Why Study in Finland
• Finnish education system was ranked best in the world in 2012 (the Learning Curve, Pearsons).
• Thanks to their basic education and national entrance exams, Finnish students are highly motivated to study. Unlike in most countries, students also have a real influence on the quality of education. There is legislation in place that allows them exceptional influence in developing their institutions and studies together with their teachers.
• Studying in Finland is regarded as relatively independent.
• We are quick to adapt innovative studying methods for use. For example, problem-based learning has been in use at our polytechnics and universities for many years. Teaching methods in Finland are far from authoritarian. Learning is based on discussion, working together, and pupils finding information for themselves.
Cost of Studying in Finland
Education in Finland is an education system with no tuition fees and with fully subsidised meals served to full-time students. Though student have to pay for living.
System of education in Finland?
Finnish higher education consists of two parts:
• Universities provide academic education based on research. All 14 universities offer Bachelor’s, Master's, licentiate and doctoral degrees (3 + 2 + 4 years).
• Universities of Applied Sciences (polytechnics) provide vocational education on a higher level and promote applied research. Polytechnics confer Bachelor’s (from 3.5 up to 4 years) and Master’s (1 – 1.5 years) degrees. A student is eligible for polytechnic/UAS Master’s level studies after accomplishing a Bachelor’s degree, and having acquired at least three years of relevant work experience after that.
Cost of living?
When applying for their student residence permit, international students (non-EU/EEA students) need to show that they have at least 560€ per month (6720€ per year) at their disposal. This is the absolute minimum required by the immigration authorities, but we recommend that you reserve at least 700-900 euros per month.
Student visa process ?
Non-EU/EEA citizens need to apply for their student residence permit before their arrival in Finland If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, please refer to the advice and links below to learn how, where and when to apply for your student residence permit.
Very important: • Once you have received your official letter of acceptance from your hosting Finnish university or polytechnic (UAS), please start the application procedure for your student residence permit as soon as possible. • When applying for a student residence permit, you usually need to visit the local Finnish embassy in person. If your home country does not have a Finnish embassy,you usually need to travel to a Finnish embassy in some neighbouring country. • We recommend that you check all the visa/student residence permit application procedures well in advance, also taking into account possible travel expenses due to residence permit application procedures. When applying for your student residence permit, you will need to demonstrate that you have enough financing to cover your living expenses in Finland (see section 'Cost of living') and that you have a valid health insurance (see section 'Insurance and health') As of 1 December 2014, it is possible to apply for a Finnish personal identity code and getregistered in the Finnish Population system at the same time as you apply for a residence permit. More details on this on the Migri website! Note that you can also deal with the registration later on, after you have arrived in Finland