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.
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 10 000€ 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.
Early bird discount
Early bird 2024
The early bird discount of 2000 € is applied to all Bachelor’s degree programmes that have tuition fees. 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?
The scholarship is awarded solely on the basis of the student’s Finnish language skills. Students can enhance their language skills during their studies. The maximum of scholarship during the optimal study time of the degree programme is 6000€. The scholarship 2024 is applied to tuition paying applicants who have been admitted to the degree programmes with official start day in august 2024. 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?
Scholarships are awarded basis of National Certificates of Language Proficiency (YKI).