational and well known                      Since its founding in 2002, CREST has been appointed
(Nokia, Ericsson, Siemens, Kone, Intel, Infineon, etc .).           National Centre of Excellence by the Academy of
The study facilities are brand-new and equipped with                Finland for the years 2002-2007. CREST has a
the latest technology.                                              worldwide network of researchers and industrial
                                                                    companies.
The Nordic ICT joint programme
The Nordic Master School (NMS) in Innovative ICT is                 More information about the programme:
one of the pilot projects awarded by the Nordic                     www.abo.fi/ec
Council of Ministers. It is coordinated by the Turku                E-mail: EmbeddedComputing@abo.fi
Centre for Computer Science (TUCS) and has a
consortium of five partner universities (Åbo Akademi
University, the University of Turku, the Royal Institute
of Technology in Stockholm, Tallinn University of
Technology and the Technical University of
Denmark), all of which provide higher education in
ICT.

NMS offers in addition to the education the partners
provide, a joint Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E)
study module, which is given especially for students
participating in NMS iICT.

NMS iICT utilises the existing international Master
programmes that the partners already provide and it
is additional cooperation between the partner
universities. At Åbo Akademi University the NMS is
part of the Master’s Degree Programme in Embedded
Computing. Applicants apply to the Embedded
Computing programme and once they have been
admitted and have initiated the studies, they can
choose to take the NMS study track.

Admission requirements
A completed university level Bachelor’s degree in
Computer Science or Computer Engineering is
required for admission. Eligible applicants are selected
on the basis of how well the Bachelor’s degree
corresponds to the programme and on the study
merits of the student.



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Master’s Degree Programme in                                        The Department of Biosciences is situated in the
Biomedical Imaging                                                  Turku Science Park, in the BioCity building, where
                                                                    research groups and academic programmes meet,
Biomedical imaging has emerged as one of the most                   interact and collaborate. The study facilities are new
important technology areas in basic bioscience and                  and equipped with the latest technology.
biomedical research as well as in clinical medicine and
translational research. The current technologies                    Admission requirements
enable detailed real-time and non-invasive visualization            Participation is limited to max. 15 students (at the
of molecules, structures and events in cells, tissues,              University of Turku participation is also limited to
and whole organisms. Application areas include                      max. 15 students). The programme is open to those
                                                                    who have completed a lower university degree
•    cell and molecular biology                                     equivalent to a Finnish B.Sc. degree in Life Sciences or
•    pharmacology                                                   in a relevant field (biomedical sciences, physics,
•    structural biology                                             engineering or chemistry). The applicants should be
•    nanotechnology and biomaterials research                       familiar with the basics of laboratory practice.
•    patient care and diagnostics.
                                                                    In addition to the enclosures that all applicants must
The Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical                         enclose with the application (please see chapter 5)
Imaging is a new Master’s degree programme that                     applicants to the Master’s Degree Programme in
aims to train professionals that will have a thorough               Biomedical Imaging must enclose the following
understanding of diverse imaging technologies along                 documents:
with practical skills in a wide range of imaging methods              An English, Swedish or Finnish translation of the
and applications.                                                         contents of the transcript of records (course
                                                                          descriptions)
The programme is jointly administrated by the                         Proof of laboratory working experience
Department of Biosciences at Åbo Akademi
University and the Medical Faculty at the University of             The admission board reserves itself also the right to
Turku.                                                              interview the applicant. If the applicants are
                                                                    interviewed, the maximum number of students invited
Successful completion of this two-year full-time                    to the interview is 50.
programme results in the award of a Master of
Science (M.Sc.) degree (filosofie magisterexamen).                  Applicants to the Master's degree programmes taught
                                                                    in English must always prove their knowledge of the
Programme structure                                                 English language. For more detailed information on
The programme consists of the following modules:                    admission requirements, please see chapter 4.
 • Compulsory major subject studies in biomedical
     imaging (80 credits), including a Master’s thesis              Co-operators
     (40 credits) in a suitable application area,                   The Master’s Programme in Biomedical Imaging is
     seminars and paper presentations;                              offered by Åbo Akademi University and the University
 • Compulsory language studies;                                     of Turku. Close co-operators are the national Turku
 • Optional studies, which include courses, for                     PET Centre, Turku Centre for Biotechnology, Turku
     example, in novel and advanced techniques in                   Centre for Disease Modelling and Turku University
     microscopy, photonics, and in vivo imaging, as                 Hospital. The programme has a strong Nordic
     well as international lectures and hands-on                    contribution, since the programme has collaboration
     courses.                                                       sites in the Nordic countries, for example, University
                                                                    of Bergen and the Karolinska Institute.
Practical courses will be given by the two universities
in Turku (Åbo Akademi University and University of                  More information about the programme:
Turku). In addition, lecturers and experts from a                   www.abo.fi/bioimaging
broad Nordic network in imaging as well as top-                     E-mail: bioimaging@abo.fi
ranking international experts from all over the world
are invited to participate in ongoing workshops,
laboratory courses, seminars and symposia.

Study environment
In the degree programme, theoretical studies, through
lectures are combined with practical and applied work
in well equipped laboratories. The studies are done
under close personal guidance of teachers and
professors. The students study in an international
atmosphere together with domestic students as well
as international exchange students from many
countries.

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Master studies in Software Engineering                              Trivia
                                                                    The study environment benefits from the teaching and
Software Engineering focuses on the systematic,                     research experience gained as part of the Centre for
efficient and effective development of software                     Reliable Software Technology (CREST) - an excellence
systems.                                                            research centre at the Department of Information
                                                                    Technologies. Its research is focused on the
Software Engineering is a major subject within the                  development and analysis of software intensive
degree programme in Computer Engineering. The                       systems and on the use of software based research
study programme in software engineering comprises                   paradigms in systems modelling and development.
the use of specification, design, programming,                      CREST's key competencies are in formal methods for
validation and lean project planning and management                 software development, construction of embedded
methods and tools to develop high-quality, affordable               systems, software processes, high performance and
and maintainable software systems.                                  energy efficient computing, systems biology, data
                                                                    mining, and CS education.
The studies include courses in software engineering,
network software, information systems and                           Since its founding in 2002, CREST has been appointed
management Sciences. Communication skills and team                  National Centre of Excellence by the Academy of
work are also an important part of the studies. There               Finland for the years 2002-2007. CREST has a
is a special emphasis on the development of internet-               worldwide network of researchers and industrial
based software services and applications. The                       companies.
capstone project course and the Master’s thesis are
often carried out in collaboration with the software                More information about the programme:
industry.                                                           www.abo.fi/se
                                                                    E-mail: softwareengineering@abo.fi
The study programme is designed to provide the
student with the necessary knowledge and skills to
join the software industry and participate in
demanding software development projects. It also
provides the required background for doctoral
research studies in software engineering.

Successful completion of this two-year full-time study
programme results in the award of a Master of
Science (Technology) degree (diplomingenjör).

Study Environment
The Department of Information Technologies is
located in the Turku Science Park, in the ICT building,
where research groups and academic programmes
meet, interact and collaborate with ICT companies -
many of which are multinational and well known
(Nokia, Siemens, Ericsson, etc.). The study facilities
are brand-new and equipped with the latest
technology.

Admission requirements
A completed university level Bachelor’s degree in
Computer Science or Computer Engineering or in a
closely related field is required for admission. Eligible
applicants are selected on the basis of how well the
bachelor’s degree corresponds to the programme and
on the study merits of the student.

No entrance examination.

Admission is granted on the basis of the application.

Applicants to the Master’s degree programmes taught
in English must always prove their knowledge of the
English language. For more detailed information on
admission requirements, please see chapter 4.

Number of students admitted: 10


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Master studies in Computer Science                                 knowledge and skills for a wide variety of careers
                                                                   within the software industry, in high-performance
Computer Science focuses on the study of the                       computing, and in computational biotechnology. It also
scientific foundations for information, computation,               provides the required background for doctoral
and communication, and on the practical techniques                 research in Computer Science.
for implementing them in computer systems. This is a
very broad area of science spanning from the theory                Study Environment
of computing, through programming, to cutting-edge                 The Master Studies in Computer Science are offered
development of computing solutions for large                       by the Department of Information Technologies at
distributed systems, including cloud-based systems.                Åbo Akademi University. The department provides
Computer Science offers a solid foundation enabling                education in Computer Science, Computer
graduates to adapt quickly to new ideas, new                       Engineering and Information Systems, at the
technologies, and to multidisciplinary fields.                     Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral levels. The
Traditional subfields of Computer Science are                      department is located in the Turku Science Park area,
algorithmics, computability, software development and              in the ICT-House, where research groups and
verification, programming language theory, computer                academic programmes meet, interact and collaborate
graphics, databases, compilers, and others.                        with ICT companies. The study facilities are brand-
                                                                   new and equipped with the latest technology.
During the programme the students acquire the
following skills depending on the modules they choose              Admission requirements
in their studies:                                                  Applicants should already have completed a Bachelor's
                                                                   degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering
   Understanding the scientific principles of                     or in a closely related field. They should also have
    computers and software technology and being                    completed at least 25 study points of courses in
    able to apply them to a multitude of problem                   Mathematics as part of their Bachelor’s degree
    domains;                                                       studies. Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of
   A thorough understanding of the software                       how well their Bachelor's degree corresponds to the
    development        process,    including   design,             program and on the study merits of the student.
    implementation, documentation, and verification;
   Developing analytical skills regarding the                     No entrance examination.
    architecture, quality, trustworthiness, and
    reliability of computer systems;                               Admission is granted on the basis of the application.
                                                                   Applicants to the Master’s degree programmes taught
   Obtaining skills in the design of distributed
                                                                   in English must always prove their knowledge of the
    systems and high-performance applications;
                                                                   English language. For more detailed information on
   Getting familiar with advanced computational
                                                                   admission requirements, please see chapter 4.
    techniques in biology;
   Developing good communication and team-work                    Number of students admitted: 10
    skills;
   Obtaining knowledge and competence for a                       More information about the programme:
    career in the software industry, in high-                      www.abo.fi/student/en/it_magister
    performance computing and in the computational                 E-mail: computerscience@abo.fi 
    biotechnology industry.

Successful completion of this two-year full-time study
programme results in the award of a Master of
Science degree (filosofie magister). The programme
gives a broad basis across different areas of Computer
Science. It provides the students with the necessary




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     4. REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL
          MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES AND MASTER’S LEVEL
                             STUDIES
In this chapter the requirements for applicants to the              Applicants who meet the general and specific eligibility
international Master’s degree programmes and                        criteria can, if admitted, still be required to do
Master’s level studies taught in English are described.             supplementary studies. This can be the case if the
In addition to the general requirements described in                applicant lacks a certain qualification within the
this chapter, there are programme-specific                          Bachelor’s degree that is required in order to be able
requirements described in the previous chapter.                     to follow a specific course within the programme. The
                                                                    supplementary studies cannot exceed 60 credits. The
                                                                    supplementary studies are not always offered as part
Academic requirements                                               of the Master’s degree.

Applicants with a university Bachelor’s degree                      Supplementary studies are given alongside the degree
                                                                    studies and the admitted student is from the beginning
Applicants to the international Master’s Degree                     registered as a full-time degree student.
Programmes and Master’s level studies taught in
English must have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant                 If the applicant is formally eligible for studies the
field that is equivalent to a Finnish university                    degree certificates and transcripts of records are
Bachelor’s degree (kandidatexamen).                                 always assessed individually by the academic board of
                                                                    the programme in order to determine whether the
Since there can be great variations in educational                  profile of the previous studies match the academic
traditions, concepts of knowledge, and patterns of                  requirements of the sought programme.
communication in different countries, we have
specified the qualifications required for eligibility to            Please note that all educational credentials are
the Master’s degree programmes for applicants from                  verified.
selected countries in the table on the next page. The
table is indicative.
                                                                    Applicants with a Finnish Polytechnic degree
The qualifications listed in the table are the minimum
required for consideration for admission. Possession                A Finnish Polytechnic (university of applied sciences)
of the minimum qualification does not guarantee                     degree gives eligibility to apply to Master’s level
acceptance. Only those applicants who have attained a               studies. However, please note that a degree from a
high level of academic achievement in these                         Finnish polytechnic (university of applied sciences) is
qualifications, and who present credits to satisfy any              not identical to a University Bachelor’s degree
prerequisites of specific courses or programmes in                  (Kandidat). Therefore applicants who hold this degree
which they intend to enrol will be admitted.                        might need to complete supplementary studies to a
                                                                    maximum of 60 credits if admitted. The
The specific academic requirements can be found in                  supplementary studies are not always offered as part
the programme presentations in the previous chapter.                of the Master’s degree programmes or Master’s level
The subjects within which the Bachelor’s degree                     studies.
should be completed are also listed in the programme
presentations. When the programme has not set a                     Please contact the Office of Academic and Student
specific requirement as to the number of credits                    Affairs or the programme directly before applying to
required, as a rule of thumb the applicant should have              find out more about which type of studies are
the equivalence of 60 ECTS credits in the major                     required.
subject (60 credits equals at least one year of full-time
studies).




12                          Åbo Akademi University –International Master’s Degree Programmes 2011
EUROPE                                             Foreign degrees considered to be equivalent to a Finnish Bachelor’s Degree
                                                   from a university (Kandidatexamen).
         General                                   Students holding degrees, that in their own country give them access to
                                                   Master’s studies, are usually considered eligible to apply to a Master’s
                                                   programme at Åbo Akademi University.
       Russia                                      Bakalavr or Specialist Diploma
NORTH AMERICA
       Canada                                      Bachelor’s degree or Baccalauréat
       USA                                         Usually a 4-year Bachelor’s degree at an accredited university
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
       Brazil                                      Bacharel/Liceciado (awarded after four or more years of study)
       Chile                                       4-year Titulo Profesional awarded by a full university.
                                                   4-year Licenciatura (Licenciado) awarded by a university.
       Other central and south         American    Usually Licenciado
       countries
THE MIDDLE EAST
       Iran                                        Licence or Karshensai with good grades overall
       Israel                                      A Bachelor’s degree (3 or 4 years)
       Other Middel East countries                 Usually A 4-year Licence/Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree
AFRICA
       South Africa                                4-year Bachelor’s degree with Honours
       Other African countries                     usually Licence/Bachelor’s degree
ASIA
       Bangladesh, Nepal,                          usually a at least four-year Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
       China                                       Bachelor’s degree (at least 4 years) awarded by a full university (a university
                                                   offering a doctorate). Chinese applicants must submit both the degree and
                                                   the graduation certificate.
         Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan,    Bachelor’s degree
         Thailand
         Singapore                                 Bachelor's degree with Honours
         India                                     In arts, science and commerce a 4 year Bachelor of honours degree.
                                                   In engineering, technology and other disciplines a 3-year Bachelor’s degree is
                                                   the minimum requirement (note however that these degrees often are
                                                   regarded as more vocational and therefore might not meet the academic
                                                   requirements).
         Indonesia                                 Sarjana
         Pakistan                                  A two-year Master’s degree which is founded on a two-year bachelor’s
                                                   degree gives eligibility. Exceptionally a candidate with a first class honours
                                                   bachelor's degree might be considered eligible.
                                                   Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, Third Division are not accepted.
         Sri Lanka                                 Usually a 4-year Bachelor’s Special Degree. Students with a 3-year General
                                                   degree can be eligible provided they have enough studies within the major
                                                   subject.
         Other Asian countries                     Other Asian countries: usually an at least four-year Bachelor’s or Master’s
                                                   degree
OCEANIA
       Australia                                   Bachelor’s degree (3 years)
       New Zealand                                 Bachelor’s degree (3 years)




Language Requirements                                                   average of 6.5, with no individual scores below 5.5.
                                                                        Even if an applicant has the minimum score
English language requirements                                           required in the different sections, the applicant is
                                                                        not eligible if the required total score is not
All applicants to the international Master’s degree                     achieved. Note that the IELTS General Test score
programmes and Master’s level studies taught in English                 is not accepted.
must always prove their level of English language                       A valid Test Report Form bears a centre stamp, a
proficiency in accordance with the instructions in this                 validation stamp and the IELTS administrator's
chapter.                                                                signature. Applicants may send a copy of the test
                                                                        report form enclosed with their application. The
Applicants prove their level of English language                        test report form must be verifiable. For more
proficiency by submitting one of the following English-                 information: www.ielts.org.
language test scores to their application.
    IELTS (International English Language Testing                     TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
     System): Scores in the Academic test with an                       Total scores of at least 575 points in the paper-

                           Åbo Akademi University –International Master’s Degree Programmes 2011                               13
     based test, or 90 in the Internet-based test (iBT).                 during one term during the exchange and hence
     The Test of Written English (TWE) is required for                   proven that he/she is able to study in English at
     those taking the paper-based TOEFL test. The                        Åbo Akademi University. Current exchange
     minimum section scores required are 52 in the                       students may also be exempted from the English
     TOEFL PBT (Listening, Reading and Structure) and                    language test by recommendation of the professor
     17 in the TOEFL iBT (listening, reading, speaking                   responsible for the Master’s degree programme
     and writing). The required score in the TWE is 4.5.                 (the applicant must in such cases enclose the
     In addition to this it is recommended that                          recommendation with the application).
     applicants from China and East Asia, unless they               •    In some cases the department can exempt
     take the iBT test, take the TSE (Test of Spoken                     applicants to Master’s degree programmes from
     English) if they have not studied in one of the                     certain partner universities from taking the English
     following countries: Australia, Canada, Great                       language test. This means that a student from such
     Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or USA. The                           a partner university does not need to submit one
     required score in the TSE is 45.                                    of the language tests listed above but should
     The TOEFL reporting code for University                             instead ask his/her professor at the partner
     Admissions Finland is 3138. The TOEFL result                        university to write a recommendation. For more
     must be sent directly to University Admissions                      information      about      this,    please     see
     Finland by the Educational Testing Service.                         www.abo.fi/master (please look at the specific
     Photocopies are not accepted. The results are valid                 language requirements for the programme in
     for two years. For more information:                                question and contact the programme coordinator
     http://www.ets.org/toefl/.                                          for more information).

No other English proficiency test is accepted.
                                                                    IMPORTANT
Applicants who have received their secondary                        It is the applicant’s responsibility to find out
or university education in English must still                       the language test dates and closing dates for
prove their knowledge of English by submitting                      registration.
one of the test scores listed above. Applicants
from for example India, Pakistan and Nigeria with a                 The language test procedure may take several
degree where the language of instruction has been                   months: registration, taking the test and
English are not exempted from the English language                  getting the results. Note that the language test
requirements and must therefore submit one of the                   must reach University Admissions Finland
test results listed above. This is due to the variation of          before the application deadline of the
English language proficiency in these countries.                    programme. The testing date must be given on
                                                                    the application form. The results must be sent
The following applicants do not need to submit                      directly to UAF by the testing agency.
a TOEFL or IELTS test score with their
application:                                                        Applicants are themselves responsible for all
                                                                    costs regarding the English language testing.
•    Applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s or
     higher degree where the language of instruction
     was English, in a university or a university level             NB! Domestic students who are admitted to an English-
     institution in one of the following countries:                 language programme have to fulfil the general language
     Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the                   requirements in Finnish and Swedish for graduation
     United Kingdom, USA. These applicants’                         from the programme. For more information on the
     knowledge of English must be indicated in their                language requirements for domestic students see:
     Bachelor’s or Master’s degree certificates.                    http://www.abo.fi/student/examenskrav
•    Applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s or
     Master’s degree where the language of
     instruction was English, in a university or a                  Language instruction
     university level institution in one of the Nordic
     countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or                Students at the international Master’s degree
     Sweden). In this case a Diploma Supplement or a                programmes and Master’s level studies taught in English
     statement from the educational institution where               are required to pass a basic Swedish language course of
     this information is available should be enclosed               5 credits.
     with the application.                                          The Centre for Language and Communication offers
•    Former formal exchange students at Åbo                         courses in Swedish as a foreign language on four levels,
     Akademi University (e.g. Erasmus students) who                 a total of 20 credits.
     apply to one of the Master’s degree programmes
     taught in English do not need to prove their level             Language courses in Finnish are also available for all
     of English by submitting tests result if they can              degree students at Åbo Akademi University. The basic
     show a good study record from their exchange                   course in Finnish is not compulsory for students within
     period. A good study record means that the                     the Master’s degree programmes although highly
     student has completed at least 20 credits (ECTS)               recommended.
14                         Åbo Akademi University –International Master’s Degree Programmes 2011
       5. APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL
          MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES AND MASTER’S LEVEL
                             STUDIES
Åbo Akademi University uses the services of                        should not be handed in on a separate document but
University Admissions Finland for the handling of the              as part of the application form.
applications and application procedures to the
international Master’s degree programmes and                       Please make sure to attach your application form
Master’s level studies taught in English (henceforth in            number to all the documents. The application
this chapter referred to as Master’s degree                        form number is printed on the top right corner of the
programmes which includes the Master’s degree                      Application Form.
programmes and Master’s level studies offered in
English listed in Chapter 3).                                      Please note the following with regard to the
                                                                   enclosures:
All applicants to the Master’s degree programmes                    Applicants who have not yet completed the
taught in English apply in the same manner, regardless                 Bachelor’s degree required for admission but will
of whether they are international or domestic                          complete the degree by the end of the ongoing
applicants.                                                            academic year (before 31 July 2011) can apply but
                                                                       must enclose with the application a certificate
NB! Åbo Akademi University does not interact with                      from the university awarding the degree stating
agencies in order to recruit students or as part of the                when they will receive the degree within the
admission process. The prospective student should                      ongoing academic year. A certified true copy of
complete and send in the application herself/himself.                  the degree awarded must reach Åbo Akademi
Åbo Akademi University does not have any official                      University by 31 July 2011. These applicants must
representatives abroad and does not employ services                    also enclose a transcript of records of the studies
of educational agencies.                                               completed so far.
                                                                    All documents supporting education (e.g. degree
                                                                       diplomas, university transcripts) must be
The application                                                        certified by an authorised university official at
                                                                       the university that has issued the diploma or
A complete application consists of the signed                          transcript (university registrar), or a notary
application form, carefully filled out according to                    public. Certified means that each copy must bear
the instructions, and the required enclosures, which                   an official stamp and signature by an official that
are:                                                                   guarantees the authenticity of the copy.
                                                                    All degree certificates must be translated into
   A certified true copy of the Bachelor’s (or higher)                English, Swedish or Finnish. Translations must be
    degree certificate(s) in the original language                     made by authorized translators or by the
   Translation of the Bachelor’s (or higher) degree                   university that has issued the degree or
    certificate(s) into English, Swedish or Finnish (if                certificate. A certified true copy of the certificate
    the original document is not issued in one of                      or degree in original language must always be
    these languages; follow the instructions on the                    attached to the translation.
    application form on which institutions can issue                A diploma supplement must be enclosed
    the translation)                                                   when available.
   Certified true copies of university transcripts of              Applications and enclosures cannot be sent
    all higher education studies completed so far                      as e-mails or e-mail attachments. An
    including present studies in the original language                 application must always be sent by regular mail.
    and a translation if needed (follow the                         The original language test results must be sent
    instructions on the application form)                              directly from the testing centre or be verifiable
   Verification of language skills (follow the                        through the testing agency. For more
    instructions on the application form)                              information, please see the chapter on language
   A photocopy of the applicant’s passport (not                       requirements.
    required of applicants from EU-countries).                      Note that it is not possible to apply for any
   Any other enclosure that the programme might                       scholarships with the application.
    require (please see the presentations in chapter 3              Please note that Åbo Akademi University
    and follow the instructions on the application                     and UAF will not return any documents to
    form).                                                             the applicants (this is due to the large number
                                                                       of applicants). Therefore do not send original
Note that the statement of purpose (motivation                         degree certificates with your application. The
letter) is part of the application form and students are               only document that should be original is the
asked to write it in accordance with the instructions                  language certificate (please see information about
given when completing the information in the                           language requirements).
application system. It is not a separate enclosure and              Incomplete applications will not be processed.

                          Åbo Akademi University – International Master’s Degree Programmes 2011                         15
                                                                  form, you can log in to your user account and correct
                                                                  it yourself. If you have technical problems with the
NB! The applicant can only apply to one                           application     form,   you    can    contact   UAF
programme at Åbo Akademi University.                              (info@universityadmissions.fi; they also have a
                                                                  telephone service number, please see the web page
The Master’s Degree Programmes in Embedded                        www.uaf.fi - contact).
Computing and Master’s Degree Programme in
Biomedical Imaging are joint programmes given by                  The required enclosures are listed on the first page of
both Åbo Akademi University and the University of                 the application form. Collect these together with the
Turku. In order to increase the chances of being                  signed application form into one envelope. Mark
admitted to these two programmes, applicants are                  down your application form number into every
advised to apply to both Åbo Akademi University and               document, and the number together with the name of
the University of Turku. Note that in order to do so              the university into the lower left corner of the
the applicant must complete two application forms                 envelope.
and send in both application forms and two sets of
enclosures (if the language test score report is sent             Send the application via mail to University Admissions
directly to UAF by the testing agency it is enough to             Finland: University Admissions Finland
only send one copy of the language test). This is due                      Snellmaninkatu 14 B
to the fact that the applications will be processed at                     FI-00170 Helsinki
both universities. The applicant must also put the                         FINLAND
programmes applied to in order of preference (this is
done by answering a question related to the order of              If you use a courier service please also mark down
preference in the application form).                              the University Admissions Finland’s phone number
                                                                  +358 (0)9 191 23528
Questions related to the admission process can be e-
mailed to the study advisers (admission@abo.fi) prior             The application form and enclosures are then pre-
to the admission deadline.                                        processed by UAF. UAF will evaluate the applicant’s
                                                                  credentials and verify the language test. After that the
                                                                  university will assess the application and make the
The application period                                            final decision on student selection.
The application period opens 1 December 2010.                     For more information on the application form, please
Applicants are able to complete the application form              visit www.universityadmissions.fi.
up until the application deadline 28.2.2011 (16.15
CET+1). Note that in order for the application to be
valid it must reach the University Admissions Finland             Deadline
(UAF) by the deadline. It is not enough to only
complete and submit the data over the Internet, the               The printed and signed application form with
signed application form along with the enclosures                 enclosures must reach University Admissions Finland
needs to be sent to UAF by post.                                  by 28 February 2011 at 16.15 (CET +1). Please
                                                                  see the instructions on the application form.
Prior to the application form applicants can create a
user account on the UAF website.                                  Note that the post mark will not be considered, the
                                                                  application form must reach UAF by the deadline. It is
                                                                  recommended that applicants use a courier service if
The application form                                              unsure that the regular post services will be able to
                                                                  deliver the application on time. It is the applicant’s
All applicants to the international Master’s degree               responsibility that the application form is delivered on
programmes apply using the University Admissions                  time and to the right address.
Finland (UAF) application form available at
www.abo.fi/master and www.universityadmissions.fi.                All applicants have 14 days time to enclose any
                                                                  missing documents with their application.
The application system requires students to create a
user account. As soon as the application period begins            Please also note that in order to apply the applicant
students can log on to their account and fill in their            must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or
personal information, and fill in the information                 equivalent. If the applicant is in the process of
required for the programme applied for. The                       completing the degree within the ongoing academic
information will be compiled into a pdf-document                  year but has not yet received the degree, he or she
which will become the application form when printed,              can still apply but must submit the degree certificate
signed and posted in accordance with the instructions.            by 31 July 2011 to Åbo Akademi University. In this
                                                                  case a transcript of records of the studies completed
Changes made in writing to the application form are               so far must be attached to the application form as
not accepted. If you wish to change your personal                 well as a certificate issued by the university stating the
information or educational background in the                      expected time of graduation.
application after you have created the pdf application

16                        Åbo Akademi University –International Master’s Degree Programmes 2011
Note that the language test must also reach UAF by                 of Academic and Student Affairs immediately after
the deadline. Hence, when taking the language test                 receiving the decision.
please consider the time it will take for the testing
agency to issue the language test. Language tests that             Eligible applicants who have been denied admission
arrive before the application deadline or within the               have the right to ask for a correction in writing within
time that applicants have to enclose missing                       14 days of the publication of the results (that is the
documents (see above) will be considered. However,                 date when the result has been sent by post to the
if the language test arrives after this period there are           applicant). Note that only eligible applicants
no guarantees that the test can be considered when                 (applicants that meet the formal entry requirements
processing the applications.                                       regarding language and academic prerequisites) have
                                                                   the right to ask for a correction of the decision.
An application which arrives after the                             The request for correction to the decision on
application deadline will not be considered.                       admission should be directed to the vice-rector in
                                                                   charge of the division in question. The request should
                                                                   be sent by post to the Office of Academic and
Results                                                            Student Affairs (address available at the end of this
                                                                   guide).
After the pre-processing of the application at UAF all
applications will be sent to Åbo Akademi University’s
Office of Academic and Student Affairs for evaluation.             Questions related to the application
If the application does not meet the requirements on               procedures and requirements
general university eligibility, the application is only
processed by the Office of Academic and Student                    At the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at
Affairs and the decision not to admit the applicant is             Tavastgatan 13 in Åbo and the International office at
made as a management decision in accordance with                   Academill, B3, in Vasa general information about
the admission principles set by the Rector.                        studies is given to prospective students and degree
                                                                   students. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs in
Applications that meet the requirement of eligibility              Åbo is open from Monday to Friday 10 – 12 am and 1
are sent to the relevant departments for evaluation.               – 3 pm. In Vasa the International office is open daily
The decision about admission is then made by the                   between 10 and 12 am. There is an International
Head of Department (Prefekt) and will be mailed to all             officer at the Office of Academic and Student
applicants in May (at the earliest), June or July. The             Affairs in Åbo who can answer specific questions
decision will be published on the Internet on 19 July              related to the admission of international
2011 (please indicate on the application form whether              students during office hours (Mondays,
or not you want your name to be published on the                   Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10-12
Internet).                                                         am, CET+1).

                                                                   The links to the application form as well as to guides
Numerus Clausus                                                    for international Master applicants are available online
                                                                   at www.abo.fi/master.
A system of Numerus Clausus (restricted entry) is in
use at all institutions of higher education in Finland.            When contacting the university or University
This means that not all eligible applicants are admitted           Admissions Finland, please give your Application Form
if there are more applicants than can be admitted,                 number, name, date of birth and the programme you
even though the formal requirements are fulfilled. The             are applying to.
various selection procedures and criteria are listed in
the programme-specific information.                                Application information is also available at
                                                                   www.universityadmissions.fi. During the application
                                                                   period they have a telephone service for questions
Confirmation of acceptance                                         regarding technical support and arrival of documents.
                                                                   Please see their web pages for more information. It is
Those admitted must return the signed                              also possible to contact them via e-mail
confirmation form of acceptance of the study                       info@universityadmissions.fi with regards to technical
entitlement to Åbo Akademi University by                           support and documents’ arrival. When in contact with
2 August 2011, by 16.15, at the latest, to confirm                 the UAF regarding your application, please always
his/her study entitlement. If an admitted applicant fails          remember to identify yourself with your UAF
to return the confirmation form he or she will loose               application number.
the right to enrol at Åbo Akademi University.
                                                                   Other useful web resources are the Ministry of
                                                                   Education’s, the National Board of Education’s and the
Request for correction                                             Centre for International Mobility’s (CIMO) web pages
                                                                   where you can find out about the Finnish educational
If an applicant feels that the application has been                system as well as university studies in general
incorrectly assessed, he/she should contact the Office             (www.oph.fi/english and http://finland.cimo.fi).

                           Åbo Akademi University –International Master’s Degree Programmes 2011                        17
Academic and educational traditions and cultures vary                aspects of studying as well as other matters for
significantly between countries. It is therefore                     example regarding immigration.
essential that applicants find out as much as
possible about the selected university, study
programme, degree structure etc. by reading
available material. It is also essential that applicants
already when applying are aware of the financial


                          6. INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS
Registration
                                                                      Academic calendar
Registration of first-year students takes place from 29
August to 9 September. Registration is always done in                 Åbo Akademi follows a two term (semester) system
person. All students admitted with the right to                       with four teaching periods according to the model
start their studies in 2011 must register                             below:
between the 29th of August and 9th of
September.                                                            Autumn term:
                                                                        Period I: 5 September – 28 October
After receiving their Admission Letter admitted                         Period II: 31 October – 21 December
students must confirm their intention to start their
studies by 2 August 2011, 16.15 (CET+1) with a                        Spring term:
confirmation form that is sent to them together with                     Period III: 9 January – 9 March
the admission letter. If they do not confirm that they                   Period IV: 12 March – 25 May
accept the admission as instructed, they will lose their
study place.
                                                                      Orientation course
All new students, who start their studies in the
autumn of 2011, must register during the period                       First-year students start their studies with an
defined above and must present their original                         orientation course. During this course, information is
matriculation examination certificate and their original              given on most of the things that a student should
Bachelor’s degree certificate or equivalent (documents                know in order to get started with his or her studies.
required for eligibility). At registration, the students fill
in a registration form and present a receipt of                       An Orientation Course for new international students
payment of the Student Union fee. The fee is paid in a                in English, introducing newcomers to life in Åbo and
bank using the pre-printed payment slips. The                         Åbo Akademi University, is organised by the
information on the registration form is copied into the               International office during week number 35 (31
Åbo Akademi University Study Register STURE.                          August – 2 September 2011). Students will get
Information on the students registered at Åbo                         acquainted with the study system, the university’s staff
Akademi University is also passed on to the national                  and facilities, and they are presented an overview of
application and acceptance register HAREK.                            Finnish history and society.
                                                                      The orientation course in Swedish is organised during
Since 1.8.2005 the University Act limits the time                     the same week (29 August – 2 September 2011).
students are given to complete a university degree.                   International degree students who know Swedish can
The target time for completing the degrees is 3 years                 attend this course.
for the Bachelor’s degree and 2 years for the Master’s
degree. Students may exceed the targeted time. This                   The International office also arranges an orientation
means that students have to complete their Bachelor’s                 day designed especially for international degree
degree in 4 years and their Master’s degree in 3 years.               students (5 September 2011). The date of the
In addition to this students can be granted an                        orientation day will be confirmed in early summer
extension in the study entitlement for up to two                      2011. Information about the orientation course with
years. Students may also be registered as absent for 2                confirmed dates will be mailed to admitted students
whole academic years.                                                 along with a welcome package during the summer.
                                                                      The programme of the course is also available on the
                                                                      Internet in August.
Fees
Tuition at Åbo Akademi University is free. However                    Student tutors
at registration, students are required to show proof
that they have paid the compulsory student union fee.                 Some of the international Master degree programmes
The fee for the academic year 2010-2011 was 106                       taught in English have a system with a second-year
EUR.                                                                  student in the master programme acting as a tutor for
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the new students. These tutors will show students                   Further reading
around the campus and help students with practical
matters at the campus.                                              We recommend that all applicants to Åbo Akademi
                                                                    University acquaint themselves with the information
Teacher tutors will assist Master’s level students in               on the following Internet resources.
questions related to their studies.
                                                                    Application:
                                                                     www.abo.fi/master Application information
Welcome package                                                      www.uaf.fi University Admissions Finland
                                                                     http://finland.cimo.fi Information on International
Admitted students will receive a welcome package                         Study Programmes in Finland
together with the letter of admission during the                     www.oph.fi/english Finnish educational system
summer 2011. The package includes the following:
                                                                    Language tests:
•   Letter of admission                                               www.ets.org/toefl
•   Confirmation form                                                 www.ielts.org
•   Welcome guide for degree students
•   Information about the university and the city                   Studying
                                                                      www.abo.fi/student
Read through the information and follow the
                                                                      www.abo.fi/karen (the Student Union)
instructions given. Note that admitted students who
intend to enrol during the autumn term 2011 must
                                                                    Moving to Finland
make the following arrangements well in advance
before departure to Finland:                                         http://www.migri.fi/netcomm/content.asp?path=8,
                                                                        2474 Finnish Immigration Service)
• Apply for a residence permit (student visa)
• Apply for housing (at least 6 weeks prior to                      Living in Åbo:
  arrival)                                                            www.tys.fi Housing
• Arrange with sufficient insurance coverage                          www.turku.fi City web site
  (required for visa application)                                     http://www.koulutusnetti.fi/index.php?file=317
                                                                          Financial aid for foreign students
More information about this is available on the                       http://www.cimo.fi/Resource.phx/cimo/services/s
university web site www.abo.fi and in the welcome                         cholarships.htx CIMO Scholarships
package which will be sent to admitted students after                 http://www.mol.fi/mol/en/02_working/05_foreign
the decision on admission has been made.                                  ers/index.jsp Working in Finland




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                         7. CHECKLIST FOR APPLICATION

 Application form

 University transcripts (diploma) (certified true copies)

 University degree certificate (certified true copies)

 Translations (if needed)

 Language certificate(s) (original copies to be sent by the organisers of the test)

 Copy of applicant’s passport (page with personal information)

 Any other document that the programmes might require (please see programme specific
  information)




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                                               8. ADDRESSES

ÅBO AKADEMI UNIVERSITY                                             ÅBO AKADEMI UNIVERSITY IN VASA
International Office in Åbo – Admissions                           International Office in Vasa
Office of Academic and Student Affairs                             Ms Camilla Westermark
Ms Inka Lehtinen                                                   Strandgatan 2
Tavastgatan 13                                                     FI-65100 Vasa
FI-20500 Åbo                                                       Tel. +358-6-324 7203
Tel. +358-2-215 4836 (International office)                        Fax. +358-6-324 7106
Tel. +358-2-215 4891                                               E-mail: camilla.westermark@abo.fi
Tel. +358-2-215 4169 (Office of Academic and Student
Affairs)
Fax +358-2-215 3230
E-mail: admission@abo.fi
http://www.abo.fi/master


Centre for Language and Communication in                           Centre for Language and Communication in
Åbo                                                                Vasa
Fabriksgatan 2                                                     Strandgatan 2
FI-20500 Åbo                                                       FI-65100 Vasa
Tel. +358-2-215 4365                                               Tel. +358-6-324 7110
Fax. +358-2-215 4807                                               Fax. +358-6-324 7112
E-mail: csk-kansli@abo.fi                                          E-mail: kgranste@abo.fi
http://www.abo.fi/student/csk

Student Union Office in Åbo                                        The student union in Vasa
Tavastgatan 22                                                     Kåravdelningen i Vasa
FI-20500 Åbo                                                       Strandgatan 2
Tel. +358-2-215 4650                                               FI-65100 Vasa
Fax +358-2-215 4656                                                Tel. +358-6–324 7325
E-mail: ssu-karen@abo.fi                                           Fax. + 358-6-317 8854
http://www.abo.fi/karen/                                           E-mail: kav@abo.fi


University Admissions Finland (UAF)
Snellmaninkatu 14 B
FI-00170 Helsinki
FINLAND
Tel. +358-9-191 23528

Centre for International
Mobility
PB 343
FI-00531 Helsingfors
Tel. +358-0-7747 7033
Fax +358-0-7747 7064
E-mail: cimoinfo@cimo.fi
http://www.cimo.fi

National Union of Finnish
Students
Kalevagatan 3 A 46
FI-00100 Helsingfors
Tel. +358-9-680 3110
Fax +358-9-680 31131
http://www.syl.fi/




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     Åbo Akademi University
          International Office
Office of Academic and Student Affairs
             Tavastgatan 13
             FI-20500 ÅBO
         Tel. +358-2-215 4891
         Fax. +358-2-215 3230
       e-mail: admission@abo.fi
           www.abo.fi/master