Tuition fees and scholarships
Studying at Lahti University of Applied Sciences and other higher education institutions in Finland has been free of charge for all students until the recent decision of the Finnish Parliament.
The Finnish Parliament changed the law for universities of applied sciences and universities (30.12.2015/1601/§13, 13a) so that since 1 January 2016 higher education institutions have been able to voluntarily charge tuition fees from students who are not from the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, and study towards a degree in an international degree programme taught in English.
The full effects of the new legislation will come into effect in autumn 2017 as all Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences will be legally obliged to charge tuition fees as of 1.8.2017 from those new students who come from non-EU/EEA countries. This applies to all new degree students from these countries, who start their studies in August 2017 or later, and study in the degree programmes which are taught in English.
The Board of Lahti University of Applied Sciences made the decision on the tuition fees on 13 May 2016. As of 1 August 2017 the tuition fees for new students from the non-EU/EEA countries are the following:
Please note that the tuition fees do not apply to the following non-EU/EEA students:
1. Students who have started studies as degree student before August 2017
2. Students who study in degree programmes taught in Finnish
3. Students who are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse/ child)
4. Students who are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis
(i.e are equivalent to EU citizens, have a continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type)
The Board of Lahti University of Applied Sciences made the decision on a scholarship scheme on 17 November 2016. This scheme will be implemented as of 1 August 2017 for new students coming from non EU/EEA counties and studying in the international degree programmes taught in English.
The scholarship is based on a 50% reduction in the fee for the first academic year. In addition, a 50% reduction applies to all the following years, if the student has completed a minimum of 55 ECTS during the previous academic year. Finally, at the final stages of the studies, if less than 30 ECTS remain to be studied, the student will receive a 50% reduction on the academic year fee.
If the student does not gain the minimum credits per academic year and graduate within the standard duration time of the degree programme, a full annual tuition fee applies to all the academic years which go over the standard degree duration time.
For more information about the International Degree Programmes: