Residence permits & visas
Residence permits and visas
If you need a residence permit, we advice you to start your residence permit application process immediately after you have accepted the offered study place and registered as present for the first year. The entire process may take several months.
Make sure you have all necessary documents needed in the application. You may request an official confirmation of your study place from Savonia UAS Admission Services after you have accepted the study place and registered as present for the first year. If you are obligated to pay the tuition fee, please note that registering as present is possible only after the tuition fee has been received at Savonia UAS. You may request a receipt of the payment and the official confirmation of your study place from Savonia UAS Admission Services after you have paid the tuition fee.
NOTE! If you are unable to attend the orientation days and be present for the start of the semester due to residence permit issues, you will be able to attend courses virtually until 31 December 2023. After that all the classes are on campus only.
Do I need a residence permit?
EU & EEA citizens
Citizens of the EEA/EU countries do not need to apply for a visa or residence permit before arriving in the country, but if they stay for more than three months, they must apply for a residence permit in Finland within the three months through the local police station in Finland.
Citizens of the Nordic countries do not need residence permits, visas or work permits.
If you come from outside the EEA/EU countries, remember to apply for a visa from the nearest Finnish embassy in your home country in good time before your departure. Please note, that it is not possible to get the residence permit to Finland on the basis of studies conducted entirely online.
Exchange students or trainees who stay in Finland max. 90 days, are not required to obtain a residence permit. They may reside in Finland for max. 90 days with Schengen passport or a valid visa. Exchange students (other than Nordic citizens) who stay in Finland more than 90 days, must obtain a residence permit as described above.
Application and further info
How to apply for a residence permit: Finnish Immigration Service (Migri)
Visas and entry to Finland: Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Find out if you need a visa?
Residence permit instructions:
- Instructions for degree students with tuition fees
- Instructions for degree students without tuition fees
- Instructions for exchange students
- Instructions for students applying for an extended permit