Remember to reserve enough time for your travel arrangements and the necessary formalities!

Before your arrival

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Before your arrival

The essential thingsā€¦

Once you have received a study placement in Finland, whether for exchange studies, a complete degree programme or a research period, there are several practical things you need to start arranging beforehand, well in advance of your arrival.

First and foremost, please make sure you have a realistic plan concerning the financing of your study period in Finland. This is very important, not only because of the financial requirements in connection with your student residence permit, but for your own financial security. Keep in mind that even when your studies in Finland themselves are free of charge (see section 'Tuition fees') you will still need to cover all your everyday living expences independently.

Additionally, you should take into consideration at least the following:

  • Visa/residence permit
  • Insurance
  • Travel arrangements
  • Your student accommodation in Finland

Remember to reserve enough time to complete all the necessary formalities such as obtaining a passport, arranging your visa/residence permit and insurance.

You can refer to the appropriate subsections for more information.

When you have arrived

Also bear in mind that once you have arrived in Finland, you still have some practical issues to consider, for example:

  • Registration at the higher education institution
  • Details of your student accommodation arrangements
  • Registration of your residence in Finland with the Police or local registry office (if you are staying for at least one full year)
  • Taxation issues (if you plan to try and find part-time work during your studies)
  • Other practical aspects of your everyday life in Finland (bank account, mobile telephone, local transport, etc)

Usually, after your arrival you can ask for assistance in these and other practical issues from your hosting Finnish institution or student union. If you have any questions or are in doubt about some practical matter concerning your life in Finland as a student please do not hesitate to ask for help from the International Office of your hosting Finnish university, your student union, or you fellow students.

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