Information for admitted students
Admitted applicants must
- submit officially certified (attested) hard copies or digital official copies of the educational documents to the Admission Services as soon as possible but no later than 1 month after the admission results have been published.
- The exact deadline will be notified to admitted students.
The following sections covers these requirements, but it is crucial that you read the requirements already before applying in order to be able to timely deliver the required documents if you are admitted.
- Admission offers are conditional until the officially certified hard copy documents or digital official documents have been received. If the the officially certified copies of the educational documents are not delivered within the set deadline, the admission offer will be withdrawn.
- All educational documents need to be officially certified hard copies OR delivered via an accepted Electronic Verification Service - the definition of officially certified and info on electronic verification services are found below - regular copies will not be accepted.
- Check if country-specific document requirements concering how to deliver the documents applies to you. There is a country-specific document requirement also for studies completed in Finland.
If you are admitted, you need to deliver the following documents as officially certified (definition below) copies:
- Officially certified copy of your Bachelor's and/or Master's degree certificate/diploma + possible official translations (if you have graduated)
- Official transcript of records + possible official translations
- Diploma Supplement (if available) + possible official translations
- Officially certified certificate of GPA (if available)
- Only applicants applying based on a degree obtained in an EU/EEA country, Switzerland or at a Hanken's partner University who are exempted from taking the GMAT/GRE test in case the GPA is not clearly stated on the transcript of records.
You can provide officially certified copies of your educational documents either via
- An Electronic Transcript Verification Service accepted by Hanken (recommended if available, see more info below) OR
- Postal Service/Drop-off at Hanken (see addresses below
If you deliver your documents via Postal Service/Drop-off at Hanken, the section "What does officially certified documents mean?" and "Country-specific Document Requirements" apply to you.
We will not send you a notification message about the arrival your educational documents. You will receive a message after we have processed your documents. All documents are processed on in order of arrival.
Courier Services are often the fastest and safest way of sending your educational attachments.
- If you are delivering your documents from abroad, please define the value of the content of the parcel to 0.01 € on the package in order for your parcel not to get stuck in customs in Finland for possibly an extensive period of time.
Delivery Address for Courier Services
Hanken School of Economics
Phone number: +358 (0)29 431 331 (no customer service, only for courier services)
Delivery Address for Regular Mail
Hanken School of Economics
P.O. Box 479
Drop-off attachments personally at Hanken in Helsinki
You can also bring the officially certified educational documents yourself to Hankens reception, Arkadiankatu 22, Helsinki (opening hours Mon-Fri 8-16) as long as the documents fulfil the country-specific requirements (see below) and the envelope is marked with the address listed above.
If you deliver the officially certified documents via Postal Service/Drop-off at Hanken, the following applies:
- Documents can be officially certified either by an
- Official at the awarding institution OR
- Notary Public (in Finland: Digi- ja väestötietovirasto).
Please also check the Country-specific requirements
- if the country where you have conducted your degree is listed, you have to follow the country specific requirements for that country instead of the general instructions listed here.
- If your institution's country is not on the list you have to follow these general instructions. Note that there is also country-specific requirements for degrees obtained in Finland.
Officially certified documents means that:
- Copies are taken directly from your original educational documents
- Include every page of your educational documents
- Bear the original stamp of the awarding institution/notary public on each page of the document. The official stamps of educational institutions usually display the institution name and emblem. (e.g. a generic stamp stating only “Certified true copy” will not be accepted)
- Bear the original signature of the representative of the institution, their name in capital letters as well as their title.
Other copies will not be recognised as officially certified copies. For example, a regular photocopy or a copy certified by two persons are not sufficient to constitute certification. You should never send us your original educational documents since the documents will not be returned to you.
If your institution uses one of the Electronic Transcript Verification Services listed below, it is recommended that you share your electronically verified educational documents through that service instead of delivering them as officially certified copies via postal service as described above.
If the service requires our contact email address, please use firstname.lastname@example.org as the contact address.
Please refer to your institution’s own instructions for more details on how to access the service that your institution uses.
Please note that if your educational documents are required in a sealed envelope according to a country-specific requirement, it is acceptable to submit the documents through an electronic transcript service instead.
- My eQuals
- Credential Solutions
- Parchment Exchange
- Finnish degrees: Oma Opintopolku/Koski (add your personal verification link in your acceptance form for the admission offer)
If your institution uses a service that is not listed here, please contact us, and we will investigate whether we can accept your documents through this service as well. Please note that Hanken School of Economics reserves the right to make the final decision on whether a service is accepted or not.
Verification service offered by the degree awarding institution
We accept electronic educational documents that can be verified using an electronic verification service offered by the degree awarding institution if:
- the service is located on the degree awarding institution's website OR, in case of third party services, the institution provides a link to the service on their website
- the entire document can be verified using the service, i.e. the verification service must show the exact same content as the document you submitted.
- If the service verifies only parts of the document, we do not accept the document as officially certified. Instead, submit an officially certified hard copy of the document.
Please note the following restrictions:
- The institution’s email address is not accepted as an electronic verification service.
- Regular PDF scans of educational documents are not accepted if the document cannot be verified using an electronic verification service on the institutions website.
- Institutional verification services that require Hanken School of Economics to download specific software, create a user account, or pay for the verification are not accepted.
Please also note that we cannot guarantee that we will accept verification services in languages other than English, Finnish or Swedish. If the electronic document verified by the service is not available in English, Finnish or Swedish, you must submit an official translation of the original document as well.
Hanken School of Economics reserves the right to evaluate each electronic document and verification service case by case. If we cannot verify the required information, you must submit the document as an officially certified paper copy following the general instructions.
If the country where you obtained your degree is listed below, you should follow the the country-specific document requirements instead of the general instructions concering delivering officially certified copies.
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States