5 Amazing Reasons to Study Abroad in Finland

5 Amazing Reasons to Study Abroad in Finland

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Updated January 27, 2022 Updated January 27

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Welcoming almost 30,000 international students every year, Finland is a growing study destination…  And it’s not hard to see why! Its gorgeous eerie landscape, progressive higher education system and excellent programs make it one of the most desirable spots in the world to live and study. So, if reaping the benefits of low-cost study abroad sounds like your cup of tea, or tee in Finnish, continue reading and discover five great reasons to study in Finland…

1. Helsinki’s both off-the-beaten track and cosmopolitan.

The Finnish capital, Helsinki, is perfect for students seeking a real adventure, without being completely cut off from the rest of the world. With about 600,000 inhabitants, Helsinki avoids the overwhelming crowds and metropolitan spread of other capitals, but retains the feel of an international hub – reflected in its vibrant art scene and dynamic start up culture!  

2. You’ll find good value for money.       

While international students will now have to pay between €13,000 and €18,000 in annual tuition fees to study in Finland, home and EU students are not liable to pay any fees. According to Numbeo.com, in fact, rent and consumer prices in Helsinki tend to be lower, and local purchasing power higher, than in other popular student cities such as London, Paris or Tokyo.

3. Explore Scandinavia.

Studying in Finland, you’ll be within reach of many idyllic Scandinavian destinations. From Lapland to Finland’s west coast to the aurora borealis, you’ll have easy access to some of the world’s most beautiful and prized sights. Whether you dream of visiting sparkling lakes, long stretches of beach, dense forests populated by wolves and bears (!) or really dig uber-cool indie galleries and coffee shops and modern design and architecture, Finland should definitely have something that will appeal to your imagination and senses.

4. Take part in the Helsinki Challenge!

Take a shot at finding solutions to the 17 global issues outlined by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by enrolling in this science-based competition and idea accelerator. Build a team of three to ten members and work alongside scientists, public agencies, art communities and businesses to develop innovative solutions.

5.  Make the world a better place.

Many of the courses taught at the University of Helsinki are linked with research efforts crucial to the future of mankind, and involve collaborating with public policy developers and business leaders. Check out the wide range of master’s programs available at the University of Helsinki here – how will YOU help make the world a better place?

Join a community of innovators at the University of Helsinki

The oldest university in Finland, the University of Helsinki is one of the world’s top 100 universities, as featured in the QS World University Rankings. A leader in climate change research, the University of Helsinki is dedicated to finding solutions to some of the biggest challenges of today and tomorrow. The university boasts competitive research structures and state-of-the-art facilities, and frequently collaborates with other world-leading institutions and research units.

The University of Helsinki offers a selection of master’s programs taught in English for international and EU students, in a range of subjects. If you have any questions about the move to Finland or life at the university as an international student, get in touch by email, on Facebook or via the university blog!  

This article was originally published in October 2016 . It was last updated in January 2020

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