Finland offers a wide range of high quality degree options in English, and according to 2015-2016 Times Higher Educational World University rankings, six of its universities are in the global top 400. What’s more, Finnish universities and universities of applied science do not currently charge any tuition fees.
Finland is a highly developed country with a fully functioning infrastructure, education system, health care services and a vibrant cultural life. Studying in Finland is a safe and quite exotic way to acquire academic and professional experience and gain personal growth. With a population of just over five million, Finland is a spacious country with people-friendly cities - the traffic is manageable, rush hours are a rarity and the cities are designed for walking and cycling as well as driving. In addition to having a world class educational system and a dynamic innovation environment, Finland also boasts exquisite natural beauty. Situated in northern Europe, Finland borders Russia in the east, the Gulf of Finland in the south, the Gulf of Bothnia and Sweden in the west, and Norway in the north. Its capital is Helsinki and the official languages are Finnish and Swedish with 94% of the population speaking Finnish.
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Finland is a Nordic welfare state where equality is the fundamental ideology behind education. Thanks to the high quality of Finnish education, the country has managed to advance into a world-class knowledge society, where education is provided by 14 universities and 24 universities of applied sciences. Finnish institutions provide over 450 degree and non-degree programmes in English so there is a lot to choose from. There are currently about 20,000 international full degree students in Finnish higher education institutions – including a small but significant amount (500+) from India. Your daily communication will be effortless outside the classroom also as the Finns are fluent in English. Finnish higher education consists of two complementary sectors; Universities provide academic education based on research. All 14 universities offer Bachelor’s (180 ECTS, 3 years), Master’s (120 ECTS, 2 years) and doctoral (240 ECTS, 4 years) degrees. Universities of Applied Sciences (polytechnics) provide vocational education on a higher level and promote applied research. The 24 universities of applied sciences (UAS) offer Bachelor’s (210-240 ECTS, 4-4,5 years) and special Master’s (60-90 ECTS, 1-1,5 years) degrees. Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences do not currently charge any tuition fee. However, the situation may change so monitor the latest information for Studying on Finland’s website. Students who graduate from Finland become experts with transferable skills and often with multidisciplinary competence. International students have particularly appreciated the superb conditions of the study facilities, the IT services and the support services; they are also guided through their studies by professional student services . Six Finnish universities feature in the Global Top 400 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 – the highest of which is The University of Helsinki ranked 76.
The Centre for International Mobility (CIMO), an organisation which operates under the Finnish Ministry of Education, offers services to encourage cross-cultural communication. CIMO scholarships are mainly targeted for postgraduate students who have completed their Master-level studies. There are two types of scholarships: individual scholarships, which young researchers apply for themselves, and host fellowships, which are applied by the Finnish higher education departments willing to host researchers and postgraduates. It should be noted that in Finland Master’s programmes are not considered postgraduate studies. CIMO’s undergraduate scholarships promote advanced studies.