Study in Finland; free tuition universities, living cost and how to apply

In Finland, education is funded by the government and students both EU/non EU and international are exempted from fee payment. As a student studying in Finland, you only need to budget for your living expenses which is estimated at €600 per month. This amount covers the cost of accommodation, food, books, clothes etc

Breakdown of Living Cost

Generally, the cost of living in Finland as a whole is estimated at 600 Euros every month, though it depends on ones spending habbits. Rent in the student dormitory is about 300 Euros a month. Launch at the unicafe student cafeterias costs between 2.30 and 4.30 Euros for undergraduate students and 4.25 and 6.20 for postgraduate students.

Undergraduate application procedure

All admission applications are done through the university admissions Finland’s my UAF service. This service is free, all you need do is create an account with them and start your admission application.

All undergraduate applicants will be expected to write an entrance examination on getting to Finland . Entrance examinations are the sole avenue to undergraduate programme at Finnish universities.  This policy applies to all applicants both Finnish and foreign alike. Also note that this entrance examination is a written, subject related test with one or several books to read. The minimum point requirements are defined by the admissions board of the university.

Application period

Application period for undergraduate studies in Finland is usually between March and April. Note that the undergraduate studies are only available in Finnish or Swedish languages.

Admission period for postgraduate studies begins November and closes 31 January at 16.00 [GMT]. Please note that degree programmes have different deadlines, so you have to check deadlines from the university webpage to know when to send your application.

Fees and tuition

Like I said at the onset, universities in Finland are tuition free! Education is subsidized by the state through the ministry of education, and  students are exempted from fee payment. This also applies to the international degree students and visiting students as well.

How to apply

All admissions into Finish universities are carried out by university admissions Finland’s my UAF service. You can create an account with them and manage your application

Top universities in Finland

  • Ø Helsinki University Of Technology
  • Ø Helsinki School Of Economics and Business Administration
  • Ø University of Helsinki
  • Ø University of Lapland
  • Ø University of Oulu
  • Ø University of Tampere
  • Ø University of Vaasa
  • Ø University of Kuopio

If you have any question regarding free study in Finland, feel free to ask in the comment box below. Thanks for reading my post!

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  1. MIKE says

    I DONT UNDERSTAND ANY OTHER LANGUAGE EXCEPT ENGLISH,THE QUESTION IS,CAN I STILL APPLY AS A FOREIGN STUDENT TO STUDY IN FINLAND AND WHICH OF THE THE UNIVERSITY?

    • says

      Hi Mike, thanks for your comment. you can apply to study in English language. But the problem is that English courses in Finland are few and usually competitive. So you need to apply early and with complete supporting documents to be admitted. Admission for most programs start by January and end in february.

  2. madhan says

    i want to study abroad for free……but all need to know is that what are the exams to be taken before applying such a universities.

    • says

      Hi Madhan, you need a high school certificate to apply for an undergraduate study and a university degree certificate to apply for a postgraduate study. Note that in addition to this, you need a language certificate and a valid international passport. Kindly visit the school directly to find out their entry requirement. For Germany, visit http://www.daad.de and http://www.studyinfinland.fi, for study in Finland. Thanks

  3. pharm says

    please, is there any university in finland or germany that has human resource management hs a post graduate course? your reply is of immense help, thanks.

  4. Ehis A says

    Hi…I’m from Nigeria.I’ll writing my O’level exams soon..Need an admission to school abroad…i’ve been longing to school abroad.this is a big opportunity for me…plz tell me the requirement needed,how to apply and important things that would cost me money…pls do reply….thanks.

  5. Gahangir Rana says

    Thank you for such an informative post. Can you please inform regarding the opportunities to work in Finland ? Is it possible to earn enough to meet monthly expenses ?

  6. Ehizogie Sunday says

    I am a 300 level student in the university of Benin,Nigeria (uniben).I want to know what should be needed if i am given admision in ur schools.What are the requirment?

  7. kentycares says

    i scored 5.5 in ielts and i want to study agriculture in finland. what are d required documentation that can approve me to secure a visa from nigeria.

    • says

      Hi Kenticares, to get your visa, you will need the following documents
      International passport
      Invitation letter from a university in Finland
      Health certificate
      A bank account statement of about 8000 euro. Thanks

  8. Rukevwe says

    I have been looking for opportunity to study abroad for free and i really do not know the steps to follow,not until i saw this post…so dear admin..how do i apply for the scholarship and what are the necessary requirement and how do i seat for the scholarship examination?..

    • says

      Hi Rukevwe, different scholarships have different requirements and application method. So I will advice you contact the scholarship provider of each scholarship and get all the details. Thanks

  9. Rukevwe says

    What are the requirement and the application method to obtain scholarship in finland and how do i contact the scholarship provider?..Thanks

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  12. Aminu says

    Hi. Plese i’m a nigerian student and i like to study pharmacy, can i apply for it? And what is the course duration? But i dont understand any language excpt hausa and english, can i apply for it? Thanks alot…

  13. adebola says

    This is a wonderful blog.I love it.pls,I nid 2 if it’s possible for someone to study and work to meet up wt expenses.Thanks

  14. scoanboy says

    Am a graduate from a university in Nigeria, with a third class honour, can I still apply for the upcomming post graduate programme by December 2013. Reply me ma dear Admin

    • says

      Hi Scoanboy, most schools accept a minimum of second class, so my advice is that you contact the school you wish to study and find out if they will admit you with a third class result. Thanks

  15. Amarachi Amajo says

    I want to do an MBA or any course on Human resource management in any of your English speaking universities.I would want to know if admissions are still on.I would be pleased if its a one-year program.Thank you.

  16. OLuwaseun says

    Firstly,i would like to ask that is it possible to first learn Finland language before proceeding for ones undergraduate programme? . And secondly, do they permit work and study for undergraduates in Finland?.

  17. maruf says

    i study in malaysia but i want to move in finland would you tell me how much money i have to spend for going finland or is there any possibility to get scholarship.

    • says

      Hi Maruf, Finland is operating tuition free education. So you only need to budget for your living expenses estimated at 600 euros per month. Thanks

  18. PATRICK OPOKU KWASI says

    hi,
    i wish to apply to one of the tuition free universities in Finland.
    is it compulsory that i do TOEFL?

  19. olajide shittu says

    I want to apply for post graduate diploma in economics or business admin as a foreign student in one of the free tution universities…what are the neccessary requirments? thanks

    • says

      Hi Shittu, at the moment Germany, Finland, Norway and Iceland are operating tuition free education. To study at the postgraduate level, you will need to provide the following:
      1. First Degree result and transcript
      2. TOELF/IELTS score
      3. Reference letters from your lecturers
      4. Motivation letter or a statement of purpose.
      Since schools have different requirements, you may need to contact them to find out specific requirements.
      Thanks

  20. romeo says

    please how can I apply just passed out from secondary school with my co
    mplete result including maths and english .

    • says

      Hi Romeo, in addition to the result you’ve mentioned, you will also need to present an English language test result like TOELF or IELTS if English is not your first language. Click here(www.studyinfinland.fi/admissions) to start your application.
      Thanks for your comment

  21. Alfred Dautey says

    I am under graduate student. from Ghana in west africa seeking to apply to any of the mentioned universities in finland.I want to know if the cost of the living fee will be paid monthly and the mode by which such monies are paid.do the student keeps the money on him or is given to the university. finally do they grant students working permit? Thanks and do.hope to hear from you ..

    • says

      Hi Alfred,When you are applying for the student residence permit, you need to show the authorities that you have enough funding to support your minimum everyday living expences in Finland. Currently, non-EU/EEA citizens are required to show that they have at least 6720€ per year / 560€ per month at their disposal annually. Please note that you should not consider this financial requirement as a “residence permit fee”. Essentially, it is not required because of the residence permit itself – it is required for your own financial security.
      Thanks

  22. Chuka says

    Pls admin I want to work with u direct cos I hv been searching for this avenue for a long time. Can u hlp me secure admission to do postgraduate course?

  23. Chuka says

    I sent you e-mail @ freegift, I don’t know if that ID belongs to u. Pls I would rather prefer to talk to you through your phone,you can send it through my mail box chucarl4u@yahoo.com. Thanks in anticipation

  24. oluwole samuel says

    I want to know if I will be allowed to engage in part-time work to assist in my cost of living. I have the requirements but finance has always being my challenge since I finished my national service in Nigeria in 2009.

    Also, I wish to know the scholarship and grants available to postgraduate international students.
    Thank you very much.

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      • Joshua S. Khakie says

        I wish to apply to a university in Finland as a transfer student in order to continue my undergraduate studies which will help me integrate into system in oder to do my masters studies. I am finding it difficult to get a school that in English. Please advise me what to do to go about my applications.

        Thanks

        Joshua S. Khakie

        • says

          Hi Joshua, if you can provide me with your course, I will help you search for a school in Finland that teaches in English language.
          Thanks

          • Joshua S. Khakie says

            Thanks for your response. I am presently a third year student reading Secondary Education and I am interested in Educational Psychology at the Masters level.

  26. oluwole samuel says

    Is it compulsory to eat @ the cafeterial ?
    Since there is university library, I don’t see why I need to buy all the books ?
    Will I be allowed to stay in FinnlanD for some time after my maSters ?
    What is the travelling budget like to Finland ?
    Hope to hear fRom you.
    Thanks.

    • Joshua S. Khakie says

      Thanks for the answer. I am grateful for the info gathered from the site. But I would like for us to drink deep into getting a university that offers a degree program for undergraduate in English.

      Best regards,

      Joshua S. Khakie

  27. says

    I am a post graduate student from the university of Yaoundé 2 in Cameroon wishing to study Humanitarian law. I want to inquire if the also offer it? What are procedure go about in other to admitted

  28. obeng A. shadrack says

    hi, am a polytechnic civil engineering graduate in Ghana. can i have my masters in Highway Engineering straightaway? if yes how do i go about it and in which university in Finland? thanks

    • says

      Hi Obeng, no University will allow you do a masters program with a Polytechnic qualification. I will advice you do a pre masters program or PGD and then apply with that.
      Thanks

  29. Akeem says

    hi admin,
    is there any university in finlad taking MASTERS IN PEACE & SECURITY STUDIES? If any please let me know

    Akeem.
    from Nigeria.

  30. timtim says

    Admin i must say with the great job you are doing here the sky is your starting point. please admin i have a few questions and i will really appreciate if they are addressed accordingly.
    i really will like to go for MEd in Finland and I got a school that offers the course already I visited the site and they said admission for 2015 will start by November 2014 and my questions are:
    what are the do”s and donts of the application I mean what I must do and what I should not do
    I also want to know how possible and efficient can an application be sent through post in this nigeria becos most of the finland schools requested that a completed application form be printed signed and sent to their address by post and not by email
    I also want to know if I can get certified as a teacher after my masters in Finland

    • says

      Hi Timtim, as you have rightly said, schools in Finland will start accepting application from November till February/March. You will need to fill an online form, print it out and send it by post(preferable an express post). Once the school has received your application an entrance examination will be arranged for you either in the school in Finland or in one of their exam centers in Nairobi, Kenya (for Applicants from African continent). If you pass the entrance examination, you’ll be admitted. Yes, you can be certified as a teacher if you meet the requirements for the certification.
      Thanks

  31. timtim says

    thanks admin for your quick response please is it all masters courses that will requisite an entrance exam because going all the way to kenya means a lot. like I said before I want to study masters in education

    • says

      Hi Timtim, not all programs require entrance examination. It’s the institution that will determine if you’ll need to sit for one. I will advice you contact the school you’re seeking admission and confirm from them.
      Thanks

  32. timtim says

    thanks admin for your quick response please is it all masters courses that will require an entrance exam because going all the way to kenya means a lot. like I said before I want to study masters in education

  33. Hossein says

    hi
    how can i continus my education in fee mode in finland and work in there becuse i must earn mony to have ordinery life. i am from iran .
    thanks

    • says

      Hi Hossein, you’ll need to apply for admission into a Finnish school, get a visa and then you can travel to Finland where you can work and study. Click here to get more information.
      Thanks

  34. farah says

    hi thanks for such valuable information ; i need to know one thin which is very important for me that i wan to take my two kids with me during my studies can i? And can i get scholarship ove there? If some one cannot compansate in between do the govt support financially in any form for exmple loan or else? Hope you will reply soon

  35. farah says

    hi thanks for such valuable information ; i need to know one thing which is very important for me that i want to take my two kids with me during my studies can i? And can i get scholarship over there? If some one cannot compansate the finance in between do the govt support financially in any form for example loan or else? Hope you will reply soon …:)

    • says

      Hi Farah, yes you can take your kids along with you to Finland.Scholarships in Finland are mainly available for Doctoral level studies and research only. You can click here to learn more.
      Thanks

  36. Alanna says

    Hi i’m indonesian and i’m very interested to study in finland for my undergraduate degree in an university of applied science in english. I have done my ielts test and i got 8.0, i have a deep interest in social service degree. Do you think its worth it to take a chance for my bachelor’s degree or is it better for me to study in finland for my master’s degree? please give me some advice,thanks:)

    • says

      Hi Alanna, you have a nice Ielts score. If you graduated with a good grade, say like second class honors you can apply for a masters degree program and you’ll be admitted. I feel it’s a waste of time going over a bachelors degree program again when you can do your masters at once.

      • Alanna says

        Thanks for the reply admin, but i forgot to mention that i’m a fresh graduate from high school, just graduated this year. That is why i was asking about whether its worth it to apply for a bachelor’s degree in finland for next year’s enrolment, or should i just complete my bachelor’s elsewhere and apply for my masters afterwards? Thanks again :)

        • says

          Hi Alanna, if you have the requirements for a bachelors degree study, you can still apply for admission latter this year (November) when they start admitting students. But if you don’t, you’ll have to wait till next year to start your application.
          Thanks

        • says

          Hi Alanna, if you have the requirements for a bachelor’s degree study, you can still apply for admission latter this year (November) when they start admitting students. But if you don’t, you’ll have to wait till next year to start your application.
          Thanks

  37. Alanna says

    Hi i’m indonesian and i’m very interested to study in finland for my undergraduate degree in an university of applied science in english. I have done my ielts test and i got 8.0, i have a deep interest in social service degree. Do you think its worth it to take a chance for my bachelor’s degree or is it better for me to study in finland for my master’s degree? please give me some advice,thanks :)

  38. Gabriel says

    It seems to me that government collects tuition indirectly by making students pay high for living costs. Sounds like robbing Peter to pay Paul.
    -Gabriel

    • says

      Hi Gabriel, I don’t seem to agree with you. Germany for instance is operating tuition free and the cost of living is 600 Euro. Will you call that high cost of living?
      Thanks

  39. john says

    I am a Nigerian i have third class in business management can i have a scholarship to master in finland or master in finland fee free without
    scholarship

  40. kingsley kyle says

    Please Admin…am really thrill about going to school in Finland,am actually in school(A student of a University in Nigeria)Please I wanna ask how I can apply to the University and how much it’s gonna cost….please send me a message through my Email

  41. thankgod says

    i had my bsc in accounting from nigeria and i want to apply for a masters degree programme. msc. pls kind giude me on how to go about it. thankks

  42. Mashhuda haque ifa says

    Hi
    I am from Bhangladesh and I’ve completed my Higher Secondary Certificate in 2006. I got admitted into University of Dhaka to do Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Informatics. It is a 4 year undergraduate course and I am currently in 3rd year,however, due to some unavoidable circumstances I do not want to continue my study here and I want to move to Finland. Is there any possibility that I can transfer my completed credits to an university in Finland and continue from there? Or can you suggest me anything regarding what I should do to get admission in an university there? Thanks a lot.

  43. Mashhuda haque ifa says

    Hi,
    I am from Bhangladesh and I’ve completed my Higher Secondary Certificate in 2006. I got admitted into University of Dhaka to do Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Informatics. It is a 4 year undergraduate course and I am currently in 3rd year,however, due to some unavoidable circumstances I do not want to continue my study here and I want to move to Finland. Is there any possibility that I can transfer my completed credits to an university in Finland and continue from there? Or can you suggest me anything regarding what I should do to get admission in an university there? Thanks a lot.

    • says

      Hi Mensah, Medicine is 6 years in Finland. University of Helsinki is one of the university that offers the course. You can click here to access their homepage.
      Thanks

  44. Balogun says

    I want to apply for post graduate diploma in business admin and mgt as a foreign student in one ofthe free tution universities…what arethe neccessary requirments?thanks

  45. Henry says

    good job! admin…. Anyways i’d like to know which school in finland teaches aerospace engineering in english
    Also the list of school in finland that teaches other sectors of engineering in engish

  46. Oloko Ayodele says

    I am graduate of fisheries from Lagos state university Nigeria. I would like to come to Finland for my master in organic agriculture/ fisheries. Please kindly help with the relevant universities related to my chosen field, requirements and dead lines.
    Best Regard

  47. bunde mcjohn says

    hir sir, my name is bunde mcjohn wish to no if i can take an undergraduate course whichh is not related to my previous studies

  48. maroline says

    Hello dear, i saw your posting and i really felt relieve. God bless u for your kind heart. I have gone thro the requirements for helsinki university and one of the requirement is a certificate for English language Can the certificates we have here with passed in English language help us. an u help me with the name of another good university there in finland

  49. Ben says

    Admin,i want to thank you touching lives around the globe.But please can i make use of two waec result?which school is currently on for admission in Germny or finland?And must i show statement of account while or b4 leaving my home country?Thank you admin.

  50. SAMMY says

    I am a drop out University student but now into business and I am 35 years old and I which to have my degree since I can be working and school in Finland and I can also afford the 8000 euro in my bank account so what should I do and how can I apply

  51. Rhoda says

    Hi, am from Nigeria (undergraduate). I have a dream of studying abroad as an art student but, I don’t know how to go about it. what i want to know is ; how to apply, tuition cost, art study requirement including the subjects I need to pass, cost of living when converted to Nigerian naira, date of entrance exams and location, the examinations I need to take here in Nigeria to add to my application, application deadline, and after I apply, if I have no relation in finland or germany how do I locate the school.
    please contact me with this mail oluyemirhoda@yahoo.com or paste all my replies here. please remind me when the admission processing starts.
    THANKS A LOT

  52. tommy says

    hi i am tommy from Nigeria, and i graduated with third class in mass communication B.sc. but i am hoping to further to studying masters programme in Finland. get back to me if this is possible.

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