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Tuition Fee

Universities of applied sciences and universities will start charging a tuition fee from Bachelor’s or Master’s level students studying in languages other than Finnish or Swedish. EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to the charge.

The legislation concerning tuition fees came into effect 1.1.2016. According to the legislation, Universities of Applied Sciences are obliged to charge tuition fees for those students who are not citizens of countries of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) and starting their degree studies 1.8.2017 and onwards. The amount of the fee can vary between higher education institutions. The legislation concerns degree programmes taught in English. The goal is to both advance the Higher Education Institutions’ opportunities for education export and also expand their funding base. The introduction of tuition fees puts greater emphasis on educational quality as a competitive factor.

Tuition fees in Savonia UAS

The Board of Directors of Savonia UAS has made a decision on 23.5.2016 to introduce tuition fees for non- EU/EEA students. The tuition fees apply to students starting their studies on 1 August 2017 or later. The tuition fee is charged for each academic year and it must be paid by 31 July. If a student fails to pay the tuition fee in time, she/he will lose the study place.

Tuition fees are
  • for Bachelor studies 5000 euros per academic year
  • for Master studies 6000 euros per academic year

The tuition fee entitles the student to study and to use the normal support services available for students. However, all students have to buy books (if not available in the library) and other educational material themselves, get insurance as well as take care of their own travelling and living costs (accommodation, food, clothing, leisure activities). Average monthly living cost for a student is estimated to be about 600–800 euros.

According to Finnish Immigration Service, in addition to the amount of the tuition fee, the student has to have at least 6 720 euros / academic year available to cover the living costs.


In the first academic year all students who are obligated to pay the tuition fee will get the scholarship, which covers 70% of the tuition fee. In the following academic years the scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee and to qualify for the scholarship Bachelor student must complete at least 55 credits by 31 July.

The tuition fee is charged for each academic year. On the first academic year the tuition fee for the Bachelor student after the scholarship is 1500 euros and it must be paid by 31 July. After that, each academic year in June students will get an invoice of half of the tuition fee 2500 euros and it must be paid by 31 July. If a student fails to complete at least 55 credits by 31 July, she/he will get another invoive of 2500 euros in the beginning of August and the due date is 30 August.

The scholarship can only be granted for the statutory study time.
Statutory study times for different extents of study programmes are:

  • 60 credits Master's degree - 2 years
  • 90 credits Master’s degree - 3 years
  • 210 credits Bachelor’s degree - 3,5 years
  • 240 credits Bachelor’s degree - 4 years

Am I required to pay the tuition fee?

If you are EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you don’t have to pay the tuition fee.

The fee may not be charged from persons who are equated with EU area citizens or their family members. The exemption may also apply to those who have an EU blue card stated in the Aliens Act, continuous or permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EC residence permit. Please check for more information.

EU countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

EEA countries:

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.


Savonia UAS Admission services

Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Admission services
P.O. Box 6 (Microkatu 1)



Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.