In today’s Article, we will take a journey to Northern Europe where we will explore a Country of many opportunities for International students.
Before we talk about those “Opportunities” for International Students, let’s talk about the country itself.
Country Rank (2018)
Finland is located in the far North of Europe, between its neighbours Sweden and Russia. The main language is Finnish; Swedish is also an official language thanks to a Swedish minority, a result of 600 years as part of the Swedish Empire. Helsinki, the capital, is by far the largest city in Finland. Other large towns include Espoo, Tampere and Turku.
Study in Finland
After the alignment of the European educational systems as part of the Bologna reform, many Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences have increased the number of English-language Bachelor and Master programmes. Finland has about 40 institutions of higher education, which are commonly classified into either universities (classical research and teaching institutions) or polytechnics, sometimes called universities of applied sciences (with a more practice-oriented approach to teaching). There are slightly over 300,000 students at polytechnics and universities in Finland, about 20,000 of which are international students.
For students from the EU/EEA, most academic degree programs are free of charge. Tuition fees may apply for applicants from other countries, and they vary from school to school.
Universities in Finland
Some Universities in Finland Include:
- Aalto University
- Åbo Akademi University
- Åland University of Applied Sciences
- Arcada University of Applied Sciences
- Centria University of Applied Sciences
- Lapland University of Applied Sciences
- Novia University of Applied Sciences
- SAMK Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
- University of Jyväskylä
- University of Helsinki
- VAMK Vaasa University of Applied Sciences
First you should decide for which programs at which universities you want to apply. The Finnish polytechnics handle all applications for Bachelor programs and many applications for Master programs through their central application system at Studyinfo.fi. For degree programs not handled via that website, you need to apply directly to the polytechnic or university according to their admissions process.
Students from the EU/EEA can study in Finland without any further visa requirements. Students from other countries may need to obtain a specific study visa. You should check with the Finnish authorities to know how to meet the legal requirements.