About Studying in Finland

Equality and education is highly valued by the Finnish and the education system is one of the world’s best, offering an international outlook, a level playing field and academic freedom. According to the World Economic Forum (2015) Finland has the best higher education and training system in the world.

Why study in Finland?

Several surveys indicate that Finland is one the best countries in the world to live in thanks to the quality of life, overall stability – and education. We have one of the most advanced educational systems in the world. The high level of our education system is well-known and Finnish schoolchildren have excelled in PISA surveys for several years. Finland is also one of the safest countries in the world, and the values of equality, integrity, and openness are important for us. No wonder that Finland has been nominated as the World’s Best Country by Newsweek magazine.

Unique country

Finland is unique among the Nordic countries, with its distinctive language and culture. Finnish and Swedish are the official languages. According to the EF English Proficiency Index, Finns are among the best non-native English speakers in the world. Finland is on the forefront of technology and still having its roots deep in nature. Winters can be harsh but warm summers and long hot summer days more than compensate that cold season.Try your hand at winter sports, take a trip to Lapland or just explore the stunning landscape. It is friendly country full of opportunity.

International student city Helsinki

Helsinki is a vibrant city for students. With several higher education institutions in the Helsinki area and 60 000 university students, it is well set up to cater to the needs of students from all walks of life. There are many student activities, services and leisure activities on offer. Helsinki is a very safe and green city. Everything here is within easy reach and things work here. Helsinki is a good place to explore the cool urban culture, surrounding nature and the sea that makes its presence felt everywhere in Helsinki.


Thinking about studying in Finland? Nearly 90% of the international students at the University of Helsinki recommend their studies in Finland for a reason. Find out what the university and country has to offer international students when it comes to education and a way of life, and get a taste of Finnish.

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is a university located in Helsinki, Finland since 1829, but was founded in the city of Turku (in Swedish Åbo) in 1640 as the Royal Academy of Åbo, at that time part of the Swedish Empire. It is the oldest and largest university in Finland with the widest range of disciplines available. Around 36,500 students are currently enrolled in the degree programs of the university spread across 11 faculties and 11 research institutes.

Åbo Akademi University

Åbo Akademi University is the only exclusively Swedish language university in Finland (or anywhere outside Sweden). It is located in Turku (Åbo is the Swedish name of the city) and is said to have one of the most prestigious business programs in the world (in 1999).As of 2004, there are 7 941 students and a staff consisting of 1 125 people. The university has activities not only in Turku, but also in Vaasa, Jakobstad, Helsinki and on Åland. Åbo Akademi was a private institution until 1981, when it was turned into a public institution

University of Turku

The University of Turku (in Finnish Turun yliopisto, in Swedish Åbo universitet, shortened in UTU), located in Turku in southwestern Finland (EU), is the second largest university in the country as measured by student enrollment, after University of Helsinki. It was established in 1920 and also has faculties at Rauma, Pori and Salo. The university is a member of the Coimbra Group.

University of Tampere

The University of Tampere (UTA) is a public university in Tampere, Finland offering undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes with 20,178 degree students and 1,981 employees as of 2016. The university is set to merge with Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences in 2019. In 2016, its budget was €184.6 million of which 59% was government funding.

University of Jyväskylä

The University of Jyväskylä (Finnish: Jyväskylän yliopisto) is a university in Jyväskylä, Finland. It has its origins in the first Finnish-speaking Teacher Training College (the so-called Teacher Seminary), founded in 1863. Around 15,000 students are currently enrolled in the degree programs of the university.[3] It is ranked as the fourth largest university in Finland when measured according to the number of master's degrees conferred.

University of Oulu

The University of Oulu (Finnish: Oulun yliopisto) is one of the largest universities in Finland, located in the city of Oulu. It was founded on July 8, 1958. The university has around 16,000 students and 3,000 staff. The university is often ranked as one of the better universities in Finland and in the top-400 worldwide.

Top Ranked Universities on MastersPortal

According to Times Higher Education Ranking(2018)

University of Helsinki #90
Aalto University #190
University of Tampere #201
University of Oulu #301

Tuition fees

Tuition fees at top-ranked universities in Finland

# Name Ranking Average tuition fees
1 University of Helsinki 90 13,000 EUR/year
2 Aalto University 190 15,000 EUR/year
3 University of Tampere 201 10,000 EUR/year
4 University of Oulu 251 12,000 EUR/year

Tuition fees by programme

The tuition fees in the programmes range between 8,000 and 15,000 euros. There is variation between the faculties and the programmes. For students, the tuition fee will remain the same throughout the entire time of completing their degrees.
The tuition fee covers the studies included in the degree (personal study plan), studies-related supervision and counselling, and studies-related supporting services offered by the university. In addition, students are entitled to the services of the Finnish Student Health Service by paying the membership fee of the Student Union. The university assists students in finding accommodation.

# Programme Fee/year
1 Biomedicine (BioMed)
General Toxicology
15 000 €
2 Information Technology (IMPIT)
Medical Physics
Public Health
Research Chemists
Wood Materials Science
12 000 €
3 Biology of Environmental Change
Border Crossings
Forestry (CBU)
Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication
English Language and Culture
Environmental Health and Technology
Environmental Policy and Law
Innovation Management
International Business and Sales Management
Learning, Teaching and Counselling in Intercultural Context
Linguistic Sciences
Tourism Marketing and Management
8 000 €


The University of Eastern Finland will have a substantial number of scholarships available for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes offered in English. The scholarships will be available for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship can cover the tuition fee either in full (100%) or partially (80%). In practice, the scholarship is a tuition waver providing either a full (100 %) or partial (80 %) exemption from the tuition fee.

Scholarships are awarded for two academic years on the condition of completing 55 ECTS credits per academic year. Students who were not awarded a scholarship when applying for admission to the university may still be eligible for a scholarship in their second year, provided that they have applied for a scholarship and completed the required 55 ECTS credits during the first academic year as detailed in the personal study plan.

In addition to the scholarship for studies, the faculties can grant an annual scholarship to cover the student’s living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme. In Finland students must be able to cover all their own living costs. Own finances are also one of the requirements for the Finnish residence permit, and finances need to be available permanently on the student's bank account for the whole period the permit is applied for. Financing one's stay and studies in Finland by working is not possible.

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