Tuition Fees and Scholarships for Bachelor´s Degree
According to the legislation Institutes of Higher Education in Finland must charge tuition fees from the students coming outside of the European Union and the European Economic Area when applying to English taught degree programmes.
The size of the tuition fee varies between the different schools and the different programmes offered by the particular school. The higher educational establishments can decide themselves on the arrangements regarding the collection of the fees.
There is early bird discount available for new selected students as well as extra stipend for everyone who has to pay the tuition fee. You can find more information in the sections below.
Information about tuition fees and scholarships for Master´s degrees.
Who has to pay?
Tuition fee is charged from the non-EU/EEA students (including UK citizens) studying in the English degree programmes and who do not hold the Finnish residence permit that gives the exemption from the tuition fees.
The following groups do not have to pay the tuition fees:
- non-EU/EEA citizens studying in the Finnish degree programmes
- Citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland or the family members of such persons
- Persons who have:
- an EU Blue Card
- continuous (type A) residence permit in Finland. Please note that from the spring 2022 onward the legislation has changed and the new students applying for student visa will receive continuous residence permit A based on their study place (previous residence permit B). This permit, however, will not give exemption from the tuition fee. The grounds for the permit are stated in the card (student).
- permanent (type P) residence permit in Finland
- an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence (type P-EU) in Finland
- EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
- Brexit permit
What documents need to be delivered?
- Copies of the documents proving the grounds for exemption of the tuition fee for the previously mentioned reasons (in section “Who has to pay?”)
- A copy of passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland
Note! Citizens of Finland are not required to provide proof of their citizenship; it will be verified from the population register
Copies of the documents must be uploaded to the application by the deadline of documents of each application period.
The original documents will be checked.
If a student receives one of the documents mentioned above at any point of the application period or later during the studies, he/she should provide us the document immediately. If the document is delivered after the tuition fee is already paid, the remaining fee will be returned.
How much is the fee?
The amount of the tuition fee for Bachelor's degree for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland students is 8000 euros per academic year.
How is the fee paid?
You will receive an email with instructions for making the payment after you have confirmed your study place and enrolled for the upcoming academic year. You can pay the tuition fee either with your credit card through Paytrail services or at bank by using the electronic invoice information. The fee must be paid within 14 days.
Please note that the tuition fee must be paid before applying for student visa.
What will the tuition fee cover?
The tuition fee entitles the student to study and receive a degree and to use the normal support services available for students. However, all students have to buy books and other educational material themselves, get insurance as well as take care of their own travelling and living costs (accommodation, food, clothing, leisure activities). Average monthly living cost for a student is estimated to be about 600–900 euros.
According to Finnish Immigration Service, in addition to the amount of the tuition fee, the student has to have at least 6 720 euros / academic year available to cover the living costs.
How can I get early bird discount?
Early bird 2023
From 2023 onwards the early bird discount is 2000€. The new early bird discount is applied to the Bachelor's degree programmes which have the official start day of studies in autumn 2023. Applicant must confirm the study place and enroll present within 7 days from receiving the information of acceptance.
Early bird is not available for transfer students, students who have been selected on the basis of their Open UAS or previous UAS studies or students studying for a double or joint degree.
How much is the scholarship?
From the beginning of the academic year 2023-2024 the scholarship for tuition paying students is 2400€.The new scholarship system is applied to degree programmes starting in autumn 2023.
The scholarship is for students who are required to pay the tuition fee of 8000€ per academic year. The other regulations for the scholarship follow the guidelines explained below.
There is a scholarship of 4000€ available for all non-EU/EEA students who are required to pay tuition fee. The scholarship is meant to help students with their tuition fee of 8000€ per academic year.
Both above mentioned scholarships are granted for the optimal study time of the degree programme, which means 3,5 to 4 years depending of the degree programme in question. The scholarship is granted by Grant Committee based on the study progress on each academic year to those students who have completed at least 55 ECTS credits during the academic year. The final installment of the scholarship is awarded if student graduates within the optimal study time.
Please note, that in order to graduate in optimal study time student has to complete at least 60 cr/academic year.
Scholarship is taxable under Finnish legislation.
Who can apply for a scholarship?
Scholarship is meant for students who are required to pay tuition fees.
Therefore students, who are not paying the tuition fee because of their citizenship of EU/EEA country or Switzerland or students who are exempted from the tuition fee because of the status of their residence permit cannot apply.
How to get a scholarship?
The scholarship is based on the progress of studies (55 ECTS cr/academic year). The study plan for each Bachelor's degree programme is designed so that the required number of ECTS credits is achievable if student follows his/her personal study plan.
Scholarship is awarded after each academic year. First available scholarship for the first year students is granted after first academic year.
Students do not need to apply for scholarship. It is granted by Grant Committee based on the study progress on each academic year to those students who have completed minimum 55 ECTS credits during the academic year. The scholarship is deducted from the next year's tuition fee.
Graduating student is advised about applying the last scholarship when he/she is applying for the degree diploma. The last scholarship is paid to a bank account if the requirements for the scholarship are met.
How can I get Finnish language scholarship?
In addition there is a Finnish language scholarship available to all students who by the Finnish law are required to pay tuition fees. The scholarship is also available for those applicants who are exempted for paying the tuition fee based on their residence permit. With this scholarship Oamk wishes to encourage its students to learn Finnish language and this way help them to integrate into Finnish society and find their own place in it. Therefore, students who take and pass the Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Finnish language on the level B1 are awarded with extra scholarship of 2000€.