Scholarships to fund your studies in Finland
A scholarship is an award of financial aid given to a student for the purpose of furthering the student’s education. Scholarships are usually awarded based on criteria’s such as academic performance, diversity, field of study, country of origin or any other purposes deemed necessary by the donor or founder of the award.
Where to look?
Many universities have introduced scholarship programs for incoming international students who are required to pay tuition fees.
A number of governmental and non-governmental bodies, including educational charities, provide financial assistance to a range of students seeking education abroad. You can also approach commercial and industrial companies in the fields related to your specialization.
There might be scholarships, grants and student loans provided by your local government as well. Inquire about the different options from the Ministry of Education in your own country.
Should I apply?
The competition for scholarships are often hard as there is a limited number of awards, however, it is always worthwhile applying for the ones relevant to you. You should begin your research early on as some scholarships require you to apply a year before your courses starts.
Although the competition for a scholarship might be hard, a couple of days of work can potentially generate a significant reduction in your tuition fee. Many students often think they don’t have a chance, thus the scholarship recipients are usually students who were willing to put the time and effort in the application.
Below are listed some ways to fund your studies inlcuding the scholarship programs of each of our partner universities. Find more sponsors by searching the web with related key words.
Arcada University of Applied Sciences
Arcada offer scholarships for enrolled bachelor’s students. The scholarship covers a maximum of 50% of the tuition fee. Paying students can be awarded with a scholarship from the second year, depending on their study achievements. To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant needs to complete a minimum of 55 ECTS credits during the academic year.
Unfortunately, no scholarships are offered for master’s level studies.
Häme University of Applied Sciences
HAMK will offer you a scholarship of 45% of your annual tuition fee if your studies have progressed according to the schedule below.
In order to receive the scholarship, you need to complete:
- 27 ECTS credits in the first academic semester (August – December)
- 55 ECTS credits in each academic year (August – July)
The scholarship will be granted annually after the student has fulfilled the conditions for the scholarship. The scholarship can be granted at the earliest after studying for one semester.
The maximum duration of the scholarships is the estimated studying time:
- 3,5 years in the Bachelor of Business Administration program
- 4 years in the Bachelor of Engineering degree programs
Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
A scholarship of 3 000€ is possible from the second year onward, given that the student meets the minimum requirement of 55 credits per academic year.
Students need to apply separately for the scholarship.
Lappeenranta University of Technology
Scholarships offered by Lappeenranta University of Technology Scholarship Programme are awarded only for academic excellence, targeting top notch students from all countries outside the EU/EEA countries. Only students that are required to pay tuition fees can apply for a scholarship.
You can apply for a scholarship on the same application form when applying for the master’s program. No additional documents are required.
Lappeenranta University of Technology offer scholarships in three different categories:
- 50% Tuition Fee Scholarship: This scheme covers 50% of the tuition fees of a 2-year master’s program.
- 30% of the admitted students who are required to pay tuition fees and who have applied for a scholarship will receive this scholarship
- 100% Tuition Fee Scholarship: This scheme covers 100% of the tuition fees of a 2-year master’s program.
- 35-40% of the admitted students who are required to pay tuition fees and who have applied for a scholarship will receive this scholarship
- Full Scholarship: This scheme covers 100% of the tuition fees of a 2-year master’s Program and the living costs for €5,600 per year
- 0-5% of the admitted students who are required to pay tuition fees and who have applied for a scholarship will receive this scholarship
All the students granted with a scholarship are required to study full time i.e. complete a minimum of 55 ECTS credits per year to fulfill the scholarship requirements. The progress for studying will be monitored each semester.
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences grants scholarships only to students who are required to pay the tuition fees, and the scholarship is granted from the second year onward. You can apply for the scholarship during your first year of studies at SAMK.
The criteria for receiving the scholarship are that the student has gained at least 55 ECTS credits for his/her degree per each academic year as present (or 27,5 ECTS credits per semester when applicable). The scholarship is available only for the optimum study time for the degree in question. If the student graduates during the optimum study time, he/she will be paid a graduation grant.
The optimum study times for bachelor’s degrees depend on the scope of the degree in question. At SAMK the optimum study times in relation to the scope of the degree are:
- 3,5 years for a bachelor’s degree of 210 ECTS credits
- 4 years for a bachelor’s degree of 240 ECTS credits
- 4,5 years for a bachelor’s degree of 270 ECTS credits
A bachelor’s degree student who applies for the scholarship and fills the criteria receives:
- a scholarship of 30 % of the tuition fee for 2nd academic year
- a scholarship of 50 % of the tuition fee for 3rd academic year
- a scholarship of 70 % of tuition fee for the rest of the optimum study time
- a graduation grant of 80 % of tuition fee for graduation during the optimum study time
A master’s degree student who applies for the scholarship and fills the criteria will be awarded a graduation grant of 40% of the tuition fee. In addition, a student in a 90 ECTS credits master’s degree program, receives 30% of one semester’s tuition fee if he/she applies for the scholarship and meets the criteria.
The scholarship is available only for the optimum study time for the degree in question. If the student graduates during the optimum study time, he/she will be paid a graduation grant.
The optimum study times for master’s degrees depend on the scope of the degree in question. At SAMK the optimum study times in relation to the scope of the degree are:
- 1 year for a master’s degree of 60 ECTS credits
- 1,5 years for a master’s degree of 90 ECTS credits
You can also apply for an Erasmus scholarship through the Erasmus Mundus for full degree studies. However, the number of scholarships and the universities they offer it for is limited. At the moment, Lappeenranta University of Technology is the only Edunation partner university taking part in Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees.
More information about the scholarship can be found here.
Scholarships in your home country
It’s often also possible to apply for study abroad scholarships or grants in your home country.
The easiest way to get information about such possibilities is to visit the website of your country’s Ministry of Education, or contacting them through email or phone.
If possible, you could also contact the Finnish Embassy in your country and inquire about grants or some other forms of funding which they may offer.
Edunation also offer our own scholarships for international students interested in studying at one of our partner universities in Finland.
If you know of a good sponsor not listed here, feel free to suggest it to us!