Visa and Residence permit
Citizens of European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland
Students coming from the Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) are allowed to arrive, reside, study and work without residence permits in Finland.
Citizens of the member states of the European Union and the European Economic Area or Switzerland do not need a residence permit either. However, if you are staying in Finland for longer than three months (90 days) you must register at the local police station after your arrival in Finland.
Non-European Union and Non-European Economic Area Citizens
Non-EU/non-EEA citizens staying in Finland for longer than three months must apply for a residence permit before their arrival in Finland.
Even though the studies are expected to last for more than a year, the residence permit is usually granted for one year at a time. The application for an extension of the residence permit can be done at the police station in Joensuu.