Tuition fees

Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA area degree students

Bachelor’s degree programmes taught in English have tuition fees. Degree students who are not citizens of countries of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and who have started their studies 1 August 2017 and onwards are required to pay the tuition fee. Please see from the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay the tuition fee.

If you are a Finnish citizen, you are not required to pay tuition fees.

As of 1.1.2023 at Karelia UAS the tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students are:
– Inter­na­tional Business 9 000 € / study year
– Indus­trial Management 9 000 € / study year
– Infor­mation and Commu­ni­cation Technology 10 000 € / study year.

Schol­arship criteria as of 1.1.2023

Karelia UAS provides fee-paying students schol­ar­ships based on Finnish language skills and study perfor­mance.
Second-and third-year students can be awarded with a schol­arship two times during their studies based on the following criteria:

Second year students:

– level of Finnish profi­ciency gained during the previous academic year: minimum grade of 3/5 of Finnish language studies, level A2.1 of Finnish profi­ciency to be achieved in the first year of study
– and the number of credits earned, minimum of 55 credits.

The amount of the schol­arship for second-year students is 50% of the tuition fee.

Third year students:

– level of Finnish profi­ciency gained during the previous academic year: minimum grade of 3/5 of Finnish language studies, level A2.2 of Finnish profi­ciency to be achieved in the second year of study
– and the number of credits earned, minimum of 55 credits.

The amount of the schol­arship for third year students is 3000 €.

An incentive schol­arship of EUR 500 will also be awarded if the student achieves the Finnish profi­ciency level of B1 in the National Language Profi­ciency certificate test (YKI). Student can  take  the  test  once  during the studies  funded  by  Karelia UAS. The proce­dures for conducting the test are described in separate instruc­tions.

When student graduates within the time limit of the degree, she/ he will be awarded by schol­arship:
– Inter­na­tional Business, 3,5 years, 2 250 €
– Indus­trial Management, 4 years, 2 250 €
– Infor­mation and Commu­ni­cation Technology, 4 years, 2 500 €

If student:
  • does not graduate during 3,5 years (Inter­na­tional Business), 4 years (Indus­trial Management and ICT), s/he has a right to study one year immedi­ately following this set of duration without a separate permit. Student is required to pay the tuition fee for exceeding semester. Schol­arship will not be paid if study time exceeds 3,5 / 4 years.
  • graduates during the semester, the tuition fee paid will not be refunded,
  • is found guilty of plagiarism, the schol­arship committee has the right to reclaim the scholarship.

Special issues

If the student falls ill and must be absent from the studies for a semester or an academic year, s/he can transfer his/her payment to the following academic year after providing a medical certificate on the illness.

If a student who is about to start his/her studies at Karelia UAS becomes ill before starting the studies and has to be absent the first academic year, s/he can apply for reimbursement of the tuition fee s/he has already paid for. The student needs to present a medical certificate to be eligible for reimbursement. If the appli­cation has been made and the medical certificate submitted before the beginning of the first academic year, the whole tuition fee will be reimbursed.

If the student is compelled to discon­tinue his/her studies based on her maternity leave or his/her own or a family member’s severe illness, half of the paid tuition fee for the academic year in question will be refunded, if the studies are discon­tinued no later than the in the halfway of an academic year. The student is respon­sible for providing proof of the reason for the discon­tin­u­ation (medical certificate). The tuition fee will not be refunded without a medical certificate. Other type of discon­tin­u­ation of studies does not entitle to the restoration of the tuition fee.

The paid tuition fee can only be fully refunded if the residence permit for the studies is not granted and the student has not started his/her studies online or present at campus, and he/she resigns.