Finland is a leading education country where you can choose from over 400 different international Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes which are all fully taught in English.
Teaching in our universities is based on research and the institutions’ specific expertise. These high-quality study programmes combine in-depth research with the needs of your future working life.
At Finnish universities of applied sciences (UAS) Research & Development is the basis for teaching. Co-operation with local industries boosts learning outcomes as the education is shaped to answer the needs and expectations of both industry and commerce.
Reasons to Study in Finland
1. Study in Finland is free!
That’s right: It’s free to study in Finland! While studying in most countries will require handing over an often-hefty tuition fee, Finland has somehow managed to keep university education entirely state-funded – even for international students.
2. High-ranking universities
If you think free things have little or no value, think again. Finland’s higher education system is widely respected as one of the world’s best.
3. Natural Beauty
The entire country of Finland, barring a few islands of its southernmost coast, is located above the 60th parallel. Finland’s geographic location, as well as its stunning landscape, makes it an ideal location for students wanting to study and explore. Head north in the summer when the sun doesn’t set and hike around any of Finland’s 168,000 lakes. In the winter, Finland turns into a winter wonderland with cross country ski trails through Helsinki’s central park and northern lights that dance across the sky.
4. Vibrant International Community
Finland has a small population (just under 5.5 million people), but the country has a diverse international community, and international students will find a warm welcome. The University of Helsinki, along with the rest of the country, has worked to establish an “attractive and internationally competitive” profile and international students have a strong network of support.
Apart from the occasional bear, the streets of Helsinki are relatively safe. The capital of Finland is the second safest city in the world and has been named the most livable city in the world. Outside the city crime rates are remarkably low, and the greatest risk to public safety comes from the wildlife – watch out for moose on the highways!
6. Everyone Speaks English
Finland’s well-educated population is also extremely fluent in English. Last year, the country ranked #4 in the Education First English Proficiency Index, and Finland’s universities offer around 450 programs in English. While international students are encouraged to learn Finnish during their studies, students at the University of Helsinki have access to courses at different levels in English.
7. Ideal Location
Finland holds a unique place between east and west and the capital, Helsinki, is only a few hours from Russia and Estonia by train and ferry. The country also has strong ties with Scandinavia and many Finns speak Swedish as fluently as they do Finnish. And with ferries connecting Helsinki and Stockholm, Finland serves as a perfect jumping-off point for the rest of Europe as well.