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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
  • however you must independently cover all your living expenses - you will therefore need to think carefully about financing your studies in Finland
  • see section 'How to apply' for advice on admissions

Plans to introduce tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students in 2016 abandoned

There are currently no tuition fees charged in Finland.

in October 2014, the Finnish government suggested that tuition fees might be introduced to non-EU/EEA students from 2016 onwards. However, the Finnish government has now abandoned the plans, see the section "Recent news" on this site.

The debate on tuition fees is likely to continue in some form or another in the future, but at least for now this means there are no plans to introduce tuition fees in Finland.

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!

Some exceptions to the 'no tuition fees' policy

The current higher education legislation in Finland states that regular Finnish higher education degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorates) offered by Finnish higher education institutions do not charge tuition fees, regardless of the nationality of the student.

However, some exceptions to this ’no fees’ policy may exist in special cases, for example in some Executive MBA degrees (which are not the same as regular Business and Economics Master’s degrees, but a type of continuing education degrees for those already in the working life) or certain types of joint/double degrees that Finnish universities and UAS’s may offer in cooperation with foreign universities.

In these cases, detailed information on the tuition fees is available directly from the university/UAS.

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