Tuition fee and residence permit

Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences are 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.

At the end of the page information about residence permit.

The amount to be paid by December 11th is € 1975 in Bachelor's studies and € 2225 in Master's studies, if you start your studies in January 2019.

Tuition fees at Lahti UAS

As of 1 August 2017 the tuition fees for new students from the non-EU/EEA countries are the following:

  • EUR  7900 per academic year for Bachelor’s Degree Programmes 
  • EUR 8900 per academic year for Master’s Degree Programmes

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)



Year of studies Scholarship Reguirements Payment schedule
1st year 50% of the tuition fee For all students Study place accepted and the tuition fee payment completed by 10th July 2018
2nd year 50% of the tuition fee Minimum of 55 ECTS completed during the previous academic year By July 31st
3rd year  50% of the tuition fee Minimum of 55 ECTS completed during the previous academic year By July 31st
4th year 50% of the tuition fee Minimum of 55 ECTS completed during the previous academic year By July 31st


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.
Please note that if you start your studies in the spring semester, January 2019, the tuition fee is half of the fee for the whole academic year. In addition, as a new student you will automatically receive 50% reduction on this fee, which means that the tuition fee for the spring semester is 1975 euros (or 2225 euros in Master's). Further, if you complete a minimum of 27 ECTS credits during the spring semester, the tuition fee of 7900€ for the academic year 2019-2020 is reduced by 50%. For the following years the 50% discount applies to all students who have completed 55 ECTS credits during the previous academic year.

Residence permit

Non-EU/EEA students: If a student resides outside Europe, a residence permit application should be submitted as soon as possible after having received the study place. During the residence permit process, the Finnish Immigration Service has to make sure that the person applying for a residence permit has sufficient means to live in Finland. To receive a positive decision for a one-year residence permit a student has to pay the tuition fee, show funds of € 6720 for the cost of living  and a health insurance must be valid for at least one year from the date a student arrives in Finland. The reason for the negative decision is usually that the student has not been able to show sufficient funds to cover the cost of living.

To ensure that non-European students have sufficient funds to study, a financial guarantee is required. This is part of the residence permit process.

EU/EEA students: EU citizens have the right to work, study or live in Finland without a residence permit.

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