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Study in Finland - How to Apply to Higher Education

by Finnish National Agency for Education

Samuli Repo

on 2 January 2017

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How to apply to higher education
Take a look...
Study programmes in English
lots of different options
Bachelor, Master, Doctoral
database of English-language programmes at
There are some
important practical issues
you need to consider - preferably
submitting your application...
How to apply
follow the instructions on the admissions sites - see
all details
relating to entry criteria and admissions directly with the university / UAS you're applying to
After the application
selection procedure by the institutions'
admissions offices
> further info sent to applicants
for Bachelor's level entry (UAS):
entrance examination
in other programmes: previous academic merit, SAT tests etc.
Final selections
admission procedures can be quite
- only a limited number of study placements annually
admitted students are sent
official letters of admission
Student residence permit
applied after reception of offical letter of admission
non-EU/EEA students - health insurance, financial statement
more information: Finnish embassies and MIGRI:
Higher education in Finland
two complementary sectors:
universities (academic higher education)
universities of applied sciences, UAS (professional higher education)
a quick reference
in Finland
Entry requirements
programme specific
> always check with the admissions offices!
English language proficiency required (usually IELTS/TOEFL)
Application period
depends on the institution & programme, for example:
UAS Bachelor's - main admissions period in Jan/Feb
university Master's - between the period from Nov to March
Application route
on-line application systems in use for most programmes
Doctoral studies: apply directly to the university
further info available at
Living costs?
approximately 700-900e per month
students must be able to cover their living costs independently
(insurance, travel, food, accommodation...)
for information on the available scholarship options, please see the section
'Tuition and scholarships'
on our website
Tuition fees?
currently, no tuition fees are charged in Finland
from 2017 onwards, however, non-EU fees will be introduced along with scholarships options

Not sure how and when to proceed? See our
Your steps to Finland

checklist at

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