Tuition fees for Bachelor’s programmes

Information about the tuition fees in Savonia for Bachelor’s programmes

The Board of Directors of Savonia UAS has made a decision on 5.10.2020 to introduce new tuition fees for non- EU/EEA students. These tuition fees apply to students who will be admitted as students in 2021 or later. The tuition fee is charged for each academic year and it must be paid by 31 August. If a student fails to pay the tuition fee in time, she/he will lose the study place.

Tuition fee for Bachelor studies is 6000 euros per academic year.

In case the student accepts the study place by 30 April and registers as present for the first academic year, she/he will get the first year with an Early bird –price (5000 euros).

Cost of studying and living

The tuition fee entitles the student to study and to use the normal support services available for students. However, all students have to buy books (if not available in the library) and other educational material themselves, students should also have their own laptop. Students must get insurance as well as take care of their own travelling and living costs (accommodation, food, clothing, leisure activities). Average monthly living cost for a student is estimated to be about 600–800 euros.

According to Finnish Immigration Service, in addition to the amount of the tuition fee, the student has to have at least 6720 euros / academic year available to cover the living costs.

Scholarship

Savonia UAS grants only partial scholarships and only for the tuition fee. The scholarship is not paid to the student but is deducted directly from the tuition fee.

In the first academic year, all students who are obligated to pay the tuition fee will automatically get the scholarship, which covers 50% of the tuition fee. In the following academic years, the scholarship covers max. 50% of the tuition fee. To qualify for the scholarship of 40% of the tuition fee, the student must complete at least 55 credits by 31 July. The additional 10% of the tuition fee is based on the student’s level of proficiency in the Finnish language.

The tuition fee is charged for each academic year. On the first academic year the tuition fee for the Bachelor student after the scholarship is 3000 euros (Early bird tuition fee after the scholarship is 2500 euros), and it must be paid by 31 August. After that, each academic year in June students will get an invoice of half of the tuition fee 3000 euros and it must be paid by 31 August. If a student fails to complete the earlier mentioned scholarship criteria by 31 July, she/he will get another invoice in the beginning of August and also for that the due date is 31 August.

 

The tuition fee for Bachelor students

 

First academic year

  • Scholarship: 50% of 6000 € (or Early bird 5000 €)
  • Requirements: Accepted study place
  • Tuition fee to be paid: 3000 € (or Early bird 2500 €)

Second academic year

  • Scholarship: 40% + 10% additional scholarship if you have 55 credits and level of proficiency in the Finnish language A2.1
  • Requirements: 55 credits done in the previous academic year
  • Tuition fee to be paid: 3600 € or 3000 € if you get the additional scholarship

Third academic year

  • Scholarship: 40% + 10% additional scholarship if you have 55 credits and level of proficiency in the Finnish language B1.1
  • Requirements: 55 credits done in the previous academic year
  • Tuition fee to be paid: 3600 € or 3000 € if you get the additional scholarship

Fourth academic year

  • Scholarship: 40% + 10% additional scholarship if you have 55 credits and level of proficiency in the Finnish language B1.2
  • Requirements: 55 credits done in the previous academic year
  • Tuition fee to be paid: 3600 € or 3000 € if you get the additional scholarship

Next study years

  • Tuition fee to be paid: 6000 €
  • The scholarship can only be granted for the statutory study time. Statutory study times for different extents of study programmes are:
    • 210 credits Bachelor’s degree – 3,5 years
    • 240 credits Bachelor’s degree – 4 years

Am I required to pay the tuition fee?

You don’t have to pay the tuition fee if you have one of these documents:

  • Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland
  • EU blue card in Finland
  • EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland
  • Continuous residence permit card in Finland, Type A permit
  • EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (type P-EU)
  • Permanent residence permit card in Finland, Type P permit
  • Proof from the Finnish Immigration Service that you have registered, or applied to register, your EU right to residence in Finland (UK-citizens)

Please note, that the residence permit in another EU/EEA country is not sufficient grounds for exemption, only residence permits in Finland can be considered.

The residence permit must be valid when the study right begins (1 August). Please check Studyinfo.fi for more information.

EU countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

EEA countries:

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Who decides if I will be exempted from paying the tuition fee?

Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences make the decision whether you are required to pay fees or not based only on the Finnish Immigration Service’s residence permit decision, which is checked from the copy of your residence permit card attached to your application documents.

If you have applied for residence permit but have not received the decision by the date when the tuition fee is due, you will have to pay the fee.

Refund policy

The paid tuition fee can only be fully refunded in the following case:

  • a residence permit for the studies is not granted and the student has not started his/her studies online, and he/she resigns.

The tuition fee can partially be refunded in the following cases:

  • if the student graduates during the first semester of the last study year after paying the fee for the whole year, the fee paid for the second semester is refunded
  • if the student has started his/her studies online and he/she gets the negative residence permit decision during the first semester, he/she can finish the semester and after that he/she is marked as resigned. The tuition fee paid for the second semester is refunded.

The tuition fee cannot be refunded in any other circumstances. For example,

  • the tuition fee is not refunded in case the student has studied online and gets the negative decision during the seconds semester. He/she can finish the second semester and after that he/she is marked as resigned.
  • the tuition fee is not refunded if a student decides not to arrive to Finland or cancels the study place for other reasons than getting the negative residence permit decision.
  • if the student’s enrolment status is changed to non-attendant after paying the fee, the tuition fee is transferred to the second academic year.

If you have any questions related to applying, please contact the Admission services.

Savonia Admission services
admissions@savonia.fi