Study in Finland. Why study in Finland? Universities in Finland.
Why study in Finland?
Finnish education system was ranked best in the world in 2012 (the Learning Curve, Pearsons).
Thanks to their basic education and national entrance exams, Finnish students are highly motivated to study. Unlike in most countries, students also have a real influence on the quality of education. There is legislation in place that allows them exceptional influence in developing their institutions and studies together with their teachers.
The studying style in Finland is regarded as relatively independent.
We are quick to adapt innovative studying methods for use. For example, problem-based learning has been in use at our universities and UAS’s for many years. Teaching methods in Finland are far from authoritarian. Learning is based on discussion, working together, and pupils finding information for themselves.
High quality education
Finnish higher educational institutions are notably autonomous but largely funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Therefore the Ministry also oversees the quality of teaching carefully. These efficiently managed institutions:
- react to the needs of the society, 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 transferrable skills on which they can build their future both in academic fields and in the private job market
Our higher educational institutions are small enough to operate functionally and effectively. They are all internationally oriented with special regional features, and you can choose from a variety of study environments ranging from larger urban campuses to ones that are close to nature.
Universities in Finland
While Finland’s system of higher education is relatively young compared to some others in Europe, this is definitely not at the expense of quality. There are 10 universities in Finland featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2016/17, led by the University of Helsinki at 91st in the world.
Read about the top five universities in Finland, all ranked within the world’s top 300:
University of Helsinki
The University of Helsinki is Finland’s oldest university, established in 1640. It has been located in the Finnish capital since 1829; before that it was known as the Royal Academy of Turku and located in the country’s oldest settlement, Turku. Today, the University of Helsinki is Finland’s highest-ranked institution, at 91st in the world. As well as being the oldest and the highest-ranked, the university is also Finland’s largest higher education institution, with more than 36,500 students enrolled. It has 11 faculties and 11 research institutes, and it offers degrees taught in Finnish, Swedish and English.
Also located in the capital, Aalto University is Finland’s second highest-ranked institution –currently joint 133rd in the world. The university was founded in 2010 through a merger of three existing institutions, namely the Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The aim of the Finnish government was to create a new university, which would be a model of innovation and a symbol of high quality education. Today, about 20,000 students are enrolled in the newly created Aalto University, which makes it the third-largest higher education institution in the country.
University of Turku
The second-largest university in Finland is the University of Turku, where just over 20,000 students are enrolled.
Ranked 234th in the world, the university has its main campus in Turku, in the southwest of Finland, but it also has faculties at Rauma, Pori and Salo. The University of Turku was established in 1920, following donations from more than 22,000 citizens. It places a strong emphasis on international collaboration, and offers a number of master’s and PhD programs run in partnership with universities in other countries.
University of Jyväskylä
Established in 1934, the University of Jyväskylä originated from the first Finnish-speaking teacher training college, which was founded in 1863. Ranked joint 338th in the world, the university teaches around 15,000 students in seven faculties. It retains its teacher-training heritage, being considered the country’s leading university for education programs. This is also reflected in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, which places the University of Jyväskylä among the world’s top 100 universities in the field of education and training.
University of Eastern Finland
The seventh highest-ranked Finnish university, the University of Eastern Finland currently ranks at joint 382nd place in the world. It was established in 2010 through a merger of the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio. Today, more than 15,000 students study in one of the university’s four faculties. With a good reputation for research, the University of Eastern Finland has an extensive network of foreign partners and often participates in international projects. The university’s main campuses are in the cities of Joensuu and Kuopio, with some facilities also in Savonlinna – all within the south-east of the country, in the region formerly known as Eastern Finland.
Five more universities in Finland are featured in the latest QS World University Rankings, all ranked among the global top 550. These are: Tampere University of Technology (ranked 319th), Lappeenranta University of Technology (a new entry for 2016, at joint 356th), the University of Oulu (411-420), Abo Akademi University (501-550) and the University of Tampere (also 501-550).