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Country-specific requirements

Country-specific requirements

All applicants are required to provide Åbo Akademi University with the necessary degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) of records.

  • If the country your educational documents were awarded in is not in the list below, we require you to submit scanned copies uploaded to the online application according to the general instructions.
  • If you will be or have been awarded a degree in any of the countries listed below, we require you to submit the required documents according to the country specific requirements in addition to the scanned copies uploaded to the online application.
  • If your academic qualification was completed at different institutions, for example you transferred between institutions or your qualification is a top-up degree completed at different institutions, you need to follow all applicable country-specific instructions when submitting the educational documents covering all the studies leading to your academic qualification.

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

Documents should be mailed to:
Åbo Akademi University, International Admission
Hämeenkatu 13, 20100 Turku, Finland

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.

Transcript of records
If you have completed your degree in an African country, an official transcript of records must be submitted by mail to Åbo Akademi University directly by the awarding institution; documents cannot be sent by the applicant. The transcript of records must be certified with an original stamp of the institution and an original signature of the certifying officer. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted.

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

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate, diploma supplement, or translations of the documents).

Degree certificate
A copy of the original degree certificate must bear an official stamp and signature by an official that guarantees the copy’s authenticity. The copy can be certified by an authorized university official at the university that has issued the diploma or a notary public.

Australia

If you have completed your degree in Australia, an official transcript of records must be submitted to the Åbo Akademi University in a sealed envelope. The envelope can be sent by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

The transcript of records must be certified with an original stamp of the institution and an original signature of the certifying officer. The envelope must be sealed with the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted. Åbo Akademi University accepts only official transcripts of records. Please note that regular photocopies of certified documents are not accepted, even if sent in a sealed envelope.

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.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement).

If you have completed your degree in an institution that submits official transcripts of records electronically (e-transcripts), please see our information on electronic transcripts.

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 and transcripts 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.

The copies of 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. The attestation should be done onto a copy of the degree certificate and transcript, you do not need to submit the originals as the copies are attested by the Ministry.

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, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted.

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.

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

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate, diploma supplement, or translations of the documents).

If you have completed your degree in an institution that submits official transcripts of records only electronically, please see our information on electronic transcripts.

China

Degree certificate
Apply to CDGDC (http://www.chinadegrees.cn/) or CHESICC (https://www.chsi.com.cn/) for a verification report of your degree certificate in English. Send the verification report in English to admission@abo.fi or use the Digitary service.

Transcript of records
Apply to CHESICC (https://www.chsi.com.cn/) for a verification report of your transcript of records in English. Send the verification report in English to the email address admission@abo.fi or use the Digitary service.

Degree certificate in the original language
In addition, send a copy or scan of your degree certificate in the original language to Åbo Akademi University. This copy does not need to be officially certified.

 

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 of records (consolidated), 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, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted. The document must be sent  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. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted. The official transcript, mark sheet or result card must in this case be attested by the Controller of Examinations or the Registrar’s Office. 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.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement).

Indonesia

Transcript of records

If you have completed your degree in Indonesia, an official transcript of records must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the awarding institution; it cannot be sent by the applicant. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Åbo Akademi University only accepts official transcripts of record.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate, diploma supplement, or translations of the documents).

Degree certificate

A copy of the original document must bear an official stamp and signature by an official that guarantees the copy’s authenticity. The document can be certified by an authorised university official at the university that has issued the diploma or a notary public.

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.

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, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted. The envelope can be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

The transcript of records must be certified with an original stamp of the institution and an original signature of the certifying officer. Åbo Akademi University accepts only official transcripts of records.

Please note that regular photocopies of certified documents are not accepted, even if sent in a sealed envelope.

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.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate, diploma supplement, or translations).

If you have completed your degree in an institution that submits official transcripts of records electronically (e-transcripts), please see information on electronic transcripts.

Italy

 

If you have completed your degree in Italy but have not yet received your final degree certificate, a Certificato di Laurea is sufficient to prove your educational background. Please note that the document must contain all the same information as a degree certificate and a transcript of records.

Japan

Transcript of records

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, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted. The document can be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

The transcript of records must be certified with an original stamp of the institution and an original signature of the certifying officer. Åbo Akademi University accepts only official transcripts of records. Please note that regular photocopies of certified documents are not accepted, even if sent in a sealed envelope.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate, diploma supplement, or translations).

If you have completed your degree in an institution that submits official transcripts of records electronically (e-transcripts), please see information on electronic transcripts.

Degree certificate

A copy of the original document must bear an official stamp and signature by an official that guarantees the copy’s authenticity. The document can be certified by an authorised university official at the university that has issued the diploma or a notary public.

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.

Malaysia

Transcript of records
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 indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted.

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

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate, diploma supplement, or translations of the documents).

Degree certificate

A copy of the original document must bear an official stamp and signature by an official that guarantees the copy’s authenticity. The document can be certified by an authorized university official at the university that has issued the diploma or a notary public.

Nepal

Transcript of records

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. The document must be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by mail by the awarding institution or by the applicant.

If sent by the University directly: the transcript of records must be certified with and original stamp of the institution and an original signature of the certifying officer. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted. Åbo Akademi University accepts only official transcripts of records. Please note that regular photocopies of certified documents are not accepted, even if sent in a sealed envelope.

If sent by the applicant: If your university in Nepal is unable to send the transcript 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, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted.. The official transcript must in this case be attested by the Controller of Examinations or the Registrar’s Office.

Transcripts, mark sheets and result cards must always be awarded by the main university or a college with degree-awarding status, and documents granted by affiliated colleges will not be accepted.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement).

Degree certificate

A copy of the original document must bear an official stamp and signature by an official that guarantees the copy’s authenticity. The document can be certified by an authorized university official at the university that has issued the diploma or a notary public.

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 and cannot be sent by the applicant. The envelope that must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted.

The transcript of records must be certified with an original stamp of the institution and an original signature of the certifying officer. Please note that regular photocopies are not sufficient, even if they are sent by the awarding institution. Åbo Akademi University only accepts official transcripts of record.

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.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate, diploma supplement, or translations of the documents).

If you have completed your degree in an institution that submits official transcripts of records electronically (e-transcripts), please see information on electronic transcripts.

Pakistan

If you have completed your degree in Pakistan, you must submit a copy of 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. All copies submitted to Åbo Akademi University must carry an original stamp by the HEC.

Documents certified before September 20, 2009 are not accepted, as the HEC stamps must be verifiable from HEC’s online service.

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

Transcript of records

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, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted.  The document can be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

The transcript of records must be certified with an original stamp of the institution and an original signature of the certifying officer. The envelope must be sealed with the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. Åbo Akademi University accepts only official transcripts of records. Please note that regular photocopies of certified documents are not accepted, even if sent in a sealed envelope.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement).

Degree certificate

A copy of the original document must bear an official stamp and signature by an official that guarantees the copy’s authenticity. The document can be certified by an authorized university official at the university that has issued the diploma or a notary public.

Taiwan

Transcript of records
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, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted. The document can be submitted to Åbo Akademi University by the applicant or by the awarding institution.

The transcript of records must be certified with an original stamp of the institution and an original signature of the certifying officer. Åbo Akademi University accepts only official transcripts of records. Please note that regular photocopies of certified documents are not accepted, even if sent in a sealed envelope.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement).

Degree certificate

A copy of the original document must bear an official stamp and signature by an official that guarantees the copy’s authenticity. The document can be certified by an authorized university official at the university that has issued the diploma or a notary public.

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

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, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted.

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.

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, indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted.

The Transcript of Records must be certified with an original stamp of the institution in question, and an original signature of the certifying officer. Åbo Akademi University accepts only official Transcripts of Records. Please note that regular photocopies of certified documents are not accepted, even if sent in a sealed envelope.

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.

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement).

If you have completed or are completing your degree in an institution that submits official Transcripts of Records electronically, please see information on electronic transcripts.

Vietnam

 

Transcript of records

If you have completed your degree in Vietnam, 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 indicating that the envelope has not been opened. Envelopes sealed with a generic stamp, such as one stating “sealed”, are not accepted.

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

It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate, diploma supplement, or translations of the documents).

Degree certificate

A copy of the original document must bear an official stamp and signature by an official that guarantees the copy’s authenticity. The document can be certified by an authorized university official at the university that has issued the diploma or a notary public.

Updated 19.1.2021