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Tuition fees and scholarships

Plan your student financing carefully

One important aspect of study or research in Finland is considering how to finance your studies. As an international student you are usually required to independently cover your everyday living expences like food, accommodation, travel, insurance, etc. Non-EU students also usually need to pay tuition fees in English-taught Bachelor's or Master's degree programmes.

How much money will you need?

For your everyday living expenses, we recommend that you reserve at least 700-900 euros per month - see section Cost of living.

If you are a non-EU/EEA student applying for English-taught Bachelor's or Master's programmes, you are also likely to be subject to tuition fees. Note that the universities also have non-EU scholarship options available for these fee-charging degree courses. Read more in the section Non-EU tuition fees and scholarships.

Working during studies

Part-time work is allowed for students of all nationalities, but part-time work may not be easy to find especially if you do not know Finnish or Swedish. That's why you should not base your financial plans solely on the option of finding part-time employment. Also keep in mind that earnings from possible part-time work may not in themselves be sufficient to cover all your living expenses. Please refer to the section Working during studies for related information and advice.

Scholarships for Bachelor’s and Master’s level

The Finnish universities and UAS's offer scholarships for gifted non-EU/EEA students admitted to fee-charging Bachelor's or Master's programmes. Each university/UAS has its own scholarship programme; you can read more about these scholarships on the institutions' own web sites. You usually apply for these scholarships at the same time when you apply for admission.

For EU/EEA students, Bachelor's and Master's level scholarships are relatively rare, as EU/EEA students do not need to pay any tuition fees. But you can check with the university/UAS of your choice if they offer any scholarship options that would also be applicable to EU/EEA students.

Master's level scholarships are however available both for EU and non-EU students admitted into Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes.

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. Additionally, if full degree studies are not an option for you, you could check if there are some student exchange options that you could apply for. See the section on Exchange programmes for more info.

Scholarships for Doctoral (PhD) level

National scholarship schemes (EDUFI scholarships) exist for students planning to come to Finland for Doctoral level studies. Please refer to the left-hand margin menu for information on these and other scholarship options.

To apply for the EDUFI Doctoral level scholarships, you must first establish contact with a hosting Finnish university. See advice and links to the universities' Doctoral Admissions info pages in the section Doctoral admissions.

Scholarships for post-Doctoral studies and research

The governmental EDUFI scholarships are not applicable to post-Doctoral studies, but in the section Other sources of funding you can find general research funding links, for example the Academy of Finland website. Also your hosting Finnish university can inform you of the possible post-doc funding organisations and foundations in Finland.