Tuition Fees and Funding Opportunities in Finland Costs and funding

Everybody knows that studying in Finland does not imply tuition fees. Huuray! However, this depends on the level of your studies, your nationality, and also on the program you're interested in.

This means that some degree programmes may charge tuition fees that vary from 2,500 to around 15, 000 EUR per year.

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Read below and find out detailed information about tuition fees in Finnish universities.

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1. University tuition fees in Finland

Tuition costs for EU and non-EU students

Finland is one of the financial havens of Europe since universities and polytechnics do not charge tuition fees for students coming from EU/EEA countries.

Starting from autumn 2017, non-EU/EEA students will have to pay tuition fees. This will result in:

  • Minimum tuition for English-taught degree: 1,500 EUR/year
  • Average tuition fees English-taught: 10,000 – 16,000 EUR/year
  • Finnish or Swedish-taught degrees: free of charge
  • Highest tuition – university of Helsinki: 10,000 – 25,000 EUR/year
  • One of the lowest tuition – University of Lappeenranta: average of 10,000 EUR/year
Study for free in Finland

Examples of free universities in Finland for EU/EEA students:

  1. University of Jyväskylä
  2. Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
  3. University of Eastern Finland
  4. Hanken School of Economics
Tuition fees at top-ranked universities

Check the average tuition fees charged to international students (non EU/EEA students) at the top-ranked Finnish universities:

  1. University of Helsinki– average tuition fees 13,000 EUR/year
  2. Aalto University– average tuition fees 15,000 EUR/year
  3. University of Oulu– average tuition fees 12,000 EUR/year
  4. University of Tampere– average tuition fees 10,000 EUR/year

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2. Scholarships and grants

Due to the future tuition fees, all universities are required to have a scholarship programme for students from non-EU/EEA countries. Until this is implemented, only PhD students can apply for a scholarship.

  • While scholarships for Bachelor students are basically unavailable, you may find programmes that will help you finance your studies through Erasmus Mundus. The funded scholarships cover the participation costs, travel expenses, a living allowance and insurance.
  • Non-EU/EEA students with great academic performance are eligible for having their tuition full or partly waived. These scholarships are offered by the Finnish government and some also include a living cost allowance.
  • Scholarship dedicated to American students in Finland provided by Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships program. Awards offered are up to 5,000 USD/year.

Here is a list of scholarships you can get to study in Finland.

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