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Tuition and Scholarships

In this section, you can find information on tuition fee policies and scholarships in Finland.

Please note that information on how to apply to Finnish universities and polytechnics/UAS's is provided in the 'How to apply' section, so you might wish to read that first!

Plan your student financing carefully

One important aspect of study or research in Finland is considering how to finance your studies. Even though there are currently no tuition fees charged, you will need to be able to cover your everyday living expences like food, accommodation, travel, insurance, etc. So please read carefully the sections concerning student residence permits and the cost of living.

Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students under discussion ... we will keep you posted

There are currently no tuition fees charged in Finland.

However, in October 2014, the Finnish government suggested that tuition fees might be introduced to non-EU/EEA students from 2016 onwards - please see our front page news story on this subject, and the section 'Recent news'.

The suggested fees, if they are introduced, would concern those non-EU/EEA students who are admitted to start their degree studies in autumn 2016 or after that. The fees would not concern those degree students who have been admitted before autumn 2016.

In case tuition fees were introduced, this would most likely mean that there would also be new scholarship options on offer.

No final tuition fee decisions have however yet been made, either for or against. Please follow our News section and our Facebook posts about this, we will provide updates whenever available.

Scholarship options

Scholarships in Finland are currently available mainly for Doctoral level studies and research only, however, there are some exceptions. 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 placement - see section 'How to apply'!

Scholarships that you can apply from Finland include:

  • CIMO scholarship programmes for Doctoral level studies and research at Finnish universities
  • Institutional scholarships offered by the higher education institutions themselves
  • Other scholarship options offered by research foundations, etc.
  • Erasmus Mundus scholarships for Erasmus Mundus Master's and Joint Doctorates (see sections 'Erasmus Mundus' and 'Erasmus Mundus Scholarships' for details)

Please refer to the scholarship descriptions in the left-hand margin to find out more about the different scholarship programmes, how to apply, eligibility requirements, etc.

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

It may be very difficult to find any scholarships from Finland for Bachelor’s or Master’s level studies. This is partly because the Finnish government is already covering the cost of the education - there are currently no tuition fees charged. CIMO (Study in Finland) does not offer any Bachelor's or Master's level scholarships for degree studies in Finland. The CIMO scholarships are primarily targeted for Doctoral level studies and research only.

Since the tuition fee trial period 2010-2014 is now drawing to its close, it is also very likely that most of the institutional scholarships that were offered in connection with fee-charging Master's programmes will be discontinued starting from 2014. (These scholarships were specifically targeted for those non-EU students that would otherwise have had difficulties in covering the trial period tuition fees).

In the Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, scholarships are however available. They 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 Erasmus Mundus 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.

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.

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

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