Tuition fees and scholarship programme
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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.

Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in Finland, are liable to these fees. Please check the FAQ of the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

Please note that there are no tuition fees for:

  • exchange students
  • PhD students
  • 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 are not required to pay tuition fees.

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 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.

The deadline for tuition fee payment for the first academic year is 31 August 2021. 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 tuition fee is paid by using an invoice. The payment can be completed by the applicant herself/himself or by a third-party by using the reference number.

Once the tuition fee for the first academic year of study is paid, the University of Helsinki will send you a confirmation e-mail, which you can attach to your residence permit application. We encourage you to submit your residence permit application documents as soon as possible.

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

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. HYY Members are provided with free or highly affordable general, mental and oral health care services by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS). 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.

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.

SCHOL­AR­SHIP PRO­GRAMME

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

We are among the top 1% of the world's research universities because the University of Helsinki is often ranked among the top 100 best universities.

Find the Master's programmes through the Degree Finder.

  • Fully Funded Grant (Tuition fee + 10 000 EUR)
  • Full Tuition fee Grant

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.

Please note: Categories concern the application round 2020-21. Categories and details for the next application round will be published by October 2021 at the latest.

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 EU/EEA area 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 Degree Finder
  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. 

You may receive a scholarship only in a category you have applied for, but you can apply for more than one scholarship category.

  1. The Master's programme conducts an academic assessment of your degree application and your scholarship application.
  2. The Master's programme makes a proposal to the Scholarship Committee concerning the scholarship application.
  3. The Scholarship Committee makes the final decision on the scholarship.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive an official acceptance letter with the information about your scholarship status.

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

Student Union (HYY) membership fee including

The University of Helsinki offers all scholarship winners the option to take part in the University of Helsinki Student Ambassador Programme.

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.

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  

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