Finland is a Scandinavian country located in the northern part of Europe. It shares border with Russia, Sweden and Norway. It is one of the coldest countries in the world as it is in northern part of Europe. Helsinki is the capital city of Finland.

Why Finland

Finland is ranked as the happiest country in the world for a pretty long time now. It is also the country with least corruption and highest HDI. Living and studying in a country this good certainly have a positive impact in life of students. Also, Finnish education system is widely accepted as one of the best education systems in the world. Finland is home to some of the best universities in the world which provides a wide variety of courses to students willing to study different subjects. It is one of the most developed country in the world and

Education System

Finnish education system is widely accepted as the best in the world. Finland is known for having some of the best university in the world and their education system is one of the best in the world. They are home to one of the best universities in Europe. The degree’s provided by Finnish universities are of three types: 1. Bachelor’s degree 2. Master’s degree 3. Doctorate degree Colleges and universities: Finland like most of the other countries in the world have two major types of universities. Private and public universities. These universities have high global ranking and also produce skilled human resources. Their education system is skill developing rather than making students work hard for nothing to achieve in return. Because of this, students in Finland can study without having to be in any academic pressure and yet turn out to be one of the best in the world. Degree’s in Finland are provided mainly by two types of universities. Public university: Public university are the university funded by the government and work for non-profit with the main goal of making students who are capable of leading the nation and world in the future. These universities are cheaper than private university and are also somewhat better than them in various aspects. Also, public universities provide most of the undergraduate degrees in local language i.e. either Finnish or Swedish. Private university: Private universities are the universities owned by a person or an organization with sole purpose of profit. They also provide high quality education to students but they are relatively more expensive than public universities. They rely on student’s funding to run making it more expensive than the public options. They mostly provide their education in English language so that students need not to understand any new language in order to study there.


Public universities in Finland gives courses to students from any country in the world for free if they choose to study in Finnish. Even to get education in English, cost of attending a public university in Finland is pretty much cheaper than that in other abroad study destinations like USA, Canada, UK. But the cost of living can be high as it is a Scandinavian country. Cost also depends upon the city, university and course you’re applying to. Tuition Tuition fees on Finnish university is different for international students than that to Finish student. The tuition cost depends on the course and the university mainly. On average: Public universities (course in English language): 6000 euro to 9000 euro a year (undergraduate program) : 9000 euro to 18000 euro a year (graduate program) Private universities: 8000 euro to 15000 euro a year (undergraduate program) : 10000 euro to 20000 euro a year (graduate program) Finnish people and students from EU do not have to pay any tuition fees even if they want to study in English.


The cost of living in Finland depends totally on the place that you’re staying in. In big cities like Helsinki the cost of living is high and in country side is low. On average rent in Finland can cost anywhere around €400 to €8000 per month, depending on the city and type of housing. Also, the cost of groceries and other goods may come anywhere between €300 to €400 per month. So, if you’re able to be financially responsible and spend money wisely, cost of living in Finland will not be very expensive. Finland is an expensive country so if you spend money haphazardly without being accountable of your actions, you may face many problems so there is a great need to live according to your needs and capacity. On average a thousand euro will be more than enough

Work in Finland

Like most of the other European countries also allows students to work 20 hours a week during schooldays and full time along with overtime during summer breaks. But in Finland students can work up to 30 hours a week in regular classes time and work full time during the time university or educational institutions are closed. The average pay is €12-€15 an hour. So, if you work for thirty hours a week for a month then you’ll be able to afford living and save up some money for tuition. And during 2-3 months summer holidays students can earn enough money to be able to fund their tuition and also save up some amount of money for their future. Students can get various working opportunity on and off campus to get a part time job. Some of the most popular works that international students do in Finland to fund their education are working in a fast food chain, barista, tutor, teacher’s assistant, research assistant, and other works. Finland being a developed European country people there do not judge students who are willing to work hard in order to be able to fund their education.

Learning New Language

Learning Finnish is not compulsory to get into a Danish university. Most of the universities in Finland provide courses in English so any person with English proficiency can apply to Finnish universities and colleges and get there. But an English proficiency test like IELTS, PTE or TOFEL is compulsory in order to get into a Finnish university to the students who are not from a country with English as native language. But learning Finnish before applying for a university education in Finland can be really helpful because the Finnish government provides free education in Finnish language in public university. So, for those who want to save the cost of tuition while studying in Finland can learn Finnish and then apply to a university there. Also, if you want to work in Finland then learning Finnish would be necessary. In order to get job in Finland after studies you will need to have good knowledge of Finnish language to be able to get job easily. Also, if you’re studying in rural parts of Finland then you might need to have some understanding of Finnish language because most people might not be able to communicate in English and in order to get part time job in those places you’ll need to have good knowledge of Finnish language. Also, even if you’re taking a course in English in Finland you can get into a Finnish Language institution as the government provides free language courses for international students. Which would mean that it would be a win-win situation.

Admission Procedure and document checklist

The Finnish government has made it easier for the international students to get into a Finnish university because of the presence of easy admission procedure and absence of any complex mean to be followed to get admission in Finnish university. The documents required to get into Danish universities are:

  • Certificate showing the completion of required level of education
  • IELTS PTE or any English proficiency test result
  • A valid passport
  • A university application form  Evidence of financial capacity and some amount of money to be taken initially so that student don’t face any problems there initially
  • English transmitted citizenship certificate

Visa process and condition

TIn order to get students, visa a student must be accepted by a Danish university full time. The student visa procedure in Finland is a lot easier than that in other countries. In most of the country students receive student visa of a year and they have to renew it every year for the time period of their course. But in Finland student can get the student visa to last the amount of time required to get the degree. This and many other factors are what make Finland one of the most popular study abroad destination. As the students come on student visa, there are some restrictions and rules that may follow being a student.

  • Students must be remained enrolled full time and complete the course in the given time.
  • Regular attendance and progress are required.
  • Student must leave the country once their visa expires.
  • Students are allowed to work for only 20 hours a week On-campus throughout the semester. (can work full time during summer holiday and other long breaks)

After completion of education in Finland, students are given around 2 years to find a job any field. Which means that students do not have to compulsorily land a job in the field that they’ve studied in.

Quick Facts

Finland is widely regarded as the best country to live in because of its great overall performance. They’ve the best education system in the world and also some of the best universities in Europe. The culture and tradition in Finland are pretty much similar to that in other European countries. So, students on first arrival in Finland can face some cultural shock but with time they’ll get used to it. The Finnish society and the government are welcoming to the international students who are willing to work hard and get their life together in Finland. The architecture, surrounding, culture and everything about Finland is the reason to study there.