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Country-specific requirements

Country-specific requirements

If you have been awarded a degree in any of the countries mentioned below you need to pay special attention to the requirements regarding your documents. All admitted applicants and applicants on the waiting list are required to provide Åbo Akademi University with the necessary degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) of records unless stated otherwise in the country specific requirements. Note that in some cases instructions may regard requirements for either, not both but only one of the documents.

Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if sent by the awarding institution. Åbo Akademi University only accepts official transcripts of records.

These country-specific requirements must be followed first and foremost, before the general requirements for providing documents.

If the country your educational documents were awarded in is not on this list, we require you to submit scanned copies uploaded to the online application according to the general instructions.

Please check if your degree awarding country is listed below and then follow the given instructions.

All African countries

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

If you have completed your degree in an African country, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University directly by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

Australia

If you have completed your degree in Australia, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the awarding institution in an envelope that must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

Azerbaijan

If you have completed your degree in Azerbaijan, you must submit the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript. The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Bangladesh

If you have completed your degree in Bangladesh, you must submit the education documentation awarded by your university. Degree certificates, transcripts, mark sheets and result cards must always be awarded by the main university or a college that has a degree-awarding status. Educational documents granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted.

You must submit a separate transcript, mark sheet or result card awarded by your university indicating each attempt to complete a course as well as the years. A consolidated statement of marks is not accepted.

Please note that the degree certificate and transcript of records must be officially certified (attested) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, more specifically by the Consular and Welfare Wing. Each page of the transcript of records and the degree certificate must carry the original stamp and signature of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh.

Further information can be found on the Ministry’s website ( www.mofa.gov.bd).

Belarus

If you have completed your degree in Belarus, you must submit the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript. The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.

Canada

If you have completed your degree in Canada, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the awarding institution in an envelope that must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

You are not required to submit a copy of your degree certificate if your transcript of records includes the following information: name of the institution that awarded the degree, the date of issue, the name of the person to whom the degree was awarded and what title/degree it was.

China (updated 28 November 2018)

If you have completed your degree in China, your degree certificate must be submitted to the CDGDC (China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center, 教育部学位 与研究生教育发展中心) for verification.

  1. The CDGDC must verify the authenticity of your degree certificate. The report concerning the document must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University and it must be verifiable online.
  1. You must submit your degree certificate in Chinese to Åbo Akademi University. Please note that we require your degree certificate in Chinese even if your institution issues them in another language in addition to Chinese.

Please note that you do not need to submit your graduation certificate at all.
Further information can be found on the CDGDC website (www.cdgdc.edu.cn). You should submit your documents to the CDGDC well in advance.

Finland

If you have completed your degree at one of the Finnish universities or universities of applied sciences, your degree was completed at the earliest on 1 January 2003, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit your educational documents, as Åbo Akademi University has electronic access to the required information.

If your degree was completed before 1 January 2003, or you do not have a Finnish personal identification code, you must submit your original educational documents to Åbo Akademi University.

Please note that all educational documents awarded by the National Defence University (Maanpuolustuskorkeakoulu), Novia University of Applied Sciences (Yrkeshögskolan Novia) and Åland University of Applied Sciences (Högskolan på Åland) must be submitted as originals.

India

If you have completed your degree in India, an official transcript, mark sheet or result card indicating each attempt to complete a course as well as the years must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document must come to Åbo Akademi University directly from the awarding institution. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Åbo Akademi University only accepts official documents.

If your university or college in India is unable to send the transcript, mark sheet or result card to Åbo Akademi University, please request that the attested documents be placed in an officially sealed envelope with the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The official transcript, mark sheet or result card must in this case be attested by the Controller of Examinations or the Registrar’s Office, and the envelope must be sealed with the attesting office’s stamp across the back flap. These attested copies may be submitted by the applicant.

Transcripts, mark sheets and result cards must be awarded either by the main university or a college (autonomous or affiliated).

Degree certificates must always be awarded by the main university. Degree certificates granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted.

Indonesia

If you have completed your degree in Indonesia, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

Ireland

If you have completed your degree in the Republic of Ireland, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the awarding institution in an envelope that must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document can be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

Iran

If you have completed or are completing your degree in Iran, copies of the educational documents must be legalized by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Embassy in Tehran. Official translations of educational documents must be certified by the Ministry of Justice. Copies of copies will not be accepted. All the copies must have the original stamp given by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Embassy in Tehran.

Japan

If you have completed your degree in Japan, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University in an envelope that has been sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document can be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

Kazakhstan

If you have completed your degree in Kazakhstan, you must submit the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript. The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Kyrgyzstan

If you have completed your degree in Kyrgyzstan, you must submit an officially certified copy of the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript.

Malaysia

If you have completed your degree in Malaysia, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

Nepal

If you have completed your degree in Nepal, an official transcript, mark sheet or result card indicating each attempt to complete a course as well as the years must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document must come to Åbo Akademi University directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant.

If your university in Nepal is unable to send the transcript, mark sheet or result card to Åbo Akademi University, please request that the attested documents be placed in an officially sealed envelope with the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The official transcript, mark sheet or result card must in this case be attested by the Controller of Examinations or the Registrar’s Office, and the envelope must be sealed with the attesting office’s stamp across the back flap. These attested copies may be submitted by the applicant.

Degree certificates must always be awarded by the main university or a college with degree-awarding status. Degree certificates granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted.

New Zealand

If you have completed your degree in New Zealand, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the awarding institution in an envelope that must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

Pakistan

If you have completed your degree in Pakistan, you must submit the education documentation awarded by your university. Degree certificates and transcript of records must always be awarded by the main university or a college with degree-awarding status. Educational documents granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted.

The original degree certificate and transcript of records must be certified (attested) by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Each page of the transcript of records and the degree certificate must be stamped and signed by the HEC.

Further information can be found on the HEC website ( www.hec.gov.pk).

Russia

If you have completed your degree in Russia, you must submit the official government-granted degree certificate and transcript of records (приложение к диплому). The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the authorised body of education of the Russian Federation in your region (Федеральная служба по надзору в сфере образования и науки (Рособрнадзор)).

South Korea

If you have completed your degree in South Korea, an official transcript must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University in an envelope that has been sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document can be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

Taiwan

If you have completed your degree in Taiwan, an official transcript must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University in an envelope that has been sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The document can be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

Ukraine

If you have completed your degree in Ukraine, you must submit the official degree certificate and transcript. The original documents must be verified with an apostille by the Information and Image Centre (Інформаційно-іміджевий центр) of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (Міністерство освіти і науки України).

United Kingdom

If you have completed your degree in the United Kingdom, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

USA

If you have completed your degree in the USA, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the awarding institution in an envelope that must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap.

You are not required to submit a copy of your degree certificate if your transcript of records includes the following information: name of the institution that awarded the degree, the date of issue, the name of the person to whom the degree was awarded and what title/degree it was.

Updated 2.5.2019