Who will need to pay tuition fee?
On 15 December 2015 the Finnish Parliament has decided to impose tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens. The fees will concern students who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries and who start their studies in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that. However, students can be exempted from the tuition fee e.g. on the basis of their residence permits. Read more on Studyinfo article "Am I required to pay tuition fees?"
In order to be exempted from the tuition fee at Metropolia, an applicant must deliver a copy of one of the following documents:
- Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland *)
- EU Blue Card
- Continuous residence permit card in Finland (Type A permit)
- EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
- Permanent residence permit card in Finland (Type P permit)
- EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU)
*) Citizens of Finland are not required to provide proof of their citizenship as it will be verified from the population register.
The document exempting from the tuition fee must be valid on 1 August in order for it to be considered for studies starting in autumn term and on 1 January in order for them to be considered for studies starting in spring term.
The document giving the exemption from the tuition fee must be uploaded to the online application at Studyinfo.fi. A photo taken with a mobile phone or camera is acceptable.
How does Brexit influence tuition fee liability?
If you are a UK citizen and have entered Finland before 1 January 2021 and have proof from the Finnish Immigration Service Migri that you have registered, or applied to register, your EU right to residence in Finland in accordance with the withdrawal agreement, tuition fees will not concern you. Submit the proof from the Finnish Immigration Service with your application for admission. Please refer to the Finnish Immigration Service Migri’s, Brexit information for further details.
The EU-UK withdrawal agreement does not apply to British citizens who enter Finland on or after 1 January 2021. They are liable for tuition fees like other non-EU citizens.
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 the EU 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.
Metropolia's tuition fees
Metropolia UAS has decided that the level of annual tuition fees vary from 10 000-12 000 euros for Bachelor level studies and 11 000-12 000 euros for Master level studies per academic year.
*) This programme is a joint programme with HTW Berlin, the admission procedure is administrated by HTW Berlin.
Students enrolled to Metropolia UAS that are nationals of non-EU and non-EEA countries, are due to be pay the annual tuition fee. They are required to make the full payment of the annual tuition fee before beginning their studies.
Metropolia UAS grants scholarships based on Finnish language skills. A scholarship can be awarded based on a Finnish language level test completed during the academic year. The scholarship is 3000 euros. The student can only receive one scholarship per academic year. Level tests can be performed in advance, i.e. if a student has completed more than one level test in the previous year, they will be taken into account when granting scholarships for the following academic years.
The grant scheme applies to both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes.
Invoicing for tuition fees
Those, who are required to pay a tuition fee, will be sent an invoice via email. In order to confirm his or her study place, an applicant must accept it and pay the tuition fee for the academic term in one instalment. Registration for the academic year as present or absent is possible only after the tuition fee has been paid.
Invoices have a reference number, which must be stated in the payment when paying the invoice. In addition to the tuition fee, possible fees charged by banks for the payment transaction must be paid by the student.
The study place will not be confirmed until the payment has been credited to Metropolia's account. Once you have paid the tuition fees, please send a copy of your payment receipt to: kirjanpito.maksuliikenne [at] metropolia.fi
Confirming the study place
The admission of a student is conditional until the student has:
- paid the tuition fee
- confirmed his/her study place at Studyinfo.fi
- enrolled for the first academic year as present or absent (possible only after the student has received an e-mail from the Admission Services confirm the receipt of the tuition fee)
- signed the Student Agreement
Furthermore, the admission is conditional until Metropolia checked the applicant’s original school as well as other relevant certificates. Metropolia will withdraw the admission if the student does not pay the tuition fee by the due date, provide the required school and other relevant documents by the given deadline or if he/she has given inadequate or false information.
admissions [at] metropolia.fi