TAMK Student's Handbook
Tuition fees apply to non-EU/EEA citizens studying in Bachelor's or Master's degree programmes offered in English at Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences. Fees range between 8,000 and 12,000 euros per academic year depending on the programme. Tuition fees apply to students who have been admitted in 2017 or later.
You are not required to pay the tuition fee if you are:
- an EU/EEA citizen
- equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
- British citizen who has entered Finland before 1 January 2021 and registered, or applied to register, the right to residence in Finland in accordance with the withdrawal agreement Article 50.
- already reside in Finland (a continuous A residence permit granted on other grounds than studies or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid on 1 August / 1 January i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee
There are no tuition fees in doctoral programmes.
If you are unsure about whether you are subject to tuition fees, please see Am I required to pay tuition fees? section on the Studyinfo.fi site.
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Any questions about fees, scholarship waivers or payment? Send a message to the TAMK Welcome Team at welcome.tamk [at] tuni.fi
CONTINUING STUDENTS - Registration and tuition fee payment
All fee-paying students need to register for the following academic year by paying their 1st installment of the next academic year's tuition fee payment between 1 March – 31 May annually. Registration letters will be sent after payment is received, and payment information is added to the official study registry for Migri data share.
Although it is possible to register late without losing your study right and paying for reinstatement until 31 July, all payments after 31 May carry a monthly late fee of 5% of the principal sum. Registration after the academic year has started on 1 August annually requires applying for reinstatement of study right with a separate handling fee. Reinstatement is based on the discretion of the head of the degree programme.
Scholarship waivers for the 2nd installment
Study register will be checked on 15 August for all fee-paying students, or the next business day when 15 August is on a weekend. Make sure to see that your summer courses / training periods are evaluated before that date. If your course / training period continues past 1 August, discuss the situation with your supervising teacher, as only courses completed between 1 August – 31 July can be counted in. They can either split the course credits or give you a partial evaluation, if you contact them in time. All credit limits are cumulative, so a split evaluation will not bring problems in the following year. Limits which award Academic Award scholarship waivers are cohort-based (= based on the year your study right begins) so different students have different limits.
Language skills requirement for Bachelor’s students 2021 ->
If you have started your Bachelor’s studies 1 August 2021 or later, your Academic Award scholarship waiver consist of your study records check (see above) and a Finnish language test. The skills level to reach is not set for each year, as students may be starting from very different starting points based on how long they have already been in Finland. The only condition is that you can only use one level of test once. You can provide evidence of your language skills in two ways:
1) Year 1 students: TAMK A2-level language test by Testipiste : To alleviate the current situation with the YKI tests, TAMK has decided to arrange a supplementary language test to ensure that everyone has a chance to reach the full Academic Award scholarship waiver of 50%. All first year students have a certain amount of Finnish for Foreigners courses in the curriculum in Year 1. Students not enrolled in these courses (in case of for example accreditation of previous Finnish language studies) can also register for the test for scholarship waiver purposes. This will be a one-time test, with no retake option, and will be evaluated on a Pass/Fail scale. Test dates 2023:
- Mon 24 April 9:00 - 12:00 : reading / writing / listening tests
- Mon 24 April afternoon : individual spoken language tests
- Tue 25 April 9:00 - 12:00 : reading / writing / listening tests
- Tue 25 April afternoon : individual spoken language tests
- Wed 26 April 8:00-17:00 : individual spoken language tests
- (reserve day Thu 27 April: individual spoken language tests)
Register for the TAMK test by 10 April 2023: http://lomake.tamk.fi/lomakkeet/34276/lomake.html
2) Year 2 students who took and failed the TAMK A2 -level in 2022 : There will be a tailored YKI test in Tampere on 29 April 2023 and registration for the test will be open from 20 March. Registration link will be sent directly to students when available. Expected level to pass is Basic, level 1.
3) Year 2 studens who passed the TAMK A2 -level in 2022 : There will be a tailored YKI test in Tampere on 29 April 2023 and registration for the test will be open from 20 March. Registration link will be sent directly to students when available. Expected level to pass is Basic, level 2.
4) Year 2 students who have not taken a test before : You are free to take the general YKI test which gives you an official document you can use for employment or citizenship later. Registration is first-come-first-serve, so only the very quick will be able to register for the free slots allocated for each test.
Last possible YKI-test date will be at the end of May with results arriving over the summer break (must be submitted to welcome.tamk [at] tuni.fi by 15 August). Please note that each test level can be used only once for scholarship waiver consideration. You can see the official test situation here: YKI Tests
Registration in case of anticipated early graduation
Students must all register for a full year if their current study right continues for the full year. Students can only be considered an “early graduate” when they have all their courses evaluated in the registry and they have applied for graduation. See check list for graduation
Anything until then is pure speculation, as anything could happen in studies and in life in general that cannot be anticipated. Only after that point can any full or partial reimbursement be considered and of course liability to pay ends when you graduate so you save the amount that would be due for the remained of your study right.
Registering for overtime
Should a student require additional time (+1 year) for completing the degree, they should apply for the extension first, then register as present and pay an extension tuition fee of 1 500 € for the duration.
Registering for absence
If you plan to register as absent for the next academic year, your scholarship and credit accumulation situation will be “frozen” for a year:
- 1st installment: As you register as absent for 2023/24, you do not pay anything as there are no fees for absent students. When registration for 2024/25 is timely, your study affairs coordinator will send you a reminder to register. When you register after your absence, then you pay the 1st installment for the academic year when you will again be in attendance as present.
- 2nd installment: Your completed study years will be considered for the scholarship waiver in the credits check which will be resumed on 15 August 2024 when you are again enrolled as present.
Limits which award Academic Award scholarship waivers are cohort-based (= based on the year your study right begins) so different students have different limits. Your terms and conditions will remain the same throughout your studies unless a change TAMK makes in the terms and conditions is beneficial to your cohort, in which case it will be applied to you as well.