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Study in Finland: Tuition Fees & Scholarships

May 23, 2017
Birds-eye view of Helsinki

Students from the EU/EEA/ or Switzerland are privy to Finland’s world-class public education and are not required to pay tuition fees. That said, this does not include added expenses from materials and living costs, so make sure to incorporate these into your overall budget. Scholarship opportunities are also lower for students from these countries.

Non-EU/EEA students studying in Finland are required to pay tuition fees to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s level program in English. Doctorate programs are usually tuition free.

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Each university sets their own fees, which can be different from program to program, but annual tuition fees  are set somewhere between €5,000 and €18,000 , not including general living expenses.

Fortunately, students who are required to pay tuition fees are also eligible to apply for an institution’s scholarship program, so make sure to check out the available scholarship opportunities when choosing a university in Finland!

It is worth bearing in mind that most scholarship options would only cover the tuition fee either 100% or partially. International students are usually expected to cover all their living expenses independently.


Finland is known as one of Europe’s most modern, most innovative countries, and its educational system is world-renowned!

Education System

Want to learn about how higher education works in Finland? A popular destination for international students given its high-quality public and private education and fascinating Nordic culture, take a minute to dive into Finland’s higher education system!

Student Visas

Do you need a visa to study in Finland? Learn everything you need to know about the student residence permit process and the exact documents you need to enter and study the country.

Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Finland.

Language & Culture

One of the Nordic countries, Finland’s culture is rooted in it’s stark and beautiful natural environment. Find out more about what it means to live in Finland as an international student!

Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a higher education institution. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Finland and what you need to apply to the institution of your choice.


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The content of this country guide has been developed in partnership with Study in Finland.

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Study in Finland is the official starter's guide for international students interested in the opportunities Finland offers in higher education. Study in Finland is operated by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

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