Tuition fees and scholarship programme

Information on tuition fees at JYU and the scholarship programme offered for students liable to pay tuition fees

Liability to pay tuition fees

The Finnish law requires that starting from 2017, universities charge tuition fees from degree-seeking non-EU/EEA students in Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes taught in a language other than Finnish or Swedish. However, certain kinds of residence permits exempt their holders from the liability to pay tuition fees, please see additional information below.

At the University of Jyväskylä, no tuition is charged from students who:

  • are doing an exchange period or summer/winter school at JYU
  • study in a programme taught in Finnish or Swedish
  • have started their studies before 1 August 2017
  • study in a doctoral programme
  • are citizens of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland
  • are in possession of a valid residence permit in Finland of the type A, P, P-EU, or EU Blue Card

During the admission process to our Master’s programmes taught in English, the applicants’ liability to pay tuition fees is checked, and admitted students are informed of their liability in the Letter of Admission. 

Changes in the liability status

Students who are completing their Master’s degree in English and have started their studies on 1 August 2017 or thereafter must inform the Admission Services of the University immediately, if their status changes so that they become liable to pay tuition fees, or become freed from the liability.

1. The student was liable for the tuition fee at the beginning of the studies and the liability is removed during the studies

When a student’s citizenship or the type of the residence permit changes so that the student is freed from the tuition liability, the student shall immediately present an official document (a passport, a decision on citizenship, or a residence permit card) indicating the new status at the Admission Services of the University of Jyväskylä. The University will not return study fees for the semester during which the liability status is changed. If the student has already paid the annual tuition fee that covers also the next semester, the fee for that semester will be returned.

2. The student was not liable to pay the tuition fee at the beginning of the studies, but becomes liable during the studies

When a student’s citizenship*) or the type of the residence permit changes so that the student becomes liable to pay tuition, the student shall immediately present an official document (a passport, a decision on granted citizenship, or a residence permit card) indicating the new status at the Admission Services of the University of Jyväskylä. The University will charge the tuition fee starting from the next semester after the status change.

*) For citizenship, this applies to situations where a new citizenship in a certain country requires abandoning the citizenship of another country. If a student has to give up the citizenship of Switzerland or an EU/EEA country and becomes a citizen of a country other than these, he/she needs to obtain a residence permit in order to stay in Finland. Once obtained, the residence permit must be presented at the Admission Services as soon as possible. On the basis of the type of the permit, Admission Services will determine if the student has become liable to pay tuition fees.

Tuition fees in international Master’s degree programmes at JYU

The University Board has decided that tuition fees at JYU are within the range of EUR 8,000–16,000. Faculties have decided on the amount of the tuition fee per academic year in their programmes. The faculties have based their decisions on the costs of providing the education in the programme in question, and on comparisons of tuition fees in similar programmes in Finland and abroad. The tuition fee includes only the tuition in the programme. Students are responsible for covering housing and other living expenses separately.

The tuition fee for one semester is 50% of the programme’s annual tuition fee. Below are the annual tuition fees of Master’s programmes at JYU.

 

 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Fee / Academic year

Language, Globalization and Intercultural Communication

EUR 8,000

Development, Education and International Cooperation

EUR 10,000

Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society (no student intake after 2018)

EUR 8,000

Intercultural Communication (no student intake after 2018)

EUR 8,000

Cultural Policy (no student intake after 2017)

EUR 8,000

Development and International Cooperation (no student intake after 2017)

EUR 8,000

Faculty of Information Technology

Fee / Academic year

Information Systems

EUR 8,000

Cognitive Computing and Collective Intelligence

EUR 8,000

Faculty of Education and Psychology

Fee / Academic year

Educational Sciences

EUR 10,000

Educational Leadership (no student intake after 2017)

EUR 10,000

School of Business and Economics

Fee / Academic year

Banking and International Finance

EUR 10,000

Corporate Environmental Management

EUR 10,000

Digital Marketing and Corporate Communication

EUR 10,000

International Business and Entrepreneurship

EUR 10,000

Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences

Fee / Academic year

Sport and Exercise Promotion (no student intake after 2018)

EUR 8,000

Biology of Physical Activity

EUR 10,000

Faculty of Mathematics and Science

Fee / Academic year

Biological and Environmental Science

EUR 12,000

Mathematics

EUR 12,000

Nuclear and Particle Physics

EUR 12,000

Nanoscience

EUR 12,000

Tuition fee payment

Tuition fees are charged for the semesters for which the student is registered for attendance at the University. The fee must be paid in advance in one instalment for the whole period for which the student is going to register for attendance.

The due date for the payment of an annual fee or an autumn term fee is in the previous spring. For the spring term, the due date is at the end of the previous autumn term. Exact dates will be notified separately to liable students well in advance.

Each student liable to pay the tuition fee will be sent an email well in advance of the payment deadline each year. The email contains a link to the online payment form. Accepted payment options include credit card, PayPal and electronic bank transfer from a bank based in Finland. The payment must be made with no charges to the beneficiary. This means that the student is responsible for paying the transaction costs that his/her bank may charge.

Fee return policy

An annual or semester-specific tuition fee can be returned at the student’s request in the following cases:

  • The student changes his/her registration status from attendance to non-attendance: the fee is returned for the academic year or semester of absence.
  • The student has paid tuition for the whole academic year but graduates during the first semester: the fee for the latter semester is returned.
  • The student’s tuition status changes from liable to non-liable: the fee is returned for the semester that follows the status change.
  • The student cannot accomplish the studies, because he/she has not received a residence permit in Finland: the fee is returned for the semesters for which the student lacks a valid residence permit.
  • The study programme to which the student was admitted is not provided.
  • Other force majeure reasons preventing the student from accomplishing the studies: the University will make case-specific decisions on possible fee returns.

 

If a student liable to pay tuition graduates or the liability ends in mid-semester, no study fee returns will be made for the rest of that semester.

Any costs induced by the return will be deducted from the sum to be returned. The University will also withhold a handling fee from the sum.

Scholarship programme for students liable to pay tuition fees

In connection to applying for a study place, applicants liable to pay tuition fees may apply for a scholarship, which covers the tuition fee for two years. The awarding of these scholarships is based on the academic criteria defined in the programme-specific admission criteria. The scholarship may be awarded at the most to 50% of admitted scholarship applicants in a Master’s programme, when there are at least two of such students in the programme. The scholarship may be granted also in a case where the programme has only one scholarship applicant. The applicant is informed on the decision on the scholarship in the Letter of admission. The scholarship cannot be applied for in a later stage during studies.

The scholarship is personal, and cannot be transferred to another student. The scholarship is not paid to the recipient’s account, but the University uses the grant directly for paying the student’s tuition fee. It is not possible to appeal against a scholarship decision.

The scholarship for the second academic year is optional and depends on the accumulation of credits during the first year. To receive the scholarship for the second academic year, the student must complete at least 55 ECTS credits of degree studies during the first academic year. The credits need to be registered at JYU by the end of the academic year (31 July). After completing 55 credits, the scholarship-recipient should contact JYU Admission Services at admissions(a)jyu.fi. The Admission Services enters in the student register the information that the student has received the scholarship for the second academic year. Only after this, the student can register for attendance for the second academic year. If the student does not have 55 ECTS credits in the register of JYU by the end of the academic year, she/he is no longer entitled to the scholarship and must pay the tuition fee for the rest of her/his studies.  

If the student completes the degree faster than in two years, the right to the scholarship expires upon the completion of the degree. If the student’s studies are delayed, the scholarship is not granted for longer than two academic years. However, a separate consideration is possible if the delay is caused by issues in the student’s health (a medical certificate is needed) or an illness or death of his/her close relative (a certificate is needed). Upon a separate consideration, a scholarship may be granted for the fifth semester for completing the Master’s thesis, if studies have progressed in compliance with the approved personal study plan and if the thesis has been started and has progressed (a statement from the thesis supervisor is needed).

Student exchange and internships of students liable to pay tuition fees

When a degree student of JYU who is liable to pay tuition fees completes a student exchange period as part of her/his studies, the student needs to register for attendance at JYU for the duration of the exchange, and therefore is required to pay the tuition fee, or receive the scholarship which covers the tuition fee, also during the time spent in the exchange destination.  The same applies to internships which are completed as part of studies.  

If you have received the scholarship, which covers the tuition fee, and are planning to go on student exchange or do an internship during your first year of studies, please note that you need to have the required 55 ECTS credits registered at JYU during that same academic year (by 31 July) in order to receive the scholarship also for your second academic year.  

If you are liable to pay tuition fees (this includes also scholarship-recipients) and you go on student exchange or do an internship during the last semester of your studies, please make sure that the credits completed during the exchange or internship can be transferred to your JYU degree in good time before the date when you plan to graduate. Please see also section Graduation of students liable to pay tuition fees below.

The transfer of credits completed during student exchange cannot be done before the host university sends JYU an official transcript of records of the studies completed during the exchange. Please note that there are often delays in sending these transcripts.

Graduation of students liable to pay tuition fees

Students who are liable to pay tuition fees must plan the timing of their graduation well in advance. All students must be registered for attendance during the semester when they graduate, even if they do not complete any studies during that semester. For tuition-paying students, this means that the student also has to pay the tuition fee of that whole semester. Even if the student graduates in the beginning of the semester, no tuition fee reimbursement will be made for the rest of that semester.

If a scholarship recipient’s studies are delayed, the scholarship is not granted for longer than two academic years. The student is required to pay the tuition fee of the semesters exceeding two academic years. However, a separate consideration is possible if the delay is caused by issues in the student’s health (a medical certificate is needed) or an illness or death of his/her close relative (a certificate is needed). Upon a separate consideration, the scholarship may be granted for the fifth semester for completing the Master’s thesis, if studies have progressed in compliance with the approved personal study plan and if the graduation thesis has been started and has progressed (a statement from the supervisor needed).

The official timing of the semesters is as follows.

Autumn semester: 1 August – 31 December

Spring semester: 1 January – 31 July

A degree can be conferred to a student only after the student has applied for the conferral of the degree from the faculty. Please find out from your faculty what their schedule for conferring degrees is.

A case example: A student has started her studies in a Master’s degree programme at JYU in the autumn of 2017 and has received the scholarship, which covers the tuition fee for two academic years. The student completes all studies required for the degree by May 2019, but applies for the conferral of the degree only in the end of July 2019. Because the student has applied for the conferral of the degree so late, the degree is conferred to her in August 2019. The faculty is able to confer the degree only after the student has registered for attendance for the autumn semester 2019 (which starts on 1 August). In order for the student to register for attendance for the autumn semester, she needs to pay the tuition fee of that semester, which is half of the tuition fee of one academic year in her Master’s programme.   

Additional information

For additional information on tuition fees and the scholarship programme for students liable to pay tuition fees, please contact the Admission Services of JYU at admissions(a)jyu.fi.