Finland is situated in northern Europe and neighbors Sweden, Norway and Russia. It is a member of the European Union where it represents both Nordic democracy and way of living. Equality in wealth is a key-driver in our society.
For an international student Finland is both an exotic and a safe target country. Finnish society is credible: a networked and transparent open civic society, where education is always a top first priority.
Finland is a global leader in information technology and also enjoys gender equality and low levels of corruption. It has got one of the most advanced education systems in the world, and as a result of its innovative mindset and investing in education we are blessed with high standard of living and quality of life.
Finland’s universities, like the rest of its education system, are among the best in the world. The Finnish government takes responsibility for educating each and every citizen, which means free education is available all the way through graduate school for students who can get admitted. At present, the availability of free public education is not limited to citizens of Finland – foreigners and exchange students can also take advantage of the free educational services paid for by the Finnish government. There have been efforts in the government in recent years to change this policy due to budget pressures, but for now it remains in place. People come to Finland to study a number of different subjects, but universities here are especially well known for their programs in architecture and design.
The system of higher education in Finland is split into two parts: universities and polytechnics (ammattikorkeakoulu in Finnish). Essentially, the universities teach academic subjects and are designed to prepare students for graduate school, whereas polytechnics teach more applied subjects and are usually terminal – that is, graduates from polytechnics rarely go on to get more advanced degrees. In the past, the division between universities and polytechnics was rigidly maintained by the academic establishment in Finland, but this is rapidly changing as a result of reforms initiated by Finland’s accession to the European Higher Education Area. The EHEA, an overarching governing body designed to help European countries integrate and standardize their education systems.
Thanks in large part to EHEA-mandated changes, Finland’s degree system now follows more or less the three-tiered system that is familiar in the United States and many other Western countries: an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s), an intermediate graduate degree (Master’s), and an advanced graduate degree (Doctoral). Because of the inclusion of polytechnics, Finland’s version of this system is slightly different from the one that exists in other countries, but the basic contours are similar. At the Doctoral level, Finnish universities offer two different degrees – a PhD and a Licentiate. Both of these degrees require the same degree of academic achievement and coursework, but the Licentiate does not have the complex dissertation process required for the PhD.
The college admissions process in Finland is heavily standardized, and entrance exams play a huge role in determining the final decision. In fact, college admissions decisions are based solely on test scores and grades – there are no essays, no interviews, and no holistic views of applicants of the sort that American colleges and universities use to evaluate applicants. It’s purely a numbers game, which is seen as more objective and therefore more fair by college authorities. Fortunately, the college entrance examinations are more comprehensive than standardized tests in places like China or the United States, so it’s easier for well-rounded students to do well. Nonetheless, competition for spots in Finnish universities is quite intense as a result of their quality, the limited number of spaces, and the fact that the education is free.
Why Study in Finland?
- 100% free/Scholarship (education free, no tuition fees)
- Scandinavian European country with Schengen visa
- Globally recognized education & quality education
- Higher education institutions are highly autonomous, but largely funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
- React to the needs of the society, and business and industry in their curricula and teaching
- Provide a wide range of high-quality programmes in English for exchange and degree students at all levels of education
- Give their students transferable skills on which they can build their future in academic fields and in the job market.
- The high standard of different facilities provided by Finland and especially higher education institutions is frequently commended by international students.
- In Finland all students have the right to use the institutions’ libraries freely with a library card. As well as well stocked libraries , all higher education institutions provide their students free access to the internet.
- Well-equipped laboratories, and e Learning platforms play also an important role in education. The buildings are modern and functional, and during cold winter days they are also very well heated.
Who Can apply for Bachelor Degree Courses in English?
- 12th Completed student having 2nd Division marks
- IELTS- 6.0 Minimum
- Good Score in Entrance exam
Who Can apply for Master Degree Courses in English?
- Bachelor’s Degree Completed student having 2nd Division marks
- IELTS- 6.0 to 6.5 Minimum
Cost to study in Finland
As I already mentioned above student do not have to pay the tuition fees in Finland if they are able to get admission. However, student need to cover their living expenses while studying in Finland. For that normally student need to take 6000 Euro along with them and they can use it as living cost and food. This amount only have to show after getting admission letter for the visa purpose only.