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.

In the academic year 2020-2021, 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. The amount of the fee will stay the same for the duration of your studies.

In Uniarts Helsinki’s admissions, tuition fees apply to applicants applying to study in English.

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 Aliens Act.

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).

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 end of the application deadline.

If your liability to pay the fee changes after the application deadline, you must contact the Admissions Office immediately.


Uniarts Helsinki has a scholarship programme for students who are liable for payment in the form of tuition fee waivers. Please note that the university does not offer any scholarships for living expenses.

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.

A separate form is used to apply for the scholarship. The scholarships are granted for one academic year at a time based on the students’ applications. The amount of the scholarship is 2,500 or 5,000 euros.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified of the decision personally at the same time as you receive the admission results. Students who are liable for payment have the right to apply for scholarships during the normative duration of their studies. The scholarships are applied for and the decisions regarding scholarships are made annually.

The annual tuition fee must be paid at the same time as the study place is accepted. 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.