Preliminary information on 2017 tuition fees

UPDATE: University of the Arts Helsinki's board has decided on the amount of tuition fees for non-EU and EEA students studying for a degree in a foreign language. Read more.

Tuition fees will be introduced for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. All details are as yet not available, as there is not yet a decision on the amounts. More information will be published on the university's Admissions web pages by September 2016.

Who will need to pay fees?

The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that.

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who:

  • have started their studies before autumn 2017
  • are enrolled in Doctoral/PhD level studies and research
  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish
  • are EU/EEA citizens or whose family members (spouse / child) are EU/EEA citizens
  • are already residing in Finland on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens)

How much will the annual tuition fee be?

The minimum annual tuition fee as set in the legislation is 1500€. However, do note that the University of the Arts tuition fees may be even considerably higher than the minimum. A maximum level has not been set for the fees, so each university independently decides their fee structure. Note also that the fees may be degree programme specific even within one individual university.

Will there be scholarships for non-EU/EEA students?

Yes. Finnish universities and polytechnics/UASs are also expected to provide some kind of scholarships for non-EU/EEA students enrolled in the fee-charging degree programmes. Information about the scholarship system will also be updated by September 2016. Please note that not all students may get a scholarship, and the scholarship amount may be less than the tuition fee.