Tuition fees & scholarships

Tuition fees and a scholarship programme for foreign-language-medium master’s degree programmes at the University of Jyväskylä

Tuition fees (the amount)

In compliance with Section 10 of the Universities Act (558/2009), a university must charge a fee of at least EUR 1,500 per an academic year from a student admitted to education other than bachelor’s or master’s degree studies in Finnish or Swedish. Fees are not charged to a citizen of a state belonging to the European Economic Area or to a person who is equivalent to a European Union citizen under a treaty concluded by the European Union and its Member States with another contracting party, or to a family member of the individual. Nor is a fee charged to a person with the European Union Blue Card, a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to a third-country national referred to the Finnish Aliens Act, or to a family member of the individual. The Aliens Act is applied in the definition of persons regarded as family members. Furthermore, no fee is charged to a student participating in commissioned education in compliance with Section 9 of the Universities Act.

A university must have a scholarship system to support the studies of students participating in fee-charging degree education.

In accordance with the provisions concerning the coming into force, Section 10 of the Universities Act is applied to students who enrol on 1 August 2017 or thereafter.

On 10 May 2016, the Rector of the University of Jyväskylä issued a decision on the master’s degree programmes taught in a foreign language. From 1 August 2017, tuition fees are charged to students who are admitted to the programmes and liable to pay tuition fees in accordance with Section 10 of the Universities Act.

In its meeting of 24 May 2016, the University Board decided to impose tuition fees of EUR 8,000–16,000 as of 1 August 2017 to students who come from outside the EU and EEA countries and are liable to pay the fees in compliance with the Universities Act. The fees are not charged from students who have started their studies before the autumn term 2017. According to the decision of the University Board, the Rector decides programme-specific tuition fees upon the proposal of faculties within the framework decided by the University Board. The Rector will decide on the University’s scholarship programme in the same connection.

The amount of student tuition fees per academic year 

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Master's Degree Programme in Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society: EUR 8,000
Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Policy: EUR 8,000
Master's Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation: EUR 8,000
Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication: EUR 8,000 

Faculty of Information Technology 

Master's Degree Programme in Information Systems: EUR 8,000
Master's Degree Programme in Computational Sciences and Engineering: EUR 8,000

Faculty of Education and Psychology

Master's Degree Programme in Educational Sciences: EUR 10,000
Master's Degree Programme in Educational Leadership: EUR 10,000

School of Business and Economics

Master's Degree Programme in Banking and International Finance: EUR 10,000
Master's Degree Programme in Corporate Environmental Management: EUR 10,000
Master's Degree Programme in Digital Marketing and Corporate Communication: EUR 10,000
Master's Degree Programme in International Business and Entrepreneurship: EUR 10,000

Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences 

Master's Degree Programme in Sport and Exercise Promotion: EUR 8,000
Master's Degree Programme in Biology of Physical Activity: EUR 10,000

Faculty of Mathematics and Science

Master's Degree Programme in Biological and Environmental Science: EUR 12,000
Master's Degree Programme in Nuclear and Particle Physics: EUR 12,000
Master's Degree Programme in Nanoscience: EUR 12,000

FAQ student fees

When the study fee needs to be paid?

Prior to starting your studies and before you can enroll as a student at the University. You will need to send us: the registration form (which will be sent to you together with the letter of admission), pay the Study fee and also Pay the Student Union membership fee. Return the registration form and the copy of the Study fee and Student Union membership fee receipt to the address given in the letter of admission.

Am I required to pay tuition fees?

If you are Finnish citizen?

You are not required to pay tuition fees.

If you are you married to a Finnish citizen?

You are most likely not required to pay tuition fees. Being married to a Finnish citizen doesn't automatically make one exempt from paying fees. In order to be exempted from paying them, you need to have a fixed-term continuous residence permit (type A).

If you live abroad and wish to apply to Finland to pursue studies, you should apply for your residence permit as soon as possible with the Finnish Immigration Service. To prove your residency status, please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application documents.

For more information please see http://www.migri.fi/moving_to_finland_to_be_with_a_family_member/filling_in_the_application/family_member_of_a_finnish_citizen/spouse

Do you have citizenship in a European Union (EU) country, European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland? 

If yes, 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.

All citizens of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, plus citizens of Switzerland, are not required to pay tuition fees. For a list of these countries, please see the list of EU/EEA countries. All EU/EEA and Swiss citizens are required to submit proof of their citizenship to University Admissions in Finland. 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.

Are you a family member of a citizen of an EU or EEA country? 

If yes, you are most likely not required to pay tuition fees. If your spouse has citizenship in an EU/EEA country, he/she has right of residence in Finland. This means that he/she 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. In order to prove your status as a family member, you need to have a residence card (to a family member of EU citizen) please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application (if you already have one when applying for admission). For more information please see http://www.migri.fi/residence_permits/migri_to_handle_permits.

Do you have a fixed-term temporary residence permit (type B)? 

If yes, 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 are granted a residence permit type B, you are required to pay tuition fees. If you have not received a scholarship covering your whole tuition fee, the tuition fee or part of the tuition fee has to be paid according to the rules of the institution which study offer you have accepted, before your residence permit can be granted. For more information, please see http://www.migri.fi/studying_in_finland/submitting_the_application.

Do you have a permanent Finnish residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit (P,P-EU)?

If yes, 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. A long-term resident’s EU residence permit card has a marking “P or P-EU” as a type of the permit. If you residence permit card is marked type A or B please see the next question. http://www.migri.fi/residence_permits/permit_types/residence_permit_card

Do you have a fixed-term continuous residence permit (type A)?

If yes, you are not required to pay tuition fees.  Applicants who have a fixed-term continuous residence permit (type A) do not have to pay tuition fees. To prove your residence status, please submit a copy of your residence permit card as attachment to your application documents. A fixed-term continuous residence permit card has a marking “A” as a type of the permit. If you residence permit card is marked type B you have a temporary residence permit for studies and you are required to pay tuition fees. http://www.migri.fi/residence_permits/permit_types/residence_permit_card

Do you have an EU Blue Card?

If yes, you are not required to pay tuition fees. Applicants who have been granted an EU Blue Card do not have 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. http://www.migri.fi/residence_permits/permit_types/residence_permit_card http://www.migri.fi/working_in_finland/an_employee_and_work/eu_blue_card

Are you applying for third cycle (doctoral studies) in Finland?

If yes, you are not required to pay tuition fees.

Were you/will you be registered for a study programme in Finland when you submit your application?

Your registration status does not exempt students 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.

Are you applying to study in a degree programme taught in Finnish or Swedish? Student studying in programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish are not required to pay fees irrespective of their nationality. Fees will be charged from students from outside the EU or European Economic Area (EEA) studying towards bachelor or master level degrees in languages other than Finnish or Swedish at polytechnics (UAS) and universities.

Are you 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. Please see the following information about the residence permit.

You need a residence permit when you come to Finland to study for over 90 days and you are not an EU-citizen or citizen of Island, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. For more information, please see the website of the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).

* Filling the residence permit application (requirements): http://www.migri.fi/studying_in_finland/filling_in_the_application

* Submitting the residence permit application: http://www.migri.fi/studying_in_finland/submitting_the_application

Who decides if I will be exempted from paying the tuition fee?

The University of Jyväskylä will decide whether you are required to pay fees or not based only on the 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 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 from the day of the residence permit decision onwards. Universities and universities of applied sciences will reimburse the tuition fee you have payed, but as stated above not retroactively.

Scholarship system for students liable to pay tuition fees

In connection of applying for a study place, applicants liable to pay tuition fees may apply for a scholarship to cover the tuition fee. The decision on awarding the scholarship is made by the Rector, or a person designated by the Rector, upon the proposal of dean. The applicant is informed of the decision on the scholarship in the admission letter. The grounds for awarding scholarships to admitted students liable to pay tuitions fees comprise the academic criteria defined in the detailed admission criteria of faculties and the students’ ranking order based on the criteria. The criteria must be clear and applicants must be made aware of them.

A student must notify about accepting the scholarship in connection of accepting the study place. The scholarship is awarded for two academic years. However, the second-year scholarship is optional and depends on the accumulation of credits during the first year. To receive a scholarship for the second academic year, a student must complete at least 55 ECTS credits of degree studies during the first academic year. If a student completes the degree faster than in two years, the right to the scholarship expires upon the completion of the degree. Even if a student’s studies are delayed, the scholarship is not awarded for longer than two academic years. (Years of non-attendance are treated in accordance with the Universities Act and no tuition fees are collected or scholarships paid during them.)

A scholarship may be awarded at the most for 50% of admitted students liable to pay tuition fees when there are at least two of such students in the programme. The scholarship is personal.

During the application round 2016-2017, cost-of-living grants are not available at the University of Jyväskylä.