How to apply

Interested in applying to our member universities but don’t know how? Not to worry. Just follow these simple steps and you are on your way!

When applying to Finland University, you apply to one of its member universities. The next application period will begin at the end of 2018 – please check the exact dates from each university’s web pages. Studies for all universities begin in autumn 2019.

Also, please do note that there might be programme-specific entry requirements (e.g. language requirements). Be sure to always check the member university website for any admission requirements. Programme-specific application requirements are presented at the member university programme web pages. It’s worth noting, that each university offers generous scholarships which you can apply for simultaneously while applying to the university.

Before applying, be sure to carefully read the general instructions for applying from the web pages of our member universities!

University of Eastern Finland
University of Tampere
University of Turku
Åbo Akademi University

Applying to our member universities is a simple process of six easy steps:



Before applying, think what you want to study and decide which programmes you want to apply to. Browse the Finland University website and explore all the possibilities our member universities offer.



Remember to make a realistic plan for financing your studies. As an international student, you are usually required to independently cover your everyday living expenses like food, accommodation, insurance etc. If you are a non-EU student, you usually need to pay tuition fees. Keep in mind that the universities offer generous scholarships, which can cover both tuition fees and living expenses.



All programmes require a Bachelor’s or an equal (minimum) three-year undergraduate degree in relevant fields of study and sufficient English language skills. Be sure to always check the member university website for any programme-specific admission requirements, which are also listed in the programme descriptions when you fill in your application.



To apply for studying, fill in the online application according to the instructions at the application portal at Please note that you may leave your graduation certificate after the application period if you haven’t graduated before the period ends.

Applications for scholarships will take place at the same time and through the same portal.

The next application period for Master’s degree programmes will begin at the end of 2018. Since the application period may vary, be sure to always check the exact dates from the university webpages or on the application portal for each programme separately.



After the application period is closed, the university reviews applications and decides admission offers. Once you have been accepted to study at one of the member universities, you will receive official notification for admission from the university, along with information on whether you have received a scholarship. Instructions on when and how to pay the tuition will also be included. Note that you need to confirm your acceptance of place of study on time!



Now it is time to start arranging the formalities and practical aspects of your arrival to Finland. Studies for International Master’s degree programmes commence in August or September 2019. Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a visa to enter Finland. Students outside of EU/EEA usually need a residence permit. It’s good to start your student residence permit application process as soon as you have been admitted to study. Also, try to look for an accommodation in advance near the university where you will start your studies. Then, pack your bags and head to the North!