Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees at Uniarts Helsinki are applicable to students who study in English and who are not citizens of EU, EEA, or Switzerland.

Tuition fee: 5 000 € / academic year

Who has to pay: Non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a BA or a MA degree in English.

Scholarships: 50 % discount of the tuition fee for the first year (awarded for all new students who apply). After that 50 % or 100 % discount awarded to selected students based on the students’ academic success. No grants to cover living costs.

Read more about the new Finland Scholarships here.

About the tuition fee

Uniarts Helsinki will charge an annual tuition fee of 5,000 euros from non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in a foreign language. In Uniarts Helsinki’s admissions, tuition fees apply to applicants applying to study in English. The amount of the fee will stay the same for the duration of your studies. The amount of the tuition fee is confirmed on a yearly basis.

The fee cannot be charged to a citizen of a Member State of the European Economic Area (EEA), or to a person who is entitled to the same treatment as EU citizens under a treaty signed by the European Union and its Member States with a third party or to a family member of the above-mentioned individuals. Nor can it be charged to a person with an EU Blue Card, a continuous or permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to third-country nationals as referred to in the Aliens Act, or to a family member of the above-mentioned individuals. The definition of persons regarded as family members is based on the Finnish Aliens Act.

UK citizens who enter Finland after 1 January 2021 (and who do not fall under the scope of application of the withdrawal agreement) will be charged tuition fees, as is the case with other non-EU/EEA citizens. Tuition fees will not be charged to any UK citizen or family member of a UK citizen who has registered in the EU during the transition period and who applies for the right of residence as required under the withdrawal agreement by 30 September 2021 and receives a certificate from the Finnish Immigration Service indicating that they have applied. Furthermore, tuition fees will not be charged to a UK citizen or family member of a UK citizen who arrived in Finland between 1 October 2020 and 31 December 2020 and applied directly for the right of residence as required under the withdrawal agreement by 31 December 2020. UK citizens exempt from the obligation to pay tuition fees can prove their exemption by presenting a residence permit card or a certificate from the Finnish Immigration Service indicating that they have applied for the right of residence.

Exemption from tuition fees

You are exempted from paying tuition fees if you have one of the following documents:

  • Passport (or identity card) to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland
  • EU Blue Card in Finland
  • Continuous residence permit card in Finland (Type A permit)
  • EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland
  • Permanent residence permit card in Finland (Type P permit)
  • EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU permit)

Temporary permit cards and passports must be valid at least until the studies start.

In addition, the fees will not concern those non-EU/non-EEA students who:

  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish
  • have started their studies before autumn 2017
  • are exchange students
  • are enrolled in doctoral or PhD level studies and research

Please check the FAQ of the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees. For more information about tuition fees in general, see Finnish Immigration Service. Please note that students from non-EU/non-EEA countries have to apply for residence permits, which are issued based on documents of available funds (appr. EUR 7,000/year). Read more about the income requirement for students on the Migri web pages.

If you are liable for payment due to your nationality, you must use the application form in the Studyinfo portal to notify whether there are any above-mentioned grounds that would apply and release you from payment. You must provide the necessary documents that prove release from liability for payment and submit them to the admissions office by the deadline confirmed for submitting the attachments related to the joint application procedure. If your liability to pay the fee changes after the application deadline, you must contact the admissions office immediately. The university will determine whether the student is liable for payment based on the student’s citizenship and presentation of a residence permit issued by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).

Scholarships (tuition fee waivers)

Uniarts Helsinki has a scholarship programme for students who are liable for payment in the form of tuition fee waivers.

If you are liable for payment, you must state on the application form if you want to apply for a scholarship from Uniarts Helsinki to cover the annual tuition fee if you are admitted as a student.

Tuition fee waivers are awarded for one (academic) year at a time based on students’ applications. Tuition fee waivers awarded to new students from the university’s scholarship programme are 50% of the tuition fee during the first year of studies. From then on, the scholarships are either 50% or 100% tuition fee waivers.

You will be notified of the decision personally at the same time as you receive the admission results.

In principle, students who are liable to pay the annual tuition fee have the possibility to apply for tuition fee waivers and scholarships within the target graduation times defined in the Universities Act (Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts (Art and Design), Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Drama) 3 years, Bachelor of Fine Arts 3.5 years, Master of Fine Arts, Arts (Art and Design), Master of Arts (Dance) and Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama) 2 years, Master of Music 2.5 years).

The scholarships are applied for and the decisions regarding scholarships are made annually.

The annual tuition fee must be paid before a deadline that is confirmed on a yearly basis. The application process for a residence permit can only begin after the annual tuition fee has been paid. Uniarts Helsinki recommends students to pay the annual tuition fee as soon as possible after they receive the notification of their admissions. Students are required to pay the annual tuition fee in order to register for attendance and complete studies, and to obtain a residence permit.

Finland Scholarships for Master students

Finland Scholarships are meant for the first year of Master studies for students who are non-EU/EEA citizens and who are liable to pay tuition fees. Finland Scholarships granted by the University of the Arts Helsinki are part of the national Finland Scholarship programme funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

The scholarship is worth of EUR 10,000:

  • EUR 5,000 is granted as a 100 % tuition fee waiver
  • EUR 5,000 will be paid to the student to cover relocation and other expenses. This part of the scholarship will be paid to a Finnish bank account once the student has moved and settled to Finland and enrolled as an attending student at the University of the Arts Helsinki.

The scholarship is only for the first year of Master studies, and the student needs to secure sufficient funds for the rest of the studies themselves.

Who is eligible?

  • Students who are not citizens of European Union or European Economic area and who are liable to pay tuition fees AND
  • who are admitted to Master-level studies after 11 August 2021 and whose study right starts not earlier than 1 January 2022.

Finland scholarships are available until 2024 (students applying to MA studies starting 1 January 2025 or after are no longer eligible).

Please note that if you are exempted from paying tuition fees, you will no longer be eligible for Finland scholarships (please see the section Exemption from tuition fees).

The scholarships are available only for new Master-level students. This means that students admitted to Bachelor-level studies are not eligible. Master-level students who have been admitted before 11 August 2021 are not eligible either, even if the start of the studies is postponed.

How to apply?

You must state on the application form if you want to apply for Finland scholarship. Scholarships are awarded based on the MA admission criteria. The scholarships are personal. You will be notified of the decision personally at the same time as you receive the admission results.

The decisions on scholarships cannot be appealed against.