Students with European/Nordic Citizenship

Before arriving in Finland

Students from the EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland do not need a residence permit to come to Finland. However, make sure you have a valid identity card or passport that covers your whole stay.

After arriving in Finland

When the stay in Finland lasts for more than three months (consecutively, without visiting countries outside of Finland in between): students from European countries need to register the right of residence.

EU citizens can register their right of residence at any one of the service points of the Finnish Immigration Service (appointment needed, fees apply). Please check further information, service points and fees at the Finnish Immigration Service website.

Nordic citizens, however, can register their residence at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency in Jyväskylä.

After arrival, students also need to apply for a Finnish Personal Identity Code, when the stay in Finland lasts for 3 months or longer. Staff from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency come on campus after the orientation for incoming exchange students. Students can then fill in and submit their application for the code. Passport/ID card and study certificate from JAMK are needed when submitting the application. If students miss the opportunity on campus, they need to visit the Digital and Population Data Services Agency in Jyväskylä to submit their application. Afterwards, make sure your identity code is registered in the student management system at JAMK.

Students with non-EU/EEA Citizenship

Before arriving in Finland

When studies in Finland last for more than three months: students from non-EU/EEA countries must apply for a residence permit from the nearest Finnish consulate or embassy. This must be done in good time before leaving for Finland. Students should ask in the same application to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. This allows them to receive their Finnish Personal Identity Code with the permit.

When studies in Finland last less than three months: students from non-EU/EEA countries may apply for a visa instead.

Further information about applying for residence permit and visa:
Finnish Immigration Service

NB: Health Insurance required as a prerequisite for residence permit

For non-EU/EEA citizens a student's residence permit for Finland can be granted only if they have a comprehensive health insurance from a reliable and solvent company or institution. Further information about the health insurance for non-EU/EEA citizens from the Finnish Immigration Service website.

The Student Insurance Program (SIP) is one option for the insurance. For further information about SIP, check their website at The Student Insurance Program.

After arriving in Finland

If you have applied for the Finnish Personal Identity Code in connection with your residence permit, come over to the International Services' office to present your code. It will be registered in the student management system.

If you do not have the identity code in your permit, make sure to apply for it on campus after orientation (specific dates are announced), or by appointment at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency in Jyväskylä. After you have received your code, come show it to International Services for entering into the student management system.