Study In Finland - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Finland as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Finland as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Finland

Why study in Finland

Cost of studying in Finland

Universities in Finland for international students

Cost of living in Finland for international students

How to get a visa to study in Finland

How to apply and study in Finland

Tuition fees to study in Finland

Applying to study in Finland


Applications are usually made online, either directly to the university, or via the centralized admissions service University Admissions Finland (UAF). Deadlines vary, but the main applications period is November-January, for courses starting the following fall. At some polytechnics it is also possible to apply in August-September for courses starting the following spring, but only for selected programs.

As well as proving your academic credentials, you may also need to pass an entrance examination.

The two national languages in Finland are Finnish and Swedish, and both are used in university tuition. It may also be possible to take courses taught in English, though this is more common at graduate level than for bachelor’s degrees. If you do study in English, you are strongly recommended to learn at least basic Finnish to help with daily life during your time in the country.

Many of the undergraduate courses that are offered in English are found at polytechnics, rather than traditional universities. Also known as ‘universities of applied sciences’, these are institutions offering full degrees, but with a more vocational focus.

For the majority of subjects, however, it is necessary to be able to study in either Finnish or Swedish if you want to complete a full undergraduate degree in Finland. Alternatively, you could study in Finland for a shorter period, for a summer school or as part of an exchange program; in these cases there are more English-led options.


Applying to universities in Finland


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Cost and tuition fees to study in Finland as an international student

The cost of studying in Finland actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Finland have different tuition fees.


Before,studying in Finland was free for everybody including international students but that changed and all the non EU international students are now required to pay about US$1,600 per year for tuition fees.


This does not include the registration fees in which all students including the locals need to pay for the student body activities.


The cost of living in Finland is not expensive,as an international student,you can live on a monthly budget of about US$1500 which will include your accommodation,feeding,transport etc. The cost of living in Finland as an international student will actually depend on the students lifestyle or spending habit.


Because tuition is free for the locals and EU nationals,it is hard to find financial aids such as scholarships for international students,but try contacting the university you intend to enroll in to check if they have any form of financial aid for international students.


Cost of living in Finland according to expatistan




            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district  €12

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)   €7

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast           €5.52

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk   €1.08

            12 eggs, large   €2.68

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €3.40

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese  €6

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples    €2.16

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €0.97

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket  €2.22

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality  €13

            2 liters of Coca-Cola    €2.92

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day     €1.85


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area        €1,829

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area            €1,323

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat     €74

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area        €1,050

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area            €834

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio      €61

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)        €16

            40” flat screen TV        €416

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)            €143

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)         €8

            Hourly rate for cleaning help      €27


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)     €88

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)  €36

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)         €100

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes   €135


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new  €28,418

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas           €1.45

            Monthly ticket public transport  €52

Personal Care  

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)      €7

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)  €13

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)          €61

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.53

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)      €3.65

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.23

            4 rolls of toilet paper     €1.85

            Tube of toothpaste        €2.19

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city  €26


Visa to study in Finland


As an international, you require a visa to study in Finland. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Finland visa.


What documents will be required?

Passport: Citizens of Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Sweden and Norway ) do not need a passport for entering Finland. EU-nationals, and citizens of Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland and Schengen Agreement countries can enter Finland with a valid passport or a valid identity card. All other nationalities require a valid passport.

The processing charge

The processing charge must be paid in cash when you leave your application, except in the case of bank transfers at Finland's missions abroad.

Who issues a visa and how long does it take to process a visa?

A visa is issued by a diplomat or consul representative of a Schengen country. It is advisable to apply for a visa well in advance of the planned date of travel. A minimum of 14 days should be reserved for processing. If the visa application for Finland is delivered in your country to a representation of a mission of another Schengen country, the process will usually take much longer. Applications should be delivered well in advance so that there will be proper time to process them.


How long is the Visa valid for?

A visa granting multiple entries may be valid for one year at a time so that the number of days spent in the country of residence does not exceed more than 90 days within six months. The number of days will be counted based on the stamps in your passport. A multiple-entry visa may be valid for a year, a single-entry visa for six (6) months and a transit visa for three (3) months.

Other information:

Extending a visa when in Finland

Local police authorities can extend the residence time defined in a visa. The extended period of the residence permit must not exceed its final date and the total duration may not exceed three months within half year. In addition an applicant’s travel insurance must be sufficient to cover the extended time.

Who needs a visa?

The Schengen member states - Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland - have jointly agreed about the rules concerning the movement of third-country nationals in their territories and decided which countries' citizens are required to present a visa. Furthermore, each Schengen State has decided which travel documents citizens of different third countries have to present upon entering the country.

EU citizens

You will not need a visa for traveling within the EU.

There are 34 countries whose nationals do not need a visa to visit the EU for three months or less. These include Australia, Canada, Croatia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. The list of countries whose nationals require visas to travel to the United Kingdom or Ireland differs slightly from other EU countries. If in doubt, check with the nearest consulate of any EU country.

Non-EU citizens

Passport: You will need a valid passport.

Visa: If your visa is from a country fully applying the Schengen rules, it automatically allows you to travel to the other Schengen countries as well. Moreover, if you have a valid residence permit from one of those Schengen countries, it is equivalent to a visa. You may need a national visa to visit non-Schengen countries.

NOTE: Travelers planning a trip across the border to Russia must have a visa. It is advisable to get it at the Embassy of Russia in the traveler’s country of origin, because it takes at least eight weekdays to obtain a visa in Helsinki.


When arriving in a Schengen country, citizens of countries that are subject to the visa requirement must have a passport or some other travel document, which will remain valid until at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area. The travel document must have been issued within the previous 10 years. Citizens of countries that are subject to the visa requirement must always hold a visa when entering the Schengen area. Those holding a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen country do not need a separate visa.


List and ranking of universities in Finland


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Finland. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Finland and their ranking



Rank    University         Location

1          Helsingin yliopisto


2          Aalto-yliopisto

Espoo ...

3          Tampereen teknillinen yliopisto


4          Jyväskylän yliopisto


5          Turun yliopisto

Turku ...

6          Tampereen yliopisto


7          Itä-Suomen yliopisto

Joensuu ...

8          Abo Akademi


9          Lappeenrannan teknillinen yliopisto


10        Vaasan yliopisto


11        Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu

Helsinki ...

12        Jyväskylän ammattikorkeakoulu


13        Taideyliopisto


14        Turun ammattikorkeakoulu

Turku ...

15        Lapin yliopisto


16        Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu


17        Oulun Seudun ammattikorkeakoulu

Oulu ...

18        Karelia-ammattikorkeakoulu


19        Laurea-ammattikorkeakoulu

Vantaa ...

20        HAAGA-HELIA ammattikorkeakoulu

Helsinki ...

21        Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu

Hämeenlinna ...

22        Hanken - Svenska handelshögskolan

Helsinki ...

23        Lapin Ammattikorkeakoulu

Rovaniemi ...

24        Savonia-ammattikorkeakoulu

Kuopio ...

25        Kymenlaakson ammattikorkeakoulu

Kotka ...

26        Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu


27        Seinäjoen ammattikorkeakoulu

Seinäjoki ...

28        Lahden ammattikorkeakoulu


29        Mikkelin ammattikorkeakoulu


30        Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu


31        Yrkeshögskolan Novia


32        Arcada - Nylands svenska yrkeshögskola


33        Diakonia ammattikorkeakoulu

Helsinki ...

34        Kajaanin ammattikorkeakoulu


35        Centria ammattikorkeakoulun


36        Humanistinen ammattikorkeakoulu

Helsinki ...

37        Saimaan ammattikorkeakoulu

Lappeenranta ...

38        Högskolan på Åland


Un        Oulun yliopisto



Courses you can study at universities in Finland


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Finland


In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Finland or other study abroad destinations


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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