Study in Finland

Everything you need to know about studying in Finland as an international student.

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Why study in Finland?

Finland has plenty to recommend for international students. The Finnish education system is one of the most advanced in the world, with many universities using innovative techniques to improve their students' abilities, with a focus on problem-based learning.

Finland is considered one of the safest countries in Europe, and offers a lifestyle that can be both hectic and laid-back. Studying in Finland will allow you to live and study in one of Europe’s most exciting and unique countries.

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Programs in Finland

Finland offers programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate level. An undergraduate degree in Finland usually takes between three and five years to complete at a university of applied science. A Master’s degree will take two years, and a Doctorate or PhD can take between three and five years.

There are around 100 degree programs taught in English at universities of applied sciences in Finland, however, there are less English-led programs at traditional universities. There are increased opportunities to study programs in English at master's level and beyond.

There are many options when it comes to choosing a university in Finland, including specialist business schools, medical universities and engineering universities.

Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

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The cost of study in Finland

If you’re from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you can study in Finland as an international student for free. If you’re an international student from outside the EU, the tuition fees you’ll need to pay will depend on the program and university you apply for. Generally speaking, fees can range between $5,000 and $16,000 per year.

Living costs in Finland are comparable to other European countries, but can be cheaper than other Scandanavian countries like Denmark and Sweden. You may need to budget around between $9,000 and $15,000 a year to cover costs like your accommodation, food, transport and entertainment, depending on where you study.

Key facts

  • Euro € Currency
  • 308,000 Student population
  • Finnish Language
  • 39 Universities

Where to study in Finland

Finland is a diverse country, and the lifestyle you experience will change dramatically depending on where you study. The main cities, including the capital Helsinki and Turku, are where many universities are situated, and offer a busy and vibrant atmosphere in which to study.

The climate, especially the further north you go, can be very cold and during the winter months and the sun does not come up for several weeks in some areas. In the summer, there can be up to 73 consecutive days in which the sun doesn't set.

Universities in Finland

Study in Finland requirements

Qualifications

The entrance criteria for each university may differ, but you will at least need to have completed secondary education to apply for a bachelor’s program, or have a bachelor’s degree to apply for a master’s program or above. You may need to take a specific entrance exam or another type of aptitude test in order to be accepted onto the program of your choice, so check this with the university’s Admissions Office.

English language tests

If you want to study on an English-led program in Finland, you will need to show the university the level of your English knowledge. Most universities will accept the TOEFL or IELTS language tests. Some universities may run their own individual language tests as well.

Finland student visa

If you’re an EU citizen or Swiss national, you’ll be allowed to study for a degree in Finland without needing a student visa.

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 lets you stay in Finland for up to three months, whereas a student residence permit is required by students looking to study for longer periods. Therefore, if you’re an international EU / non-EU student it’s likely that you’ll need a student residence permit.

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

Finland student visa requirements

How to study in Finland

  1. Find a program and university in Finland
  2. Start an online application and complete any personal information
  3. Upload the requested documents like translated educational transcripts, and a copy of your passport
  4. Complete any requested tests, entrance exams, or interviews
  5. Accept an offer from a university and pay any necessary fees to secure your place
  6. Start the residence permit process