Here’s a good opportunity if you are interested to pursue a Master’s degree abroad without hurting your savings!
The University of Helsinki (UH), which is located in the capital of Finland, ranks among the top 100 of the World’s Best Research University in 2019. One of the good things to know about this university along with this information is that they are offering scholarship programs for excellent students from outside the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and Switzerland who wants to complete a Master’s programme. And yes, that includes us Filipinos.
Curious to find out what programs do they offer and if it matches your interest or field of specialization? The answer is just a few clicks away through their online Degree Finder found on their official website.
Tuition fees for Master’s programme at UH ranges from 13,000 to 18,000 euros or roughly 735,000 to 850,000 pesos per year. Thankfully, their scholarship program has two categories an applicant can choose to, a Fully Funded Grant (tuition plus 10,000 euros per academic year) and a Full Tuition Fee Grant. The duration for both categories is two years and you will be required to study fulltime and earn at least 55 ECTS or European Credit Transfer System.
After the first year, your progress as a student on your chosen programme will be checked. This will be the basis if the scholarship grant will be continued for the remaining year or not.
Who can apply?
For you to find out if you can apply for a scholarship, you must meet the following qualifications:
- You must eligible to apply for a master’s programme. To check, you can view the requirements of each programme online.
- You must be a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country and must not possess a permanent residence status from them. This would mean that you will be paying tuition when you enroll at UH since Finnish, EU/EEA, and Swiss citizens are exempted in paying tuition. You may check the FAQs at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition.
- You met the requirements for obtaining an entry visa and residence permit for Finland.
- You obtained excellent results in your previous studies and can prove this in your application.
What is the application and selection process?
Upon making sure that you are eligible for a scholarship grant, decide on what master’s programme you will be taking. Carefully read the application instructions and prepare the required attachments. Apply for your scholarship with the same application form you used in applying for a Master’s programme. Upon completion of all requirements, you may now submit your application.
Once submitted, an academic assessment of your degree and scholarship application will be conducted. Afterwards, they will make a proposal to the Scholarship Committee, who will make the final decision on your application. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive an official acceptance letter with the information about your scholarship status.
If you are a new student, your scholarship will be awarded on the basis of your academic overall assessment. Your previous academic performance and possible letters of motivation in addition to those you presented in your grant applications will be taken into consideration as well. The good thing about UH is that you can apply for more than one scholarship category.
What are the benefits of a scholarship recipient?
Once you secured a scholarship, you’re entitled for Student Union (HYY) membership including free or highly affordable health care services by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS), student meal discounts in Unicafe restaurants, reductions in public transport, and Unisport services at low prices.
And if you are among the first to accept a study place, the University will offer you an Intensive Finnish course at the Helsinki Summer School for free. It is a great opportunity to learn Finnish and explore Finnish culture before starting your masters at UH. You’ll also have the chance to take part in UH’s Student Ambassador Programme.
Other scholarships which you may apply to during your first and second study year are also offered by UH like the Study Grant, a reward for successful first year studies. Meanwhile, US students admitted to a Master’s programme at UH can apply to Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award. They are also entitled to Student Loan Programs and the Sallie Mae Graduate and Health Professions Loan. COLFUTURO offers loan-scholarships to Colombian students admitted to study at the University of Helsinki.
You can always visit the FAQ pages of the university’s official website for more information on how studying at UH will be advantageous for you.