A checklist to guide you through the basics of coming to study in Finland!

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Your steps to Finland

Interested in studying in Finland? Not sure how to proceed? Below you can find the essential things to consider in a nutshell!

1. Find the right degree programme
2. Check the entry requirements
3. Check how and when to apply
4. Plan your finances
5. Visa / Student residence permit
6. Accommodation and other practicalities
7. Where to turn if you need advice?

Find the right programme

Start by mapping out your study interests and deciding which particular institution and degree course you wish to apply to.

This first step is an important one, since having a specific goal in mind assists you in your search for additional information (application period, entry requirements, etc.).

In Finland, there are two kinds of higher education institutions - universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS).

The Finnish universities and UAS's offer a large number of English-taught degree courses on Bachelor's, Master' and Doctoral level.

If you already know the university or UAS you wish to study at, you can go directly to their Admissions Pages.

If you already know Finnish or Swedish and would like to study in either of these two national languages, then please refer to the advice in the section Studying in Finnish or Swedish.

Check the entry requirements

Once you have decided where you wish to apply to, you can start searching for detailed information.

Entry requirements are always degree course specific. You must therefore check the detailed requirements on the university/UAS websites. This is also true for English proficiency requirements.

You can also find the entry requirements listed in the degree course descriptions on the Studyinfo.fi application page.

Some frequently asked questions:

Check how and when to apply

The starting point for submitting Bachelor's and Master's applications is the Studyinfo.fi website.

The application period depends a bit on which particular degree course you wish to apply to. You can find general advice on how and when to apply in the section 'How to apply?'.

For detailed admissions-related queries, you should turn to the university/UAS Admissions Offices for guidance. You can find the Admissions Offices' contact details on the institutions' Admissions Pages.

Some frequently asked questions:

Plan your finances

From autumn 2017 student intake onwards, non-EU/EEA students will be subject to tuition fees in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree courses. The universities and UAS's will also offer scholarship options for gifted non-EU/EEA students in the fee-charging degree courses. Follow our Tuition fees 2017 page for updates!

Whether you need to pay tuition fees or not, you should have a realistic plan on how you will be funding your study period in Finland.

Scholarships in Finland are currently mainly only available for Doctoral/PhD level studies and research. However, non-EU student scholarship options will be offered by the universities/UAS's in their tuition fee charging degree courses.

Visa / Student residence permit

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you usually need a student residence permit before you can come to Finland. Make sure you understand the difference between a short-term visa and a student residence permit.

  • Short-term visa (if you will be staying in Finland for less than 3 months, or if you need to visit Finland for example to take part in an entrance exam)
  • Student residence permit ('student visa' - for studies lasting longer that 3 months)

You can only apply for a long-term student residence permit (student visa) after you have been officially admitted to a Finnish university or UAS.

When applying for a student residence permit, you must have a valid health insurance, and you must also show that you have enough financing to cover your living costs.

Accommodation and other practicalities

If you have been admitted - congratulations! You can then start arranging the practical aspects of your arrival and student life in Finland.

Your hosting Finnish university or UAS can advise you best on local student accommodation options and other such matters, but you can also find some general information on our website.

If you need advice

You can find most of your general questions answered on this website, see the advice above. You might wish to see our FAQ section too.

Also remember to read through all the advice given on the universities' own web sites!

If you have questions...

We hope the above checklist assists you!

-Study in Finland team

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