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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 tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students, starting from August 2017. 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 charge tuition fees.

Each university/UAS defines their fees independently. The annual fee can vary even within one individual institution, depending on the degree course.

The universities/UAS's will also introduce new scholarship schemes for non-EU students admitted to fee-charging Bachelor's or Master's degree courses.

For more information, please see section Tuition fees 2017

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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