Top 7 Universities in Finland for international students

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Finland is not only considered among the top study abroad destinations, it also has the best education system in the world ergo it is home to some of the best universities around the globe. Moreover, Weforum.org named it among the happiest countries of the world in 2019. If you are still asking are universities in Finland good, take a look at some of the top universities in the top destination to study abroad. And if you want to know about the best education systems around the world take a look at this:

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Best Universities in Finland

As we said, Finnish universities are rated among the best in the world. One of the main reasons for this is that whether it is school, college, or university, the focus is solely on learning. So without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at some of the best universities in Finland:

University of Tampere

Located in Kalevantie, this Finn university is the second largest in the country and ranks among the top 300 universities in the world. It was born through a collaboration of the University of Tampere and the local University of Technology. It offers a wide range of courses not restricted to technology though tech education is a big part of why students flock here. Here’s a list of courses offered by the University of Tampere:

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Arts And Humanities
  • Biological Sciences
  • Clinical, Preclinical And Health.
  • Communication And Media Studies
  • Companies Management
  • Economic Business
  • Education
  • Electrical And Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • General Engineering
  • Geology, Environmental, Terrestrial And Marine Sciences
  • International Politics And Studies
  • Life Science
  • Mechanical And Space Engineering
  • Medicine And Dentistry
  • Physics
  • Sociology

Your bachelorette or masters can set you back up to 12000 euros per year. Medium of instruction is both Finnish and English for most courses but you’d do well to check whether the course you want to take is offered in the language of your preference.

University of Helsinki

Located at the Global Gateway of the country, the Helsinki University ranks 96 among the World Universities Ranking 2022 and is another popular student destination. It is also among the leading global multi-disciplinary universities. It owes its reputation to its high education standard, innovative approach, and research facilities. The founders believed that teaching is best achieved through research and this belief is upheld till date. And if you don’t want to live in the trade hub of Finland, you can opt to study at one of the other eight campuses around the country – provided of course the program you select is available at the campus of your choice. Here’s a list of programs offered at Helsinki:

  • Agriculture And Forestry
  • Archeology
  • Arts And Humanities
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical, Preclinical And Health.
  • Communication And Media Studies
  • Companies Management
  • Computer Science
  • Economic Business
  • Economics And Econometrics
  • Education
  • Education
  • Geography
  • Geology, Environmental, Terrestrial And Marine Sciences
  • History, Philosophy And Theology
  • International Politics And Studies (Including Development Studies)
  • Languages, Literature And Linguistics
  • Law
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Medicine And Dentistry
  • Other Health
  • Physics
  • Physics And Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Veterinary Science

Apart from the courses listed above, there are also many research institutes affiliated with Helsinki. You can expect to pay between 13 to 18 thousand Euros per year depending upon the course you select. Of course this is over and above your other expenses such as accommodation, purchase of stationery, travel, and so on.

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Alto University

This is relatively new. It’s located in Espoo with a few other campuses around the country. In perfect alignment with the country’s policy of focus on learning, the Alto University also aims to build a great country by educating its citizens. The focus is on experiential interdisciplinary learning through project work. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a good experience not just in theory but in practice too. You can customize your study program based on your career goals. Here’s a list of programs on offer:

  • Agriculture and forestry
  • archeology
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Biological sciences
  • chemistry
  • Clinical, preclinical and health.
  • Communication and media studies
  • Companies Management
  • Computer Science
  • Economic business
  • Economics and econometrics
  • education
  • education
  • geography
  • Geology, environmental, terrestrial and marine sciences
  • History, philosophy and theology
  • International politics and studies (including development studies)
  • Languages, literature and linguistics
  • Law
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Medicine and dentistry
  • Other health
  • physics
  • Physics and astronomy
  • psychology
  • Sociology
  • Veterinary science

As far as tuition fees go, you can expect to pay between 10 to 15 thousand EUR per year depending upon your study program. Alto University boasts a placement rate of 83% – that is 83% students get placed immediately after graduation whether through the university or independently.

University of Eastern Finland

Located in Joensuu, the University of Eastern Finland ranks 500th among the Word Universities of 2022. With 15000 students spread over three campuses each having four colleges, this is relatively smaller as compared to other Universities in Finland; but that does not make it any less valuable. It has its place among the top 100 universities for Agriculture and Forestry.

The three campuses are located variously in Joensuu, Kuopio, and Savonlinna and each has four colleges one each for Philosophy, Science & Forestry, Health Sciences, and Social Science & Business Studies. Focus is on research based learning in an evolving digital environment. Here are the courses offered:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Arts & humanities
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business & economics
  • Business & Management
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health
  • Computer science
  • Computer Science
  • Economics & Econometrics
  • Education
  • Education
  • Geography
  • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • History, Philosophy & Theology
  • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Law
  • Life sciences
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Other Health
  • Physical sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Psychology
  • Social sciences
  • Sociology

Be prepared to pay anything between 8000 to 15000 EUR per year as tuition fee apart from other expenses.

University of Oulu

Located in the city of Oulu, the University of Oulu, Finland, ranks between 200 to 300 in the World Universities Ranking. The location is perhaps strategic situated as it is in the research and development hub of the country. Or perhaps the fact that the university is located here is what led to Oulu becoming the research hub of Finland.

Be that as it may, the University of Oulu is among the oldest universities in Finland. The mission of the University is to build a healthy, smart, and sustainable world by gifting it a set of talented citizens each year. To this end, the university offers scholarships that subsidize up to 75% of the tuition costs for international students. The university offers graduate, post graduate, and Ph.D level programs in Humanities, IT, Electrical Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Technology. Here’s a detailed list of programs offered:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art, Performing Arts & Design
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business & economics
  • Business & Management
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health
  • Computer science
  • Economics & Econometrics
  • Education
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering & technology
  • General Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • History, Philosophy & Theology
  • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Life sciences
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Other Health
  • Physical sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Social sciences

Studying at the University of Oulu is likely to cost you up to 10000 Euros in terms of annual tuition fee apart from other expenses. If that sounds overwhelming you can always try for a scholarship.

Still not sure? Here’s a list of questions you should ask as an International Student.

University of Turku

The University of Turku ranks from 250 to 350 among the World Universities in 2022. Another of the older universities in Finland, it was established way back in 1920, over a century ago and continues to provide stellar education to its students. The Turku University is the second largest U in Finland preceded only by Helsinki. It offers courses and research opportunities in seven colleges across the country in the fields of economics, humanities, social sciences, and medicine. The university is headquartered in Turku and has presence in many Finnish cities as well as in Rome. Here’s a list of courses you can take at the University of Turku:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business & economics
  • Business & Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Computer science
  • Economics & Econometrics
  • Education
  • Engineering & technology
  • Geography
  • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • History, Philosophy & Theology
  • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Law
  • Life sciences
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Physical sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Politics & International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social sciences

Sociology

Tuition fee is around 9 to 12 thousand Euros annually.

University of Jyväskylä

The Jyväskylä University ranks 346 among the world universities.  Founded in 1863 it is also among the oldest universities in Finland. And the fact that it registered a 10% admission rate in 2015 makes it one of the more popular choices for international students.

Jyväskylä University offers courses in seven disciplines namely Business and Economics, Education, Health Sciences, Humanities, Information Technology, Mathematics and Science, Social Sciences, and Sports. The programs offered under the various disciplines are:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Art, Performing Arts & Design
  • Arts & humanities
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business & economics
  • Business & Management
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Computer science
  • Computer Science
  • Economics & Econometrics
  • Education
  • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • History, Philosophy & Theology
  • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Life sciences
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Physical sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Psychology
  • Social sciences
  • Sociology
  • Sport Science

Jyväskylä imposes a registration fee for students coming from the EU or the European Economic Area and students of Switzerland. So if you belong to one of these regions, you can expect to incur a slightly higher cost. Otherwise the approximate annual tuition fee for most courses is 10000 euros.

Finland has one of the best education systems of the world. It follow therefore that if you complete your post-graduation or Ph.D in virtually any university in this country, you will get the best learning experience.

On a note of caution, despite the best listings you should conduct your own research based on your personal circumstances, needs, and goals.

We have listed 7 of the better known universities of the country here. If you would like us to review any particular university or course in depth or you do not find the college or university of your choice here, do let us know. We’ll do our best to help you research it.

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