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Factsheet for measure FI-2022-18/2340 – measures in Finland

Higher education opportunities for Ukrainians fleeing the war

Opiskelumahdollisuuksia Ukrainan sotaa pakeneville

Country Finland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 28 April 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to childcare and education
Author Amanda Kinnunen (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 19 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

In response to the war in Ukraine and the resulting wave of Ukrainian refugees, the Ministry of Education and Finnish institutions of higher educations are creating study opportunities for Ukrainians arriving in the country. Those eligible for temporary protection under the EU Directive on Temporary Protection 2001/55/EC and the Finnish Aliens Act 301/2004 [Ulkomaalaislaki] and had a position in an institution of higher education in their home country will receive a right to study in a Finnish institution of higher education.

Content of measure

The measure is targeted to Ukrainians that are enrolled at an institute of higher education in their home country and have arrived in Finland on the premise of temporary protection. The ministry has earmarked special funding for this group to be able to continue their education at a Finnish corresponding institution. For persons that were not enrolled in education in their home country are also eligible to participate in non-degree education and open higher education courses free of charge. The funding is aimed at providing education for 2,000 to 4,000 arriving students as well as funding advisory services for the students.

The ministry has earmarked €4.5 million to be allocated to universities as reimbursements for not collecting tuition fees from the Ukrainian students that have arrived under the clause of temporary protection.

Use of measure

No uptake information available at this stage.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No information available.

Views and reactions

Preceding the measure from the Ministry of Education, the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK published a blog post to voice their support to institutions of higher education that had created opportunities for Ukrainian refugees, and raised the opinion that such an initiative ought to be put in place on a national scale.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 25 March 2022: Let's revoke tuition fees from Ukrainians (Vapautetaan Ukrainasta tulevat lukukausi­maksuista) (
  • 28 April 2022: Finland launches action plan to support Ukrainian higher education students and researchers (Suomelta toimenpideohjelma ukrainalaisten korkeakouluopiskelijoiden ja tutkijoiden tukemiseksi) (
  • 28 April 2022: Ukrainians will receive the opportunity to study at Finnish institutions of higher education (Ukrainalaisille tulee mahdollisuus opiskella suomalaisissa korkeakouluissa – ministeriöltä erillisrahoitus) (


Eurofound (2022), Higher education opportunities for Ukrainians fleeing the war, measure FI-2022-18/2340 (measures in Finland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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