Student's Checklist

There are certain things that need to be taken care of before, during, and after your studies to ensure that you can make the most of your time abroad. We have gathered these lists to help you make your travel arrangements. You can find more detailed information about the subjects as well as links to other useful pages on our website.

If you need further help with your arrival, you can always contact us at and we will be more than happy to assist you.

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  • Do a little research about the universities and their locations, this will help you decide where to apply
  • Read the student experiences on our blog
  • Check what documents are required for applying to your chosen university
  • Fill out the online application found on our Apply page
  • Get an insurance – you will need a valid insurance when you apply for the residence permit.
  • Apply for the residence permit. It is advisable to familiarize yourself with the residence permit requirements already during the application process.
  • Make sure to regularly check out the current health recommendations and travel restrictions regarding traveling to Finland. You can find the most updated information from these websites: the Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Border Guard.
  • Before booking your flight, find out whether you are allowed to book a direct flight to Finland or not. From here you can find all the countries that Finland has lifted travel restrictions from. If the travel restrictions are still in place, you are not allowed to travel with a direct flight and you will have to fly through another country that has opened its borders to Finland.
  • Book your flight only after you have received the residence permit.
  • Purchase face masks. You are required to use a face mask during your flight and recommended to use it in public places where it is difficult to keep safe distance to others.
  • Apply for accommodation. There’s a student housing organization in almost every city that offers affordable apartment. You can also look for an apartment on the free market but this will be more expensive.
  • Check that your passport is and will be valid during your time abroad
  • Get any required vaccinations
  • Apply on time for scholarships and funding, if applicable
  • Get a Credit Card.
  • Submit a notice of migration to local authorities and postal service, redirecting your mail.
  • Register with your home country’s embassy so that they know you are abroad.
  • Try to learn about the destination as much as possible beforehand
  • Visit your accommodation – sign the contracts and get the keys
  • Visit your campus for registration, you can also visit the social service person/international office for more guidance
  • Get a Finnish phone number
  • Visit Digi-ja väestötietovirasto to register your home address, phone number, university, nationality, etc
  • Open a Finnish bank account.
  • After you have received Finnish social security number, book an appointment with a Finnish bank of your choice. If you are planning to stay in Finland for a longer time, it is advisable to open a Finnish bank account.
  • Getting a travel card for the local transport and get familiarized with the transportation systems in your city.
  • Ordering a student card – to get all the great deals
  • In general, people arriving from outside of the EU are required to stay in quarantine-like conditions after they have arrived in Finland from abroad.
  • Regularly check the restrictions related to you from the Finnish authorities’ websites mentioned above in the “before departure” section.