Today we are going to talk about how to finance your staying in Finland while studying.
"Some students get the partial scholarship, which covers only tuition fee, which means that you still need to find a job to cover your personal needs. I have a part-time job as a housekeeper in a hotel. I'd say it's fairly easy to get a cleaning job in Finland even without speaking Finnish and the salary is quite good too. Keep in mind, that during your studies you can work only 25 hours per week during the study year (it varies during the national holidays and summer time).
In addition, it is possible to find a part-time position as a postman, or role in restaurant industry, however you might need a special certification for doing some kind of work, such as a hygiene passport. Plenty of options are usually posted on FaceBook groups, so pay attention to these opportunities!"
Justine Kenzler, MSc student in Global and Transnational Sociology at University of Tampere
"I managed to study my Master’s degree in Finland without spending a dime of personal funds.
I applied to Åbo Akademi in December 2016. My CV highlighted me being the first-ranker in my class during my bachelor studies. Also, I emphasized that I was awarded a special medal for my thesis. I asked my supervisor for that work to write a recommendation letter for me and he wrote a splendid one indeed! I received another recommendation from a professor under whose supervision I did a three-month internship. Apart from this, I practiced some mock exams for TOEFL exam and although I have a near-native proficiency in the English language, exams require strategy and practice. The more familiar you are with the system, more cozy it gets while attempting the exam on D-day. The practice was fruitful and I managed to get an extraordinary score.
So if you analyze my case, I tried to make an application which covered all my base viz. academic performance, language proficiency (needed to write theses and articles in due course), small (but valuable) experience in research embellished by two renowned professors’ recommendation. This application led me to bag the 100% tuition waiver plus living expenses for two years."
Aayush Jaiswal, MSc student in Chemical Engineering at Åbo Akademi University
"The ideal case would be to have an impeccable application and get the scholarship, which saves a tons of trouble. However, that is often not the case, and a lot of students do finance their stay in Finland through part-time jobs. Possible ways to get some income include: part-time jobs, summer jobs, being research assistants, and internships.
Research assistant positions are also possible in some departments. You can always ask around to see if anybody knows of any vacancies (programme coordinator and advisors are good people to start with, seniors may also have good information). Being proactive and sending emails to PIs may also be good ways to secure a research assistant position.
Be proactive and try to find an internship. Ask around, look for opportunities online, contact your university's career office: they usually have a lot of information about internships and fundings.
Finally, network establishment is very important when it comes to job-seeking in Finland. So go to gatherings and make friends!"
Li-Hsin Chang, MSc student in Bioinformatics at University of Turku
"I received a full scholarship from the university so I did not have to worry much about my budget planning. Yet prices in Finland are much higher than other countries, especially compared to Asia. Therefore, budget your expenses carefully: cooking at home is much cheaper than eating out, but make sure your meals are nutritious enough to support your well-being. Otherwise, you will spend more time and money by seeing a doctor.
All students are encouraged to participate in exchange programs, and those usually come with grants. Besides being great opportunities for me to broaden my horizons and gain new experiences, exchange programs can relatively help me too with the living expenses."
Uyen Nguyen, Msc student in English Language and Culture at University of Eastern Finland
To sum up, all our international programmes are supported with generous grants for the most talented students, which makes life a lot easier because it fully or partially covers their expenses. However it is possible to find a part-time position or internships that could help you to finance your staying. There are so many opportunities in Finland, so heads up!
Learn more about studying in Finland
Finland University serves as a gateway to one of the finest Finnish multidisciplinary Universities on offer. If you are interested in studying in Finland and would like to find out more, the downloadable Finland University guide provides a quick starting package about how to apply for International Master’s Degree Programmes and Scholarships at the member universities of Finland University.
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