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Tuition and scholarships

  • there are currently no tuition fees charged in Finland - but you will need to cover your living expenses independently
  • Bachelor's and Master's level tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students will be introduced from autumn 2017 onwards, there will also be new scholarship options available
  • currently, scholarships are mainly only available for Doctoral / PhD level

Plan your student financing carefully - even with no tuition fees, you will need financing!

One important aspect of study or research in Finland is considering how to finance your studies. At the moment, tuition itself is free of charge in Finland. Non-EU/EEA students admitted to English-taught Bachelor's or Master's degree courses will however be charged tuition fees from autumn 2017 onwards - for more information on tuition fee matters, please refer to the section Tuition fees 2017.

Even though there are currently no tuition fees charged, you will need to be independently able to cover your everyday living expences like food, accommodation, travel, insurance, etc.

How much money will you need?

We recommend that you reserve at least 700-900 euros per month for your living expenses in Finland. The minimum amount to have at your disposal, as required by the immigration authorities, is currently 560 euros per month / 6720 euros per year. In addition to this, you should be prepared to cover your travel costs, insurance etc. independently.

Please carefully read the sections:

Can I earn extra money by working during studies?

Part-time work is allowed for students - but part-time work may not be easy to find especially if you do not know Finnish or Swedish. That's why you should not base your financial plans solely on the option of finding part-time employment during your studies. Please refer to the section Working during studies for some information and advice concerning this!

Scholarship options available for Doctoral (PhD) level

Scholarships in Finland are currently available mainly only for Doctoral level studies and research - for example the CIMO scholarship options. Please refer to the left-hand margin menu for information on different scholarship options.

Remember that first of all, you need to apply for a study/research placement - see section Doctoral admissions for advice & links to the universities' Doctoral Admissions pages!

Scholarships for Bachelor’s and Master’s level degree studies

New scholarships schemes for non-EU students admitted to fee-charging Bachelor's or Master's will however be introduced in 2017.

In the Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, scholarships are available already. The Erasmus Mundus scholarships are always applied via the university consortium offering the Erasmus Mundus programme in question (this is not necessarily a Finnish university!). Please also see the section concerning EU scholarships.

You might wish to check if you would be eligible to apply for some "study abroad" scholarships in your home country, and from international organisations and foundations. For information on these, please turn to the educational advisers and authorities in your home country. See also the Other sources of funding section on this site.

Also, if full degree studies are not an option for you, you could check if there are some student exchange options open for you. See section Exchange programmes

Scholarships for post-Doctoral studies and research?

CIMO (Study in Finland) has no scholarships or other funding opportunities for post-Doc level students and researchers. You can refer to the section Other sources of funding for some links that might help you forward in this regard (for example the Academy of Finland website.

Brazilian post-Doc researchers can profit from the Ciëncia sem Fronteiras PhD and post-Doc programme administered by the Academy of Finland.

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