Tuition fees and scholarship programme

This page contains information about tuition fees and the scholarship programme.
Tuition fees

The fees for the University of Helsinki Master’s Programmes in English are 13,000, 15,000 and 18,000 EUR per academic year, depending on the programme. The fee for Bachelor's Programme in Science is 13,000 EUR per academic year. In joint programmes, the fees may differ from these. You can find  the programme specific fee from the Degree Finder.

The individual student’s fee will remain the same throughout the completion of the programme. The fees are not charged of students who began their studies before 1 August 2017.

 

The student is legally liable to pay tuition fees at the University of Helsinki:

1) If they are not citizen of a European Union/European Economic Area country or Switzerland OR do not have permanent residence status in Finland:

  • a continuous or permanent residence card in Finland
  • a long-term resident’s EU residence permit in Finland (type P-EU permit) NB: Type A permit granted for studying in Finland (from 15 April 2022 onwards) doesn’t exempt student from paying tuition fee.
  • an EU blue card in Finland
  • a residence card for a family member of an EU citizen in Finland.

AND

2) If the degree programme is taught in English; and

3) If the study right for the degree was awarded in 2017 or later; and

4) If the degree programme leads to a master’s or bachelor’s level degree.

Find more information on citizenship and residence permits.

Students are themselves responsible for demonstrating that they are not liable to pay tuition fees. See instructions on required ap­plic­a­tion en­clos­ures for mas­ter’s pro­grammes.

Students not liable to pay Tuition Fee:

  1. citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland and individuals with permanent Finnish residence permit or long-term resident’s EU residence permit in Finland
  2. Continuous residence permit card in Finland (Type A permit) issued for purposes other than studies. NB: Type A permit granted for studying in Finland (from 15 April 2022 onwards) doesn’t exempt student from paying tuition fee.
  3. citizens of United Kingdom, who have right of residence or right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement. For More information, please visit Migri's pages
  4. exchange students
  5. PhD students

 

Students liable to pay Tuition Fee:

  • non-EU/non-EEA students studying in English in Master's or Bachelor's degree programme

The University of Helsinki tuition fee is paid in advance of each academic year. The payment details for the first year will be sent at the same time as the letter of acceptance. You can choose secure payment option via Flywire, with whom University of Helsinki has partnered for international tuition fee payments. Flywire provides a secure global payment network that simplifies paying your fees from your home country and countries around the world.

The deadline for tuition fee payment for the first academic year is 31 August 2024. If you are applying for a residence permit, but have not yet paid the tuition fee, please make sure you have sufficient funds to cover the tuition fee and living expenses in Finland according to the Finnish Migration Services instructions: https://migri.fi/en/residence-permit-application-for-studies.   

Please remember to start the process for obtaining a residence permit as soon as possible.  

The due date for the second academic year’s tuition fee payment is 31st of August.

If you have any questions about the tuition fee payment, please contact admissions@helsinki.fi

The tuition fee includes the compulsory Student Union (HYY) membership fee which provides you substantial benefits and services, advocacy work and events throughout the year. The members are also entitled to a significant student meal discount in Unicafe student restaurants and reductions in the public transport of the metropolitan area and in long-distance traffic. In addition, the university sport services Unisport offers a full range of sport and wellbeing services for students at low prices.

Please note that basic student healthcare fee must be paid directly to Kela according to their instructions. Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS).

As a student at the University of Helsinki you have access to excellent Student Services. Do not hesitate to contact the services – they are all here for you! The  Career Services offer services for the University's degree students, recent graduates and Alumni members. The Career Services offer advice and information on job hunting, career planning, internships in Finland and abroad etc.

At the University of Helsinki you have access to the newest learning facilities, the innovative and service designed learning centre and the student Library. As a student you are introduced to the latest research from the very beginning of your studies, as all teachers at the University of Helsinki also do research. The research environment is international and multidisciplinary. Comprehensive ICT services will also be at your disposal to support your studies.

Documents stating that a student is not liable to pay tuition fees must be valid when the semester starts on 1 August 2024. If your document is valid e.g. until October 2024, you are not liable to pay the tuition fee for the fall term. If your document is valid e.g. until March 2025, you are not liable to pay the fee for the spring term either.

If you have received a document exempting you from paying the tuition fees after you have submitted an application for admission, you can submit a copy of this document (residence permit, passport) to masterenclosures@helsinki.fi. Please note that if you are already a student at the University of Helsinki you can submit the copy to international-studentinfo@helsinki.fi

If you don’t pay the required tuition fee, you are not able to begin your studies at the University. Admitted applicants or students cannot register as attending before they have paid their tuition fee. Only attending students can attend classes and complete studies. If you receive your tuition fee payment from a third-party, such as external scholarships and the payment takes place only after the academic year has started, please contact Admission services in good time before the academic year begins.

  • If you have enrolled as non-attending student for the academic year 2023-24, you can change your status from non-attendance to attendance at any time during the academic year by paying the tuition fee. Please contact your degree programme before registering as an attending student to make sure when it’s possible to start your studies.
  • In case you did not complete the annual registration and intend to begin your studies during the academic year 2023-24, you have to pay the tuition fees and need not to to apply to your faculty for the reinstatement of your right to study: https://studies.helsinki.fi/instructions/article/annual-registration  Please contact your degree programme before registering as an attending student to make sure when it’s possible to start your studies.
  • In case you intend to begin your studies from the fall semester 2024, please see the instructions for recommencing studies after a break: https://studies.helsinki.fi/instructions/article/recommencing-studies-af...  Please note that you should only apply for the recommencing of studies when the annual registration period has begun (1 April 2024). Please contact your degree programme before applying for the recommencing of studies. You need to pay the tuition fee in order to enroll as an attending student: https://studies.helsinki.fi/instructions/article/tuition-fees
  • In case you have paid the tuition fee (or awarded the tuition fee covering scholarship from the University of Helsinki’s scholarship programme) and it has been transferred to concern the academic year 2024-25, please contact International Studentinfo when you wish to register as an attending student

Yes, there are no limitations on the number of credits a student may complete while they are registered as an “attending” student. Just make sure that you take all the compulsory courses for the degree programme. In addition, in most faculties, you may include these extra courses in your degree as optional studies or selective studies. The tuition fee is based on academic years/terms, not on completed credits.

You are entitled to complete your degree within the target duration plus two additional years. If you fail to graduate within nominal duration of studies, you can register as attending for the following autumn term, in which case you must pay half of the tuition fee. The fee will be charged by term until you have completed the degree.

Besides tuition fees, make sure that you have sufficient financial means for your living costs such as rent, personal expenses, transportation costs, meals, insurance, etc. Please also remember that an income requirement by the Finnish Immigration Service may apply to you.

The tuition fee includes the compulsory Student Union (HYY) membership. HYY provides substantial benefits and services, advocacy work and events throughout the year. As a Student Union (HYY) member, you are entitled to a significant student meal discount in Unicafe student restaurants and reductions on public transport.

Please note that you need to pay Finnish Student Health Service fee directly to Kela according to their instructions. (From fall semester 2023 onwards.)

Please remember to check that you have valid health insurance since the FSHS only provides basic healthcare services and does not, for example, perform extensive medical operations nor does it have its own accident and emergency service.

The University of Helsinki has a housing quota especially for tuition fee-liable international degree students moving to Finland.

 

The tuition fee includes teaching and access to the newest learning facilities. The services provided to students by the University are free. You have access to the library, Student Services, Career Services and Exchange Services and other kinds of support for your studies.

The tuition fee will be reimbursed if:

  • You are conditionally admitted and you fail to meet the conditions for admission before the deadline;
  • Your application for a residence permit is rejected;
  • Your residence permit status changes before 1 August so that you are no longer liable to pay tuition fees; or
  • The degree programme is not offered or a force majeure event occurs.

Tuition fees are reimbursed per academic year or academic term. Please see the instructions for students for more information about reimbursements during your studies.

The war in Ukraine may cause severe difficulties to pay the tuition fee by the given and in special case admitted applicant may apply for special arrangements for the tuition fee payment. For more information, please visit: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/war-ukraine

Scholarship programme

Scholarships are intended for excellent tuition fee-liable students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland who want to complete a Master's programme at the University of Helsinki.

The scholarships are awarded to the best students on the grounds of academic overall assessment according to the general master’s degree entrance requirements, academic excellence and success in previous studies and motivation to study in a master’s programme at the University of Helsinki.

Find the Master's programmes through the Master's programmes page.

Scholarships for application round 2023-24:

  1. 50 % Tuition fee waiver covering 50 % of the tuition fee
  2. 100 % Tuition fee waiver covering 100 % of the tuition fee
  3. Finland Scholarships:n As part of the national Finland Scholarship programme University of Helsinki awards Finland Scholarships. You may apply for this scholarship when applying for our international master’s degree programmes. Finland scholarships include 100% tuition fee waiver and a 5000 € relocation grant. The tuition fee waiver and the 5000 EUR will be renewed for the second year of your studies in case you complete at least 55 credits during your first study year. University of Helsinki may award up to one Finland scholarship for a newly admitted student of each master’s degree programme.

 

Tuition fees range from 13 000 to 18 000 euros.

Duration of  the scholarship is two years. For all scholarships, students are required to study full time (earn at least 55 ECTS per year) to fulfil the requirements of the scholarship. After the first study year, the progress of your studies will be checked and, depending on your progress, the scholarship will be continued.

 

All candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • You are eligible for the Master’s programme at the University of Helsinki.
  • You are liable for tuition fees: Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries who do not have permanent residence status in the Finland are liable for tuition fees. You can check the FAQ at the Studyinfo website as to whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.
  • You meet the requirements for obtaining an entry visa and residence permit for Finland.
  • You have obtained excellent results in your previous studies and can prove this in your application.

How to apply for a scholarships

  1. Find the Master's programme you want to apply to through the Master's programmes page
  2. See the instructions on how to apply to the Master’s programme and prepare the necessary attachments.
  3. Apply for a scholarship with the same application form used to apply to the Master's programme.
  4. Submit all the required attachments.

Selection process

The scholarships for new students will be awarded on the basis of academic overall assessment: Previous academic performance and possible letters of motivation, in addition to which the grounds presented by applicants in their grant applications will be taken into consideration. Also University's and programmes strategic goals can be taken into account.

You may not apply for a scholarship from a specific category, but you can give this as additional information as part of your scholarship application.

  1. The Master's programme conducts an academic assessment of your degree application and your scholarship application.
  2. The Master's programme chooses the scholarship recipients of 50% and 100% waivers. Each programme may also award one Finland Scholarship for admitted tuition fee-liable student.

If you have applied for a scholarship, you will receive result about your scholarship status in your official acceptance e-mail.

Please note that the scholarship programme is highly competitive and only limited number of Scholarships can be offered.

Finland Scholarship and 100 % waivers include:

  • Student Union (HYY) membership fee including
    • student meal discounts in Unicafe restaurants
    • reductions in public transport
    • Unisport services at low prices.
  • Please note that basic student healthcare fee must be paid directly to Kela according to their instructions (from fall semester 2023 onwards)

 

The University of Helsinki offers other scholarships for its degree students.

The  Fulbright Center has a  Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award intended for a US student admitted to one of the Master’s programmes at the University of Helsinki.

COLFUTURO offers loan-scholarships to Colombian students admitted to study at the University of Helsinki.

There are also various other scholarship options available from different sources. For example, you can find information on possible scholarship options on ScholarshipPortal.

 

 

STUDENT LOAN PROGRAMMES (For US Students only):

SALLIE MAE GRADUATE AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS LOAN: Sallie Mae Bank offers private loans for US Students. For details on applying the loan, please visit: https://www.salliemae.com  

There are no tuition fee waivers for applicants applying for the Bachelor's degree in Science. However, the degree programme may award one a Dean’s award (1.000 EUR) for second and third year students on the basis of previous academic year's study performance.

If your liability to pay tuition fees changes, you also lose the right to the scholarship. Other reasons for losing the right to the scholarship include, for example, providing false information in the scholarship application or cheating during your studies.

In case you have received a 100% tuition fee waiver or Finland Scholarship, you don't have to register yourself as attending student. The scholarship includes the student Union membership fee and therefore you will be automatically registered as attending student. You will be registered as attending student after you have accepted your study place (and proven your eligibility) and accepted the scholarship offer. Also the 50 % tuition fee waiver students will be automatically registered as attending after they have accepted the scholarship offer and paid the tuition fee. After your study right has been updated to study register, you will receive an e-mail including instructions on how to activate your University of Helsinki's user account. Please be patient as this may take some time.

The relocation grant will be paid to you once you have arrived in Finland and have obtained a Finnish bank account. Obtaining a bank account may take several weeks and therefore the grant is usually paid in October-December. Also in case you will receive a relocation grant, please remember to have sufficient funds for living costs, as the grant payment may take place several months after you have arrived in Finland. 

Yes, in case you have graduated from your Bachelor’s Degree In Science by the target duration of your degree with a required GPA, you will be awarded a tuition fee waiver for your master’s degree. With minimum GPA 3,8/5 you qualify for 100 % tuition fee waiver and with 3,4-3,7/5 you qualify for 50 % tuition fee waiver. Waiver covers also the second study year of your Master's degree in case you have completed at least 55 credits during first academic year.

No, the scholarships in University's Scholarship programme are aimed for students from outside the EU/EEA who are liable to pay tuition fees. Please check other available scholarship options.

Immigration and Residence Permits

Students liable to pay the tuition fee are usually required to apply for a residence permit for their studies. For detailed information please visit Finnish Migration Service's website 

Please note that processing a residence permit application may take several months, so please start the application process as soon as possible.

Please apply for the extension of your residence permit as soon as possible as it may take several months to receive the extended permit. The permit must be valid on 1 August 2024 in order to exempt your from paying the tuition fee.

All the required information for the residence permit application have been included in the e-mail you received stating your admission and possible scholarship. You can attach that e-mail to your residence permit application. This has been checked from the Finnish Migration Services. You can also attach a receipt / payment confirmation of your tuition fee to your application.

Changes to residence or citizenship status during studies will be considered as follows:

1) If the change of status means that you are no longer liable to pay tuition fees, any fees covering the time after the change will be reimbursed as of the following term.

2) If your status changes so that you become liable to pay tuition fees, the liability will begin as of the following term.

3) If you have received a Scholarship from the University of Helsinki Scholarship programme and your status changes so that you are no longer tuition fee-liable student, you are no longer eligible for the scholarship, as the Scholarship programme is only for tuition fee-liable students.

You must inform the University about any changes to your residence or citizenship status.

Changes to the liability to pay tuition fees will come into effect as of the beginning of the term following the change of status. In cases of such a change, the tuition fee will be divided into two terms so that one term equals half the tuition fee.

Your residence or citizenship status may change for example if you get married to a Finnish citizen and have a residence card for a family member of an EU citizen in Finland. For more information, please visit Studyinfo.

If you expect that your residence permit status is about to change and if you are not sure how this would effect your liability to pay the tuition fees, please contact admission services.