I need to apply for a residence permit. Will the coronavirus situation affect my application?
The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) provides information on the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on their operations and services on their website. They also publish weekly updates on the processing queue for applications for a residence permit for studies.
You can find more information about residence permit applications during the COVID-19 pandemic including a step-by-step guide for starting your immigration process in the Instructions for Students.
I am applying for a residence permit. How can I prove that my degree offers in-class teaching on campus in the autumn semester 2021?
The situation varies between programmes. Therefore, the most exact information and evaluation of each student’s situation will be done in the programmes. In case the programme offers contact teaching, you should request for a confirmation e-mail or other verification required by the Finnish mission from your programme by contacting your Faculty’s Student Services.
I have to pay a tuition fee. When do I need to make the payment? Can I wait until it is confirmed that I can start my studies in autumn 2021?
he deadline for tuition fee payment is 31 August 2021. If you are applying for a residence permit, but have not yet paid the tuition fee, please make sure you have sufficient funds to cover the tuition fee and living expenses in Finland as required by the Finnish Migration Services (Migri). See the instructions on the Migri website.
Please make sure to start the process of obtaining a residence permit as soon as possible. The process can take several months.
If you have paid the tuition fee and cannot start your studies at the beginning of the academic year 2021-2022 due to issues caused by the coronavirus situation, the paid tuition fee can be transferred to the next academic term/year, or alternatively be reimbursed. No administrative costs will be charged by the University of Helsinki in this exceptional situation. If you wish for a reimbursement of the paid tuition fee, you must send a request by 31 December 2021 at the latest.
Please note that the transfer of the tuition fee and/or reimbursement under these conditions applies only to the cases caused by the coronavirus situation. The requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
If you have questions about the tuition fee payment, please contact the Admission Services by e-mail.
I have received a scholarship. Will I lose it if I am not able to start my studies in autumn 2021 due to the coronavirus situation?
If you have been offered a study place at the University of Helsinki and received a tuition fee-covering scholarship from the University of Helsinki Scholarship programme (for Master's programmes only), and are not able to begin your studies at the beginning of the academic year 2021-2022 due to issues caused by the coronavirus situation, you may transfer the scholarship until the next academic term/year.
Please note that if your acceptance has been conditional, you must have fulfilled the given conditions by the set deadline in order to receive the scholarship.
If you are not able to begin your studies at the beginning of the academic year 2021-2022 due to issues caused by the coronavirus situation and wish to transfer your scholarship, please contact the Admission Services by e-mail.
If I apply for housing, can I cancel it without any costs if I cannot start my studies in autumn 2021 due to the coronavirus situation?
You can apply for student housing from Hoas or Unihome with no financial risk involved. You will only become responsible for any costs once you have accepted the housing offer, paid the deposit and signed the tenancy agreement.
More information about housing can be found in the Instructions for students.