Answers to frequently asked questions

Tuition fees and scholarships for international students

Cost of living in Finland 

Student housing 

Residence permits and visas

Studying Finnish 

Insurance

Health care 

Climate

Languages 

Working 

Practical training / internships

Tuition fees and scholarships for international students

According to the Finnish Parliament decision in December 2015, Finnish universities will introduce tuition fees in 2017. At the University of Eastern Finland, fees will be collected in Master’s degree programmes taught in English, starting in September 2017. The tuition fees in the programmes range between 8,000 and 15,000 euros. There is variation between the faculties and the programmes. For non-EU/EEA students required to pay tuition, the University of Eastern Finland offers a generous and attractive scholarship scheme.

Scholarships are applied for when applying for admission to the university, and students are notified of the scholarship decision upon admittance to the university.

For more information please see Tuition fees and scholarships.

Please check the annual tuition fees and scholarship possibilities with the coordinator of the degree programme that you are interested in.

Students pursuing a Master's degree at the UEF are required to pay the annual Student Union membership fee. This fee includes the services of the student health care. The sum can vary each year - for the academic year 2015-2016, it is EUR 126.

NB! Please note that finding a job in Finland is very difficult without excellent Finnish language skills. Therefore you should not count on financing your studies by working in Finland.

Cost of living in Finland

Living expenses are relatively high in Finland, though comparable to the EU average. The average cost of living in Finland for a single student varies between 500 and 800 EUR per month, depending on personal spending habits. This amount includes accommodation, transportation and meal costs

Non-EU/EEA students are required to show that they have at least 560 EUR per month (6720 EUR per year) annually at their disposal when applying for a residence permit.

Student housing

Independent, non-profit student housing companies in Joensuu and Kuopio offer housing for single students as well as students with families. There are no on-campus dormitories available.

Rent for a single room in a shared apartment ranges approximately from 150 to 270 EUR per month. Rent for a family apartments starts from app. 350 EUR per month.

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Residence permit / visas

EU and citizens and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland can enter the country freely, but they must register their right to reside in Finland if staying for more than three months.

Non-EU/non-EEA citizens must obtain a residence permit at the nearest Finnish Diplomatic Mission before their arrival in Finland. If the duration of their stay is less than three months students can also arrive with a visa (if needed). Non-EU/EEA students (non-EU/EEA students) are required to show that they have at least 560 EUR per month (6720 EUR per year) annually at their disposal when applying for a residence permit.

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Studying Finnish

It is not possible to apply to our university solely for the purpose of studying Finnish. Neither do we offer any preparatory Finnish courses that aim to train students to study in our Finnish degree programmes.

Students who have been admitted to study at the University of Eastern Finland can choose Finnish language studies offered by the Language Centre free of charge.

Read more about studying Finnish abroad and online Finnish courses 

Insurance

The University of Eastern Finland requires that all incoming international students have a valid personal (travel) insurance policy from an internationally recognized insurance agency for the whole duration of their stay in Finland. Insurance should cover all costs related to treatment of sudden illness, accidents and accidental death. Students must present proof of valid insurance when registering to the University of Eastern Finland. It is also important to check that your insurance also covers your travel to/from Finland.

  • Students coming from the EU/EEA countries: Citizens of other EU countries may substitute insurance by a European Health Insurance Card (issued by their home country), although health/travel insurance is recommended as well.
     
  • Students coming from non-EU/EEA countries are required to have insurance already when they apply for the residence permit
     
  • For studies of less than two years in duration (primarily exchange students), students must have private health insurance which covers costs of at least 100,000 € for medical treatment.
     
  • Where the duration of the studies is two years or more (including Master's students), it is sufficient for the insurance to primarily cover the cost of medicines (in practice the cover extends to doctor's fees and costs of treatment and examination), of at least 30,000 €

For more information: International Health Insurance

Health care

The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) provides health services for University students in Finland. FSHS provides health services for university students in Finland. There are student health centres in 16 university cities and you can get treatment in any of these centres. FSHS provides preventive health care, medical care, mental health care and dental care to all students of the university (including exchange students) with the exception of hospital treatment and maternity clinic. Please note that FSHS does not offer emergency health care.

Please note that you can use the services of FSHS only if you have paid the Student Union membership fee (and have a Finnish student card).

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Climate

Finland has four distinctive seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The highest daytime temperature in eastern Finland during the summer occasionally rises over 25°C (degrees Celsius). During the winter months, particularly in January and February, temperatures of minus 20°C are common. Due to the low humidity, however, Finland's climate is actually not as cold as temperature readings might seem to indicate.

In eastern Finland first snow settles in late October or in November, and the landscape will usually be covered with snow in December. The first signs of spring can be seen in March, and in April the snow gradually starts melting away. Still, there might be some snow left even in the beginning of May.

Languages

Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish. However, knowledge of Finnish language is not necessary for studying in our degree programmes taught in English. However, studying Finnish before and during your studies is recommended. Knowledge of Finnish helps students to integrate into the everyday life in Finland.

For more information:

Infopankki - links to learning Finnish online

Working

International students from non-EU/EEA countries are allowed to work in Finland on student's residence permit (without a work permit) for a maximum of 25 hours per week during academic semesters and full‐time during holidays. Students from the EU/EEA countries do not need work permits at all.

Please note that finding a job without excellent knowledge of the Finnish language is very difficult.

For more information: Employment and Economic Development Office 

Practical training / internships

University of Eastern Finland does not arrange practical training / internships for the students. However, students are encouraged to search for practical training / internship themselves.