Tuition Fees and Scholarships for Bachelor´s Degree
According to the legislation Institutes of Higher Education in Finland must charge tuition fees from the students coming outside of the European Union and the European Economic Area when applying to English taught degree programmes.
The size of the tuition fee varies between the different schools and the different programmes offered by the particular school. The higher educational establishments can decide themselves on the arrangements regarding the collection of the fees.
From the spring 2020 onward, Oamk introduces early bird discount for new selected students and extra stipend for everyone who has to pay the tuition fee. You can find more information in the sections below.
From 2022 onward, UK citizens residing in Finland as well as their family members should hold right of residence under the withdrawal agreement (Brexit permit) in order to be exempted from the tuition fee. The permit must be granted by Finnish Immigration Services.
Applicants who are UK citizens and do not hold right of residence under the withdrawal agreement are required to pay the tuition fee. There are scholarships available.
Who has to pay?
Tuition fee is charged from the non-EU/EEA students studying in the English degree programmes and who do not hold the Finnish residence permit that gives the exemption from the tuition fees. These residence permits are listed in the section below.
The law of the tuition fee is applied to all applicants applying to degree programmes conducted in English from the spring 2017 admission onwards.
Who will not have to pay?
- Students accepted in the spring 2016 admission or before
- Students who have been accepted as transfer students in Oulu UAS, started their studies in another UAS before autumn 2017 and have not been required to pay tuition fee earlier
- Foreign citizens studying in Finnish degree programmes
- Citizens of countries in the EU/EEA/Switzerland or the family members of such persons
- Persons who have:
- an EU Blue Card
- continuous (type A) residence permit in Finland. Please note that from the spring 2022 onward the legislation has changed and the new students applying for student visa will receive continuous residence permit A based on their study place (previous residence permit B). This permit, however, will not give exemption from the tuition fee. The grounds for the permit are stated in the card (student).
- permanent (type P) residence permit in Finland
- an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence (type P-EU) in Finland
- EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
- Brexit permit
What documents need to be delivered?
- Copies of the documents proving the grounds for exemption of the tuition fee for the previously mentioned reasons (in section “Who will not have to pay?”)
- A copy of passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland
Note! Citizens of Finland are not required to provide proof of their citizenship; it will be verified from the population register
Copies of the documents must be uploaded to the application by the deadline of documents of each application period.
The original documents will be checked.
If a student receives one of the documents mentioned above at any point of the application period or later during the studies, he/she should provide us the document immediately. If the document is delivered after the tuition fee is already paid, the remaining fee will be returned.
How much is the fee?
At Oamk the amount of the tuition fee for Bachelor's degree for non-EU/EEA students is 8000 euros per academic year.
How is the fee paid?
You will receive an email with instructions for making the payment after you have confirmed your study place and enrolled for the upcoming academic year. You can pay the tuition fee either with your credit card through paytrail services or at bank by using the electronic invoice information. The fee must be paid within 14 days.
Please note that the tuition fee must be paid before applying for student visa.
What will the tuition fee cover?
The tuition fee entitles the student to study and receive a degree and to use the normal support services available for students. However, all students have to buy books 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 600–900 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.
How can I get early bird discount?
From the spring 2020 onward, new selected tuition-fee-paying students, who have applied through joint application, confirm their study place and enroll present for the upcoming academic within the 7 days from receiving the study place are awarded early bird discount of 500€. This means that the tuition fee for the Bachelor's degrees for first academic year is 7500€.
How much is the scholarship?
There is a scholarship of 4000€ available for all non-EU/EEA students who are required to pay tuition fee. The scholarship is meant to help students with their tuition fee of 8000€ per academic year.
The scholarships can be granted for the optimal study time of the degree programme, which means 3.5 years in the degree programme in International Business and 4 years in the degree programme in Information Technology. It is granted by Grant Committee based on the study progress on each academic year to those students who have completed at least 55 ECTS credits during the academic year.
Scholarship is taxable under Finnish legislation.
Please note, that in order to graduate in optimal study time student has to complete at least 60 cr/academic year.
Who can apply for a scholarship?
Scholarship is meant for students who are required to pay tuition fees.
Therefore students, who are not paying the tuition fee because of their EU/EEA citizenship or students who are exempted from the tuition fee because of the status of their residence permit cannot apply.
How to get a scholarship?
The scholarship is based on the progress of studies (55 ECTS cr/academic year). The study plan for each Bachelor's degree programme is designed so that the required number of ECTS credits is achievable if student follows his/her personal study plan.
Scholarship is awarded after each academic year. First available scholarship for the first year students is granted after first academic year.
Students do not need to apply for scholarship. It is granted by Grant Committee based on the study progress on each academic year to those students who have completed at least 55 ECTS credits during the academic year. The scholarship is deducted from the next year's tuition fee.
Graduating student is advised about applying the last scholarship when he/she is applying for degree diploma. For graduated student the scholarship is paid to a bank account if he/she meets the requirements for the scholarship.
How can I get extra stipend?
Oamk encourages its students to learn Finnish language as a step to integrating and finding their own place in Finnish society. Therefore from the spring 2020 onward, students who take and pass the Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Finnish language are awarded with extra stipend.