You are at a very significant stage in your life. Either you have already decided to study abroad or are at least considering it. This will be quite possibly one of the most important choices you have made in your life so far. The University of Helsinki has so much to offer and we would like to challenge you to learn more about us: why choose The University of Helsinki.
Why University of Helsinki?
The University of Helsinki is one of world’s leading multidisciplinary research universities. It is a member of more than half of all national and Nordic centres of excellence in research. It is also the only Finnish university to be a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), an association of 21 leading European universities promoting the conditions and opportunities for basic research in Europe.
The University of Helsinki is internationally renowned for its high quality teaching, research, and innovation. International rankings consistently place the University of Helsinki amongst the 20 best universities in Europe. The main strength of the University of Helsinki is considered to be scientific research and the teaching which is derived from it, as we believe that teaching is closely linked to research. This is reflected in our philosophy: “All teachers are researchers and all researchers teach.”
Some facts about the University of Helsinki
- The biggest university in Finland with over 32 000 students, 6% international
- 11 faculties and 4 campuses within the Helsinki area
- 7600 employees: 61% teaching and research staff (22 % international)
- 180 000 alumni all over the world
The University of Helsinki is a significant international player and a multicultural institution that attracts students from all over the world. Around 22% of the research and teaching staff, and nearly a third of the doctoral trainees and postdoctoral researchers come from abroad. International students typically choose the University of Helsinki because of the excellent reputation for high-quality research and teaching. The University of Helsinki offers a wide range of Master’s Programmes taught in English.
The University of Helsinki offers a wide range of Master’s Degree Programmes, taught in English. The scope of our programmes is 120 ECTS credits, completed with two years of fulltime study. Some programmes are organised by the University of Helsinki along with other Finnish and foreign universities. All programmes comply with the national legislation governing university education and are, therefore, recognised globally.
Our Master’s Degree Programmes provide students a solid foundation for doctoral studies. All PhD programmes at the University of Helsinki can be carried out in English. Doctoral degrees are of a high quality and enjoy international recognition. Doctoral graduates from the University of Helsinki possess excellent skills and knowledge for research work and other demanding expert positions in both Finnish and international businesses and organisations. Would you like to be one of them? Find out more!
The reason which makes international students choose the University of Helsinki is the university’s good reputation and the high level of research and teaching. Research funding, honours and prizes awarded to our researchers are an indication of the wide-spread esteem among the global scientific community. In the International Student Barometer 2014, our international students ranked technology, our learning spaces, and above all, our laboratories to top positions globally. The University of Helsinki is committed to provide excellent library and information services to all students and researchers. There are modern libraries on all four campuses, the latest being the award-winning City Centre Campus Library.
No matter what is your main goal in your life, studying at a top ranking university gives you numerous opportunities for your future professional life. The University of Helsinki has an immaculate reputation, and a degree earned at a reputable institution makes finding employment much easier.
The University of Helsinki is committed to promoting equality and preventing discrimination in all its operations. Equality is one of the guiding values of the University of Helsinki. The university intends to be a forerunner in the promotion of equality and the creation of an atmosphere of respect for diversity. It recognises and eliminates practices and structures that create and sustain inequality. Equality and, as a related factor, accessibility contribute to the quality of a multicultural and multilingual university community. Read more!
Helsinki is a very safe, modern, well-organised, and green city with half a million people. It's compact with both the cool urban culture and the surrounding nature and sea within easy reach. No wonder the city was nominated as the The Best Cities to Live in (#3)! by Metropoly 2016 Rankings. In addition to being the capital of Finland, Helsinki has a reputation of being 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. A wide range of international study programmes attracts new students to Helsinki from all over the world. Explore and be inspired!
International university rankings evaluate the amount and impact of research conducted at institutions of higher education, the quality of teaching, the reputation of the institutions in question among researchers and employers as well as the extent of their international outlook.
Only a few Nordic universities have reached the top 100. In nearly all 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.
You can read more about the university rankings here