Finland is located in northern Europe between our neighbours Sweden, Norway and Russia. It is a part of the European Union and a unique member of the Nordic family.
Education is one of the cornerstones of the Finnish welfare society. The nations prides on an educational system that offers equal opportunities of education for all – irrespective of matters of residency, sex, economic situation or linguistic and cultural background.
Finland has a lot to offer to you as an international student. The Finnish higher education institutions currently offer altogether over 440 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in English. Doctoral study and research options are of course available too.
Teaching in Finnish universities is based on research and the institutions’ specific expertise. These high-quality study programmes combine in-depth research with the needs of your future working life.
February & September
Applying to most programmes offered in English takes place during the first application period in January and the second application period in March-April only offers a few study programme possibilities in English.
23 January for September 2019
19 September for January 2019
The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that your passport should be valid at least six months after your return.
The general cost of living is relatively high and the monthly living expenses for a student are approximately 700€ – 900€, depending on where you study. In the Helsinki metropolitan area and other larger cities costs are typically higher than in smaller cities. Choosing student housing can often be the most cost-effective option. As a university student, you are required to pay an annual student union fee, which is approximately 80-100€. Similar student unions also exist at the UAS’s (universities of applied sciences) but the membership is optional there.
As a non-EU student who has stayed in Finland on a student residence permit, you can apply for an extended residence permit for up to a year after your graduation to search for work. If you find employment, you can then of course apply for a new residence permit based on this employment.
Note that you need to apply for a residence permit for seeking work in Finland during the time your permit granted for studies is still valid.
After you have resided on a ‘continuous’ basis for a certain time in Finland after your graduation, for example as an employed person, it is also possible to apply for permanent residence.
January, May, and October
Varies from university to university
Validity should extend 6 months at the time of visa application.
Average living costs may differ somewhat depending on if you choose to study in Northern Ireland or in the Republic as different rules and fees apply. For study at public institution in the Republic of Ireland, you can use the following guideline costs. These may however vary depending on institution and where you live (city or outside, university or private housing).
• Average living costs: 7480 (Euro)
• Tuition fees: Minimum: 7600 (Euro)
• Maximum: 17900 (Euro)
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