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Tuition fees

Do I need to pay tuition fees in Finland?

  • currently, no tuition fees are charged in regular degree programmes - regardless of your nationality
  • tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students will however be introduced from autumn 2017 onwards
  • you must independently cover all your living expenses - think carefully about how you will finance your studies in Finland
  • see section How to apply for advice on admissions

Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students

The Finnish Government has decided to introduce a minimum annual tuition fee of 1500€ for non-EU/EEA students, starting from August 2017 at the latest. This means that non-EU/EEA students who start their studies in autumn 2017 or after that, are subject to tuition fees. The tuition fees concern Bachelor's or Master's degree programmes offered in English. Doctoral level studies, or degree programmes offered in Finnish or Swedish, will not include tuition fees.

The universities/UAS define their fees independently, so it remains yet to be seen when detailed info is available regarding the extent of individual degree programmes' tuition fees. The annual set minimum fee however is 1500€

Please see section Tuition fees 2017

New scholarship options will be introduced

The introduction of tuition fees also means that the universities and UAS's are expected to provide new Bachelor's and Master's scholarship options for non-EU/EEA students. Information on these scholarships will be available later on in 2016, as soon as the universities/UAS's have established their tuition fee details and scholarship options in their degree courses.

We will post details updates on this page and our Facebook page whenever new information becomes 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.

How to apply for studies in Finland?

You'll find information and advice on study application procedures in the How to apply section of this page. Please also carefully read our Your steps to Finland checklist!

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