The European Union member state and Nordic country, Finland, is one of the best destinations for international students intending to study abroad. The availability of wide range of courses taught in English language with the most sophisticated learning environment made Finland favorable destination for foreign students. Finland has developed its world class education system which offers students wonderful higher education opportunities in almost all fields of study. The reputation of its education system is high not only because it provides high standard of education but because also because it is continuously working and investing for increment in level of educational standards. As such, the national educational strategy is to invest substantial amount on research based education to develop the country as the information society. The higher educational wings of Finland constitutes of Universities and Polytechnics which provide most advanced state-of-art facilities to its students. The educational culture of Finland includes coordination and support between teachers and students throughout the study period. Teachers are always available to support and solve the problem that may occur to the students. The international students' life in Finland is not just about studying, instead it will be the most exciting, enjoyable, and memorable time in their whole life time. The unique Finnish culture, the geopolitical location neighboring Sweden, Norway, Russia, and Estonia gives student a wonderful and once in a life opportunities to explore all these countries at once along with the chances to know the cultures of one part of the world. Student will also have wonderful experience of Finnish way of life which consists high-tech society with an unspoiled nature.


Instructions about the method to get admission in Finnish Universities The admission procedures and practices vary from one university to another and one faculty to another. So, it will be wise to contact directly to the admissions department of related university for necessary admission information, application deadlines and procedures. However, in Finland, the admission requirements can be categorized according to Degree Students and Exchange Students.

For Degree Students

For Degree Students, the common requirements for admission in Finnish educational institutions are:

  • Undergraduate Level Studies

    It is very tough to get admission in undergraduate level studies for foreign students in Finland because each year limited number of students are granted opportunity to study in Finland for this level. Therefore competition is keen. Admissions are completely based on international students' academic achievement on previous study levels. The basic requirements for admission in undergraduate level for international students in Finland are:

    • Student must have completed an internationally recognized higher secondary education that is equivalent to Finnish Upper Secondary Education or Matriculation Examination.
    • Student must show good command in English by means of an internationally recognized English test like IELTS and TOEFL if English is not their first language.
    • Student must be prepared to take the entrance examination in which they must score sufficient mark that can satisfy admission officer.
    • Note: For technical subjects or for students intending to apply in Polytechnic Institutes or Universities of Applied Science, they must have completed internationally recognized higher secondary education that corresponds to their intended field of studies. The application procedure for programs conducted in English at Universities of Applied Sciences takes place through joint application system. Student are eligible to apply for up to four different degree programs using same application form. For more information please refer to www.admissions.fi

  • Postgraduate Level Studies

    The basic requirements for admission in undergraduate level for international students in Finland are:

    • Student must have completed an internationally recognized bachelor's degree.
    • Student must show good command in English by means of an internationally recognized English test like IELTS and TOEFL if English is not their first language.
    • Student must be prepared to take the entrance examination in which they must score sufficient mark that can satisfy admission officer.
  • Doctoral Level Studies

    The basic requirements for admission in Doctorate level for international students in Finland are:

    • Student must have completed an internationally recognized master's degree.
    • If English isn't the first language of the students, they'll require to show proficiency in English Language by means of English Tests like TOEFL and IELTS.
  • For Exchange Students

    Exchange students refers to visiting students intending to study for a short time in Finnish universities or colleges. Exchange students are those students who come to Finland, not to complete their whole degree program but to complete certain portion of their degree program. The length of exchange period is between 3 month to 1 Year. Student from any country can participate in exchange program if there is bilateral agreements between two higher educational institution of two countries. It is easier to make an arrangement for study placement in Finnish higher educational institution by the exchange student. Students from EU member states can get admitted into Finnish Institutions as exchange student under Socrates/Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci programs. ISEP exchange program (Fulbright) is available for the student from USA intending to study as exchange student. And, Nordplus scheme is available for student from Nordic countries.


Scholarships and Financial aid available for International Students in Finland There is wide range of scholarships and financial aid available for international students in Finland. The Center for International Mobility (CIMO) is responsible for scholarships and financial aid provided to foreign students in Finland. The scholarships are available for students from all countries and in all level and faculty. In an average, around 700 students get different scholarships and financial aid to study in Finnish educational institutions including various universities and colleges every year. Different scholarship program has different eligibility criteria, application deadlines and procedures. The scholarships and financial aids program normally includes monthly allowances. The amount of allowance vary according to academic performance of the applicant in previous studies and according to scholarship schemes. To know more about scholarships and financial programs available in Finland for International Students, visit the CIMO website.


Finnish Universities and Colleges

  • Åbo Akademi University
  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Joensuu
  • University of Jyväskylä
  • University of Kuopio
  • University of Lapland
  • University of Oulu
  • University of Tampere
  • University of Turku
  • University of Vaasa
  • Åland Polytechnic
  • Arcada
  • Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences
  • Diaconia University of Applied Sciences
  • EVTEK University of Applied Sciences
  • HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences
  • HAMK University of Applied Sciences
  • Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia
  • HUMAK University of Applied Sciences
  • Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences
  • Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
  • Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences
  • Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences
  • Lahti University of Applied Sciences
  • Laurea University of Applied Sciences
  • Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences
  • North Karelia University of Applied Sciences
  • u Polytechnic - University of Applied Sciences
  • Pirkanmaa Polytechnic - University of Applied Sciences
  • Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences
  • Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
  • Savonia University of Applied Sciences
  • Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK)
  • South Carelia Polytechnic
  • Svenska Yrkeshögskolan
  • Sydväst Polytechnic
  • Tampere Polytechnic - University of Applied Sciences
  • Helsinki University of Technology
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • Tampere University of Technology
  • Hanken Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration
  • Helsinki School of Economics (HSE)
  • Turku School of Economics (TSE)
  • Finnish Academy of Fine ArtsSibelius Academy
  • Theatre Academy
  • University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH


Living Cost for International Students in Finland In an average, the student living cost in Finland is high in comparison to its European neighbours. The cost of living in main cities like Helsinki can be even more higher. Students must be careful and must have special consideration while planning to study in Finland regarding high living cost that includes food, rent, health care, study materials, transportation, insurance, and any other costs . It is very difficult to support the living expenses, especially for the students from the Developing Asian and African Countries. If any financial assistance, grants or any scholarship is not awarded to students, it will be very difficult to maintain normal life standard. One of the way to support living expenses is to work in Finland up to 20 hours a week. But it is very difficult to find jobs in Finland as the unemployment rate is high and most of the employer seek the people who know Finnish language. It is estimated that international student need around US Dollar USD 850 to maintain the normal student life standard in Finland. This amount may vary according to the area where student going to reside. The cost of accommodation, and other services will vary according to place they stay. In cities, it is obvious to be more expensive to live than in villages. If student will cook food for themselves in their own apartments, then considerable sum of money can be saved. It is compulsory to become member of the student union for the students studying at Bachelor's and Master's degree level. Student Union will charge from USD 55 to USD 115 as a annual membership fee which entitles the student to a number of benefits including but not limited to health services, subsidized meals, cheap travel options and other discounts.


Capital: Helsinki
Population: 5,190,785
Area: 338,145 sq km
Language: Finnish, Swedish
Religion: Protestant, Finnish Orthodox
Continent: Europe