Why choose University of Helsinki?

At the University of Helsinki, our goal is to give you more than an education. We want to provide you with the kind of knowledge, skills and confidence needed in your future professional life, but that can also contribute to solving global challenges. If you are looking for world-class education, find out why to choose the University of Helsinki.

The University of Helsinki is internationally renowned for its high-quality teaching, research and innovation. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki ranks amongst the top 20 universities in Europe and top 100 universities worldwide.

In the majority of the most important rankings, the University of Helsinki places in the 50-100 range, elevating it to the top 0.5% of the world's universities.

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The University of Helsinki is one of world’s leading multidisciplinary research universities. Our goal is to produce high-impact knowledge and know-how that contribute to solving global challenges. We are the only Finnish university to be a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), an association of 21 leading research-intensive universities in Europe.

The University of Helsinki is also the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, established in 1640 and with 32 000 students, 4 600 researchers, and 180 000 alumni.

All teaching at the University of Helsinki is strongly research-based. Our philosophy is: “All teachers are researchers and all researchers teach". It means that when studying with us, you learn from top scientists. Students and researchers work together on the campuses, and the professors and teachers are easily approachable for discussions and informal consultations. This interaction between students and other researchers is an essential part of the academic life at the University of Helsinki.

The University of Helsinki offers over 30 globally recognised Master’s Programmes in English. The scope of the programmes is 120 ECTS credits, completed with two years of full-time study. The wide variety of minor subject options allows a multidisciplinary approach and enables you to tailor your degree based on your own interests and strengths. All programmes are closely linked to our research efforts that are vital to the future of humankind and aim to give you the knowledge and skills needed in your professional life and to tackle global challenges.

Doctoral education at the University of Helsinki is carried out under the supervision of top-class researchers in 32 doctoral programmes at four doctoral schools. English is the primary language of study in doctoral education. Read more about doctoral education at the University of Helsinki.

Find the right programme for you in the Degree Finder. Please note that at the moment the University of Helsinki does not offer any Bachelor’s Degree Programmes in English.

Are you considering a student exchange at the University of Helsinki? We welcome about 1000 exchange students each year. Read more about exchanges studies at the University of Helsinki.  


The campuses of the University of Helsinki are functional yet inspiring and offer diverse study and learning environments. You can study in historical buildings from the 19th century, in versatile classrooms onsite or remotely, or in state-of-the-art laboratories. There are also modern libraries on all four campuses, the latest being the award-winning City Centre Campus Library (Kaisa). The architecture and design are simply stunning. Alternatively, you can immerse yourself in discussions with fellow students and faculty members in student cafes or restaurants, virtual spaces or buzzing meeting places specially designed for co-creation.

As a student at the University of Helsinki, you have access to comprehensive ICT services to support your studies. Different electronic learning platforms are in use, study materials are distributed through electronic channels and course literature can be borrowed as e-books. 

Visit the Think Corner website to learn more about the public space for sassy science, noisy co-creation and best talks in town.

Read more in detail about the inspiring study environments at the University of Helsinki. There is a reason why our international students rank our learning spaces, technology and our laboratories to top positions globally.

The University of Helsinki is a significant international university and a multicultural institution, attracting students and staff from all over the world. Out of 32 000 students altogether 6% are international students coming from some other country than Finland. More than 20% of the research and teaching staff and nearly a third of the doctoral trainees and postdoctoral researchers come from abroad. About 800 students embark on a student exchange every year. Meanwhile, the University of Helsinki receives approximately 1 000 incoming exchange students each year.

International students typically choose the University of Helsinki because of the excellent reputation for high-quality research and teaching.

A degree from a top ranking university gives numerous opportunities for your future professional life, and building your own career path begins already during your studies. What are your career goals and how can you reach them?

Career Services at the University of Helsinki can guide and support you from the start of your studies until one year after the completion of your degree. Their services include career guidance and counselling, courses and events, and facilitation of mentoring groups. Find out more about the Career Services at the University of Helsinki.

Helsinki Think Company is the entrepreneurship society of the University of Helsinki bringing together students, researchers and other people interested in entrepreneurship. They provide a platform for testing business ideas, boot camps, accelerator programmes, free coworking spaces, workshops, mentoring and a community of like-minded individuals. Read how the Helsinki Think Company puts academics into action.


Equality is one of the guiding values of the University of Helsinki. The university is committed to and intends to be a forerunner in the promotion of equality, prevention of discrimination and in creating an atmosphere of respect for diversity. It recognises and eliminates practices and structures that create and sustain inequality. Equality and accessibility contribute to the quality of a multicultural and multilingual university community.

Read more about equality and diversity at the university.

Student life is an important part of your study experience. At the University of Helsinki, student life blooms and thousands of events are organised in more than 250 student organisations. Whatever your interests are, you are likely to find like-minded people and the right activities for you.

Although life in Helsinki might not be the cheapest, the students are entitled to a lot of benefits, discounts and services that will make your life easier. For example, you have access to affordable student housing, free basic health care services and student-priced meals as well as sports facilities. In addition, you also get numerous discounts, for example on public transport fees across the country or on tickets to cultural events or attractions.  

Read more about all the benefits that you enjoy as a student at the University of Helsinki.

Helsinki, the capital of Finland and one of the most liveable cities in the world, is a safe, modern and compact. Everything is right at your doorstep: The cool urban culture and events, the beautiful green areas and wild nature with hiking trails and the sea with around 330 islands. The public transport system has been named the second best among European cities and the great bike share system consists of more than 2 500 bikes. With several higher education institutions in the area and 60 000 university students, it is a vibrant student city catering to all your needs.

Read more about the top reasons to live and study in the city of Helsinki.