Language Requirements

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Sufficient language skills are required in order to apply to the Hanken PhD Programme. The applicant is obliged to demonstrate sufficient skills in English or Swedish.

Applicants who fulfil one of the criteria below are exempt from the language test requirements:

English

  • Applicants who have completed their school education in Finland or in another Nordic country. An attested copy of the school leaving certificate or the matriculation examination is required.
  • Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor's and Master's degree with instruction only in English. A separate certificate from the higher education institution is required if this information is not stated on the degree or results transcript.

Swedish

For information on the exemptions from taking a Swedish test, please see the information in Swedish.

If you do not fulfil any of the above requirements you need to take a language test:

If you need to submit a language proficiency test result, it has to be taken no later than the application deadline. In case the organiser of the test has to be requested to send the official score report to Hanken, the request has to be made before the application deadline. In order to be considered for admission the certificate / score report has to be valid and fulfil the language requirements (including minimum scores).

The applicant is obliged to demonstrate sufficient skills in English or Swedish through taking one of the following tests (CEFR Common European Framework of References for Languages = level C1) :

English

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A minimum score of 600 (Paper-based test)/100 (internet-based test). Hanken's code for the TOEFL test is 8433. The test result cannot be older than two (2) years.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): A minimum score of 7. The test result cannot be older than two (2) years.
  • CPE with a minimum score of Grade C.
  • The national certificate of language proficiency in Finland, skill level 6.

Swedish

  • The national certificate of language proficiency in Finland, skill level 6.
  • Language exam for the public administration in Finland, advanced level.

No other tests are accepted.