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Study in Helsinki

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Why study in Helsinki?

Helsinki is a popular destination for international students, and is home to some of Finland’s most prestigious universities. As the country’s capital and largest city, Helsinki is Finland’s economic and cultural hub offering countless opportunities and attractions. It’s well known for its architecture, boulevards and unique cuisine, and offers easy access to the great Finnish outdoors.

Located on the south coast of Finland, Helsinki has a much milder climate than much of the rest of the country, with average high temperatures in the summer of 66 to 72°F. It’s one of the world’s northernmost metropolitan areas, and is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world.

Universities in Helsinki

Student reviews for Helsinki

  • Matilda Dok
    Kenya
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Helsinki Geography
    Tell us about Helsinki
    Helsinki is very safe, both day and night. The Finns seem a bit reserved at face value but are very warm and ready to help if and when approached. The transport network is very efficient but one must keep track of alerts on changes in transport, otherwise it can be easy to miss appointments. A slight mishap also leads to a big loss. For example, if you want to travel to Suomenlinna or Estonia, and you have to connect from a metro to a tram to the ship, and your metro delays by a few minutes, you can easily miss the tram and consequently miss the ship. As for health services, it is a bit challenging to get used to the medical system where you have to book appointments first before seeing a doctor and also that you have to go to specific medical facilities where your address is. This is challenging when you get sick far away from your address. Shops are available but quite expensive. The night life is not much appealing especially if you one does not easily adopt to different cultures. Finland is a quite country and the laws and policies on noise might make it difficult for an outsider to understand how one is supposed to have fun under minimal sound. The music and food is very different and so the kind of fun in Helsinki means different things to different people. I particularly find if very boring. The good news is, however drunk you are, you will always find your way home! Thanks to the police. This does not mean you knock yourself out.
  • Abdurrahman Akyazan
    Turkey
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Helsinki Art
    Tell us about Helsinki
    well Finland is a very safe country and very good with its facilities but I cannot say that I feel welcome here.
  • Caelum Davies
    United Kingdom
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Helsinki Social Science
    Tell us about Helsinki
    Helsinki is the safest capital, and one that is becoming evermore international. A Western style Nordic city with some Eastern European charm. There's a slow, relaxed pace to the place, but it still feels productive being home to Finland's parliament, media headquarters and many renowned museums. Nature is all around, being a city on the sea only minuets from the forests - it's really got it all.
  • Sangita Seshadri
    India
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Helsinki Applied Computer Science
    Tell us about Helsinki
    Helsinki is very safe and welcoming and the public transport is well connected. There are some 24/7 markets as well. It is also very green with national parks, islands, lakes etc.
  • Jing Li
    China
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Helsinki Applied Computer Science
    Tell us about Helsinki
    Helsinki, in my point of view, is a typical Nordic city with relatively small population, clean design style and nature. It is the safest city I have ever visited. As students, we have around 70% discount on lunch and transportation, and some other discount in many stores or museums. Moreover, citizens of Helsinki, including us, have free access to nearly every library in the city. I heard that we can even borrow up-to-date game card from those library without any fee.

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