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Study In Finland - International Students

Study in Finland, and find the best universities in Finland.

From the bustle of Helsinki, Turku and Tampere to the lazy beauty of its seaside towns, Finland has plenty to recommend for international students looking for an undergraduate degree.

The Finnish education system is one of the most advanced in the world, with many universities using innovative techniques to improve their student’s abilities, with a focus on problem-based learning.

Studying in Finland will allow you to live and study in one of Europe’s most exciting and unique countries.

Bachelor Degree In Finland

Find the right Bachelor Degree in Finland with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in Finland

Finland’s higher education system is relatively young compared to other European nations, but it still has several high quality universities where you can study an undergraduate degree.

Finnish universities are split into two main types:

• Traditional universities – these institutions focus on research based degrees
• Universities of applied sciences – these universities focus on vocational degrees


The majority of bachelors degrees in Finland are run by universities of applied sciences (also known as polytechnics or UASs), so this is likely to be where you will study if you choose to become an international student in Finland.

The country’s oldest university the University of Helsinki is the considered Finland’s best university ranked at 91st in the world by QS. It offers degrees taught in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Aalto University is a fairly new university created by merging the Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. It now has a student population of 20,000.

Tuition Fees in Finland

Explore tuition fees in Finland for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

An undergraduate degree in Finland usually takes between three and five years to complete at a university of applied science. This is similar to the majority of undergraduate degrees across the rest of Europe.

Whilst there are around 100 degree programmes taught in English at universities of applied sciences in Finland, there are less English-led programmes at traditional universities. There are increased opportunities to study programmes in English at masters level and beyond.

As in much of the western world, the Finnish higher education system follows the bachelors/masters route, meaning students achieve bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees before deciding whether or not to continue their education with masters level qualifications.

Most degrees in Finland start in August/September, so the initial application deadline is usually January.

Immigration & Visa in Finland

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Finland, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

If you are an EU citizen or Swiss national, you will be allowed to study a degree in Finland without needing a student visa providing you can show the following:

• You are studying for more than three months
• You have sufficient income or savings to support yourself during your studies (minimum 560 Euros per month)
• You are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution
• You have comprehensive health insurance


Non-EU students will need to apply for either a short-term entry permit or a student residence permit depending on the length of study.

A short-term entry permit will allow you to stay in Finland for up to three months, whereas a student residence permit is required by students looking to study for longer periods.

If you’re an international non-EU student it’s likely that you’ll need a student residence permit.

You can only apply for this after you have been accepted at a Finnish university or UAS, and you’ll need to prove that you have valid health insurance and enough money to support yourself throughout your studies.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Finland

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Finland.

There are two main housing options for international students coming to study a degree in Finland.

• University accommodation – such as halls of residence
• Private accommodation – House and flat rentals


Most universities in Finland will be able to provide halls of residence accommodation for international students. You’ll share kitchen facilities, study areas and a common room with other students, while sleeping in a single, twin or triple room.

Private accommodation is usually arranged through student housing foundations, who can help you find shared apartments or even your own flat. This is perfect for students who are travelling with families.

The cost of living in Finland is comparable to most other Western European countries. In order to get your student residence permit, you will need to show you have access to at least €500 each month.

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Finland. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Finland?

Finland is generally considered to be a safe country for students – capital city Helsinki is one of the safest in Europe. Finland is also an extremely welcoming country, used to seeing tourists.

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and avoiding walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic


Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in Finland

Apply to Study in Finland and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Finland.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

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