Annual tuition fees
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. See here if you are required to pay annual tuition fees.
The amount of the fee can vary between higher education institutions.
Finnish higher education institutions offer a range of scholarship options for those non-EU/EEA students who are required to pay tuition fees.
Each university/UAS has its own scholarship system, so the kinds of scholarship available and any tuition fees you are expected to cover will depend on the institution and the degree programme in question. The details of scholarships for each programme can be seen from the degree programme description.
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 one of the residence permits stated in the Aliens Act: a residence card for a family member of an EU citizen, an EU blue card, continuous or permanent residence permit, or a long-term residents 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.
EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.