Study in Finland

When it comes to top quality education, Finland is one of the first countries that comes to mind. A Nordic country with a population nearing 5.5 million, Finland has succeeded in not only keeping up with educational progress, but also excelling at setting a global standard.

A member of the European Union and home to 39 higher education institutions, Finland is a good choice for students from around the world. An egalitarian society where knowledge and lifelong learning are highly valued, Finland offers a great social setting to foster your learning and personal growth.

For an international student, life in Finland is enhanced by the convenience offered by high-level infrastructure and technology, the security of living in one of the safest countries in the world, and the enjoyment offered by the nature with four distinct seasons that all have their unique flavor.

Finland is one of the most environment-conscious countries in the world, and as a result, almost everyone is participating in ways to be eco-friendly. Nature is an integral part of the Finnish way of life for a very simple reason: it is everywhere.

In Finland, bustling city life meets peaceful nature scenes within a walking distance. The towns and cities accommodate activities for all seasons, and provide plenty of opportunities for exploration or relaxation.

Higher education institutions are internationally-minded and there are over 400 English-speaking degree programmes available across the country. Largely state funded, the institutions offer top quality teaching that is accessible to all. Campuses balance natural settings with high-tech facilities for all students to enjoy.

Being a student in Finland has many advantages. From high-tech labs to well-stocked libraries, university campuses are equipped with all the facilities that knowledge-hungry students need. A degree from one of the world-quality Finnish higher education institutions is your natural first step to paving the way for a great career in your field, whether it be academia or more practical sectors.

Why Study in Finland?

Finland is a human-scaled, cosy country, with cities and towns designed for people, not just cars. Rush-hours are a rarity.

Our higher education institutions are small enough to operate functionally and effectively. They are all internationally oriented with special regional features, and you can choose between very different study environments ranging from larger urban campuses to close-to-nature campuses.

Higher education institutions are highly autonomous, but largely funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Therefore the Ministry also closely oversees the quality of teaching. These efficiently managed institutions:

– react to the needs of the society, and 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 in academic fields and in the job market.

Trust and openness are important concepts in Finland, and getting networked at an early stage is the Finnish way. Here you can start getting connected with fellow international and Finnish students, organisations, and the working world already whilst studying your first courses. Often these networks and friendships last for the rest of your life.

Over 400 Study Programmes in English

Finnish institutions provide numeorus English-speaking degree programmes.Ranging from short courses as a part of an exchange programme or full degrees, you can find many study opportunities across all fields of education.

Quality in research and education

Our national policy underlines excellence on all levels of education, and Finnish institutions place great value on quality research and innovation. Most students in Finland consider higher education degrees a necessary step for establishing a solid foundation for their future careers.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.

Excellent facilities for work and fun

Studying at one of the higher education institutions in Finland comes with many perks.Well-equipped libraries offer comfortable spaces for productive study hours. In Finland, all students have the right to use the institutions libraries freely with a library card. As well as well stocked libraries, all higher education institutions provide their students free access to the internet. Also, municipal library services are open to all, and the basic services are normally free of charge. Cafés and common areas are busy social hubs where friends meet during study breaks. Various student clubs and organizations offer activities and outings for many different areas of interest. Sports facilities are widely available and used by international and local students alike.

Well-organised country

A solid infrastructure allows all of the public and private services to function smoothly. All registered persons living in Finland can rely on any of these services such as transportation, public and student healthcare, police and rescue services. Assistance with any of these services is always available and the opinions of the residents are valued. Our banking services are among the best in world: advanced, innovative and easy to use.

Practical Information

Higher education in Finland – universities and UAS’s

The higher education system in Finland consists of two complementary sectors: universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS). The universities offer academic degrees on Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral level, whereas the UAS’s offer more practically oriented Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Both sectors offer a wide variety of degree courses available in English.

Tuition fees and scholarships

From the beginning of the academic year starting autumn 2017 and onwards, non-EU/EEA students in Finland are subject to tuition fees in English-taught Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. The universities will also have new scholarship options to offer for non-EU/EEA students admitted into degree programmes with tuition fees. Each higher education institution will decide its fees and scholarships independently, but the annual fees will approximately vary between 8.000€ and 25.000€, with all institutions expected to offer scholarships to support students who participate in a fee-charging degree programme.

EU/EEA citizens do not have to pay any tuition fees.

English language courses in Finland

Meet language requirements for university admission in Finland by choosing an English language preparation course offered by English language schools worldwide, including Finland. By taking the right English exam training course you will advance your language skills in order to get the needed scores for IELTS, TOEFL, C1 Advanced, or other English exams.

Living in Finland

Student unions what are they?

In Finland, each higher education institution has a student union to look after students interests. When you get your Finnish student card, you become a member of your local student union. The university student unions have a national umbrella organisation, the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL). Similarly, polytechnic students unions belong to the Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (SAMOK).Student union membership entitles you to a variety of student discounts and also, the student unions organise a lot of different activities you can take part in.

Student clubs and associations

On top of the student unions, which operate on a national and institutional level, your faculty or department probably has its own student club. In addition to that, there usually are several separate clubs and student associations that centre around some hobby, sport, or other interest. You will find information about these on your institutions noticeboards, from the student services, or your fellow students.

Living

Finns are friendly people who make for reliable and trustworthy friends. By living and studying in Finland, you will get to experience the easy-going lifestyle that comes along with the high standards of living.

Cost of Living

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Finland are approximately 700-900€. This may vary a bit, depending on your study location in Finland – for example, accommodation and other living costs may be higher in the Helsinki metropolitan area and other cities.

Housing

Student accommodation in Finland, for both exchange and degree students, is usually organised by established student housing foundations. Many towns and municipalities also have dormitories maintained by the municipal community or the educational institution.

The student housing organisers are listed on the SOA (Finnish Student Housing Ltd) website www.soa.fi

Transportation

Public transport is very well organised in Finland, and students receive a special discount that makes commuting affordable. It is not necessary to have your own car while living in the big Finnish cities

Regulations & Advice

The essential things

Once you have received a study placement in Finland, whether for exchange studies, a complete degree programme or a research period, there are several practical things you need to start arranging beforehand, well in advance of your arrival. First and foremost, please make sure you have a realistic plan concerning the financing of your study period in Finland. This is very important, not only because of the financial requirements in connection with your student residence permit, but for your own financial security. Some Master’s programmes may include an annual tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students. But even if your studies in Finland themselves are free of charge, you will still need to cover your everyday living expenses independently. Additionally, you should take into consideration at least the following:

Visa/residence permit

  • Insurance
  • Travel arrangements
  • Your student accommodation in Finland

Remember to reserve enough time to complete all the necessary formalities such as obtaining a passport, arranging your visa/residence permit and insurance.

When you have arrived

Also bear in mind that once you have arrived in Finland, you still have some practical issues to consider, for example:

  • Registration at the higher education institution
  • Details of your student accommodation arrangements
  • Registration of your residence in Finland with the Police or local registry office (if you are staying for at least one full year)
  • Taxation issues (if you plan to try and find part-time work during your studies)
  • Other practical aspects of your everyday life in Finland (bank account, mobile telephone, local transport, etc)

Usually, after your arrival you can ask for assistance in these and other practical issues from your hosting Finnish institution or student union. If you have any questions or are in doubt about some practical matter concerning your life in Finland as a student please do not hesitate to ask for help from the International Office of your hosting Finnish university, your student union, or you fellow students.

Insurances

Even though Finland is a safe country to live in, accidents can happen to any of us. You may suddenly fall ill or injure yourself playing sport for example, and dealing financially with the aftermath of such unlucky occurrences may be very costly without proper insurance. That is why it is very important to bring a valid health and accident insurance policy with you. It is recommended that you take an insurance policy that covers you during your stay in Finland and also during your travel to and from Finland. If youre planning to partake in any leisure time excursions to Finland’s neighbouring countries, it is advisable to make sure that the insurance is valid also in those countries.As a rule, only permanent residents of Finland are covered under the Finnish National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme of KELA. Thus, international students residing in Finland on a temporary student residence permit are not covered by the NHI scheme. If you are not insured by a corresponding insurance system from your home country, you are strongly advised obtain medical and accident insurance from a private insurance company before your arrival in Finland.

Visa and student residence permit

If your studies in Finland last more than three months you will need a student residence permit or, if you are a Nordic/EU/EEA citizen staying in Finland for more than three months (six months for Nordic citizens), you need to register your residence in Finland. It is also worth noting that, as a rule, you need to apply for your first student residence permit from your home country. If you have come to Finland with a short-term visa, you will usually need to return to your home country to apply for a residence permit.

About Finland

Finland is a country situated in Northern Europe and joins Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and Norway to make up the Nordic countries. A parliamentary republic with the government located in the capital city of Helsinki, Finland is home to 5.5 million inhabitants. Most of the population is concentrated in the Southern parts of the country in the biggest cities such as Helsinki, Tampere, and Turku. Finland is ranked as one of the top 5 countries in the world with the highest standards of living and equality. The Finnish welfare state is commendable for its upkeep of all its residents’ well-being.

Finland is often referred to as the land of the midnight sun or the land of a thousand lakes, and our nature and seasonal traditions attract tourists from around the globe all year round. With varying temperatures throughout the year, Finland experiences all seasons in their own unique way. Winters are all about snow, ice skating, skiing and hot chocolate, whereas spring sees the force of life awaken in the nature. Summers are for picnics with friends and enjoying sauna followed by a dip in a nearby lake, and autumn paints its myriad of colors on the turning leaves as you go mushroom hunting in the woods.

Student visas for Finland

Are you from Nepal? You might need a student visa.

  • Check if you really need a student visa. Usually, if you are an EU-national and want to study in another EU country, you won’t need a visa. Some other non-EU countries may also be exempt from an entry visa, at least for an initial duration;
  • Start accessing the websites of the embassy and consulate, in order to get a general picture of the whole “visa-application” thing;
  • Check the deadlines and figure out how much time you’ll have to wait for your visa. You wouldn’t want miss studying abroad from this silly mistake of bad planning;
  • Go on a scavenger hunt and collect all the documents you will need. Remember, you can find the list on the embassy’s website;
  • Start saving up money, as some applications might require you to have proof of minimum funds;
  • Brush up on your English skills. Even if this is not always a visa requirement, it will help you a lot to succeed during your university studies.

All in all, what else can we say but: good luck and never forget to have fun during your studies!

Thanks and good luck!

Work Permit

Find out all you need to know about work permit regulations for studying part-time (during studies) and full-time (after studies) in this country.

Work while studying in Finland

If you’re from Nepal, you will need a work permit if you want to combine studying with working in Finland.

Here you see the rules for getting a part-time work permit.

Student Residence Permit

How can I apply?

Application requirements

You can apply for the work permit if you have:

  • A valid student residence permit.

Duration of work permit

2 YEARS. Your work permit will be valid for as long as you have a valid student visa.

Max. hours of work per week

25 HOURS/WEEK. You will be allowed to work 25 hours per week. You can work full-time during school breaks.

Work after graduation in Finland

Want to work in Finland after graduation? If you’re from Nepal, you will need a work permit to get a full-time job in Finland after finishing your studies.

First things first! In Finland, you can choose a work permit like the Residence Permit for Seeking Work or Residence Permit on the basis of Employment to remain in the country and work full-time. Read our work permit info below and start planning!

Residence Permit for Seeking Work

If you want to work in Finland after finishing your studies, this permit will allow you to work here for maximum 1 year and you cannot renew it.

How can I apply?

AT LOCAL AUTHORITIES. You need to fill in a paper application with the Finnish Immigration Service.

How long does it take to get the permit?

30 TO 150 DAYS

After applying for the work permit you will have to wait 30 to 150 days for a decision. You should always check with the Finnish Immigration the exact time.

Application requirements

You can apply if you are a national of a non-EU country and have studied in Finland.

When can I start applying?

You can start applying for the work permit before your study permit expires.

Duration of work permit

1 YEAR. Your work permit will be valid for maximum 1 year and you cannot renew it.

Work permit fees

200 EUR. You will have to pay 200 EUR for your work permit.

Max. hours of work per week

NO LIMIT. You can work as many hours as you like with this work permit.

Required documents

LIST

You will need a few documents to apply for your work permit:

  • Valid passport ;
  • Passport photo ;
  • Color copies of passport;
  • Your degree or qualification certificate;
  • Proof you have at least 560 EUR/month to cover living costs.

Residence Permit on the basis of Employment

If you want to work in Finland after finishing your studies, this permit will allow you to work here for until job ends or 4 years maximum.

How can I apply?

ONLINE, AT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Create case order ID by applying online or at the Finnish Immigration Service. Pay the fee, submit your documents and fill in the application form. You can also do this directly at the Finnish Immigration Offices.

How long does it take to get the permit?

120 DAYS. After applying for the work permit you will have to wait 120 days for a decision. If you were already working when you had a valid residence permit for studies and you apply for an extended permit before your previous residence permit expires, you may continue working or start working in a new job while you wait for a decision.

Application requirements

  • You can apply for the work permit if you have:
  • Have studied and completed a degree in Finland ;
  • Have a signed employment contract or a binding job offer.

When can I start applying?

You can start applying for the work permit before your residence permit expires.

Duration of work permit

4 YEARS. Your work permit will be valid for until job ends or 4 years maximum.

Work permit fees

200 EUR. You will have to pay 200 EUR for your work permit.

Max. hours of work per week

40 HOURS/WEEK. You will be allowed to work 40 hours per week.

Minimum wage per month

1,189 EUR/MONTH. You are guaranteed a minimum salary of 1,189 EUR per month while working in Finland.

Required documents

LIST

  • You will need a few documents to apply for your work permit:
  • Valid passport;
  • Passport photo;
  • Color copies of the passport;
  • Document showing that you are legally staying in the country;
  • Your degree or qualification certificate;
  • Employment contract or a binding job offer.

Disclaimer

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