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Joint application for higher education in spring 2017: 10 Jan − 25 Jan 2017 at 15:00 (GMT+2) Appplication period 1. Available study options.

 


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. Read more on tuition fees.

 

Application period to vocational teacher education 4 Jan – 26 Jan at 15:00 (GMT+2): Available study options

 

Am I required to pay tuition fees?

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Are you a Finnish citizen?

Yes ⇒ You are not required to pay tuition fees.
No ⇒ next question

 

Are you married to a Finnish citizen?

Being married to a Finnish citizen doesn’t automatically make one exempt from paying fees. In order to be exempted from paying them, you need to have a fixed-term continuous residence permit (type A)  or a permanent residence permit (type P) in Finland.

To prove your residency status, please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application documents.

If you live abroad and wish to apply to Finland to pursue studies, you should apply for your residence permit as soon as possible with the Finnish Immigration Service.

 

Specimen of a Finnish residence permit card. Source: Finnish Immigration Service

Specimen of a Finnish residence permit card

Specimen of a Finnish residence permit card. Source: Finnish Immigration Service

Residence permit card

Specimen of a Finnish residence permit card. Source: Finnish Immigration Service

For more information please see:

Spouse of a Finnish citizen (Finnish Immigration Service)

No ⇒ Next question

 

Do you have citizenship in a European Union (EU) country, European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland?

Yes ⇒ You are not required to pay tuition fees.

All citizens of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, plus citizens of Switzerland, are not required to pay tuition fees. For a list of these countries, please see the list of EU/EEA countries.  All EU/EEA and Swiss citizens are required to submit proof of their citizenship to Admissions services in Finland. Please submit a copy of your valid passport, valid national ID card, or valid identity card where your citizenship is indicated as an attachment to your application.

No ⇒ Next question

 

Are you a family member of a citizen of an EU or EEA country?

Yes ⇒ You are most likely not required to pay tuition fees.

If your spouse has citizenship in an EU/EEA country, he/she has right of residence in Finland. This means that he/she is allowed to be in Finland for longer than 3 months without needing a residence permit.  You can be considered a family member if you are a spouse, registered partner or common-law spouse; a child under 21 years of age who is financially dependent on their parent(s); or a parent who is financially dependent on their child who lives in Finland.

In order to prove your status as a family member, you need to have a residence card (to a family member of EU citizen). Please submit a copy of you residence permit card as attachment to your application.

For more information please see

Licences and permits for foreigners  (Finnish Immigration Service)

No ⇒ Next question

 

Do you have a permanent Finnish residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit (P,P-EU)?

Yes ⇒ You are not required to pay tuition fees.

Individuals with permanent Finnish residence permit or long-term resident’s EU residence permit in Finland are not required to pay tuition fees.

To prove your residence status, please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application documents. A long-term resident’s EU residence permit card has a marking “P or P-EU” as a type of the permit. If you have a long-term resident’s EU residence permit granted in another EU-country, you need to apply for residence permit in Finland. If your Finnish residence permit card is marked type A or B please see the next question.

For more information, please see

Residence permit card (Finnish Immigration Service)

No ⇒ next question

 

Do you have a fixed-term continuous residence permit (type A)?

Yes ⇒ You are not required to pay tuition fees.

Individuals with fixed-term continuous residence  Finnish residence permit are not required to pay tuition fees.

To prove your residence status, please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application documents. A fixed-term continous  residence permit card has a marking “A” as a type of the permit

For more information, please see

Residence permit card (Finnish Immigration Service)

No ⇒ Next question

 

Do you have a fixed-term temporary residence permit (type B)?

Yes ⇒ It is likely that you are required to pay tuition fees.

No ⇒ In order to start your studies you need to apply for a temporary residence permit (type B). You can apply for residence permit after receiving your study offer. If you are granted a residence permit type B, you are required to pay tuition fees.

For more information, please see

Submit your application to a Finnish embassy (Finnish Immigration Service)

 

Do you have an EU Blue Card?

Yes ⇒ You are not required to pay tuition fees.

Applicants who have been granted an EU Blue Card in Finland do not have to pay tuition fees. An EU Blue Card is a residence permit card with a marking “EU Blue Card” as a type of the permit.

To prove your residency status, please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application documents.

For more information, please see

Residence permit card (Finnish Immigration Service)

The EU Blue Card for work that requires high level competence (Finnish Immigration Service)

No ⇒ Next question

 

Are you applying for doctoral studies (third cycle) in Finland?

Yes ⇒ You are not required to pay tuition fees.

No ⇒ Next question

 

Were you/will you be registered for a study programme in Finland when you submit your application?

Yes ⇒ Your registration status does not exempt you from paying tuition fees

Students who apply for a new course or programme that starts in 1 Jan 2017 or later are required to pay tuition fees for that programme.  If you are currently a student in a programme, you may finish the programme without having to pay tuition fees.

No ⇒ Next question

 

Are you applying to study in a degree programme taught in Finnish or Swedish?

Yes ⇒ Student studying in programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish are not required to pay fees irrespective of their nationality.

Fees will be charged from students from outside the EU or European Economic Area (EEA) studying towards bachelor or master level degrees in languages other than Finnish or Swedish at universities of applied sciences (UAS) and universities.

No ⇒ Next question

 

Are you registered at a foreign university and will be studying in Finland on a temporary basis as part of an official study abroad programme as an exchange student?

Are you registered at a foreign university and will be studying in Finland on a temporary basis as part of an official study abroad programme as an exchange student?

Yes ⇒ You are not required to pay tuition fees.

No ⇒ please see the following information.

 

About the residence permit

You need a residence permit when you come to Finland to study for over 90 days and you are not an EU-citizen or citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. For more information, please see the website of the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).

 

Who decides if I will be exempted from paying the tuition fee?

Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences make the decision whether you are required to pay fees or not based only on the Finnish Immigration Service’s residence permit decision, which is checked from the copy of your residence permit card attached to your application documents.

If you have applied for residence permit but have not received the decision by the date when the tuition fee is due, you will have to pay the fee.