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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Tuition Fee Experiment

The experimental programme in which foreign students from outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EES) are charged tuition fees began in 2010 at nine universities and ten universities of applied sciences (UAS). All in all, 130 programmes take part in the experiment, which is to end at the end of 2014. During the experiment, higher education institutions may levy fees on students who have bee accepted to higher education programmes taught in foreign languages (i.e. not in Finnish or Swedish).

The required changes to higher education legislation were carried out in 2009. The purpose of the experiment is to determine how degree programmes that are subject to fees influence the internationalisation of higher education institutions, the attractiveness of Finnish higher education, how students choose what and where to study, and the quality of programmes taught in foreign languages. SAMOK actively follows the tuition fee experiment and participates in critically and extensively evaluating it. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Application period for Masters: 2012

Will be started: 21th November, 2011

Specific Documents for Bangladesh: (Remember this rule only  for masters program not Bachelor)

If your degree is awarded in Bangladesh, the degree certificate and transcript of records have to be certified (attested) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. Each page of the transcript of records and the degree certificate has to be stamped and signed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh.

Copies of copies will not be accepted. All copies must have the original stamp given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. Further information can be found on the Ministry's website (


No Entrance exam in Bangladesh this year: 2012

In the spring 2012 the network will arrange entrance examinations in sixteen countries (see the list below). Please note that changes may occur!

Bulgaria: Sofia
China: Guangzhou, Tianjin, Wuhan, Shanghai
Czech Republic: Brno
Estonia: Tallinn
Germany: Ludwigshafen
Ghana: Accra
Great Britain: London
Hungary: Budapest
Kenya: Nairobi
Latvia: Riga
Nepal: Kathmandu
Poland: Poznan
Romania: Bucharest
Russia: Murmansk, Obninsk, Dmitrov, St. Petersburg
Turkey: Istanbul
Vietnam: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses: Scholarship in Masters program

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Applicant Guide 2012 has been published from JAMK

Application period to Bachelor´s Degree Programmes and Vocational Education starts 9.1.2012. Application Period for Master´s Degrees starts on 5.3.2012.
Applicant Guide 2012

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Finn in five years

Becoming a Finn will be made easier in many other respects come September. According to Sonja Hämäläinen, an adviser to the Ministry of the Interior who was involved in drawing up the legislation, the biggest change is a reduction in the amount of time aliens are required to have lived in the country before becoming eligible to apply.

Previously foreigners had to have lived in Finland for at least six years, but in September that will be cut to five. And if an applicant can demonstrate a strong command of Finnish or Swedish, she can even apply after her fourth year.

According to an immigration policy white paper, the changes are partly driven by a desire to entice foreigners who study in Finland to put down roots here, as they are often highly skilled and proficient in Finnish.

“That way we can get skilled labour to stay in Finland,” Hämäläi-
nen says.

Under the new law, half of the years spent studying in Finland will officially count as time resident here for immigration purposes.​imes/domestic-news/general/159​55-amended-law-allows-former-f​​ml

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Source of fund Issue

The applicant is required to demonstrate the source of his funds. In cases, where the applicant has received funds from elsewhere (family or others) a written statement from the sponsor, his sources of income and six months bank statement is to be included with the application. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Health Insurance

Most of you are now anxious about health insurance. In this post I am trying to give some idea about that. The most important issue is your insurance should cover 30,000 Euro in a year. Now see the recommended insurance company by Finnish Immigration Authority.

Cost 250-350 Euro

Last year most of the student who are already inside of Finland extended their visa by using this insurance which cost 100 Euro only. As all the visa decisions are made from Helsinki (not from India) authority are well concerned about this insurance
Download  the  insurance
When I was in Bangladesh I made insurance from Pioneer Insurance Co. LTD
Download  the  insurance 

2009 at New Delhi I saw two BD student were suffering with their insurance, they were holding two different companies insurance (due to my blogging rule I can not express the name of those directly)  Problem was insure coverage amount. Next day from Dhaka their family sent new one and they succeed to submit their application.

One student submitted his application with 6 months coverage health insurance. After 25 days from Finland he got email that they were going to give him 6 months visa as he submitted 6 months health insurance. Than that student made a new insurance of 1 year and emailed them and got full 1 year visa.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The results of the student selection will be announced between 30th May to19 July

In the year 2010 it was published on 28th May & in 2009 it was published on 29th May

Download the result of 2010
 Download the result of 2009

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Job Opportunity in Finland

Finland is one of the most economically solvent country in Europe. As the backbone of Nordic economy is always very strong so it is very easy to get a job here in Finland. Here normal labour fee is 8-10 Euro per hour. By holding temporary residence permit (student visa) everyone is allowed for 25 hours/week. Here as you are a student you can find job in university research programme, shops, paper delivery etc. In summer student also get suitable summer job cause that time most of the employee go away to enjoy summer vacation for three months. Most of the Finnish company has 'career' option in there website.Here some links for job searching

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Entrance exam 2011 : Dhaka


Entrance examinations in Bangladesh will be held in Dhaka on 12th and 13th of April 2011. In the following
sections you can find information on the registration and examination arrangements. Please check carefully
the date of the entrance examination of the specific Degree Programme that you have been invited to and
follow the instructions for registration. In case you have received invitation to more than one examination and
the examinations overlap time-wise, you have to choose which examination you want to take. Maximum two
examinations can be taken at the same time.


Tuesday 12th April: Examinations for the Degree Programmes in

Business Management, International Business, International Business and Marketing Logistics
Facility Management, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, Tourism
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Business Information Technology
Music and Media Management

Wednesday 13 April: Examinations for the Degree Programmes in

Automation Engineering, Chemistry and Technology, Construction Engineering, Environmental
Engineering, Industrial Management, Information Technology, Logistics Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering and Production Technology, Plastics Technology, Supply Chain Management
Environmental Engineering (only applicants for Tampere University of Applied Sciences)
Maritime Management
Design (only applicants for North Karelia University of Applied Sciences)

Examination venue:
Examination Hall- 1 & 2 (2nd Floor), Old Building, Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons
(BCPS), Mohakhali, Dhaka- 1212

Please note that the exact times and venues for the examinations will be announced at the
registration. In any case, all applicants have to arrive at the examination venue at 8:00 a.m. on the
day of the examination and reserve the whole day for the examination.


Registration deadline: You should register for the examinations held in Bangladesh by Tuesday 5th of
April 2011. All applicants should register for the examinations in person at the registration venue. The
registration is done by paying the registration fee and by carrying out the needed procedures (see
“Documents needed at the registration”).

Registration venue: The registration takes place at Room No. 330 (2nd floor), Department of Microbiology,
National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Mohakhali, Dhaka- 1212. The office hours of
the registration venue are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday.

Registration fee: The registration fee for the examinations is 6500 Taka (approximately 65 €) per applicant.
The registration fee should be paid as a bank deposit to the account specified by the local contact person.
The bank account number and instructions for making the deposit can be received from the contact person
of the registration. In special grounds, cash may also be received but consult the contact person first.

Contact information for the registration: The contact person for the registration is Dr. Kazi Shafiqul,
Assistant Professor. The contact e-mail is and the telephone numbers are
+8801676506019 (cell phone), +88029899451 (fixed phone).

In medical or other emergency grounds, special registration date and time may be arranged outside the
official schedule (please contact the person responsible for registration).


When registering for the entrance examination you should

1) Present your valid original passport or ID card.
2) Submit the Invitation Letter received from the University of Applied Sciences you have applied to.
3) Submit the enclosed Candidate Identification Form. The Candidate Identification Form needs to be
filled in and submitted with a photograph of you and a good photocopy of your passport or ID
attached to it.
4) Submit the enclosed Candidate Rules Form signed by you.


You must bring the following documents and equipment with you to the entrance examination:

1) Receipt of the paid registration fee (if applicable).
2) Valid Passport or ID card (the same Passport/ID card which you presented at the registration).
3) Pencils, eraser, sharpener and ruler (instructions on the use of calculator etc. is provided in the
section “Information on Entrance Examination”).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Invitation Letter for 2011

Invitation letter for entrance exam of 2011 will be issue on 18th of March. Applicant will be sent invitation letter by post and email both way.

Important: In case of postal letter missing applicant can be registered for entrance exam by email attachments copy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Insufficient income is the most common reason for refusing student residence permit applications

From January to October 2010, a total of 4,185 persons applied for a student residence permit, an increase of 7 per cent over the same time period last year (3,898 by October 2009). Of the applicants, 89 per cent were approved (92 per cent in 2009). A total of 3,864 non-EU students were granted residence permits.

As in previous years, the greatest number of residence permit applications were from Russian (816) and Chinese (601) students. Almost all of them were granted a residence permit. Besides the above-mentioned, the largest applicant groups were those from Nigeria (256), Nepal (232), Vietnam (214), the United States (173), India (165), and Bangladesh (157).

Watching for forged bank statements

A total of 11 per cent of the applicants were rejected. However, the rejection rates varied considerably by country. For example, approximately one half of the Nigerian applicants and one fourth of the Bangladeshi applicants were rejected.

The most common reason for rejection was insufficient income. A condition for a student residence permit is that the applicant should have a minimum of 500 euros a month or 6,000 euros a year at his/her disposal during his/her stay in Finland.

Last year, the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) considerably intensified the investigation of residence permit applications from African students because of forged documents. It is now forged proofs of income that have gained prominence. A student residence permit is granted for one year at a time, and the applicant must produce a bank statement to show his/her income.

Most residence permit applicants come from developing countries such as Nigeria, Nepal and Bangladesh. Migri has reason to suspect that forged bank statements are used to prove sufficient income and that money is being circulated from one bank account to another. Migri is planning to intervene by further intensifying their examination of documents. The examination of bank statements is difficult, but it has already become possible; for example, the Nigerian embassy in Finland is assisting in local bank investigations, which is clearly reflecting on the refusal rate for Nigerian students.,2474

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Students to need NOCs for visas

Dhaka, Jan 19 ( – The government will introduce a new provision making it mandatory for students to take 'no-objection' certificates from the education ministry to secure visas for studying abroad.

Additional secretary Iqbal Khan Chowdhury told a seminar in the capital on Wednesday that the obligation would be imposed as part of efforts to combat human trafficking undercover of student visas.

Law minister Shafique Ahmed also addressed the seminar titled 'Joint efforts to formulate a comprehensive law to prevent human trafficking: Next steps for implementation' as the chief guest.Centre for Women and Children Studies organised the seminar at BIAM Foundation auditorium.The minister said a section titled 'prevention' should be included in the draft Human Trafficking Prevention and Control Act-2011, formulated by the home ministry.

"A 'prevention' provision should be included in the law, identifying mechanisms to chase human trafficking gangs and ensuring their punishment."Ahmed mentioned that a large number of Bangladeshi jobseekers were leading a miserable life in different countries after they were sent there with tourist visas.He urged the departments concerned not to allow any officer below sub-inspector rank to investigate any human trafficking case.He said a law, 'Victim and Witness Protection Act', will be passed soon for security of the victims and witnesses.

Human Rights Commission chairman professor Dr Mizanur Rahman urged all concerned to combat human trafficking and ensure smooth immigration of workers.Iqbal Khan suggested measures against the investigation officers whose inefficiency helps the accused in human trafficking cases escape punishment.Expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry joint secretary Asadul Islam, Centre for Women and Children Studies president Ishrat Shamim and Law Commission member Mohammad Abdul Mobarak also spoke, among others.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Link about the Entrance exam, Outside of Finland

For Bangladeshi incoming student:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Applicant's checklist

1.Apply online 3 January - 15 February 2011.

2.Send the required copies of non-Finnish educational certificates and language certificates by 25 February at 4.15 pm Finnish time at the latest to the admission office of your first option.

3.Entrance examination invitations and Decisions on eligibility are posted by mail in March.

4.Entrance examinations are arranged between 4 April and 6 May. The invitations will include all the details about time, location, and special arrangements. Please note, that some polytechnics/UAs do not arrange examinations anywhere else than in Finland.

5.If you are applying with an upper secondary education completed in Finland, please inform of the changes in your grade point average by 20 May 2011 at 4.15 pm at the latest.

6.Results are announced on 30 May 2010 at the earliest. Please remember that posting the results takes few days.

7.All higher education admission results are announced by 19 July 2011 at the latest.

8.Confirm your study place by returning the confirmation form by 2 August 2011 at 4.15 pm Finnish time at the latest to the higher education institution you chose as your final study place. If you do not return the form in time, you will lose your study place.

9.If you have applied with an upper secondary education completed in Finland, please attach a copy of your educational certificate(s) to the confirmation form and return them by 2 August 2011 at 4.15 pm at the latest.

10.Please remember that your admission is conditional until your original relevant certificates are checked. The polytechnic/UAS may withdraw the admission, if the applicant has given false information or has given forged document.

Application Timming: Autumn 2011, Bachelor Degree

Application period for programmes starting in Autumn 2011 starts on 3rd January and closes on 15 February 2011 at 4.15 pm Finnish time. All required attachments have to be at the admissions office of the applicant's first choice polytechnic /UAS by 25 February 2011 at 4.15 pm Finnish time. All attachments have to be posted or delivered to the admissions office, faxed or scanned copies are not accepted. Paper applications not submitted online must arrive at the admissions office of the applicant's first choice polytechnic/UAS by the end of application period at 4.15 pm Finnish time.

In 2011, all those applicants who are applying with a qualification completed somewhere else than in Finland and are not citizens of an EU/EEA-country, must provide a proof of language skill. Accepted certificates are:

* TOEFL score 550 pbt/79-80 ibt
* IELTS academic score 6.0