Finland is safe

In 2017, the World Economic Forum ranked Finland as the safest country in the world to visit. In 2018, the United Nations named Finland as the world’s happiest country.

Finland is at or near the top in a wide range of global measures. It’s also been ranked as the world’s most stable country, the most literate country in the world, and as the country with the world’s cleanest air. Finland scores highly in measures of trust, gender equality, press freedom and much more too. Crime is very low and the police are trusted.

Moving around is easy in Finland, thanks to safe and well-developed public transport networks. Buses and trains run on time, there are dedicated bike lanes through the cities and the forests, and towns and cities are well connected by road, rail and air. Finland’s capital, Helsinki, is served daily by direct international flights from all over Europe, as well as dozens of destinations in Asia, North America and the Middle East.


Education in Finland is ranked third globally for meeting the future needs of the world. As we like to say: “Come as you are, leave qualified for life.” (Fact: Economist Intelligence Unit & Yidan Prize, Worldwide Educating for the Future Index)

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Finland is the safest country in the world (World Economic Forum, The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017). Thus, Finland’s highly regarded universities offer an ideal place of learning for international students. 

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Finns are the EU’s most satisfied citizens when it comes to their living space. This month even more so, as many Finns move to their summer cottages for the holidays. (Fact: Eurostat, Percentage of the population rating their satisfaction as high, medium or low)

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Finland has the most forests in Europe. Perfect for outdoor activities between your studies! (Fact: FAO, Global Forest Resources Assessment)

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The food in Finland is the cleanest in Europe. You’ll eat well while you study here! (Fact: European Food Safety Authority, The 2015 European Union report on pesticide residues in food)

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Finland has an advanced education system

A leader in research-based pedagogy and teacher education, Finland invests heavily in its schools and universities. Finland University’s member universities all rank in the top 2% globally, with state-of-the-art teaching methods and equipment.

Finland takes a modern, non-hierarchical approach to student-teacher interaction. Lecturers are approachable and helpful, giving students the time and guidance they need for their studies. The examination system is flexible and inclusive too, offering students up to three attempts to pass exams. Students also always have the option of trying to pass a course again in the following academic year.

English is widely spoken, making it easy for foreign students to study, socialise and take care of everyday tasks. International academic programmes are always taught in English. While not compulsory, students have the option of taking Finnish classes or classes on other subjects of interest outside their main area of study. While certain courses are mandatory for a specific degree, students are encouraged to take advantage of this elective study system, with a wide range of lectures on offer in other subjects – even from other universities.


Universities in the top 2% globally 


Flexible and helpful studies


Elective study system

Every non-EU/EEA student looking to start their Master's degree is required to pay tuition fees. Find all you need to know about tuition fees and their benefits.

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Students are supported in Finland

Finnish universities offer a well-developed tutoring system, where experienced students help new international visitors adapt to the Finnish academic environment. Students also have study supervisors who help them to co-ordinate their academic programmes and offer other assistance too.

Every university in Finland has a student union that organizes a host of benefits for its members. These include meal and travel discounts, medical care, events, activites and even trips. Campuses typically offer sports facilities and gyms, while public swimming pools are available to students at a discount.

International students can easily find quality accommodation in Finland, often with others from the same country. Housing is heated well even during the coldest part of winter, and water is so clean that it can be drunk straight from the tap.


Student unions organize a wide variety of events, also outside of the school.



The best way to learn about our member universities is from the students who are studying here now.



Campuses typically offer sports facilities and gyms, while public swimming pools are available to students at a discount.



Finland is a large and sparsely populated country, but getting from point A to B is no hassle. Transport networks by air, rail, road and water are comprehensive and reliable. (



Finnish food and its culture is a combination of classic European, Scandinavian and Russian elements. Relying on fresh ingredients, Finnish food is often quite mild, and prepared in a simple manner.


Living and studying in Finland doesn't need to be expensive. International students can enjoy many of the benefits of the Finnish welfare state model, including the substantial discounts on food, travel and more that come with students union membership.

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You’re qualified for life with a degree from Finland

A Master’s degree from a Finnish university is recognized globally, opening opportunities for graduates both in their home country and elsewhere in the world.

Graduates also benefit from the strong links between Finnish universities and the private sector in Finland and abroad. Many students take internships during their degree and then continue in the same field after their studies.

Students who decide to continue with an academic career in Finland can enjoy the benefits of free study towards PhD level certification in their chosen field.


A Master's degree is recognized globally


Strong connections to business world


Possibility for free study towards PhD

A Master's degree from one of Finland University's multi-disciplinary member universities opens up a large variety of international career opportunities. Explore your options, from either keeping contact with your fellow alumni to further improving yourself via a wide selection of PhD programmes.

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Student stories and experiences from Finland




Some of you may wonder, what the essential criteria to pass a course in Finland are. Besides active participation, homework...

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Students in Finland have a very tight schedule: they need to focus on studies and academic results, but do not forget about their private life...

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After around two years of living in Finland, Mariia Pohorila, a student in the Master's Degree Programme in International Business...

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