We welcome applicants from Finland who would like to apply for a place here at Christ's College. We also welcome teachers and guidance counselors at schools in Finland to get in touch if you have questions about supporting students from your school who would like to apply to Christ's College.
- Entry requirements
- English Language requirements
- The application process
- Helpful organisations
- Where can I find out more?
|It was great to see students from Finland attending the Christ's International Webinar for EU countries on 11 July! Do also sign up for our next online open day, and join us for regular webinars. There's a list of all our events coming up here.
Typical Christ's offers for applicants taking the Ylioppilastutkintodistus (Matriculation Examination) would ask you to achieve a minimum of three subjects at grade 7 or laudatur and two subjects at grade 6 or exima cum laude approbaturnone.
Students taking the International Baccalaureate would normally need to achieve 42 points overall (including bonus points), with 7,7,6 in Higher Level subjects. If you are applying for a course that requires Maths at Higher Level in the IB, make sure that you take the Maths: Analysis and Approaches option at Higher Level. See the information about taking the IB in Finland and our page for IB students.
Some courses require an Written Assessment. The dates and registration details for these assessments vary from subject to subject so please check this carefully in relation to the course you are planning to apply for.
Offers for Mathematics include STEP II and III. Further information about STEP and preparation support is available on the Maths page.
English language requirements
We may include IELTS Academic / TOEFL in offers to candidates whose English seems variable at interview, or in an admissions assessment; this is more common in essay-based subjects. If you demonstrate very good English Language skills at interview and in your admissions assessment, we may not need to set you an English Language condition, however. If you are given an English Language condition, the standard requirements are on the university website.
Some UK universities do routinely include TOEFL, IELTS and comparable qualifications in offers to students from Finland, so if you already hold such a qualification, you should mention it in your UCAS application.
The application deadline
For applicants from Finland applying in 2024 (for 2025 entry or deferred 2026 entry) the application deadline is 15 October 2024.
It is very, very important to check whether your course has a "Registration Required" Admissions Assessment, as you will need to check the registration deadline for this. Depending on your subject you may need to register some time before the application deadline. See the application process section below.
The application process
We recommend that you apply as soon as possible once UCAS opens for applications in September. Your course may require registration for an admissions assessment in September (depending on the subject) and then the UCAS application deadline for all courses is 15 October 2024. Application is for entry the following October (or for deferred entry the year after). We encourage all applicants to read the information about applying on the relevant subject page, as well as the how to apply page well in advance of September, as there are a number of parts to the application procedure which may take time to organise and complete:
- If you have a "Registration Required" Written Assessment (needed for some of the courses), you will need to make sure you are registered for this by the relevant deadline. Details are updated on the Written Assessments page by July each year for students applying the following October. You will be able to search for the test centres in Finland or in some cases you may be able to sit the assessment at your school.
- There is more than one application form. You first make a UCAS application and then you complete an additional questionnaire called My Cambridge Application.
- You will need a referee who can provide a reference and predicted grades for any exams that you have not yet taken.
- You will also need to arrange for your school to provide a transcript, which you upload as part of My Cambridge Application.
- There are some smaller details that it is worth being aware of, such as the need to upload a photo.
Do also explore our additional support pages for international applicants, and note that on 20 September Christ's publishes the current applicants section, which will support you (in detail!) through the next steps once you have submitted a valid application and chosen Christ's College in your UCAS application.
Do have a look at our finance section for details of the costs and financial support available. In addition to the university-wide awards from the Cambridge, Commonwealth, European and International Trusts, at Christ's we have Christ’s College International Awards and Christ's Awards.
The Christ's College International Awards awards are worth £10,000 per annum and may be accompanied by a full or partial waiver of the College Fee (currently £10,600 per annum).
More information is available on our page on international financial support and do also read the notes for EU students applying in 2022 and beyond.
Helpful organisations: Project Access Finland & the Nordic Study Abroad Community
Project Access Finland supports students who are less privileged and do not have much support for application to top universities in the UK, EU or USA. If you think this might be relevant please explore the website and join their programme. We also work with the Nordic Study Abroad Community, which runs an annual conference amongst other events to help students who are applying to universities abroad.
Where can I find out more?
You can explore the college online and see lots of pictures to help you to get a sense of it. We have a College map and there are picture pages for First Court, Second Court, Third Court, New Court and the Fellows' Garden, as well as a section on Christ's facilities including pages on the Hall, Canteen, Working Library, Old Library, Law Library, Chapel, Theatre, Common Rooms, Café and Bar, Swimming Pool, Gym, Squash Court, Function Room, Sports Fields and Boathouse. There's a page on accommodation, and 360 degree photography of First Court, The Fellows' Garden, and Third Court.
Do explore the undergraduate admissions section, and the international students section plus the relevant subject page in particular. If you read through some of the student profiles and the student life section, you'll also pick up lots of detail about College life.
For your course research we recommend reading the Christ's subject page (and following links from it to the university pages too). It is essential to read this page before making your application as it also has any subject-specific requirements, advice and resources.
We hope that you will feel free to email the Christ's Admissions Office: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We'll be pleased to hear from you!
If you would like to visit Cambridge, you are welcome to Visit Christ's (and there are a number of options for this on the page). We also have events (including online events) through the year, so don't worry if you can't travel. We recommend reading this website, and it would be particularly helpful to sign up for our international webinar.