Ready to apply for a university in Finland? Not sure how to proceed? Find out how to get started!

Application for Finland's universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS) is done online at How and when you apply depends on each degree programme.

The joint application to studies starting in September is arranged annually in January. You can apply to up to six degree programmes with one single application within the same application period. Some degree programmes have their application periods open outside the joint application period. In separate applications, the application period can vary a lot depending on the programme.

For further info, read our tips and advice below, and check out and the universities' admissions info pages.

Your 5 steps

  • 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!
  • 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 Studyinfo.

    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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 and those accepted will be guided how to accept the study place offer. 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.
  • Prepare for Arrival

    If you come from a non-EU/EEA country, you will need to apply for a student residence permit. Start you residence permit application as soon as you have received official confirmation on your admission!

    Make sure you have a valid insurance, apply for housing and buy your ticket to Finland. Congratulations!