Complete Guide to Study in Finland 2023

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Finland was designated the happiest country in the world by the United Nations for the sixth consecutive year. Life expectancy, social support, and even freedom of expression are among the well-being factors in which Finland ranks highest. And the Finns do not keep their contentment secret to themselves. Non-Finns who reside in Finland are also happier than ordinary citizens. The happiness levels of expatriates in Finland were nearly identical to those of the country’s renowned natives. This blog will discuss all the details of application and general requirements to study in Finland.

Finland is renowned for its affordable, world-class universities. Finland’s universities are remarkably less expensive than those in Australia and Canada, which is one of the primary reasons to study there. The annual tuition fees for international pupils range between 6,000 and 12,000 euros.

Application Time and Fees for Study in Finland:

There is only one application cycle and one intake per year, namely the September intake. There is no application fee; you may apply to as many programs and universities as you wish.

Master’s Degree: December 1, 2022 – January 4, 2023.

Admission Results & Fee Structure:

Masters: Mid-March – Mid-June  

If they have not received a fee waiver, students must pay the first-year university fee in advance after receiving their admission letter.

Master’s Minimum Fee: 10,000 euros per year

Master’s Annual Fee Maximum: 15,000 euros

Ph.D.: Free (Work Visa)

The fee structure varies by institution and program. Check the program’s website.

For all the General Information, you can visit this official website and this website for all the study programs information and application. For Immigration and visa details, visit this webpage.

Scholarships to study in Finland:

For master’s degrees, students may qualify for scholarships based on various factors, including GPA, motivation letter, etc. Master’s students can receive up to a 100 per cent scholarship for one or two years. The scholarship for the second year can be obtained by completing 55 ECTS (European Credits) in the first year and sustaining a GPA of 3.0 out of a possible 5.0. (Might vary by university or program wise verify the program’s page). The “applying for fee waiver” item on the application form is usually sufficient to apply for a scholarship.

In a few universities, you can also apply for the Finland Scholarship, which provides a yearly stipend of 5,000 euros and a tuition waiver.

Bank Statement and Sponsosor:

The applicant must demonstrate 6833 euros in their bank account for a one-year visa. This amount must be in the student/main applicant’s account, not the sponsor’s account. No restricted account exists for Finland.

A sponsor can be anyone. Being a sponsor does not necessitate a blood relationship. Students are only required to provide a money trace and tax documents. The sponsor may transfer funds from their account to the student’s or applicant’s account but must also provide a money trail. Additionally, the sponsor must provide a six-month bank statement.

Required Documents for Admission:

Bachelor’s Degree (HEC Attested)

Transcript of Records (HEC Attested) 

Letter of Motivation

Passport

IELTS /PTE

Other documents can be birth certificates, marriage and family registration certificates, depending on the candidate, if you are applying with your spouse, etc. 

You can check the details of all the documents on our detailed blog about general requirements.

General Questions Related to Study, Work and Future Aspects of Finland:

Job Opportunities while Studying:

International students are allowed to work 30hrs/week part-time. You can get odd jobs as there is a language barrier, but every student gets an odd job easily and manage the expenses. Big cities have more opportunities as compared to small cities. 

Expenses vs Earnings:

You can earn between 900-1100 euros monthly as a student working part-time. The students’ monthly expenses range from 600-800 euros depending on your rented room and lifestyle. 

PR & Citizenship:

For PR, the applicant must have been in Finland for four years with a type A continuous residence permit. A language examination is optional for permanent residency. To be eligible for permanent residency, the applicant must earn 1,250 euros after taxes.

A field-related occupation is not required. Applicants may also obtain PR for unusual jobs, excluding Wolt / Foodora (Delivery Jobs). This may alter in the future, and the job must be in the applicant’s field of expertise.

For Citizenship, a five-year residency requirement applies. Applicants must pass the YKI (Language) Test to be eligible for Citizenship. The remaining requirements remain unchanged.

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