Before you arrive in Finland, please check whether you need to apply for a residence permit for your studies. If you do, start the process immediately after you have received your acceptance letter.
In general, students arriving from non-EU/EEA countries must apply for a residence permit. EU/EEA citizens, citizens of Nordic countries, Switzerland and Liechtenstein do not need a residence permit. However, they, too, are to register with the authorities upon arrival.
Non-EU or non-EEA nationals
You must apply for a residence permit if you plan to stay in Finland for longer than three months. We recommend that you start the residence permit process immediately after you have received your acceptance letter, as the process takes time. The residence permits are issued by the Finnish Immigration Service MIGRI. Please read carefully through their instructions and always check for the latest information on their website: https://migri.fi/en/residence-permit-application-for-studies.
- Book an appointment at a Finnish embassy, consulate or VFS application centre. Check the location of the Finnish mission you should visit on Finland abroad -website: https://finlandabroad.fi/frontpage.
- Many of them are very busy during the high season of applications, so book the appointment as soon as you receive the acceptance letter!
- Please note that you might need to visit another country and perhaps arrange a visa for it if there is no Finnish embassy or consulate in the country of your legal residence.
- Fill in the residence permit application online in Enter Finland and pay for it. Make sure you have all the attachments needed. Please check the list of required attachments on Migri’s website!
- You should apply for a study-based continuous residence permit (type A) for the entire duration of your studies.
- You must have a valid passport and proof of sufficient financial resources and insurance cover attached to your application.
- Visit the Finnish embassy or consulate or VFS Global application centre to prove your identity and give fingerprints.
- Follow the processing of your application online in Enter Finland.
- Once you have received your residence permit, continue with the next steps listed on the “New student” -website: https://student.uniarts.fi/new-student/.
EU or EEA nationals
Citizens of EU, Liechtenstein or Switzerland
You not need a residence permit or a visa. However, you must apply for EU registration if you plan to stay in Finland for a longer period than three months without interruption. Information on EU citizens’ registrations is available on Migri’s website: https://migri.fi/en/eu-citizen. The application for the registration must be submitted within three months of the day of your arrival to Finland.
You also have to register your address at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. Please see more information in the Checklist for new international degree students and check the “New student” -website for more information on other important things to take care of before starting your studies and life in Finland.
Nordic citizens (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic)
You don’t need a residence permit, but upon arrival in Finland, you must register your personal data in the Finnish Population Information system at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. Please see more information in the Checklist for new international degree students and check the “New student” -website for more information on other important things to take care of before starting your studies and life in Finland.
- Finnish Immigration Service MIGRI: Studying in Finland
- Check also Migri’s instruction videos on applying for a residence permit for studies:
- International House Helsinki: Your entry to settling in the Helsinki region
- Study in Finland: Information about Finland as a study destination
- #myhelsinki – Your local guide to Helsinki
- InfoFinland.fi – All you need to know about everyday life in Finland
- VisitFinland – The official travel guide of Finland
- HSL – Public Transport in Helsinki