Study in Finland

Finland's world-leading higher education system currently offers English-taught bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in 13 universities and 23 universities of applied sciences.(layout.types.url.description) Doctoral study and research options are available, too. In Finland, there are two types of higher education institutions:

Universities

Universities focus on scientific research and the education they provide is based on it. Doctoral programmes are offered by the universities. Most of the master’s programmes taught in English are offered by universities.

Universities of Applied Sciences

Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) offer professionally oriented higher education and have strong ties with working life and regional development. Most of the bachelor’s degree programmes taught in English are offered by Universities of Applied Sciences.

Student Exchange

The Embassy has a written a student exchange guide for students already accepted into an exchange program in Finland. The guide details everything you need know such as preparing for the weather, student accommodation, and even the importance of sauna. Please note, Australian nationals will require a residence permit(layout.types.url.description) if your study period in Finland is longer than 90 days. To apply for student exchange opportunities in Finland please contact your university’s study abroad office.

Here is a list of Australian institutions with student exchange partners in Finland:

Australian Catholic University(layout.types.url.description) Australian National University(layout.types.url.description)
Central Queensland University(layout.types.url.description) Charles Sturt University(layout.types.url.description)
Curtin University(layout.types.url.description) Deakin University(layout.types.url.description)
Federation University(layout.types.url.description) Macquarie University(layout.types.url.description)
Monash University(layout.types.url.description) Murdoch University(layout.types.url.description)
Queensland University of Technology(layout.types.url.description) RMIT University(layout.types.url.description)
Swinburne University of Technology(layout.types.url.description) University of Canberra(layout.types.url.description)
University of Melbourne(layout.types.url.description) University of New South Wales(layout.types.url.description)
University of Queensland(layout.types.url.description) University of Sydney(layout.types.url.description)
University of Tasmania(layout.types.url.description) University of Technology Sydney(layout.types.url.description)
University of the Sunshine Coast(layout.types.url.description) University of Western Australia(layout.types.url.description)
University of Wollongong(layout.types.url.description) Victoria University(layout.types.url.description)
Western Sydney University(layout.types.url.description)  

Bachelor, Master & Doctoral Programmes

Finnish higher education institutions offer over 400 degree programmes in English.

Studyinfo.fi(layout.types.url.description) website provides information on all English-taught degree programmes. While international students are eligible to study in Finnish or Swedish, you need to be fluent in these languages when applying.

Application Periods

You apply for degrees studies in Finland online(layout.types.url.description). There are two main application periods a year for studies commencing in autumn:

  • Applications for bachelor’s programmes are made in January

  • Applications for university master's programmes are made between late November/early December and mid/late January.

More information about the application process can be found at Studyinfinland.fi(layout.types.url.description)

Fees & Scholarships

Australian nationals are required to pay tuition fees(layout.types.url.description) for programmes taught in English. Some exceptions may apply. Remember that if you are required to pay tuition fees, you are also eligible to apply for the institution’s scholarships. Students are usually required to cover everyday living costs and are required to pay an annual administration fee.

Universities offer a range of options for scholarships both for bachelor's and master's level international students. Scholarships are often based on student’s academic performance and may be offered in the form of either full or partial fee waivers. Some scholarship options may also include a living cost allowance. Students apply for a scholarship from an institution, usually at the same time as they apply for admission.

Here is a list of each institution’s fee and scholarship policy.

Aalto University(layout.types.url.description)

Åbo Akademi University(layout.types.url.description)

Arcada University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Centria University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Diaconia University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Häme University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Hanken School of Economics(layout.types.url.description)

Humak University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Karelia University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Lahti University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Lapland University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology(layout.types.url.description)

Laurea University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Novia University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Oulu University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Saimaa University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Savonia University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Tampere University(layout.types.url.description)

Tampere University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

Turku University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)

University of Arts Helsinki(layout.types.url.description)

University of Eastern Finland(layout.types.url.description)

University of Helsinki(layout.types.url.description)

University of Jyväskylä(layout.types.url.description)

University of Lapland(layout.types.url.description)

University of Oulu(layout.types.url.description)

University of Turku(layout.types.url.description)

University of Vaasa(layout.types.url.description)

Vaasa University of Applied Sciences(layout.types.url.description)