WELCOME TO STUDY IN FINLAND!
Finland is located in northern Europe between our neighbors Sweden, Norway and Russia. We are part of the European Union and a unique member of the Nordic family. But Finland and Finns are different. The Arctic climate gave us guts – or ‘sisu’ as we call it.
We always look for a practical solution, turning potential setbacks into steps forward. Finns are strong believers in equality and education. Our higher education system is one of the best in the world with great international connections, low hierarchies, and academic freedom.
Studying in Finland is not just about the studies. It is a chance to make friends, build networks, and experience something new. Finland is a safe country where things work and nature is always close by. English is our third, unofficial language.
Finland is looking for thinkers with a mind of their own. If you want to stand out, don’t do what everyone else does. Instead, improve your potential and prospects: Study in Finland.
CHOOSE FINLAND AND:
Live in the most peaceful and sustainable country in the world (Fragile States Index 2016)
Study in the best higher education and training system in the world (World Economic Forum 2015)
Live in the healthiest ecosystem in the world (Environmental Performance Index 2016)
Breathe the third cleanest air in the world (World Health Organisation 2016)
Improve your skills in the most innovative country in the world (World Economic Forum 2015)
WHAT TO STUDY?
Finland has a lot to offer to you as an international student. You can study a whole academic degree, do an exchange or a traineeship.
Our summer schools arrange several courses offering you an excellent chance to experience Finnish higher education in your field of expertise. Also, the summer universities arrange intensive courses in Finnish on various starting levels.
WHERE TO FIND INFORMATION ON DEGREE COURSE OPTIONS?
You can search for English-language degree options by using the search function on the Studyinfo.fi online application site. Also, you can turn to the admissions info pages of the Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences to find out about your study opportunities.
HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY?
In our How to apply? section you can find starter’s advice on the admissions system, application times, general eligibility requirements, etc. You can also refer to our Your steps to Finland checklist.
REGIONAL STUDY INFORMATION PORTALS
In many study locations in Finland, there are several higher education institutions. In some cases, the universities and UAS’s have set up regional study information pages. You can find these listed in the right-hand margin of the Where to study? page.
TUITION FEES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Bachelor’s and Master’s level scholarships
Doctoral level scholarships
PLAN YOUR STUDENT FINANCING CAREFULLY
One important aspect of study or research in Finland is considering how to finance your studies. As an international student you are usually required to independently cover your everyday living expences like food, accommodation, travel, insurance, etc. Non-EU students also usually need to pay tuition fees in English-taught Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programmes.
HOW MUCH MONEY WILL YOU NEED?
For your everyday living expenses, we recommend that you reserve at least 700-900 euros per month – see section Cost of living.
If you are a non-EU/EEA student applying for English-taught Bachelor’s or Master’s programmes, you are also likely to be subject to tuition fees. Note that the universities also have non-EU scholarship options available for these fee-charging degree courses. Read more in the section Non-EU tuition fees and scholarships.
WORKING DURING STUDIES
Part-time work is allowed for students of all nationalities, but part-time work may not be easy to find especially if you do not know Finnish or Swedish. That’s why you should not base your financial plans solely on the option of finding part-time employment. Also keep in mind that earnings from possible part-time work may not in themselves be sufficient to cover all your living expenses. Please refer to the section Working during studies for related information and advice.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BACHELOR’S AND MASTER’S LEVEL
The Finnish universities and UAS’s offer scholarships for gifted non-EU/EEA students admitted to fee-charging Bachelor’s or Master’s programmes. Each university/UAS has its own scholarship programme; you can read more about these scholarships on the institutions’ own web sites. You usually apply for these scholarships at the same time when you apply for admission.
For EU/EEA students, Bachelor’s and Master’s level scholarships are relatively rare, as EU/EEA students do not need to pay any tuition fees. But you can check with the university/UAS of your choice if they offer any scholarship options that would also be applicable to EU/EEA students.
Master’s level scholarships are however available both for EU and non-EU students admitted into Erasmus Mundus Master’s programmes.
You might wish to check if you would be eligible to apply for some study abroad scholarships in your home country, and from international organisations and foundations. For information on these, please turn to the educational advisers and authorities in your home country. Additionally, if full degree studies are not an option for you, you could check if there are some student exchange options that you could apply for. See the section on Exchange programmes for more info.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DOCTORAL (PHD) LEVEL
National scholarship schemes (EDUFI scholarships) exist for students planning to come to Finland for Doctoral level studies. Please refer to the left-hand margin menu for information on these and other scholarship options.
To apply for the EDUFI Doctoral level scholarships, you must first establish contact with a hosting Finnish university. See advice and links to the universities’ Doctoral Admissions info pages in the section Doctoral admissions.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POST-DOCTORAL STUDIES AND RESEARCH
The governmental EDUFI scholarships are not applicable to post-Doctoral studies, but in the section Other sources of funding you can find general research funding links, for example the Academy of Finland website. Also your hosting Finnish university can inform you of the possible post-doc funding organisations and foundations in Finland.
When moving to new country, your to-do list can seem endless. On this page, we aim to make things a little easier, by providing you with the most important practical matters you’ll need to take into consideration before and during your studies in Finland.
Temporary visa (you may need this for a short-time visit)
Student residence permit (= long-term student visa)
Insurance and health
Cost of living
Working in Finland during & after studies
Be sure to know, that a single web page like this can’t be an all-encompassing source of information – we only offer you the general outlines. You always need to check with the appropriate authorities in Finland or your home country, which rules and procedures concern your particular situation.
OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
University/University of Applied Sciences you will be studying at
Website of your new home town (public transport, sports facilities, medical services, etc.)
Social media channels (peer advice from students, and so on – always check important matters from relevant authorities!)