Study in FINLAND
The republic of Finland is a Nordic nation located in northern Europe, and is the 8th largest country on the continent.Its capital is located in the city of Helsinki, which has a population of over 600,000. International students should be prepared for cold climates and plenty of snow, as Finland is one of the northernmost nations in the world. The nation has hundreds of lakes for those students who like the water and water related activities. With warm summers, students will be able to enjoy these waters. However, the winters in Finland can be very extreme. Industry and future careers in Finland are considerably solid. The major industries in the nation are metal manufacturing and engineering, forestry jobs including paper product production. In recent years, Finland has become successful in technology and information systems. The official languages of Finland include Finnish and Swedish.

  • Finland is considered to have one the best, if not the top, education systems in the world. One of the most unique and greatest things for international students in Finland is that the education is completely free. Students are not required to pay tuition or fees, and even their meals are free.
  • Universities are more research based institutions that teach theory and the academic side of certain subjects. 
  • International students studying in Finland who love the outdoors will feel right at home. There are a number of exciting activities available to students including skiing, golfing, fishing, lake activities like water skiing boating and kayaking. Finnish cuisine is quite delicious and students will be excited to taste plenty of great fare. Students who like sports will also enjoy Finland, as winter sports like skiing and snowboarding and ice hockey are very popular in the country.
  • Finland is home to great universities, beautiful natural sights, and great entertainment for incoming students. International students in Finland will truly have an exceptional educational experience and have the opportunity to take in life in a foreign nation. Studying in Finland is a great opportunity, and international students should seriously consider the prospect.
  • Study in Finland is free
  • Schools in Finland offer several different types of degree programs including engineering, business and medicine. Admissions to these universities are also different than in other educational systems. Admission is based solely on a student’s GPA and their scores on entrance examinations. Many students decide to further their education and apply for graduate level schools like masters programs and PhDs. International students from outside the European Union may have to pay for educational tuition and fees if proposed legislation is passed but currently there is not expectation.
  • Finland is known for its liberal, egalitarian society. Men and women share almost equal societal roles.
  • English is widely spoken and understood, and many collegiate classes are conducted in English.
  • English language skills are introduced to the curriculum early, so Finland is an easy country for non-native speakers to live in.
  • Finland has one university in the Top 100 of the 2013–14 QS World University Rankings: the University of Helsinki at 69th.
  • Around 12,000 foreign students are studying in Finland at any one time — just under half of these are exchange students who come for just one term, while the rest are students that have independently applied to study full degrees in the country.
Employment & Job Market
  • In 2013, 31,941 people migrated to Finland (emigration 13,893), compared with 31,278 (13,845) in 2012.
  • The number of foreigners living permanently in Finland in 2013 was 208,171 (3.8% of the total population); the four biggest groups being Estonians (44,652), Russians (30,878), Swedes (8,468) and Somalis (7,590).
  • You can work in 
  1. Major industries: electronics, metal, wood and paper industries, agriculture and forestry, engineering and manufacturing, chemical.
  2. Recent growth areas: the private services sector.
  3. Industries in decline: manufacturing.
  4. Shortage occupations: healthcare and social work as well as services that support public and business life. Graduates with experience in engineering, IT and electronics are also needed.
  5. Major companies: Kesko (retail), Pöyry (global consulting and engineering), Neste Oil, Nokia, Outokumpu (stainless steel), Sampo (insurance), S Group (retail), Finnair (aviation), Stora Enso (forest industry), L'Oréal (cosmetic), UPM-Kymmene (forest industry).
  • Average working hours: 40 per week.
  • Holidays: 24 days per year, rising to 30 after one year’s continuous employment with an employer.
Fees and Expenses
  • international students (non-EU/EEA students) need to show that they have at least 560€ per month (6720€ per year) at their disposal.
  • Finland is part of the eurozone area, so the currency in Finland is the euro (€). One euro equals 100 cents.
  • Scholarships for Bachelor’s and Master’s level degree studies.


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