Tuition fees

Tuition fee for non-EU and non-EEA students

A tuition fee is applicable to students who are not citizens of countries of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. The amount of the annual tuition fee will be 5,000 euros. The amount of the fee will stay the same for the duration of a particular student’s studies.


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)

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


In addition, 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

Please read more information about tuition fees in general from and Finnish Immigration Service.

Please note that students from non-EU/EEA countries have to apply for residence permits, which are issued based on documents of available funds (appr. €7,000/year).


Applicants who are liable for payment due to their nationality must use the application form in the Study info portal to notify whether there are any abovementioned grounds that would apply and release the applicant from payment. The applicant in question must provide the necessary documents that prove release from liability for payment and submit them to the Admissions Office by the end of the deadline.


The University of the Arts Helsinki will introduce a scholarship programme in the form of tuition fee waivers, which aims to promote student recruitment and provide financial support for students who need it. Applicants should note that the University does not offer any scholarships for living expenses. Applicants who are liable for payment must also state on the application form if they want to apply for a scholarship from the University of the Arts Helsinki to cover the annual tuition fee if they get accepted. The scholarships are granted for one academic year at a time to some of the students based on their applications. The amount of the scholarship is 2,500 or 5,000 euros.


Students who are awarded a scholarship will be notified of the decision personally at the same time as they receive the admission results.

All new degree students who are liable for payment and have applied for the scholarship will be awarded a tuition fee waiver of EUR 2,500 (50%) on their first academic year. 

The Rector awards the scholarships every year. Scholarships are awarded based on the student’s own application and financial situation, and starting from the second year of studies, also the student’s academic progress. The scholarship programme includes full tuition fee waivers (100%) and half tuition fee waivers (50%). Scholarships are awarded for not more than one year at a time. Scholarships are personal to the applicant to whom they are awarded, and there is no reserve list system in the scholarship programme. The decisions on scholarships cannot be appealed against.
If the information provided by the applicant proves to be inaccurate, the applicant is obligated to return the scholarship funds. The Scholarship Committee may ask the applicants to submit additional documents in order to prove their financial situation, for example.

In principle, the university does not award scholarships if the student has exceeded the normative duration of studies (Bachelor’s degree: 3 or 3.5 years, Master’s degree: 2 or 2.5 years depending on the target degree).


Paying the fee

The annual tuition fee must be paid in connection with the acceptance of a study place. The application process for a residence permit can only begin after the University of the Arts Helsinki has received the tuition fee payment. The University of the Arts Helsinki recommends students to pay the annual tuition fee as soon as possible after they receive the notification of their acceptance.

Apply to study

The application period for studies starting in the autumn of 2018 ended 24 January 2018 at 3 p.m. Finnish time. The application period for the master studies at the Academy of Fine Arts is in autumn 2018. The application period for studies starting in the autumn of 2019 is in the beginning of year 2019.