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

2016 Your Steps to Finland

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Your Steps to Finland

Are you interested in studying in Finland? You’ve come to the right place! Below is your checklist to assist you in finding out about how and when to apply, the available scholarship options, and student residence permits.

1) Find the right programme

First you should familiarise yourself with the available study options, and decide which particular study programmes you would be interested in applying to.

In Finland, we have two kinds of higher education institutions - universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS). They offer a large number of English-taught degree programmes on various levels:

You can visit the universities’/UAS's own Admissions pages to find out about what study options they have. You can also browse through all the available options on the Studyinfo.fi application page - that's also where you start5 your application, when the application rounds are open.

2) Check the entry requirements

The entry requirements are always degree programme specific, so you need to check the detailed information on the institutions’ websites. Check with the university/degree course you are interested in what the English language proficiency requirements are, which documents you need to send in, whether you have to participate an entrance exam, what is the required SAT score (if required) etc.

3) Plan how to finance your studies

You should plan in advance how you will be funding your studies in Finland, so that you will be able to cover your living costs. If you are a non-EU/EEA student, you are also subject to tuition fees in English-taught Bachelor's or Master's programmes. Note that the universities offer non-EU/EEA scholarship options for gifted non-EU students admitted to fee-charging programmes. Read more about these scholarship options on each university's/UAS's own website.

4) Check the application timetables - and apply on time

The starting point for submitting applications is the Studyinfo.fi website. There is no application fee charged in the national Studyinfo.fi application system.


You can only apply during certain application periods. The application period depends on the degree programme you wish to apply to. If you are a non-EU student and are required to pay tuition fees, you can usually also apply for a scholarship from the university/UAS at this stage.

If you are unsure of when and how to apply to a certain degree programme, you can turn to the university/UAS Admissions Services for advice.

Read more about admissions on different degree levels:

Note that it is not recommended to use any fee-charging educational consultancies or agencies when making your application.

After the application period is over, check with the university/UAS about the admissions results schedule. A part of the admissions process may be an entrance exam or an interview. Keep in mind that if you are offered a study place, you’ll need to confirm your acceptance on time. You can only accept one study place per term. Detailed information on these matters is available on the Studyinfo.fi application site.

5) Apply for your residence permit

Depending on your nationality you may need to apply for a permit to enter Finland.

If you are a non-EU/EEA national, you should start your student residence permit application process as soon as possible after you have been officially admitted to a Finnish university or UAS.

Refer to the section Visas and residence permits for starter’s guidance. Detailed advice on permit matters you can find on the Finnish Immigration Service Migri website.

6) Find your accommodation and prepare for your arrival

If you have been admitted - congratulations! You can start making practical arrangements for your arrival and student life in Finland. Contact your host university or UAS for advice on local student accommodation and other student services! Also, you might wish to read the section Practical matters on our website.

If you need advice…