Scholarships and tuition fees

The University of Turku offers scholarships for students who are subject to the tuition fee.

The scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. Applying for a scholarship is simple: just indicate “yes” to the appropriate question on your online application form for the programme.

Scholarships for students who are subject to pay the tuition fee


The University offers a generous scholarship programme for students who are subject to the tuition fees. The scholarship programme has 3 categories:

  • 2-year scholarship that covers the entire tuition fee for 2 academic years.
  • 2-year scholarship that covers 50 % of the tuition fee for 2 academic years.
  • 1-year scholarship for outstanding performance during the 1st study year. The scholarship covers the 2nd year tuition fee.

A scholarship will be granted to up to 30 % of the admitted students who are subject to tuition fees and have applied for a scholarship. In 2018 the University awarded more than 100 000 euros worth of scholarships to students starting their studies in Master’s Degree Programmes. The number of scholarships changes annually, in 2018 a grant was awarded to more than 60 students.

You can apply for a 2-year scholarship at the same time as applying for admission to one of our Master’s degree programmes. There is a separate application process for the 1-year scholarship during your first study year.

The University also offers the Fulbright-University of Turku Graduate Award for studies beyond the Bachelor level at the University of Turku. The award includes a grant of 1000€/month and a scholarship covering the tuition fee. This award is open to U.S. citizens that are accepted to one of the programmes in the university.


The University of Turku offers scholarships for students who are subject to the tuition fee. Applying for a scholarship is simple: just indicate “yes” in the appropriate questions on your application form for the programme.

The scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. Extracurricular activities are not evaluated and means testing is not used. The programmes rank their applicants based on the admission criteria that may include an interview, motivation letter or relevant academic experience in addition to the grades of the previous degree. The highest ranked applicants are then proposed to the scholarship committee as candidates for the scholarships. The committee awards the scholarships to the best candidates of each programme. The candidates may be offered a full scholarship or a 50% scholarship.

All applicants who have applied for the scholarship will receive information of the decisions in their admission offer. If the accepted student has been put on the waiting list for the scholarship, they will be informed of a possible scholarship at the latest by the end of May. The scholarship must be accepted within 2-3 weeks after the decision has been published or it will be given to the next person on the waiting list, the exact dates will be given in the admission offer.

The scholarship is awarded for two years, but the second year of the scholarship is conditional. In order to confirm the second year scholarship the student must complete 45 credits by the end of March of their first study year. Details will be given in the scholarship offer.

The scholarship cannot be deferred except in situations where a student is allowed to register as a non-attending student for the first study year.

Tuition fees


Tuition fees will not be charged from

  • citizens of EU/EEA states or Switzerland
  • family members of Finnish the citizens
  • holders of a permanent Finnish residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit (P, P-EU)
  • holders of a fixed-term continuous residence permit (A)
  • holders of an EU Blue Card (a residence permit card with a marking “EU Blue Card” as the type of the permit)

The fixed-term continuous residence permit (A) must be valid at the beginning of each academic year (1 August) to exempt the student from paying tuition fees.

Fees do not apply to exchange students, regardless of their citizenship, nor to doctoral programmes.

Further information


Tuition fees will be charged from citizens of a country outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA)  or Switzerland.

Fees do not apply to exchange students, regardless of their citizenship, nor to doctoral programmes.

Further information


Please note that there may be exceptions to these categories. More information above: Who will not be charged?

Faculty of Education:

  • Master’s Degree Programme  in Education and Learning € 10,000
  • Primary Teacher Education, Bachelor´s Degree Programme (located in Rauma) and Master´s Degree Programme (located in Turku, starts in 2023) € 10,000
  • Bacherlor´s Degree Programme in Early Childhood Teacher Education, Bachelor´s Degree Programme (located in Rauma) € 10,000

Faculty of Humanities:

  • Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies € 10,000
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Nordic Cultural Resilience and Social Change € 10,000 

Faculty of Law:

  • Master’s Degree Programme  in Law and Information Society € 10,000

Faculty of Science and Engineering:

  • Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences € 12,000
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Biosciences € 12,000
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Food Development  € 12,000
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences € 12,000
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology € 12,000
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Software Engineering (located in Windhoek, Namibia) € 12,000

Faculty of Medicine:

  • Master’s Degree Programme  in Biomedical Sciences € 12,000
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Future Health and Technology  € 2,000
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Human Neurosciences € 10,000

Faculty of Social Sciences:

  • Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies € 8,000
  • Master's Degree Programme in Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State €10,000

Turku School of Economics:

  • Master’s Degree Programme  in Futures Studies € 10,000
  • Master’s Degree Programme  in Global Innovation Management € 10,000

The first year tuition fee has to be paid before one can register with the University.


The tuition fee covers much more than just teaching and academic guidance in your Master’s degree programme. It opens a whole range of the University’s services for you.


In addition to the courses defined in your programme curriculum, you can study courses from the other programmes according to your own choice and course availability, if the degree structure of your own programme allows. There are some hundreds of courses offered in English which broadens your possibilities remarkably in creating a unique study path and an expert profile.


The University Language Centre is responsible for the language, communication and intercultural skills teaching at the University. Some of the courses in Chinese, English, Finnish for Foreigners, and Japanese are taught in English. Also, most of the more advanced classes are taught in the target language, so you can continue to develop your skills in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish if you have sufficient previous knowledge on any of those.


The largest academic library in Southwest Finland gives you excellent sources of information with:

  • E-books 488,178 (titles)
  • E-journals 26,896 (titles)
  • Printed books 1,148,781 (titles)
  • Printed journals 32,491 (titles)
  • Maps 15,268 items

Use of our extensive library services reduces your study related costs significantly.


IT Services for you as a student include

  • 24/7 IT classrooms
  • wireless networks around the campus
  • e-mail account and mailing lists
  • cloud storage
  • scanning and printing (with quota)
  • Microsoft Office programmes

With an affordable price of EUR 66/academic year you get access to the versatile sports selection of the CampusSport. The selection includes instructed sports classes (group workouts, combat sports, outdoor sports), sports shifts, five different gyms, a swimming pool and short courses.


Membership of the Student Union is mandatory in Finland for Bachelor’s and Master’s -level students. In 2018 the Student Union membership fee is EUR 107. The membership brings you a number of valuable benefits, for instance:


As a member of the Student Union, you have the right to Finnish Student Health Service in every university town in Finland. The health services provided are general practitioners and specialists, dental care, nursing care and physiotherapy as well as x-ray and laboratory work. Services also include mental health counselling, psychotherapy and psychiatric care. The services do not cover hospital care and some specialist services or cases where you get into an accident.


As a member of the Student Union, you can enjoy a healthy lunch at a student price of less than 3 € in one of the 7 student cafeterias on campus or in any other student cafeteria in Finland.

You can read more about benefits offered by the Student Union at