Everybody knows that studying in Finland does not imply tuition fees. Hurray! However, this depends on the level of your studies, your nationality, and also on the programme you're interested in.
This means that some degree programmes may charge tuition fees that range from 2,500 to around 18,000 EUR/academic year.
Read below and find out detailed information about tuition fees and funding opportunities in Finnish universities.
1. University tuition fees in Finland
Tuition costs for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students
Finland is one of the financial heavens of Europe because universities and polytechnics do not charge tuition fees for students coming from the EU/EEA and Switzerland. PhD programmes are free for all students, regardless of their nationality.
Starting from the autumn of 2017, non-EU/EEA students will have to pay tuition fees. This will result in:
- Minimum tuition for English-taught degrees: 1,500 EUR/year
- Average tuition fees for English-taught degrees: 5,000 – 18,000 EUR/year
- Finnish or Swedish-taught degrees: free of charge for all students
Study for free in Finland
Examples of tuition-free universities in Finland for EU/EEA students:
- University of Jyväskylä
- Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
- University of the Arts Helsinki
- Hanken School of Economics
Tuition fees at top-ranked universities in Finland
These are the average tuition fees international students (non-EU/EEA students) have to pay at top-ranked Finnish universities:
- University of Helsinki – between 13,000 – 18,000 EUR/year
- Aalto University – between 12,000 – 15,000 EUR/year
- University of Oulu – between 10,000 – 13,000 EUR/year
- Tampere University – between 8,000 – 12,000 EUR/year
2. Scholarships and grants in Finland
If you’re required to pay tuition fees at a Finnish university, this allows you to apply for the institution’s scholarship programme. Each university has its system, and students usually apply for the scholarship during the application for the study programme. You can learn more details on the website of the university where you want to study.
Another option is the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme. Funds are provided by the EU, and partner institutions allow students to enrol in one programme that will take place at multiple universities, in different countries.
You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies abroad.
Here are other scholarships you can explore in Finland.
Now that you know more about tuition fees and scholarships in Finland, go ahead and apply for your dream Bachelor's or Master's degree in this beautiful country. Have a great study experience and don't forget to explore and travel as much as you can.