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Study in Finland: A Guide for International Students

Most Nordic countries are known for their academic excellence and one-of-a-kind culture, and Finland is no exception. Not only is it a top-notch study abroad destination for anyone looking for a unique Nordic experience, it’s also home to some of the best universities in Europe today and has once again been named the happiest country in the world in 2019!

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Finland’s unique geographical position —right between Western and Eastern Europe, bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia— has influenced greatly in the country’s cultural expression, and Finland today offers visitors a combination of tradition and cutting-edge trendiness unlike anywhere else. Good governance, social innovation and functional solutions in business, industry and people’s everyday lives keep Finland running smoothly. In fact, Finland is so safe and functional, it would be boring if it weren’t for the quirky Finns. With harsh winters and gorgeous summers, Finland’s pristine natural beauty and landscapes are unparalleled and a source of both wonder and adventure, making your experience unforgettable.

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Whether it's the seaside capital of Helsinki, the medieval university town of Turku or the popular inland city of Tampere, you're bound to find a Finnish study abroad destination that's perfect for you. Don’t believe us? See for yourself! Read through our Study Abroad in Finland Guide and begin looking for a program that fits you best today!

Finland - Quick facts & figures




Finnish, Swedish


5.5 million

Area Size

338,440 km²

International students

20,273 (2018, Statistics Finland)

Academic Year

September - May


Euro (€)

Calling Code


Time Zone


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Thinking of studying abroad in Finland?

Finland is known as one of Europe’s most modern, most innovative countries, and its educational system is world-renowned!

So, if you’re interested in receiving a world-class education while immersing yourself in the fascinating Nordic lifestyle in the happiest country on earth, join the 20,000+ students studying abroad in Finland!

Education System

Want to learn about how higher education works in Finland? A popular destination for international students given its high-quality public and private education and fascinating Nordic culture, take a minute to dive into Finland’s higher education system!

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to study in Finland? Learn everything you need to know about the student residence permit process and the exact documents you need to enter and study the country.

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Finland.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Finland may vary. While European students can study for free, international students are expected to pay tuition fees in Finland. But there are plenty of scholarship opportunities available to help fund your study abroad journey. Read more here!

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Language & Culture

One of the Nordic countries, Finland’s culture is rooted in it’s stark and beautiful natural environment. Find out more about what it means to live in Finland as an international student!

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Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a higher education institution. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Finland and what you need to apply to the institution of your choice.

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The content of this country guide has been developed in partnership with Study in Finland.

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Study in Finland is the official starter's guide for international students interested in the opportunities Finland offers in higher education. Study in Finland is operated by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

Last update: 18 Feb 2020

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There are two types of higher education institutions in Finland: universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS). Doctoral programs are offered by the universities only. There are 13 Finnish universities and they are owned by the state; their focus lies in scientific research and they offer students a more theoretical education. UAS’s on the other hand, are governed by local municipalities ...
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Tuition Fees for Universities in Finland

Students from the EU/EEA/ or Switzerland are privy to Finland’s world-class public education and are not required to pay tuition fees. That said, this does not include added expenses from materials and living costs, so make sure to incorporate these into your overall budget. Scholarship opportunities are also lower for students from these countries.
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