Five Steps to Studying in Finland
1. Choose Your Programme
Use the national application portal Studyinfo.fi 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
Check 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.
3. Apply to Programmes and for Scholarships
Start your application at Studyinfo.fi when the application period is open for the programmes you are interested in.
The joint application period to studies starting in autumn (September) 2021 is arranged annually in January (7-20 Jan in 2021) at Studyinfo.fi. Some degree programmes may however have a different application schedule, so-called separate application.
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 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 Studyinfo.fi - 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 your hosting Finnish university.
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 at www.migri.fi. Remember to arrange all the necessary insurance policies and means of support.
Start you residence permit application as soon as you have received official confirmation on your admission!
You should also apply for student housing. Ask your hosting university in Finland about student housing options.
Check with your hosting Finnish university when your first semester begins. You are now ready to study in Finland!