Accepting the offered study place and starting your studies at the Sibelius Academy

Accepting the offered study place

You can accept your study place electronically on the Studyinfo system or by submitting the confirmation form attached to your letter of acceptance by e-mail to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office. You must accept your study place by the given deadline. If the confirmation arrives late, it will not be considered.

Accepting an offer of admission is a binding choice, which cannot be changed or cancelled later on. If you want to give up your study place after first accepting it, you are still considered to have accepted the study place for the semester in question (for more information, see ‘one study place per term’ provision).

Conditional acceptance

If you complete your degree only after the application period ends, the decision on your admittance is conditional. In this case, you must submit a copy of your degree certificate to the Sibelius Academy after you graduate, but no later than the deadline set for conditionally admitted applicants’ degree certificate submissions.

The Sibelius Academy may, at its discretion, also accept a provisory certificate issued by the educational institution if it indicates that the applicant has completed all studies required for the degree and will receive the degree certificate or diploma later.

If you do not have an opportunity to demonstrate your language skills before the application deadline, your eligibility will be conditional with respect to language skills. In this case, you must submit an acceptable certificate of your language skills to the Sibelius Academy as soon as possible, but no later than the given deadline.

If you are accepted conditionally and do not submit the required certificates by the given deadline, you will lose your conditional study place at the Sibelius Academy.

Starting your studies

First-year studies begin in mid-August with an orientation period that is compulsory for all new students.

New students must register as attending at the Sibelius Academy before the academic year begins – more information will be sent to you along with your acceptance letter. You can apply for the right to be absent for the first year of studies only under certain statutory circumstances. The right to absence must be applied for in writing to Sibelius Academy before the end of the registration period. Submit a certificate that entitles you to absence with your application.

More information on registering as absent for the first year of studies can be found here

Tuition fees

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 Sibelius Academy’s admissions, tuition fees apply to applicants applying to study in English. The amount of the annual tuition fee will stay the same for the duration of a particular student’s studies. The amount of the tuition fee is confirmed on a yearly basis.

If you are liable for payment due to your nationality, you must use the application form in the Studyinfo portal to notify whether you have a document that would release you from payment. The document that proves your right to exemption should be submitted to the Sibelius Academy Admissions Office by the deadline given. If your liability to pay the fee changes after the application deadline, please contact the admissions office immediately.

More information on tuition fees at Uniarts Helsinki can be found here

ScholarshipsTuition fee waivers and Finland Scholarships

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

In addition, Uniarts Helsinki awards Finland Scholarships (€10,000) to students who begin their studies between 2022 and 2024 (students whose right to study begins no earlier than 1 January 2022) thanks to of the internationalisation programme funded by strategic funding for higher education institutions. Scholarships are intended to be awarded during the first year of studies to new students who have been admitted to master-level studies and who are liable to pay the annual tuition fee.

If the applicant is liable for payment, they must state on their application form if they want to apply for a tuition fee waiver (or a Finland Scholarship when applying for master’s studies) from Uniarts Helsinki to cover the annual tuition fee in case they 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, a typical scholarship is a 50% discount of the tuition fee.

More information on scholarships at Uniarts Helsinki can be found here