Not sure how to proceed? Read our starter's advice below!

1. Choose Your Programme

Use the national application portal database at to find the right option for you. Also check out the individual universities' own admissions info pages

There are hundreds of programmes in English for you to choose from.

2. Check Admissions Information

Once you've chosen your programme, the Admissions Services of the university/UAS you are planning to apply to can advise you on the eligibility criteria, application process and deadlines, and any documents you will need to provide as part of your application. You may need to take an entrance exam, or some other kind of aptitude test. You must also have a sufficient level of English. 

Get in touch with the Admissions Office at the university offering the degree programme if you have any questions regarding your application. Check out the universities' own admissions info pages and the listing of Admissions Servies' contact details.

3. Apply to Programmes and for Scholarships

Start your application at when the application period is open for the programmes you are interested in.

The joint application period to studies starting in autumn (September) is arranged annually in January (4–18 Jan in 2023). Some degree programmes may however have a different application schedule, so-called separate application.

A small number of individual degree programmes may also offer a January study start option. To these, the joint application period is usually open in September (30 Aug–13 Sept in 2023).

Always check with the university of your choice how and when to apply to your chosen programme. Make sure you apply in time before the deadline.

The universities offer scholarships for those non-EU/EEA bachelor's and master's level students who are required to pay tuition fees. You usually apply for a scholarship from the university at the same time when you apply for admission. For more info on your scholarship options, check out the programme descriptions at - and contact the university if necessary.

Note that you'll also need to be able to cover your living expenses. You should have a realistic budget in place before you apply for a programme.

4. Wait for the Results - and Confirm your Study Place

Waiting can be the hardest part! The universities you have applied to will inform all applicants of their admissions results. If you have been successful in your application, you will receive an official letter of acceptance. This letter will explain how to accept your study place.

You can only accept one study place per term, even if you receive several offers. This choice is binding, so if you are expecting results from several programmes, wait for all the results before confirming your choice. Be careful however not to miss the deadline for confirming the study place.

You can check the result dates, confirmation deadlines and all other study-related details with the Admissions Services of the Finnish university you've applied to.

5. Prepare for Arrival

If you come from a non-EU/EEA country, you will need to apply for a student residence permit. You can find student residence permit advice and regulations at

Start you residence permit application as soon as you have received official confirmation on your admission!

Check with your new Finnish home university when your first semester begins. You should also apply for student housing. Your Finnish university can advise you on the available student housing options.

When travelling to Finland, make sure you have all the required documentation with you. Check the latest guidelines regarding the necessary entry documents on the Finnish Border Guard website.

You are now ready to study in Finland!