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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 fee in Savonia UAS, Bachelor Studies

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 fee for Bachelor studies is 5000 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.

Refund policy

If a student pays the tuition fee for the 1st academic year but is not granted the residence permit to Finland, Savonia UAS will refund the paid amount to the student. However, Savonia UAS will not refund the paid tuition fee if a student decides not to arrive to Finland for other reasons or cancels the study place. In addition, Savonia UAS will not refund the paid tuition fee if a student starts his / her studies online.


In the first academic year all students who are obligated to pay the tuition fee will automatically 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 invoice 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:

  • 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.

You are exempted for paying the tuition fee if you have one of these Finnish residence permits

  • residence card for a family member of an EU citizen,
  • EU blue card, 
  • fixed-term continuous residence permit (type A),
  • permanent residence permit (type P) or
  • long-term resident’s EC residence permit (type P-EU).

The residence permit must be valid when the tuition fee expires (31 July) and when the study right begins (1 August). 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.

Who decides if I will be exempted from paying the tuition fee?

Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences make the decision whether you are required to pay fees or not based only on the Finnish Immigration Service’s residence permit decision, which is checked from the copy of your residence permit card attached to your application documents.

If you have applied for residence permit but have not received the decision by the date when the tuition fee is due, you will have to pay the fee.


If you have any questions related to applying, please contact the Admission services.

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.