Information about Study in Finland

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The Finnish Institute in Japan provides information about the Finnish educational possibilities to Japanese students.  The Institute annually attends major student fairs in Japan, such as the European Higher Education Fair and the Japan Association for Student Services’s study abroad fair.

In addition, we organize our own higher education events, where participants are given a thorough information package about studying in Finland and opportunities to ask questions about studying in Finland, such as the application methods or the daily life as an international student in Finland.

If you have any questions or project proposals about higher education, please send an email to science(a)

Spring 2024 Study in Finland webinar dates:

June 18th at 5-7 PM

-University of Oulu
-Former exchange student of Aalto University

More information regarding registration and content will be updated closer to the event date.

Study in Finland Guidebook (2023)



You can download the Study in Finland guidebook (2023) issued by the Finnish Institute in Japan here (only in Japanese). We will also hand them out at student fairs and other events.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What is the Finnish higher education system like?

In Finnish higher education system, there are two types of universities; General Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS).

The mission of Universities is to conduct scientific research and provide scientific and artistic undergraduate and postgraduate education based on it.

The mission of University of Applied Sciences is to train professionals with emphasis on labour market needs and conduct research and development with focus on instruction, and to promote regional development in particular.

Q2: What are the instruction languages at Finnish universities?

Though Finland has two official languages (Finnish and Swedish), you can take degrees in English as well. In most universities there are plenty of programmes taught in English to choose from.

Q3: How to find the university and programmes?

You can search the programmes available from your fields of interests on the websites below. The best source for information is always the university’s own website.

-Study in Finland:!/selailu/aihe

Q4: How can I apply for Finnish universities as a degree student?

There are mainly two ways to apply; separate application or joint application. You can apply directly to university or you can jointly apply to 6 programmes at maximum through the website

Q5: I don’t have any exchange programme in my Japanese university. Could I study in Finland?

Yes, you can study in Finland as a visiting student or a free mover. In general, you can stay from two months to one year at maximum. You might also be able to earn transferrable credits to your home university.

Q6: How can I study for a short term in Finland?

If you are a Japanese citizen, you are allowed to stay in Finland without a residence permit up to 90 days. If you wish to study for a short time, you can take courses at organizations, for instance, kansalaisopisto, kesäyliopisto, työväenopisto, kielikeskus or summer schools offered by the universities. They have a large variety of courses such as language, IT, art and crafts.

If you would like to study up to 1 year at Finnish higher education institutions, please look at Question 5. 

Q7: Do I need to pay the tuition?

Students from outside the EU/EEA area are required to pay tuition fees for bachelor’s and master’s level programmes taught in English. The amount of the fee varies between higher education institutions and the degree programmes.

If you wish to seek for the degree in doctoral level, tuition fees are not charged as of 2020, regardless of your nationality.

You have a large variety of options for scholarship programmes as well.

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Q8: How high are the living costs in general?

It is estimated that monthly living expenses for students are around €700 – €900 including food, accommodation, travel, insurance, etc. However, they vary a lot depending on where you live as well as your personal living habits.

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