The University of Jyväskylä ranks amongst the best research universities worldwide and is located in Central Finland, the Land of Thousand Lakes, where nature and personal security are amongst our most highly valued assets.

Degree Programmes at the Faculty

  • Bachelor's Degrees (FI)
  • Master's Degrees (FI/ EN)
  • Doctoral Degrees (FI/ EN)

Further information on degree and study programmes at the University of Jyväskylä as a whole can be found at: Study with Us

Studying at the Faculty of Information Technology

At the largest and oldest Faculty of IT in Finland, you will have high quality student experience from the first week of your arrival to graduation. Our internationally reputable professors, researchers and university teachers are at your service; students are always encouraged to have personal, direct contact with all our staff regardless of their status.

Located in Agora building next to the beautiful lake Jyväsjärvi, yet within only 10 minutes' safe walking distance from the city center, you will be able to enjoy the calming effects of the surrounding nature as well as easy access to city center, travel connections and student accommodation.

Student Life and Support Services

The University of Jyväskylä offers excellent support services for the international students. Each student is appointed a peer tutor to help in any way even before arrival to Jyväskylä. Our student accommodation is all located within walking/ cycling distance of the campus and personal safety is not an issue at any time of the day. 

Further information on the services and other practical matters mentioned below:

  • Housing
  • Visas, residence permits
  • Arrival (how to get to Jyväskylä, registration, arrival service)
  • Support services (Student Tutor, Friendship Family Programme, Student Union)
  • Health care
  • Financial aid
  • Students with Special Needs
  • Life in Finland (weather, culture)
  • City of Jyväskylä
  • Leisure time activities

Life in Finland

Finland is situated in northern Europe and it is a member of the European Union and a global leader in information technology.

Although the official languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish, Finland is one of the best countries in English proficiency outside native English speaking countries; English is spoken by everyone from the shop assistant to the general practitioner and anyone living in Finland without the local language skills have no trouble in their daily lives.

Finland is a safe country for an international student, as it is considered as one of the safest, least corrupted countries in the world. We have one of the most advanced education systems in the world, and as a result of our innovative mindset and investments in education we are blessed with high standard of living and quality of life. We emphasise equality in wealth as well as between male and female.

We have a vast country with a population of less than 6 million people which means that nature is always close in Finland and lakes and forests are in abundance, even in the largest of cities. For many coming from abroad, the number one factor for staying in Finland is the quietness and calmness of everyday life, which to someone coming from a densely populated area may feel almost muted.

We have four distinct seasons of autumn, winter, spring and summer when temperatures can vary between +30 Celsius to -30 Celsius, including the midnight sun in the warm summer's nights and a period of darkness in the heart of winter.

For a view of our culture, lifestyle, country and plenty more, take a virtual tour on the following sites or contact our Student Ambassadors:

Cost and Financing of Studies

Higher education in Finland is free of charge for Finnish and EU/ EEA citizens. Non-EU/ EEA students are charged a tuition fee of 8000 euros per year. Scholarships to cover the tuition fees are available. However, the Faculty of Information Technology does not provide scholarships for living costs. Please see further information on fees and scholarships.

Tuition fees are not be charged from Doctoral students.

The membership for the Student Union is compulsory for all Bachelor's and Master's students. The annual membership fee (approx. 100€) entitles students, for example, to use the services of the Student Health Centres. 

In addition to this, international students must be able to pay for their food, housing, clothes, study material, social life, etc. The living expenses of a single student average around € 700 per month.

Average monthly costs:

  • rent in a student apartment 200-300€
  • food 200-250 € (e.g. lunch in a student restaurant 2.60 €)
  • transport, leisure and other costs 150-200 €

The Finnish Immigration Service Requirements

Granting of a residence permit requires that applicants have sufficient income to fund their stay in Finland, and that of their family, if any. Thus, when you apply for a first residence permit, an extension of residence permit, a permanent residence permit or EC residence permit, you must provide a clarification of your income.

The required income level for livelihood is defined in approximate euro amounts. An updated guide of the required amounts is available on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.


We offer the best applicants scholarships to cover the tuition fees. However, you must be able to finance your living costs yourself or have a scholarship from your home country or from other sources.

In total you need to budget around €700 monthly for your basic expenses. In addition, you need to prepare yourself for any unanticipated expenses (medical expenses, travelling etc.). 

You should not count on getting a job to finance your studies. Therefore, you need to have a clear plan on how to finance your studies and living already before starting your studies.


Citizens of EU and EEA countries are covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme administrated by the Social Insurance Institution (KELA). To be eligible for these benefits, you need to bring with you an European Health Insurance Card from the local social security office in your home country.

Students coming outside the EU or EEA 
are required to have a private medical insurance to cover for all the costs related to the treatment of sudden illnesses, accidents and accidental death. The University of Jyväskylä is not responsible for any payments or arrangements.

Student Exchange

Students of our partner universities may apply to study here at the Faculty for a semester or a full academic year.