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Simple Steps for International Students to Study in Finland

Simple Steps for International Students to Study in Finland

Finland universities is now a great destination for international students as they currently offer over 400 bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes taught in English. With lots of masters or PhD scholarships for international students

Most of the bachelor’s degree programmes taught in English are offered by universities of applied sciences (UAS), whereas most of the master’s programmes taught in English are offered by universities.

How to Apply to Study in Finland

To start your studies in Finland, you need to start applying for degrees, which is done through the online at Studyinfo.fi. There are two main application periods a year for studies commencing in autumn:

some individual degree programmes may commerce a January study start option, to which applications would usually be open in September of the previous year.

Most degree programmes may also have additional application periods outside the main application window.

Requirements to Study in Finland

When applying for bachelor’s programmes, you usually need to hold such school-leaving certificates that make you eligible to apply for higher education in your home country. When applying to a Finnish Higher Education Institution, you will need your upper secondary school certificates, even if you have completed some higher education studies after that.

For master’s level admissions, you need to have completed a university-level bachelor’s degree, or equivalent. If you are an eligible applicant, you may be required to complete an entrance exam or an interview.

If English is not your first language, you may need to demonstrate your English proficiency level. IELTS and TOEFL are the most commonly accepted options, but many institutions also offer others. Remember to check any possible English proficiency test exemption rules with the institution you are applying to.

After the application period and any entrance exams are over, the institution you’ve applied to will process your application and make a final admission decision. Once you have been accepted as a student, you will receive an official letter of admission from the institution in question. Remember to follow the guidelines given by your institution to confirm your study place.

Cost of Studying in Finland


If you are from outside the EU/EEA area, you are required to pay tuition fees for bachelor’s and master’s level programmes which are taught in English. Some exceptions may apply. On doctoral level tuition fees are not charged, regardless of your nationality.

Remember that if you are required to pay tuition fees, you are also eligible to apply for the institution’s scholarships. Check the available scholarship options with the university you’re applying to. In addition, we have provided you with a list to start from.

University students are required to pay an annual student union fee, which is approximately €80 – €100. When you join your local student union you get a student card entitling you to discounts in places like student restaurants and when using public transport.

Cost of Living in Finland


For you to study in Finland, and complete your degree program you are required to independently cover your everyday living expenses.

Monthly living costs for students (including food, accommodation, travel, insurance, etc.) are around €700 – €900, depending on which city you live and your personal living habits. Living costs are normally higher in big cities than smaller ones.

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