Tuition fees and scholarships
Universities of applied sciences and universities in Finland charge Bachelor’s and Master’s level students a tuition fee for studying in languages other than Finnish or Swedish from 1.8.2017 onwards. EU/EEA and Swiss citizens are not charged the fee*.
The tuition fee at Diak is €4000 per academic year in the Degree Programme in Social Services and €6000 per academic year in the Master’s degree programmes.
* If individuals or their family members are holding similar rights as EU citizens, they will not be charged the tuition fee. This exemption will also apply to individuals who have an EU Blue Card as stated in the Aliens Act, a continuous or permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EC residence permit.
You are exempted from paying tuition fees if you have one of the documents mentioned below:
- 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)
Diak does not grant scholarships for the first academic year.
Non-EU/EEA students who pay tuition may apply for a scholarship at the end of each academic year. Scholarships are based on study performance. All students who have obtained 55 credits or more during the previous academic year may be granted a scholarship.
At most, 15 credits of the total number of credits that confer the right to obtain a scholarship can come from studies that have been accredited on the basis of prior learning.
Under special circumstances, scholarships of smaller size may be considered as well for students who obtained more than 45 but fewer than 55 credits during the previous academic year. In such cases, the students must append explanations to their scholarship applications, detailing their credits and the reasons why the number of credits remains below 55. These students will also be required to include the appropriate documents to verify the facts presented.
The scholarship covers 50% of one academic year’s tuition fee.
Students may apply for scholarships for their final semester if they have obtained no fewer than 27 credits during the semester in which they apply.
How to apply
In 2019, the application period for the scholarships takes place from 1 May until 7 June. The application form will be added on this webpage.
The decisions on the scholarships will be made on 13 June 2019.
The tuition fee for the next academic year (2019–2020) must be paid by the end of August 2019.
If the student has received a scholarship for the previous academic year, the scholarship can be reduced from the tuition fee of the next academic year.