Residence permit application for studies
Apply for a residence permit with this application if you are moving to Finland to study and you have been accepted as a student at an educational institution in Finland. The educational institution can be a university, a university of applied sciences, a general upper secondary school or a vocational education institution. You may apply for a residence permit for studies, if
- your studies lead to a degree or a vocational qualification, or
- you are coming to Finland as an exchange student.
You cannot be granted a residence permit for studies, if your studies mainly consist of distance learning online and do not require you to stay in Finland. If you wish to visit Finland for a shorter period of time, find out whether you can get a visa. For information on extended permits, see the page Extended permit for studies.
Before applying, watch our video about students’ residence permits. The video will show you how to apply for a student’s residence permit in Finland.
Expected processing time for electronic application
First permit 1-2 months
Expected processing time for paper application
First permit 2-3 months
Electronic application fee
First permit 350 €
Electronic application fee, minor holder
First permit 240 €
Paper application fee
First permit 450 €
Paper application fee, minor holder
First permit 270 €