Frequently asked questions

Yes, you can take any course free of charge.

  • You can apply to courses directed at adult learners.
  • If you are unemployed and plan to apply for unemployment benefits, please first contact the TE Services to discuss about your options for studying and the conditions.
  • You can find all your study rights in the My Studyinfo service and all course information can be found on the Courses page.
  • NB! If you are studying some of our MOOC courses (Massive Open Online Course), please remember to inform the TE Services about these courses as well. Please note that these courses are open online for everyone and the participants do NOT automatically have a study right at any university. We do not require you to gain ECTS credits for the course but you can apply for the credits after completing the course. At that point, your personal information is registered in the study register of the university organising the MOOC and you will be granted a study right.
  • If you are asked to fill in a form for the TE Services, please send it directly to the university contact person or to info(at)fitech.io.
  • If you plan to apply for the adult education allowance, please contact the granting authority to discuss about your options for studying and the conditions.
  • FITech courses are in principle covered by the adult education allowance, but decisions regarding the allowance are made by the granting authority (Employment Fund).
  • You can find all your study rights in the My Studyinfo service and all course information can be found on the Courses page.
  • NB! If you are studying some of our MOOC courses (Massive Open Online Course), please note that these courses are open online for everyone and the participants do NOT automatically have a study right at any university. We do not require you to gain ECTS credits for the course but you can apply for the credits after completing the course. At that point, your personal information is registered in the study register of the university organising the MOOC and you will be granted a study right.
  • If the amount of students for a certain course is limited, the most basic selection criterion is the order of applications. If either degree students or adult learners are given priority, it is mentioned in the course information.
  • You need to familiarise yourself with the possible prerequisites of the course and evaluate whether the course is suitable for you or not.
  • If some additional documents are required for the application, it is mentioned on the course information.
  • Many courses are organised online where attendance is not required on campus. However, see the course information to check whether there are some parts of the course that are time bound, for example lectures or course exercises.
  • Some courses are blended teaching which means that the course is organised partially online but it requires some attendance on campus. More detailed information is offered on the course information.
  • Studies can also be contact teaching which means that you have to be present at the university campus.
  • The universities organise their courses on their own study platforms and the study practicalities vary between universities. If you are taking courses from several universities, you need to activate the user accounts and follow the emails from each university.
  • The estimated workload for 1 ECTS credit is 27 hours.
  • For example, a 5 ECTS course means about 135 hours of studying. That includes possible contact lessons and self study.
  • Please, only apply for the courses that you can complete.

Applying for FITech courses

  • FITech courses have three application periods during a year for courses starting in spring, summer or autumn.
  • The deadline for applying is about one week before the course starts.
  • You can find the course-specific deadlines on each course page.
  • Our study offering includes continuously ongoing courses that have an ongoing application period.
  • FITech studies are targeted for Finnish citizens and people permanently living in Finland.
  • Some courses are targeted for degree students while others are for adult learners (graduates and company representatives) who are not currently studying in any Higher Education Institution in Finland. The majority of the courses are available for all applicants.
  • On the Courses page, you can filter courses by student type to find the right course selection for you.
  • Check also the course specific prerequisites to assess if the course contents are suitable for you.
  • You need to have a Finnish personal identity code in order to apply and use strong e-identification (using e.g. online banking codes with electronic identification activated) to confirm your study place. If you do not have online banking codes, you need to visit the IT services of the university organising the studies.
  • You are a degree student if you are currently studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences. You are counted as a degree student also if you’ve enrolled as absent. If you are studying at the Open university, you are not a degree student.
  • You are an adult learner if you are not currently studying for a degree.
  • If you are a doctoral student in a university, apply as an adult learner.
  • Choose the application form that suites your situation when you are applying.
  • If the course is only for adult learners, then unfortunately you cannot apply.
  • If the course is for degree students, you can apply, considering you meet the prerequisite criteria.
  • You need to have a Finnish personal identity code and e-identification (e.g. online banking codes with electronic identification activated) in order to apply and verify your identity. If you have those and the course is fully online, you can apply from abroad.
  • If you don’t have Finnish online banking codes, you need to be able to visit the university organising the studies and verify your identity on campus.
  • The process has two phases: getting the study right for the university and then signing up for the courses.
  • You can find a Start here link on each course page that will take you to more detailed instructions.
  • There are two application forms: one for degree students and another for adult learners. Choose the application form that suites to your situation when you are applying.
  • Once your application has been accepted, you will get instructions on how to confirm your study place at My Studyinfo.
  • After you have confirmed your study place, you will receive instructions from the university on how to activate your IT-credentials and sign up for the courses. The instructions are usually sent closer to the start of the course.
  • For degree students: Remember that if the FITech course is organised by your home university, you don’t need to fill in a separate application, but you can just sign up for the courses normally.
  • There is no limit of how many courses you can apply to, but please only apply to courses that you plan to complete.
  • One (1) ECTS corresponds to around 27 hours of work. Please also note other course arrangements (possible scheduled lectures, exercises, etc.).
  • Check that the application period is open for that particular course.
  • Check also that the course is available to you. Some of the courses are only for degree students and some only for adult learners.
  • Please, read any possible additional instructions attached to the course information on the course page.
  • In most cases, your application will be handled after the deadline. If the course is continuously on-going, the applications are handled also continuously. This may take a couple of days to a week after you have submitted you application.
  • Please check the schedule for registration of credits of MOOC courses separately for each course.
  • You will receive an automatic message when you have submitted your application. Please, read the information on the message very carefully.
  • If you haven’t received any automatic message, remember to check the spam folder in your email.
  • You don’t need to apply or sign up for a MOOC course. You can just start the course by clicking the link on the course page. Read more about our MOOCs.
  • You can complete the course without registration. However, if you want to have the credits registered to the study register of the university organising the MOOC course, you need to create an account on the course platform and submit an application through Studyinfo. You will get instructions for this at the end of the course.
  • Please notice that you need to have a Finnish personal identity code and online banking access code to get the credits registered.

Accepting study place for FITech courses

  • Yes, you can. Please note that if the courses are organised by different universities, you will receive separate IT credentials to all of them.
  • Please note that if you want to accept multiple study places at the same time then you need to do this one by one. I.e. you need to save each acceptance separately.
  • Remember to take some time to plan your studies and time management so that you are able to complete the courses you have started.
  • You need to have a Finnish personal identity code in order to submit an application and Finnish e-identification in order to confirm your study place.
  • If you have a Finnish personal identity code but no e-identification (e.g. online banking codes), the only other option to verify your identity is to visit the campus of the university that organises the course. Please contact the university or send email to info(at)fitech.io beforehand.
  • Please, be sure to accept the study place on time since that is the only way to guarantee that you can participate in the course.
  • If you missed the deadline, contact either FITech team (info(at)fitech.io) or the university that organises the course. Do not send another application for the same course.
  • No. The only one offer of admission per academic term rule applies only for degree studies.
  • You can accept a study place for a FITech course and this doesn’t affect if you want to apply for degree studies.
  • No. The first-time rule applies only for degree studies.
  • You do not accept a study place for degree studies when accepting a study place for individual courses at FITech. Therefore, you don’t lose your status as a first-time applicant.

Studying on a FITech course

  • After you have confirmed your study place at My Studyinfo, the university registers your study right. This might be done closer to the course start.
  • Once your study right has been registered, you will get instructions from the university on how to activate your user account. You need Finnish online banking codes or other strong e-identification in order to activate the user account. The instructions also include links to the university’s study portal.
  • If you haven’t received the instructions a week before the course start, please contact info(at)fitech.io. Please also check your spam.
  • If you haven’t confirmed your study place at My Studyinfo, you don’t have to do anything.
  • If you have confirmed your study place, send an email to info(at)fitech.io and tell which course you want to cancel.

After the course

  • Adult learners can get a digital badge of the courses that have a link to the badge application instructions. The course needs to be completed and credits registered before you can get the badge.
  • The badges can be shared in several social media platforms, e.g. in LinkedIn. Read more about the digital badges.
  • Your study credits are registered in the study register of the organising university. You can order a transcript of records from the student office of the university.
  • Yes, adult learners can get a digital badge after completing the course and the credits have been registered in the study register of the university organising the course.
  • In order to get the credits registered, you need to register in the course platform and submit an application at Studyinfo. You will get instructions for this on the MOOC course platform.
  • Please notice that you need to have a Finnish personal identity code and online banking access code to get the credits registered.
  • Yes, you can transfer your FITech credits to your own degree. The credits are not transferred automatically so it is up to the student to do it.
  • Please, start with reading your home university’s instructions for transferring the credits.
  • Degree students can transfer the credits by providing the transcript of records to their home university or in some cases through the Puro system. You can order a transcript of records from the student office of the university organising the course.
  • Remember to include the FITech studies in your personal study plan (HOPS) before you apply.
  • If you are taking a whole minor at FITech, transfer first all credits to your home university and then apply for the registration of the minor in your home university.