Welcome as a student in Vaasa! General information for new students in Novia UAS
Study Start Autumn 2017
Application for visa (Student residence permit for non-EU/EEA students)
If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen and you therefore need to apply for a student residence permit, you have to show the "Notification of decision on student admission" when applying for a student residence permit at the Embassy of Finland or at the Immigration Service (Migri). We urge you to contact the nearest embassy as soon as possible since it may take several months before the permit is issued.
Finland is a fairly expensive country and the living costs are quite high. You can find a rough estimate of the average costs for a student / month below. You might also need money for buying school material, winter clothes and you will have costs for travelling back and forth to school and practice placement and for participating in language courses arranged outside our University of Applied Sciences (about 30 €/year).
- Monthly rent 200-300 €
- Food 250-400 €
- Transportation + other costs 150-200 €
tot. 550-900 €
It is difficult to get evening or weekend jobs in Vaasa without knowledge of the local languages (Finnish/Swedish). Therefore it is very important that you bring enough funds to support yourself during the study year. Please calculate a minimum of 700 € per month.
If you are a Finnish citizen and need more information about how to apply for student financial aid at the Social Insurance Institution of Finland please visit their website www.kela.fi.
Students admitted to Novia UAS, who are non-Finnish citizens are required to show the health declaration form (Doctor’s Statement) duly filled in by a registered doctor and proof of vaccinations and tests. The forms and the information concerning health status are found here:
Passport and Final School Certificates
Please also remember to send a photocopy of your passport to the Admissions Services together with the confirmation form and/or copy of your senior secondary school certificate.
Please bring your original school certificates, which you used in your application 2016, with you to Finland. The original certificates will be checked at our UAS at the start of the studies.
Information about Vaasa
Novia UAS does not offer student accommodation. Students are expected to arrange their own living before their arrival in Finland/or place of study. Apply for student living as soon as possible after receiving your decision on student admission to ensure that you have a place to stay. Apartments in Vaasa can be rented from the Student Housing Foundation (VOAS). The most common accommodation is a "box apartment" consisting of a single room in a 3-room student apartment. Kitchen and bathrooms are shared with two or three other students. The monthly rent is 200–300 € depending on location. You also have to pay a deposit. This sum will be returned to you after you have moved out. Most "box apartments" are fully furnished.