Uni­versity of Hel­sinki Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme, Finland

Be 1* of the Best. Welcome to our scholarship programme! These scholarships are intended for excellent students from outside the EU/EEA who want to do a Master’s programme at the University of Helsinki. Grants can be applied for while applying to the University of Helsinki’s Masters’ programmes.

Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the EU/EEA area, are liable for these fees. You can check this FAQ at the Studyinfo website as to whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

The scholarship will be granted for two years. All the scholarship students are required to study full time (earn at least 55 ECTS / year) to fulfill the requirements of the scholarship. After the first study year, your studies will be evaluated and, depending on your progress, the scholarship will be continued.

Number of scholarships available: ca 2

Tuition fee (13,000 / 15,000 / 18,000 EUR)
Number of scholarships available: ca 8

Half of the tuition fee (6,500 / 7,500 / 9,000 EUR)
Number of scholarships available: ca 10

The Living Costs Grant (10,000 EUR)
Number of scholarships available: ca 10

All the scholarships include:

The Student Union (HYY) membership fee (paid by the University of Helsinki) will provide you substantial benefits of a lively student organization as well as free health care and reductions in public transportation, student lunch in the Student Restaurants and sport facilities at the UniSport. Read more.

If you are among the first ones accepting your study place, the University of Helsinki will offer a chance to participate in an Intensive Finnish Course in the Helsinki Summer School for free! It is a great possibility to learn Finnish and explore Finnish culture before starting your degree studies in Helsinki. www.helsinkisummerschool.fi

Along with the financial aid, the University of Helsinki offers all the scholarship winners the possibility to take part in the University of Helsinki Student Ambassador Programme. Read more.

All candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • You are eligible for the Master’s programme at the University of Helsinki
  • The country of your nationality is outside the EU/EEA and you meet the requirements for obtaining an entry visa and residence permit for Finland. More information at the Studyinfo.
  • You have obtained excellent results in your previous studies and can prove this in your application.

The scholarship application will be filled out in the same application system and simultaneously with your online application to the University of Helsinki English language Master’s programmes. The possible scholarship-related documents should be delivered with the other enclosed documents of your degree application.

Selection process

The Master’s Programme will make the academic assessment of your degree application simultaneously with your scholarship application. At this stage the scholarship criteria is the same as the programme specific selection criteria.

After the Master’s Programme proposal the Scholarship Committee will make the final decisions. In addition to the academic criteria the committee will also consider the variety and diversity of the applicants and grant the scholarships to those coming from different backgrounds and fields of studies. The aim is to create a rich and diverse learning environment at the University of Helsinki.

You may find the criteria in the programme’s web page.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive an official acceptance letter with the information of scholarship status.

The University of Helsinki offers other scholarship for its degree students. You may apply for them during the first study year: www.helsinki.fi/en/studying/during-your-studies/apply-for-a-grant.

There are various possibilities for other scholarships: www.studyinfinland.fi/tuition_and_scholarships

For the students coming from the US, the Fulbright Center has a scholarship programme for students applying to the University of Helsinki: www.fulbright.fi/en/fulbright-us-student-program/fulbright-university-helsinki-graduate-award.

The fees range from 13,000 to 18,000 euros in programmes offered by the University of Helsinki. In joint programmes, the fees can differ from these.

The individual student’s fee will remain the same throughout the completion of the programme. Fees are not charged of students who began their studies before August 1, 2017. Read more.

The University of Helsinki reserves all rights to make changes to the scholarship programme.

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