Tuition and scholarships

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 August 2017. 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.

The Master's Degree Programme in International Economic and Resources Law does not charge tuition fees from citizens of EU/EEA countries. Tuition fees will not be imposed on students who have been selected to the programme prior to 2017 intake.

The annual tuition fee in the Master's degree programme in International Economic and Resources Law will be 8.000 euros. For students, the tuition fee will remain the same throughout the entire time of completing their degrees.

Who will need to pay for tuition?

Fees will be collected from citizens outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, starting their studies in Master’s degree programmes conducted in English in August 2017 or after that.

You will not need to pay the fee if you are:

  •     EU/EEA citizen or their family member (spouse/child)
  •     equivalent to EU/EEA citizens (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  •     already reside in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card
  •     are enrolled in Doctoral/PhD level studies and research
  •     exchange student, regardless of the citizenship
  •     have started your Master’s degree studies before autumn 2017


The University of Eastern Finland offers a generous scholarship system to support the students that are required to pay the tuition fees. The non-EU/EEA students may apply for scholarships from the University of Eastern Finland in order to cover for the tuition fee, partly or fully. The scholarship will not cover any living or material expenses of the student while he/she studies in Finland. The scholarship will be awarded, after careful evaluation of applicants, based on their academic succees and performance in previous studies, only to a selected number of students. The scholarship for the first year of studies is applied together with the application to the programme. Scholarship for the second year of studies will be dependent on the student's progress of studies in the master's degree programme. Please see furher information on Tuition fees.

Additionally, the university offers all students - irrespective of whether they are required to pay tuition or not - a range of services that take off some of the financial burden on the student. For example, students have free access to the collections of the University Library, there are computers and a free WiFi on campus available to students, as well as a number of other supporting services designed to facilitate the everyday life of our students. As members of the student union, large number of benefits will be available for all students. Please read more below 'Student union membership fee'.

Requirements for residence permit

Students must be able to cover all their own living costs in Finland. Own finances are also one of the requirements for the Finnish residence permit, and finances need to be available permanently on the student's bank account for the whole period the permit is applied for. Financing one's stay and studies in Finland by working is not possible. For more information about residence permit, please see

When applying for their student residence permit, international students (non-EU/EEA students) students are required to show that they have at least 560€ per month (6720 € per year) at their disposal.
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Student Union membership fee

Under the Student Union Act, all undergraduate degree students (completing Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at the University of Eastern Finland) are required to join the Student Union. In order to register as a student to the university, it is mandatory to pay the membership fee.

With the student union membership a student is entitled to a number of benefits that include:

1. Student Health Service (YTHS – general, mental and oral health care services)
2. Student discounts (discounts of long distance transportation, discounts at a number of shops, restaurants, etc., student priced meals at the University restaurants)
3. SYKETTÄ – University sports services
4. Opportunity to hire survival packages, skates, skis, frisbees and other sports equipment
5. ESN activities (trips, parties, cultural events etc.)
6. Student Union events (Sports Afternoon, May Day celebration, City Orienteering etc.)
7. Leisure activities (Student Union clubs and sections)
8. Information and advice services in English at the Student Union office
9. Services of the secretary of interest advocacy (solving problems related to educational and social affairs)
10. An efficient way to get involved in Finnish student life

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You can join the Student Union (ISYY) by paying the membership fee, which is 126 €/full academic year 2018–2019, and 65 €/one semester (Autumn 2018 or Spring 2019). Please see further details at the Student Union website.