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Tuition fees

Do I need to pay tuition fees in Finland?

  • currently, no tuition fees are charged - regardless of your nationality
  • however you must independently cover all your living expenses - you will therefore need to think carefully about financing your studies in Finland

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.

Very important: studying in Finland is not completely "free" even when there are no tuition fees

Remember that even when there are no tuition fees, you still need to plan your finances - you are expected to independently cover all your everyday living expenses during your studies in Finland.

At the moment, scholarships are mainly available only for Doctoral level studies and research. For further information, please check the links in the left-hand margin.

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