FAQ - Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Frequently asked questions about tuition fees and scholarships in the University of Jyväskylä

Am I required to pay tuition fees

  • If I want to study in Finnish?
    Students studying in programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish are not required to pay for tuition irrespective of their nationality. Please note that in order to apply to a programme in Finnish, you need to be fluent in the Finnish language. Language proficiency must be demonstrated as part of the application process. JYU does not offer programmes taught in Swedish.
  • If I am an exchange student?
    If you are registered at a foreign university and will be studying in Finland on a temporary basis as part of an official study abroad programme as an exchange student, you are not required to pay tuition fees to JYU.
  • If I am applying for third cycle (doctoral studies) in Finland?
    You are not required to pay tuition fees.
  • If I was/ will be registered for another study programme in Finland when submitting my application?
    Your registration status does not exempt you from paying tuition fees. Students who apply for a new course or programme that starts in 1 August 2017 or later are required to pay tuition fees for that programme. If you are currently a student in a programme, you may finish the programme without having to pay tuition fees.
  • If I am Finnish citizen?
    You are not required to pay tuition fees.
  • If I am married to a Finnish citizen?
    You are most likely not required to pay tuition fees. In order to be exempted from paying them, you need to have a fixed-term continuous residence permit (type A) from the Finnish Immigration Service. Please note that you are required to prove your residency status by submitting a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application documents.
  • If I have citizenship in a European Union (EU) country, European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland?
    You are not required to pay tuition fees. Please note that you are required to provide proof of your status as a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland. Please see the list of EU countries. EEA countries include the following non-EU countries: Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland.  Please submit a copy of your valid passport, valid national ID card, or valid identity card where your citizenship is indicated as an attachment to your application.
  • If I am a close family member of a citizen of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland who is residing in Finland?
    If your close family member has citizenship in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, s/he has right of residence in Finland. This means that s/he is allowed to be in Finland for longer than 3 months without needing a residence permit. You can be considered a family member if you are a spouse, registered partner or common-law spouse; a child under 21 years of age who is financially dependent on their parent(s); or a parent who is financially dependent on their child who lives in Finland. As a family member, you can obtain a residence card to a family member of an EU citizen. Holders of such a card are exempted from paying tuition. Please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application
  • If I am a close family member of a citizen of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland who is NOT residing in Finland?
    This does not affect your residence permit status in Finland. In this case you need to apply for a residence permit based on studies in Finland (Type B), and you are liable to pay tuition. 
  • If I have a fixed-term temporary residence permit (Type B)?
    It is likely that you are required to pay tuition fees. In order to start your studies you need to apply for a temporary residence permit (type B). You can apply for residence permit after receiving your study offer. If you have not received a scholarship covering the tuition fee, you need to pay the tuition fee of one academic year before your residence permit application can be processed.
  • If I have a fixed-term continuous resident permit (Type A)?
    You are not required to pay tuition fees during the time that the permit is valid. To prove your residence status, please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application documents.  
  • If I have a permanent Finnish residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit (P or P-EU)?
    You are not required to pay tuition fees. Individuals with permanent Finnish residence permit are not required to pay tuition fees. To prove your residence status, please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application documents.
  • If I have an EU Blue Card
    You are not required to pay tuition fees. An EU Blue Card is a residence permit card with a marking “EU Blue Card” as a type of the permit. To prove your residency status, please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application documents.
  • If I am a close family member of a person who has a Finnish residence permit of the type A, P, P-EU or EU Blue card?

You can be considered a family member if you are a spouse, registered partner or common-law spouse; a child under 21 years of age who is financially dependent on their parent(s); or a parent who is financially dependent on their child who lives in Finland. As a family member, you can obtain a residence card to a family member. Holders of such a card are usually exempted from paying tuition. Please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application

How much is the tuition fee?

The University of Jyväskylä charges tuition fees of EUR 8,000–12,000 per academic year. You will find the degree-specific tuition fees on the page Tuition fees.

What does the tuition fee include?

The tuition fee includes the degree studies in the University of Jyväskylä, multiple University Services, inexpensive health care and other benefits that you can find on the Tuition fee page. Paying the tuition fee does not cover the cost of living.

Who decides if I must pay for tuition?

The University of Jyväskylä will decide whether you are required to pay fees or not based on your nationality and on the possible Finnish Immigration Service’s residence permit decision, which is checked from the copy of your residence permit card attached to your application documents. If you have applied for a residence permit but have not received the decision by the date when the tuition fee is due, you will have to pay the fee. If you receive a residence permit that allows you to be exempt from tuition fees (A, P or P-EU), you will not be required to pay tuition fees starting from the day that you present the new residence permit at the Admission Services of the University. The University will reimburse a part of the tuition fee you have payed, but as stated above not retroactively.

How can I get a residence permit?
You need a residence permit in Finland when you have been admitted to a Master’s programme and you are not a citizen of an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. For more information, please see the website of the Finnish Immigration Service. If you are a spouse or a family member of Finnish citizen see Finnish Immigration Service Instructions. Please apply for the residence permit as soon as you get instructions for it from the University, because you need the permit in order to enter Finland, and the processing times are sometimes long.  

When do I need to pay the tuition fee?

The tuition fee of an academic year is to be paid in one installment. The deadline for the payment is 31 May (except for conditionally admitted students who graduate after this date). Registration for attendance is possible only after paying the tuition fee.

How do I pay the tuition fee?

After you have accepted your study place, we will send you a link to your personal online payment form via email. The only accepted payment options are credit card, PayPal, or electronic bank transfer from a bank based in Finland. Please note that the payment must be made with no charges to the beneficiary. This means that you are responsible for paying the transaction costs that your bank may charge.

What if I miss the payment deadline?

Please note that you may lose your study right at JYU if you fail to pay the tuition fee by the due date. If you have missed the payment due date, please contact admissions@jyu.fi.

How does studying more than 120 credits in two years affect tuition fees?

You can complete more than 120 ECTS credits as long as the extra credits can be included in your degree (your Faculty will advise you on choosing suitable studies for your degree). The number of credits does not affect tuition fees, since tuition fees are linked to the time you use to complete your degree.

What if I do not receive my degree in two years?

You need to pay the tuition fee for each academic year/semester during which you study. The maximum time that can be used for completing a Master’s degree is 4 years.

I have paid the tuition fee but I want to quit my studies. Do I get a refund?

If you decide not to complete your degree, you will not get a refund from the time during which you have completed courses.

Can I apply for a scholarship?

You are eligible for a JYU scholarship if you are

  • eligible to apply to study in an IMDP offered by JYU
  • liable to pay tuition fees: see above

How do I apply for a scholarship?
You apply for the scholarship when applying for a study place in any of the International Master’s Degree Programmes offered by JYU. In the application form there is a section covering the information needed for the scholarship application.  

Who gets a scholarship? What are the selection criteria?

Scholarships are granted based on academic merit demonstrated during the application process. A maximum of 50% of admitted students eligible for a scholarship may be granted a scholarship. The exact number of available scholarships is dependent on the annual student intake. The scholarships are personal and cannot be transferred to other students.

Each International Master’s Degree Programme shortlists the scholarship recipients based on the admission criteria. The final decision on the scholarship recipients is made by the Rector of JYU. You will be notified of the decision in the official letter of acceptance. 

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and it is awarded for two academic years. However, receiving the scholarship for the second academic year depends on your study progress and success during the first academic year: in order to receive the scholarship for the second year, you must complete at least 55 ECTS credits of degree studies during the first year. If you complete your degree in less than two years, the right to the scholarship expires upon the completion of your degree. Even if your studies are delayed, the scholarship is not granted for longer than two academic years. Cost-of-living grants are available at the University of Jyväskylä only in the IMDP in Nuclear and Particle Physics.

How do I accept or decline a scholarship?

A student must notify that he or she either accepts or declines the offered scholarship in connection of accepting the study place.

Are there any other scholarships for studying at JYU?

JYU does not offer other university level scholarships. Some faculties offer specific field-based additional scholarships for students. You can find them and some other sources for funding your studies on Scholarships. Cost-of-living grants are available at the University of Jyväskylä only in the IMDP in Nuclear and Particle Physics.