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Financing Your Studies in Finland

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. More information on Tuition fee

Students are permitted to do a limited amount of paid work under a residence permit issued for studies if the work in question is internship included in the studies or linked with your final project work. Part-time employment is also possible, if the working hours do not exceed an average of 25 hours per week. However, a part-time job might be very difficult to find if you don’t speak any Finnish.

International students coming from outside the EEA and EU countries are required to prove that they have sufficient funds by depositing the sum of EUR 6720 (approx. USD 8720) yearly with a Finnish bank or with an international bank, with no conditions restricting the use of this account. A new deposit is required at the beginning of each academic year.

Monthly costs for students are roughly estimated to be:

  • Accommodation € 170–400
  • Lunch at student canteens € 40–65
  • Self-catering € 85-130
  • Other expenses € 85-150

This estimate does not include social activities, travel or clothing. On average, a Finnish student spends € 600–800 a month.

Please note! If you are not a Finnish citizen, you may be entitled to financial aid with education in Finland provided

  • you are registered as a permanent resident of Finland in the population register system and
  • your purpose for residence in Finland is other than education (for example, work, family ties or return migration).

Staying in Finland for the express purpose of attending school does not make you eligible for financial aid from the Finnish government. For more information on students' financial aid, visit

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.