Tuition fees

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

About the tuition fee

  • Tuition fee for students starting in August 2024 or before: 5 000 € per academic year.
  • Tuition fee for students starting in January 2025: 12 000 € per academic year.
  • Who has to pay: Non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in English.

Tuition fee waivers and Finland scholarships

  • First year students can get a 50% waiver for their tuition fee.
  • Master students (who are liable to pay tuition fees) starting in 2022-2024 can get a Finland Scholarship for the first study year.
  • After the first study year waivers can be awarded to selected students based on the progress of studies and study performance.
  • Students can apply for waivers within the target graduation times
  • Uniarts does not grant scholarships for living expenses

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, granted for other than study purposes)
  • 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)
  • Brexit residence permit card in Finland (Article 50 TEU = Right of residence covered by the withdrawal agreement or Article 50 TEU = Permanent right of residence under the withdrawal agreement)

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 (please notice you must demonstrate your language skills)
  • have started their studies before autumn 2017
  • are exchange students
  • are enrolled in doctoral or PhD level studies and research

Who is required to pay tuition fees?

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 (approximately 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).

What can affect the tuition fees when you’re a Uniarts Helsinki student?

If a student’s residence permit status changes before graduation, the changed status may affect the decision regarding the requirement to pay tuition fees. A student may be entitled to exemption from tuition fees if the new residence permit that they are granted by Migri is one of the permits stated in the Universities Act that warrants an exemption. Students must inform the university without delay if their status changes.

If a student begins studying in Finnish or Swedish, they will no longer have to pay tuition fees. Students may only apply to have their language of studies changed if the degree and instruction of their degree programme is offered also in Finnish or Swedish and they have the necessary proficiency level in the new language in which they will study (language skills must be demonstrated in the same way as in the regular student admissions of the degree programme in question). Students can apply for a change of language that they use in studies for their degree from the academy dean in accordance with the language requirements laid down in the admissions criteria that are valid within the academy at the time of application. Remaining required studies are completed by using the language that was requested as the new language. (University of the Arts Helsinki’s education regulations 35 §).

If a student is no longer obligated to pay the fee due to a change in their status, they will be refunded the amount of payment that would accumulate starting from the date on which their status has changed. If a student is no longer entitled to exemption from payment after a change in their status, the student will be liable to pay the fee starting from the next academic term.

The fee will be refunded starting from the date on which the status has changed, and the refund is calculated by dividing the annual tuition fee by 365 and multiplying it with the days left of the academic year (or other fee period).

The fees that have been paid for previous academic terms will not be refunded retrospectively. Graduating before the end of the academic term does not warrant a tuition fee refund for the academic term in question. Students who wish to apply for tuition fee refunds should contact the Academic Affairs Office.

Paying the tuition fee

You will receive your tuition fee invoice by email.  Pay the tuition fee each year before registering as attending. It is a prerequisite for studying at the university. Uniarts Helsinki recommends new 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, complete studies and to obtain a residence permit.

If you register as attending for the whole academic year, you must also pay the tuition fee for the whole academic year. Students registered as absent do not pay the tuition fee (note it is not possible to register as absent for the first study year without a legal ground for the absence). Registration instructions will be emailed to you before registration for the academic year opens.  

If you have completed all the studies included in your degree programme and submitted your thesis for review by the end of the term, you may graduate the following term as absent, and you will not have to pay the tuition fee for that term.   

You cannot pay the tuition fee in several installments. The whole fee is to be paid by the deadline.

More information about the tuition fees

Uniarts Helsinki will charge an annual tuition fee 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 statutory duration of your degree studies.

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 will be charged tuition fees, as is the case with other non-EU/EEA citizens.

However, the tuition fee will not be collected from British citizens who have a residence permit card issued by the Finnish Immigration Service that is in accordance with the Brexit withdrawal agreement or a pending application for a right of residence.

Contact information for applicants

Contact the Admissions Office of the academy you are applying to:

  • Academy of Fine Arts:
  • Sibelius Academy:
  • Theatre Academy:

Contact information for Uniarts students and staff