Thinking about studying in Finland? Nearly 90% of our international students recommend University of Helsinki. Find out why!
Studying in Finland
Several surveys indicate that Finland is one the best countries in the world to live in thanks to the quality of life, overall stability – and education. We have one of the most advanced educational systems in the world. The high level of our education system is well-known and Finnish schoolchildren have excelled in PISA surveys for several years. Finland is also one of the safest countries in the world, and the values of equality, integrity, and openness are important for us. No wonder that Finland has been nominated as the World’s Best Country by Newsweek magazine.
Finland is unique among the Nordic countries, with its distinctive language and culture. Finnish and Swedish are the official languages. According to the EF English Proficiency Index, Finns are among the best non-native English speakers in the world. Finland is on the forefront of technology and still having its roots deep in nature. Winters can be harsh but warm summers and long hot summer days more than compensate that cold season.
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The University of Helsinki is the largest university in Finland, and one of the leading multidisciplinary universities in the world. Every teacher is a researcher, and vice versa. Students are closely connected to current research from the start of their studies so you will learn from the best. A multidisciplinary approach and international cooperation networks offer international students a wider perspective to research and science.
Choose from a variety of master's degree programmes in English for international students. Go to our degree finder and find out more!
Helsinki is a vibrant city for students. With several higher education institutions in the Helsinki area and 60 000 university students, it is well set up to cater to the needs of students from all walks of life. There are many student activities, services and leisure activities on offer.
Helsinki is a very safe, modern, and green city with half a million friendly folks. Everything here is within easy reach and things work here. Helsinki is a good place to explore the cool urban culture, surrounding nature and the sea that makes its presence felt everywhere in Helsinki.
The University of Helsinki operates on four campuses in Helsinki. Apart from the campuses the University also operates at 15 other locations within Finland and abroad e.g. in Kenya.
We Finns aren’t the biggest chit-chatters and we don’t feel the need to fill every silent moment in a conversation with blabber. This doesn’t mean we aren’t social – we are but in our own funny way. Genuine Finns usually mean what they say. We prefer a straight and honest approach, which explains why lots of people like to do business with us.
On the other hand, Finnish people love to tell tales and test the listener if they buy everything they are told. We giggle by ourselves and become happy when the listener realises we were only joking. This is a part of Finnish black humour and one shouldn’t get offended by this sort of treatment – telling jokes and even laughing at someome’s cost is our peculiar way of telling we like you. If you get invited to a Finnish home you have earned your place in a Finnish heart and are building up to a life-long friendship with a Finn!