Study in Finland – Tuition Fees and Funding Opportunities

Everybody knows that to study in Finland does not require tuition fees. Hurray! However, this is dependent on the level of your studies, your nationality, and also on the program you are interested in.

This implies that some degree programs may charge tuition fees that vary from 2,500 to around 18,000 EUR per school session.

Finland’s world-class higher education system provides over 400 English-taught bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in 13 universities and 22 universities of applied sciences (UAS). The universities also provide English-taught PhD degree options. Finnish higher academic institutions have more than 20 000 foreign students schooling in several locations all over Finland.


All universities and universities of applied sciences have scholarship award openings for foreign students.

Read below and discover comprehensive information about tuition fees and funding chances in Finnish universities.

1. University tuition fees in Finland – Study in Finland

Tuition costs for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students

Finland is one of the financial havens of Europe due to the fact that universities and polytechnics do not charge tuition fees for scholars coming from the EU/EEA and Switzerland. PhD programs are free for all scholars, irrespective of their nationality.

Beginning from the autumn of 2017, non-EU/EEA scholars 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 degree programs: 5,000 – 18,000 EUR per year
  • Finnish or Swedish-taught degrees: free of charge for all students

Study in Finland for free

Examples of tuition-free schools in Finland for EU/EEA scholars:

  • 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 foreign scholars (non-EU/EEA candidates) have to pay at top-ranked Finnish universities:

  • University of Helsinki – between 13,000 – 18,000 EUR per session
  • Aalto University – between 12,000 – 15,000 EUR per session
  • University of Oulu – between 10,000 – 13,000 EUR per session
  • Tampere University – between 8,000 – 12,000 EUR per session

2. Scholarships and grants in Finland – Study 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. Every university has its structure, and students typically apply for the scholarship award during the application for the study program. You can find more information on the website of the university where you wish to study.

Another avenue is the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree program. Funds are offered by the EU, and partner institutions enable scholars to enrol in one program that will take place at several universities, in different nations.

You can also explore our scholarship pages to get some assistance on funding your studies abroad.

Now that you know more about tuition fees and scholarship awards for a study in Finland, go ahead and put in for your dream Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program in this beautiful nation. Have a great study experience and do not forget to travel and explore as much as you can.

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