Complete guide on Finland Student Visa

 

Finland Student Visa Requirements and guide


By Olushola Samuel


Finland is a beautiful country in Europe which many in the world would love to live in. Yes, Finland! What is not to love about the country? The education is free (for EU/EEA students), the country is beautiful, and people are warm and welcoming. So, it's not surprising that Finland is one of the top destinations for international students around the world.

ADMISSIONS to Finland Universities

Not sure how to proceed? Read our step by step guides below:


1. CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAMME

Use the national application portal database at Studyinfo.fi to find the right option for you. Also check out the individual universities' own admissions info pages! 

Top Universities in Finland 

• Aalto University.

• University of Turku.

• University of Jyväskylä

• LUT University.

• Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

• University of Vaasa.

• Laurea University of Applied Sciences.

• Hanken School of Economics.

2. CHECK ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

The Admissions Services of the university/UAS you are interested in can advise you on the eligibility criteria, application process and deadlines, and any documents you will need to provide as part of your application. You may need to take an entrance exam, or some other kind of aptitude test. You must also have a sufficient level of English. 


Get in touch with the Admissions Office at the university offering the degree programme if you have any questions regarding your application.


You'll find the contact details on the universities' own admissions info pages and in the Studyinfo.fi listing of Admissions Servies' contact details.


3. APPLY TO PROGRAMMES AND FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Start your application at Studyinfo.fi when the application period is open for the programmes you are interested in. Check the application schedule and other details with the university of your choice. Make sure you apply in time before the deadline.


In the Studyinfo.fi instructions on the application system you can find detailed advice on the application process.

The universities offer scholarships for those non-EU/EEA bachelor's and master's level students who are required to pay tuition fees. You usually apply for a scholarship from the university at the same time when you apply for admission. For more info on your scholarship options, see the programme descriptions at Studyinfo.fi, and contact the university if necessary.


You'll also need to be able to cover your living expenses. You should have a realistic budget in place before submitting your application.


4. WAIT FOR THE RESULTS - AND CONFIRM YOUR STUDY PLACE

Waiting can be the hardest part! The universities you have applied to will inform all applicants of their admissions results. If you have been successful in your application, you will receive an official letter of acceptance. This will explain how to accept your study place.


You can only accept one study place per term, even if you receive several offers. This choice is binding, so if you are expecting results from several programmes, wait for all the results before confirming your choice. Be careful however not to miss the deadline for confirming the study place.


Check the result dates, confirmation deadlines and all other study-related details with the Admissions Services of the Finnish university you've applied to.


5. PREPARE FOR ARRIVAL

If you come from a non-EU/EEA country, you will need to apply for a student residence permit. You can find student residence permit advice and regulations at Migri.fi. 


Start you residence permit application as soon as you have received official confirmation on your admission!


Check with your new Finnish home university when your first semester begins. You should also apply for student housing. Your Finnish university can advise you on the available student housing options.


When travelling to Finland, make sure you have all the required documentation with you. Check the latest guidelines regarding the necessary entry documents on the Finnish Border Guard website.

Student visa application process for Finland

This is how you apply for a Finland Student Visa:


Apply for university. 

Apply for a student visa at https://enterfinland.fi/eServices

Go to a local Finnish mission for interview appointment

• Wait for an answer.

• Go to Finland.


The student visa costs €350 when you fill out the application form  online,  whereas it costs €450 when you fill out a paper application. 

Proof of funds

You must submit proof of funds amounting to €560 Euros per month. For a child, attach proof that you have an additional 500 Euros per month or 6,000 Euros per year in the application. The proof of financial capacity can be from employment, savings, business, etc.


International students who need a visa in order to study can apply either for a Schengen visa or a long-term student visa.

Students whose study program lasts only for 90 days should apply for the Schengen study visa.


Finland Student Visa Requirements

These are the required documents you need to attach to your visa application:


1. You must have a valid passport at the time of your application. Your passport is considered valid if it was issued during the last 10 years and it won’t expire for another three months after you depart Finland.

2. Identity picture. A recent identity picture must be part of the application. Follow the Schengen visa photo rules when you take the picture.

3. Copy of your passport’s bio page. In recent years Finland now requires applicants for any type of visa to attach a copy of their passport’s bio page.

4. Proof of enrollment. You need to provide proof that you were accepted for a study program at a university in Finland.

5. Health insurance. You must also provide international student health insurance that covers all kinds of medical emergencies and is valid during your stay in Finland.

6. Sufficient financial means. You must have at least €500 in your personal bank account per month that covers everyday expenses during your studies.

7. Proof of paid tuition fee. You must include a certificate proving that you have paid your tuition fee, if you haven’t done so then you need to provide evidence that you have enough financial means to pay the fee.

8. Evidence of scholarship. If you are the beneficiary of a scholarship that covers your tuition fee then you need to provide a certificate proving that you will be supported financially by the scholarship.

9. Civil status documents. This refers to documents such as your birth certificate, marriage license, divorce license, adoption paper, etc.

10. Previous certificate degrees. These are not required for degree students and exchange students.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for a student visa you must also meet these criteria:


You must be enrolled at a university in Finland, which means you must apply for your study program before you apply for your visa.

You must have no travel bans for the Schengen Area.

You must have no criminal charges.

You must not be a danger to Finland and its interests.

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