When you plan to study in Finland for more than three months, you will need a residence permit. All residence permit applications are issued by Finnish Immigration Services. They also instruct all the applicants with necessary information.
EU citizens and citizens of Liechtenstein and Switzerland do not need a residence permit or visa.
We recommend our students to apply for a residence permit as soon as they have received an acceptance letter from a Finnish educational institution. More information is available at www.migri.fi/en
When applying for residence permit, your livelihood must be secured either with a deposit in your own bank account or with an official scholarship/grant.
- Students are required to have 6,720 euros per year at disposal. The amount is allowed to be used for housing and food during the study year.
- A written guarantee of sponsorship from a private person such as family member, friend or employer is not accepted.
During your stay in Finland you must be covered by a private health insurance.
If the studies in Finland last two years or longer, the health insurance must cover medical expenses up to a minimum of 30,000 euros. Students should also apply for a home municipality at local registry office after arriving in Finland in order to receive public health care.
If the studies last less than two years, the insurance must cover both sickness and accident related medical treatment up to a minimum of 100,000 euros.
The health insurance is required to have no deductible. The health insurance must be valid on the date of arrival in Finland and for at least one year from the estimated date of arrival in Finland.
Do not acquire a travel insurance since this is often meant for trips lasting a maximum of three months and is therefore inadequate.
Do not terminate your health insurance, it must be valid at all times in Finland.
Oulu University of Applied Sciences has made an agreement together with few other higher education institutions in Finland. Together these schools have been able to negotiate a package with the insurance company Marsh Insurances. This package allows students to buy insurance from Marsh Insurances with lower price than regular customers. For further information, please visit the Study in Finland website.