Cost of Living in Finland for an International Student

Are you planning to study in a Finnish University? Undoubtedly, the first question that comes to your mind is about the cost of living in Finland as a student?

In fact, education in Finland is considered to be free only for students who are interested in studying a specific degree in Finnish and Swedish. In case you are fluent in these two languages, congratulations, you will get a free academic education in Finnish universities. But if you want to continue studying in English in Finland, you have to pay university fees.

Learn more about Studying in English in a Finnish University

Cost of Studying in Finland

Tuition fees vary depending on the university and study degree. Actually, the annual cost of studying in Finnish university ranges between 8000 euros and 20,000 euro.

Besides, International students who meet one of the following conditions are exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Students admitted to study for the PhD degree
  • Study as a student in the exchange program
  • Admission to a study program in a Finnish or Swedish

Find out also how to study in Finland for free

Tuition fees of the top Finnish universities

Hanken University

The tuition fee in Hanken universities is 12,500 euros per year. Additionally, The university provides scholarships covering all tuition fees as well as an amount up to 8,000 euros to cover the expenses of housing and transportation.

Also, The University offers scholarships either fully or half-funded.

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Aalto University

The tuition fee of Aalto University costs 12,000 for undergraduate students, while it costs 15,000 Euro for Master’s degree students.

The tuition fee includes academic supervision, courses, exams, university counseling, student services, and the university library. Note that tuition fees neither includes textbooks costs nor computers for studying or printing purposes.

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Abo Akademy University

The tuition fee of Abo Akademy ranges between 8,000 and 12,000 euros per year.

Also, 116 Euros is paid to the Students Union of the University and included among the tuition fee to benefit from all the university services.

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University of Helsinki

For the University of Helsinki, the tuition fee is very expensive as it ranges between 13,000 euros and 18,000 euros per year.

Even though, the university offers a set of scholarships to cover all or half of tuition fees.

Additionally, getting a scholarship in Finland can make it easier for you.

Learn more about How to get a scholarship in Finland

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University of Turku

The tuition fee varies according to faculties or majors:

  • Faculty of medicine, the total cost per year is 12,000 Euros.
  • Turku School of Economics; tuition fee for a master’s degree is 10,000 euros per year.
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: the annual tuition fee varies according to specialty. So it ranges between 12,000 euros and 16,000 euros.
  • University of Law: the annual tuition fees of this university generally vary according to major. It ranges between 8,000 and 12,000 euros.
  • Faculty of Education; tuition fee is €10,000.

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Laurea University of Applied Sciences

The university offers eight study programs in English. As a matter of fact, it means that students who wish to continue studying in English in this university must pay tuition fees for the duration of the academic study.

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Savonia University of Applied Sciences

The tuition fee is estimated at 5,000 Euros for undergraduate students while it is 6000 Euros for Masters students.

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How much does it cost to live in Finland as a student?

One of the admission conditions in a Finnish university is to provide evidence of the student’s income. It is required to prove his ability to fund studies, and the availability of at least, 6720 euros per year to cover living expenses in Finland.

Additionally, the cost of living in Finland is very expensive for a student. And it ranges between 700 and 900 euros per month.

Besides, this amount varies depending on the city where you choose to study in. For example, the cost of living is very high in Helsinki and Espoo cities while it is very low in Oulu, Lahti and Lappeenranta.

  • Transportation cost is 50 Euros per month.
  • Housing cost is 200 to 600 Euros per month.
  • Cost of telephone, internet, and electricity: 135 Euros per month.
  • Insurance cost: 35 Euros per month.

Moreover, food costs also vary between cities, but monthly groceries expenses at the local supermarkets will cost you amount around 200-250 euros. Shopping in discount supermarkets like Lidl, Alepa, K-Market, Sale will cost you less and you can also get more discounts if you go shopping in the evening. Besides, eating out will cost you around 11 euros in an affordable restaurant.

Finally, hope this article answers all your inquiries about the cost of living in Finland for an international student.

In case you decide to study in Finland, you will need to read the following articles:

How to apply for Finnish Universities

Customs and Culture in Finland.

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