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Study in Finland – education from the top of the world!

Finland is a Nordic welfare state where equality is the fundamental ideology behind education. Thanks to the brilliance of Finnish education, the country has managed to advance into a world-class knowledge society, where education is provided by 14 universities and 24 universities of applied sciences. In addition to tuition in the national languages, these higher education institutions also offer over 450 English-language programmes.


Why choose Finland?

1. A safe yet vibrant country

Finland is a stable country with a fully functioning infrastructure, education system, health care services and a vibrant cultural life. Studying in Finland is therefore a safe, though quite exotic, way to acquire academic and professional experience as well as to gain personal growth.


2. Natural beauty and tranquillity

With a population of just over five million, Finland is a spacious land with people-friendly cities; the traffic is manageable, rush hours are a rarity and the cities are designed for walking and cycling as well as driving. Finland also boasts exquisite natural beauty - within one year you may experience natural wonders such as the midnight sun, and the bright autumn colours, a fairy-tale winter, Northern Lights and many more thanks to Finland’s four seasons.


3. Scientific and technological advancement

The abundance of nature and calm cities are not a sign of backwardness; this is a country of contrasts where natural beauty harmoniously coexists with scientific and technological advancement and where humble mentality is accompanied by unconventional cultural activities, such as swamp football and air guitar world championship competitions.


4. Excellent facilities and support

Students who graduate from Finland become experts with transferable skills and often multidisciplinary competence. International students particularly appreciate the superb condition of the study facilities, the IT services and the support services; they are also guided through their studies by professional student services.


5. Innovative teaching methods

Finnish higher education institutions are quick to adopt innovative studying methods. For example, problem-based learning has been in use at our polytechnics and universities for many years. Teaching methods in Finland are far from authoritarian. Learning is based on discussion, working together, and students finding information for themselves. Teachers are highly valued professionals in Finland, and they are motivated in their jobs: students are always welcome to ask for help and the teachers treat them as equals. What often surprises international students is the level of informality: students call their teachers by their first names!


6. An education in English

Finnish institutions provide over 450 degree and non-degree programmes in English so there is a lot to choose from! Your daily communication will be effortless also outside the classroom as Finns are fluent in English.


7. High quality of life

Finland ranks highly in international surveys on multiple factors:

• The best education system in the world (the Learning Curve by Pearson 2012)

• The second best country in the EU for quality of life (Eurostat 2014)

• The cleanest food in Europe (European Food Safety Authority 2013)

• The cleanest air in Europe (Environmental Performance Index 2014)

• One of the most peaceful countries in the world (Global Peace Index 2014)

• Some of the happiest people in the world (UN World Happiness Report 2013)


The higher education system

Finnish higher education consists of two parts:

  1. Universities provide academic education based on research. All14 universities offer Bachelor’s (180 ECTS, 3 years), Master’s (120 ECTS, 2 years) and doctoral (240 ECTS, 4 years) degrees.
  2. Universities of Applied Sciences (polytechnics) provide vocational education on a higher level and promote applied research. The 24 universities of applied sciences (UAS) offer Bachelor’s (210-240 ECTS, 4-4.5 years) and Special Master’s (60-90 ECTS, 1-1.5 years) degrees.

Finnish higher education institutions select their students independently. Online application systems are used in most degree programmes. However, procedures, application times and practices vary from institution to another. Therefore it is important to check the entrance requirements directly from the faculty of your interest.

Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences do not charge any tuition fees at the moment. However, the situation may change so please look for the latest information on Study in Finland’s website.

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Facts about Finland

• Population: 5.4 million

• Currency: Euro

• GDP per capita: 33,600€

• Area: 338,000 km² (130,500 square miles)

• Location: Northern Europe; shares borders with Sweden, Norway and Russia

• Capital: Helsinki (population 596,000)

• Official languages: Finnish 90.4 %, Swedish 5.4 %

• Religions: Evangelical Lutheran Church 78 %; Orthodox Church 1 %; no religious affiliation 19 %; other religious communities 2 %

• International status: Achieved independence in 1917; member of the European Union since 1995; militarily non-aligned

• Economic structure: Services 67 % of GDP, industry 30 %, agriculture 3 %; exports account for 39 % of GDP

• System of government: Parliamentary democracy; presidential elections every six years; Parliament (200 members) elected every four years.


Useful links

Visit Study in Finland’s website to find out more about Finland as a study destination!






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