Fees and scholarships

According to the Finnish Parliament decision in December 2015, Finnish universities will introduce tuition fees in 2017 (Universities Act (558/2009), amendment 30 December 2015/1600). At the University of Tampere, fees will be collected in Master’s degree programmes taught in English, starting in August 2017. All applicants required to pay fees are entitled to apply for scholarships as specified below.

Who will need to pay the fee?
Tuition fees

Who will need to pay the fee?

Fees will be collected from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Master’s degree programmes taught in English in August 2017 or after that.

You will not need to pay the fee if you are:

  • EU/EEA citizen or their family member (spouse/child)
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizens (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card *
  • have started your Master’s degree studies before autumn 2017

There are no tuition fees in Doctoral programmes.

* Changed 7 November 2016: The interpretation of the University Act has defined that only a residence permit in Finland is valid for being exempt from the tuition fee. A residence permit in another EU country does not exempt the student from the tuition fee.

If you are unsure about whether you are subject to tuition fees, please see Am I required to pay tuition fees? section in the Studyinfo.fi site.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees charged in UTA’s Master’s degree programmes offered in English range between 8,000 and 12,000 € per academic year, while most programmes charge either a fee of 10,000 € or 12,000 € per academic year.

Tuition fees by programme
Programme Fee / year

Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Administration

8000 €

Cultural Studies, Comparative Social Policy and Welfare, Gender Studies, Global and Transnational Sociology, Media Education; Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research; Public Choice, Public and Global Health, Teacher Education

10 000 €

Biomedical Technology, Computational Big Data Analytics, Human-Technology Interaction, Internet and Game Studies, Software Development, Leadership for Change

12 000 €

MDP in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (Mundus) (no intake in 2017)

to be confirmed


The University of Tampere Scholarships Programme

The University of Tampere Scholarships Programme intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes offered in English will be implemented as of autumn 2017. A substantial number of scholarships will be available for the most talented fee-paying students. The scheme consists of two scholarship categories.

  • The University of Tampere tuition fee scholarships cover either 100% or 50% of the tuition fees in a two-year Master’s degree programme.
  • The University of Tampere global student award for academic excellence scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees and include a 7,000 € annual scholarship to cover the student’s living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.

During the admissions process, the applicants have the possibility to indicate their wish to apply for the scholarships. The decision on the granted scholarship will be communicated to the applicant together with information on admission.

The scholarship recipients’ progress in studies will be monitored each semester. In order to qualify for the scholarship in the second year, the student must earn at least 55 credits as detailed in the personal study plan.

Unfortunately we cannot grant a scholarship to all new students at admission. However, if a fee-paying new student does very well in studies during the first year of studies, i.e. finishes 65 ECTS credits with a GPA no less than 3/5, those students may apply in August 2018 for the following UTA grant

  • The University of Tampere tuition fee scholarship covering  50% of the tuition fees during the second year of studies

CIMO Scholarships

The Centre for International Mobility (CIMO), a national agency, awards and administers scholarships for international students, postgraduate students (after Master-level), researchers (postgraduates after Master-level degree or postdoctorates), teachers and administrational staff of universities.

For more information, please see: www.studyinfinland.fi | Scholarships