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Five Steps to Studying in Finland

1. Choose Your Programme

There are hundreds of programmes for you to choose from. Visit to find the right option for you, or visit the individual universities' own admissions info pages.

2. Check Admissions Information

You can find information and advice regarding the study options at and on the universities websites.

The joint application period to studies starting in autumn (September) 2021 will be open 7th-20th Jan 2021 at Some degree programmes may however have a different application schedule, so-called separate application, so always check with the university of your choice how and when to apply to your chosen programme.

Make sure you know about 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. Check the details for all this kind of admissions requirements with the university offering the degree programme.

You can always get in touch with the Admissions Office at the university you are interested in if you have any questions regarding your application.

3. Apply to Programmes and for Scholarships

You can start your application at when the application period is open for the programmes you are interested in. There are two ways to apply to a higher education degree programme in Finland: joint application or separate application, so the application periods may vary. Always check how and when you need to apply to your chosen study programme, and make sure you apply in time before the deadline.

The higher education institutions 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 this, 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. It’s a good idea to 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.

Note that 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 residence permit advice at Make sure that your application is made early enough: we recommend you start you residence permit application as soon as you have received official confirmation on your admission. You should also apply for student housing immediately. Remember to arrange all the necessary insurance policies and means of support - also check with your hosting Finnish university when your first semester begins. You are now ready to study in Finland!