Detailed information on applying for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral studies at Finnish higher education institutions is available at the national application database and on each institution’s own admissions website.

Five Steps to Studying in Finland

1. Choose Your Programme

There are hundreds of programmes for you to choose from. Visit for details on each programme. 

2. Check Admissions Information

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. Also check if you need to take an entrance exam or another kind of aptitude test to get onto your programme of choice. You can always get in touch with the Admissions Office at the university you are interested in if you have any further questions.

3. Apply to Programmes and for Scholarships

All programme applications have deadlines — make sure that yours arrives on time! All higher education institutions offer scholarships for students who are required to pay tuition fees. For more info on this, check out the programme descriptions at It’s a good idea to have a realistic budget in place before you apply for a programme!

4. Wait for the Letter of Acceptance

Waiting can be the hardest part! The HEIs you have applied to will inform all applicants of their admissions results at the same time. If you have been successful in your application, you will receive an official letter of acceptance. This letter will explain how to accept your place and how to get your Finnish education journey started. Remember to check the deadlines!

5. Prepare for Arrival

If you come from a non-EU/EEA country, you will need to apply for a residence permit. You can find residence permit advice at Make sure that your application is made early enough. You should also apply for student housing immediately. Remember to arrange all the necessary insurance policies and find out when the semester begins. You are now ready to study in Finland!