How To Apply for International Admission at Finlandia University

Thank you for your interest in attending Finlandia University! Below is the admissions process and contact information.

FREE Online International Application


International Admissions | Finlandia University
601 Quincy Street| Hancock, MI 49930 USA

  1. AFFIDAVIT OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Print this form, fill in all information, affix signatures of applicant AND sponsor (and bank official), and then send original. Canadian students use this form.
  2. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS: Send original or certified copies of a notarized or certified letter of support from the student’s sponsor AND recent, official bank statement showing sponsor’s available funds. Costs at Finlandia University range from $28,400- $31,500 USD for educational and living expenses for one academic year (two semesters).
  3. PASSPORT: Copy or scan the picture page of your passport (may be sent to international@finlandia.edu).
  4. TRANSCRIPTS: Official secondary school transcripts (grade report) and Certification of Secondary School Completion (or final state exam scores) with English translation. (Certified copies are acceptable, but original final transcripts with English translation must be brought or sent to Finlandia before enrollment can be completed).
    • TRANSFER STUDENTS: ALL official post-secondary (university or tertiary, institute, certificate school, etc.) transcripts must be signed by the school official and sent by the school directly to Finlandia University in a sealed envelope. See address below. Grade Key should be printed on transcript. Certification of Secondary School Completion should be included. Official (English) translation should be certified and included, if necessary. Grade point average and eligibility for academic scholarship will be calculated by international admissions staff at Finlandia University.
    • We also recommend that you use WES Evaluation Services  or SpanTran to certify your transcripts. This will ensure that the credits are transferable to Finlandia.
  5. PERSONAL STATEMENT: Explain your career goals and your reasons for choosing Finlandia University.  Discuss your work and volunteer experience, and any sport, theater, music, art or hobby interests (1 typed page maximum). If you have been out of school for more than 10 months, include reference letters from employer, volunteer supervisor, and/or former instructors or advisors. Send with your other application materials. Please write full name and date on statement.
  6. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TEST: International students must demonstrate English proficiency to enter a degree-seeking program at Finlandia University. Finlandia requires international applicants to send one of the following official scores for admission to degree programs. Scores must be fewer than two (2) years old.Students may demonstrate English proficiency in any of the following ways:
    • Minimum English proficiency test scores:
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 79 iBT
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum 6.0 overall band score (minimum 6.0 writing and speaking portion)
      • Duolingo English Test – Minimum score of 58
    • International Baccalaureate, grade of 5 in English at the Higher Level
    • General Certificate of Education, grade of A, B or C in English from one of the five British-based examining boards
    • SAT 1 minimum 420 writing, 500 critical reading, (Finlandia University Institution Code Number for submitting TOEFL and SAT test scores: 1743)
    • PTE minimum 53 (NOTE: score reports available in 5 days)
    • STEP (Japan only) “STEP Pre-1st” allows for admission to any undergraduate degree program; “STEP 2A” allows for conditional admission to degree program (ESL or English language program required).
    • Successful completion of either four years of upper secondary school or one year of full-time tertiary (university-level) education from the list below:
International Schools
*CameroonIrelandNew Zealand*Sweden
Anguilla*Canada*IndiaNigeriaTrinidad & Tobago
AntiguaCayman IslandsJamaicaSt. Kitts (St. Christopher) & NevisUganda
AustraliaDominica*KenyaSt. LuciaUnited Kingdom
Bahamas*Finland*LesothoSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesVirgin Islands
BelizeGambia*MalawiSierra LeoneZimbabwe
BotswanaGrenadaMauritius*South Africa
British Virgin IslandsGuyanaMontserrat*Swaziland

* English language proficiency test will only be waived for applicants from English language educational systems.

ACT/SAT Scores and Transcripts

Neither SAT and ACT scores are required for admission. Incoming students will be required to have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher on the U.S. grading scale.

Certified transcripts are required from each secondary school, college or university attended. A record of the final three years of schooling is needed in order to evaluate the application. Finlandia University recommends that you use WES Evaluation Services to certify your transcripts. This will ensure that the credits are transferable to Finlandia. Transcripts should be translated into English with the originals sealed and attached.

Mandatory Health Insurance

Beginning Fall 2019, all international students and scholars at Finlandia University must be covered through partner insurance provider LewerMark Student Insurance.

Insurance must be purchased for the entire time a student plans to be at FinnU. Coverage must in effect on the first day of classes.


Finlandia accepts applications and admits students on a rolling basis, but to be considered for Fall (August) Semester enrollment, all required application materials must be received by Finlandia University Admissions by June 15. Students should plan to arrive on campus the third week of August.

To be considered for Spring (January) semester enrollment, all required application materials must be received by Finlandia University Admissions by October 15. Students should plan to arrive on campus in early January.

Int’l Admissions Paperwork

International Student Forms (Required)

International Student Forms (Optional)


Please address any questions you may have to our international admissions team at international@finlandia.edu.

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