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

2. Check Admissions Information

When you have found a study programme that interests you, first get familiar with the admission details and application procedure in the programme description at

If necessary, the Admissions Services of the university/UAS you are interested in 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.

You'll find the contact details on the universities' own admissions info pages and in the listing of Admissions Services' 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. Check the application schedule and other details with the university of your choice. 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, see the programme descriptions at, and contact the university if necessary.

You'll also need to be able to cover your living expenses. You should have a realistic budget in place before submitting your application.

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 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.

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!