Tuition fees and scholarships 2017

Am I required to pay tuition fees in Finland?

If you are a Finnish citizen, or a citizen of an EU/EEA country, you are not required to pay tuition fees in Finland.

Tuition fees and related scholarship options concern non-EU/EEA students admitted to English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes starting in August 2017 or after that.

Exemptions: you do not need to pay tuition fees, if you are...

  • a non-EU/EEA student and have started your degree studies in Finland before autumn 2017
  • admitted to Doctoral/PhD level studies and research
  • going to study temporarily in Finland as part of an official student exchange programme
  • admitted to a degree programme taught in Finnish or Swedish (see section Studying in Finnish or Swedish)
  • an EU/EEA citizen or their family member *)
  • a holder of a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit for Finland **)

*) for a definition of "family member" in this context, see the 'Am I required to pay tuition fees?' checklist

**) continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type. Note that a permanent residence permit in some other EU country does not as such make you exempt from tuition fees in Finland. If your primary grounds for residing in Finland will be studying, then you are likely to be subject to tuition fees as student residence permits are generally of a "temporary" type. More information on student residence permit matters can be found on the Migri website.

If you are unsure about whether you are subject to tuition fees, check the 'Am I required to pay tuition fees?' section on the application site. If necessary, contact the Admissions Office of the university/UAS you're planning to apply to for further advice.

How much will the annual tuition fee be?

The annual fees are between 4.000 to 20.000 EUR approximately, depending on the university or degree programme. Each university/UAS independently decides their own fee structure.

Note also that the fees may be degree programme specific so the fees can vary also within one individual university/UAS.

You can refer to our list of tuition fee links to find out about the tuition fees and scholarships at each university/UAS.

Will there be financial support available for non-EU/EEA students?

Yes. Finnish universities and UAS's will provide scholarship options for gifted non-EU/EEA students admitted to the fee-charging degree programmes.

Depending on the university/UAS, these non-EU/EEA student scholarships may be offered in the form of e.g. full or partial fee waivers, performance-based refunds, etc. Some individual scholarship options may also include a living cost allowance.

Where can I find detailed info on the fees and scholarship/financial support options?

Detailed information on the extent of individual universities' fees and related financial support options will become available during 2016. The universities and UAS's will publish information on their fees on their own websites, each according to their own schedule.

Please follow our Tuition fee information listed by institution page and the institutions' own websites for updates on the forthcoming fees and scholarship options.

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