The University of Helsinki Fully Funded master’s degree for Non-EU Students

Applications are invited for excellent students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland who want to complete a master’s programme at the University of Helsinki. The University of Helsinki is among the top 1% of the world’s research universities because the University of Helsinki is ranked among the top 100 best universities. By studying with us, you too can become one of the best!

Find the Master’s programmes through the Degree Finder.

Scholarship details

Worth: Fully Funded Grant (Tuition fee + 10 000 EUR)

Full Tuition fee Grant: Tuition fees range from 13 000 to 18 000 euros.

Duration:  two years.

Application deadline: Open

For all scholarships, students are required to study full time (earn at least 55 ECTS per year) to fulfil the requirements of the scholarship. After the first study year, the progress of your studies will be checked and, depending on your progress, the scholarship will be continued.


  • You are eligible for the Master’s programme at the University of Helsinki.
  • You are liable for tuition fees: Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries who do not have permanent residence status in the EU/EEA area are liable for tuition fees. You can check the FAQ at the Studyinfo website as to whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.
  • You meet the requirements for obtaining an entry visa and residence permit for Finland.
  • You have obtained excellent results in your previous studies and can prove this in your application.

Ap­plic­a­tion and se­lec­tion pro­cess

How to apply for a scholarship

Find the Master’s programme you want to apply to through the Degree Finder

See the instructions on how to apply to the Master’s programme and prepare the necessary attachments.

Apply for a scholarship with the same application form used to apply to the Master’s programme.

Submit all the required attachments.

Selection process

The scholarships for new students will be awarded based on academic overall assessment: Previous academic performance and possible letters of motivation, in addition to which the grounds presented by applicants in their grant applications will be taken into consideration. 

You may receive a scholarship only in a category you have applied for, but you can apply for more than one scholarship category.

The Master’s programme conducts an academic assessment of your degree application and your scholarship application.

The Master’s programme makes a proposal to the Scholarship Committee concerning the scholarship application.

The Scholarship Committee makes the final decision on the scholarship.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive an official acceptance letter with the information about your scholarship status.

Be­ne­fits for schol­ar­ship re­cip­ients

Student Union (HYY) membership fee including

free or highly affordable health care services by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS)

student meal discounts in Unicafe restaurants

reductions in public transport

Unisport services at low prices.

The University of Helsinki offers all scholarship winners the option to take part in the University of Helsinki Student Ambassador Programme.

Other schol­ar­ships

The University of Helsinki offers other scholarships for its degree students. You may apply for them during the first and second study year. For example, the Study Grant is a reward for successful first-year studies and encourages you to aim even higher in your second year of studies.

The  Fulbright Center has a  Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award intended for a US student admitted to one of the Master’s programmes at the University of Helsinki.

COLFUTURO offers loan-scholarships to Colombian students admitted to study at the University of Helsinki.


SALLIE MAE GRADUATE AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS LOAN: Sallie Mae Bank offers private loans for US Students. For details on applying for the loan, please visit:  

Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions

For more information, visit the official webpage


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