About Finland

Finland is a nordic country in Northern Europe. As one of the integral nations that decide the economy of Northern Europe, Finland is renowned for its excellence in education, economic competitiveness, civil liberties, quality of life, and human development. The country has ranked first in every annual World Happiness Report since 2018. Being a highly productive country in scientific research, Finland is a dream destination for international students who wish to redefine their higher education and academic careers. 

Basic Facts

  • Official name - Republic of Finland
  • Population - 5,553,000
  • Currency - Euro (EUR)
  • GDP - $267.61 billion
  • Capital – Helsinki
  • Official Languages - Finnish & Swedish
  • Largest City in the Country - Helsinki

Reasons to Study in Finland

  • There are unlimited scientific research opportunities with more than 20,000 international students all over the country.
  • Students can get a post-study work Visa for up to 2 Years after finishing their study program in the country.
  • Helsinki is considered one of the most popular student cities in the world.
  • 7 universities in Finland are among the top 500 in the world as per the QS World Rankings 2022.
  • A country with heart warming natural beauty and landscapes, Finland is among Europe’s most modern and innovative countries.

Intakes in Finland Universities

  • Autumn Intake - September
  • Spring Intake - January

Education Institutions in Finland

We can divide the Finnish higher education system into: 

  • Universities
  • Universities of Applied Sciences.

Universities focus on scientific research, whereas universities of applied sciences offer courses that aim to work out life needs. The higher education system contains 13 university-level institutions and 23 universities of applied sciences.

Time Schedule for Processing

Autumn Intake

  • IELTS Coaching - December
  • Appear for IELTS Test - January
  • IELTS Test Result Publication -January/February
  • Submit applications to Universities - from January to April
  • Receive Offer Letters - January to May
  • Arrangement of Funds - February to May
  • Financial Assessment in the Universities - May to June
  • Visa Application- June to July
  • Visa Grant - July to September
  • Fly to Finland - September

Spring Intake

  • IELTS Coaching - May
  • IELTS Test - June
  • IELTS Test Result Publication - July/August
  • Submit applications to Universities - from July to October
  • Receive Offer Letters - July to November
  • Arrangement of Funds - August to December
  • Financial Assessment in the Universities - September to January
  • Visa application - October to December
  • Visa Grant - December to January
  • Fly to Finland - January

Work Rights and Stay back Policies

  • One can apply for Permanent Residency status in Finland if stayed in Finland for four years without any break.
  • On average, International Students can work for 30 hours per week (part-time) during the academic year and work full time with no restrictions during holidays.
  • Students will get a residence permit for the entire length of their studies.
  • The type of permit for students studying for a higher education degree will change from temporary (B) to continuous (A), making it easier to obtain a permanent residence permit. According to the legislative reform, the family members of students will also receive a continuous (A) permit.

Cost of Study in Finland

  • The annual tuition fee depends on the university. It can vary between 4,000€ and 18,000€ approximately.
  • Living expenses like food, accommodation, travel, etc. are around €700 – €900, depending on your residence place and lifestyle.
  • University students must pay an annual student union fee, approximately €80 – €100.
  • There are similar student unions at universities of applied sciences (UAS), but membership is optional.

Test Requirements

For most universities in Finland, The admissions requirements are:

  • An IELTS academic score of 6.0 or 6.5
  • A TOEFL iBT score of 79 to 92