Study in Finland

Quick facts

  • Population: 5,487,308 (2016)
  • Capital: Helsinki
  • Geographical size: 338,435 km2
  • GDP: € 214,062 billion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): Finnish, Swedish
  • Currency: Euro

Higher education in Finland

  • Number of higher education institutions: 39
  • Number of students in higher education: 308,900 (2012, Euromonitor International from national statistics/UNESCO)
  • Number of international students in higher education: 17,582 (2012, UNESCO)
  • Language of instruction: Most higher education programmes in Finland are taught in Finnish or Swedish language, but you will find many taught in English too.
  • Typical tuition fees: Tuition fees will be introduced for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. Finnish higher education institutions decide themselves how high the tuition fees will be. They will furthermore provide scholarship programmes for non-EU/EEA students enrolled in the fee-charging degree programmes. Membership of a student union, which costs between 60 and 100€ per year is strongly recommended and offers many advantages.
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Finland:
    • Bachelor’s degree programme: 3-4 years
    • Master’s degree programme: 2 years
    • Doctorate/PhD: 3-5 years


Finland is a country of contrasts with lovely summers and cold winters, pure nature and an innovative high-end technology sector.

Finland’s modern, liberal society highly values education and embodies traditional values and beliefs. This unique mix makes studying in Finland an unforgettable experience.

Known as a country of high standards, Finland is a very safe place to be, with an effective and well-funded education system.

Ranking amongst the top in various international rankings, the country far up in the North continues to attract more and more international students.

Modern study facilities, good class-sizes and a close connection between studies and research, as well as students and researchers, make Finland a top destination for international students.

With over 400 study programmes taught in the English language, covering a wide range of subjects, Finland is a hub for international education.

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