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Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Here you can find information concerning the tuition fees and scholarships of Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK)

Information in the nutshel:

Tuition fee for Bachelor’s Degree: 9 700€ / Academic Yer

Tuition fee for Master’s Degree: 11 700€ / Academic Yer

Scholarship based on Finnish Language Skills. No full-scholarships!

Early Bird Discount available, if first year payment is made in time.

Do I need to pay the Tuition fee?

EU / EEA Students

There are no tuition fee for citizens of Finland, the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, or citizens of Switzerland.

Citizens of EU/ EEA: Please notice that you need to to submit a proof of your citizenship to Admissions services. Please submit: a copy of your valid passport, valid national ID card, or valid identity card where your citizenship is indicated as an attachment to your application.

Citizens of Finland are not required to provide proof of their citizenship as it will be verified from the population register.

Students coming Outside of EU/EEA area

Yes, you need to pay the tuition fee to be able to study in HAMK and Finland. Please check the information from below:

There will be no tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students

  • who have started their studies before 1 August 2017
  • who have accepted the study place in the 2016 joint application and have enrolled as absent
  • who study in degree programmes taught in Finnish
  • who have an EU Blue Card granted in Finland
  • who have a continuous residence permit card in Finland, type A permit
  • NB: Type A permit granted for studying in Finland (from 15 April 2022 onwards) doesn’t exempt student from paying tuition fee.
  • who have a permanent residence permit card in Finland, type P permit
  • who have an EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland
  • who have an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU)

If you are unsure about whether you need to pay tuition fees or not, check the ‘Am I required to pay tuition fees?‘ section at Studyinfo.fi. 

Providing the documentaries 

Students are required to provide one of the following documents to be exempted from paying tuition fees: 

  • EU Blue Card granted in Finland 
  • Continuous residence permit card in Finland, Type A permit 
  • NB: Type A permit granted for studying in Finland (from 15 April 2022 onwards) doesn’t exempt student from paying tuition fee. 
  • 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) 

The document exempting from the tuition fee must be valid on 1 August in order for it to be considered for studies starting in autumn term and on 1 January in order for them to be considered for studies starting in spring term. 

Please notice: if you receive one of the documents mentioned above at any point of the admission process, please provide us the document immediately. 

Possible Legislative Changes: Changing Study-Based Residence Permit to an Employment-Based Residence Permit

We want to keep you informed about ongoing legislative initiatives in Finland that may impact obligations associated with study-based residence permit. The proposal explores exemptions from tuition fees for those switching from a study-based residence permit to an employment-based residence permit.

While awaiting the final decision, sharing this possible change is crucial. If the conclusion is that tuition fee exemptions are removed this update could affect both current students and those considering education in Finland. Open communication about these processes aims to prevent misuse and keep everyone informed about potential legal adjustments to the matter.

Tuition Fees

  • Tuition fee for Bachelor’s degree studies: €9 700 / academic year.
  • Tuition fee for Master’s degree studies: €11  700 / academic year.

Payment due dates

Tuition fee, or the first instalment of the fee, needs to be paid when you accept your studyplace and enroll for the academic year. We will send detailed instructions how to pay the tuition fee to you in the official acceptance letter.

Payment due dates and amounts:

  • Bachelor’s degree studies (new and continuing students)
    • 11 July 2024 – €4 850 for the Autumn Semester
    • 1 December 2024 – €4 850 for the Spring Semester
  • Master’s degree studies (new and continuing students)
    • 11 July 2024 – €5 850 for the Autumn Semester
    • 1 December 2024 – €5 850 for the Spring Semester

Please notice:

  • You can always pay your tuition fee in full or in bigger installments if you wish.
  • The tuition fee should never be paid through third parties (i.e. educational agents).

Early Bird Discount for the new students

During academic year 2024-2025 we will offer an early bird discount for the first year’s tuition fee.

Students who pay their annual tuition fee in one instalment by the given dates will get a €800 discount (bachelor´s degree) or a €1 000 discount (Master´s degree) for the first year´s tuition fee.

  • Early bird discount for new students €800 (first year´s tuition fee €8 900)
  • Early bird tuition discount for new students €1 000 (first year´s tuition fee €10 700)

The Early Bird discount is available only for students who will be accepted to HAMK first time for academic year 2024. Students will have at least a 3-week time to make the payment after receiving the selection letter.

Present students, please notice that The Early Bird Discount is meant only for students who have been accepted to HAMK first time for the academic year 2024. You are not able to get the discount if you have been accepted earlier, but you have been absent.

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fee in one of the following ways:

  • HAMK’s own webstore HAMK Store 
  • Flywire – international payment option for students
    • What is Flywire? It is a Secure Payment Option for International Students. HAMK has partnered with Flywire to accept payments from international students worldwide. Easily and securely make education payments in your own currency, using local payment methods from the safety and convenience of your home. With real-time tracking and Around-the-clock multilingual support, millions of students and families around the world trust Flywire for payment processing. Watch how it works!
  • By a bank transfer
    • New students: you will find instructions for paying from acceptance letter
    • Continuing Students: Information will be updated here soon.

Please note, if you have started your studies in September 2019 or before, this information will apply for the whole duration of your studies!

  • Tuition fee for Bachelor’s degree studies: €8 700 / academic year
  • Tuition fee for Master’s degree studies: €9 700 / academic year

If you choose to pay your tuition fee in installments, the payments are due as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree studies
    • 14 July 2023 – €4 350 for the Autumn Semester
    • 1 December 2023 – €4 350 for the Spring Semester

You can pay your tuition fee in full or in bigger instalments if you wish.

To ensure that studies start on time, the applicant needs to start the process of applying for the residence permit as soon as possible (within max. 14 days), after receiving the notification of admission by email and paying the tuition fee.

The tuition fee can only be refunded if the student receives a negative residence permit decision. In this case, the negative residence permit decision is requested to be submitted to HAMK. An office fee of 500 € will always be deducted. If the student has not received a residence permit by the beginning of 2. module, the start of studies will be postponed to the beginning of the next academic year and the tuition fee will be transferred to the next academic year.

If a student enrolls as present for the semester but does not start the studies or drops out for any other reason, than related to residence permit issues, he/she always pays the fee for the beginning semester fully.

Non-attending by the military service, parental leave or personal sickness or injury

If you are not able to start your studies as planned because of Finnish military service, parental leave or personal sickness or injury, you can enroll yourself as a non-attending student for a semester. In this case you don’t need to pay the tuition fee for that period, or we will refund the tuition fee back to you if you have paid it already. Please notice, that you need to send a written document as a proof before you can enroll yourself to non-attending student. In this case, please contact admissions@hamk.fi

Scholarships

At HAMK we don’t offer any fully funded scholarship. HAMK’s scholarship programme is available for the nationals of non-EU and non-EEA countries who are studying for a degree in HAMK’s English-taught degree programmes. The nationals of non-EU and non-EEA countries are obliged to pay the annual tuition fee.

How the programme works?

HAMK grants scholarships based on Finnish language skills and study progress.

The scholarship programme awards students who gain at least the basic skills of Finnish language during their degree studies and simultaneously advance in their studies at HAMK. 

The aim of HAMK’s scholarship programme is to support the future employment of international degree students in Finland by encouraging students to gain good level of Finnish language during their studies.

Students can be awarded with a scholarships two times during their studies, based on their level of Finnish language and provided that their studies progress with 60 ECTS credits per academic year at HAMK. The Finnish language skills are evaluated by exam results.

  1. Scholarship: Basic User of Finnish language (CERF level-A2): €3 200
    • Paid once, the earliest after the first academic year .
    • Bachelor´s degree students have the opportunity to gain level A2 by taking part in Finnish language studies offered by HAMK and studying independently.
  2. Scholarship: Independent User of Finnish language – (CERF level B1): €6 500
    • Paid once, the earliest after the second academic year.
    • If the student is awarded with Scholarship 1, they can be awarded with Scholarship 2 after the second academic year, at the earliest.
    • HAMK encourages students to aim to level B1 and will support and offer guidance on how to achieve the level needed. B1 is an advanced level requiring long-term commitment to studying Finnish.

Language level assessment is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR).

You can check the requirements from here.

Student can be awarded with a one scholarship at the end of their studies, based on their level of Finnish language and provided that their studies progress with 45 ECTS credits per academic year at HAMK. The Finnish language skills are evaluated by exam results.

Scholarship: Basic User of Finnish language (CERF level-A2): €2 500

  • Paid once, the earliest after the first academic year
  • There are no Finnish language studies included in HAMK’s Master’s degree programmes. Students have an opportunity to take part in Finnish language studies offered for Bachelor students (10 credits) to gain the level A2. These studies are voluntary and free of charge.

Language level assessment is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR).

You can check the requirements from here.

Please note, if you have started your studies in September 2019 or before, this information will apply for the whole duration of your studies!

This scholarship is not available for students, who have started their studies later than September 2019,

Bachelor’s degree studies

HAMK will offer you a scholarship of 45% of your annual tuition fee if your studies at HAMK have progressed according to the schedule below.

In order to receive the scholarship, you need to complete:

  • 27 ECTS credits in the first academic semester (August – December)
  • 55 ECTS credits in each academic year (August – July)

The scholarship for Bachelor’s degree studies will be granted annually after the student has fulfilled the conditions of the scholarship. The scholarship can be granted at the earliest after studying for one semester.

The maximum duration of the scholarships is the estimated studying time: 3.5 years in the Degree Programme in International Business and 4 years in the Bachelor of Engineering degree programmes.

We reserve the right to any changes.

Master’s degree studies

HAMK offers a scholarship of 30% of the annual tuition fee to those students who have completed 45 ECTS credits each academic year.

The HAMK scholarship for Master’s degree studies will be granted once a year after the student has fulfilled the conditions of the scholarship.

We reserve the right to any changes.

Please note: You will follow the same scholarship programme which applied at the start of your studies for the whole duration of your studies. The students who have started their degree studies before August 2020, will continue with the scholarship programme, which applied at the start of their studies.

Awarding scholarships

The scholarship will be paid within a month after the test is being taken. After the finance team receives the test results and goes through the credits, it will contact the students for their bank details.

If a student does not pass the test, he/she can retake the test (either in February or October). The first time a student takes a test it is free, but the next tests will cost 108 €. The test can be paid in HAMK Shop (before the test).

Students can be awarded with a scholarship two times during their studies, based on their level of Finnish language and provided that their progress fulfills 60 ECTS credits per academic year at HAMK. The Finnish language skills are evaluated by exam results (see below: Finnish language tests).

When calculating the credits for scholarship, only the ones passed during the study period in HAMK will be taken into consideration. Earlier credits from another institute are not valid and not being taken into account (for example Recognition of prior learning, RPL).

Finnish Language Test for Scholarship Programme

You can prove your Finnish language skills by taking a Finnish Language teat at HAMK or with a National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI certificate)

Language test arranged by HAMK

We recommend taking the language test only when your language skills are at a sufficient level, and you will be able to pass the test. The first test, at both levels, is free of charge but if you must retake the test you will have to pay €108.

Dates and venues

Finnish language tests are arranged twice a year at HAMK’s campuses.

  • First working day in  October at 1 p.m.
  • First working day in February at 1 p.m.

Payment

The first test is free of charge but if you need to retake the test you will have to pay €108. Retaking the test means you need to do the whole test.

Instructions

  1. Enrol for the test at Pakki
  2. Bring your own computer and headphones. You will also need a microphone.
  3. You will receive an e-mail with a sign up link and a code for the test about one week before the test day.
  4. The test consists of four parts
    • Reading comprehension and writing (approx. 2 hours)
    • Listening comprehension and speaking (approx. 1 hour)

You will get your test result in three weeks by e-mail.

Contents of language tests in level A2 and B1

See the requirements in level A2 and B1 on the assessment grid of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Reading comprehension (A2 and B1)

You will read approximately five texts and answer questions. The questions are either true/false, multiple choice, or open questions.

Writing (A2 and B1)

You will need to write three different texts.

Listening comprehension (A2 and B1)

You will be listening to messages, news, or dialogues, and answering a set of questions about what you hear. The questions are either true/false, multiple choice, or open questions.

Speaking (A2)

There are three tasks: an individual long turn (speaking at length about a given topic), an interview, and expressing an opinion. You will be interacting with a computer.

Speaking (B1)

There are three tasks: an individual long turn (speaking at length about a given topic), reacting in everyday situations, and expressing your opinion. You will be interacting with a computer.

National certificate of language proficiency (YKI certificate)

YKI tests are arranged by the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI): Information on YKI tests

YKI test requirements

You need to complete one of the subtest combinations below at the required level of proficiency:

Level A2 (basic level)
  • speaking and writing: level of proficiency 2 OR
  • listening comprehension and writing: level of proficiency 2 OR
  • reading comprehension and speaking: level of proficiency 2
Level B1 (intermediate level)
  • speaking and writing: level of proficiency 3 OR
  • listening comprehension and writing: level of proficiency 3 OR
  • reading comprehension and speaking: level of proficiency 3

Submit your test result to koulutuksentukipalvelut@hamk.fi

Questions?

If you have questions about the tuition fees or scholarship programme, please contact: