Tuition Fees and Scholarship Criteria for Non-EU/EEA Students

Tuition Fees Charged at Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. Fees and criteria mentioned here applies to students who commence studies in autumn 2023.

  • Bachelor’s degree programmes conducted in English language:  8000 euros per academic year
  • Master’s degree programmes conducted in English language:  9000 euros per academic year


Payment Instructions
  • Tuition fee must be paid and study place must be confirmed latest by  14.7.2023 (application period in spring).
  • Tuition fee must be paid study place confirmed latest by 2.12.2022 (application period in autumn)
  • Study place is conditional until the original school leaving certificate has been checked by the Admission Services and student has enrolled for the academic year and paid the required tuition fee.
  • Study right will be cancelled if tuition fee is not paid until deadline.
  • Tuition fee should be paid in full in euros.
  • As a rule paid tuition fee will not be refunded with the exception of negative residence permit decision or overpaid fee. In aforementioned case(s) paid tuition fee will be refunded as soon as possible but within 3 months at the latest.
  • Admitted applicant is responsible for any possible costs caused by international transaction.
  • Detailed payment instructions will be included in the acceptance letter for admitted applicants.
  • Tuition fee is paid for each attending semester
  • Students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA country are also expected to cover living costs in Finland during studies (6720 euros per academic year). Receipt of paid tuition fee and a proof of sufficient funds for living costs should be provided to the Finnish Embassy when applying the residence permit for studies. More information on residence permit requirements can be found at


Scholarship Criteria
  • The full scholarship in bachelor degree programmes is 3500 euros and for master degree programmes 4000 euros (applies to students who commence studies 1.8.2023 or later).
  • Bachelor degrees: Scholarship is paid after each academic year on the basis of student’s application and academic performance.  Student must complete required amount of credits per academic year (55 ECTS) . The final scholarship is paid in connection of the graduation, taking into account the normative duration of studies.
  • Master degrees:  Scholarship is only paid in connection of graduation, taking into account the normative duration of studies.
  • Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (VAMK) reserves a right to evaluate criteria for the scholarships and payment on a yearly basis, yet so that the criteria is fixed upon the year of entry.

Scholarship criteria 1.8.2023 (PDF)

The Guidelines of Vaasa UAS tuition fees and scholarship criteria  (PDF)



Earlybird Discount

Available for applicants who confirm their study place within 7 days from the publication of admission results. The discount is 1500€, reduced from first academic year tuition fee. Earlybird discount is not applicable to transfer students or students applying through Open UAS.

Scholarship Based on Finnish Language Profiency (YKI)
  • Scholarship of 1000€ is available for students who demonstrate their Finnish language skills by completing National Certificate of Language Proficiency test (YKI) on level 3-4 or higher
  • Scholarship based on Finnish language proficiency is single payment and therefore can only be granted to student once during study right.
  • Student is responsible for YKI test fee and any other costs incurred.
Refund Policy

Tuition fee can be refunded to student in the following case:

  • Student gets a negative residence permit decision from the Finnish Immigration Service. N.B. refund is only possible within enrollment periods (assigned by University of Applied Sciences for each academic year). E.g. if the enrollment period has been passed for autumn semester, the refund is only possible for the forthcoming semester.
  • Student changes enrollment status from present to absent within enrollment period assigned by the University of Applied Sciences.
  • Student provides a documents that exempts him/her from paying tuition fee (see required documents below).
  • Document must be valid 1.1 (studies starting in spring) or 1.8 (studies starting in autumn).
Exemption of the Tuition Fee

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who

  • have started their studies before autumn 2017
  • are enrolled in Doctoral/PhD level studies and research
  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish
  • are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse / child)
  • Exchange students
  • are already residing in Finland on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens -> permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type in Finland or EU Blue Card
  • Continuous residence permit in Finland,  A-type permit. NB: Type A permit granted for studying in Finland (from 15 April 2022 onwards) doesn’t exempt student from paying tuition fee.

More information on tuition fees can be found at under the section

Am I required to pay tuition fees

Students are also expected to pay for their living costs, travel costs, study materials etc. Polytechnics’/UAS’ students can pay an annual membership fee to the student organisation SAMOK to get a student card. The student card grants certain benefits and discounts e.g. on travel etc.

Brexit and tuition fees

Continuing UK degree students are exempt from tuition fees even after the 1st of January 2021 as long as they change their EU registration in Finland to EU right-to-residence in accordance with the withdrawal agreement (with Migri).  This change of status must be applied between the 1st of October 2020 and the 30th of September 2021.

Proof of right to residence (i.e. a relevant residence permit card), or proof that the student has applied for it (from Migri) is sufficient for exemption.

New UK degree students who have arrived in Finland prior to 31st of December 2020 must register their right to residence (in accordance with the withdrawal agreement) between the 1st of October 2020 and the 31st of December 2020 to be exempt from tuition fees. Registration or application before the end of 2020 exempts the student from tuition fees even if they start their studies (in degree programmes taught in English) after the 1st of January 2021. Proof of registration ((i.e a relevant residence permit card) ) or pending application (from Migri) is required.

New UK degree students who arrive in Finland after the 31st of December 2020 are liable to full tuition fee and residence permit requirements like other non-EU/EEA students. The full tuition fee liability also opens the possibility to apply for VAMK scholarships.