Universities in Finland


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About universities in Finland

Finland’s universities, like the rest of its education system, are among the best in the world. The Finnish government takes responsibility for educating each and every citizen, which means free education is available all the way through graduate school for students who can get admitted. At present, the availability of free public education is not limited to citizens of Finland – foreigners and exchange students can also take advantage of the free educational services paid for by the Finnish government. There have been efforts in the government in recent years to change this policy due to budget pressures, but for now it remains in place. People come to Finland to study a number of different subjects, but universities here are especially well known for their programs in architecture and design.

The system of higher education in Finland is split into two parts: universities and polytechnics (ammattikorkeakoulu in Finnish). Essentially, the universities teach academic subjects and are designed to prepare students for graduate school, whereas polytechnics teach more applied subjects and are usually terminal – that is, graduates from polytechnics rarely go on to get more advanced degrees. In the past, the division between universities and polytechnics was rigidly maintained by the academic establishment in Finland, but this is rapidly changing as a result of reforms initiated by Finland’s accession to the European Higher Education Area. The EHEA, an overarching governing body designed to help European countries integrate and standardize their education systems

Thanks in large part to EHEA-mandated changes, Finland’s degree system now follows more or less the three-tiered system that is familiar in the United States and many other Western countries: an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s), an intermediate graduate degree (Master’s), and an advanced graduate degree (Doctoral). Because of the inclusion of polytechnics, Finland’s version of this system is slightly different from the one that exists in other countries, but the basic contours are similar. At the Doctoral level, Finnish universities offer two different degrees – a PhD and a Licentiate. Both of these degrees require the same degree of academic achievement and coursework, but the Licentiate does not have the complex dissertation process required for the PhD.

The college admissions process in Finland is heavily standardized, and entrance exams play a huge role in determining the final decision. In fact, college admissions decisions are based solely on test scores and grades – there are no essays, no interviews, and no holistic views of applicants of the sort that American colleges and universities use to evaluate applicants. It’s purely a numbers game, which is seen as more objective and therefore more fair by college authorities. Fortunately, the college entrance examinations are more comprehensive than standardized tests in places like China or the United States, so it’s easier for well-rounded students to do well. Nonetheless, competition for spots in Finnish universities is quite intense as a result of their quality, the limited number of spaces, and the fact that the education is free.

List of universities in Finland

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Contact: Åbo Akademi University

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Tuomiokirkontori 3, Turku, Finland
Åbo Akademi University is a Swedish language university based in Turku, Finland. Founded in 1918, the school has spread its activities in Vaasa, Jakobstad, Helsinki, and on Åland. The university consists of twelve departments: The faculty area of Arts: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education,... See full description.
Contact: Academy Access

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Puolukkatie 3 B, Espoo, 02160, Finland
Academy Access Ltd is a school of economics based in Helsinki. It offers various interesting opportunities to students, such as an Exchange Semester in Malaysia, one Year master's degree from the University of the excellent beaches of Australia's dream, and other educational options in... See full description.
Contact: Arcada Polytechnic

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Toukolankatu, 1, Helsinki, Finland
Arcada is an accredited institution of higher education, specialized in the applied sciences. Located in Helsinki, Finland, Arcada was founded in 1996 with the mission to promote the Finland-Swedish language and culture. It strives to fully meet the needs and requirements of the Finland-Swedish... See full description.
Contact: Degree Programme in IT, School of Technology, Rovaniemi Polytechnic

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Jokivayla 11, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
The degree in Information Technology offered by Rovaniemi Polytechnic (Finland) is part of the Bachelor of Engineering at the School of Technology. The goal of this program is to provide students with knowledge of implementation, structure, and functions of software systems utilized in the... See full description.
Contact: Häme Polytechnic

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International Business BBA Programme - Tietotie 1, Valkeakoski, Finland
Häme Polytechnicaka HAMK University of Applied sciences is an advanced educational institution situated in Hameenlinna, Finland and with over 8000 students studying there. Having a vast collaboration with over 100 Universities worldwide, the school proves to offer education at its best. These... See full description.
Contact: Master's Degree Programme in Bioinformatics (MBI)

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Contact: Novia University of Applied Sciences

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P.O.Box 6, Vaasa, Finland
Novia University of Applied Sciences
Contact: Pohjois-Savo Polytechnic

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Business and Administration - Osmajoentie 28, Varkaus, Finland
Pohjois-Savo Polytechnic, which recently was renamed the Savonia University of Applied Sciences, is one of the largest and most versatile universities of applied sciences in Finland.  Their crack team of experts aims to educate professionals in six different fields of studies, and their... See full description.
Contact: University of Helsinki

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P.O. Box 33 (Yliopistonkatu 4), Helsinki, Finland
University of Helsinki
Contact: University of Joensuu - International Study Programme in Social Sciences

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Tulliportinkatu 1, P.O. Box 111, Joensuu, Province of Eastern Finland, Finland
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