Passi, oleskeluluvat ja viisumit

Passport, residence permits and visas for students going abroad

Koska oleskelulupa- ja viisumikäytännöt muuttuvat melko usein, voimassa olevat vaatimukset kannattaa tarkistaa kohdemaan suurlähetystöstä tai konsulaatista dokumenttia anoessa.

The residence permit and visa regulations change often - therefore it is recommended to check the valid requirements on the web site of the embassy or consulate of the country in question before applying for your permit/visa.

Lyhyet ohjeet

 

Passi mukaan

Tarkista, että matkustusasiakirjasi ovat voimassa. Ulkoasiainministeriö suosittelee, että passi on voimassa vähintään kuusi kuukautta matkan päättymisen jälkeen. Tärkeistä dokumenteista, esim. passista ja kohdeyliopiston hyväksymiskirjeestä, kannattaa ottaa kopioita katoamisen varalle ja säilyttää niitä eri paikassa kuin alkuperäisiä.

Matkustajan on pidettävä mukanaan voimassa olevaa matkustusasiakirjaa (passia tai henkilökorttia) myös Schengen-alueella

Tallenna lähiomaisesi tiedot mahdollisia kriisitilanteita varten matkapuhelimeesi ja lompakkoosi ICE (In Case of Emergency) –merkinnällä. Tallenna matkapuhelimeesi myös tärkeät puhelinnumerot, kuten vaihtoyliopistosi kv. toimiston, lähimmän Suomen edustuston ja vakuutusyhtiön yhteystiedot sekä numero, johon voit ilmoittaa luottokortin katoamisesta.

Hanki oleskelulupa / viisumi

Ulkomailla yli 3 kk opiskeleva tarvitsee pääsääntöisesti joko kohdemaansa oleskeluluvan tai viisumin.

EU-kansalaiset tarvitsevat useimpiin EU-maihin oleskeluluvan, kun oleskelu kestää yli 3 kk. Oleskelulupa hankitaan paikan päällä, mutta tarvittavat todistukset tulee ottaa mukaan jo Suomesta..

EU:n ulkopuolisiin maihin tarvitaan yleensä viisumi. Viisumia tulee hakea ennen vaihtoon lähtöä kohdemaan suurlähetystön kautta. Viisumia tulee hakea ajoissa, sillä joihinkin maihin viisumin saanti voi kestää jopa kuukausia.

Useimmat yliopistot informoivat (esim. verkkosivuillaan) saapuvia opiskelijoita siitä, miten oleskelulupaa / viisumia haetaan. Maakohtaisiin oleskelulupa- ja viisumimääräyksiin sekä suurlähetystöjen ja konsulaattien yhteystietoihin voit tutustua myös alla olevassa maakohtaisessa listauksessa. Huom! Oleskelulupa- ja viisumikäytännöt muuttuvat melko usein, joten voimassa olevat vaatimukset kannattaa tarkistaa hakuvaiheessa vielä kohdemaan suurlähetystöstä tai konsulaatista.

 

Country-specific residence permit and visa information

The requirements for visas and residence permits change quite frequently so it is advisable to always check the current information from the appropriate embassy or consulate.

ArgentinaAustraliaAustriaBelgiumBulgariaCanadaCzech RepublicChileChinaChina (Taiwan)CyprusEstoniaFranceGermanyGreat BritainGreeceHungaryIrelandItalyJapanLatviaLithuaniaMaltaMexicoNetherlandsNicaraguaNordic countriesPortugalPolandRomaniaRussiaSlovakiaSloveniaSouth AfricaSouth KoreaSpainTurkeyUnited StatesUruguay


ARGENTINA

Students from most nationalities going to study in Argentina for less than 3 months are not required to get a student visa before entering the country. If your stay is longer than 3 months you need a student visa, which you have to apply for in Argentina within 30 days after your arrival. Book your appointment for the visa application on the Immigration Office's website: http://www.migraciones.gov.ar. From the same website you can find more information regarding the visa application. The student visa application is on the http://studentvisa.gob.ar/ site. 

You need at least the following documents with the application:

  •     a receipt verifying enrollment at the educational institution
  •     a valid passport, identity card, or a citizenship certificate
  •     a legalized and appostilled certificate confirming the non-existence of criminal records where the student has resided for the last five years
  •     a certificate stating the non-existence of criminal records in the Argentine Republic
  •     In addition to submitting this documentation, you have to pay the corresponding fee.


You cannot work with a student visa.
Dirección Nacional de Migraciones
Antártida Argentina Avenue 1355, C1104ACA
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/


Embassy of Argentina
Bulevardi 5 A 11
00120 Helsinki
Tel +358 9 4242 87 00
http://www.efinl.mrecic.gov.ar/en


AUSTRALIA

All nationalities require a visa before entering Australia. If you are studying less than 3 months, you can apply for an ETA (Visitor) tourist visa. There is only a service charge included in this visa, but you are not allowed to work with it. If you are planning to stay for over 3 months you need to apply for a Student Visa. The student visa is usually valid for a month longer than the duration of your studies.
http://www.germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html
http://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/student_engl.html


You must apply for the student visa before you leave for Australia. For several nationalities the visa is granted by the Australian Embassy in Berlin. You can leave an electronic application in the following site: http://www.immi.gov.au/students/students/chooser/index.htm. Other nationalities can check the Australian Embassy of their own country.

Read the instructions carefully and be ready to have the following documents available:

  •     Medical certificate (health requirements vary according to your nationality)
  •     Proof of health insurance (Australian overseas health insurance cover)
  •     A passport
  •     A credit card (for online payments)
  •     Proof of sufficient funds (at least the money for a return ticket)
  •     Confirmation of Enrolment from the institution you are going to study
You are required to attach following documents to the application: 
  1. A high quality colour scan copy of the Bio data page of your passport.
  2. Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for Overseas Student (You will need to pay an application fee).  or Acceptance Advice for Secondary Exchange Student (AASES) (Fee free)
  3. Accommodation and welfare arrangements. If you are under 18, in order to lodge a valid application, you must provide evidence of acceptable arrangements for your accommodation, support and general welfare for the duration of your student visa or until you turn 18.  More information about welfare arrangements can be found at Welfare arrangements.
  4. Health insurance & Health requirement
    Overseas students undertaking formal studies in Australia must take out OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover). OSHC is usually arranged through the education provider in Australia, and the CoE or AASES form must state that it has been purchased.

    For further information on OSHC, please see: Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

    Note* Belgian, Norwegian and some Swedish students are not required to purchase OSHC as part of their visa requirements.
    A German or Swiss health or travel insurance is not sufficient.

    Please refer to the Health Requirements to see if your country of origin or residence and the nature/ duration of your visit require you to undergo any health clearance formalities. Health Requirements - DIBP website

  5. Translations of non-English or non-German documents:   Original documents in languages other than English or German must be accompanied by an English translation. The English translations must be appropriately endorsed translations. In Australia, translators must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Their accreditation details must be recorded on the translation. Translations provided by non-NAATI accredited translators outside Australia should be endorsed by the translator with their full name, address, telephone number, and details of their qualifications and experience in the language being translated. If available in your country, you may also upload multilingual or international records, providing English is one of the languages on the record.


The application processing time is about 3 weeks but you can check the progress of your application online. The documents need to be legalized for example by the public notary.

For information regarding visas and migration:

Visa Services Section
Australian Embassy
Wallstrasse 76 - 79
D - 10179 Berlin
http://www.australian-embassy.de
http://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/student_engl.html


For information regarding other issues:

Australian Embassy in Stockholm (also accredited to Finland)
Klarabergsviadukten 63, 8th Floor
Stockholm
tel.: +46 (0)8 613 2900
fax: +46 (0)8 613 2982
http://www.sweden.embassy.gov.au/stok/home.html


Australian Consulate
Museokatu 25 B
00100 Helsinki
tel. +358 9 47 77 66 40
http://www.dfat.gov.au/missions/countries/fi.html

Suomi-Australia -yhdistysten Liitto ry
Pakkamestarinkatu 3
00520 Helsinki
puh. +358 (0)45 2330 996
http://www.suomi-australia.fi/


AUSTRIA

EU CITIZENS: Citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway do not need a visa to study in Austria. If you are staying longer than 3 months you only need to register at the local police station. For the registration you need:

  •     a valid passport
  •     a letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     proof of sufficient funds
  •     proof of a sufficient health insurance
  •     It is advisable to get the European Health Insurance Card.


NON-EU CITIZENS: You usually need a visa to study in Austria. If your stay exceeds 6 months you will need a residence permit.

With the visa application you need to return the following documents:

  •     A valid passport which has validity of at least three months longer than the visa applied for
  •     Two passport sized color photographs
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of accommodation in Austria (e.g. a rental contract)
  •     Proof of sufficient funds (e.g. document for given study grants and a bank statement)
  •     A (travel) health insurance which is valid for the period of stay in Austria and covering costs up to 30 000 €.
  •     Proof of family and/or economic bonds in your home country (e.g. proof of studies)
  •     Proof of return ticket might be needed


In addition to the original documents you should have a photocopy of each with you. Be sure to reserve enough time for the application process before your departure.

For further information on entry requirements and visas please visit http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/embassy/helsinki/practical-advice/travel-to-austria/entry-requirements-visa.html


Austrian Embassy
Unioninkatu 22
00130 Helsinki
tel. (09) 6818600
fax (09) 665084
http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/embassy/helsinki.html
e-mail: 


BELGIUM

EU CITIZENS: If you are staying in Belgium more than 3 months you need to require a temporary residence permit for study from the local city hall. You need to have at least the following documents with you:

  •     A valid ID-card or passport
  •     A few passport size photographs
  •     A proof of registration from the receiving institution
  •     A health insurance certificate (e.g. European Health Insurance Card from KELA)
  •     Proof of sufficient funds (e.g. document of given study grants)
  •     Possibly a copy of the rental agreement or other proof of accommodation


For more detail consult the embassy in your own country.

NON-EU CITIZENS: Normally non-EU citizens need a visa in Belgium only for visits lasting longer than 3 months. The visa needs to be applied before entering Belgium and in addition to the application at least the former mentioned documents need to be attached. The visa formalities to Belgium vary according to the country so for closer detail contact the Embassy of Belgium in your own country.

Embassy of Belgium
Kalliolinnantie 5
00140 Helsinki
tel. (09) 170 412, Mon-Fri 9 - 13 and 14 - 16
fax. (09) 628 842
e-mail: http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/finland



BULGARIA

EU CITIZENS: You need a residence permit only for visits that last over 3 months. The permit can be obtained from a local police station. With the application you need the following documents:

  •     A valid passport
  •     Passport size colour photographs
  •     Certificate of Registration from the University of Jyväskylä
  •     A proof of registration from the receiving institution


NON-EU CITIZENS: Many nationalities can stay in Bulgaria 3 months without a visa. For visits longer than that you need a long term visa (Type D). The application form can be found in the internet and you need at least the following documents:

  • Application form    
  • A valid passport and two copies of the pages including the personal data
  • Passport size colour photographs
  • Certificate of Registration from the University of Jyväskylä
  • A proof of registration from the receiving institution
  • An insurance policy
  • Sufficient subsistence means


http://www.mfa.bg/embassies/finland


Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
Kuusisaarentie 2 b, 00340 Helsinki
tel. (09) 458 40 55
fax. (09) 458 45 50



CANADA

Most nationalities do not need a visa to study in Canada if they are staying less than 6 months.

Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.  Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.

Be prepared: Apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute.

If you are planning to stay longer than 6 months you should apply for a study permit before arriving in Canada. The High Comission of Canada in London provides visa and immigration services for countries in Northern Europe.

You can get the application forms from the Embassy of Canada in Helsinki but make sure where you need to return them. With the application you need to return the following documents:

  •     A copy of the pages including your personal data in your passport
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Two passport size photographs
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     A study plan


You might also need to go through a medical examination, an interview and provide an international criminal record certificate. The application fee is 125 CAD (about 90 €).

The applications directed to the High Comission of Canada in London should be returned to the following address:

Canadian High Commission
Immigration and Medical Services Division
Macdonald House
38 Grosvenor Street
London
W1K 4AA
UK

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/finland-finlande/visas/index.aspx?lang=eng&menu_id=3&menu=L

When you are studying in Canada you can work only on the campus. If you have the study permit you are allowed to work where you want without any additional work permit.

Make sure to check the coverage of your health insurance before leaving.

The Embassy of Canada
Pohjoisesplanadi 25 B
00100 Helsinki
tel. (09) 228 530

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/finland-finlande/


CHILE

Most nationals can visit Chile without a visa if they are staying less than 3 months. If you are studying in the country longer than that you need a student visa. The cost for a student visa in 2018 was about 400 €. The visa needs to be obtained before entering Chile. Return the application to the Embassy of Chile with the following documents:

  •     A valid passport and a copy of the pages including your personal data
  •     International criminal record certificate
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     A medical certificate
  •     Passport size photographs
  •     Proof of sufficient funds


After arriving in Chile, you need to go to register the visa.

Embassy of Chile
Erottajankatu 11 2.krs
00130 HELSINKI
tel. (09) 6126 780
fax. (09) 6126 7825
e-mail: 
https://chile.gob.cl/finlandia/en/

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile:  http://www.minrel.gob.cl/minrel/site/edic/base/port/inicio_eng.html


CHINA

You need to obtain a visa before traveling to China. You should apply for the visa no later than one month before the intended date of arrival in China.

More information and the application form you can get from the Embassy of China in Finland webpages: http://www.chinaembassy-fi.org/eng/lsfw/chinesevisa/default.htm.

With the application you need at least the following documents:

  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution and a JW201 or JW202 form
  •     A valid original passport with blank pages and at least 6 months validity
  •     For applicants whose stay in China exceeds 6 months should provide "PHYSICAL EXAMINATION RECORD FOR FOREIGNER" (The copy is also needed)
  •     A recent passport photograph in color
  •     A receipt of paid application fee
  •     Citizens of states outside of European Union or Schengen Area should provide the Finnish residence permit (the original and a copy) or Kela card with the visa application.


In addition to the original documents you should have a photocopy of each with you.

Within a month from arrival in China you need to register at the local police station.

Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Consular Section
Vanha Kelkkamäki 9-11, 00570 Helsinki
tel. (09) 228 90 129, Mon-Fri 9 - 11.30
fax. (09) 228 90 155
e-mail: 

http://www.chinaembassy-fi.org/eng/


China: TAIWAN

EU CITIZENS: In case you are staying longer than 90 days in Taiwan, you need to obtain a visa. More information on applying for the visa can be found here http://www.roc-taiwan.org/fi_en/cat/16.html

NON-EU CITIZENS: Many nationalities need to obtain a visa to study in Taiwan even if staying less than 90 days. Contact the Taipei Representative Office in Finland whether it issues visas for your nationality (http://www.roc-taiwan.org/FI/mp.asp?mp=182).

With the application include the following documents:

  •     A passport size color photograph which should not be older than three months
  •     A valid passport which has at least 6 months validity
  •     An envelope with stamps and your address on it if you want your passport sent back to you by post
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     A proof of sufficient funds
  •     A receipt of the visa fee (pay the fee to the office's bank account, see instructions online)
  •     A health certificate (if staying in Taiwan over 180 days)


Taipei Representative Office
World Trade Center
PL 800
(Aleksanterinkatu 17)
00101 Helsinki
tel. (09) 6969 2420
fax. (09) 6969 2421
e-mail: 
http://www.roc-taiwan.org/FI/mp.asp?mp=182


CYPRUS

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa to study in Cyprus if your stay is no longer than three months. If you are staying longer than 3 months you need to apply for an Alien Registration Certificate (ARC) at the local Immigration Branch of the Police within eight days of your arrival (fee CY£20). In addition, you also need to get a temporary residence permit by applying it from the local Immigration Branch of the Police . With the application you need the following documents:

  •     Two passport size photographs
  •     A valid passport or an ID card
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     A health certificate (either from Finland or a hospital in Cyprus)


NON-EU CITIZENS: Many nationals do not need a visa to study in Cyprus (for more information, visit the following website: http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/mfa81_en/mfa81_en?OpenDocument). If you need a visa, return the application with the following documents:

  •     A valid passport with validity of at least six months after the end of the stay in Cyprus
  •     Finnish residence permit
  •     A copy of the return ticket
  •     Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation
  •     A bank statement, indicating that there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of the intended stay in Cyprus
  •     Two recent passport size photographs
  •     The letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     A self-addressed stamped envelope in order to send the passport back to the applicant
  •     Money for paying the visa fee



Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus
Bulevardi 5 A 19, 00120 Helsinki
tel.(09) 696 2820, Mon-Fri 10 - 12
fax. (09) 677 428
e-mail: 
www.cyprusembassy.fi

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus 
http://www.mfa.gov.cy



CZECH REPUBLIC

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa or a residence permit to study in the Czech Republic. If you are staying longer than 90 days you need to register at the local Aliens Police.

NON-EU CITIZENS: Most nationalities need a visa to study in the Czech Republic (visit the following website to see if you need a visa: http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/index.html). You also need to register at the Aliens Police within three days of arrival. If you are a citizen of Iceland, Norway, Switzerland or Liechtenstein, the same rules apply as for the EU citizens. With the student visa application you need to have the following documents:

  •     A valid passport
  •     One passport size photograph
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation
  •     International criminal record certificate
  •     Health insurance
  •     A medical report (if requested)
  •     A receipt of paid fee



Embassy of the Czech Republic
Armfeltintie 14
00150 Helsinki
tel. (09) 6120 880
fax: (09) 630 655
e-mail: 
http://www.mzv.cz/helsinki


ESTONIA

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa or a residence permit to study in Estonia. Within the first 3 months of your stay you need to register at the local government authority. In addition, within the period of one month from the acquisition of the right of temporary residence you need to contact personally a customer service of the Citizenship and Migration Bureau of the Prefecture (CMB) to apply for an identity card which certifies your right of temporary residence. Upon the application for an identity card the following documents must be submitted:

  •     A standard application form (you do not have to complete the application form before you come to the customer service of the CMB)
  •     A valid passport or an ID-card
  •     A passport size color photograph
  •     A document certifying the payment of the state fee


NON-EU CITIZENS: Most nationalities need a temporary residence permit to study in Estonia. The temporary permit can then be prolonged to be valid throughout the entire period of study. The documents needed for the permit can be found from the following site: https://www.politsei.ee/en/teenused/residence-permit/tahtajaline-elamisluba/. For further information contact the Estonian Embassy.


Estonian Embassy
Itäinen Puistotie 10
00140 Helsinki
tel. (09) 622 02 60
fax: (09) 622 02 610
e-mail: 
http://www.estemb.fi/eng


FRANCE

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa or a residence permit to study in France. You no longer need to register at the local police station but the registration is handled through the university. In order to get a student status you need to


NON-EU CITIZENS: You can stay in France less than 3 months without a visa if you have a Finnish residence permit. If you are staying longer than that you need a long stay visa. With the application you need at least the following documents:

  •     A valid passport with a validity of three months after the end of the stay
  •     A valid residence permit in Finland
  •     Passport size photographs
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     A proof of student status (e.g. school attendance certificate)
  •     Proof the payment of the university registration fees
  •     Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation
  •     Health insurance
  •     Proof of sufficient funds


Embassy of France
Itäinen Puistotie 13
00140 Helsinki
Puh. (09) 618 780, Mon-Fri 9-12.15
Fax (09) 618 78 342
e-mail: 
http://www.ambafrance-fi.org/


GERMANY

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa to study in Germany but if you are staying longer than 3 months you need to register at the local authorities (Meldebehörde) where you will get a residence permit (Bescheinigung über das Aufenthaltsrecht). At the same time you need to register as a citizen to your town. You need the following documents with you:

  •     A valid passport
  •     Passport size photographs
  •     A document (Anmeldeformular) signed by the lessor
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     European Health Insurance Card


NON-EU CITIZENS: Most non-EU citizens need to apply for a visa before you enter the country (see whether you need/don't need a visa in the following website: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node/staatenlistevisumpflicht-node). Note that application times can be long. For more information contact the German Embassy or visit the website of Federal Foreign Office.

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Krogiuksentie 4 B
00340 Helsinki
tel. (09) 458 580
fax: (09) 458 58 258
Visiting hours: Mon-Fri 9 - 12
e-mail: 
http://www.helsinki.diplo.de

GREAT BRITAIN

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa to study in Great Britain. Have a valid passport or ID card and the European Health Insurance Card with you.

NON-EU CITIZENS: You need to apply for a short-term study visa (duration of the studies up to 6 months) or a Tier 4 (general) student visa to study in Great Britain. Most nationalities can do this online. With the application you need at least the following documents:

  •     A valid passport or ID card
  •     Passport sized color photographs
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of sufficient funds (e.g. document of given study grants)
  •     Proof of accommodation
  •     Your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you are from a country where you have to take the test


See more https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa.

British Embassy
Itäinen Puistotie 17
00140 Helsinki
tel. (09) 22 865 100, Mon-Fri 9.00-12.00
e-mail: 
http://ukinfinland.fco.gov.uk/en/


GREECE

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa to study in Greece. If you are staying longer than 3 months you need to register at a local police station. You should also get the European Health Insurance Card.

NON-EU CITIZENS: Most non-EU nationalities need to get a student visa from the nearest Embassy of Greece (see whether you need/don't need a visa to study in Greece in the following website: http://www.mfa.gr/en/visas/visas-for-foreigners-traveling-to-greece/countries-requiring-or-not-requiring-visa.html). With the application return the following documents:

  •     A valid passport and a copy of the pages including your personal data
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     A health certificate
  •     An international criminal certificate
  •     Four passport size colour photographs
  •     A valid residence permit


Embassy of Greece
Maneesikatu 2 A 4, 00170 Helsinki
tel. (09) 62 29 790, Mon-Fri 9.30 - 12.30
fax. (09) 278 12 00
e-mail:   / 
www.mfa.gr/helsinki


HUNGARY

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa to study in Hungary but if you are staying longer than 3 months you need to apply for a residence permit from the Aliens office (BÁH) in person 15 days before the end of the 90 days period (3 months). With the application you need to have the following documents:

  •     A valid passport
  •     One passport size photograph
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation


NON-EU CITIZENS: Most nationalities need to obtain a visa if staying in Hungary longer than 3 months. For some nationalities a visa is required even for shorter visits. Visit the following website for more information: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-waiver-agreements. With the visa application you need to have the following documents:

  •     A valid passport
  •     Two passport size colour photographs
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation
  •     Health insurance
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     Documentation from the receiving institution that the applicant is exempt from the payment of tuition fees or that the fees are already paid.


For more information contact the Hungarian Immigration Office:

Hungarian Immigration Office (Bevándorlási és Állampogársági Hivatal)
1117 Budapest
Budafoki út
Tel. 463-91-00
http://www.bmbah.hu/a_bah_ismertetese.php

Embassy of the Republic Hungary
Consul department
Kuusisaarenkuja 6
00340 Helsinki
tel. (09) 484 144, Tue and Fri 9.30-12.00
fax. (09) 480 497
e-mail: 



IRELAND

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa to study in Ireland.

NON-EU CITIZENS: Most nationalities do not require a visa to study in Ireland. See the list of countries in the following site: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/travel-and-recreation/travel-to-ireland/student_visas. However, if you need a visa, consult the same site. The following documents are required with the student visa application form:

  •     A valid passport with validity of at least 12 months after your date of arrival in Ireland + full copy of any previous passports
  •     2 passport sized color photographs not more than 6 months old (your name & visa application reference number printed clearly on the back)
  •     letter of acceptance from the receiving institution
  •     evidence accounting for any gaps in your educational history
  •     proof of paid fees to the receiving institution
  •     evidence of your academic ability to follow your chosen courses
  •     evidence of your level of English
  •     proof of sufficient funds
  •     proof of medical insurance
  •     previous visa refusals
  •     For further information on the required documents please visit http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Study


Note that the visa arrangements for non-EEA students changed in January 2011.

Embassy of Ireland
Erottajankatu 7 A (3. floor), 00130 Helsinki
Postal address: PL 33, 00131 Helsinki
tel.  (09) 682 4240
fax. (09) 64 60 22
e-mail: 
http://www.embassyofireland.fi


ITALY

EU CITIZENS: If you are staying in Italy longer than 3 months you need to get a residence permit at the local Aliens Police office (Ufficio Stranieri della Questura). Usually the resident permit for students is free of charge. At the office you need to present the following documents:

  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     A valid passport or an ID card
  •     Proof of sufficient funds (e.g. document for given study grants)
  •     European Health Insurance Card


NON-EU CITIZENS: Most nationalities need a visa if staying in Italy longer than 3 months. Some nationalities are required to obtain a visa even if staying less than 3 months. Visit the following website to get more information http://www.esteri.it/visti/home_eng.asp. Return the visa application to the Italian Embassy with the following documents:

  •     A valid passport
  •     A passport size photograph
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of sufficient funds (e.g. document for given study grants and a bank statement)
  •     Proof of return ticket might be needed



The Italian Culture Institute
tel. 09-6811 330, Mon-Fri 10.30-12.30 and 14.30-15.30
fax: 09-6811 3333
Vuorimiehenkatu 11 B
00140 Helsinki
e-mail: 
http://www.iichelsinki.esteri.it/IIC_Helsinki

Italian Embassy
Itäinen Puistotie 4, 00140 Helsinki
tel. (09) 68 11 280
fax. (09) 6987 829
e-mail: 
http://www.ambhelsinki.esteri.it/Ambasciata_Helsinki


JAPAN

If staying in Japan less than 3 months most nationalities do not need a visa. For a longer visit you need to apply for a student visa. With the application form (download the form from this site http://www.fi.emb-japan.go.jp/fi/consular.htm) you need to have the following documents:

  •     A valid passport
  •     A passport size photograph
  •     A Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

    *Depending on the nationality of the applicant, other documents may be necessary in addition to the above

The Certificate of Eligibility is issued before the visa application by a regional immigration authority as evidence that the foreign national meets the conditions for landing in Japan. The receiving institution should apply for this certificate for you and then send you for the visa application. With the Certificate of Eligibility a visa is issued more easily at an embassy or consulate within the standard processing period.

The Consular Section of the Japanese Embassy in Finland issues the visas for many nationalities. It is advisable to contact the Embassy for further information before applying the visa.

Japanese Embassy
Unioninkatu 20-22
00130 Helsinki
tel. (09) 6860 200 (Mon-Fri 9.30-12, 13.30-16.30)
fax. (09) 633 012
e-mail: 
http://www.fi.emb-japan.go.jp/


LATVIA

EU CITIZENS: You can study in Latvia 3 months in every 6 months without a residence permit. If you are staying for a longer period of time you should apply for the residence permit at the latest a month before the 3 months are over. The receiving institution can help you with the procedure. The permit is obtained from the local Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs and it is free of charge. With the application you need the following documents:

  •     passport size photographs
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     Proof of accommodation (e.g. a rental agreement)
  •     A document confirming the state duty payment
  •     European Health Insurance Card


NON-EU CITIZENS: If staying less than 3 months, many nationalities can visit Latvia without a visa. If staying longer than 3 months, you will need a visa or a residence permit. For more information, see here: http://www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/services/visas-and-invitations/list-countries.html. The documents needed to be included with the application also vary according to your nationality. The visa needs to be applied before entering Latvia at a Latvian consular mission. Check the right consular mission of your nationality from this site: http://www.am.gov.lv/en/ministry/mission/.


Embassy of the Republic of Latvia
Armfeltintie 10
00150 Helsinki
tel. (09) 476 47244 (Mon-Fri 9-17.00)
fax. (09) 476 47288
e-mail: 
http://www.mfa.gov.lv/fi/helsinki/

LITHUANIA

EU CITIZENS: (Citizens of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are treated as EU citizens) If you are staying in Lithuania longer than 3 months you need a temporary residence permit. With the application you need the following documents:

  •     A valid passport
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of sufficient funds (e.g. document for given study grants)
  •     Health insurance certificate


NON-EU CITIZENS: If staying less than 3 months, many nationalities can visit Lithuania without a visa. If staying longer than 3 months, you will need a visa or a residence permit. For more information, see here: http://www.migracija.lt/index.php?1015128441#01. With the visa application at least the following documents are needed:

  •     A valid passport
  •     A passport size photograph
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     Proof of accommodation
  •     Health insurance certificate
  •     A receipt of the paid consular fee


For more information contact the Embassy of Lithuania.

Embassy of Lithuania
Rauhankatu 13 B
00170 Helsinki
tel. (09) 6844 880
fax. (09) 6844 8820
e-mail: 
http://fi.mfa.lt/index.php?2629045535

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
http://www.urm.lt/

Migration Department:
http://www.migracija.lt/index.php?1269509203


MALTA

EU CITIZENS: European Union citizens who will study with the University of Malta for more than 3 months are required to apply for an e-Residence document, which will be used as an ID card.  The application should be submitted at the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs before the end of the 3 month period in Malta.

To apply for the e-Residence you need the following documents:


You will need both the original documents and copies of them.

NON-EU CITIZENS: If you are staying in Malta for more than 3 months you need either a residence permit or a student visa depending on your nationality. For more information contact the Embassy of Malta in Copenhagen.

If you are going to study at the University of Malta for more than 3 months you are at least required to apply for an e-Residence document, which will be used as an ID card. The application should be submitted at the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs before the expiry of the visa or within the first month of entering Malta.

To apply for the e-Residence you need the following documents:


You will need both the original documents and copies of them.

In addition, the application will not be issued unless the required medical test is carried out. For more information see http://www.um.edu.mt/int-eu/international/healthtests


Embassy of Malta
Lille Strandstræde 14B
1254 Copenhagen K
Denmark
tel. +45 3315 3090
fax + 45 3315 3091
e-mail: 

http://www.um.edu.mt/int-eu
www.gov.mt

For further information on residence in Malta please visit http://www.um.edu.mt/int-eu/international/eresidence



MEXICO

Students going to study in Mexico are required to get a student visa before entering the country. In order to get the visa make sure you have all the required documents (listed below) along with the duly completed visa application form which you can print from the Embassy of Mexico's website https://embamex.sre.gob.mx/finlandia/images/formatos/solicitud_visa_en.pdf. The visa has to be collected in person from the Embassy. Make an appointment with an officer at the Embassy of Mexico. You are required to pay an application fee so you can ask for the updated application fee at the same time you are making the appointment. It takes about 30 minutes to get the consular visa.

With the visa application the following documents are needed:

  •     Valid Passport
  •     1 color passport-size photo
  •     Acceptance Letter in original from the University in Mexico indicating:
    •         Full name of the student, date of birth and passport number
    •         Names of the courses, degree or area of studies the student has been accepted to
    •         Length of the studies (indicating the starting date and the date the course ends)
    •         General Information of the Institution (indicating if the studies has official validity)
    •         Contact information (name, address, telephone, email, fax) of the contact person in the receiving institution in Mexico.
  •     Letter from the University of Jyväskylä, in case of exchange studies
  •     Letter from grant body, bank or other financial institution, (in English) indicating full financial support during the period of study (KELA in Finnish).
  •     Proof of payment of the consular fee.


For further information contact the Embassy of Mexico.

Embassy of Mexico
Simonkatu 12 A
00100 Helsinki
tel. 09-586 04 30
fax: 09-694 94 11
e-mail: 
http://embamex.sre.gob.mx/finlandia/

To schedule an appointment for the visa application you can send e-mail directly to 


NETHERLANDS

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa or a residence permit. However, if your stay is longer than 3 months you need to register with your local municipality council in the Netherlands. In addition, contact your host university so that they can register you with the immigration authorities (IND). A proof of registration with the immigration authorities (IND) is needed in order to register with the local municipality.

As the registration regulations may vary from council to council contact your host university or the municipality council directly to ask about the exact registration procedure and the documents needed.

Take the following documents with you:

  •     A valid passport and two passport size photographs
  •     A health insurance certificate (e.g. European Health Insurance Card from KELA)
  •     Proof of sufficient funds (e.g. document for given study grants)
  •     Proof of registration with a university
  •     Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation


The students are allowed to work when studying.

NON-EU CITIZENS:  If staying longer than three months you need to register at the Aliens Police office in the municipality where you live. In addition, you need a residence permit (VVR) and some nationalities need also a visa called a provisional residence permit (MVV). To find out whether you need a visa and/or a residence permit visit https://www.studyinholland.nl/practical-matters/visas-and-permits.

The visa and/or the residence permit is applied by the University of Jyväskylä before you leave for the Netherlands. You need to provide all the documents listed below for the application and Chinese students need also to have a Nuffic Neso certificate if they are going to study in a degree programme taught in English (you can contact the University of Jyväskylä to confirm which documents you need to provide) . You may also need to undergo a tuberculosis examination.

  •     A valid passport with a copy of the personal details page and travel stamps pages
  •     Passport size photographs
  •     A health insurance certificate (e.g. European Health Insurance Card from KELA)
  •     Proof of sufficient funds (e.g. document for given study grants)
  •     Proof of registration with a university
  •     Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation
  •     Legalized birth certificate (for most countries an apostille stamp in English, for some countries legalization is not required)
  •     Residence document fee


For more information, please visit the Immigration and Naturalisation Services https://www.ind.nl/EN/Pages/default.aspx

Embassy of the Netherlands
Erottajankatu 19 B
00130 Helsinki
P.o.Box 886
00101 Helsinki
tel. (09) 228 920 (mon-thu 09.00-12.30 & 13.30-16.30, fri 09.00-13.30)
fax. (09) 228 92 228
e-mail: 

https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/your-country-and-the-netherlands/finland

Another useful site: https://www.studyinholland.nl/practical-matters


NICARAGUA

To study in Nicaragua you need to apply for a temporary residence. The application for temporary residence can only be submitted at the Immigration Office in Nicaragua. The residence forms are only available at "Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería" in Nicaragua.

With the temporary residence application form you must provide the following documents:

  •     Copy of the biodata page on your passport
  •     Two passport size photographs (4cm x 5cm, white background, front view, without headgear nor accessories)
  •     Birth certificate in original
  •     Police record in original with a validity of 3 years before date of application
  •     Health certificate in original
  •     Letter of admission from the receiving institution indicating the full name of the student, type of studies, his/her education background and estimated period of studies
  •     Notarial deed in original explaining the income sources* during your stay in Nicaragua and your explicit commitment of leaving Nicaragua once you have completed the purpose of your visit (*if your expenses are paid by a third person, such as parents, the Notarial deed must be signed by that third person and a copy of his/her ID and a proof of personal income must be attached)
  •     Fee equivalent to a one-way flight ticket to your country of previous residency (This shall be paid only  if the Temporary Residency has been formally approved by Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería)


Please note that the birth certificate, police record, health certificate and the notarial deed must be submitted at Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería in original, translated into Spanish and with the Apostille stamp (issued at Ministry for Foreign Affairs).

For further information contact the Embassy of Nicaragua.


Embajada de Nicaragua
Vähäniityntie 12 C 00570
Helsinki
tel. +45 3555 4870
fax. +45 3555 4875



More information about Nicaragua in Finnish:
Suomi-Nicaragua -seura ry
PL 20
00531 Helsinki
e-mail: 
http://www.suominicaraguaseura.fi


NORDIC COUNTRIES


Iceland

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa to study in Iceland. However, you need to register at the National Registry and obtain an ID number. If you are not a citizen of the Nordic countries take the European Health Insurance Card with you.

NON-EU CITIZENS: You need a residence permit or a visa (or both) to study in Iceland. They must be applied before entering the country. For information about the application process see the following site: http://www.utl.is/. Note that application times can be long.

Embassy of Iceland
Pohjoisesplanadi 27 C, 00100 Helsinki
tel. (09) 612 24 60
fax. (09) 6122 4620
e-mail: 

http://www.islanti.fi


Denmark

EU CITIZENS: If you are staying in Denmark for longer than 3 months you need to apply for a registration certificate at the Regional State Administration within the first 3 months of your stay. If you are a citizen of the Nordic countries, you do not need the certificate. (http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/coming_to_dk/eu_and_nordic_citizens/eu-eea_citizens/residence_in_denmark_for_union_citizens_and_eea_nationals.htm)

NON-EU CITIZENS: In order to study in Denmark you need a residence permit. For more information about the application process see http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/coming_to_dk/studies/how_to_apply.htm. Some nationalities may need a visa to enter Denmark.

Embassy of Denmark
Mannerheimintie 8, PL 1042, 00100 Helsinki
tel. (09) 684 10 50
fax. (09) 698 51 56
e-mail: 
http://finland.um.dk/fi.aspx


Norway

EU CITIZENS: If you are staying in Norway longer than 3 months you need to register with the officials after your arrival in the country. You can send the application form online and then visit the local police station.

For the registration you need the following documents:

  •     Letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     A European Health Insurance Card (from KELA) or a private medical insurance


NON-EU CITIZENS: You need to apply for a residence permit before entering the country.You van start the application process online on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) website: https://selfservice.udi.no/en-gb/. On the site you can fill in your application form, pay the fee and book your appointment with the police, embassy or service office to submit the necessary supporting documents.

If you wish to submit your application in person you need to make an appointment with the Norwegian embassy or consulate in your home country or in the country where you have held a residence permit for the past six months. Remember to take all of the required supporting documents with you to the appointment. Visit http://www.udi.no/en/checklists-container/studies-au-pair/checklist-student/ to check which documents are required. Some nationalities may also need a visa to enter Norway (http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Visa/Who-needs-a-visa-/).

Embassy of Norway

Käyntiosoite:
Itäinen Puistotie 17
00140 Helsinki
Postiosoite:
PL116
FI-00151 Helsinki


tel. +358 (0)9 686 0180
fax. +358 (0)9 657 807
e-mail: 
http://www.norge.fi

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) webpage: http://www.udi.no/en/


Sweden

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a residence permit to study in Sweden. Register with the Swedish Tax Agency. For further information about the registration visit http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Work-study-or-live-in-Sweden-for-EU-citizens.html.

NON-EU CITIZENS: If you are staying longer than 3 months you need to apply for a residence permit before you enter the country. Some nationalities may need a visa to enter Sweden (To find out if you need a visa, please visit the following website http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden/Universities-and-university-college.html).

Embassy of Sweden
Pohjoisesplanadi 7 B, 00170 Helsinki
PL 329, 00171 Helsinki
tel. (09) 68 77 660
fax. (09) 65 52 85
http://www.swedenabroad.com/fi-FI/Embassies/Helsinki/
e-mail: 

More information:

The Nordic information service Hallo Norden http://www.hallonorden.org/

Schengen visa info website: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/sweden-visa/

 

PORTUGAL

EU CITIZENS: If you are staying in Portugal longer than 3 months you need to register in your nearest town hall or immigration office within 30 days after the three-month stay in the country. There you will get the Certificate of Registration . You need to take with you at least the following documents:

  •     A valid passport
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     European Health Insurance Card
  •     Academic qualifications document (e.g. a document of approved exhange period from the University of Jyväskylä or a school report)


NON-EU CITIZENS: You usually need a visa to study in Portugal. You need at least the following documents with the visa application:

  •     A valid passport
  •     Two passport size color photos
  •     Permission for checking criminal records
  •     Health insurance certificate
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     A return travel ticket
  •     Academic qualifications document (e.g. a document of approved exhange period from the University of Jyväskylä or a school report)


Contact your local Embassy of Portugal to get further information.

Embassy of Portugal
Itäinen Puistotie 11 B, 00140 Helsinki
tel. (09) 682 43 70
fax. (09) 66 35 50
e-mail: 

The official website of portuguese immigration: http://www.imigrante.pt/PagesEN/Default.aspx

Immigration and borders service: http://www.sef.pt/portal/V10/EN/aspx/page.aspx#0


POLAND

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa to study in Poland. If you are staying longer than 3 months you need to register at the Aliens Office (Wydzial Spraw Obywatelskich i Cudzoziemców, Urzad - Wojewódzki). Register within the first 3 months of your stay in Poland. You should have the following documents with you:

  •     The registration application form (1 original + 3 copies)
  •     a copy of passport (the personal details page)
  •     a confirmation of a temporary stay registration
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     European Health Insurance Card
  •     Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation


You might need to translate the documents into Polish.

For further information about the registration visit http://www.malopolska.uw.gov.pl/default.aspx?page=Residence_permits_for_the_nationals_of_the_European_Union

NON-EU CITIZENS: Many nationalities do not need a visa to enter Poland (see the list of those countries here: http://www.mfa.gov.pl/en/travel_to_poland/entering_poland/visa_free/visa_free_countries). However, if staying longer than 3 months you need to obtain a visa. Apply for the visa before entering the country from your local Polish Embassy or consulate. You should start the visa application process by registering your visit and filling in the visa application online (https://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl/) and printing the application.You apply for the visa in person at the consulate.

With the application form return at least the following documents:

  •     A valid passport issued within the last 10 years and with validity of 3 months longer than the intended end of stay in Poland
  •     A Finnish residence permit or other document confirming a legal stay in Finland
  •     One passport size color biometric photograph
  •     A proof of payment of the consular fee
  •     A travel medical insurance
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Rental agreement or other proof of accommodation
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     Document of the return ticket


Polish Embassy
Armas Lindgrenintie 21
00570 Helsinki
tel. (09) 618280
fax: (09) 684 7477
e-mail: 
http://www.helsinki.msz.gov.pl/fi

Migrant Info: http://www.migrant.info.pl/home.html


ROMANIA

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa to study in Romania. If you are staying longer than 3 months you need to register with the Romanian Immigration Office within those first 3 months of your stay. For the registration you need the following documents:

  •     the registration application form
  •     a valid passport or an identity card (original and a copy)
  •     letter of admission to the receiving institution
  •     proof of sufficient funds
  •     proof of health insurance
  •     fee for issuing the registration service


NON-EU CITIZENS: If you are staying in Romania less than 3 months you might not need a visa but most non-EU citizens need a visa and a residence permit for visits lasting longer than 3 months. Visit http://www.mae.ro/en/node/2040 to find out if you need a visa. You need to apply for the long-term visa before you enter the country. Note that the application times can be long. This visa is granted for only 90 days but within this period of time you can apply for a prolongation of the visa. With the application you need the following documents:

  •     A valid passport
  •     A letter of acceptance in a Romanian insitution from the Ministy of Education and Research
  •     Proof of payment of the tuition fee
  •     Proof of sufficeint funds
  •     International criminal record certificate
  •     Health insurance certificate


Embassy of Romania
Stenbäckinkatu 24
00250 Helsinki
tel. (09) 2413 624
fax: (09) 2413 272
http://helsinki.mae.ro/
e-mail: 


Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.mae.ro/en

General Inspectorate for Immigration: http://igi.mai.gov.ro/en


RUSSIA

You need a visa to study in Russia. You can apply for a visa at a Visa Service Center or at the Finnish Russian consulate. Also some travel agencies and the Finnish-Russian Society can grant visas.The visa fee is usually 35 €. With the application you need the following documents:

  •     A passport (valid at least for 18 months after the visa's expiration date)
  •     An original invitation sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia or its regional delegation / or an original invitation granted by the Russian immigration officer / or a written invitation by the receiving institution
  •     One passport size photograph
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Health insurance certificate valid in Russia for the whole stay in Russia
  •     HIV blood test certificate (maximum of three months old)


It is recommended to take copies of the documents.

After arriving in Russia you should register at the local embassy of your own country.


Embassy of the Russian Federation
Tehtaankatu 1 b
00140 Helsinki
tel. (09) 661876, Mon-Fri 9-17
fax: (09) 661006

Consular section
Vuorimiehenkatu 6
00140 Helsinki
tel. (09) 661449, Mon-Fri 9-12
fax. (09) 6621812
e-mail: 

https://helsinki.mid.ru/fi_FI//web/helsinki-fi

SLOVAKIA

EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa to study in Slovakia. If you are staying less than 3 months you only need to register at a local police station. If you are staying longer than 3 months you need to apply for a residence permit from the police station. Take then with you in addition to the other documents three passport size photographs. You should also have the European Health Insurance Card.

Take with you:

  •     a valid passport
  •     the letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     proof of sufficient funds
  •     rental agreement or other proof of accommodation.


NON-EU CITIZENS: Many nationalities do not need a visa if their stay in Slovakia does not exceed 3 months. If staying longer, you need to obtain either a visa or a residence permit. With the application form have at least the following documents with you:

  •     A valid passport
  •     Two passport size colour photographs
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of accommodation (e.g. a rental agreement)
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     Travel and health insurance certificate
  •     Return ticket or confirmed itinerary
  •     Receipt of visa fee payment


For further information contact the Embassy of Slovakia.


Embassy of Slovakia
Vähäniityntie 5, 00570 Helsinki
tel. +358 96811 7810
fax. +358 96811 7820
https://www.mzv.sk/web/helsinki-en
e-mail: 


SLOVENIA


EU CITIZENS: You do not need a visa or a residence permit to study in Slovenia. If you are staying longer than 3 months you need to go to register at a local police station within those first 3 months of stay. You should take with you your passport, the European Health Insurance Card and the letter of admission from the receiving institution.

NON-EU CITIZENS: You usually need a visa to study in Slovenia. Apply for the visa from a Slovenian consulate or embassy before entering the country. More information here. With the visa application form return the following documents:

  •     A valid passport and a copy of its personal information page and other relevant pages (visas, entry and exit stamps, and any other notes). The passport should have validity of at least 3 months longer than the intended date of departure from Slovenia
  •     At least one colour photograph
  •     Letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of accommodation (e.g. rental agreement)
  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     Travel health insurance
  •     Information enabling an assessment of the applicant's intention to leave Slovenia (e.g. a return travel ticket)
  •     The visa fee


Holders of the entry visa (type C) have to register within 3 days of arrival at the competent police station.

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Copenhagen
Amaliegade 6, 2nd floor
DK 1256 Copenhagen K
T: +45 3373 0120
F: +45 3315 0607
E: vkh(at)gov.si
Web: http://www.kopenhagen.veleposlanistvo.si/index.php?id=31&L=1


SOUTH AFRICA

All nationalities need a student visa in order to study in South Africa. You need to obtain the visa before arrival. Ir order to get the application, please contact the South African Embassy in Helsinki. The application process takes c. 2 weeks so make sure you have enough time before your departure. The application must be made in person at the South African Embassy in Helsinki. With the application you need to have at least the following documents:

  •     A valid passport
  •     A passport photo
  •     A proof of sufficient funds
  •     3 months bank statement in full
  •     A proof of a return ticket
  •     Proof of medical insurance with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act
  •     Travel insurance
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Proof of arrengements for accommodation
  •     A completed visa application form
  •     A proof of payment of the visa fee made over the counter at a Nordea Bank. No internet transfers are accepted.
  •     If staying over three months: medical certificate (BI-811) and radiological report (BI-806)
  •     Police clearance certificate


The visa fee is 51 € (2015) which has to paid directly to the Embassy's bank account Nordea Bank 182030-25809, SWIFT Code NDEAFIHH, IBAN Code FI41 1820 3000 0258 09. The fee is non-refundable even if the application is refused. 

http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/applying-for-sa-visa

South African Embassy
Pohjoinen Makasiinikatu 4 (3rd floor)
00130 HELSINKI
tel. (09) 686 031 00
fax. (09) 686 031 60
e-mail: 



SOUTH KOREA

If your exchange lasts longer than 3 months in South Korea you need a visa. A visa must be obtained before entering the country.

With the application you need at least the following documents:

  •     Certificate of Registration from the University of Jyväskylä
  •     A valid passport, copy of passport and one passport size colour photograph (less than 6 months old)
  •     A letter of admission from the host university
  •     A proof of sufficient funds (a document of given study grants, a document of your bank account balance)
  •     Nomination letter from home university (please ask this from the International Office)    


The normal single-entry visa for a stay longer than 3 months costs 60 USD but if you are planning to travel to other countries during your visit you should apply for a multi-entry visa that costs 90 USD. Write 'multi-entry visa' at the top of the application since there is no separate box for this information.

The applications are processed in the Embassy of South Korea in Helsinki where you can also get further information. The application with application instructions can be found on the website of the Embassy of South Korea. 

Embassy of South Korea
Erottajankatu 7 A, 00130 Helsinki
tel. (09) 251 5000
fax (09) 251 50055
e-mail:

http://overseas.mofa.go.kr/fi-en/index.do 

More information about studying in South-Korea can be found at http://www.mofat.go.kr/.


SPAIN


EU CITIZENS: If you are a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland you do not need a visa to study in Spain. If you are staying in Spain for more than 3 months you need to register in the local city hall within one and a half month's time from arrival. You also need to have the European Health Insurance Card from KELA.

NON-EU CITIZENS: If you are studying more than 3 months in Spain you need a national visa. The application can be filled online in the following link: http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/download-schengen-visa-application-form/

The application needs to be returned to the Spanish Consular Office in the country you are residing. The application fee is generally 60 €. You must consult the Consular Office for the necessary documents handed in with the application since they vary according to the type of visa granted. You need to retrieve the visa in person from the Consular Office.


Embassy of Spain
Kalliolinnantie 6
00140 Helsinki
tel. (09) 687 7080
fax. (09) 170923
e-mail: 

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/embajadas/helsinki/es/Paginas/inicio.aspx


THAILAND

To study in Thailand you need a student visa, Non-immigrant visa type "ED". Apply for the visa from the Embassy of Thailand before entering the country, but not more than 3 months before the beginning of your student exchange. With the application have the following documents with you:

  •     A valid passport (valid not less than 6 months on the arrival date in Thailand)
  •     A copy of the passport page(s) with your personal information
  •     A completed visa application form
  •     2 recent colourful passport-size photographs (taken within 6 months)
  •     A copy of airline ticket or e-ticket (no open flight tickets accepted)
  •     An original letter of acceptance from the host institution
  •     A copy of school license (must be ceritfied true copy with signature by School Principal/Manager)
  •     A copy of license of school manager (must be ceritfied true copy with signature by School Principal / Manager)
  •     Letter of approval from government agencies such as the Office of the Private Education Commission, the Office of the Basic Education Commission
  •     A student certificate from your Finnish school, university or institution if you are still studying (If not, please provide the copy of your graduation certificate from the previous studies)


Visa fee is approximately 55 € for a Single entry and approximately 140 euro for multiple entries. Only cash is accepted in the form of 5, 10, 20, and 50 Eur bank notes. If you send the application via post, you should reserve 3 weeks for the processing of the application. If you bring the documents to the embassy in person, the processing time is 4 days.

Further information: http://www.thaiembassy.org/helsinki/en/customize/28156-Non-Immigrant-Visa-Type-

Royal Thai Embassy
Eteläesplanadi 22 C,
00130 Helsinki

Open Monday-Friday 09.00-12.00 am.

Tel. +358 9 612 26412, +358 9 612 26410 (telephone hour: 13-16:30)
Fax. +358 9 61226466
Email: 


TURKEY

You need a student visa to study in Turkey. Apply for the visa from the Turkish Embassy before entering the country. With the application have the following documents with you:

  •     A valid passport (valid for 6 months after your student exchange)
  •     One passport size photograph
  •     A letter of admission from the receiving institution
  •     Visa processing fee
  •     Valid Finnish residence permit (if the applicant is non-Finnish and applying the visa from the embassy in Finland)


Note that visa application times can be long. For the Erasmus program the processing time is minimum 2 weeks and the visa fee is 60 €.

After arriving into Turkey you still need to apply for a residence permit from a local police station within 30 days of arrival.

Further information:

https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/eKonsolosluk/Sayfalar/Visa


Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
Puistokatu 1 b A 3, 00140 Helsinki
tel. (09) 681 10 30, Mon-Fri 9-12.30 and 14-17
fax: (09) 65 50 11
http://helsinki.emb.mfa.gov.tr/
e-mail: 


UNITED STATES

You usually need a visa to study in the United States. The type of visa depends on whether you are going to study through an exchange programme or not. Those studying through an exchange programme (e.g. ISEP) need to apply for the Exchange Visitor (J) visa from the Embassy of the United States in Finland. The application form and instructions how to apply can be found from the following site: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/fi/fi-niv-typej.asp

The application fees for different visas can be found here http://www.ustraveldocs.com/fi/fi-niv-visafeeinfo.asp#VisaTypesandApplicationFeeAmounts

1) Fill in the electronic application form DS-160 on the webpage.

2) Attach a digital photo to the DS-160 (please see instructions and size of the photo on the website of the Embassy).

3) Print out the confirmation page of the form.

4) Pay the application fee for the embassy (see the right amount and bank account number from this site: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/fi/fi-niv-paymentinfo.asp#InstructionstoPayYourVisafee). Inform your whole name in the message box and make sure that the archive ID is visible on the receipt.

5) When you have received the DS-2019 certificate from your receiving institution you can reserve a time for the interview (https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?language=English&country=Finland).

The interview may take anything from a few minutes to an hour and you will mainly go through the same questions as in the visa application form. The purpose of the interview is to verify that the applicant has really filled out the form.

6) Take the forms you printed out with you to the interview along with the following documents:

  •     A valid passport in good condition (check the latest requirements if you need to have a bio-metric passport)
  •     The original DS-2019 certificate
  •     A receipt of paid visa fee
  •     A receipt of paid SEVIS payment (please see further instructions on the SEVIS fee below)
  •     Proof of sufficient funds (e.g. documents of given study or travel grants, student financial aid from Kela, certificate from a bank certifying the avaibale funds on the applicant's account)
  •     Receipts of any additional payments (depending on your nationality)
  •     A transcript of records
  •     Possibly an insurance certificate (if you already have one by the time of the interview)


Although visa processing time is typically three working days, processing time for specific cases may vary due to individual circumstances and other special requirements. You can check the appointment wait times and appointment availability on this website: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/fi/fi-niv-waittimeinfo.asp


SEVIS

Is an internet based database of students travelling to the United States and it is used in the visa application process. All students who need a student visa also need to pay for the SEVIS payment (approx. 180 US$). You can pay the fee only after you have received the DS-2019 certificate. You can pay the fee online (http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/) or then print out the I-901 form and get a 100 US$ check addressed to "I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee". Send the form and the check to the address mentioned in the form. More info on the SEVIS fee can be found here http://www.ustraveldocs.com/fi/fi-niv-visafeeinfo.asp#OtherFees and the fee is paid through this website https://www.fmjfee.com/


Two-year rule

Note that the Two-year rule states that those who have stayed in the United States with an Exchange Visitor visa and received some sort of national financial aid (e.g. a study grant or a grant from the university) cannot come to work in the United States with a H, L, K or LPR visa within two years from leaving the country. This rule does not, however, apply to visits to the United States as a tourist, a participant of a conference or other visits of the same nature.

More information:

Embassy of the United States of America
Itainen Puistotie 14 B
FI-00140 Helsinki, Finland
tel. (09) 616 250
http://finland.usembassy.gov/


URUGUAY

Citizens of the Nordic countries can stay in Uruguay for 3 months without VISA. However, note that your passport has to be valid for 3 months counting from the date you leave Uruguay.

Other nationalities are advised to consult the nearest Uruguayan Embassy in order to get the most accurate information.

If staying for a longer period, you need to visit the Migration Office in order to apply for a residence permit. You need to have with you the following documents:

  •     Proof of sufficient funds
  •     Birth certificate (with information about date and place of birth and parents of the holder)
  •     International criminal record certificate


These documents must be stamped with the Hague Apostille at the Maistraatti in Finland.The documents should also be translated into Spanish with an official translator in Uruguay.

In Uruguay the local health officials will do a thorough medical checkup on you.

For further information and visa application forms contact:

The Honorary Consul of Uruguay
Lars Nystén
Lönnrotinkatu 7
00120 Helsinki
tel. (09) 612 1093, 0400 441 690
fax: (09) 644 836
email: 

Embassy of Uruguay
Kommendorsgatan 35 NB
NB 11458 Stockholm
Sweden
tel. +468 660 31 96
fax: +468 665 31 66
e-mail: