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.

Tuition fees at Lahti UAS

As of 1 August 2019 the tuition fee for new students from the non-EU/EEA countries is € 5,400 per academic year for Bachelor’s Degree Programmes and € 6,400 for Master's Degree.

Please note that the tuition fees do not apply to the following non-EU/EEA students:

1. Students who study in degree programmes taught in Finnish 
2. Students who are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse/ child)
3. 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)

Am I required to pay tuition fees?

Scholarships

In the first academic year, no one will be granted a scholarship by Lahti UAS. The scholarship is based on a 50% reduction in the fee for the second academic year, if the student has completed a minimum of 55 ECTS during the previous 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. This policy will be applied until the end of the study time.

Schedule

Year of studies Scholarship Requirements Payment schedule
1st year No scholarship All students Study place accepted and the tuition fee payment completed by 8th July 2019
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


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.
 

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. More information on Migri's website.

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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