Universities of applied sciences and universities charge a tuition fee from bachelor’s or master’s level students studying in languages other than Finnish or Swedish. EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to the charge.
The amount of the fee can vary between higher education institutions.
The higher education institutions have scholarship schemes that give financial support for students enrolled in degree programmes that are subject to the charge.
Exemption from the fee
The fee is not charged from students who are equated with EU area citizens. The exemption also applies to those who have an EU blue card stated in the Aliens Act, continuous or permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EC residence permit.
If you already have a study right in a Finnish higher education institution in a degree programme that did not charge tuition fees when you started your studies, and you apply for a transfer through transfer student application for a degree programme that now charges tuition fees, you will not have to pay the tuition fee.
Migri – Studying in Finland (Finnish Immigration Service)
EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.
EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.