Benefits of Studying in Finland?

Finnish universities and polytechnics offer over 400 international study programs in different disciplines taught in English.

In 2005, some 9 000 foreign students representing more than 40 nationalities were studying for a degree in Finland, and of them approximately 4 500 were enrolled in universities. In addition, approximately 7 700 other students come to Finland every year either on exchange programmes or independently.

The most popular study fields in Finland include art and design, architecture, communications, environmental science and technology. The Finnish system of higher education is regarded as excellent and its universities are highly ranked worldwide. Students who study abroad in Finland can choose between two types of colleges: universities and polytechnic institutions.

Universities are almost like graduate schools, but at the undergraduate level. That is to say that universities are more focused on the contribution to and development of research. They are also the only types of schools that offer masters and doctoral degrees.

Polytechnics, on the other hand, are more focused on the actual practice of the particular field of study, and offer real-world training for the appropriate discipline. Both offer terrific educations, so the choice is really up to you, and whatever program you plan on going abroad with.

Design is a major component of architecture, and Finland is known for its excellence in design, whether architectural, fashion, textile or otherwise. If design's your thing, you won't want to pass up a visit to the galleries, studios, shops and museums of Design District Helsinki. It even has the word "design" in the name!