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If you dream of doing your Master’s or PhD in Finland, but you lack the financial means, then get ready! In a few days, you will have two weeks flat (January 4-18) to apply for the Finnish Government Scholarships. The Finnish government scholarship program “Finland Scholarship” helps international students from outside the EU/EEA to support their university studies in Finland. The program ensures that they receive the greatest possible help to make the most of their studies, develop their abilities and establish successful professions after graduation.
Finland is a world leader in terms of education quality. Its higher education system offers more than 200 English-taught master’s programs at 13 universities and 22 universities of applied sciences (UAS). Finnish higher education institutions have more than 20,000 international students studying in several locations in Finland.
According to the Finnish Immigration Service, in 2022, a record number of international students have enrolled at higher education institutions in Finland this year. 7,060 applicants from outside the EU received residence permits in Finland from January to October 2022. This is mainly due to the entry into force of a new legislation in April. Moving to Finland is now easier for international students. Students from abroad may be granted a residence permit for the entire duration of their studies. Previously, students could only be granted a residence permit for a maximum of two years at a time. The new law also makes it easier to look for work after graduating.
About the Finnish Government Scholarships
DEADLINE: From January 4-18, 2023 (“joint admission”), or until January 2, 2023 (“separate admission”).
LEVEL : Master.
ELIGIBLE GROUPS: Country not a member of the European Union.
FUNDING : Tuition waiver plus 5,000 euros.
Amount and number of scholarships
The Finnish Government Scholarship covers the full first year tuition fees in addition to a one-time moving allowance worth at least €5,000. The 5,000 euros will be paid after the student’s arrival in Finland and registration. The exemption and allowance may or may not be renewed, depending on the university (see below).
A maximum of two scholarships are offered per master’s program.
In addition to the above-mentioned advantages, many universities renew, subject to conditions, the scholarship for the second year of the master’s degree:
- Aalto University (non-renewable).
- University of Helsinki (renewable).
- University of East Finland (Only tuition waiver is renewable).
- University of Jyväskylä (Only tuition waiver is renewable).
- University of Lapland (non-renewable).
- LUT University (Only tuition waiver is renewable).
- University of Oulu (non-renewable).
- Hanken School of Economics (Only tuition waiver is renewable).
- Helsinki University of Arts (Only tuition waiver is renewable).
- Tampere University (Only tuition waiver is renewable).
- University of Turku (Only tuition waiver is renewable).
- University of Vaasa (non-renewable).
- Åbo Akademi University (Only tuition waiver is renewable).
Finnish government scholarships are merit-based and are awarded on a competitive basis according to the academic assessment criteria of each study program. For each study option, the best applicants subject to tuition fees may be awarded the scholarship.
Available Study programs
Check the list of Master study programs available in Finland using the Studyinfo.fi search engine. Click on the program that interests you. On its information page, you can check admission requirements, deadlines, and more. If you can’t find a program’s information page, here’s what to do:
- Go to this link.
- Click on the name of the program that appeals to you.
- Scroll down and click on the box with the same name as the program (usually under the heading “Offered study programs”).
- Here you are on the program information page.
How to apply for the Finnish Government Scholarships?
To apply for the Finnish Government Scholarship, complete this form. It is used to submit both your application for a Master’s program of your choice (maximum 6) and for the Finnish scholarship. The form will only be available from January 4, 2023, at 08:00 EET to January 18, 2023, at 15:00 EET (GMT+2). Nevertheless, several programs are already open for application separately. You can apply for them now.
The form cannot be saved as draft. However, you can complete it by answering at least all the required questions and submit it. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to edit it. Attachments usually follow later deadlines.
No registration is required to complete the application form. You don’t need to login, just open the form and get started. Carefully read the instructions at the beginning of the application form.
If you plan to apply for multiple study programs at multiple institutions, the deadline is January 4 to 18, 2023. In case you plan to apply for only one study program, you can apply now.
For any questions, find a contact on this page : Admission services of Finnish higher education institutions.
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