Check out some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Pathway to Finland program, along with some answers to help you understand how the program works! If your question is not answered here, please contact us at

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Our English courses focus on preparing you for university studies by developing your academic communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. During the pathway, you can expect to improve your English language skills up to the university’s entry-level. Typically, the required English level for bachelor’s degree studies in Finland is equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or IELTS 6.0.

We offer pathway studies as full-time and part-time studies. You can choose the option that suits you the best. Online classes are organised on weekdays. Classes typically begin in the afternoon in Finland. Outside of classes, you should reserve enough time for independent studies and group work assignments.

The number of contact lessons depends on your chosen study mode (full-time or part-time). For full-time students, the number of contact lessons typically varies between 3 and 6 classes per week.

Yes, you may join our Standard Pathway (30 ECTS) as a part-time student. This means that you will complete your studies over 2 semesters instead of 1 semester.

Pathway studies take place on our online learning platform, Claned. You can choose to complete the studies fully online in your home country or join our Study Hub in Finland.

All students are required to have access to the following:

  • A personal computer
  • An internet connection
  • A microphone
  • A webcam

Pathway studies can be accredited towards the degree (recognition of prior learning) at the progressing university. The percentage of credits the university will recognize as prior learning ranges from 0 to 100%. Keep in mind that the university will eventually decide how many credits they will recognize as part of your studies once you are enrolled into their degree program.

There are 16 weeks in a semester on the Pathway.

We use a variety of different assessment methods. Course assessment is usually based on coursework, written assignments, participation, presentations, and/or exams. Throughout the program, you will receive support and feedback from your teachers. We also use peer and self-assessment methods to encourage you to take greater responsibility for your learning. 

A list of progression options can be found on our Pathway to Finland page. You will be asked to select the degree program during the application process.

You must complete the studies within the completion time and pass all study courses with good attendance.

Your study courses depend on your chosen pathway program and study track. Our study courses are listed on our program page.

Finnish studies are included in our Nursing Study Track.

Our Finnish courses are available for all students for an additional price of 295 € per course. If you would like to take part in the Finnish language studies, please contact our team at


The program fee includes lectures, online classes, tutorials, access to an online learning environment, and academic support. In addition, you will receive assistance with immigration and other practical arrangements when moving abroad.

If you have failed a study course and would like to complete the course again, you will be charged 50 EUR per study credit. You are allowed to retake a course only once.

The program fee depends on your chosen study method and program duration.

Full-time studies:

  • 2500 EUR per semester (online)
  • 4100 EUR per semester (study hub in Finland)

Part-time studies:

  • 3500 EUR (online)

After being accepted to the pathway program, you will receive an invoice for the program fee. Please note that all fees are always paid in full.

You can check the program-specific tuition fees on our university pages. Please note that the tuition fees are subject to change every year.

Yes, we charge a service fee of 50 EUR. The fee includes Edunation’s customer service and support services during and after admission. Please note that the service fee is not refundable.

Unfortunately no. The program fee must always be paid in full.

If there are late or missing payments, Edunation reserves the right to cancel your study place. If you are having problems with payments, please contact our team immediately.

Eligibility and documentation

We offer alternative ways to prove your English language level, including Duolingo English Test. Before applying, please check out our list of accepted English certificates.

Please note that the required language level depends on your chosen pathway program and progression university.

You will need to submit the following documents:

There may be some additional requirements depending on your chosen program.

In order to be eligible to apply,  you must be eligible for higher education in your home country. You also need to have sufficient English language skills. Please check out our program page for more information or contact our Pathway Team (

If you fail a study course, you won’t be permitted to progress to your chosen destination university in Finland. It is possible to retake a course during the next available semester. Please note that in this case, your progression to university will be delayed and you may not be able to continue to your chosen destination university.

If you have failed a study course and would like to sign up for a retake, please contact us at 

Pathway to Finland program provides guaranteed progression to degree studies at your pre-selected degree program after you have received a passing grade for all study courses related to the program.

The duration of one semester is approximately 3.5 months. We offer programs that last either 1 or 2 semesters.

All students will progress to a university after completing the program at the required level.

You need to select your desired destination university and degree program during the application process. Please note that the study places are distributed based on a first-come-first-served basis. If you need help with course selection, please contact our customer service team (

Our minimum age requirement is 17 years or older for the online pathway. You must be at least 18 years old when applying to the Study Hub in Finland.

At the moment, the the program is only recognized by our partner universities.

No additional testing is required after completing the program.

Guaranteed progression means that you will be eligible to start your studies at your pre-selected university after you have passed the pathway courses at the required level.

Yes, we provide support with the university selection. Our team will help you to choose the university that best fits your interests and goals. Please contact us at or book a free counselling session with one of our experts.

Due to limited study places, we cannot guarantee you a place in another university. If you have already been accepted to the program and would like to request for a change, please fill out our change request form. Please note that there may be additional fees charged.

We provide academic support before and during your pathway studies. You may always contact us if you need guidance or extra support. During semesters, we organise weekly virtual office hours where you can talk one-on-one with one of our experts.

Generally, universities’ early-bird scholarships are not available for pathway applicants.


Yes, you should be at least 18 years old when applying to the Study Hub in Finland.

All students coming from outside of the EU/EEA countries need to apply for a temporary residence permit (type B) for the duration of the Study Hub studies. Students need to apply for a student residence permit before entering the country. 

Before beginning the pathway, it is important to ensure you meet the requirements and have the necessary documents ready. 

A student must begin the temporary residence application as soon as they receive the pathway acceptance letter. 

  1. A valid passport 
  2. Passport photos 
  3. 350 EUR application fee 
  4. The certificate of acceptance for the Pathway to Finland program 
  5. Document of the paid program fee. (Payment receipt from the bank confirming you have paid the pathway tuition fee) 
  6. Certificate of health insurance 
  7. Clarification of income 
  8. Interview 

You can find more information regarding the visa requirements on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland: Residence Permit Studies.

A Continuous Student Residence Permit (type A) is needed when coming to Finland for degree studies. You will apply for the type A Residence Permit during or after pathway studies, so it is important to start preparing your documents already when starting your pathway studies. 

You can apply for a type A Residence Permit after you have received an offer from your pre-selected destination university and paid the tuition fee for the first academic year. Depending on your chosen destination university, this step takes place during or after the pathway. The offer becomes non-conditional only after you have received a passing grade for all study courses related to the pathway program.

You may start the Residence Permit application online as soon as you receive the offer letter from your pre-selected progression university. The application is submitted in the e-service Enter Finland.

After submitting the application through the e-service, you should visit the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity, have your fingerprints taken and show the originals of the documents that you have attached to your application. The appointment can take place at a Finnish Mission (embassy or consulate) back in your home country or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service in Finland.

*Please note that you must wait for the residence permit results in the country where you have applied for it. If you have applied at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service in Finland, you should also remain in Finland until you receive the decision. You are allowed to wait for the decision in the country even if your visa expires. Edunation recommends that you will return to your home country after the visa expiry and apply for the Residence Permit there.

Study Hub in Finland

If you would like your family to join you in Finland, it is your responsibility to ensure that your family meets the possible entry requirements.

As a study hub student, your spouse and children are eligible to apply for a temporary residence permit (type b) based on family ties. It is essential to know what a family member is in Finland; this information can be found on thiswebsite.

Degree Studies

Once you have been accepted to a Finnish higher education institution as a degree student, you will be able to apply for a continuous residence permit (type A) and your family members can apply for a residence permit based on family ties. Please check out the instructions of the Finnish Immigration Service.

Applications for first residence permits are made through the online portal. 

Our Study Hub is located in Helsinki, Finland. Pathway students will enjoy modern campus facilities in Myllypuro, on the campus of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Pathway studies are hybrid studies meaning that you will be completing studies on our online learning platform and attending meetings on campus. On campus, you will be attending live sessions with other students and your tutor, approximately three times a week.

When applying to the Study Hub in Finland, it is important to get familiar with the expenses related to studying abroad. 

  • Program fee (3600 EUR) 
  • Enrollment fee (200 EUR) 
  • Possible Temporary Residence permit costs and income requirements 
  • Insurances 
  • Flights to Finland and back 
  • Accommodation in Finland 
  • Everyday living expenses 

Estimated funds required depending on the pathway: 

  • Standard Pathway: 560 EUR (required amount / per month) x 4 months (the standard pathway’s approximate months) =2,240 EUR 
  • Foundation Year: 560 EUR (required amount / per month) x 9 months (the foundation year’s approximate months) =5,040 EUR  

These amounts are only an estimate of what is needed. Depending on your lifestyle, the money in your bank account may be higher than these suggested amounts, but it cannot be lower. 

If you are planning to continue to degree studies in Finland after completing the pathway, it is important to also learn about university tuition fees, student residence permits, and other costs of living. 

 Note! Pathway students may be asked to make a pre-installment towards their university tuition fees before starting the pathway program. 

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