Why study in Finland?
Finnish education system was ranked best in the world in 2012 (the Learning Curve, Pearsons).
Thanks to their basic education and national entrance exams, Finnish students are highly motivated to study. Unlike in most countries, students also have a real influence on the quality of education. There is legislation in place that allows them exceptional influence in developing their institutions and studies together with their teachers.
Studying in Finland is regarded as relatively independent.
We are quick to adapt innovative studying methods for use. For example, problem-based learning has been in use at our polytechnics and universities for many years. Teaching methods in Finland are far from authoritarian. Learning is based on discussion, working together, and pupils finding information for themselves.
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High quality education
Finnish higher educational institutions are notably autonomous but largely funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Therefore the Ministry also oversees the quality of teaching carefully. These efficiently managed institutions:
* react to the needs of the society, business and industry in their curricula and teaching
* provide a wide range of high-quality programmes in English for exchange and degree students at all levels of education
* give their students transferrable skills on which they can build their future both in academic fields and in the private job market
Our higher educational institutions are small enough to operate functionally and effectively. They are all internationally oriented with special regional features, and you can choose from a variety of study environments ranging from larger urban campuses to ones that are close to nature.
Lots of Programmes in English – Over 450 Programmes Available
Finnish institutions provide over 450 degree and non-degree programmes in English. Within these international programmes the lectures, books as well as tests are all provided in English.
Non-degree programmes can be taken as part of an exchange period while the whole degree programmes take several years to complete, and lead to an official Finnish higher education Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree.
You can find these programmes listed in the Study programmes database section of this site.
The high standard of Finnish education is evident also in our international programmes. Finnish teachers are highly valued professionals and the content of our programmes is under constant development. Finnish expertise is celebrated worldwide in the fields of ICT, bio-technology, forestry and environmental sciences, architecture, design and art.
Moreover, your daily communicational will be effortless also outside of the classroom, and the campus, as Finns are fluent in English.
Integrity and openness are important values in Finland, and networking is very much encouraged already during one’s studies. Here you can start getting connected with fellow international and Finnish students, organisations and the working world alongside taking your classes. Often these networks and friendships last for a lifetime.
Quality in research and education
Our national education policy, excellent basic education, and student selection for higher education based on entrance exams underpins the high standards in Finnish higher education.
The Finnish attitude to studying promotes an individual approach: students are encouraged to question information and think for themselves. After all, learning is the goal of all studying.
In Finnish universities teaching is based on research. Master’s degree programmes provided by the universities are based on the specific expertise of each individual university. These high-quality programmes combine in-depth research with the needs of working life.
At polytechnics (also known as universities of applied sciences) Research & Development is the basis for teaching. Cooperation with local industry and commerce boosts studying as the education is shaped to answer the needs and expectations of industry and commerce.
Finnish professors are highly valued experts in their fields and easy to approach.
Independent audits of the quality control systems of higher education institutions are conducted by FINEEC, The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre. In common with other countries with a highly developed higher education sector, Finland has an enhancement-oriented quality assurance system.
The criteria used in auditing these quality assurance systems are made public, as are all the final reports. The audit evaluates the fitness for purpose and performance of the quality assurance system, issuing recommendations for its improvement and highlighting best practices. A successful higher education institution is awarded an audit certificate indicating that its quality assurance system has been audited.
Student involvement in auditing is an automatic requirement.
Excellent facilities for work and fun
The high standard of different facilities provided by Finland and especially by the higher education institutions is highly valued by international students.
In Finland all students have the right to use the institutions’ libraries freely with a library card. As well as well stocked libraries, all higher education institutions provide their students free access to the internet. Well-equipped laboratories and eLearning platforms play also an important role in education.
The buildings are modern and functional, and during cold winter days they are also very well heated.
Students are guided through their studies by professional student services. All students make a personal study plan to help them schedule their time and also act as a guide through their studies. Student counselling is provided by all institutions, and teachers are also committed to support their students throughout their studies.
Healthy and nutritious school lunches, subsidized by Kela the social security insurance institution of Finland, are served in each higher educational institution for a very low-cost. Special diets because of religious, ethical or cultural reasons or due to allergies can also be served without an extra cost.
Students unions and student associations arrange tutoring and informal leisure activities at each institution. Excellent opportunities for sports and cultural activities from concerts and exhibitions to football and dancing are available almost everywhere.
Finland is a well-organised and efficient society. Finland rely on (and can rely on!) it’s general infrastructure as both public and private services are run effectively.
Indeed, Finland is one of the world’s most stable nations. In 2013 Finland was ranked as the least failed state in the world for the third year in a row (the Failed States Index).
Having well run public services like the police, fire and rescue services, transportation, education, and health care are fundamental to our daily living.
Banking, safety, technology – you name it: everything works!
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