Path studies

The path studies concept is used to refer to a set of open studies completed at a Finnish open UAS in a goal-oriented manner. The path studies include first-year studies of a degree programme. We recommend path studies for motivated people whose aim is to apply for a LAB degree programme in the future.

After completing the path studies, you can apply for a LAB degree programme by separate application at If you are admitted as a degree student, the open studies which you have completed will be credited, subject to approval, towards your degree at LAB University of Applied Sciences. You can also apply via joint application. In that case, the same principles of accreditation apply.

English path studies starting in January 2022

Registration: 1.12.2021 at 8 am - 6.12.2021 at 11.59 pm

We reserve the right to changes.

Path studies, January 2022 Study places available
Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business, Lahti, 55 ECTS credits 10
Bachelor of Business Administration, Business Information Technology, Lahti, 55 ECTS credits 10



Path studies are in principle available for all, regardless of educational background. However, you are required to have at least a Bachelor-level degree if you wish to register for Master-level path studies.

We expect you to be at least 18 years of age when starting your studies. Good written and verbal English language skills are required. The places in Open UAS are allocated on a first come first serve.

Please note, that as a path student you are not a degree student and it is therefore not possible to get a long-term student residence permit to Finland.

Language testing

We will arrange English language tests for those who register for Bachelor-level path studies. That's because studying in English requires fluent spoken and written English.

The language test consists of a group discussion and a written task. During the covid19 pandemic the language test will be conducted as a phone or an online interview. Passing the test is a prerequisite for you to be able to start the path studies. 

Finnish path studies

If your native language is not Finnish and you wish to register for Finnish path studies, we expect you to have Finnish skills of at least level B1 or YKI 3.

Full-time and part-time at the same time

As a bachelor-level path student your goal is to complete 55 ECTS credits during one academic year. This means you have to commit to your studies full-time.

However, you can't apply for KELA's study grant, because from their point of view you are considered to be a part-time student. Therefore, before registering to path studies, you should consider if studying full-time is financially possible for you.

Former studies

If you have former bachelor- or master-level studies, you can't include them in your path studies. They can be credited, subject to approval, towards your degree AFTER you have been accepted to a degree programme. 

Study guidance

Key actors of study guidance are your teacher tutor, course teachers, study counsellors and student services. If you have questions regarding studying at Open UAS in general, please contact avoinamkatlab [dot] fi.

Unemployment and path studies

If you are unemployed and considering path studies, please contact your local TE officer before registering. There are certain preconditions to meet if you wish to receive unemployment benefits while studying.

Separate application based on open UAS studies

After completing path studies at Open UAS, you can apply for a LAB Degree Programme by separate application.

Students from non-EU/EEA countries

After completing path studies (i.e. first-year studies, no additional studies via Open UAS are available), if you are admitted as a degree student, the tuition fee for students from the non-EU/EEA countries per academic year is 8000 € for Bachelor’s Degree Programmes and 9000 € for Master’s Degree Programmes. For your first year as a degree student no scholarships are available. If you have completed the minimum of 60 credits on your first year as a degree student, you are entitled to a 50% scholarship for your second year as a degree student. The credits completed during your path studies will not be considered.